Mokutanya Yakitori Charcoal

4.4
666 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Experience Japanese charcoal-grilled skewers, small plates, wine and beer in individual glass-divided rooms with sunken Japanese tables. We strive to source our ingredients locally.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 666 people are saying
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kttttt
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food is not hot,Food is not hot,Food is not hot,Food is not hot.

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Teei
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mokutanya is a great place to enjoy skewers and a nice date. I took my boyfriend here for his birthday, and everything was great! The food came out on time, but we were treated fantastically.

DB
DavidB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing dining experience. A must for any traveler.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience5

Disappointing experience overall. I’ve come to this establishment many times before. This time the wait for each skewer was way too long! It took 40 min to get our first item. I miss the oyster and exotic meat specials.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Izakaya in Bay Area! Sake price is fair.

SC
vipSaturdayChild
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Cobwebs were everywhere in the restaurant. Took 30 mins to get an extra dish. Not coming back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Drop in quality for their beef skewers which used to be excellent. Onigiri was super slow. Nothing was bad but wasn’t as great as it used to be up and down.

AC
AbigailC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good. Server was friendly and attentive. Ambiance was perfect. We had a great time.

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Jarrett
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I think some of the food was cooked too close to the flame and it ended up tasting like the smell of gas, which ruined the flavor of half of the skewers we had. The venue was pretty smoky, so it was also very hard to breathe.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great lounge vibe with delicious eats. Fun dining experience

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vipPaulina
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mokutanya is one of my favorite restaurants. Their yakitori is always perfect this is my favorite place for beef ramen! I highly recommend giving the beef ramen a try. Most other restaurants do pork ramen, so it's nice to see something different here. The ambiance is great and their glass-divided tables are very covid-friendly.

MC
MichaelC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I along with our two young boys had a wonderful time. Thank you for the excellent meal and attentive service.

CC
CarletonC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience. Staff checked on us at reasonable intervals and paid attention to every detail including bringing the dessert with candle for my wife’s bday. They were very friendly and made sure we had everything we needed. Food was delicious! Would definitely go back soon!

JW
JWTLTE
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

service was very slow, portion was pretty small, not a good value place. People seemed nice.

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mariac
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

we're regulars here but this time, we were charged for the spicy sauce (SOS) for $1.50 :-).

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BillE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Extremely slow service, and we were there when the restaurant opened (5:00). They often brought us dishes we hadn't ordered, and took a good 2 hours to serve the last thing we had ordered. Would not return.

LS
Looking2Sub4LCS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was great. There’s nice, tall and thick glass panels that separate you from the other diners so it feels like there’s some noise privacy. The seating arrangement is a first for me but still very comfortable. Good overall was great. Ordered a bunch of chicken thighs with different sauces, chicken gizzards, waygu beef, quail eggs with bacon and pork belly. Most of the grilled meats were great but the wasabi on the chicken thigh was overwhelming. It felt like the equivalent of putting a good almond sized amount of wasabi on your piece of sushi and I usually enjoy my sushi with extra dabs of wasabi.

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Annabelle
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

If you want to eat yakitori to say you had yakitori, this restaurant should suffice. If you care about the taste of the food you eat, you should dine elsewhere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was amazing but it came it so slowly. We were seated at 5pm which is their first seating and we were not super slow or anything with putting in our order. However, the food came out in piecemeal over 1.5 hours. If the food came out a little faster that would have earned this place 5 stars all around.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food took forever to come but the yakitori was good. Ramen not so much.

CJ
CJyarrrr
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was amazing. We ordered 3 types of ramen, and half the menu of yakitori. Great selection & None of it disappointed. The service did. 45 minutes for 1st round of cocktails (bottled beer and sake), hour until we got the first food drop.

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AnselM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I came for dinner in a group of four. The overall meal felt a bit overpriced in our opinion. We ordered ~10 types of skewers, plus the rice bowl, a cold noodle bowl, and two rice balls. The amount of food per skewer was fairly small, so be prepared to order a lot if you want to be full. The meats for the most part were prepared well and tasted very good; standouts included the unagi, the chicken with yuzu, and the beef tongue. I would avoid the grilled rice balls, however. They were quite bland and not worth taking the place of a skewer. The cold noodles also didn't look like anything special. It also took a while for all our food to get to our table, so I would recommend ordering everything in a single round. In the end, I would recommend this place for the novelty and the experience (especially if they bring back their exotic meats selection), but be prepared to spend some money. We spent ~$20 per person and left half-full.

LG
vipLauraG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, every aspect of the experience was excellent, from the food to the service. Hostess is amazing: energetic and generous with her time.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The service was waayyyy too slow.

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vipHappyEater
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I'm not sure if it's due to the pandemic, but the offerings were a bit slim during this last visit to Mokutanya. They didn't have the same offerings for beef and sake (some were sold out). I'm also wondering if there was a change in management- it has been a while since our last visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

A lot of the food was over cooked. The exotic selection is no longer part of the menu but the drinks were amazing

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vipKris
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Mokutanya to celebrate Father’s Day and it was so nice to be back since we last went pre-pandemic. We are regulars and have our favorites such as the wagyu, sausages, the fish, hamachi and wagyu tartars, and so much more. Can’t wait to go back!

LD
vipLove2Dine
Denver
79 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We try to make it here every time we fly in or out of SFO. The food is truly excellent, particularly the robota. This time, we were in a hurry and the servers were extremely attentive to this and made sure we were done in an hour. It’s a shame to rush here though, it’s fun to sit and relax and explore the extensive sake menu while you nibble on small plates. The decor isn’t anything fancy, but it’s nice and dark with mostly individual booths encased in plexiglass. Very private and romantic. Love this spot!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mokutanya is a wonderful experience always. The staff showed great care and attention to detail. I’ve only been a few times, most of which were pre-pandemic, but I’m pleased to report that they made it through these tough times without and drop off in quality.

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JapaneseFlavors
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, exceptional food and sake selection! They have plenty of "basic" dishes (different types of Ramen, edamame, etc.), but also dishes for the adventurous palate (beef tongue, monk fish liver, chicken hearts, etc.). The ambiance is cozy, friendly and not too loud.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and I were in town and I took her to make mokutanya; she loved it.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is good but little pricy. I really like the sitting and the separation between tables. The service is slow

JC
JonathanC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing spot for all occasions! Everything was awesome, from the food to the ambience to the staff! Can get a little pricey depending on how much you order, but it's worth a go every so often for a chill dinner.

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nav26
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Worst service ever. Food took 1hr 15min to come out. The server had no idea or keeping tabs. Kept asking us “would you like to order more food” even though the previous order didn’t come lol.

Food was ok.

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vipjak1
San Francisco
109 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent flavor. I highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Food was great but service was just ok.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious food and such cool ambience! Took my boyfriend here for his birthday and he loved it! Can't wait to come back!

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RaymundL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The portions are just right for 1 to 2 people sharing. You may want to order 2 or more of the same thing if you want to be full. The ramen was also spot on and we really enjoyed the experience.

FM
FoodieMish
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Staff was very friendly and helpful with ordering amount! We will definitely eat here again

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Service to get food a little slow.

FAQs

Mokutanya Yakitori Charcoal offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 348-9388.

Mokutanya Yakitori Charcoal is rated 4.4 stars by 666 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.