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About Mokutanya Yakitori Charcoal

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.

1155 California Dr.
Burlingame, CA 94010
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Barbecue, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
11AM to 2AM daily

Cross Street:
Broadway Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 348-9388

Website:
http://www.themokutanya.com/

Parking Details:
-On-site parking lot
-Metered street parking along California Dr. and Broadway Ave
-Metered parking lot on Chula Vista Ave (between Broadway Ave and Carmelita Ave)

Public Transit:
Caltrain (weekends only): We are located right across from the Broadway Station
Sam Trans: 292 stops right in front of the small shopping plaza where we are located

Private Party Facilities:
The private dining room hosts 8 small sunken dining tables.

Private Party Contact:
May Chan: (650) 348-9388

Additional:
Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Mokutanya Yakitori Charcoal Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (9)
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Cozy (9)
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Fit for Foodies (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Authentic (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Business Meals (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Healthy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
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Notable Wine List (4)
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Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
People Watching (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Great ambiance, novel setting - food was excellent. We asked the chef to make recommendations for us which were fabulous. Delicious grilled meats and sashimi, extensive sake menu.
Our only complaint was that the entire evening the food kept coming, but no dishes were leaving - they just piled up in unappealing, messy stacks reminding us of all that we had eaten. One or two bus boys would do very nicely here.
Otherwise this was a great overall experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Fantastic food, ambiance and staff! Great restaurant for date night, Birthday celebration, whatever! Will definitely return:)

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Service sucks, waitresses not attentive to quest & food not as good as the last time we went.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Service was terrible. Very hard to find waiters. They show up few times and each time different waiter. They messed up orders and therefore waiting time is long for additional orders. Food was delicious.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

They forgot some of the items I ordered when I filled in the piece of paper they give you to place the order. They never brought those items, then charged them to my bill. The miso soup they brought at the end of the meal. I had to ask them to remove a 3 items from the bill. All of the food is great, the ambiance is wonderful, but they always seem to forget stuff you order.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great food and great service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Very authentic yakiniku! The gyu tan (beef tongue) and yakitori is to die for!! Great sake as well. Also, love the cozy Japanese traditional box seating.

The service was exceptional. The servers took great care of us, the food was hot and fresh and arrived quickly

Having lived in Tokyo for several years, I can attest to the fact that Mokutanya is as authentic as it gets!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 11, 2017

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the ambience. The staff were very attentive, even when the kitchen backed up a little. Food was excellent. Especially enjoyed the fried salmon skewers and the fried purple yam chips. Definitely a great place for conversation, Nice quiet setup.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Always love this place. Environment is quiet and private - every table separated from others w/ glass walls. Never saw a waiter, but the waitresses are all great and attentive. Food is tapas style - so just nibble all night. Beer/Sake - all good. Spent over 4 hours here this particular night - loved it. Limited parking is the only downside.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Wonderful ambiance and very eclectic choice of meats

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·Dined on October 4, 2017

This is a nice restaurant that has fantastic small skewers of a wide variety of different meats and vegetables prepared in a variety of ways. Its a fantastic place for a small group to order lots of dishes and try a wide variety of different food. There is a great selection of Sake as well; a nice night out!

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Groups, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Good food and love the ambiance. We were impressed with the excellent service. Looking forward for our next visit.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Food took forever with little apology. Tables are so cumbersome to get in and out of. Food was only ok.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

It was a consensus 3 of 5 … some excellent dishes (Yakitori Unagi was OMG), some meh (Yakitori Wagyu, ramen). But the price was very, very good … I took bets once we got the check and everyone thought it cost double what it actually did cost.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Enjoyed it. Great place to be with a group of 6-8 people. Food was great!!! Another good thing is they close really late. 2am

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Good restaurant. Service can be slow at times, but people are friendly, ambiance is good and food is delicious.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Loved the food here, absolutely delicious! Tad pricey for the portions, but an amazing date idea. Try the Lychee Cocktail!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Fun place for after work happy hour or a relaxing meal with kids.

Tags: Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Love the interior design. Great atmosphere. However, some signature foods ran out so fast. There's one time that they ran out of gyuton. The other time they ran out of ramen and wagyu for lunch...

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Tapas, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Healthy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Great Yakitori and Ramen!
MUST try the Spicy Beef Ramen and exotic meats (available Wed & Thurs).

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Tapas, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Shirley took good care of me and my family!

What a great and fun dining experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Mokutanya is a confusing place. The food is good, although the skewers are more expensive than other yakitori places that are equally as tasty. I like that each dining table is separated, it gives a feeling of privacy, and I also like the low tables which do have the option of sitting normally or cross-legged. It feels like they are going for a more traditional style in terms of the dining room. However, there is a loud club-like music blasting from the speakers, which does not fit with the initial impression of the restaurant. Morever, the service was spotty. We were brought two of one item, while they forgot other parts of our order. We had to remind them twice that we were still waiting for food. The bill was incorrect, and the entire meal required us to keep track of what we had ordered, what had come, and what we should be paying for. I did like the food, and I would go again, but there are defintely other yakitori places in the area with better ambience, service and value for money.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Such a great place for a group of friends to get together, have some drinks and share a variety of small plates.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Interesting place for yakitori. It's worth it to go once in a while for the environment.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Everything was fantastic, except for the service! Our server was horrible - completely forgot to put in our second food order, and our desert came out before the rest of the food. We waited for 40 minutes to even address the situation. Other than that, the place is awesome and the food was great. Expensive, but worth it.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Nice meal and friendly atmosphere!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Been here several times , normally enjoy everything, but this time around, it wasn't as good as I used to remember it to be, esp at their prices.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Such a great experience from taking off my shoes and dining inside of a glass lowered setting table with seat cushions. Overall a great experience, food was fast, fresh & tasty! Cindy & May are so friendly great service from start to finish!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Fun, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Late-night Find, Tapas, Casual, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Friendly attentive service, delicious food and wonderful atmosphere. Thank you for a great dining experience!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Healthy, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 6, 2017

The Spicy Beef Ramen is to die for! And the yakitori is amazing as well. I love this place.

Tags: Tapas, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Amazing food, great service!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 25, 2017

We didn't like the ramen. The yakitori may be better, we didn't try it.

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Terrible tonkotsu ramen (bland with mushy noodles) and just about everything we tried (BBQ oysters, fried rice ball, salad, etc) were relatively unappetizing/of low quality. The atmosphere was interesting though

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 15, 2017

I loved the atmosphere, I can see the perfect date there, but I went with family.

It was really nice, really good food, but paid $125 for 3 people. We wanted to try an assortment of food, most was really good,but a few was just ok.

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 28, 2017

The food was fantastic and I've been there before but the service was awful this time around. It took about 20 minutes before anyone attempted to start a drink order, we couldn't get anyone's attention to get menus, my beer came out warm and flat when I was finally able to order it, when asked for a sake suggestion the server pretty much rolled her eyes and we only saw her again at the end of the meal after we had to flag down other people to complete our order. Terrible service this time around but the food was still pretty damn good.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 27, 2017

I was so excited to go to this restaurant because of all of the great reviews but I was disappointed. The restaurant is outdated and not clean. A lot of dust if you look up towards the ceiling. It doesn't look like the owner or management has done a good job of keeping the place up to par. Unfortunately these details affected our dining experience—food and all.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Servers were very attentive, food was awesome, the tatami seating made it a very nice quiet environment where you could easily have a conversation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 17, 2017

You can always count on the quality of the food here! You can never go wrong with any of the Ramens but the Tonkatsu is our favorite! Staff is always friendly and attentive.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Casual, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Yummy! I like unagi skewer

Tags: Tapas, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2017

This is our favorite go-to place. The japenese style seating doesn't fly well with our older folks. I wish there's a regular table for a bigger party as well, just so we have options.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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