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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

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food

4.5

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Late-night Find (10)
Good for a Date (8)
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Romantic (7)
Tapas (6)
Casual (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Fun (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Cozy (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Authentic (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Business Meals (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Spicy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Seasonal (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

We brought our friends who visited us from Hong Kong to lunch at Mokutanya on 2/19/18. We were so embarrassed. We ordered a lot of things like lobster tail, Hamachi Karma, egg plant, pork belly Unfortunately they were all unavailable. Eventhough we ordered the lobster tail when we were seated, the unavailabity of the lobster tail was told to us towards the end of our lunch when we asked them. For the Hamachi Karma, the waitress told us it was sold out. Egg plant and pork belly not available at time of our order. For a restaurant to run out of food at lunch time on Preskident's day is really BAD, it seems like they did not have enough manpower to serve us. We ate about $165 including tips for lunch. We are really disappointed. Anna

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·Dined 3 days ago

I've been here on a business dinner and it was really good and the service was good. On a Saturday night 10:30 reservation the food was still good but the service was spotty. Things I ordered never arrived out of sequence and I had to remind the servers. I'll chalk it up to a bad night but it definitely wasn't as comfortable as it should have been.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Mokutanya has a unique, awesome, creative feel when you step past check in. The food was amazing. The ambiance will leave you in ahhhh. We had a great experience and will definitely be back again.

Tags: Spicy, Tapas, Hot Spot, Fun, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Pretty cool place. Ambiance is low light and unique setting for a date since it’s a bit dark and candle lit. Lots of Japanese cuisine options to choose from as well.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Healthy, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Just came to have dinner with my mom Mitzie who loves this place. She had her 90th birthday celebration here two years ago. We wanted to have the oysters first but they started bringing us the other skewers and salad first which I thought was not very good because it was written down on the order. Then the ramen came out way too fast. Other than that the experience was ok. We will keep coming back here. Oyster special night is a favorite!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

value for the food prepared left me wondering what their food cost is ... probably 10% ... small portions ... hefty price ... hard for us old folks to get seated ...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Amazing service, amazing food and just an overall unique experience.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Second time in a roll, they ran out of ramen for lunch. Overall, service is excellent.

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great ambience and service, offering a very unique experience + the food is amazing! They also have a broad selection of sake.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great spot. Food is excellent and ambience is perfect.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Hard to get waiters attention. Love this place tho

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Very tasty foods! The staff was very polite and mostly responsive. The main downside was that the kitchen apparently ran out of a number of dishes that we had ordered, but no one came out to tell us until we had asked after it. All in all, great atmosphere, very good food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The skewers are very good especially Shiitake mushroom. The clam soup is also very good. The only thing is the ramen not tasting authentic.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great service. Would totally come back for the food. Only issue was cigarette smoke from outside gets funneled into the dining area, almost like having a smoker at the table.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

This is one of my favorite places to leave San Jose for; but for my birthday I was a little disappointed! I’ve had better service on an average night. We didn’t receive a few dishes that were put on our bill. Servers (and I mean plural bc we had 3-4 thru out the night) were very nice and quick to change it. Still one of my favorite places, but most likely not for a special occasion next time.

Tags: Fun, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Food was amazing! Going back next time I am in town!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Quiet fun place to take a date. Great food, good wine/sake selection.

Tags: Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Service was great! Please be sure to check any reservation notes or requests made online when patrons arrive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I went here for my birthday. The food is authentic. Different kinds of meat to choose from. It's different, not your usual dinner.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

I usually love eating here. It's a great place to take clients. However, our last meal was sub par. All 9 dishes came out at once leaving the majority of them cold and unappetizing. In the future, I'm sure it won't feel as rushed.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great service and we'll prepared food, pricy but acceptable. Music was disappointing rap, disrespectful language not appropriate for dining. To bad, we would be back for the food, beverage and service. But the music is a deal breaker

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Nicole and Nikki were outstanding and very friendly! It was my first time there and because of them I will be returning with friends! Thank you Nicole and Nikki

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great food!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We are always treated very special here. Today was a special occasion being the 92nd b-day of my mom and they treated us to a glass of wine each and dessert

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great selection of Yakitori — our favorite Yakitoris were eel, gindara, and the black cod. The ambience is perfect for a date night. However, the service was poor. The server mixed up our order with someone else, and she couldn’t remember what dishes have come to our table.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on November 7, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 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 5, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food and great service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 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 10, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 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 4, 2017

Wonderful ambiance and very eclectic choice of meats

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 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 29, 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 20, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We had 8 people in a private room. The food was excellent. However it seemed the waitress was unaware of certain dishes being out of stock. We ordered and never received a couple dishes and had to ask about it. Otherwise the experience was good.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 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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