Bushido

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$30 and under
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Bushido Izakaya offers Silicon Valley diners the best of Japanese izakaya dining- an integral part of Japanese restaurant culture where people come together at casual “watering holes” to drink and enjoy unique small plates and authentic offerings that are satisfying for one or perfect to share.

Specializing in unique Japanese "small plates', grilled Yakitori Skewers, highest quality Sashimi, Katsu, satisfying Ramen dishes, and select Sushi; Bushido serves authentic dishes with modern flair. Our flavors are perfectly balanced to complement our homey, izakaya roots while featuring the freshest of local ingredients; with a strong emphasis on sustainable seafood. The result is a menu that is in harmony with the seasons, the environment, and the palate.

Full Bar with Happy Hour Specials 5-6:20 pm
Outside Catering is available

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Sun 7:45PM - 8:45PM
Mon - Wed 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 12:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Thu - Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 12:00PM 9:30PM - 11:30PM
Sat 9:30PM - 11:30PM

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CH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice place with good japanese food at reasonable prices

f
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was quick and people were really nice. The noise level was good because we could have conversation without raising our voices. The food was pretty good, the sashimi was fresh, but the tempura rolls were a little overdone. I really liked their speciality sashimi plate and the grilled corn appetizer.

JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Excellent fish and very good service (at end was difficult to get a server to pay our bill, it was fine until then. Even though we were sitting in the back, the music was WAY too loud!

LC
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went with friends - who were vegetarian - and there were plenty of options. We ordered a mix of different things and shared family-style. To me the Japanese Curry was pretty great along with veg tempura.

D
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here at recommendation of a friend. Loved the kuromitsu beef, which was a bowl of very tender and flavorful short-rib meat. Tried a piece of my friend's okonomiyaki, a house specialty. It was fabulous! We thought it was reasonably priced, and the wine served at happy hour ($5) was excellent. The server was new, but very good and very attentive. Will definitely go back!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Loud Live music in the wrong place. Don’t you guys (owner) get it ? On Saturday night the place was half empty because of that !

MZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A jazz trio was playing when we were there, which was very enjoyable. The food was excellent. The staff was very nice.

j
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good for okonomiyaki. Rolls and sushi are good, but pricey.

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

very ordinary japanese food. They have good vegetarian vegan options and thats why we went. Didn't like the food that much.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The wait staff is super friendly!

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, including Vegan options. The live music on Saturdays only adds to the ambiance.

LE
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our family always enjoys our meal at Bushido and we try to dine there often. Our "go to" order is kampachi kama, usually grilled to perfection...soft and super moist. Tonight's kampachi kama was slightly overcooked where the fish was a wee bit dry for our taste. The "small plate" corn was tasty, but seemed to be overly seasoned (salty), frozen corn.

If looking for a nice quiet evening, Saturday nights features live music making dinner conversation more difficult.

Service is very nice and accommodating.

DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went to Bushido Izakaya for lunch & definitely enjoyed it. I had the bento box with chicken teriyaki & mixed tempura. All very tasty, although the tempura was mostly vegetable & there was only one shrimp. Every other Japanese restaurant I have been to gives you two or more of the shrimp tempura.

My friend got a sushi special which included various types of sashimi. They said it was excellent.

Service was adequate, nothing special, but overall, it was a very nice lunch.

FG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good value on the lunch set. Quality is good too!

CD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

I have never felt more unimportant or ignored at a restaurant. I dine out a few times a week and they failed last night on many levels. Our party of three was seated for a 7:00 reservation. We ordered at 7:10 and received our appetizer at 7:50. One member of our party received his dinner at 7:55. The other two dinners arrived at 8:15 pm. After searching for someone to bring us our bill at 8:35, we asked if this service was normal. She replied, 'Well, we are busy on Saturday nights and the kitchen is really busy'. We walked out past two managers. No acknowledgement, not even a simple 'thank you'. The young man at the front desk offered a slight smile. It doesn't really matter that the food was acceptable, they destroyed our evening with their disinterest and poor service. Never again!!!

KN
Seattle
80 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Visiting friends from Tacoma, WA were impressed with the array of special preparations of Japanese food which they’d never tried before. Trout preparations (as sashimi in the trout and avocado roll and seared as part of the Bushido roll) were new taste experiences for all of us. The happy hour pricing for garlic edamame, the trout & avocado roll, and the grilled vegetables was an added bonus, available until 6:20 pm. Hiroshima style okonomiyaki was also happily shared, taking advantage of the option of 1/2 and 1/2 sauces to try both the traditional way and the shiodare (with lemon & salt). Finding parking was a challenge around Castro Street on Friday night but well worth the meal.

BS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The staff was amazing! Very attentive without intruding. We chose to sit outside rather than inside since the purpose of our dinner was to catch up and talk and the band playing inside would have made this more challenging (but it WAS a good band)! Any questions we had were answered to our complete satisfaction and we also enlisted staff recommendations (all of which were very, very good).

LE
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Arriving early (5:30 pm) for dinner, we enjoyed their happy hour $1.50 oysters in the half shell...very nice!

If you like fish with strong flavor, the dinner menu offers Kanpachi Kama (a grilled fish collar). They grilled our collars to perfection and they were delicious.

As side dishes, we ordered vegetable tempura and the curry rice plate (without adding optional protein). The tempura was just a wee bit greasy for our taste, but the vegetables were fresh and tasty. The curry rice was very good, but we thought $9 was expensive for a plate covered in curry sauce and a single scoop of plain white rice.

All said, we will be returning to Bushido!!!

FD
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Happened to be in the area and was craving Japanese so we popped in. Overall a good place to enjoy Japanese food and try some things that we'd never had. We started with 2 rolls, the spicy Tuna roll and the Travocado roll. They were delicious. For the main course I had the Traditional Okonomiyaki and my girl had Kurimitso Beef. Both were reasonably priced and delicious. All very good taste and portions!

The service was good, the food was great, and overall I would suggest this place. The prices were reasonable and the menu had a good variety of options. If you're in the downtown Mountain View and like Japanese food this is a good choice.

LL
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Previous issues that I've noted have been resolved. Maybe it was just an off night. Quality is back to expectations.

NB
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time at Bushido. Great happy hour, great drinks, great food options. A real hidden gem on Castro. All my friends were happy about my choice of restaurant. :)

RS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Often go when have special occasion. Have brought friends who return on their own.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

There r many flys in the back dining area which was pretty disturbing at one point. Food is good tho

G
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is amazing! One of best Japanese places we’ve been to in the Bay Area. Live Music was great too.

c
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Drinks were dangerously good. I want to go back and try them all. Rolls are on the large side, nicely presented and fresh ingredients. Spicy edamame is served warm. It was a treat with a little kick. Service was warm and friendly without being intrusive. Pros all around. :)

C
San Francisco
83 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a nice birthday celebration with my art mom friends. ;) I got there a little early and so the wait staff were very nice in accommodating me with water and seeing if I needed anything. We all ordered the bento boxes which all very yummy...had the agedashi tofu, grilled veggies, and tonkatsu. Carleen bought us a cake and they were nice enough to it candles on it and provoked us with the plates and serving utensils. Services was great. Took a nice group photo.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

This was our second time back at Bushido. Food was good, but the service was absolutely terrible.

Will not be returning a 3rd time.

j
San Francisco
222 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Small venue, bustling. Food was an adventure (a good one; interesting, tasty discoveries) and service was very good.

YC
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed every dishes we ordered, mushroom fried rice, pork belly buns, miso cod,sashimi, Bushido rolls,kale salad, Bushido salad. Ingredients are so fresh and good quality!! Everyone on the table will visit again!

GH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The house special okonomiyaki is quite good. Happy hour drinks all day Sunday.

D
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Good food, live jazz was a nice touch.

Our tempura had a long piece of hair embedded in the batter. Not appetizing and ruined overall experience.

KN
Seattle
80 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoy the food and Saturday night live jazz at Bushido and brought our family and a friend to join us this last time to introduce them to Bushido. The menu suits sharing different items family style, especially the House Specialty okonomiyaki (savory pancakes). We have been twice with party of 6 in order to try both the traditional and the Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki (with noodles and egg) and select different toppings. The Kurobota pork belly and Kuromitsu beef short ribs were both hearty and flavorful. The spicy cauliflower does have a kick--we liked it too, along with standard favorites like gyoza (fried pork dumplings) and age dashi tofu.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bushido was such a wonderful experience. We had the regular sake flight, age nasu (fried eggplant), spicy cauliflower, kuromitsu beef (short ribs), travocado (trout and avocado roll), negi toro (tuna scallion roll), red bean and green tea matcha ice creams for dessert. Everything was a delight to eat, especially the short ribs and cauliflower. The service was excellent and we will definitely be back! I've been recommending this place to all of my co-workers to try for lunch.

S
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was delicious! Will definitely be back!!!

v
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Great service. Second order of wine came late so the manager gave 3 glass of wine on the house.

MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The place is small and tables are small that it feels crowded and squeezed .

L
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Made a reservation for Bushido for a Saturday night. We were seated immediately. Our server was friendly and checked on us just the right amount. The food was amazing! I really LOVED the Uni Crab Risotto. This off the menu item is definitely worth ordering. It was super tasty, cheesy, and decadent! The Miso Cod was buttery, but I wish the fish was marinated a little more in the miso rather than just having it as a sauce on the side. The Okonomiyaki was also very good! We had it Hiroshima style (with noodles) and got half and half so that we could try both sauces. My only complaint was the live music. While it was fun, it was definitely way too loud for such a small space.

SJ
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Friendly staff. My family and I will come back again.

DC
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

There are not much selection on the raw food department. The cooked food is acceptable. I was surprised to use there is a life jazz band playing live music in a Japanese restaurant. It made it hard to talk while the banding is playing.

k
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Solid Japanese fare but a bit expensive for what you get. There's hot tea is like warm so I had to ask for a new one. Also no salad dressing in my bento so I had to ask for some. They have good food but miss on the details

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