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
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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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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall1food3service3ambience1

We had a very poor experience at Bushido. There were tons of little flies around our table, and we had to be moved twice. The server said they have a seasonal issue where these flies come out of the plumbing and there's 'not much they can do about it'. I found that to be a really poor attitude, not to mention absolutely disgusting. The food was fine but our whole experience was tainted by the flies.

IB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Maybe we ordered badly. The appetizers were very good, the house special pancake was horrible, and the fish collar may have been perfect if you like that kind of thing.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Extremely nice ! Went to the Castro street location. Food is economical and the service is good !

Y
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service always the best

A
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My wife and I went there for Valentine's Day. Everything is OK but not surprisingly good. Slow service. A dish had not been served when we paid the bill and left the restaurant.

EA
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Enjoyed the food and the service was good

L
San Francisco
112 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

It’s been awhile since I’ve been back to Bushido and wow, I was disappointed. The food lacked any flavor. The only items I enjoyed was the salad in the bento box and the miso soup. The spicy tuna roll and no spice to it and the teriyaki was incredibly bland. Not going back there again.

k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wee juju on fya

DS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was prepared well, and have a lot of original flavor. I really enjoyed it.

SG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Interesting japanese food, friendly albeit slow service.

R
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Disappointed in the quality of the food. Iron noodles so doughy they couldn’t be eaten. Sashimi limp and did not seem fresh

HM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Bushido provides a variety of Japanese menu items that will be appreciated by food enthusiasts. I don’t recommend iced tea, but have their hot teas instead. Their sashimi quality is excellent with numerous varieties. Good place for lunch.

m
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The restaurant and food were average. The staff was neglectful and didn't clean off the table as dishes were eaten and completed. We had to ask the waiter to take away plates, which was irksome. The hostess was very good, however.

SK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food is consistently excellent as well as the service.

S
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The pork belly is always our favorite.

C
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We all got the Bushido ramen...very tasty broth and pork. No egg included. The agedashe tofu was yummy.

GC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very accommodating for a birthday party of 8. Good variety of food.

S
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The tempura dipping sauce was only at room temp. It further cooled down the lukewarm tempura. The chicken katsu was also too dry.

Y
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very supportive staff, we had a growing number in our party and we got amazing service

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

50 minutes for food to arrive at lunch. But delicious!

G
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My family and I truly enjoyed our meal. Our server was lovely!

CH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice place with good japanese food at reasonable prices

f
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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
Overall4food5service4ambience2

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
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

E
San Francisco
84 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall1food4service1ambience1

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
9 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The wait staff is super friendly!

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LE
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

CD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

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
86 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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
23 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
38 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.