About Bushido

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 5-7 pm
Private Room & Outside Catering with Bento Box Lunches a Specialty

156 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday (11:30am-2:00pm)
Happy Hour: Tuesday - Friday (5:00pm - 6:20pm);
Late Night Happy Hour: Thursday - Saturday (10:00pm - 11:00pm);
Dinner: Tuesday - Wednesday (5:00 pm - 9:30pm),
Thursday - Saturday (5:00pm - 11:00pm),
Sunday (5:00pm - 9:30pm)

Cross Street:
Villa Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 386-6821

Website:
http://www.bushidoizakaya.com/

Entertainment:
We feature a full bar with many weekly events

Catering:
Off site catering is also available within 10 miles of Mountain View for lunch and dinner including traditional dishes, sushi platters and creative izakaya items such as Japanese slider style burgers made with Kobe beef. Ask about Lunchtime Bento Boxes for 20+ Or call ahead for pickup.

Parking Details:
Free public garage directly behind the restaurant as well as street parking.

Public Transit:
Caltrain at Castro Street in Mountain View.

Executive Chef:
Isamu Kanai

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
WINE DOWN TUESDAY - Half off all wines by the glass or bottle
WEDNESDAY HALF PRICE SAKE- half off all sakes by the glass or bottle, dai ginjos excluded
THIRSTY THURSDAY - Happy hour drinks all night $2 Sapporos, $3 house wine, $3 large hot sake, $2 small hot sake, assorted specialty cocktails for $5
OYSTER SUNDAY - $1 oysters all night

HAPPY HOUR 5-7 PM ( Tuesday- Friday)
$2 Sapporo pints, $2 small hot sake , $3 large hot sake, $3 house wines, $5 assorted specialty cocktails,
Specials on assorted appetizers, $3 sushi rolls, $3 hand rolls, $2 yakitori, $1 oysters

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Details
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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Bushido Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.0

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Happy Hour (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Authentic (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Business Meals (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Cozy (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Fun (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
People Watching (1)
Romantic (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We were pleased with our lunch at Bushido, was a nice day out on the patio. Food was great and service was very friendly .. although not checked on quite as often being outside. We would go back.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had a group of 10 and they were very accommodating. The table was ready when we got there and we had to make an 8:00 show and they made sure everyone was served.

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

our first time visiting here but not impressed. Sushi was definitely not as good as Fuki. A request we made to leave some of off one of the rolls was not done but we were told "no problem."

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Must have the Japanese pancake!!
Bushido roll is good too

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

In the heart of Mountain View. Great tasting food and very attentive, non-intrusive friendly service. We have come several times for Family occasions, business luncheons, or to grab a Casual bite to eat. I enjoy getting several starters and the Okonomiaki. The ramen is enjoyable too if you want some soup. I love this place!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We have been long time fans of Bushido and have enjoyed immensely its ascent as a top-rated izakaya. A lot of this was due to Executive Chef Isamu Kanai, who emphasized sustainably caught sashimi, especially ocean trout. His meshi dishes with unagi were as delicious as they were authentic. Alas, with Chef Kanai's departure and exacting standards, the food quality has declined. The chef's assorted sashimi included previously frozen tuna that had lost its texture and flavor, even being a bit watery on the serving plate. The pork belly meshi was OK, but included way too many conflicting flavors. Gone also were the wonderfully delicious sashimi dishes in ponzu sauce with garlic and other garnishes. There were some new dishes--the garlic soy sauce buttered corn was delicious as a side dish. We had a new server who was not familiar with the menu, but we understand how difficult it is to find good restaurant staff in today's economy. Our hope is that the owner Steve Chen will find a new chef who can help rebuild and refine the culinary reputation that his restaurant had worked so hard to earn and achieve.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Best Japanese Restaurant in Mountian View, well worth the drive. I recommend the Sukiyaki and Beef Curry.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Service was super slow and not at all experienced. Young and not very intelligent

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great food, except the spicy cauliflower was a little too spicy for our taste :-)

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

We were celebrating our daughter's b'day, it was our first time at Bushido. Our server was amazing and gave us some great options since we told her we were vegetarians. She also checked on us a few times to make sure everything was going well. At the end of our dinner, she surprised us w/ a dessert for our daughter w/ a candle for her b'day. All in all, a wonderful experience!

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

2 thumbs up for the all great lucy and lysa. Food very good too. Happy day happy me happy food

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Vegan, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Fun place with a diverse menu of small plates. Service is very good.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The food is great especially the yakatori. It could get a bit loud and busy and make sure you make reservation on the weekend

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Happy Hour
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

great sushi, great cooked food as well. the dining room was a bit loud, which made conversation a little hard, but overall a fine restaurant.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Fantastic happy hour selections and some really creative and delicious Japanese cuisine.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Three of us dined and we enjoyed it. The pork belly buns were our favorite. We thought all of the dishes were good with our least favorite being the okonomiyaki preparation. Even though okonomiyaki is the house special, there was too much sweet sauce on it and the pancake did not seem like it was cooked through because it was very mushy, unlike any other okonomiyakis that I've had at other restaurants; maybe it was just that night however. Otherwise, we really enjoyed the mushroom fried rice, grilled squid, eggplant, chicken skewer, and again those great pork belly buns! Since it's izakaya style, there are a wide variety of different types of dishes to try, unlike many of the standard Japanese restaurants. It's a nice place to go to.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Delicious. Our server was a delight. Loved the tempura and chef's sample plate.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

My friends and I had a pleasant experience at Bushido. We were given a complimentary healthy portion of edamame. The birthday gal enjoyed her meal. I liked the misoyaki cod, but the Brussels sprouts were practically raw and therefore hard to chew, and there were two tiny cubes of tofu in my miso soup. The third person had the agedashi tofu and the pork belly. She felt that the sauces were too similar and salty.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Not impressed. It wasn't busy but our food took so long to come out, so long we even had to cancel certain items.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Food was good, and we enjoyed sitting outside. The big drawback to this meal was that our food came out in many different phases with long gaps in between. My husband and son were done with their food before my entree even arrived, and my side dish took much longer even than that. I had the impression from the server that he'd forgotten my food all together, but he offered no compensation or apology beyond saying that he hoped I'd enjoyed my meal regardless of the delay.

The restaurant serves sustainable seafood and so many common items typically found on sushi menus are not available.

Given the poor service we received, I can't recommend this restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2017

We celebrated my husband's birthday here with a group of friends.
The servers were friendly and accomodating . We probably ordered a little bit of everything since we were such a large group and they have great small plates. Everyone enjoyed themselves. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

Tags: Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Great fresh, sustainable fish. The variety of dishes is wonderful. You can find anything for almost every food taste

Tags: Tapas, Organic, Spicy, Casual, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Very good ambiance - indoor & outdoor seating. The pork buns were amazing and not the usual kind I get. We went here to try the okonomiyaki (one of our favorite dishes - we've tried in several different places), which was good but not amazing. I prefer a softer texture - this seemed a little too crunchy and hard to separate. We also had a California roll, which was okay as well. I would definitely go back to try different plates. Overall, 4/5!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Sat outside and service was definitely lacking. Appetizers came at random times (one after we were done eating) and our three entrees were served 5 minutes apart. Very disappointed...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Decent Japanese Izakaya with good sushi.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Had not ben there for over a year and not surprised that the food and service was remarkable as ever.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

It was a very good dining experience, especially for a group. Everyone in my group loved the small tapas-like dishes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Tapas, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 27, 2017

The food was in the upper 25% of Japanese restaurants, with a wide variety of cooked and uncooked selections.

The quality of the food was quite good, but the service was intolerably slow. We waited for more than an hour for the sushi/sashimi dishes. While the waitress asked if we wanted everything together or bring it out when ready, we didn't realize it would be a 45 minute difference between the hot food (which came out at a very reasonable time) and the cold food (sushi/sashimi) came out.

I am also a little surprised that they did not offer any complimentary food for those waiting for such a long time.

Finally, the portions served for the sashimi were amongst the smallest I have seen, given the moderately high prices.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Always love this place! The food is great and the staff is always so nice and accommodating. We have been repeat customers for a few years now and still recommend this place to anyone. It's perfect if you want just a little food or a lot of food.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 15, 2017

It was okay, not really worth the price. Okonomiyaki is my favorite food and it was quite gooey and undercooked. Curry was good but very basic. Overall it was good but I think it was not worth the price. Nice inside and servers are very friendly.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Afternoon Tea, Cozy, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 5, 2017

We very much appreciated the vegan menu! The vegan food was creative, Varied and delicious. Thank you for thinking about the vegan community :)

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 (New England)·Dined on March 31, 2017

The food was disappointing. The dumplings were burnt and coming apart. The waitress replaced them and they weren't much better. Must have been defrosted wrong as they were stuck together. The service wasn't great either.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 16, 2017

A good japanese restaurant, nothing out of this world but good enough.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2017

The Gyoza is a total mess. It falls by itself already. Pancake is topped with a lot of sauce, very salty.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 26, 2017

Good meal. Tried the curry with beef. Mild in flavor compared to my mom's, with a thicker gravy consistency. The ribeye beef tends to be larger more marbled pieces and a bit chewy. Always friendly atmosphere and our server was very knowledgeable and attentive.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Casual, Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 24, 2017

The food was delicious and the sushi presentations were works of art. Very impressed and will definitely return!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 23, 2017

The food was incredible and service excellent. We will definitely be going back soon!

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Went for Valentine's Day/Birthday night. Definitely a special occasion for my special partner. Service was mediocre at best. Sake menu was presented in a condescending manner and had to flag down a waiter to order after a long wait. Once the food arrived it was good to very good. Price point not worth the quality imo. This seems like it would be good for a casual lunch/business date. As a restaurant for a special occasion it seems to fall woefully short.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Great food and ambience

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2017

We absolutely love Bushido. Service is wonderful, food is outstanding, and location is great. They really make you feel at home in their restaurant and their sashimi is the best in the area. Thank you very much!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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