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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 5-7 pm
Private Room & Outside Catering with Bento Box Lunches a Specialty
Mountain View, CA 94041
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)
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We feature a full bar with many weekly events
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.
Free public garage directly behind the restaurant as well as street parking.
Caltrain at Castro Street in Mountain View.
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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Bushido Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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