Ijo Izakaya

4.2
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18 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
Welcome to Ijo Izakaya!
Ijo Izakaya, located in the "Gourmet Ghetto," specializes in traditional Japanese tapas and sushi, and also features an extensive sake selection. Join us for lunch or dinner - we look forward to serving you!
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
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4.2
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3.8
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4.2
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Moose
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely little restaurant with v. good Japanese food. Four stars because it was too cold inside.

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Awesome
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great!

We came as a family on Valentine’s Day, and they were able to accommodate.

Oden was excellent. Yellowtail carpaccio was awesome. Sashimi was thick and delicious.

Thank you to the staff and chef. We will return again.

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Gabe23
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was very slow; we were 3 guests and only the food for one guest arrived first, followed by a long wait.

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vipVendredi
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

SO sorry to report that the food here was just not appetizing. Nice people and all....but the food needs huge improvement.

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vipGirlSaysDo
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Overall just an okay experience, wouldn't recommend nor come back. Fairly small shop with one waitress, not much variety of sushi rolls. The sashimi combo was very disappointing since it was a 20 piece with only 4 varieties of the standard fish. The tuna was very mushy which makes me think it had been frozen for too long. Only the salmon was great even though I had a bone in one piece. The pieces were also not the same size which is disappointing. Lastly we had booked a reservation and had to wait over 20 minutes to be seated. Next time I will try Saul's next door because it looked great and was much busier. There's also another sushi restaurant on the corner that looked more bustling.

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vipDLfromOakTown
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience1

This was a nice enough restaurant (wasn’t the one I thought I had booked). The ambiance is bland, they have a mock- sushi bar, but prepare in the back kitchen. The food was surprisingly good across the board with the exception of sushi that was just mediocre (they charged as though the food was great).

The server flipped the lights off and on when she wanted us to go (it was 9:15, but just tell us if you’re closed) and water came shooting out of the ceiling above (not their fault, but it lasted two minutes).

I’m not going back - it was fine, but this restaurant isn’t worth booking a reservation for when there is so much great Japanese in Oakland.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I went here on a double date and had a lovely time. Our server was kind and attentive, and the food was tasty and generous. I highly recommend the eggplant dish and tuna nigiri.

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evelyn22
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Very friendly service at comfortable neighborhood restaurant with a varied menu and amazing happy hour bites. The fried oysters were succulent inside their crackly batter and the generous vegetable tempura was crispy -- brought instantly from the fryer to the table. We had the salmon collar daily special. While nicely seasoned, the fish was a little too firm for my taste. Perhaps other folks prefer their fish to be well cooked. Maybe they can ask the customer how well done they'd like their fish, as restaurants do for steak!

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JamesM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Generous portions and friendly service. Very casual.

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vipLaurelL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ordered the 20 piece tray, delicious large portions of fish. Salad, tofu and other items were tasty also.

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vipstevenp
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food is well-crafted and very fresh. The menu is very appealing. The good thing is everything tastes quite good. The bad thing is one orders too much, making this tiny, very informal venue, quite expensive.
But i've gone back. So, obviously, it is worth it.

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vipasquared15
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Insipid food, gummy noodles, under-cooked shrimp, tasteless soup.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Take2! Enjoyed it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day Treat from My Brother...

I would highly recommend the restaurant. Excellent Quality! Impressive! Fabulous! Delighted.

We had several dishes and everything was great. The menu had a wide variety of choices and was well priced- we particularly enjoyed it! Amazing food & Very inexpensive for what it is as well. They were divine. Very good indeed!

Thank you Tara. "The service was warm friendly and was very quick"... which is really pretty rare.

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vipOhma
Orange County
90 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So happy to have this new and improved Sushi restaurant so close to home!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had reservations for 7pm and we were seated 30 minutes later. Only one front of the house person and it is not enough, it affects service.

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vipeat2live
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent value and food quality. The menu is varied from sushi to robata yaki to noodles. The happy hour tapas such as karaage were tasty and $5!

Ijo Izakaya
Responded on February 21, 2019

Dear eat2live, Thank you so much for your reservation and nice review. Best Regards Tara Manager Ijo Izakaya

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vipNWSber
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Too expensive and only one waitress for all the tables. As a result, forgotten orders and a long wait for everything. Food pretty good once it arrived, but expensive.

Ijo Izakaya
Responded on February 21, 2019

Dear NWSber, First of all, thank you so much for your interest in our restaurant. We appreciate very much that you liked our food. Regarding the price, we were very careful on finalize the menu, since Japanese food requires fresh as most important element, so most of our dishes are prepared in house, and that requires high labor cost. Could you kindly identify one or two items that are overpriced, so our crew could discuss this matter further? Best Regards Tara Manager Ijo Izakaya

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Ijo Izakaya is rated 4.2 stars by 18 OpenTable diners.

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