Kaori Sushi & Sake Bar

4.6
64 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
Kaori Sushi & Sake Bar serves sushi in San Mateo.
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Macau
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visited on Sat 13Apr dinner. Small setting. I was alone and restaurant was not packed yet waitress led me to sit in a table for two squeezed between two other tables that are occupied. I decided to sit by the bar counter. Seriously? Since you are not full, at least let your customer sit comfortably. Food wise, salmon sashimi was thick and fresh but 7 pcs for $19.95 without option on pcs, I didn’t finish all. Soba with shrimp tempura was good, tempura was not oily. Waitress was very friendly and ambience was nice so except for flexibility in seating, everything is great. Will return and hopefully they will not squeeze me between two tables again. Oh, parking a challenge, I will forgo booking if I can’t find a lot. No free wifi too.

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D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Everything is to the point, high quality products, great service.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place. Food is always decent. Service was great. I will definitely be back.

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DF
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food is amazing but always feel a but rushed even when we've made a reservation. Staff is nice just very hurried. But food makes up for it - melt in your mouth sashimi.

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SK
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection, really fresh and tasty!

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San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice quiet place off the beaten path. We'll go back for sure. Excellent service, fresh food prepared well. Delicious Gyoza, mackerel, udon, sashimi. We must try the rest of menu. Good selection of beers and sake.

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San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Over booked the reservations. It took another 30mins plus from our original reservation. 7:30pm reservation, got our table at 8:10pm. Sat for another 10mins before someone took our order. Forgot 1 of our appetizers order & came out with a different appetizer order. We are almost done with our meal when the last appetizer came!

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CW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and great consistency. Great value for the price.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

8:00 on Friday, walked right in. Fast friendly service, excellent amazingly fresh sushi. We’ve been several times, and it’s always like this.

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SB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent quality. One of only 3 sushi restaurants I've ever been to that serves Kama. That's a big deal. It means they are buying whole fish and butchering in house. If you've never tried it you owe it to yourself to order it. Everything was excellent quality. I'll definitely be back!

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very constant, good quality

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OP
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great little spot in a fairly restaurant-populated area. Our server was great, recommending foods. He was very friendly and personable. I much enjoyed the Spicy Seafood-Don dish. I’ll definitely visit again.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great sushi but overall overpriced for our group of 8. Yes we had some sake and wine but it was almost $500 for the 8 of us and that included 3 kids!

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MK
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I used to love this restaurant, but their food quality seems to have declined the last few times we've tried it. It's not that it's bad--it's just that it doesn't stand out anymore from among the many other Japanese restaurants in San Mateo.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great, fresh food and sushi. Fast and prompt service!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

pretty good but took awhile to serve us and a bit over priced (like most of San Mateo)

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MM
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Favorite Japanese Restaurant in town!

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c
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice place with strictly a Japanese leaning on beer and alcohol (except for wine). We enjoyed the rolls but my daughter, whose love for shushing, thought one of the dishes was a bit dry. We ordered 5 different sushi entrees. The children’s chicken dish was a bit overdone as well.

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New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed our meal. Rolls were tasty and generous.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

End of school year

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NS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Sushi place. Very creative plates. Amazing taste. Highly recommend if you are in the area.

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JU
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Kaori may just become our new favorite restaurant! I had the chicken udon - it was hot and delicious. Also loved the dragon rolls and my husband loved his chicken teriyaki. Great service, good prices and delicious!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and service too

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Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Soooooo good and so fresh !!!

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A
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have a new favorite sushi place. Fantastic, friendly service, and amazing food.

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JJ
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This place has dropped significantly in quality of food and service over the last 6 months.

It’s quite audacious to charge $60 for Omikase nigiri when the sushi isn’t fresh. The uni smelled like pooh. The presentation was lacking and the service was horrible.

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MF
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. I went back the next day for lunch to have more ribs. Very clean and fantastic service.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food but the portions are quite small compared to other Japanese restaurants.

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c
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food here is delicious!! We had the Agedashi tofu, takoyaki, three sushi rolls, and the sashimi. Everything was worth the price.

The only downside here is the wait despite having a reservation booked through Open Table. There was no hostess to greet and it seems they have overbooked. This is a popular spot. So our 630 pm reservation became a 645 almost 650 pm seating.

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E
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the sushi varieties and the Japanese beer. I was seated fairly quickly, served promptly and food came in nice sequence! The l

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D
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Poor service this night...and, our stomachs didn’t feel to good shortly after.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good sushi. VERY loud.

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X
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

No complaints, very fresh fish, which is great!!!

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YY
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is a belated review but it's still fresh in my mind. We were very happy with Kaori Sushi as their food are really fresh and tasty. We ordered several sushi dishes, salmon collars, chicken karaage and udon. There were 8 of us for a birthday dinner. Since we made reservation, we were seated quickly. My niece loves chicken karaage so we had two orders. They were tender on the inside and crispy on the outside so we finished them quickly. The salmon collars were meaty and flavorful and the sushi dishes were fresh. Waiters were very attentive. Since we informed them that it's for birthday, they gave us a candle lighted special dessert. We definitely would come back again.

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DF
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Sashimi was not as fresh as expected. Salmon Teriyaki was excellent as was the spicy garlic edamame. They do not have brown rice and the wait staff seemed a bit put out when you asked for something like water when yours was empty.

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San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I've been to Kaori for lunch a number of times and thought that the food and service were good. However, the dinner service on Monday -Labor day was subpar. The servers seemed irritated and was very slow. The restaurant was full but not really busy. We asked the server a few times for a water refill before we actually got it and she was visibly annoyed. The sushi came with a tiny pinch of wasabi and maybe 2 slivers of ginger and when I asked for more ginger, she brought us wasabi and when we repeat our request, she respond with a curt, " I got it for you." Anyhow, we got our bill and there was a line item charge of $2 for the additional ginger. SERIOUSLY? My guests and I had to laugh. What a cheap ploy to beef up the bill.

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J
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Unorganized, didn't get our table because they claim that Opentable made a mistake because they are booked. We are also returning customers and their service is mostly sub-par.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I come to this restaurant at least once a month. Brought a group here when my cousin was visiting from out of town and was somewhat disappointed with the service. We were the only ones there, and got there with plenty of time before closing. They rushed us through our meal and even turned the lights off before we left. Won't be coming back for awhile.

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B
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Get the octopus with wasabi, and try one of the spicy rolls.
Service was as expected, nothing out of the world, but met our needs.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service staff was attentive and friendly, the fish was fresh and delicious and the price was reasonable. I will return to this place.

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