Kaori Sushi & Sake Bar

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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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OC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good, especially the toro hamachi. Tea was a bit weak though. I’ll definitely go back to try other dishes.

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi in San Mateo

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quite fast and yummy

J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Family dîner

P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice spot for a reasonable lunch. Great sushi

OT
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tasty food. Good value for late lunch

Y
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always - everything was superb!!
Dustin is delightful, super sensitive in serving all with so much thought and care.
Without asking for the togarashi seasoning, he remembered I love it - and thus it appears at our table as my udon is served!!

CW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality and service! Sushi is always fresh. Service is great. Not too noisy. Great place for friends gathering.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food. Good prices. Great, fast servize.

AC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fresh and delicious. Presentation is very nice. Ambience is great. Perfect place to get together with friends or family. Always a great dinner experience!

BM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The service was poor. had to wait for a while before someone came to even seat us - we had a reservation. short staffed i guess. food was great.

AT
Macau
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

DF
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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.

SK
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection, really fresh and tasty!

2
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

S
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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!

CW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and great consistency. Great value for the price.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

SB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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!

J
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very constant, good quality

OP
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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!

MK
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

MM
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Favorite Japanese Restaurant in town!

c
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience3

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.

OT
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed our meal. Rolls were tasty and generous.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience4

End of school year

NS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

JU
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and service too

OT
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soooooo good and so fresh !!!

A
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JJ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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.

MF
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

c
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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.