Namu Gaji

4.6
535 reviews
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$30 and under
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Centrally located on the corner of 18th St. and Dolores St. in the Mission District; Namu Gaji is a family run restaurant that is dedicated to serving its community and neighborhood through personal, ingredient-driven food, much of which comes from our very own Namu Farm!
Health, happiness, community, and responsibility are some of our core values.
Delivery available via Caviar.

Our "little sister" NAMU STONEPOT (a 22-seat fast casual eatery) IS NOW OPEN ON 553 DIVISADERO ST, Delivery available via Caviar, No reservations for this location.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.6

Namu Gaji is running a menu of Korean-Japanese science experiments in the Mission. Some work, some don’t.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was scant in some cases and overcooked, almost burned in others...
Very disappointing since I had enjoyed the place years earlier...
WHATS UP??!!

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K
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Good food. Small space to eat, chairs not very comfortable

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such great flavors. Consistently good food. Wonderful collection of sakes.

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KC
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I know this spot has been around for some time, but its new to me and my new fave. The food they prepare is delicious; so ono. 🤙🏽 Twists in ordinary items, e.g. dumplings, arancini, etc. elevates them to fantastic. Good spot for vegetarians and carnivores. I saw a few GF notations available on the menu as well but we did not need. The staff is very friendly. All helped in taking care of all guests. The music is super cool and makes for a lively, fun atmosphere. Thank you!

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IE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date spot! The stone pot and gyoza are crazy good, but you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. The service was fast, kind, helpful, and patient.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food, lots of vegan / vegetarian friendly options. Intimate setting, low noise so we could chat, but also casual feeling. A little spendy but really delicious food to share with friends makes it worth it!

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JM
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all the way around. Food, service and ambiance.
We have been dinning with Namu since they were located on Balboa. You always know your going to get fresh excellently prepared & tasty food.

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PK
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for the special Xmas eve noodle menu and everything was excellent. The Turley Zinfandel was especially delicious and reasonably priced (less than retail!).

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j
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Went for their Christmas eve special noodle special; my main sticking point was that the noodles were instant ramen noodles. I get that they're more common in Korean cuisine than fresh noodles but felt out of place at such an establishment and made the broth incredibly salty.

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LW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

restaurant uses stools which constricts personal space, however the quality of the food is really high and the overall experience is pretty strong.
polite waitstaff and reasonable pricing for SF.

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JH
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Delicious! I will be back for the many creative dishes and flavors but especially the ramen.

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SC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in SF. Everything is always on point here and I crave the food if I haven't had it in a while! Okonomiyaki and black sesame pudding are to die for. Tried a bunch of their newer veggie dishes this time, including Brussels sprouts, maitake mushrooms and gyoza - all delicious!

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DR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Very inventive food combining mainly Korean and Japanese with a few nods to Italian and even Mexican. Perfect ingredients and presentation to share and talk about all the flavors, ingredients, colors and smells. It’s best with a large group so you can be sure to taste everything.

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R
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Amazing vegetarian/ vegan selection. Every item had so much umami - absolutely did not miss meat broth or meatin any dish. Their seafood okonomiyaki is a must-try.

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j
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Ok food. Would like more authentic Korean. When we were there, the long table was SUPER loud, I mean disturbing loud. Seating not comfortable/optimal either. Service was nice.

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a
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Had a bad experience the first time coming here over 2 years ago, and unfortunately it seems like a consistent experience.

Terrible service. They had 3 waiters (unassigned) but all 3 were difficult to flag down to take our order, when the restaurant was only half full.

Food is terribly overpriced and underwhelming. Bibimbap is already 19 dollars, and an extra 5 dollars if you want any meat in it. They use fake wagyu beef which didn't even taste that great, having regular marinated beef (like a traditional beef Bibimbap) would have been fine.

The ambience was pretty depressing. None of the servers looked like they really wanted to be there. The atmosphere is cold because the seating is uncomfortable and mostly communal.

Even if it's one of the only Asian options in the area, the value is not there. Don't recommended

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Service was poor throughout our experience. The hostess did not manage things well, we waited over 30mins for a table we reserved, then the hostess sat people who came after us with a later reservation before us, did not both to comp us our first drink while we waited. The drinks we ordered while waiting were watered down and not good.

I’ve been to this restaurant before and had a great time which is why I brought my friends this time.

Food was the only saving grace.

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j
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is delicious and a little different to make it very interesting. The service is very good and the ambience is relaxing.

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WS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is, by far, my favorite restaurant in San Francisco. We love Namu Gaji and eat here at least once a week. The staff is lovely, friendly and attentive. The food consistently amazing and healthy. If you have not eaten here at least once you are truly missing out.

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NC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just think this place gets more and more interesting as it relies more on vegetable-based dishes than meat.

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DT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for a fabulous evening. Love

XOXO Dauray and family

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KC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Namu is an amazing place. Very unique with just amazingly creating and delicious food. I love just about everything I've ever tried there, gorgeous textures, aromas, presentation, and flavor. The small size allows them to really put an immense amount of detail in every dish and it really comes through.

A great spot for yourself and one or maybe two others. Not really set up to handle a group of 6, for example. I highly recommend making a reservation as it's usually pretty easy to do so and they seem to appreciate it.

I've been eating with them since they began in the Richmond District and I'm happy to see them all these years later thriving in the Mission and still making amazing food that truly defies categorization.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed our time at Namu Gagi. Everything was a cut above. Friendly and attentive wait staff. Will return

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Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious! So many layers of flavors that we did not expect. Even the raw oysters had this beautiful hint of smokiness that was not over powering and just perfect. Brussels sprouts with persimmon and pomegranate.

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

The food is pretty good, though not great. I do appreciate that the menu features some pretty interesting dishes. The one thing I do not like is the only chairs are benches which have no backs and that is not the most comfortable if you’re going to spend some time, which we like to do. It was also extremely hot inside the restaurant on the day that we went. We had to open a window because we were actually sweating.

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c
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Name Ganji has great food, but I was completely impressed the exceptional service of Dave (one of the owners) and his staff. We had a 7:30 reservation but the restaurant was running late as the prior party lingered at the table. He came over, introduced himself, told us he would comp our first round of drinks, and took a few minutes to tell me all about the art which he saw me admiring. Later, he checked on our table several times and at the end offered us an after dinner taste of shoju and gave us a "friends and family" discount! It was over the top service! We will be back and tell others.

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MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was wonderful, if a bit high priced. Service is really lacking, we had to ask for water 3 times before we got it. Literally had our entrees before any beverages were ever brought to the table. Seems like they need more servers.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Cool atmosphere.

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

This place truly has it all! Everything is delicious, and the dumplings are out of this world.

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HT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Summary: Worth checking out because it is interesting, but there are rough edges.

We had: pickles (great, but only if you like kimchee), dumplings (great), oysters (great), Okonomiyaki (not good).

Rough edge, Service: Our server was pleasant and did what she could under challenging conditions. They appeared understaffed. Also, it would appear that on this night the kitchen and the front-of-house were not on the same page. Our server checked on our main dish twice, and when it was finally delivered by someone from the kitchen he said, "Next time tell your server not to stage your dish." Throwing the server under the bus was unprofessional, and unfair (to the server). Better to just say, "Sorry for the wait."

Rough Edge, Okonomiyaki: This dish is a big hot-plate of kimchee slathered in Japanese mayo, with just a few oysters mixed in. If you think that sounds risky, you'd be correct. At the table it initially presents well, with cool fluttering fish flakes. But, the effect of continued sizzling on an oyster, kimchee, and mayo mash eventually metamorphs into an unappetizing brownish, salty, cabbage-blob. We remarked that the mayo must have separated as the yolk cooked out, which led to a weird, almost bacon-fat slime pervading the dish. Eat quickly or you won't finish. Sometimes taking risks doesn't reward.

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MB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I own a tattoo Shop in the mission and decided to try this place out. I made a reservation and when we showed up our table was ready. My wife and I enjoyed everything from the Mike Giant art to the Kobe beef and pickled kimchee. I have recommended it to clients and will definitely be back soon!

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JR
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came here for my son’s 18th birthday. We requested a table which turned out great. Most of their seating is communal. The food was outstanding!!! We loved every bite. Creative dishes served with fresh delicious ingredients. I highly recommend one of their stone pots. We will definitely return.

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y
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our post-Alamo Drafthouse movie meal. Perfect - we had the Korean melon salad, string beans, gyoza, steak, and stonepot rice bowl. Their produce is top-notch (comes from their own farm). I love this place. Hadn't been for a couple of years, but it's just as good as it was years ago.

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M
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVED the entire experience, food was AMAZING, Sandy gave AWESOME service, & we can not wait 2 return!!

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the new ramen on the menu. I thought paying $16 for four gyoza was definitely not worth it.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Terrible service. From
The fact that we lost our table to “a friend of
The owner” to no
Water until the end of the meal
And other things. Service was truly awful and I won’t come back anytime soon.

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r
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant staff and surprising and dynamic menu. We loved the fact that much of the food came from their own farm.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was fabulous overlooking the park. Lovely place and great food!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was just as good as the first time

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MB
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Second trip to Namu Gaji and I am even more impressed than I was after the first. The food is really very different from what you get in many places in the City. Yes, it is all about the locally sourced food (nothing truly unique about that), but it's what they do with that food. It is THE place where the word "umami" has landed with me. Enjoyed the dumplings in an amazing broth, the eggplant and tomato dish, the sprialized fried zucchini (much better than it sounds - we got a second order), that cabbage salad (again - it is so much more than that!) and the melon salad. But the stars were the sizzling rice (with waygu beef) and ramen. The flavors and textures that are coaxed from ordinary seeming ingredients are really wonderful. Will go back many times, I'm sure. The only thing that might keep me from going more frequently is the volume. We were 4 people sitting at a small table and despite the proximity, we all walked out a little hoarse from screaming at each other over the din.

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