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For 2
Date
Wed, 4/25
Time
10:00 PM
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Namu Gaji

4.5
449 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 caivar & postmates app's.

Upcoming events:
Make your reservation now for X-mas Eve Noodle Night on 12/24 or New Year's Day Brunch on 1/1/18. Hurry we fill up every year.
Ring in the New Year with us on 12/31! Tickets now on sale for our festive NYE All-You-Can-Eat Korean BBQ and Soju Dinner Party. 3 Lee brothers, 2 seatings, one communal table, unlimited grilled BBQ meats.

Our "little sister" NAMU STONEPOT (a 22-seat fast casual eatery) IS NOW OPEN ON DIVIS! Delivery via Caviar and Postmates. No reservations for this location.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary Korean, Contemporary Asian
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Hours of operation


Lunch:

Wednesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

Saturday - Sunday: 10:30am - 4:00pm

Dinner:

Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Friday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 431-6268
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Dennis Lee
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Catering
GET CATERED BY US!
We offer office lunch delivery through our partners ZeroCater, Zesty, Chewse, MobyDish or order directly through us.

We have a catering menu of various party trays; kimchee fried rice, kimbap, soba salad, rice, bulgogi beef, japchae noodles, bossam and more! Lots of gluten-free and vegetarian options for delivery or pick-up. Full-service buffet or family style cater for private parties or weddings also available.

Please fill out our inquiry form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cLF5phyq1BVAKDSYSUh-bTpvuEQRsqmj0RytKPS40oM/viewform
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
18th Street
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Parking details
There is street parking or paid parking lots near by off Valencia street.

Parking garages nearby:
Hoff St Garage at 42 Hoff St (between 17th St & 16th St)
Mission & Bartlett Garage at 90 Bartlett St (between 21st St & 22nd St).
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Public transit
#33 muni on 18th Street
#22 muni on 16th Street
A few blocks from the #14, #24, #49, and J Church muni lines.

Also just a few blocks from the 16th and mission BART station.
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Special events & promotions
Make your reservation now for X-mas Eve Noodle Night on 12/24 or New Year's Day Brunch on 1/1/18. Hurry we fill up every year.

Ring in the New Year with us on 12/31! Tickets now on sale for our festive NYE All-You-Can-Eat Korean BBQ and Soju Dinner Party. 3 Lee brothers, 2 seatings, one communal table, unlimited grilled BBQ meats.
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Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

There are still a few reservations available for Mothers Day Brunch at Namu Gaji! Show your mother how much you love her with a feast of our californian menu paired with mimosas and cocktails!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

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.
What 449 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.2
service
4.4
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4.0
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Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

I've lived in SF for over 7 years and I can't believe I've never been to Namu Gaji. Huge miss on my part because the food was amazing! Creative, clever cuisine and really awesome service. Came for a birthday.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Our server was lovely and very helpful in guiding our group of 6 on ordering so we all could try different things. The food was wonderful! I'd go back in a heartbeat and definitely recommend.

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3.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Service was very slow, food was good but delivered warm instead of hot. It was overall okay

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Namu Ganji is the perfect place to go with friends— casual feel and the food is such comfort food but it’s prepared with such care and it’s so darn tasty that dinner there feels special. Best to go with a small group— everyone shares all the dishes so if you go with more people you get to try more dishes but the place is small so big groups don’t work real well there

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food at Namu Gaji is delicious, and the place is always hopping with activity.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

As first time diners, we enjoyed the food. However, on our second carafe of sake the waitress either intentionally or by mistake did not tell us that the second carafe was very very expensive. It was her recommendation and upon retrospect she clearly presented us with an attitude. Of course this can be considered my contributory negligence as I neglected to ask. Still, we had announced to the waitress that we were new to the restaurant and she could have alerted us.

Overall, the restaurant was not too busy, we had a good sleep, the food was pretty good, but the overall experience was negative and we will likely not return.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Since its inception, Namu has been a gem. Its evolution over time has been remarkable to witness. Namu Gaji's cuisine is a revelation, taking the palette on an unexpected but welcome adventure. I recommend this restaurant to the bold and the hesitant alike, as you're sure to leave both sated and surprised.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I love Namu. The freshest organic ingredients prepared in ethnically true ways with a California flare!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Stone pot is phenomenal!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great food, fun place! Be forewarned that their reservation system is a joke. We had a reservation and then had to wait an additional 45 minutes for a table to open up. It's a small place so maybe they just shouldn't take reservations at all. Also, the cocktails are a bit watery. However we loved the food and the staff were very friendly and chatty.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

It was good food, very good staff but definitely not a cozy place for a date.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Great food, service and wine. Cant wait to be back for another yummy stonepot.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Fun place to go on a date. We reserved but still ended up on small (not so comfortable) stools by the kitchen bar. We smelled like the kitchen for few hours.
There portions are not big but the food is very yummy.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Apart from being brought a plate or food that wasn’t ours the whole dinner was delicious

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Their Okonomyaky is very good : crispy at the bottom and soft at the top. I don’t know other places in SF where you can eat it. I like this restaurant especially for lunch when it’s quiet and I can enjoy not only the food, but also the atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food is as usual delicious. Staff is super nice. It became pretty loud as there were over 10 folks waiting for their tables.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Outstanding and eclectic menu with fresh ingredients and flavors. Cramped but excellent service. Great for a social gathering or just an interesting dinner

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Another great meal, the second in a week! I think I have an Okonomiyaki problem...

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1.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The food was average to good and the wine was good, but I feel like service is really lacking at the restaurant, and the bar seating arrangements are uncomfortable and cramped. Go to the restaurant and see if you can get seated at a table, otherwise leave. The stone pot and the okonomiyaki are outstanding, dumplings and pickles are average. The wait staff were fairly overwhelmed and hands off when it comes to service.

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3.0Dined on February 21, 2018

The menu does not make clear that at least certain items will be virtually ungarnished, especially since it lists a string of ingredients, following the item, e.g., wagyu skirt steak. Portions are small.
I remember when the original opened on Balboa; the food was more exciting and flavorful.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

food is absolutely incredible

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Would give it a higher mark for ambiance but it way way too noisy. Impossible to have conversation.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great Asian fusion place!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Excellent mix of Asian cuisines, had plates that were Korean and Japanese in origin. The Okonomiyaki was the best I've EVER had, exceptional!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed finding this neighborhood gem. The staff was helpful and attentive, the food was delicious and surprising, and the experience (Korean cuisine) was a pleasant adventure.

We would definitely go again and are planning to introduce our friends to this exciting find!

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3.0Dined on February 16, 2018

The service wasn’t very attentive. After being seated, had to wait for 15 mins before the waitress came around to greet us.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Fantastic ambience, service, and food. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We had a great time - service and staff were all excellent! Loved it.
The claypot was fabulous, as was the lamb kebab. Love it!

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Namu Gaji blew me away. It has a really authentic vibe and a fantastic menu- creative and savory. It’s stone pot dishes and cabbage were the best I’ve had. A must try

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Get the arancini - too good. Great selection of sake too. Mostly everything was tasty.

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2.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Waitress pressured us to order more food and was legit annoyed when we did not. Super tacky. The food was overpriced and not life changing.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Very welcoming. I like the window/doors opening up to the action outside, but I don’t Ike the smells of the street that come with it while I eating. The water was accommodating to close them. Entrees were great, mushroom side was really delicious!

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2.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We went there for SF restaurant week. We had a reservation, but the restaurant was busy. We had to wait 35 minutes, after our reservation time, before being seated to a tiny, crowded spot. Our waitress was very nice and engaging, but we had to wait another 25 minutes before seeing our first dish, which was a salad. We even had a donburi with cold rice, because it took too long to get to us. Some of the food was good, but most of it was not worth the price it costs. It was a big disappointment.

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Despite having a reservation, we hadn’t to wait an additional ~25 minutes. The staff was not very friendly, and often times brushed us off. I was also disappointed to see that they serve Four Barrel coffee.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Consistently good, with a wide variety of unique dishes. The food is, in a word, excellent.

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1.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We did the SF Restaurant week tasting menu. The food was very very disappointing. Our dish was also served at the same time with other people that came ~40 mins after us. So we waited 45 mins for some uninspired rice, kimchi and meat.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food and staff. We could try many different dishes and they were all delicious.

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1.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Servers got very bad attitude. Food is overpriced.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

The kimchee fried rice arancini was SOOO delish. Please put this on your regular menu! And make it bigger. I could've eaten 10!!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

It was a first date. Was initially concerned about the crowd at the door and the noise level.
The host was extremely accommodating and friendly checking me in and, once my date arrived, bringing us to the table. Once there the noise was more tolerable.
The service, and server Maya, was excellent, guiding us great guidance on the menu and specific items that would suit our evening. She was attentive at an appropriate level for our desire for “get to know you” time. She was also warm, sweet and highly encouraging of our date progress.
A great first date and a good place to go back for an anniversary.... 😉

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