Namu Gaji

4.6
502 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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 Asian, Contemporary Korean
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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.
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

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 502 People Are Saying
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M
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
12 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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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
33 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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KM
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We have been big fans of the restaurant and have dined here often. This time disappointed on a number of fronts - really poor service (pacing of dishes, main course items not arriving together), multiple servers without continuity of understanding of what we asked for, menu items that had "run out", despite having reservations being given a really tiny "sliver" end of the table where we all knocked against each others knees, obnoxiously loud and drunk patrons. All in all an evening that didn't live up to well established expectations.

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KB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Space was very crowded/full. We couldn't hear each other at all. Waited eons for food and eons for the bill. The main was good, but served way too hot (not spicy, I mean temperature) and they've added more oil to the recipe. We used to like this place, but probably won't be returning after this.

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AM
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I’ve been there twice in a month. The 1sttime during the week. Everything was better.
Second time in a Saturday. The service was not that good. We ended ordering similar appetizer I wish the waiter would have recommended better. It was noisy and one of the entrees was too greasy.
Won’t be going there for a while

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M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and service were great. But the kitchen was very slow, we waited almost for 30 min for our orders...

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BR
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The kind of restaurant that you leave thinking “it could have been good if not for...” and there are about 6 reasons why.

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CD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Upon ordering it took over 40 minutes, including several drink refills, before the first plate came to us. Highlights were the dumplings. Beyond that we felt the flavors were unbalanced.

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JS
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious. It was super tasty takes on korean dishes. We had these incredible mushroom soup dumplings that had the most incredible deep flavor. Then a giant stone pot of bim bim bap with the wagyu steak. The restaurant itself is quite small so a reservation is key. Also, it gets super hot inside because of all the stone pots going around. I was sweating up a storm. I wish they kept the door open or lowered the thermostat a bit to prepare for all the bodies crowding the restaurant plus the stone pot heat. The service was also a bit slow. Overall, loved it and will be back.

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A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time and great meal with five friends! Can't recommend Namu Gaji highly enough

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KG
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in San Francisco. Love the food and the vibe. The okonomiyaki is amazing!!!

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k
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love it here - always good!

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LM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The seating is communal and very loud. The food was standard Korean fare. The stonepot meal was good, but something you could get in any Korean restaurant for a fraction of the price. The ramen was also standard. The wait for our food was very long! The cocktail I ordered was nothing more than soju with a sprig of herbs in it. I was really looking forward to trying this place, but in the end it was a bit disappointing.

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PS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We reviewed the menu ahead of time online and went over the Zagat reviews which were
Good. My husband reviewed the negative yelp reviews—which were not representative of our experience. I do not use Yelp.

We ordered at the counter and we were
Given a number and served the dishes.
We had a great experience.
Terrific authentic creative Korea food,
Stone pot dish is wonderful with Asian vegetables, eggs, crispy rice— I ate vegetarian one myself, spouse had the one with meat. Big enough to share next time.
We shared the noodle salad.
I enjoyed the Puer Hot tea.
Nice staff and prompt service.
Produce is from their farm.

I would go back again—we live in the South Bay 1 hour away. We will bring friends next time.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and healthy choices

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Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such an amazing dinner. We looked forward to coming to San Francisco and trying all types of food. When we heard Namu Gaji has an off menu dish we had to try. It did not disappoint. It was such a fun experience and the chef was so nice. Food was amazing would totally recommend.

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GK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The hostess was especially helpful. She wrote out a list of good places to visit as we are from out of town.

Also appreciate the bin for handbags.

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d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food. Food comes out a little slow so good if you want a chance to chat. Everything was delicious and seemed lovingly prepared.

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A
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The appetizers did not impress me. Don't get the kimchee trio, such a waste of money. Steak is good.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Took a really long time for the staff to wait on us. It wasn’t busy.

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KG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our new favorites in San Francisco. Look forward to our next visit to the Bay Area.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Note that many seats are at bar, and they seat parties of 3 there. Oddly sized portion of the lamb ( it's small). Seems like they lean on the stone pot, burger and ramen as their larger dishes which aren't as easily shared, so that confused the family style pitch

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BR
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the most delicious, fun place for dinner in the Mission!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love many gaji. Food, environment, service always makes it feel like a special night. My favorite restaurant in SF!

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

the okonomiyaki is a must have! delicious, hot and bonito flakes atop!

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CC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service here was excellent, sake was really good, so was the food, if served in pretty small portions. They had some really interesting semi-Western twists on Korean food. Inside of the restaurant is so cozy and dark. Not too overwhelming/loud either. Would return!

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S
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

The food is interesting. I would have preferred more spice. The biggest drawback is the noise and the seating.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Not worth the price... uncomfortable seating, and less than great Korean food. We were disappointed.

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SA
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food with a twist

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed the dumplings. Service was accommodating.

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P
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is Korean based but with Californian and Japanese influences. Food is generally meant to be shared. Good selection of soju and sake and there are happy hours discounts on alcohol and some appetizers.

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K
San Francisco
98 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

My daughter-in-law is Korean so we eat a lot of Korean food in LA. This was amazing food in SF. the Stone pot and the other flat pot dish were both delicious. One had noodles and the other crispy rice. You can get almost anything gluten free. The wait staff are very nice. Being older they were great at accommodating us at a real table. The only negative was the noise factor. Even at a small table we had to scream to hear one another.

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R
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent--delicious. We had a great experience with the service. Our party of 6 sat at the community table and did not have any trouble hearing each other or sharing plates. If you want to have a private or in-depth conversation, however, this might not be the best location, as the restaurant is energetic and loud. I would definitely return to this restaurant, as there were more items that I want to try on the menu. Every item that we ordered was a hit with the table.

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Namu Gaji never disappoints! The stone pot is delicious and I always love the kimchi!

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DJ
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time at Namu. Third time in 3 years and I'm never disappointed. Arrived earlier than my reservation and was given a table as soon as we walked. All-star treatment!!!

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