Namu Gaji

4.6
464 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

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 464 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
4.4
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4.2
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 7 days ago

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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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Great ingredient driven food. Prepared well, delicious and local

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great food, great service.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Great food, great views, amazing food actually. Did I say he food was great? Haha :)

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We love Namu and we’re happy to spend our second year in a row here for Mother’s Day. We were greater with some carnations for the occasion- it was a thoughtful touch. We had the Stonepot, Ramen and Loco Moco. The Loco Moco was my favorite this time. The service is super friendly and attentive. Will definitely dine here again soon!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Name Gaji is delicious! I really applaud their commitment to sourcing local, sustainable, and seasonal ingredients. Their dishes are not only presented beautifully, but taste amazing! We recently went for lunch, and the lunch menu is very affordable. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

AMAZING, unique, and authentic food! The dumplings are incredible

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

As always, my favorite

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Overall, the food was great. I really liked the gamja fries!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

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 on April 20, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Tasty but a little pricey. the okonomiyaki is incredible and most of the appetizers are delicious

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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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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Met out a party of 4 for dinner. The hostess was kind enough to seat an incomplete party. Although I suspect it wasn’t too busy for a Weds evening. Service was great, food is spectacular (especially presentation for Korean fusion), and the amount of food was just right. Started off with small bottle of sake to share. Progressed with the Napa cold appetizer along with the mushroom plate. Shared kimchi fried rice with the kalbi style skirt steak. Great ambiance to either low-key evenings or special occasion celebrations.

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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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