Yanagi Sushi & Grill

4.2
281 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
YANAGI is recognized for its variety, with over 200 dishes accompanied by over 30 California wines and 30 kinds of sake and beer. Our employees make a continuous effort to provide great taste and a unique atmosphere. We look forward to continue satisfying our customers while constantly developing new and original dishes.
We are continuously scouting new Teppan Chefs, developing various types of entertainment and refining our atmosphere. Customers will have a dining experience like never before, with great taste and environment, combined with a touch of class. The result is an unparallel experience at YANAGI, where we take pride in treating every customer as a V.I.P.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(925) 556-9575
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jay Chung
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Dougherty Rd.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 281 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.0
service
3.9
ambience
3.9
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OP
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our son loved this place food is always great but the show is amazing 😊

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TD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We came to celebrate my son's birthday. They love the tricks at the teppenyaki grill. We brought a cake to have after dinner was served. The hostess didn't even take the cake we brought. We had to ask her to take it. The servers were rushing us. The teppenyaki chef, Andy, was in a hurry and just cooked the food without any tricks. We saw at near other tables near by the guest were laughing and clapping. My boys really missed out. This was the second time we had Andy as our chef. The first time he stopped in the middle of cooking to take a phone call. When we finished dinner they brought us the check without bringing out the cake we brought. So when we asked they brought out the cake, lit the candles, and sang happy birthday. Then they just left the cake on the table. They didn't cut it like most restaurants do. They didn't bring us a knife to cut the cake ourselves. We had to ask for it. We've going to this restaurant for five years and the experience we had these last two times we will NEVER return again.

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FF
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great. They know how to take care of kids !

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CH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food great service quick reasonably priced. Check them out.

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LR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious. We had the caterpillar roll, red dragon, cherry blossom and crunchy rolls. All were good. They give complimentary edamame to start. One drawback was it took so long for them to take our orders. We had to ask 3x before someone finally came to take it. We also told them 2x about our Open Table reservation. And they still didn’t confirm it so I got the no-show note and had to resolve it. People were very friendly though and the food was good so it kind of made up for it.

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d
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Nothing great. It was busy but food was bland and forget the service we had to stand up
To get someone.

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Horrible experience. They completely ignored us and acted like we weren’t there. They put us at a table where one person had to sit on another side of a wall and couldn’t see the whole group. Appetizers came out after the entrees, no water refills, and food was subpar. I will NEVER come back. Sad I spent my bday dinner there (which by the way was ignored, too!).

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MA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Teppanyaki was good. The fried rice was flavorful. Our chef cooked our food just right. The scallops were tender not over cooked and my filet mignon was a perfect medium. Our chef was funny and kept us entertained. Would definitely come back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great birthday experience. The food was great!!!

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p
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sit at the bar for sushi! Watch the chefs prepare your rolls...

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AK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We keep coming back for Yanagi's excellent Teppanyaki. So delicious to eat, so beautiful to watch it being made! Also ordered a Golden California Roll as an appetiser for the group to go with it, not because there's any lack of food, but because their sushi is also so good.

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. We come here at least once every few weeks. Order the Yanagi Boat- or the Chefs choice.

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LT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere! We love coming to Yanagi’s!

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EG
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good location. Cozy ambience. Great food. Most importantly value for money especially for business meals.

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LB
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice family-owned restaurant. AR Hibachi chef seemed very rehearsed in his presentation. However he was very skilled with the knives.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was good and the ambiance was great

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H
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five stars as always.... good job!

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w
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Several of the rolls we ordered said on the menu that the rolls were made with crab. I asked the waitress if it was real crab. She said no, it was imitation crab. I asked why if the menu said crab that they were substituting fake crab without notifying patrons. She said we could get real crab but it would be about $4 more per roll. We asked for the real crab on our rolls but when we received them, they contained the fake crab. And we were charged the $4 uplift on our bill. I brought this up to the waitress; she said she would check with management who never came by our table. I will never go here again as I will not frequent restaurants that knowingly deceive patrons by using inferior product.

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

Nice ambiance and lighting, food was good. Small portion on the spider rolls however. Vegetables were still on the plate and was still in the process of eating them, and the server took the plate without asking. Would be back.

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LP
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was different the server was nice but I think a little bit too pricy

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AN
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

We were seated and served quickly. The food was very good and looked lovely. It was a bit less noisy than it sometimes has been. For some reason they sat a table with a cranky baby almost in the middle of the dining area. That was periodically disturbing. As always, once the food is delivered, it's very hard to get the attention of a server to ask for something or to get a refill on beverages. This has always been a consistent issue at this location.

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P
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

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NB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Rude waitress rushing you out. whats the hurry when you barely have half the restaurant full (teppanyaki area not even used). Iʻve had better sushi at a local restaurant in milpitas (Sendai).

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is our favorite go-to for a delicious sushi meal. Always fresh and delicious. Excellent options and accommodating staff. Great friendly service! We’ll return time and time again. Haven’t tried the grill section - but from what we’ve seen, looks like a great experience for the whole family!

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TA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We went for my daughter’s 14th birthday with a few of her friends who had never experienced teppanyaki. Food was good, chef was entertaining, the only thing I didn’t like about the experience was that they had a single guy join our party as we had 7 and the grill could hold 10.

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S
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fresh and delicious! Large portions and we had a great time with our master grill chef Chung! We will take the kids next time and will request Chung to be our host on the grill!

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

Always a great dining experience at Yanagi. Celebrated grandson’s 13th birthday. Restaurant was his choice! Staff is always so attentive. We will return!

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ED
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun birthday dinner spot.

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BF
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful lunch experience! From the warm & engaging front of house staff to the attentive wait staff. The OpenTable reservation process was great! I recommend using it. We decided on sushi & a variety of sides... we were not dissapointed! Yummy! Everything was fresh & very tasty and presented beautifully. Next time we will go for the grill. Looking forward to going back with friends so they, too, can enjoy a nice lunch experience!

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c
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

The food is great. I really like the fact that lots of their rolls do not have rice. It is fresh and tasty. Service is just so-so. Everyone is nice and friendly but how many times do we need a waiter/waitress to come and ask what we want to drink. I also don't like the fact that food is delivered whenever it is ready instead of all together but that's my preference.
I did order the wrong salmon roll and apologize for my error and they did end up giving it to us for free which was not necessary.

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N
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's authentic, fast and friendly service always reasons for me to recommend your restaurants to friends and colleagues

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LP
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a good place to have sushi and a little cooking in front of you this is a great place for celebrations

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d
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend and myself were able to sit at the sushi bar. The food was prepared in front of us and looked so fresh. The taste was amazing, I had several orders of Hamchi (my favorite). Also had the salmon, spider roll and rainbow roll. All of it was excellent. Great experience.

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o
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Very good food. Service needs to improve. I would mostly recommend this place for lunches and take away.

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h
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fun atmosphere and attentive service!
Far better ventilation than Hana Japan, if you go there you may need to wash/dry clean whatever you wear. This restaurant is much better for Tapenade style dinner

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal at the sushi counter. Try to get seats with Jay the owner working at the sushi counter!

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RP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and services are just fine, we are just not comfortable with the food cooking and food aroma and smoking oil from the cooking at the chef cook tables. When went home our hair and clothing full of food smell and oily particles are still hanging around.
I think it is better having a divider for the two sections.

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

The food is good and sashimi is fresh, but the ambience smell is not good. Hope to see some improvement.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our chef was very entertaining and friendly. The food was delicious and we had a great time.

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DH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Favorite go to is Hamachi Kama, and this Restaurant cooked it to Perfection! The Staff and Owner were very Friendly and Attentive, they are ready to take care of their Customers. It is also a Family Friendly Restaurant, we will be back as soon as we can and we will highly recommend Yanagi to Family and Friends!❤️

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