Yanagi Sushi & Grill

4.2
264 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
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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
Reviews from verified diners
264 reviews
4.2 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
56%
Very Good
27%
Good
6%
Fair
5%
Poor
6%
4.2
food
4.0
service
3.9
ambience
3.9
value
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Francisco
29 reviews
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five stars as always.... good job!

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San Francisco
52 reviews
1.0Dined 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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San Francisco
2 reviews
4.0Dined 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
9 reviews
4.0Dined 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
20 reviews
4.0Dined 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
5 reviews
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
1.0Dined 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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San Francisco
8 reviews
5.0Dined 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
4.0Dined 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
4 reviews
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
14 reviews
5.0Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun birthday dinner spot.

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BF
1 review
5.0Dined 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
3 reviews
4.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
7 reviews
4.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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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Central Coast
3 reviews
3.0Dined 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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San Francisco
9 reviews
5.0Dined 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
6 reviews
5.0Dined 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
4.0Dined 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
3.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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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San Francisco
5 reviews
5.0Dined on October 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always go to this place one of the best spots not just for sushi but for Teppanyaki Grill also. Service is always great they know us here and love that they put extra care into returning customers.

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Birmingham
1 review
4.0Dined on September 21, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Buena comida

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San Francisco
94 reviews
2.0Dined on September 12, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Sushi just wasn't fresh enough. Server had difficulty understanding our requests, delivered one incorrect order, and charged us for miso that we had not ordered.

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Central Coast
4 reviews
5.0Dined on August 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three times a Lady roll is a must! It's awesome watching Jay behind the sushi bar making the rolls!!!

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MI
Baltimore
91 reviews
4.0Dined on August 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good
Service was adequate

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FS
Atlanta
10 reviews
5.0Dined on August 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service for a good price. A little weak on the ambiance/decor, but definitely a great place to go.

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San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is fabulous, fresh and beautifully presented. Great service. Family style or individual. The sea bass is the best! I've eaten here many times and I've never been disappointed.

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San Francisco
5 reviews
5.0Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great to come here always the best experience ever.

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San Francisco
6 reviews
5.0Dined on July 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

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D
San Francisco
9 reviews
3.0Dined on July 16, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Took a friend here for her birthday and we enjoyed the teppanyaki as well as sushi. The chef was very funny and entertaining and we had a good time.

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San Francisco
1 review
2.0Dined on July 12, 2017
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 2

Food was great but the restaurant is looking very tired. Menus are dirty and falling apart. Seats need new covers.

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C
San Francisco
55 reviews
5.0Dined on July 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our first time in this restaurant and we were pleasantly surprised. Great quality fish and attentive staff. We will definitely return.

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Seattle
1 review
5.0Dined on June 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made the reservation on-line and when we got there they could not find the reservation. They accommodated us within 5 minutes. The service was outstanding but I felt a bit rushed. Food was great!!

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San Francisco
73 reviews
5.0Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at yanagi for Father's Day. Great interesting fresh sushi

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San Francisco
1 review
2.0Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Good was fair but service was poor.

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c
Sacramento
2 reviews
3.0Dined on May 8, 2017
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 2

Staff was very nice and the open cooking experience was enjoyable. The food was burnt and lacked flavor.

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