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Izakaya Restaurant

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Japanese, Bar
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1335 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95112-4710
408-452-8751
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 12
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Authentic, small Jap place

This place is tiny. It could probably sit about 20 people max. Great, authentic izakaya dishes. We had the beef tongue, hamachi kama, some uni sushi, and a ramen. Everything was good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 21, 2014
JuJu7890
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Fremont, California
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  • English first
  • Japanese first
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English first
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Very friendly service and always full when I've been here. One of my go to places for sushi. Sometimes a bit hit and miss in quality though and not always the freshest possible. My experience is between good and very good with this time around more on the average. May also be my lack of Japanese language that I get... More 

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65 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I've heard it was the best okonomiyaki restaurant in the bay area so wanted to try it (I had the tako/octopus one). Honestly I haven't found any other ones in the area, but definitely not on top of the list of the best I've ever had. It felt very greasy, like they reused oil to cook it and was oversaturated.... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This place is tiny. It could probably sit about 20 people max. Great, authentic izakaya dishes. We had the beef tongue, hamachi kama, some uni sushi, and a ramen. Everything was good.

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Heide, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Visited multiple times in the last years and each time worth a visit. Fair priced sushi and sashimi. The menu card and the daily meals are 80% in Chinese or Japanese and only 20% in English. Very tight seating. Very friendly and quick service, very nice sushi - and it's more about the fish, not about toppings, dressings and wild... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Definitely liked the service an sushi although the sushi rice was grainy. Average to good quality. Neighborhood is iffy.

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San Jose, California, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I probably shouldn't write a positive review for this spot, cause it's one of my favorite restaurants in San Jose. And if word gets out, the line will just get longer and longer.....so, if you come here please keep it on the "Down Low"....I love this place.

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 278 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

We had dinner here while staying across the street at the Holiday Inn prior to an early flight. It is attached to a larger Japanese restaurant, but has a separate entrance off the the left of the main door. It's a tiny place with just 5 tables and seats at the bar. We ordered several dishes - chicken yakitori, scallop... More 

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

The restaurant was right across from my hotel (Holiday Inn) and is well recommend by both Tripadvisor and Yelp. Although this tripadvisor picture isn’t really inviting. Entrance is a little bit odd as you have an option to enter another restaurant on your right while the entrance to this restaurant is on its left. Place is small with only a... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is a small place, it has been around for a while. This is a well known spot for travelers also, since its close to the San Jose Airport. Fish is always fresh and lots of Japanese people eats there also.

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Pasadena, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Ordered a beer.....got it.....ordered sake....got it..... Tried to order sushi.....too busy....to even say hi....I was one of three at the bar and it is 6pm... Sat, Sat .......paid and left. and I was hungry! there are a tone of Sushi place around there.....try'em!!!!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1335 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95112-4710
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: 408-452-8751

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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