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Izakaya Restaurant

1335 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95112-4710
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Ranked #114 of 1,887 restaurants in San Jose
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Japanese, Bar
Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Reservations
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16 reviews from our community

93% Recommend
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English first
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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69 reviews 69 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Vancouver, Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Restaurant is small, but they serve excellent food. Service wasn't so bad as well. This restaurant is operated by the Japanese themselves, so I wasn't expecting horrible food. There's a significant amount of parking space nearby, so parking was not an issue. Reasonably priced. If I remember correctly, a beef teriyaki came about ~$10 USD. It was a huge portion.... More

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San Clemente, California
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118 reviews 118 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013 via mobile

Obviously there are many choices when on the road. Sometimes you just want something local and different and great. This place qualifies on all counts. Looks are not always the best judge. I have now eaten here twice. It was local to the hotel and in walking distance. Each time it appeared tha regular locals were here. While I didn't... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

The food was good, not cheap though, but at least carefully crafted. The sitting is too tight, but if you are after a nice quick meal and out, this fits the bill.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012 via mobile

Was looking for a Japanese restaurant. This was right across from the hotel. I've lived in Japan for 8 years so when I walked in I thought I was back in Japan. Very small but they have such a wide array of entree's to choose from. The food was excellent. Service was great. Definitely going back before I leave town.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews 38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012 via mobile

I had sushi. It was delicious and service was quick and attentive. The place is small but it felt like the sushi restaurants I have seen on tv in Japan (never been :( ). Glad my hotel recommended and I recommend with no reservations.

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London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

I have only tried the sushi section of quite an extensive menu, but have been thrilled by every stuff I tried: sashimi platter, spicy tuna rolls, unagi nigri - fresh fish, cut carefully, only the good parts put on plate. Staff is very friendly, and the small size gives the place a cozy atmosphere, despite its location in a big... More

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Newton, Massachusetts
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

We had a lovely dinner at Izakaya, very authentic Japanese. It is very small but high quality. Highly recomended.

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