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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
Today
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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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: Reservations
Good for:
Doing business
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 12
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 2
    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
Most recent review
Not your best okonomiyaki

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... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed January 4, 2015
nusenovich
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Reservations
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24 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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 reviews 4 reviews
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
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 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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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
Top Contributor
169 reviews 169 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
284 helpful votes 284 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
Top Contributor
114 reviews 114 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 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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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
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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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 0 - 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?