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Izakaya Restaurant

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1335 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95112-4710
408-452-8751
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Today
5:00 pm - 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, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 16
    Excellent
  • 10
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Really good food

We stopped here for dinner after work as we had heard this was a good place to eat. First of all, the place is small with only 6-7 tables. However, they have a large menu. We had teriyaki beef and Japanese pizza as appetizer. For main course, we all had different Bento boxes. Delicious describes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
DDay1959
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McKinney, Texas
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McKinney, Texas
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544 reviews
336 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here for dinner after work as we had heard this was a good place to eat. First of all, the place is small with only 6-7 tables. However, they have a large menu. We had teriyaki beef and Japanese pizza as appetizer. For main course, we all had different Bento boxes. Delicious describes everything.

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Thank DDay1959
San Jose, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

I've traveled to Japan many times and as a result I've become VERY picky about the sushi and sashimi I am willing to eat. This place nails it. I don't know where the guy gets his fish, but it is fresh, delicious and expertly prepared every time I go. It's amazing how many restaurants don't get it "just right" when... More 

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Thank Daveymouseonthewheel
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56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015 via mobile

I keep coming back here and this time I received the good and fresh quality sushi. One of the best on this place is the concept of real variety. I can select couple sashimi, couple nigiri and top with rolls which makes it excellent. Service I find always nice and friendly in this place

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Thank Jarpi
Carmel Valley, California
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254 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Not the easiest place to find, but worth it. Turn into the Genji/Jade Garden parking lot. We shared the Chef's coice sashimi, and eel and salmon roe ngigiri, all great. Huge selection of dishes. Would definitely go back. Very small, so make a reservation or sit at the counter.

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Thank Andrew A
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56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Jarpi
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71 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 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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Thank nusenovich
Fremont, California
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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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Thank JuJu7890
Heide, Germany
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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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Thank Morgennebel
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49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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Thank Clementine F
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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Thank LVN-SJ

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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, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings
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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