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“Good - All Round, But Expensive” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Amakara

Amakara
Ranked #3 of 168 Restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Danville, California
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160 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Good - All Round, But Expensive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Had heard - great food, rude staff, always busy, can't book, and expensive. Sounded like a good place to go.
Tried to book - no, only if you are 6 people or more. OK, what's the wait time (7:00 pm on a Wednesday night), about 45 minutes, maybe. Does maybe mean more or less. Maybe means maybe.
Rude staff; on the phone - definitely.
So turned up on a Sunday at 5:30 pm (should be quiet as everybody should be at home watching the 49er's getting beaten by the Seahawks), shown straight to a table, but by 6:00 it was heaving, and a line at the door.
Overall the food was very good, so was the service, but the cost was quite expensive, for a slightly up-market Japanese restaurant in a fairly run-down shopping precinct.
Will I go back, probably not, but there again the food was good, and maybe worth the hassle.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Food
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Thank Chris R
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Pleasanton, California, United States
Level Contributor
16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Exceptional Neighborhood Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

One of my favorites in the Tri-Valley area for Japanese cuisine with a modern/American twist. In addition to an eclectic menu of sushi, they offer items you won't typically see like grilled edamame, ribeye steak with arugula (my favorite but my daughter says it's too smokey-grilly), shrimp ceviche, a full bar, and TV's on sports channels. It can definitely get crowded and the prices are higher than most, but it's the only restaurant of its kind within about a 10-15 miles radius

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
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Thank Maritess S
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San Francisco, California
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325 reviews
261 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Good food and expensive!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Very popular and crowded restaurant in Dublin. About a 30 minute wait to get our table. We shared a mixed sushi appetizer, then I had the Seafood Tempura. It was all very good and a fun dining experience. David, our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu, patient, and humorous with our table. Not a cheap restaurant, but you you get what you pay for. One complaint, the main course came out before the appetizer. The reason was the sushi portion of the kitchen was overwhelmed and slightly behind. That should be addressed. Otherwise a pleasant dining experience.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Food
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1 Thank Norm1983
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3 reviews
“Disappointed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

For starters we got grilled edamame (very good!) and grilled oysters (decent).
But then... Saba Shioyaki (grilled mackerel) was very mediocre and no presentation at all - just a pile of dry rice and a piece of fish. Dragon roll was even worse! Again - rice was dry and all together no taste. If not for edamame I would rate it 1 dot.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Food
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Thank Esnegova
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Dublin, California
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180 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Sashimi Salad, Hamachi Kama, Grilled Beef and Eggplant, Scallops”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Amakara has always been my favorite restaurant, period, in the Bay Area since it opened. Though most people rave about the sushi, sashimi, edamame, etc., my favorite choices, in addition to the various sushi rolls, include the Sashimi Salad ( a must order every time), the Hamachi Kama, the grilled beef and eggplant (though slightly on the salty side), and any sushi that include scallops.

Over the several years, the quality has been maintained and the prices have held steadily. Prices are not high if one considers the quantity and the excellent quality.

Service is good even with the large crowds. Coming here before 6pm is a must if you do not want to wait for a table.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
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Thank Stephen L
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