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“BERKELEY LOCATION, FUN FOOD SHOW, RESTAURANT NEEDS UPDATING”

Hana Japan Steak House
Ranked #26 of 178 Restaurants in Dublin
Cuisines: Japanese, Steakhouse
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
San Francisco, California
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532 reviews
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“BERKELEY LOCATION, FUN FOOD SHOW, RESTAURANT NEEDS UPDATING”
Reviewed October 26, 2011

Located in the Berkeley Marina, but without views of the Bay, is Hana Japan Steak House. The facility itself is in need of an update as the carpets are worn and look dirty with a crowded bar and dark, dingy interiors. With that said, it’s a very popular, casual, and reasonably priced eatery with the style of Benihana. The waitresses are lovely in their kimonos and the service Is friendly. The hibachi tables are located around the perimeter of the window-clad restaurant, two deep, each area seating 8 people with the grill in the center. There were two of us in our party, and we sat at a table with other couples. The hibachi menu averages approximately $23.98 a person (lobster is around $38) and includes miso soup, salad, a grilled shrimp appetizer, steamed or fried rice, grilled vegetables and your seafood or meat dish all prepared at the table to hoots and hollers. The hibachi chefs are entertaining., and of course, the best part of the evening. The table next to us had three young children who were enraptured with the fire and knives. They were giggling so much that it tickled our fancy too.

Although I didn’t order the sashimi starter, it looked delicious and the person next to me who had it said it was first rate. The vegetables included onions, Napa cabbage, zucchini, bean sprouts, carrots and the fried rice is made right at the table as well. Everything is very fresh with two sauces on the side- ginger soy and hot mustard. The portions are substantial and everyone asked for a box to go for their leftovers. Hana Japan has a full bar. Saki, beer, wine, and frou frou drinks like Blue Hawaiians, Chi Chi’s, and Pina Coladas are popular. Desserts are ordinary-pineapple boats, ice cream, or cake (they were out of the cake by 7pm). Ice cream flavors were mango, red bean, green tea, and vanilla. (Mango was delicious. I had red bean and have no idea still what it was.)

At the end of the meal, I asked each person to rate the restaurant. The votes ranged from 2.5 to 4. This is not a place to come for a quiet romantic dinner. It’s noisy, it’s crowded, and it’s VERY casual. It is a great place for families with children. If you want a private hibachi table, come with 8 friends otherwise plan on enjoying conversation with strangers, who may become new foodie friends.

TIPS: If it’s the week of your birthday, come with a party of four and you’ll meal will be free at lunch or dinner. If you want to see the gorgeous golden sunsets, have a drink and appetizer first at nearby Skates on the Bay which has the best views. Reservations are recommended.

  • Visited October 2011
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Hayward, California
1 review
“Amazing”
Reviewed September 26, 2011

Service was great. Even though it did take a while for the food to be prepared, i was already expecting it so it wasn't that bad of a wait with my friends. Would come here again!

  • Visited September 2011
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Pleasanton, California
1 review
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“Go Elsewhere”
Reviewed October 19, 2010

This restaurant is hands down the worst value in the entire tri valley. Incredibly low grade meat, incredibly poor management and staff and a disgusting dead animal smell in the lobby of the restaurant. All for the price of upwards 40 dollars a head. The food is neither authentically Japanese, nor does it attempt to be anything more than mediocre. This would be fine if this place was some dive where you pay 6.95 a plate, but they have the audacity to charge 30.00 minimum for a meal comprised of frozen shrimp, meat and vegetables that could not cost them more than 1.50 a head. Not only is the food terrible, there is an odor in the lobby that literally smells like an animal died in the walls. This is not an exaggeration or hyperbole, it literally smells like rotting flesh. Other reviews of this fine establishment also mention the smell.

Avoid this place like the plague, if you want decent teppanyaki in the tri valley check out Yanagi over in Dublin, or better yet head over to somewhere in the East Bay or San Francisco.

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Castro Valley, CA
1 review
“Fun Place to eat”
Reviewed November 2, 2009

I didn't really know what to expect, but we went here to celebrate two birthdays. We had some small children with us and there was enough activity and noise to keep them entertained as well as the adults. The food was great and plentiful. The only drawback is that it would have been nice to have some ice cream available for the kids! But otherwise the evening was perfect and we will go again!

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“Fun place to go with a group! Your meal is free on your birthday!”
Reviewed March 8, 2009

Fun place to go with a group! Your meal is free on your birthday!

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