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“A big let down”
Review of YakiniQ BBQ

YakiniQ BBQ
Ranked #1,286 of 6,487 Restaurants in San Francisco
Cuisines: Korean
Neighborhood: Japantown
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Neighborhood: Japantown
Reviewed April 16, 2019

+: The service was very fast and the side dishes were delicious
-: The food was a big disappointment. It was brought to the table straight out of the freezer. It was tasteless and very tough
We have been to many similar places and this one was the worst. I would give it a poor rating but the staff pushes it up to average.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Thank miathecat24
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Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

We passed by lady night and the aroma from the street was amazing. We came up the staircase to a hip and happening place. The crowd is young and the energy was high. The wait was over and an hour and we were starving from a long day of moving. Several hours later we got a call from the owner, Tony. He apologized for the long wait. Now that is customer service. Who does that? That phone call and the smell made us know there was only one place in the city we were having dinner on our second night.

We arrived around 10 PM. To my great surprise they were still busy and a line at the door. This time we waited. Great crowd once again. There were large groups, small groups and bday parties. As the guest get up to leave a crew comes out to clean the tables and everything is clean and tidy in what seemed to be about 60 seconds.

We were seated and our Servers name was Moses What a great spirit and server. He took great care in guiding us through the evenings selection. He was so good that we ended up just letting him chose what came next. If you are new to the s type of food then ask for Moses. Rest assured you will be in the best of hands.

The food was amazing. You cook all the meats on a grill in the middle of the table. The smell is intoxicating and your taste buds water while waiting for the first round to be ready. Make sure you bring a healthy Appetite. This is not a restaurant where you want to come and just pick a little.

After our dinner was over, Tony came to the table and made sure our visit was good. Once again demonstrating great customer service and care for the guest. I look forward to attending this restaurant again in the near future.

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed July 10, 2018

During a recent visit to San Francisco, we stayed at the Hotel Kabuki in Japantown which is right across Post Street from YakiniQ. We are adventurous eaters, so we had to try it. The restaurant opens at 5 pm on Saturdays and we got there around 5:20 and got the last booth open. Obviously it is very popular, particularly with young men, and when we left there were people waiting everywhere there was a spot to stand and all the way down the stairs to the street level.

There were 4 of us, so we each got the $26.99 all-you-can-eat group of ingredients that you cook on a burner at your table. We all liked most of the chicken, pork, and beef items. I liked the Fire Baby Octopus. I love beef tongue, but it turned out to be quite tough cooked like this (I ate it anyway). I also like pork skin, but that turned out to be impossible to cook. The biggest surprise was the beef intestines, which were tender and quite tasty. Would we go again? Probably not, unless we are with some folks who just really want to try it.

Date of visit: June 2018
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Thank AldebaranFlorida
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Reviewed May 15, 2018

This place is very good but get there early. We went on a Friday evening around 630 and we able to get a table easily but by the time we left at 730 the line was out into the sidewalk. The choices of meats here is good but not huge. However the price is reasonable especially considering SF

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank R Y
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Reviewed May 1, 2018

Loved the cafe part - very friendly staff and great atmosphere. Food was excellent - we tried the quiche.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank MartinGavet
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