3123 Clement St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9412137.781580 -122.492845
I would never go back to the restaurant.
Some of you who know about the system of keeping a bottle of sake or shochu if you are not able to finish it should not expect the restaurant to keep the remaining. They drink it or serve it to other customers. I have some witnesses. I thing the wait persons know exactly what I am talking about.
No more Oyaji.....
A Japanese Pub, and I Like It for What It Is.. We jumped in after taking an evening stroll, and when the line wasn't as long, and we had a good time. Good sushi, funny chef, good ramen, but really busy so the wait staff was a bit behind with little things like water. Regardless, the food was good (I gots to have my soup wid ma fish), the atmosphere was comfortable, and my girlfriend (who is a tuna afficionada) enjoyed it, so we're going back. I'm not sure I would agree that the place was "elegant" as described by the Citysearch reviewer, but did I mention they serve pitchers of beer?
great food, awful service and wait.
like the previous reviewer, my boyfriend and i had the same awful experience with waiting for a table. we waited half an hour for a table, while there was an open table for 20 of the 30 minutes we were waiting! this table was apparently reserved for a couple who already had seats at the sushi bar and wanted to enjoy the rest of their dinner, the non-sushi, at a table instead of the bar. this all occurred while 4 other parties were also waiting for tables. for the last 10 minutes of our wait, there were 3-4 tables open, yet nobody was seated! in fact, these seats remained empty during the entire duration of our meal, despite the fact that there were still many people waiting. when we were finally seated, we were stuck in the most cramped table possible, and when asked to switch to the empty, more spacious table right behind us, we were not allowed even after waiting for so long. this is the worst and most frustrating service i have dealt with in a long time.
that said, the only reason we occasionally go to this restaurant is for the great food. good sushi, ramen, and small dishes like yakitori, but i don't think we'll return until the memory of the bad service has faded away.
Slightly above average sushi, way below average service.
The first time I went there it was with my GF and it was very average. My GF is Japanese so she would know. She said the atmosphere reminded her of a social type bar/restaurant from Japan where college kids went to go snack and drink. The food and sushi was relatively fresh and a bit better then the typical Japanese place around here. The biggest issue the first time was that it was rather hard to get the waitresses attention and the food came out in a rather slow fashion.
The second time we went there, it was even worst. We didn't like our overall experience the first time so it took us about 6 months before deciding to give it another shot and apparently they've done some remodeling. It's a lot more newer and modern looking which took away from it's niche in the wall novelty it had before. 2 other couples had arrived about 10 mins before us. It took about 30-40 mins to seat the 2 couples. So we just waited for out turn. 2 tables of 5 just arrived and they were told by the waitress it would be an hour+ wait. So they decided to leave. The owner overheard what was happening and told them that a reservation had just cancelled and they would be seated soon. Two tables were finishing up and they immediately cleared and given to the 2 groups that came in a good 30+ mins after we did. So we called over the waitress to complain, she said they had reservations but we called her out as being a liar because we overheard everything that happened. The owner came over to see what was going on, and he just said seat them in the corner. We sat down at a tiny table and waited a few mins to see if the owner would come over to appoligize or something to the nature. Nothing of the sorts happened so we left in disguise.
The problem was not the fact that we waited a long time and had been skipped by 2 groups, but we were lied to with no appoligy of any sort. We've been to cheaper restaurants with way better service then this, I do NOT recommend this restaurant to anybody!!!
great place to hang out, eat, drink and be merry!. love this place!!! great food - including fresh sushi (best on tuesdays) and izakaya (japanese pub) dishes, fun ambience, attentive and friendly staff, easy parking, the list goes on and on... you can even buy a big bottle of sake, and if you can't finish it, you can write your name on a tag, and it'll be there for you the next time you go in! it's fun watching Oyaji (the owner and head sushi chef) accept glasses of sake from the patrons. before you know it, he'll be out from behind the sushi counter, mingling with and chatting up the guests. such a down-to-earth, friendly place to eat and drink. and you can just hang out there for hours, relaxing and enjoying the atmosphere and good food.
LETS GET DRUNK!.
I was introduced to this place a while ago and ever since, I have been coming back. Their menu is almost exactly what you would find at a real Japanese Izakaya. Their Buta-no-kakuni or the Hirame-no-usuzukuri is something you will definitely have to try. They have a bunch of authentic dishes that you can find no where else. A word of advice: buy the owner a few drinks and he will serve you up some off-the-menu dishes. After your done drinking up the japanese beer on tap, finish up your night with a bowl of ramen.
By the way, the owner, Hide'-San, is a great guy to party with. You will not be dissapointed.
Good sushi, slow service.. I tried Oyaji for the first time the other night. The sushi was good and fresh but service was really slow. Also, there was a drunk, obnoxious guy there who apparently was friends with the wait staff? It was very loud in general in the restaurant. Prices were fair. I might go back.
Fun Place. Good japanese bar food, average sushi. Very fun atmosphere, sociable chefs and servers.
Good Japanese small dish place. I didn't try the sushi - next time. This place is typical "beer and snack" place. The small dishes are meant to accompany or sake. The only disadvantage is that its way on the other side of Clement...
A gem of a Japanese place. This place is worth a trip to the middle of nowhere. It can be boisterous when it fills up, but the guy behind the bar is always happy. This is one of the few places in SF you can actually eat Japanese style, with several smaller dishes. The grilled fish is great and you can't go wrong with the noodles. The sushi is not bad, but why bother? There's a glut of good sushi, and this place does so many other dishes so well.
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