Japanese Restaurants in Berkeley


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  • Sushi California
    Sushi California sates eager bellies with a suite of delectable Asian cuisine. Non-seafood nosh-seekers feast upon succulent specials such as the chicken teriyaki, served with rice, soup, and salad ($7.75 at lunch, $11.95 at dinner), and ice-cream-chapped esophagi can defrost with warm, brothy udon soup ($7.95). Sushi offerings span raw-fish styles, with humbly unadorned sashimi arriving in chirashi ($16.50) and hamachi ($19.75) platters with small, rice-bound nigiri balls bearing loads of green mussels ($3.75), scallops ($4.75), salmon ($4.25), and mackerel ($3.95). Eclectic six-piece rolls range from the classic california ($4.50), which ensnares crab cake and avocado within its rice-and-seaweed tractor beam, to the unhinged crazy roll, which smuggles in yellow tail, fish roe, tuna, avocado, and cucumber ($8.95). Veggie-friendly options abound, from inari pieces ($2.75) to squash rolls ($3.95).
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    2033 Martin Luther King Jr Way
    Berkeley, CA US
  • Ippuku
    The Press Box: Ippuku At Ippuku, Chef Christian Geideman strives for authenticity in every aspect of the dining experience—from the wood-beamed booths reminiscent of a traditional izakaya to the impressive selection of shochu and sake. Read on to find out more about this popular destination for Japanese small plates: “The warm staff is happy to introduce novices to the savory pleasures of casual izakaya-style dining: chicken gizzard skewers, bacon-wrapped mochi, corn fritters, soft-cooked eggs in dashi broth. Three preparations of fresh handmade soba are available on Monday and Tuesday nights.”— The New York Times “When you push aside the curtain at the entrance, it's like time-travel to Japan; the shochu bar in front leads back to a world of reclaimed wood, rustic open tatami rooms and the smell of quail, bacon and mochi grilling in the kitchen.”— The San Francisco Chronicle “It feels like you could be in Tokyo. In fact, friends who spent a lot of time there say that no place in the Bay Area channels the vibe as well as Ippuku.”— Inside Scoop SF “Clearly, Geideman takes the trend of whole-beast cooking to heart. The dish that’s garnered most attention on the menu is chicken tartare. That’s raw chicken, topped with daikon sprouts, Korean chili paste, and a raw egg to the uninitiated...”— Nosh
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    2130 Center St
    Berkeley, CA US
  • Kiraku
    Five Things to Know About Kiraku The husband-and-wife team of Daiki and Sanae Saito strike a harmonious balance at their izakaya-style Japanese restaurant. In the kitchen, Daiki blends his French culinary training with Japanese traditions to craft a wide array of elegant small plates. Sanae oversees the front of house, greeting guests with warm towels and ensuring proper beverage service. Read on for more about this welcoming izakaya in Berkeley: Trust the server’s advice. The sizable menu of small plates features recognizable items, such as salmon sashimi or yaki udon, alongside more adventurous dishes like the Sake Thief, a tiny dish of fermented bonito stomach. Servers can help point out dishes that are more acquired tastes. There are dozens of items that cost $6 or less. Kiraku describes its food as “Japanese tapas,” so dishes lend themselves to being shared among friends. Take a chance on a bottle of sake. Daiki holds a Kikizake-shi license, making him the sake equivalent of a sommelier. The sake and shochu selection is curated to complement the seasonal flavors of the menu. The Asahi is thoroughly Japanese. The beer is imported from Japan, and then it’s poured from a Japanese serving machine that produces a creamy foam—a hallmark of Japanese drafts. Don’t worry if you don’t finish that bottle of sake. Kiraku has a bottle save program for bottles of sake and shochu, preserving bottles of sake for up to a month and bottles of shochu up to three months. Guests can save the rest of their drinks for the next time they come in and impress friends with their personalized bottle.
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    2566 Telegraph Ave
    Berkeley, CA US
  • Sushi Ko
    Serving up a wide variety of sushi and sashimi, Sushi Ko offers the freshest fish in town. Looking for low-fat, gluten-free meal options? Look no further at Sushi Ko. Find time to peruse the wine list here — Sushi Ko offers a variety of drink options. Bring your whole brood to Sushi Ko, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together. Your large group can all sit together at Sushi Ko. Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating. Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the sushi spot dress informally. Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Sushi Ko to create the perfect night. Delivery and take out are both available if you prefer to eat in the comfort of your own home. At Sushi Ko, diners should plan to park on the street. For those who travel by bike, Sushi Ko offers bike racks for diners. Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at Sushi Ko running under $30 per person.
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    64 Shattuck Sq
    Berkeley, CA US
  • Tako Sushi
    Tako Sushi offers a fresh new take on classic sushi and other great Asian dishes. Plan to indulge a bit at Tako Sushi, though, because they don't offer any low-fat fare. Tako Sushi is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu. Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at Tako Sushi and sit out on their gorgeous patio. You can't book your table ahead of time at Tako Sushi, so show up early for your pick of tables. Folks tend to dress down at Tako Sushi, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the sushi spot. With delivery and take-out options, you can enjoy Tako Sushi's cooking from the comfort of your own living room. Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Tako Sushi to create the perfect night. Convenient street parking is easy to find outside Tako Sushi. Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Tako Sushi. Delicious food doesn't have to be expensive, as shown by the delicious fare coming out of Tako Sushi's kitchen.
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    2379 Telegraph Ave
    Berkeley, CA US
  • Toyo Japanese Restaurant
    For fresh maki, Berkeley's Toyo Japanese Restaurant has got you covered. The gluten-free and low-fat fare at Toyo Japanese Restaurant will leave you happy and full. The drink list at Toyo Japanese Restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out). Tots and tykes will be right at home at Toyo Japanese Restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience. Toyo Japanese Restaurant is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups. Show up in sneakers or a suit at Toyo Japanese Restaurant, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance. Getting your food to go is also an option. You can also have Toyo Japanese Restaurant cater your next event. Enjoy the quick and painless street parking at Toyo Japanese Restaurant. If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant. It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive, but it is the most delicious. Come to Toyo Japanese Restaurant for a great bite.
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    1463 Shattuck Avenue
    Berkeley, CA US
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