Japanese Restaurants in San Mateo

Contemporary Japanese Cuisine or Whiskey at Nihon Whisky Lounge (Up to 40% Off)

Nihon Whisky Lounge

San Francisco

Izakaya-style small plates, sashimi, and sushi with a contemporary twist; choose from 500 single-malt whiskeys to store in a private locker

$50 $30

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$29 for $45 Worth of Sushi and Japanese Cuisine at Live Sushi Bar. Groupon Reservation Required.

Live Sushi Bar

Potrero

Salmon-wrapped scallops with garlic-butter dipping sauce are only the starting point as the chefs experiment with traditional sushi flavors

$45 $29

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$40 for $70 Worth of Japanese Cuisine at Tsunami Sushi Mission Bay

Tsunami Sushi Mission Bay

San Francisco

Warm and raw seafood bites, creative veggie rolls, and bento plates at a cozy, oak-lined sushi and sake bar

$70 $40

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$28 for $40 Worth of Sushi and Japanese Cuisine for Dinner for Two at Sakesan Sushi & Bistro

Sakesan Sushi & Bistro

San Francisco

At this sushi-focused spot, munch on a variety of fresh rolls, including vegetarian options, or try a hot pot or donburi

$40 $28

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Japanese Small Plates and Drinks at Izakaya Roku (Up to 42% Off). Two Options Available.

Izakaya Roku

Mission Dolores

Sharable snacks inspired by Japanese gastropubs, such as ramen salad, baked oysters, and avocado tempura, served with sake and imported beer

$30 $18

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Japanese Dinner, Lunch, or Crab Dinner for Two at 2G Japanese Brasserie (Up to 42% Off)

2G Japanese Brasserie

Civic Center

Izakaya-style restaurant serves fresh sushi, entrees such as chicken teriyaki and sake-marinated sea bass, and whole live crabs

$50 $29

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$12 for $20 Worth of Sushi for Two at Sushi Rock

Sushi Rock

Multiple Locations

Nigiri, sashimi, and maki rolls, as well as teriyaki entrees and special tempura house rolls

$20 $12

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$39 for a Chef's Tasting Menu for Two at Barracuda Japanese (Up to $72 Value)

Barracuda Japanese Restaurant

Castro

Chef's tasting menu rotates based on fresh catches, but includes miso soup, edamame, tempura, cucumber salad, sushi roll, & sashimi sampling

$72 $39

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$18 for $30 Worth of Japanese Food for Two at Oolong Noodles

Oolong Noodles

Financial District

Udon noodles made from scratch and flavored with miso, curry, and soy sauce; raw and cooked sushi rolls

$30 $18

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$29 for $45 Worth of Sushi and Japanese Cuisine at Live Sushi Bistro. Groupon Reservation Required.

Live Sushi Bistro

Soma

Salmon-wrapped scallops with garlic-butter dipping sauce are only the starting point as the chefs experiment with traditional sushi flavors

$45 $29

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$29 for $45 Worth of Sushi and Japanese Cuisine at Live Sushi Mission. Groupon Reservation Required.

Live Sushi Mission

San Francisco

Salmon-wrapped scallops with garlic-butter dipping sauce are only the starting point as the chefs experiment with traditional sushi flavors

$45 $29

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Japanese Food at Mikado (Up to 44% Off). Two Options Available.

Mikado

North Los Altos

Hibachi-grilled shrimp and filet mignon, stir-fried yakisoba noodles, and more than 85 types of sushi

$24 $14

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$13 for $20 Worth of Quick-Serve Teriyaki at Happi House

Happi House

Multiple Locations

Chicken, pork, and beef in a signature teriyaki sauce, served alongside tempura plates, noodle bowls, and the popular Asian chicken salad

$20 $13

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$15 for $25 or $29 for $50 Worth of Sushi, Japanese Cuisine, and Sake at Sushi Blvd

Sushi Blvd

Sunnyvale

Guests clink glasses of sake over dinners of tuna, salmon, and shrimp sushi rolls, salted edamame, yakitori chicken, and pot stickers

$25 $15

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Dine-In or Takeout Sushi Dinner for Two or Four at Sushi Secrets (Up to 45% Off)

Sushi Secrets

Berkeley

Bubble tea, sushi rolls, and inventive sushirittos fill tummies with both classic and novel takes on Japan's unique style of cuisine

$20 $12

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Sushi Meal for Two with a Nigiri Combo or Two Special Rolls and House Sake at Taki Sushi (Up to 49% Off)

Taki Sushi

Richmond Annex

Sushi chefs with more than 30 years combined experience compose a menu that includes sashimi and nearly 20 special rolls

$28 $15

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Japanese Fusion Food and Sushi for Two or Four at Cherry Sushi (Up to 42% Off)

Cherry Sushi

Santa Clara

The chefs here go beyond your average sushi rolls, putting together original fish combinations and presenting them with artistic flair

$25 $15

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Traditional Japanese Cuisine at Hachi Ju Hachi (Up to 35% Off). Two Options Available.

Hachi Ju Hachi

Madronia Historic

Innovative eatery that earned Michelin nods for Best Value and Charming Restaurant serves up dishes such as pork-belly stew and sushi

$60 $39

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Japanese Cuisine and Sushi for Dinner at Mika's Sushi (Up to 42% Off). Two Options Available.

Mika's Sushi

Contra Costa Centre

Pairs or groups of four or more split a variety of fish-filled maki or vegetarian or vegan rolls; traditional Japanese dishes also available

$30 $18

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Brunch and Mimosas or Japanese Dinner for Two or Four at Hamachi Restaurant and Lounge (Up to 43% Off)

Hamachi Restaurant and Lounge

Downtown Walnut Creek

Brunch dishes such as coconut tuna ceviche alongside sushi rolls and Japanese dinners such as teriyaki beef and chicken katsu

$46 $29

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Sushi at Sushi Boat Town (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

Sushi Boat Town

San Jose

Rolls of tuna, salmon, and squid emerge from the sushi bar on a wooden boat, served alongside entrees such as chicken and beef teriyaki

$20 $12

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$12 for $20 or $20 for $40 Worth of Sushi, Teppanyaki, and Drinks at Sumo Sushi House

Sumo Sushi Steak House

Livermore

Hibachi grilled meats and seafood served alongside innovative sushi rolls made from fresh, seasonal ingredients

$20 $12

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$15 for $25 Worth of Dinner at Yamamori Sushi & Grill

Yamamori Sushi & Grill

Scotts Valley

Along with sashimi, nigiri sushi, and a variety of rolls, Yamamori also has choices for vegetarians and those without a palate for raw fish

$25 $13

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Sake Flight and Sushi for Two or Four at Sushi Omakase (Up to 56% Off)

Sushi Omakase

Gilroy

A guided tasting of four cold sakes is followed by a shot of shochu, standard sushi rolls, and 750 ml. bottle of sake for the table

$65 $30

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$15 for $30 Worth of Japanese Food at Jojo Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Jojo Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Santa Rosa

Chefs artistically plate specialty rolls with colorful roe & torch-seared sauces

$30 $15

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The cooks at Tenka Japanese Restaurant grill squid, deep-fry oysters, and assemble raw orders of sushi with the steady hands of a brain surgeon building a house of cards. Sushi rolls can grow around simple cores of tuna and cucumber or more piquant fillings like spicy mayonnaise, asparagus, or shrimp tempura. For even more robust flavor, the cooks skewer beef after first marinating it in soy sauce and sake, or deep-fry pork cutlets and add them to curry rice.

246 S B St
San Mateo,
CA
US

Most of Wakuriya is not restaurant, but kitchen. Due to the cooking implements and the counter that stretches across the space, the dining room fits only 18 seats, as the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "Kitchen" might not be the appropriate term for Chef Katsuhiro Yamasaki's workstation, however—"stage" seems more apt. For each evening's dinner, in full view of his guests, Katsuhiro prepares a nine-course meal of contemporary Japanese cuisine. His wife Mayumi acts as hostess and floor manager throughout, delivering the dishes and coordinating with her husband in a sort of elaborate, graceful dance. Like a pilot who’s too shy to remind anyone he’s waiting to land, each meal holds to a pattern: a starter, appetizers, a steamed dish, sashimi, a deep-fried dish, a granite, a broiled dish, a rice dish, and a dessert. The menu changes monthly to incorporate seasonal ingredients, but consistently draws from and recasts Japanese culinary traditions. When the Chronicle's restaurant reviewer visited, he praised the appetizers of lotus root, rare duck breast, and ocean trout salad, noting "a tension of opposing flavors" that remained a motif of the entire experience. Those fortunate enough to reserve a table might feast on barbecued freshwater eel served over rice in a cypress box, or they may cut into farm-raised wagyu steak served with shredded brown mushrooms. The crisp, citrusy flavors of the granite ready the palate for the next course, and the sweet, light dessert brings the meal to a satisfying close.

115 De Anza Blvd
San Mateo,
CA
US

2G Japanese Brasserie calls itself as an izakaya: a traditional Japanese drinking establishment that also serves food, and an ideal place for lingering after work or during lunch breaks. But at 2G, the food hardly takes a backseat to sake and beer?take executive sushi chef Sasaki Masaki's menu, for example. Each spicy salmon roll and slice of yellowtail sashimi is crafted with extreme attention to detail, incorporating real crab, fresh vegetables, and other ingredients sourced from carefully selected local growers and vendors.

That same care goes into plates from the kitchen, where executive chef Hidetoshi Nambu crafts Japanese entrees such as sake-marinated seabass, whole roasted crabs, and chicken teriyaki. Other dishes, such as Kobe-style beef burgers and house-made beef curry, showcase a global influence. Those two entrees also appear on the casual lunch menu, along with options to assemble your own bento plate, a less confining version of the traditional bento box.

33 E 3rd Ave
San Mateo,
CA
US

The specialty rolls at Hop On Sushi take their titles seriously. The Kimono roll, for example, dresses its tuna, hamachi, salmon, and avocado with a pink soy sheet, evoking the traditional Japanese robe. The Fire Dragon roll's mix of crab, jalapeños, and tuna is not only spicy, it's also torch-seared, then topped in a tangy thai sauce.

These rolls occupy the Maki Maniac portion of an exhaustive menu. Beginning with small plates of grilled king mackerel and ending with bento boxes of teriyaki meats, the selection spans Asian classics as well as creative inventions. California rolls share the table with kimchee-flavored diced salmon and power shooters—a shot of chilled sake, quail egg, and oyster that counterbalances the warmth of udon soups. If they'd rather not navigate the catalog of nigiri and rice bowls, guests can leave their orders up to the kitchen. Omakase-style dining covers three or five courses, all of which depend on the chef's whims and whether his tuna plants are in full bloom.

116 W 25th Ave
San Mateo,
CA
US

Behind a sleek sushi bar, the chefs at Maru Maru wrap seaweed around fresh fish before slicing rolls into creative make sushi. Pieces of sashimi and nigiri bolster dishes such as Japanese teriyaki and vegetable tempura. Bright wall sconces illuminate rows of seating in the tile-floored restaurant, where groups of diners share their deepest regrets over platters of sushi.

213 2nd Ave
San Mateo,
CA
US

Over the last five years, the chefs at Barracuda Japanese Restaurant have continually tinkered with their sushi, teriyaki, and noodle dishes, customizing the menu to fit each Barracuda location’s neighborhood and clientele. Using fresh fish and fruit sourced locally and sustainably whenever possible, the team crafts more than a dozen specialty rolls, including the Japanese Cowboy Roll, which matches crabmeat with mango, avocado, and thinly sliced Kobe beef. Staples such as chicken teriyaki rest side by side with more intricately prepared eats including pan-seared rib eye with mashed potatoes. Lit from underneath, the dining room’s dim orange walls surround potted plants and wooden tables that can accommodate groups of all sizes.

347 Primrose Rd
Burlingame,
CA
US