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Izakaya Sozai

Japanese Restaurant
1500 Irving Street, San Francisco, CA 94122 1500 Irving Street, San Francisco Directions
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The Press Box: Izakaya Sozai

True to its name, Izakaya Sozai specializes in small plates—an izakaya is a traditional Japanese sake bar known for its tapas-like portions. But those small plates have made a big impact on diners, landing the eatery on multiple best-of lists. Read on to discover what makes Izakaya Sozai such a hot spot:

“There's a pronounced porkiness to the broth . . .The noodles, which have a burnished gold tint, have an elastic snap to them that doesn't fade as the noodles soak up broth . . . The ramen is the best thing on Sozai's menu. By far.” – SFWeekly

“Some of my favorite yakitori here include particularly tasty tsukune, velvety chicken meatballs, and pork jowl, little rectangles of gelatinous, fat marbled cheek meat, the fat and flesh more integrated than pork belly.” – The Examiner

“The accessible [sake] list here offers some affordable beauties, such as a bamboo carafe of the balanced Masumi gingo. If you haven’t discovered how chilled artisan sake pairs with foods designed specifically to go with them, Sozai is a natural place to start an exploration.” – Unterman on Food

“The crowd is a fun melange of young hipsters and families. The tables turn with lightning speed, but the young waiters don't rush diners who choose to linger in the simple, 35-seat restaurant, which shines with natural light when the sun graces the Sunset.” – SFGate

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