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Japanese Restaurant, Diner, and Wagashi Place$$$$
Japantown, San Francisco
46 Tips and reviews
  • habutai
  • authentic
  • mochi
  • casual
  • toasted soybean flour
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  • Sarah
    SarahJanuary 7
    Get here early! They can sell out by the afternoon.
  • 板津 魁.
    板津 魁彦July 4, 2017
    Fruit mochis are the best, depends on season could be blueberries, strawberries or other fruit fillings
  • J K.
    J KJuly 1, 2017
    last maker of manju (a Japanese hand made pastery of pounded rice and sweetened red bean paste) - Linda Cahill
  • C D.
    C DaleyMarch 7, 2017
    The blueberry mochi is fantastic
  • arash m.
    arash mMarch 4, 2017
    Seasonal fruit mochi
  • Hannah C.
    Hannah CSeptember 4, 2016
    ichigo daifuku mochi
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedAugust 23, 2016
    At this landmark Japantown bakery, manju and mochi come in flavors like peanut butter, blueberry and green tea red bean paste. Read more
  • Andres N.
    Andres NovoaAugust 15, 2016
    Amazing strawberry and kinako (toasted soybean flour) mochi! They also have good seasonal flavors!
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2016
    Family-owned since 1906, this maker of handmade mochi and manju still has it going on. The strawberry manju is our favorite, but you can't go wrong with anything here. Read more
  • Jennifer Y.
    Jennifer YeeJune 25, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Strawberry mochi and blueberry mochi
  • Jole P.
    Jole PJune 20, 2016
    Really good authentic and fresh mochi. The seasonal fruit flavors are the best!
  • Anton S.
    Anton ShusterApril 16, 2016
    The peanut butter mochi is best eaten cold. It's kind of sloppy warm. My favorite was the strawberry, which has fresh strawberries!
  • Maya S.
    Maya ShanmugamOctober 10, 2015
    So used to this place that I like their mochi more than that found in Japan!
  • gaia p.
    gaia passarelliAugust 27, 2015
    the blueberry mochi. go for it.
  • Solario
    SolarioAugust 10, 2015
    Peanut butter mochi! Unbelievable.
  • Sam S.
    Sam SherwoodJuly 15, 2015
    Terrific mochi
  • Ada B.
    Ada BlitzkriegJune 11, 2015
    Their mochis are superfresh and a soft fluffiness of sugarhigh.
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiApril 15, 2015
    Authentic Japanese desserts
  • Marshall S.
    Marshall St. ClairApril 2, 2015
    7x7 recommends the Mochi
  • Andy W.
    Andy WangMarch 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this place! Been coming here since a kid. Sadly the owners' kids not interested in taking over the family business
  • Anton S.
    Anton ShusterJanuary 29, 2015
    Get the strawberry manju.
  • Allison Y.
    Allison YuJanuary 20, 2015
    Wow best mochi I've ever had. Still delicious 2 days later
  • Reid D.
    Reid DeRamusSeptember 1, 2014
    Cafe / Lunch / Brunch - Fresh mochi, senbei, manjeri
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaAugust 9, 2014
    Authentic Japanese store still family owned and operated. Fun to try a variety: habutai white mochi with red bean, peanut butter mochi, and strawberry mochi.
  • Kelly L.
    Kelly LallyJuly 2, 2014
    Try the vegan strawberry mochi. Def their best flavor.
  • Nick R.
    Nick RobinsonApril 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    FYI: the strawberry moshi are seasonal. When they ARE in season, they're usually only available on Fridays and Saturdays. (they're worth the hassle tho)
  • Rosanne C.
    Rosanne ChanFebruary 15, 2014
    best mochi in the city. super fresh and they use real seasonal fruit!
  • Kathleen N.
    Kathleen N.December 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The seasonal blueberry mochi is soooo good! Highly recommended!
  • David M.
    David MeresmanOctober 21, 2013
    The strawberry mochi are seasonal and start being available in the spring
  • Tiffany H.
    Tiffany HoAugust 4, 2013
    Get the Pink Habutai- so yummy :)
  • Christine L.
    Christine LeeAugust 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Strawberry mochis only available thurs, fri, and sat.
  • ltrain
    ltrainJune 3, 2013
    Homemade vs. pre-packaged? Yes please! Grew up with kinako over my mochi so this is my fave. I short-ordered for a container—got a bit of a cranky question thrown at me, so watch how many you order.
  • Liz L.
    Liz LunaJune 1, 2013
    Strawberry has actual strawberry bits in it!
  • Joni P.
    Joni PadronNovember 10, 2012
    Try the Apple Manju - it melts in your mouth!
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuSeptember 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the fresh strawberry mochi!!
  • Edrea
    EdreaFebruary 27, 2012
    LEGENDARY. Always a must when visiting J-town. :)
  • SEGA
    SEGAJanuary 5, 2012
    An unassuming 100+ year old landmark in Japantown makes the best fresh mochi in the bay. When I'm craving sugar and carbs, their peanut butter mochi hits the spot. - Mia, Digital Marketing Coordinator
  • Chris L.
    Chris LeeSeptember 6, 2011
    Look for the strawberry mochi when in season! Read more
  • Alexa (@ladylexy) A.
    Try the Fresh Strawberry Mochi - It's back in season! Get it while you can. Often sells out.
  • Christine
    ChristineApril 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure you bring cash and don't forget to get the fresh strawberry mochi on the 2nd shelf! Although you really can't go wrong with any of them! Super derishous!
  • tricia w.
    tricia wangMarch 25, 2011
    Get the seasonal moji! Blueberry and strawberry are My fave. The donut holes with smooth red bean paste are yummmmmmy!
  • Alex C.
    Alex CJanuary 26, 2011
    Blueberry mochi = crazy delicious.
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 11, 2010
    Try the fresh strawberry mochi. I am a mochi expert on Foodspotting, and I declare it to be the best ever! The strawberry is wrapped in white bean paste and is covered with super soft mochi. - Alexa
  • Alexa (@ladylexy) A.
    Try the Chofu Mochi and spot it on Foodspotting
  • Dora F.
    Dora FangApril 26, 2010
    Fresh strawberry mochi are on bottom shelf, $1.20, delicious!
  • Alexa (@ladylexy) A.
    Hidden treasure in Japantown: Fresh strawberry & blueberry mochi! But call ahead and have them hold some for you --it sells out by noon often!
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