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Honda-Ya Japanese Restaurant

Japanese Restaurant and Arcade$$$$
  • Jansen G.
    "Try the Pork Belly Asparagus Yakitori"(6 Tips)
    Jansen G.
    "Try the Shishamo Nanban - Spiciest dish on the menu!"(2 Tips)
    Zach K.
    "Garlic Greens and the Gyoza paired with a Kirin Draught is heaven."(2 Tips)
    Melanie S.
    "... and salmon sio, stinky roll"(2 Tips)
59 Tips and reviews
  • Japanese food
  • yakitori
  • nanban
  • good for a late night
  • tempura
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  • Martin D. C.
    Martin D. CiaoSeptember 4, 2014
    So many choices, so little time. Right next to the Cream Pan, Honda-Ya is that perfect neighborhood izakaya place to hangout with your friends on any drinking occasion! LOVE the chicken skins!
  • OC Weekly
    OC WeeklyAugust 4, 2014
    Slip off your shoes and sit cross-legged in the tatami room for that authentic Richard Chamberlain-in-Shogun experience, even if your legs lose circulation before the food arrives. Read more
  • Melanie S.
    Melanie SJanuary 31, 2012
    Oyster shooters, yellowtail jalapeño, lychee sake, NanBan Ramen with butter, corn and wakame seaweed, sesame chicken and salmon sio, stinky roll
  • Johnathan D.
    Johnathan DoMarch 17, 2014
    Definitely get the yakitori! The Chicken Tail and Garlic Pork Belly are by far my girlfriend's and my favorites. Heart is also very good! Try all the yakitori.
  • Superb
    SuperbJuly 4, 2012
    You really can't go wrong with any of the skewers - even the beef tongue is delicious! Pair whatever you order with some Asahi and sake, and you're good to go.
  • Dëva H.
    Dëva HolikOctober 23, 2014
    Similar to sister restaurant Kappo Honda this place has good udon and shrimp tempura also open late night. Make sure you get yakitori as its the flagship items.
  • Jay S.
    Jay ShinAugust 11, 2014
    Satisfy your udon craving here. And don't be scared of the wait, the line moves fast and the food is worth it.
  • Akiko I.
    Akiko ISeptember 2, 2015
    Kaisen don - lots of rice, not so much seafood. Only very standard fish. comes with miso soup for $12 or so. I prefer the lunch Chirashi at "fun sushi Momo" in Fullerton.
  • Nozomi L.
    Nozomi L. (^-^)/November 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Birthday person gets complimentary ice cream, brought out with lights dimmed and the birthday song played overhead. They have good green tea ice cream :)_
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WeaverJuly 28, 2015
    Izakaya food is fun to share with friends and family! Also great food for late nights!
  • Eena P.
    Eena PantanosasMarch 13, 2014
    Great food👍 Try the Shrimp Tempura, Cheese Takoyaki with Jalapeños and Salmon.
  • Domanique A.
    Domanique AliciaJuly 10, 2015
    The food was yummy. But the soap dispenser in the men's room didn't work.... So who knows how sanitary the place it.
  • Zach K.
    Zach KuceraFebruary 20, 2012
    The Garlic Greens and the Gyoza paired with a Kirin Draught is heaven.
  • First M.
    First MainJanuary 19, 2010
    Yakitori's (skewered and coal-grilled meats & veggies) are their specialty and the best here. Try the special heart or any bacon-wrapped skewer.
    Upvoted Oct 26
  • Johnny C.
    Johnny CaliforniaJanuary 16, 2015
    There is a wait outside 7 days a week. Apparently it's worth the wait.
  • Adithya N.
    Adithya NurdinNovember 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure you wear socks! You're going to have to take off your shoes for the floor dining xD
  • Sae C.
    Sae ChoJune 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Albacore tuna tatami salad! Cheese age! And age dashi tofu!! My favorite restaurant in OC!
  • Mishell P.
    Mishell PaulinoJune 5, 2013
    Decent yakitori. I like the drawings and the weird names on the menus.
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MarquezAugust 8, 2014
    Small bites and good pours of Japanese sake and beer! Could waste an evening here easily
  • Jansen G.
    Jansen GranflorMay 21, 2012
    Try the Shishamo Nanban - Spiciest dish on the menu!
  • Kerry D.
    Kerry DaviesOctober 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The bacon raped asparagus is amazing and inexpensive
  • Billy A.
    Billy AmparanoAugust 6, 2014
    The Salmon skin is tastefully tasty.
  • Rico
    RicoJuly 12, 2010
    A fantastic Japanese Grill. Served like Tapas style and always worth the wait. Read more
  • Jansen G.
    Jansen GranflorMay 21, 2012
    Try the Shrimp Tempura - Better than most
  • Jansen G.
    Jansen GranflorMay 21, 2012
    Try the Eel Balls - Who knew eels had balls??
  • Akiko I.
    Akiko IDecember 17, 2014
    Their quality is down the hill.. It used to be alright but they screwed up all of my 3 favorite dishes. Very so so food.
  • Jonathan H.
    Jonathan HoAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the few places in the area that's actually open late.
  • Lareina P.
    Lareina P.July 25, 2011
    Try their tonkatsu and beef ponzu!
  • Jansen G.
    Jansen GranflorMay 21, 2012
    Try the Pork Belly Asparagus Yakitori
  • Nikki B.
    Nikki BFebruary 16, 2011
    Get a booth or sit at the bar, because the tables are awkwardly placed.
  • Sara T.
    Sara TunasJune 22, 2010
    I love the red snapper tempura. It have a unique taste :D
  • Jansen G.
    Jansen GranflorMay 21, 2012
    Try the Unagi (eel) Bowl
  • Natalie Z.
    Natalie ZhaoMarch 20, 2011
    Ask your waiter what he/she recommend!
  • M C.
    M ChidhalayApril 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the stinky roll. Don't let the name fool you. It's yummy!!
  • sarah jane b.
    sarah jane barbaAugust 17, 2013
    Get your groove on with some udon!
  • Faisal M.
    Faisal MsMarch 2, 2015
    Best Asian food I've ever tried 🙊❤️
  • Akiko I.
    Akiko IAugust 14, 2014
    It used to b good, but not anymore. The taste quality is down the hill. All of their foods are very so so.
  • M S.
    M SSeptember 18, 2015
    Closes at 11:15 PM every third Tuesday for cleaning.
  • ShRey-Bomb D.
    Everything is good.
  • Francis M.
    Francis M.February 17, 2013
    Sit on the floor instead of the bar
  • Norma J.
    Norma JeanAugust 10, 2010
    Try the Seaweed Salad, it's amazing!
  • Jake S.
    Jake ScheferOctober 2
  • Nguyen D.
    Nguyen DuongApril 24, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Save room for apple spring rolls
  • Eric T.
    Eric TangFebruary 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the sashimi bowl
  • Dj Stutter
    Dj StutterJune 23, 2015
    Give time on the wait line.
  • Johnathan D.
    Johnathan DoAugust 18, 2014
    Chicken tail!!!!
  • Vicky C.
    Vicky ChangDecember 8, 2014
    Takoyaki is yummy
  • Gene C.
    Gene ChuangDecember 26, 2009
    Best Izakaya in SoCal, everything is good
  • Danny C.
    Danny CastilloMay 24, 2011
    TAKO-WASA is not available anywhere in SF must. Eat. Here.
  • Henry J.
    Henry JesfenJuly 25, 2010
    Get the CRUNCHY ROLLS!!! they're so good!
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