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Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
49 Tips and reviews
  • yakitori
  • good for dates
  • lively
  • croquettes
  • cozy
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  • Paull Y.
    Paull Young3 days ago
    Get the Gyoza! Chef’s counter seats are great
  • Amber L.
    Amber Lutsko4 days ago
    The portions are perfect! Not huge American ones that leave you stuffed with tons of leftovers; but Japanese portions that leave you satisfied and still able to move. Everything is delicious!
  • olivier P.
    olivier PEYREOctober 13
    You will feel transported in Kyoto. Try their Katsu with melted cheese in the middle and their Udon Carbonara. Everything else is amazing.
  • Andrew K.
    Chicken liver
  • Alex P.
    Alex PriestAugust 4
    Yakitori, katsu, sashimi... everything is amazing. Don't miss the "limited" items. Udon > donburi.
  • Kyson
    KysonJune 12
    Yakitori was grilled to perfection. Gizzards were really tasty.
  • William W.
    anchovies are
  • Patricia L.
    It was good food and cute inside - but I was disappointed the uni bowl was off the menu.
  • Nicolas C.
    Tofuuuuuu ... Matcha chuhai.... Trumpet mushroom skewer...... UDON..... Wonderful.
  • Trucy
    TrucyApril 14
    Been here 5+ times
    Once a month they have delicious pop up menus with a theme. Follow @afternoon.sf or @bayalien on Instagram for upcoming ones!
  • Qirong W.
    Qirong WangApril 12
    Downvoted Oct 11
  • Lisa Y.
    Lisa YuzawaApril 10
    Fabulous Japanese food! And the inside is lit!
  • Shali N.
    Shali NguyenApril 10
    Chicken meatball and trumpet mushrooms are a must!
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RoseMarch 27
    7x7 Says: Odd bits yakitori
  • Tom C.
    Tom CoatesDecember 16, 2016
    I LOVE this place. The duck/plum/chrysanthemum salad is bloody amazing. The tofu is light and delicious. Brilliant Yakitori too. Strongly recommended.
  • Garry T.
    Garry TanSeptember 5, 2016
    The main event are the yakitori. Go for the fatty chicken cuts. They are always the best.
  • Chris W.
    Chris WeberAugust 26, 2016
    Everything is great!!!
  • Dave H.
    Dave HoltzJuly 6, 2016
    Amazing. Order anything on the menu - it will all knock your socks off.
  • Max
    MaxJuly 3, 2016
    Atmospheric Izakaya with bright salads, great yakitori and perfectly chewy udon. Nicely curated sake list.
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    The chicken skewers—threaded with every part from the knee to the neck to, yes, the butt—are grilled over two types of charcoal because, well, that is the kind of detail that Rintaro is built on. Read more
  • Steven C.
    Steven ChanMay 24, 2016
    Everything is amazing. The GizZard is phenomenal. The udon carbonara is out of this world. I never knew something so simple be so good.
  • Bram B.
    Bram BoersmaApril 26, 2016
    Not worth it. 14 bucks for lettuce and 5 slices of duck. Beer is good though.
  • Kidhack
    KidhackApril 16, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Follow their Instagram for updates on guest chefs, one off menus, and popup events. @MR_RINTARO
  • Tani Y.
    Tani YeeApril 13, 2016
    Croquette, meatball yakitori
  • Rem K.
    Rem KoningMarch 26, 2016
    House sake, skin and gizzards, and the vegetables in white Miso and mustard dressing.
  • Amir M.
    Amir MirzaeeDecember 6, 2015
    Grab okonomiyaki, Asahi on tap and enjoy the wait.
  • Angela Z.
    Angela Z.October 23, 2015
    Eat everything fried. Yakitori and udon were also a standout. Would avoid the steamed fish... And get the pancake from the courtyard vendor!
  • Ben H.
    Ben HaddenSeptember 27, 2015
    Warm, peaceful space with well-executed yakatori.
  • Amy B.
    Amy BSeptember 24, 2015
    Atmosphere is great.
  • Benjamin C.
    Benjamin ChaykinSeptember 9, 2015
    Karaage. Dipping ramen.
  • Nico P.
    Nico PitneyAugust 18, 2015
    #8 on Bon Appétit's 2015 "Top Ten Best New Restaurants in America" Read more
  • Renato V.
    Renato Valdes OlmosAugust 15, 2015
    Fantastic food. Even more fantastic service.
  • Iris N.
    Iris NgAugust 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Potato and trout croquettes are perfectly fried, like in Japan.
  • diana c.
    diana chowJuly 7, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    hojicha panna cotta is ridiculous 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
    Upvoted Sep 12
  • Matthew K.
    Matthew KirkJune 20, 2015
    House made tofu a must try. Warm environment, great service
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaJune 18, 2015
    Small portions but everything is prepared and plated so beautifully. Potato and trout croquette is delicious, as is the freshly made silken tofu. Try the yakitoris and mochi dessert!
  • Rudy S.
    Rudy SMay 17, 2015
    Everything was fantastic, but the highlights were the rainbow trout, chicken karaage, and the raw tuna. Superb!
  • tablehopper
    tablehopperMay 7, 2015
    Be sure to get the korokke: break open the exquisitely flaky and non-greasy panko coating (made from fresh Acme pain de mie) to reveal a creamy, fluffy, and lightly curried kabocha squash interior.
  • tablehopper
    tablehopperMay 6, 2015
    Their seafood sourcing is exquisite, shining in pristine dishes like the hirame no kombujime ($13.50), expertly cut sashimi of kombu-cured California halibut with the zip of fresh wasabi.
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica TaylorMarch 20, 2015
    Family style Japanese dining. Katsu was good as was gyoza. Left wanting more though.
  • Anton S.
    Anton ShusterMarch 6, 2015
    Try the yakitori, chawanmushi, karaage, and dumplings.
  • Suraj A.
    Suraj AcharyaFebruary 22, 2015
    The yakitori are the stars here, but don't miss the tamago or the simmered beef shank.
  • Frances J.
    Frances JamesJanuary 17, 2015
    New Japanese izakaya in the old Chez Spencer spot. No rezzies
  • Vic Z.
    Vic ZaudJanuary 9, 2015
    Everything is perfection. No. Really. Loved the Kabocha croquette, the Gyoza, and rainbow trout.
  • Alex Y.
    Alex YamamotoDecember 28, 2014
    Favors are on point here, authentic Japanese cuisine at its finest.
  • Nanette
    NanetteDecember 25, 2014
    Really slow service and runs out of food pretty quickly. Took 45 min to get seated and order even with a reservation. Skewers were pretty good as well as the petrale sole Karaage.
  • Holger L.
    Holger LuedorfDecember 21, 2014
    Big fan of the tamago dish and the whole, fried fish. My favorite new izakaya in SF! Read more
  • Frances J.
    Frances JamesDecember 2, 2014
    New Japanese izakaya, no rezzies
  • SFGate
    SFGateNovember 12, 2014
    Grab dinner at Rintaro tonight. This new spot will feature a changing menu dedicated to vegetables, fried dishes and grilled chicken (including a yakitori chef’s choice for $15.50) for now. Read more
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