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Rintaro

Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
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  • Timothy H.
    Sushi was meh. Rest of the food not worth what you pay
    Downvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Blake S.
    I thought everything was generally ok but there were no amazing standouts
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Jenny N.
    Jenny NewMay 23
    Fun (and smoky!) vibe. Gyoza, udon carbonara, and tsukune were all good. Skip the panna cotta- good flavor, but really stiff texture.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • JT
    JTApril 24
    Fun place for tapas style Japanese cuisine. I enjoyed the fried chicken, yakitori, and the sashimi. Cocktails are a little watery
  • Afro l.
    Afro lynneApril 16
    Pricy but quality food. Bar seats are extremely uncomfortable though
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Maria R.
    Very authentic - brought me back to yakitori in Japan. Order Maguro No Yukke rice bowl (add Uni), karaage, chiizu Katsu and any/all yakitori! Yum yum
  • Brook S.
    One of the best meals I've had in San Francisco. Period. Delicious skewers, and a great shochu selection. It's pricy, but well-worth it. The croquettes were great too, as well as the shabu.
  • Sydney M.
    Sydney MMarch 16
    Most authentic izakaya in SF. Get the sweet potato beer and katsu
  • Mark M.
    Mark MunroFebruary 22
    Went with a group, which I wouldn’t advise. Yakitori was tasty, but the flavors didn’t surprise me or leave me craving more. Hard pass.
  • Marta T.
    Marta TapperoFebruary 21
    We had so many things, delicious, a bit expensive, but worth it. Did not love the "carbonara" ones. The chicken wings, amazing!
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 25
    Rintaro's gyoza aren't always on the menu, but when they are, make sure you order the Berkshire pork-filled, lattice-surrounded dumplings. Read more
  • Paull Y.
    Paull YoungNovember 19, 2017
    Get the Gyoza! Chef’s counter seats are great
  • Amber L.
    Amber LutskoNovember 17, 2017
    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, 2017
    You will feel transported in Kyoto. Try their Katsu with melted cheese in the middle and their Udon Carbonara. Everything else is amazing.
    Upvoted Jul 17
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew KuhnhausenAugust 9, 2017
    Chicken liver
  • Alex P.
    Alex PriestAugust 4, 2017
    Yakitori, katsu, sashimi... everything is amazing. Don't miss the "limited" items. Udon > donburi.
  • Kyson
    KysonJune 12, 2017
    Yakitori was grilled to perfection. Gizzards were really tasty.
  • William W.
    William WungJune 2, 2017
    anchovies are bomb.com
  • Patricia L.
    Patricia LeeMay 20, 2017
    It was good food and cute inside - but I was disappointed the uni bowl was off the menu.
  • Nicolas C.
    Nicolas CrowellMay 20, 2017
    Tofuuuuuu ... Matcha chuhai.... Trumpet mushroom skewer...... UDON..... Wonderful.
  • Trucy
    TrucyApril 14, 2017
    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!
  • Lisa Y.
    Lisa YuzawaApril 10, 2017
    Fabulous Japanese food! And the inside is lit!
  • Shali N.
    Shali NguyenApril 10, 2017
    Chicken meatball and trumpet mushrooms are a must!
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RoseMarch 27, 2017
    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
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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 25+ times
    hojicha panna cotta is ridiculous 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
  • 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!
    Upvoted Jul 27
  • 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.
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