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Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Western Hills, San Mateo
  • Stars
    Ranked #5 for Japanese restaurants in San Mateo
  • Stars
    The experts at Michelin Travel & Lifestyle and SFGate recommend this place
    • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    • SFGate
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    Iris N.
    "Tasty kaiseki meal and great service."(2 Tips)
    Jennifer Y.
    "tasty sake"(2 Tips)
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  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    The combinations change regularly, but the categories and the format are always the same, with nine courses for $95. It's the deal of the decade, considering the care and quality of the preparations. Read more
  • Nathan P.
    Nathan PoffenbargerMarch 23, 2014
    This place is worth the visit. As with most fancy Japanese restaurants I was concerned that I may have to hit a burger joint afterwards. However after the final course, I was stuffed.
  • Iris N.
    Iris NgOctober 12, 2014
    Tasty kaiseki meal and great service. Good alcohol selection, had Shizuku for the first time, soo good!
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Reservations are staggered so the chef can handle the cooking alone. His only aide is a dishwasher. Mayumi Yamasaki is the only server. Read more
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Try caviar-topped shrimp, madai snapper, + tofu stuffed w/ Alaskan snow crab. Pair sashimi with a flight of dry sake. – Green Guide Editor
  • Camilla C.
    Camilla CAugust 26, 2013
    Really a special place... Kaiseki meal was top notch and the service impeccable. Reminded me of Japan. Would highly recommend.
  • Jennifer Y.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer YeeMarch 3, 2017
    Excellent Service, delicious set dinner menu, tasty sake, and intimate atmosphere.
  • Gnat B.heart icon on user image
    Gnat BrainFebruary 16, 2015
    Intimate setting. Everyone seated at one table for a preset course meal. Worth at least one try.
  • Dora T.
    Dora TApril 11, 2013
    Make your reservations at midnight 1 month in advance... its worth every penny!
  • Claudine C.
    Claudine CoSeptember 13, 2011
    Reserve a month ahead -call at midnight. Only 1 kaiseki menu per evening. Very worth the trip from San Francisco.
  • Rena P.
    Rena PatelDecember 1, 2011
    Michelin-rated Kaiseki. Every course is impeccable. Best meal I've had in a long, long time.
  • Liangjie X.
    Liangjie XueJune 5, 2015
    make sure to make reservation exactly 1 month ahead.
  • Feng G.
    Feng GuoDecember 7, 2012
    Try the Appetizer Plate - Orange fish is ocean trout.
  • Kat .heart icon on user image
    Kat 🐱July 29, 2015
    Great service and good food.
  • John D.heart icon on user image
    John DonnellyJuly 8, 2016
  • Joshua N.
    Joshua NguyenAugust 15, 2011
    Have the kaiseki, And nerd out on flavors for two hours.
  • Jello L.
    Jello LeeNovember 22, 2012
    Now reservations are needed 2 months to the day ahead.
  • Hugo B.
    Hugo BarraFebruary 17, 2013
    Zagat 28, highly recommend by multiple people
  • Urban Nomad
    Urban NomadDecember 17, 2013
    One Michelin star
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