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Jan 8, 2007 02:47 AM

Good straight-forward bento box in San Francisco?

Am looking to find a good simple bento box dinner in SF.

Have looked into some of the "not just sushi" recommendations
here, and many sound wonderful (Kyo-ya, Kappa, Bushi-Tei, ...).
But most of these restaurants seem to have a creative flair, and I'm aiming for something fairly straight-forward, like a bento box with
shrimp tempura, beef teriyaki, some sashimi, and maybe a salad, with a good bowl of miso soup to start and a side bowl of white rice.

Any suggestions?

Many thanks,

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  1. Taraval Okazu Ya. Nice bento boxes at great prices.

    1. Just today I noticed that the "Yokohama Sushi" place in the old DPD space at Kearny and Jackson had shifted its focus away from sushi and toward bento boxes, at what seemed to be reasonable prices. Might be something for someone working in the northern FiDi to try at lunch time.

      1. You might try Kansai on Buchanan St. in SF Japantown.

        1. We like Ichirocu (sp?) on Geary around 3rd Ave. Good value and very friendly folks.

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          1. re: Civil Bear

            Thanks for the suggestion. Spelling is "Ichiraku".

            Also, in searching to get the spelling, I found this link:


            Poster's query is similar in spirit to mine -- i.e. non-sushi-Japanese -- and many suggestions are given here too, though
            the bulk appear to be outside of San Francisco.


          2. Just go to the Nijiya Supermarket on Post at Webster. It's got your basic bentos, a wide variety. Taste is like Japanese convenience store quality (that's not a bad thing).
            For higher end and quality, more like Japanese dept stores, the best is Delica RF-1 in the Ferry Building. The crab cream croquette bento is a standout but they are all delicious and under $10. Delica is one of the best Japanese "restaurants" in the City hands down.