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cali5189 Jan 8, 2007 03:09 PM

Does anyone know of a good sushi place in Berkeley? I recently moved here and have been researching places to eat via yelp, however I'm finding them to be largly underwhelming in alot of the feedback. I don't really like rolls, I'm much more of a sashimi kind of person. Thanks!

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    zin1953 Feb 20, 2011 11:34 AM

    Yoshi's . . . it's not just for Jazz anymore . . .

    Then again, it's in Oakland, not Berkeley.

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      candice144t Feb 20, 2011 02:12 AM

      let me weight in on this...! as a sushi aficionado, i like my fish fast and fresh, I've had pretty good experiences with Kirala 2 kiralaberkeley.com for takeout sushi, and Kyoto on Solano Avenue www.kyotosushiberkeley.com. Both places were delicious and easy on the wallet. I'd definitely recommend!

      Kirala 2
      1511 Shattuck Ave, Ste D Berkeley, CA 94709

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      1. re: candice144t
        wolfe Feb 20, 2011 07:01 AM

        Have you tried the new Sushi 29 on Solano?

      2. Robert Lauriston Jan 10, 2007 06:46 PM

        Kirala's good and so far as I know the only robata bar in the area, but I don't know why people line up for their sushi.

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          Curtis Jan 10, 2007 07:53 PM

          Tachibana also has a robata bar. It's pretty good and offers everything from whole squid and lobster tails to stuffed mushrooms.

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            mariacarmen Feb 20, 2011 07:37 AM


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            WCFoodie Jan 10, 2007 05:43 PM

            Kirala..best I have had in the East Bay.

            1. mandyf Jan 10, 2007 05:36 AM

              I recommend Tachibana Restaurant on College Ave. To me, it's Kirala quality without the wait.

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                coolbean98 Jan 10, 2007 04:29 PM


              2. Scrapironchef Jan 10, 2007 12:59 AM

                A little farther afield but definitely good for sashimi is Yusan in El Cerrito. On San Pablo Ave across from the Home Depot.

                Don't get confused by the other Japanese place right next door, it's good too, Yusan is better.

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                  Agent 510 Jan 9, 2007 08:21 PM

                  Nanajiro is up there too. It's on Shattuck and Channing. I've had their sashimi a few times and enjoyed it. Prices aren't too bad and the atmosphere has improved quite a bit compared to the other sushi place (or maybe the same place with a different name) at that same spot two years ago.

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                    yehfromthebay Jan 9, 2007 08:18 PM

                    Kirala is the best. It used to be super expensive but prices haven't gone up too much over the years. Aside from sushi, they have a great robata.

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                      Scrapironchef Jan 10, 2007 01:01 AM

                      I had a moderate amount of Robata one night at the bar and it came to $80. It was good but...

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                      Missmoo Jan 9, 2007 07:34 PM

                      Sushi Sho is my favorite, but you have to be patient when you go as there are only ten seats in the whole place.

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                        zin1953 Feb 20, 2011 11:33 AM

                        Thus "Sushi Slow" . . .

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                          wolfe Feb 20, 2011 11:45 AM

                          Actually Sushi gone.

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                        BellaCalabrese Jan 9, 2007 06:05 PM

                        Ichiban Japanese Restaurant, 2017 Shattuck, near Berkeley Bowl, is my favorite. There's always a crowd. And their tempura is the best I've had in the East Bay. There's another excellent Japanese restaurant on Solano, just a few doors East of San Pablo, a great little whole in the wall. Sorry I can't recall the name.

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                          coolbean98 Jan 9, 2007 07:58 PM

                          Do you mean Ichiban, which is downtown near campus, or Kirala, which is near Berkeley Bowl?

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                            BellaCalabrese Jan 10, 2007 01:16 AM

                            You're right, it is Kirala. Thanks for catching that. My apologies.

                        2. choctastic Jan 9, 2007 03:31 PM

                          uzen is the best but slightly outside of berkeley

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                            kc72 Jan 8, 2007 03:20 PM

                            Genki on San Pablo and Cedar is good.

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                              milltowngirl Jan 9, 2007 03:10 PM

                              Say more re Genki--got another recommendation a while back, but don't recall the details, curious as to what's good there, what's not, etc.

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                                coolbean98 Jan 9, 2007 08:00 PM

                                They have chawanbushi, which is pretty cool, as does Norikonoko. Norikono is great for ambience and traditional home cooking, but no sushi.

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                                  grocerytrekker Jan 10, 2007 01:04 AM

                                  You mean chawanmushi.

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                                    coolbean98 Jan 10, 2007 04:28 PM

                                    Sorry, sticky keyboard (I was eating chocolate)!

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                              milltowngirl Jan 8, 2007 03:13 PM

                              Sushi Sho on Solano is my favorite. Kirala on the south side of town also good.

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                                Robert Lauriston Feb 20, 2011 11:44 AM

                                This four-year-old topic was dormant for four years until it got bumped this morning. Sushi Sho closed in the meantime and has not reopened in its new location:


                                Some other recommendations may be out of date.

                                Mitama Restaurant
                                3201 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

                                Uzen Japanese Cuisine
                                5415 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

                                Sushi Sho
                                1645 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

                                Genki Japanese Restaurant
                                1610 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

                                Sushi Banzai
                                1019 Camelia St, Berkeley, CA 94710

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