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Jul 5, 2008 09:14 PM

San Ramon Japanese Restaurant Recs

My husband will be in San Ramon on business for 2 weeks. His boss really likes authentic Japanese. Not so much sushi but authentic Japanese. The Korean/Japanese is not to his liking. I read the previous posts but they are a little old. Is Miraku still there and are there any other recommendations you can add? TIA

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  1. If he hasn't been in the Tri-Valley area before, the first thing he should know is that all these little cities are continuous up and down Highway 680. In a big city like Oakland or S.F. it would take you longer to go across town than it does to go three cities along 680. Literally.

    There are over 30 Japanese restaurants in the TV. We have been to around 2/3rds of them. Our favorites:

    Kane Sushi, Danville. While sushi may be the most commonly ordered item, they have a full menu. Sukiyaki is not on the menu, but they make it to order. We always order it as one of our items and like it a lot. This is a busy, friendly, family oriented place.

    Itto, San Ramon. This is a more of a modern style place. The food is good and the people, owner and servers, are friendly.

    E Sushi, Dublin. Good menu, good food.

    Sozo, Pleasanton. This may be my favorite. We've liked everything that we've ordered here.

    If he values authentic above other things, then he might like Sato (across the street from Sozo). People complain about the service, and it's not one of my favorites, but it's authentic.

    If he's here for two weeks, he'll have lots of time to experiment. Dublin has Ulferts Center, in east Dublin on Dublin Blvd. It's all Asian businesses, mostly restaurants. It has Osaka (a ramen joint) and Halu Shabu Shabu (authentic shabu shabu). If he's willling to try something else, the best Asian food in the TV is Old Town Singapore Cafe, also in Ulferts. It's our favorite restaurant (of any cuisine) in the TV. And there's a little Chinese BBQ and noodles place in there (Just Koi). But be certain to avoid House of Sake. It's really bad.

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    1. re: chow_eb

      He's getting a printout of your reply. Many, many thanks for taking the time to help us.

      1. re: chow_eb


        Old Town Cafe
        4288 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568

        Just Koi
        4288 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568

        Halu Shabu Shabu
        4288 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, ca

        Kane Sushi
        125 Hartz Ave, Danville, CA 94526

        Itto Sushi
        2551 San Ramon Valley Blvd 104, San Ramon, CA

        E Sushi Japanese Restaurant
        7435 Amador Valley Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568

        Sozo Sushi Restaurant
        2835 Hopyard Rd, Pleasanton, CA 94588

        Sato Japanese Cuisine
        3015 Hopyard Rd Ste K, Pleasanton, CA 94588

        House of Sake
        4288 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568

        Osaka Ramen
        4288 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568

        1. re: rworange

          Wow, thanks. Have you eaten at these places? I saw a lot of them on Yelp but didn't read the reviews. Which ones are your favorites and what do you suggest they order?

          1. re: mochi mochi

            No. Haven't eaten t them. Just linking to the Place record to make it easiery to find reports like chow_eb posts.

        2. re: chow_eb

          Thanks for your help. They both enjoyed Sato the best. The other restaurants were called Japanese, but actually were Korean owned and influenced. He said not bad but his boss wanted authentic Japanese.

          1. re: mochi mochi

            Authentic Japanese restaurants (ie. Japanese owned and operated) in the Tri-Valley area are scarce. In fact, I can only think of 3 within 15 miles of San Ramon. They are Sato (which your husband has tried already), Momiji (downtown Pleasanton), and Hana Sushi (downtown Danville). They are all small restaurants with short menus and very few maki offered.

          2. re: chow_eb

            I make Dublin/Pleasanton my overnight spot between Portland and LA. Old Town Singapore Cafe is great. I thought Osaka Ramen was thoroughly mediocre but the ume onigiri was quite good. With every trip I keep making my way through all the spots here at Ulferts.

            1. re: SauceSupreme

              When he needs to go back, I will tell him to check the others out. Thanks! Funny you should mention ramen... we have been trying all the ramen places here in Gardena/Torrance. Please keep us informed!