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Thinking visiting Japantown friday night. Looking for a mid-range japanese restaurant to go with party of 10 (sushi or izakaya, as long as we can get a table!). Hopefully it's not too late to get some advice :)

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  1. Unfortunately Japantown in SF lacks decent mid-range Japanese restaurants (it always frustrated me for the many years I lived there). On the high end, Kappa and Kiss are great for omakaze sushi meals, but expect to dish out about $80-100 per person. As for izakayas, there really isn't much in the sense of tradition Japanese izakayas. The Hotel Kabuki has O Izakaya, but its fairly western and a tad overpriced for the quality of food you get. Also, a table of ten is tough in general in SF. I would may recommend a shabu shabu place (like Shabu Shabu House in the Inner Richmond) for a large group.

    For good, midrange sushi or izakayas, I would recommend venturing into the Inner Richmond or Inner Sunset.

    I know I didn't really provide much, but hope this helps.

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    Shabu House
    5158 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

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    1. re: shellshock24

      thanks shellshock!

      just what i found online about restos in jtown. Where will you recommend for sushi places at inner richmond or inner sunset then?

      1. re: oohlala

        In J-town I like the Korean-Japanese San Wong (dried fried anything) for Sushi try Koo on Irving but it is small....

        1. re: oohlala

          That table of 10 thing is tough. I would definitely call/make reservation. Some possibilities in the Richmond: Not sushi, but interesting food: Kappou Gomi. For a real izakaya atmosphere (but the food is just ok), Oyaji.

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          Oyaji Restaurant
          3123 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

          Kappou Gomi
          5524 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

          1. re: oohlala

            I really like Koo in the Inner Sunset, and its possible to get a reservation for 10, but I would recommened calling right now. For a more non-authentic sushi experience (but a very lively atmosphere), Sushi Bistro on Balboa in the Inner Richmond is decent.

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            Sushi Bistro
            445 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94118

        2. I don't know what you consider mid-range; Bushi-tei is really nice (though expensive for my budget), more upscale Frenchy-Japanese fusion rather than the izakaya or sushi you suggested. You might check to see how people like their bistro; I haven't been there but I see they've got sushi.

          1. If you are looking for Izakaya in the North Bay you are pretty well limited to Ippuku, Nombe, and Oyaji and none of them are in Japantown.

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            Oyaji Restaurant
            3123 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

            Nombe
            2491 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

            Ippuku
            2130 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704