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Sep 3, 2011 02:15 PM

Japanese dinner mid-peninsula, kid friendly?

I am seeking recommendations for a dinner place around San Mateo or Burlingame that that fit these parameters:

-I'm entertaining my sister, brother in law and their well behaved 2 year old. The adults are Indian, Japanese and love gourmet food. The toddler is pretty restaurant savvy. 7pm reservation.
-Japanese (other Asian works too like Thai). Sushi and Izakaya go over well with all but open.
-worth visiting, takes reservations, authentic or yummy, $$ or $$$ works (not so much $$$$)
-ideal if not packed (leaves space for high chair)
-nice if not far from walkable areas like DT San Mateo or Burlingame
-reasonable noise level (meeting my sweetie for the first time)

We're coming in from San Francisco, Berkeley (me), and the family is driving up 280/101 from Mountain View, visiting from out of town.

Looked at Izakaya Mai, Sushi Sam and others. I love Kirala in Berkeley and Akiko's off Bush in SF.

Thanks!! Read the other threads but welcome advice for this specific need!

Izakaya Mai Restaurant
212 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

Kirala Restaurant
2100 Ward St, Berkeley, CA 94705

Sushi Sam's
218 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

Izakaya Restaurant
1335 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95112

Akikos Restaurant
431 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108

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  1. Don't have a rec for you, but be careful with sushi places. Many serious sushi chefs don't appreciate young children dining on sushi.

    1. When my kids were younger, we used to enjoy the heck out of Ni-Mo in DT San Mateo. The food's probably not quite in the same league as Kirala, but it's certainly serviceable, and the wait staff always seemed to handle the little ones well.

      Ni-Mo Japanese Cuisine
      73 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

      1. Mutsu in San Mateo serves good sushi and authentic tempura, karaage, chawan-mushi etc but no yakitori if memory serves. No reservation needed. For izakaya, i like Ginji more than Izakaya Mai but not sure about its kid-friendliness.