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Sep 2, 2014 08:46 AM

San Jose, Half Moon Bay and Sausalito

Short trip to San Francisco area. Need suggestions for late lunch in Half Moon Bay area, dinner in Suasalito and open suggestions for San Jose. Staying in Santanna Row area of San Jose. Don't want to break the bank. Currently live in OH but have traveled and lived abroad so we like a wide variety of food. Would like to eat Japanese at least once during our stay since we miss that in Ohio.

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  1. Half moon bay - barbara's fish trap, chez shea, sam's chowder house

    japanese - kaita or gombei in san jose japantown. although japanese isnt so great in the south bay relative to other areas in the bay area. Here's a recent post on japanese/sushi in san jose

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    1. re: majordanby

      Note that Barbara's is cash only and actually at Pillar Point Harbor (technically, El Granada) and not in the downtown Half Moon Bay area that most people think of. If you are actually *in* downtown Half Moon Bay, I would recommend Pasta Moon. There is a Sushi on Main in HMB, and their $10.95 bento box isn't bad.

      1. re: CarrieWas218

        I've been hearing about Pasta Moon. The buzz seems to support the quality that the restaurant's online menu suggests. Very appealing!

      2. re: majordanby

        I'm surprised you would have that opinion of Japanese food in the South Bay. On average, I find the quality higher than the rest of the Bay Area. Gochi in Cupertino, Izakaya in San Jose, Orenchi in Santa Clara, Gaku in San Jose, Sushi Tomi in San Jose, Clover Bakery in San Jose, Dan Izakaya in San Jose, Ramen Halu in San Jose ...

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          ... Sumika in Los Altos ... (though not as far south)

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            perhaps i was thinking more of just sushi than japanese cuisine as a whole. or more likely ive had too many subpar meals at sushi tomi and inconsistency at orenchi.

            1. re: majordanby

              Oh, yes, I hear you on the inconsistencies at both places. Too much of that in San Francisco as well.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                True. I think I let my positive experience at kusakabe bias my evaluation. You've convinced me to try japanese every time I go down to the South Bay to give it another go. Thanks!

                1. re: majordanby

                  When I'm in the South Bay, I'm chowing on Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese, or non-Canto Chinese. I'm sure I'm missing out on other things, but those have been the things that stand out for me vs. San Francisco.

            2. re: Melanie Wong

              I replied and then reading down the thread eralized you hit all the places I mentioned.

              1. re: FattyDumplin

                I haven't been to Gokaku yet, want to. ;)

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  I was pleasantly surprised. Might not be as diverse a menu as Gochi, but price point is also a bit lower so we actually get out of there ~$80 total versus $100 at Gochi.

              2. re: Melanie Wong

                and Iroriya, a robata style Japanese place by the Orenchi folks (which also operates Sumika the izakaya place mdg mentioned).

                1. re: ckshen

                  Thanks for the reminder. Here's the thread dedicated to Iroriya if you'd like to add your experience.

            3. Sushi Ran in Sausalito is generally regarded as one of the best in the Bay Area ( and is a great place for dinner. Reservations are essential.

              1. Circa San Jose, Anjappar Chettinad, Habana Cuba, the Vietnamese food courts in Grand Century Mall or next to Lion Super.




                1. San Jose:

                  Amber India right in Santana Row has solid standard N Indian fare. A little pricey due to location.

                  Santouka ramen in the Mitsuwa Japanese grocery store. It's cafeteria style and can get packed but you should be OK if you go at a slightly off time and the line moves quickly.

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