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Posted by PeterO on 04/03/2011
SF is starting to get its fill of fake izakaya. These are places which call themselves izakaya but have neither the breadth of dishes nor the relaxed atmosphere of a true izakaya. Oyaji is the only place in SF that I'd call a real izakaya. For those of you who like to have some Japanese food other than sushi, this is the place. Their saba no shioyaki rocks. So does their buta no kakuni, which I have not seen sold at any other place outside Japan. The master is also a strong pull to this place. He is a real character and knows how to entertain. He truly lives up to the name, Oyaji, which is often used to mean "dirty old man." Great place!
Posted by Anonymous on 04/05/2008
I discovered this place a while ago and I don't agree with the other review... This place is awesome!!! And just about everyone I bring here loves it too. This is the only place where I will eat uni!!! Its so fresh and yummy here! they have the best toro!!! its to die for! their skewers are hella good too!!! I like all the varieties and love all the sashimi!!! I am very picky about where I eat raw foods and this place meets my expectations! I enjoy the tapas size portions, it lets you try everything! I love this place!!! the only negative thing.... whenever I go there, there's always a wait! yet no reservations... and when you get there they ask if you have reservations.... I dont get it. but it is worth the wait!
Posted by Anonymous on 11/07/2006
The first time I went there it was with my GF and it was very average. My GF is Japanese so she would know. She said the atmosphere reminded her of a social type bar/restaurant from Japan where college kids went to go snack and drink. The food and sushi was relatively fresh and a bit better then the typical Japanese place around here. The biggest issue the first time was that it was rather hard to get the waitresses attention and the food came out in a rather slow fashion. The second time we went there, it was even worst. We didn't like our overall experience the first time so it took us about 6 months before deciding to give it another shot and apparently they've done some remodeling. It's a lot more newer and modern looking which took away from it's niche in the wall novelty it had before. 2 other couples had arrived about 10 mins before us. It took about 30-40 mins to seat the 2 couples. So we just waited for out turn. 2 tables of 5 just arrived and they were told by the waitress it would be an hour+ wait. So they decided to leave. The owner overheard what was happening and told them that a reservation had just cancelled and they would be seated soon. Two tables were finishing up and they immediately cleared and given to the 2 groups that came in a good 30+ mins after we did. So we called over the waitress to complain, she said they had reservations but we called her out as being a liar because we overheard everything that happened. The owner came over to see what was going on, and he just said seat them in the corner. We sat down at a tiny table and waited a few mins to see if the owner would come over to appoligize or something to the nature. Nothing of the sorts happened so we left in disguise. The problem was not the fact that we waited a long time and had been skipped by 2 groups, but we were lied to with no appoligy of any sort. Usually Japanese owned restaurants are known for their great service but this is not the case. I do NOT recommend this restaurant