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22724 Foothill Blvd, Hayward, CA 94541-4208
+1 510-886-6972
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I never expected to find a home-style Japanese place in a small place like Hayward. The place is not fancy, but the food is perfect home-style. It is a family-owned place, not a franchise. One of the service person is the Mom, with very courteous traditional politeness.

Thank SFboy2
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

If you want Japanese food like a japanese mother would make, go to wakamatsu!! Absolutely delicious! Try the katsudon.

Thank Travelthrutime
San Francisco, California
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165 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2014

The food is OK here but nothing will really wow you. It cost $30 for 2 of us for lunch, which is reasonable and included the 4 pieces of Hamachi nigiri I ordered on the side. Comes with tea and miso soup which had a lot of green onion but no tofu. Hubby tried the Katsu donburi. I had a... More 

Thank Chartreuse
Hayward, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2013

Some of the best Japanese food around. Very authentic. Be sure to try the baked scallops and Joey's special roll. I love to go to Wakamatsu when I'm feeling beaten down. I ALWAYS leave feeling good. The food is great, the vibe is better. In 15 years, I've never left disappointed. I can't begin to tell you how special this... More 

Thank Ginger L
Castro Valley, California, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2013

Wakamatsu is the only Japanese-owned restaurant in the area. (I only know others in Oakland or Newark.) No 'designer sushi' here. Just great Japanese food.

Thank Jay K
Hayward, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2012

Of the 5 restaurants in downtown Hayward serving Japanese food, Wakamatsu is my favorite. It is a mom & pop shop where Joey, the sushi chef, greets you as you enter and Emiko takes your order. My favorite lunch is the Sushi Lunch Special (CA roll with sushi) and red bean ice cream. The restaurant is popular with Japanese students... More 

Thank RSTravelingforFood
Hayward, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2012 via mobile

A great place to eat great value for the food. Friendly family atmosphere. The food is always fresh Joey is wonderful.

Thank Kyramo
Corning, California
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2012

Joey is the real deal, a real Japanese sushi chef (having done a five year apprenticeship), and his wife Tomiko, she, from a family of restauranteurs in Japan. This charming couple are the epitome of old world traditions. Although their little piece of japan is hard to get to it is well worth the trouble. Although they do have a... More 

Thank Mike B
San Leandro, California
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101 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2010

One of the best sushi places in Hayward. I love this place, it is like eating with family. Sure, it is not the prettiest sushi in the world, but it is some of the best tasting. This place has been around for over 20 years, and once you taste their food you will know why!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2008

One of the few choices if you can't travel away from Hayward...

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 15
Sushi, Asian, Japanese
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22724 Foothill Blvd, Hayward, CA 94541-4208
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Hayward
  • Phone Number: +1 510-886-6972

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?