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1747 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94115-3208
+1 415-922-1244
08:00 - 17:00
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The mochi here is one of the best I have ever had. You can tell that these are homemade because of how soft the mochi is. I tried the blueberry mochi and I love the contrast between the tartness and the sweetness. I'm especially impress with the amount of fillings that is inside the mochi. The outer layer of the... More 

Thank oero1
New York City, New York
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495 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Maybe i just didn't get the right one. I'm not even sure which flavor it was but it was green (I'm guessing green tea?) and had some brown (I'm guessing red bean?) filling inside. I did go half an hour before closing though, so maybe all of the good ones were gone. The consistency of the mochi was a little... More 

Thank Melanie T
New England
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121 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a historic mochi store and breakfast spot with at least half a dozen fresh mochi every day, and also one of the few spots left in Japantown that sells Hawaiian cookies. They also have great donuts they make each morning.

Thank AlwaysReadyToRoam
The Woodlands, Texas
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

This little store and coffee shop is definitely filled with locals. They make the traditional Mochi but also have strawberry, Mango and blueberry. The must have is the blueberry. Worth a trip every time I'm in Japantown.

Thank cnbowser
San Diego, California
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016

If you like or want to try traditional style manju (a Japanese dessert), you must stop here. It's a quaint diner with a bar top place to sit to eat American style food and on the left is the counter to buy the delicacies. I've been to Japan and tried the manju all throughout Japan and remember when my great-auntie... More 

Thank jnlkenpo
Melbourne, Australia
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68 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

I went there twice during my trip and absolutely adored the atmosphere and authentic japanese goodness... the fried red bean doughnut was my favourite and was the reason i went back a second time but i just sampled a bunch of random items and was all delicious :-) and good value

Thank Richie T
Richmond, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 447 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2015

Initially, we passed by this bakery café when we started our walk around this area. We spent about 2+ hours in Japantown browsing, shopping and having lunch. The bakery café is located at the corner of Sutter and Buchanan (Osaka Way) Streets. One side of the business is the bakery and the other side a small sit down counter style... More 

1 Thank Bottomshelfhockey
Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2014

Friendly Owner, always smiling with a story to tell. Manju and mochi and hard to find packaged japanese sweets all at your fingertips.

1 Thank 808HulaLady
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2013 via mobile

Very good mochi. I had strawberry and it was filled wort a fresh strawberry. Very good! I would recommend this to anyone who loves mochi or wants to try it.

Thank justinmiller2010
Sonoma, CA
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65 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2012

I have been coming to Benkyodo for many, many years. They still make the best varieties of Japanese manju (Japanese pastry) made with rice or flour pastry, chestnuts, red beans, or white beans. This may sound strange, but the flavors are very subtle. The preparations are not, overly sweet. The pastries, each have a distinct flavor and 'memory' for many... More 

Thank Sonoma_CAYoda

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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
    4 of 5 bubbles
Open Hours
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1747 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94115-3208
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Japantown
  • Neighbourhood: Japantown
  • Phone Number: +1 415-922-1244

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?