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“Old World Flavors, Modern Vibe”

Yakko Japanese Restaurant
Ranked #131 of 352 Restaurants in Mountain View
Price range: USD 21 - USD 30
Cuisines: Sushi, Asian, Japanese
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic
Reviewed 5 November 2014

One of the things I love the most about the Bay Area is that you can find good food from around the world. But what makes it so awesome, is that you can also find AMAZING food from around the world.

Yakko serves sushi and a few other typical Japanese items. All can be considered your "run of the mill" sushi menu options. However, what caught my attention in my first visit here, was the free tofu appetizer. Unpretentious (a Japanese trait) our server brought out a small bowl of deliciousness. The tofu had a soy sauce, green onion and black sesame seed topping. It was amazing. Apparently, they make their own soy sauce there.

We ordered a few main items and all were delivered quickly, with friendly service. My sashimi was "like butter". My husbands chicken teriyaki and beef teriyaki were smooth, tasty and fresh.

Our experience was relaxed and we enjoyed the meal very much. The flavors of everything have elevated our standards now for Japanese cuisine. We look forward to returning.

One small ding on my review though - we ordered a bottle of Sake, listed at $27 on the menu. The server brought out a bottle of Kikusui (a good sake, but not the one on the menu). I didn't think to ask about the difference. So when we got our bill, which I expected to be around $70, it was actually $90! We were charged $50 for the Kikusui. I was upset, but didn't make a big deal about it. However, we did feel like there was a "bait and switch" happening.

We will return, the sushi was that good! But we'll be sure to explicitly talk about the price of sake if we order any.

Atmosphere: is typical Japanese style. A lot of wood, paper lanterns, etc.. They have a "booth" section where you can sit in what looks like the floor Japanese style, but your feet go into a "hole". I don't recommend sitting there, it's very uncomfortable. There are two small tables on the sidewalk. It seems like the best seating is at the sushi bar, interacting with the chef.

Enjoy!

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Thank cromocat
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Reviewed 19 September 2014 via mobile

Food was good but apparently they were out of water. Seafood lunch teishoku B "kaiou" was attractively presented and delicious.

Thank Leigh K
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Reviewed 4 June 2013

The decor and the service here was good, actually the service was very good, but the sushi was just not good.

We ordered Nigiri - Sake and Maguro, both were pretty flavorless and although they didn't seem bad they just didn't seem very fresh.

We had a salmon and avo roll and it was also just flavorless, we also ordered a rainbow and it tasted bad to me...really fishy so i didn't eat it.

I won't go back even though I understand all restaurants have an off night, I just do n't see going there when there are so many really decent sushi restaurants in Mountain View.

Also the check was about $20 more than we normally spend, which is not a disaster, but I guess it kinda makes me feel like I wish we had just gone to the place we always like a lot and saved $20.

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Thank WanderlustSal
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Reviewed 11 May 2013

locals hangout. This is the best kept secret in mountain view with best sushi and close to downtown - get four friends and share a boat

Thank jbackel
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

Went to this restaurant based off of a recommendation from an employee of the hotel we were staying at. We were told the Sushi chef would be the highlight of our meal (that he was!).

There was a large group of us (8) and we all ordered sushi and a few appetizers. Having traveled to many places I would rate the quality and taste of the sushi at "just-OK". I've had better at my local japanese steakhouse. Service was not so great. Drinks were only refilled after 1/2 the table was empty entirely. Someone at the table had ordered a "small hot sake" and was given an Asahi beer instead. It took about 20 minutes for the first sushi roll to come out to the table and then they continued to arrive to each person over the course of the next hour! Some people at our table received one of their sushi rolls immediately, and the remaining 3 rolls an hour later. Although the sushi chef (whom was obviously intoxicated and continuing to take shots of sake) was hilarious, the speed (even for sushi) and order in which we received our food was slow and almost awkward with such a large group of people. Many of us were eating at different times as others, even after waiting until everyone had at least one plate of food in front of them before taking our first bites. As mentioned, the sushi chef was quite entertaining but it wasn't enough to make me return to this restaurant over all the others to choose from in the area.

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Thank Jaime9225
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