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About Izakaya Kou
Izakaya Kou is taking the idea of the traditional Izakaya and turning it into the modern gathering place where we offer high quality Japanese fusion tapas and various unique drinking beverages in a comfortable, modern and fashionable atmosphere. It is a place where people can linger with good friends, good food, and drinks in the heart of San Francisco.
*Happy Hour, Tues-Fri from 5:30 to 7:00p*
If you would like to reserve a Tatami Room, please be advised, each room requires a $200 minimum with 3 hours use of the space. The largest room, seating up to 8 is a $260 minimum.
Parties of 6 and more, please contact the restaurant directly between the hours of 4pm-10pm.
San Francisco, CA 94115
Japanese, Asian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: T-Th 5:30pm-11:00pm
Dinner: F-Sa 5:30pm-12:00am
Dinner: Su 5:30pm-10:00pm
Fillmore Street and Geary Streets
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Street parking is metered until 6 pm or there is one neighborhood parking facility a block away at The Japan Center garage at 1610 Geary Blvd.
We are located on the Southeast corner of Geary Street and Fillmore Street. Muni buses run regularly to the Japan town area.
Private Party Facilities:
Our space offers private tatami rooms with a minimum seating of four and up to eight. The rooms feature sliding doors that connect to an adjoining room for larger parties. Each room requires a $200 spending minimum and can be used up to three hours. The largest room seats up to 8 and requires a $280 minimum.
No shoes allowed in Tatami Rooms
Private Party Contact:
James: (415) 441-9294
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Izakaya Kou Ratings and Reviews
I had a reservation for 8:30 that I got at 7:00 same day. When I arrived with my party to Izakaya Kou it was like madness inside. So many people waiting around. We waited at least 10 minutes to check in with the non-existent hostess to have her tell us that we didn't actually have a reservation and that they were fully booked. I showed her my OpenTable confirmation and she told us to wait a few minutes after saying again that she's fully booked. She then disappeared again and tons of other people were also frantically trying to get a table or checkin. We waited another 15-20 minutes before talking to another person at the host counter. Same response, told us to "wait a minute". We overheard her ask a group who had been sitting in the waiting area if they wanted to sit at the bar. They asked how long it would be for a table, explaining they'd already waited 1.5 hours! We left disappointed and hungry. Worst OpenTable experience I've ever had- and embarrassing to be with a group of friends and not actually have a reservation according to them!? That's the whole point of OpenTable- to have a reservation and things go smoothly. They also never apologized or seemed to care at all. They were so in over their heads they forgot to say something as simple as "sorry for the inconvenience and we hope to have you return a different day"... They offered none of that. Just "wait a minute" with deer in headlights looks.
Stopped in here as part of a day in the Western Addition exploring the different pockets of businesses, and was seated quickly. Once there, and after extremely attentive service to get us tea and take our order, the problems began.
Everything. Is. Sweet.
Kou sauce, the house specialty, gives everything a sugary before-, middle-, and after-taste. Seafood salad was sweet, tuna tartare was sitting in sweet sauce which the poached egg couldn't save us from, and almost all skewers had an encounter with a brush of the by-now-blasé sauce. There was quite a variety of food of all types, and almost all of it was cooked well, but the sweetness just killed it for us since it shows up in every marinade, sauce, and dish.
Great value sushi, very reasonably priced and delicious. Also had pretty cheap sake- fun evening vibe for a group, definitely on the louder/more partying side which was exactly what we were looking for. Would recommend before a fun night out!
I would like to give them points for customer service. We were not seated until 15 mins after the reservation time, understanding that the restaurant was busy, they took the sake on the house as a token.
Food was great, services was great too.
I thought agedashi tofu should be a bit more crispy. I was disappointed that beef tongue was not on the menu, and restaurant ran out of uni at 6:30pm!!!!!!! 6:30 is very early to run out a major popular dish. Tako wasabi was amazing. I wish there were more grilled and yakitori items on the menu... we had to leave because we had ordered lots of dishes already and we felt like we haven't started eating yet... portions were way too small and not much variety on the menu so we had to leave and eat real dinner elsewhere.
We had a reservation, but they were so short staffed, we had to wait 10-15 minutes. Also, they did not acknowledge the request I put in when I made the reservation, that we were celebrating a birthday and wanted a more private space. Instead, we were right next to 5 other couples and a drafty door. The food itself was pretty good and the service once we sat down.
I think I was the oldest person in Izakaya Kou (and I am not that old!) It seems like a very popular place for young people. Most of people go there to drink Japanese / Korean sake or shouchu. If you want to have traditional Japanese food.... this is not that kind of place. This place is for more fun and party. I think I will go back there with my co-works for party.
Great spot. Cool interior design. Allowed server to have the chef "surprise us." Gave little or no direction other than enjoyment of seafood and no dietary restrictions. Ended up with a varied mix of wonderful favor in a great range of small plates at an all-in tab of under $60 for two.
It was awesome! The hostess was so patience and nice with my group trying to figure out what we want to eat. It was a surprise birthday dinner so the restaurant threw in sparkling candles. We sat in the private rooms with a $300 minimum. The food was so good. Definitely should share all the food, very fresh!
Otoro is now our 'go to' sushi spot. The Uni from Japan is awesome! We enjoy all of their items and my girlfriend loves the sake sampler. All in all, excellent sushi/sashimi, reasonable prices, great service all packed into a great little spot. Highly recommend!
This restaurant is very near to the Sundance Cinema. I read the other reviews and it sounded like a nice option before the movie. The three of us were very pleased with the dishes, enjoyed the miso black cod and the gyozas especially. Udon noodle dish was quite good also. We will return.
Hostess (the snobby Asian with blond hair) was rude and unpleasant. Attitude sucked. If you hate your job, leave. Had a reservation but she made us wait 10 minutes for a table that was already ready. The temperature was awful, seemed like minus zero in there. It was also so dark in there you needed a flashlight to find your tea that you needed to drink to keep from getting frostbite. Waitstaff was slow and unorganized. Waited like 20 mins for someone to give us water and take our order. Apparently they also changed their menu so that when you have decided on your selections they tell you either they do not have anymore or they altered it so it barely resembles what it was supposed to be. What Japanese sushi house runs out of uni?? Spend some money to get your menu reprinted, and to get your inventory properly stocked, and your staff properly trained to be professional and courteous. And oh yeah spend a few bucks for heat. It helps with the dining experience to be able to feel your fingers and be able to use utensils. As probably fake reviews helped to hike your Yelp rating, this authentic review and others like mine can discourage other future patrons from dining with you. You can easily be rated the worse restaurant too. You will definitely never get a return from me. What a waste of time and money.
The desk at our hotel recommended Izakaya Kou to us and we were so glad we dined here. Small plates, interesting cuisine as well as traditional Japanese sushi and sashimi. Great selection of beverages. The sushi was fresh and well crafted. We would definitely return if we were in the neighborhood.
Extremely poor service - long delay to place order. Too tight seating. Drinks weren't refilled and servers barely acknowledged us or our signals.
No apology or gesture for poor service.
Ramen soup was served without a proper soup spoon. When I asked for a spoon, server brought out a metal serving spoon after a long delay.
I can't imagine any reason to return.
Made reservation for 2 people. When I checked in the host told me to sit and wait. I waited for 20 mins and when I saw there are couple tables are empty I asked if my table is ready. The host asked is everyone here. I responded "you didn't mention I need to wait everyone here to be seated", and she just answered "SO?" without any further conversation. Waiting is inevitable but rude attitude is unbearable.
Brought my boyfriend here for his birthday. We had been before and loved the food. But this time a significant portion of our food came out 20 minutes after the rest of it including our drinks. They claimed it was because there wasn't space on the table but there was ample room. The food that was late was cold and clearly had been sitting for a while. I also ended up chugging my beer because we were done eating when it came out and I didn't want to waste it. Very disappointing since I really enjoyed the food and had good experiences before.
The food was good before. It looks like they either changed the chef and/or the owner. The food tastes completely different now. The flavor is too strong and it tastes like the food you can find from the all you can eat sushi restaurant. Quite disappointed.
We come here for all of our special occasions. This time the Server was mediocre. Had undercooked miso black cod and he took a piece back to the kitchen and recooked it. We asked him to either give us a new one or take it off the order... he simply took it off the order, which was fine with us. But we have had better service here before.
Service: it was the first time a restaurant did not notify OpenTable that we did show up - I got an email from OpenTable later asking why I did not go (when I did). Although we had a reservation, it took some time for us to be seated. At the table, service was good.
Food: not authentic at all, but not bad.
For the peons, one sits in the very public, noisy area looking upon those ensconced in the nearby rooms where only those who can afford $100 for dinner, may sit. Not only that, the service was lethargic and one of the wait people was absolutely -- not rude -- but "above it all." She was barely capable of smiling, no less exchanging a word. The one good dish was their eggplant in a great sauce. Everything else was tasteless, and when we mentioned not liking the chicken, he said, with a smile. "Oh that's too bad."
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