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
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."
The hostess went above and beyond to make our visit amazing in the very short time we had --- we had a movie within an hour of arrival. Our table wasn't immediately ready so she took our order in advance and our food pretty much arrived the moment we sat down. Everything was delicious and we truly felt well taken care of... will be coming back soon & frequently.
Since it was our first time, we went with half chef selections and then some of our tried and true faves... Should've kept to just tried & true. Their Kabocha Croquette was a little underwhelming given all the hype and I would've preferred to save the space for something less dense and, in my opinion, bland. The Hamachi Carpaccio, while usually a favorite, was not particularly special but the Spicy Tuna Toll was pretty average. The Tako Yaki octopus balls on the other hand were probably the best I've ever had, and I was very pleased with Buta Toro as well. (First 2 were chef selection, last 2 were my choice).
I love izakaya because of all the variety and there were plenty of dishes that we didn't get to try (I blame the Croquette). Will be back soon to try the Uni Onsen Tamago, Tako Wasabi, Hotate katsu... and so many more.
I cannot say enough about how much I like this place. My favorite dishes there has got to be the grilled eggplant and the kombucha croquette. Simply amazing what they can do with eggplant and the sauce for the croquette. Most of the time I would get Jinah as our server and I really like how fun she is, always a joy to see her.
Service was fine, nothing outstanding. Ambience was hip and nice. The pounding dance music was way too loud for conversation. However the food was overall too sweet. Everything had sugar in it! And some things had way too much sugar. The sushi rice was disappointing. It had a chewy texture and was too sweet. We were hungry but stopped after several plates because we were getting sick of dessert for dinner. Went to have food somewhere else after that to fill us up.
We had a group of 16! Great place for a lively, foodie group. We had a wonderful time. Ambiance is cozy and rustic, the background music was hip and great for conversations. The food was perfectly paced, and everything tasted amazing. Would recommend if you wanna try some great Japanese dishes with friends.
A few years ago, Izakaya Kou opened in the Fillmore area and offered high quality Izakaya fare at reasonable prices with a contemporary ambience. You can find great examples of Takoyaki, Yakitori, Ika Yaki, and a large selection of other dishes including sushi, sashimi, grilled and fried dishes. If you're a Shochu fan, they have a nice selection that are reasonably priced at $5 a glass, and they have over 20 sakes available, many that can be either ordered by the glass or in a 300ml bottle/carafe. The most remarkable thing about Izakaya Kou is that after a few years, the quality and value for money are still excellent. The food is still fantastic and you can walk out with enough money left in your pocket to not mind paying the cover at the Boom Boom Room across the street. I highly recommend Izakaya Kou.
At the Izakaya Kou restaurant each dish is a work or art both culinary and visual. The ambience is reserved and stately. Wood paneling reduces the noise level so, despite background music (which my opinion was a bit loud) one can have a conversation without raising one's voice. Our favorite San Francisco outing has become a movie at the Kubuki Theater and dinner at this fine nearby restaurant (timed of course so as to take advantage of happy hour from 5:30-7:00).
This is a great place to grab a bite to eat before going to a show right across the street at the Fillmore. The chicken skewers were delicious as was the sashimi salad. Just don't be in a hurry. Even with reservations we had to wait, and then two servers were confused which one was "allowed to help us" so we had to order everything twice. Both servers were not familiar with any of the items we asked about on the menu. Both tables on either side of us sent their food back because it was not what they ordered.
The restaurant was cold, the seating in the front is right by the door and and drafty.
We love this spot. Daughter is intrigued by the private dining rooms with sliding doors. We are looking for an excuse to get a group together to book one of those spots.
Food is most XLNTE! Great twists on some traditional favorites always surprise and thrill me. Service is a bit lacking. They could hover a bit more to keep beverages topped and take orders for next set.
A bit noisy, so if you are catching up with an old pal, go early or do not expect to get a lot of in-depth discussion.
Food was good, I loved my Ramen. Service killed the night. When we asked our waiter for feedback on what he liked or what he thought about a item on the menus, he would say "uhh it is all good". Using grey language makes me feel like you are not confident in the restaurant food. You should feel passionate about the food you are serving and be able to give me your opinion. Our first appetizer came out immediately, our second one didn't come out till our dinner was served. My friends got their sushi and then had to wait 15 minutes for me to get my ramen. The food should have been served within a couple minutes of each other so we aren't all waiting there awkwardly for 15 minute for one persons food. Oh yeah and I had to ask when my food was coming after 10 minutes and he has to ask me what I ordered again. He even said I thought you guys were all set with the food. Clearly not when everyone has food except me. The waiter was not observant. Would not come back here or recommend to anyone. You are better off with sushi bistro in the inner Richmond.
I had dinner here with friends before going to The Fillmore. I chose it because of the high ratings and proximity to The Fillmore but will return because of the interesting (and long) sake menu, delicious and beautifully prepared dishes, the unique offerings on the menu, and the ambiance. It was a wonderful spot for dinner and we were well taken care of by the waitstaff. The private rooms are adorable and would be great for a larger group or a special occasion. Highly recommend the Black Cod, the Tuna Carpacchio, and the Caterpillar rolls but avoid the mushroom skewer.
My husband and I go to Izakaya Kou all the time! I love this place. There is a solid sake selection and a wide variety of Izakaya fare -- all very tasty!
The atmosphere is great inside -- there is an open seating area as well as private rooms for larger parties. Sound does tend to carry (less so in the private rooms) so be aware of that if you are trying to have an intimate evening. Maybe make a note on the reservation if you want something more private.
For me the real win for Kou is if you are dining with a group, or have a movie to catch at the nearby Kabuki Cinema. The service is incredibly prompt, the food is consistent in my experience, and price-wise it is a little cheaper than many of the options on that block.
We started with the sashimi salad and it was fantastic. My husband is allergic to sesame oil (weird I know) but they accommodated us easily with only ponzu sauce. Mixing the salad created a savory/sweet combo with big chunks of assorted sashimi and spicy greens. We also has the egg and pumpkin fried dish which was pretty good. Next we had Uni sushi which we had never tried and was interesting and different thou not my particular taste. We had the Unagi rice bowl which came with an extremely large portion of tender Unagi with perfect sauce over rice which we really enjoyed. We finished the meal with a couple of peices of Maguro nagiri. We paired this with a dry saki which was good and even better because it was happy hour and we got the second carafe for $1. The biggest drwback was the place is a bit cold both in funishing and temperature and the tables for 2 are all by the door (except the 1 that is practically in he dining room). It was a perfect pre concert meal and the wait staff was kind and attentive. I would love to go back with friends and sit in the tatami room (6 maximum for $200 minimum)!
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