About Bushido

156 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
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Bushido Izakaya offers Silicon Valley diners the best of Japanese izakaya dining- an integral part of Japanese restaurant culture where people come together at casual “watering holes” to drink and enjoy unique small plates and authentic offerings that are satisfying for one or perfect to share.

Specializing in unique Japanese "small plates', grilled Yakitori Skewers, highest quality Sashimi, Katsu, satisfying Ramen dishes, and select Sushi; Bushido serves authentic dishes with modern flair. Our flavors are perfectly balanced to complement our homey, izakaya roots while featuring the freshest of local ingredients; with a strong emphasis on sustainable seafood. The result is a menu that is in harmony with the seasons, the environment, and the palate.

Full Bar with Happy Hour Specials 5-7 pm
Private Room & Outside Catering with Bento Box Lunches a Specialty

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday (11:30am-2:00pm) Happy Hour: Tuesday - Friday (5:00pm - 7:00pm); Dinner: Tuesday - Wednesday (5:00 pm - 9:30pm), Thursday - Saturday (5:00pm - 12:00am), Sunday (5:00pm - 9:30pm)

Cross Street:
Villa Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 386-6821

Website:
http://www.bushidoizakaya.com/

Entertainment:
We feature a full bar with many weekly events

Catering:
Off site catering is also available within 10 miles of Mountain View for lunch and dinner including traditional dishes, sushi platters and creative izakaya items such as Japanese slider style burgers made with Kobe beef. Ask about Lunchtime Bento Boxes for 20+ Or call ahead for pickup.

Parking Details:
Free public garage directly behind the restaurant as well as street parking.

Public Transit:
Caltrain at Castro Street in Mountain View.

Executive Chef:
Isamu Kanai

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
WINE DOWN TUESDAY - Half off all wines by the glass or bottle
WEDNESDAY HALF PRICE SAKE- half off all sakes by the glass or bottle, dai ginjos excluded
THIRSTY THURSDAY - Happy hour drinks all night $2 Sapporos, $3 house wine, $3 large hot sake, $2 small hot sake, assorted specialty cocktails for $5
OYSTER SUNDAY - $1 oysters all night

HAPPY HOUR 5-7 PM ( Tuesday- Friday)
$2 Sapporo pints, $2 small hot sake , $3 large hot sake, $3 house wines, $5 assorted specialty cocktails,
Specials on assorted appetizers, $3 sushi rolls, $3 hand rolls, $2 yakitori, $1 oysters

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Promotions

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Details
Please join us in honoring our mothers with a special menu! All these items are a la carte and will be served in addition to our regular menu.
1,000-Point Tables

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Details
Sun 7:45PM - 8:45PM

Mon - Wed 11:30AM - 12:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM

Thu - Fri 11:30AM - 12:00PM 9:30PM - 11:30PM

Sat 9:30PM - 11:30PM

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3.8

service

3.5

ambience

3.4

noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

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food4
ambience3
service3

Delicious as always!

vip
Dined on April 25, 2016

Delicious as always!

food5
ambience3
service3

Everything on the menu is delicious, but ...

Dined on April 3, 2016

Everything on the menu is delicious, but the ramen with kakuni is the best.

food3
ambience3
service3

Bento too salty for Asian taste. More in ...

vip
Dined on March 31, 2016

Bento too salty for Asian taste. More inclined to Caucasians taste buds.

food3
ambience3
service3

We ordered several dishes and they came ...

vip
Dined on March 28, 2016

We ordered several dishes and they came out in varying stages throughput the meal, but my first time ordering the Kanpachi Kama took a while, over a half hour to arrive and everyone else was almost done with their meal before I got mine. It was a smaller and less filling portion than the Hamachi Kama I'm used to having elsewhere. Our server was a little distracted that night... The owner was very hospitable and kind as always though and gave us a sampling of tuna that was excellent! Other than the timing, the rest of the meal was delicious.

food3
ambience3
service2
value4

Delicious okonomi, wish the service was attentive

Dined on March 25, 2016

The traditional style okonomi was delicious, crispy on the outside and soft in the center. Service left something to be desired - one person got their food about twenty minutes before the other dishes came out, so we didn't get to eat at the same time. It was pretty busy at dinner time and hard to flag down our server.

Tags: kid-friendly, hot spot
food3
ambience3
service4

I ordered the ramen bowl with chashu. Th ...

vip
Dined on March 17, 2016

I ordered the ramen bowl with chashu. The meat was very small, mostly fat and barely existent in the dish. I let our server know and she was very kind and attentive and brought an extra side of pork that was much bigger with more meat, less fat, and very flavorful. Bushido has always been very gracious and accommodating with us when it comes to service.

food2
ambience3
service2
value2

nothing much to recommend

vip
Dined on March 16, 2016

over this Japanese diner is not Japanese Authentic, WHY? chef are NOT even Japanese. Simply Young lad Chinese Sushi maker and some european chef. Order a ECO Roll, vegetarian Roll. sadly, main thing about Sushi is the marinated white rice. This Sushi, is plain white rice, no taste at all. Chef used Oyster Sauce (Hopefully it is vegetarian friendly) made the sushi too salty for my taste. Their Yakitori are far too DRY, not even juicy. Pieces on the stick are NOT evenly cut and placed. Rather call it Charcoal Yakitori.

food3
ambience3
service3
value3

Inconsistant

vip
Dined on March 7, 2016

We have been here several time. The 1st time was great . 2nd visit the corn was soggy, 3rd visit the chicken heart was over cooked and hard. We love their side salad dressing, cod fish with miso and sausage.

Tags: great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience3
service3

Tried the Kurobuta pork bowl this time. ...

vip
Dined on February 27, 2016

Tried the Kurobuta pork bowl this time. It was good, but our favorite is the short ribs bowl. Kitchen was a little backed up with a larger party even though it was early and not very full but our server Lucy took good care of us. Good food, good service.

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Enjoyed it!

Dined on February 25, 2016

This is not your typical Japanese restaurant. They put a twist on the usual Japanese menu, like "dynamite skewers" - spicy tuna rolls on skewers. We went with small plates and was able to try a variety of food. We also got there close to the end of happy hour and had food from the happy hour menu - good deal!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Tasty, tasty, tasty

Dined on February 21, 2016

I have been here two or three times and each time the food is delicious. I am a fish eater, but highly recommend the vegan sushi - very tasty and unique.

Tags: fit for foodies
food2
ambience3
service3

I usually enjoy the sukiyaki but recentl ...

vip
Dined on February 19, 2016

I usually enjoy the sukiyaki but recently it was somewhat bland and lacked flavor. Also ordered the chicken wings and couldn't decide whether to have spicy or regular so they offered to have the spicy sauce on the side. We thought that they would come dressed in a regular sauce with some spicy sauce as "extra" on the side, but instead they came "naked" with the spicy sauce on the side, and were pretty anemic and listless and not very crisp. Bushido still has delicious food, but this night just missed the mark.

food4
ambience3
service2

The food was flavorful for the most part ...

Dined on February 13, 2016

The food was flavorful for the most part. The red dragon roll lacked flavor. They also brought everything at the same time, which made us feel rushed, instead of pacing the food we ordered.

food4
ambience3
service3

The short ribs are AMAZING! Everything w ...

vip
Dined on January 25, 2016

The short ribs are AMAZING! Everything was delicious as always. Only one server on a busy night with lots of big parties, but she accommodated us as best she could.

food3
ambience3
service3

I was able to get a half order of the fo ...

vip
Dined on January 18, 2016

I was able to get a half order of the foil wrapped salmon which is my favorite, but there was no sliced garlic inside the broth and it wasn't as flavorful. The garlic really makes the dish special and the flavors pop. Everything else was very good as always.

food4
ambience3
service4
value4

Sustainably Sourced Ingredients

Dined on January 17, 2016

We ordered mostly rolls, sashimi and a okonomiyaki. Each roll had it's own unique character. The ingredients are fresh and sustainably sourced. Our favorite rolls were the Zen Style and Spicy Tuna Crunch. The Okonomiyaki was an unusual experience that we're glad we tried, but probably won't order again. It was an extremely filling 6-inch diameter disc of egg, flour and noodles, to which we added scallops. The scallops were a mistake as they serve the entire scallop (connective tissue and all), so this was off-putting. However, the rolls and sashimi were excellent and we'll definitely go back for those again.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience3
service3
value3

Service

Dined on January 11, 2016

Service was better this time. In past the service was very slow; primarily wait-staff was not very attentive.

food3
ambience3
service3

The izakaya dishes are very good, especi ...

vip
Dined on January 4, 2016

The izakaya dishes are very good, especially the foil wrapped salmon, but the sushi tends to be rolled very tight which makes the rice too hard, and the filling for the California roll could use some mayo for a creamier texture.

food4
ambience3
service1

Service

Dined on December 11, 2015

Food selection is very good; modern take on Japanese cuisine. However, the service was very poor; inattentive server; very long time for some orders to arrive, believe the server forgot to bring the orders.

Tags: fit for foodies
food4
ambience2
service4

First time at Bushido and I have to say ...

vip
Dined on November 5, 2015

First time at Bushido and I have to say I was very impressed. The food was delicious and the presentation creative. Will be back. Definitely worth a visit.

food2
ambience1
service1

Horrible service, so-so food

vip
Dined on October 25, 2015

one of the worst service experiences ever. It took them 90 minutes to deliver our final 2 entrees - and one of them (their house speciality) was burnt. They do not have the logistics to serve more than 5 tables at a time. The wait staff all appear to be novices, the food is also just so-so.

food5
ambience4
service4

Fresh fish!

Dined on September 27, 2015

The fish is fresh and I like the sustainable sources (especially the ocean trout that looks and tastes like salmon but not the bad farmed-salmon).

Tags: fit for foodies
food3
ambience3
service3

Wait staff was very attentive and servic ...

Dined on September 20, 2015

Wait staff was very attentive and service was good considering they were very understand for the evening.

food3
ambience4
service4

Stick to the tapas - not a place for sushi rolls

vip
Dined on September 10, 2015

Tried their signature okonomiyaki for the first time, with squid and beef, and it was delicious! It was a good suggestion to got 50/50 split on the 2 sauce choices. We decided to try their Rock-n-Roll which the server said is unagi and avocado. However, you need a very vivid imagination to find any unagi (eel) in the roll, and it was more cucumber than avocado - skimpy at that. In the future, we'll stick to the yakitori skewers, karage and sashimi and won't be ordering rolls again.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service4

Inovative sushi. Great for vegans and fi ...

Dined on September 6, 2015

Inovative sushi. Great for vegans and fish eaters alike. Been here many times and quality is consistent.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience4
service5

Very Enjoyable Meal in a Relaxed Setting

Dined on August 24, 2015

Food was excellent with some unique offerings. I particularly enjoyed the fish soup. Service was fantastic, with a very helpful waitress looking out for us (a group of seven). I had mixed drinks for a change and they were terrific, not too sweet. I look forward to a return visit.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups
food5
ambience5
service5

Bushido Does It Yet Again

vip
Dined on August 20, 2015

Its simply a gem of a place...the ambiance, the staff, the food, the bar and of course the wonderful owner Steve. Eveyone I've taken there or recommended simply loves the place. So lucky to live here and enjoy restaurants like Bushido. Thanks Steve.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4

I've been here quite a few times and the ...

vip
Dined on August 12, 2015

I've been here quite a few times and the food, service, and drinks have always been fairly solid. Perhaps not one that'll blow your mind but it's good food and well-priced. Particular favorites include the yaki onigiri, the mushroom fried rice with chashu, and the rolls.

food4
ambience4
service2

Three of us shared a number of dishes wh ...

Dined on August 1, 2015

Three of us shared a number of dishes which were all delivered promptly and well prepared. Service was definitely lacking, though. Before we arrived, we were called by the restaurant and informed that because our reservation was last minute, there would not be a table for us. We made our reservation 25 minutes before and have never run into this issue before. We had other small issues - asked for a refill of water but never received it, wanted another round of drinks, but no one ever came over to give us an opportunity to ask, etc. In the beginning, the restaurant was quite busy so we understood the issues, but by the end of the meal, there were maybe five total tables and it still took us ten minutes to flag down someone to get our check.

food5
ambience5
service5

Fantastic food and even better drinks. L ...

vip
Dined on July 30, 2015

Fantastic food and even better drinks. Loved the Hibiki!

food4
ambience3
service4

Good food quality at a reasonable price.

vip
Dined on June 25, 2015

It has indoor and outdoor tables, even though the proximity of the train station can cause some extra noise. Good fit for an informal outdoor dining where you get good quality sushi and japanese food at a reasonable price, quite below the average of the area. Not the best for a special occasion, though.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food2
ambience3
service4

Food has really gone downhill.

vip
Dined on June 25, 2015

We have been going to Bushido for many years. I would not return. The pancakes were soggy and lacking flavor with a funny tasting sauce on the side. The gyoza was burned and the cod needed more or some at least, sauce. It was a very disappointing experience. I don't know what has changed in the kitchen. It used to be one of our favorite restaurants in downtown Mountain View but alas, no more!

food4
ambience3
service4

Nice sushi and noodles

Dined on June 25, 2015

This was our 4th visit. We enjoyed a few pieces of nigiri, an interesting roll, and a great ramen special. We were there on a Wed, so our sake flight was 1/2 price, and we enjoyed tasting the 3 sakes that were poured in the Premium flight.

food4
ambience3
service3

Happy hour for the win

Dined on June 13, 2015

We came here for a "light, but tasty" meal, and hit the spot during happy hour. We were able to walk away very satisfied, and for about $50 with drinks included. The chicken karaage was particularly good, and their okonomiyaki was very solid. We both really liked the pork steamed buns, which were well cooked and flavorful. We'll definitely be doing this again.

Tags: fit for foodies
food3
ambience2
service2

Good food but staff needs work

Dined on May 31, 2015

The food was good, especially for the price, but the service was very slow at times ( we waited at least 10 minutes before a waitress asked for drinks). They were not knowledgeable about the food itself nor the drinks, so this made ordering a bit of guess. I will try them again, but if the service remains poor, there are places just a block away with better food and service.

food5
ambience4
service4

Great Menu selection

Dined on May 30, 2015

Happy hours menu is a great deal. They give full portion at HH price! Just be there before 7pm :) The rest of the menu has a good variety and everything is delicious. Pork belly bun, Yaki onigiri, Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake), beef tongue skewers, mushroom rice, sashimi... just to name a few of our favorites. We always make reservation. Hostess service is very friendly and get seated promptly. Waitress service is good but not outstanding. Have to ask to get refill on tea/water.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service4

Great Food

vip
Dined on May 27, 2015

I was super excited to find Bushido, the menu looked really good. I'm vegan, but my boyfriend isn't, we were both able to find food that we loved on the menu. The vegan options are clearly labeled. I have the Shojin crunch sushi and it was so creative and tasty! My boyfriend got the pork buns and the pancake and he loved his food also. Great food and great variety, will be back again.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service1

Good food, horrible service on the last visit

Dined on May 23, 2015

Food is always very good. One of the few Japanese restaurants that offers vegan rolls! This was our second time here and the service was horrible. We asked the waitress three times for a drink which never arrived. Later, our waitress literally ran out of the restaurant and didn't return. Another waiter arrived to tell us she was on break. When we requested the check, we had to pull another server over just to run our credit card after waiting for somebody to pick it up for 5 minutes. Clearly, they were having an off-night as the service isn't normally this bad.

Tags: great for lunch, hot spot
food4
ambience3
service3

Favorite Japanese restaurant in Mountain View

vip
Dined on May 2, 2015

I love this restaurant. The ambience is only OK and the service can be spotty, but I just love the food. The flavors are perfect. I think the grilled vegetables with the teriyaki sauce have the best umami flavor. The fish is always the freshest and I love that they only use sustainable fish. No blue fin tuna here. I have never had a bad dish. I also like that this is more than just a sushi spot so while you can get a small selection of sushi and sashimi, you can also get great grilled vegetables and meats as well as rice balls, pancakes etc. This is an izakaya, not just a sushi restaurant. Good choice of sakes too. Lots of choices for vegetarians too, which is great. Just don't expect great decor or great service. It's hit or miss on the service front.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service4

Very good Japanese tapas

vip
Dined on April 18, 2015

If you want to try something different from your usual sushi haunts check out Bushido. Yes, the have rolls but much more. Some very nice grilled dishes (that can be had for a song during Happy Hour), nice ramen, steamed dishes, and specials. Worth a visit. Get here early, if only to find parking near busy Castro St in Mt View

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch

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