If you want yakitori in the East Bay, go to Ippuku as soon as it opens at 5pm and order as many of the Japanese grilled skewers as you can. The space is small and casual, and you might smell like smoke for a few days after eating here, but the food is great. You can play things safe and get fried chicken, but you should order some of the more interesting skewers, too - like chicken cartilage or bacon mochi. Take your closest friends and spend three hours drinking sake and trying foods you didn’t even know you could get in Berkeley.
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Cheese Board Pizza
Cheese Board Pizza in Berkeley does only one type of pizza every day. It tends to be kind of unusual, but it’s always worth the long wait.
Triple Rock Brewing Co.
Triple Rock Brewing Co. in Berkeley is huge and great for groups. Grab some bar food and beers made in-house.
Jupiter in Berkeley is known for its amazing patio and live music situation. It has a ton of beers on tap and serves decent pizza.
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Stonemill Matcha in the Mission serves a wide array of matcha drinks and baked goods as well as some larger plates.
Izakaya Sozai in the Sunset makes some of the best ramen in the city, in addition to their small menu of skewers and vegetable dishes.
Okina, in the Inner Richmond, has zero oversauced, over-stuffed rolls - the menu is extremely simple and focused only on the fish.
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Onsen is a Japanese restaurant attached to a communal bathhouse in the Tenderloin. And it’s definitely better than it sounds.
A fairly corporate Financial District Japanese spot that's perfectly suited to dinner with your boss.
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