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“Nice place for a work dinner”
Review of YamaSho

YamaSho
Ranked #3,027 of 5,776 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: US$5 - US$15
Cuisines: Japanese
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Van Ness & Polk
Transit: Muni:2,3,19,38,47,49
Description: Located in the heart of San Francisco, YamaSho is an authentic izakaya style Japanese restaurant that also features sushi and 10 deluxe karaoke lounges themed after SF, NY, Tokyo, Osaka and more...
Reviewed 23 March 2013

I thought it was a nice, friendly and accommodating Japanese restaurant. Not in the same league as BlowFish, but was good nonetheless.

They also have a Karoake Bar upstairs my co-workers went to and they reported a nice evening there after dinner….

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Reviewed 5 August 2012

We went for the karaoke, which Yamasho does really well. It's run by Nihonjin (Japanese) from the chefs, to the cashier, to the wait staff. We live in Japan 10 months of the year, so we were glad to find a genuine karaoke box experience with one exception - the food was really good (unusual for a karaoke box in Japan)! We got two sushi platters (one nigiri and one maki) and both were fresh and tasty. Expect to pay a fair amount - our bill came to $107 for 1.5 hours of singing and eating - still not bad for dinner and entertainment for the evening for four.

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3  Thank cafergy
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

We were at YamaSho on a Thursday, and I wish I had made reservations for the Karaoke room (we were there mainly to sing). They do have several room sizes with several prices, so the cheap rooms fill up fast (or should I say the smaller rooms). Not to worry, they have a discount for Thursday nights, which is 30%, and which is noted on the website, BUT you have to mention it at the reception (which i think it is kind of tacky; they should give you the discount or mention it to you if they want returning customers, right?)...

It was past 8PM when we arrived, so they didn't have the cheaper (or smaller) room(s) available. We got the next room, which it wasn't too bad of a price ($3 more per hour, but a Karaoke hour goes by fast). You have to leave a credit card for incidentals/security in case you break something or smoke, or spill water (later on that), so I happily gave my American Xpress card. They do not take American Xpress! This is also a restaurant, and nowadays what restaurant has the luxury to refuse any form or payment (meaning in xchange of cash) I let them know it wasn't okay... I don't know if they Harakiri themselves after that, hopefully not.

Once in the room, we order some sushi. I wanted to order some miso soup, but I wasn't allowed to, other drinks and soy sauce were okay... I don't get it. Anyways, the edamame was excellent, and so was the sushi (cousin approved).

So finally we get to the Karaoke, and it had an insane selection of songs, in English and Spanish... they had all Shakira songs even before she got famous in the States.

Anyways, it was crazy fun, state of the art equipment... but leave to the Japanese to do Karaoke; they did not disappoint.

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Reviewed 6 November 2015
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