5 to Try: Izakaya Houses

Izakaya houses, also known as ale-houses in Japan, are springing up all over the city, introducing San Francisco to Japan's comfort food cuisine--pork, fish and veggies, braised, pickled, and fried--and the copious sake and beer drinking that often goes with it.

Updated: July 07, 2008

5 to Try

O Izakaya Lounge

1625 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Located in the Hotel Kabuki, this Japanese-baseball-themed spot serves izakaya dishes like braised Berkshire pork belly along with specialty sakes in a pub-like space lined with flatscreens playing sumo and Japanese baseball.


1779 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

More than 120 varieties of whiskey and izakaya small plates lure in the uber-stylish set.

Oyaji Restaurant

3123 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

Artfully presented Japanese small plates and sushi are the highlights at this quirky, convivial Outer Richmond haunt.


2909 Webster St, San Francisco, CA 94123

This izakaya-style dining destination for locally sourced food sprinkled with flavors from throughout Asia doubles as a Marina singles scene.