101 Bayview Pl, Newport Beach, CA | Directions 9266033.656695 -117.868752
Lunch: Mon. - Fri. 11:30am - 2:00pm Dinner: Mon. - Fri. 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Sat. 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sun. 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Never come back again! – I walked in Kitayama on Firday night, this restaurant wasn't busy at all. I made reservation for private room @6:45, I was there 15 min early, and they wouldn't let me seat in the room, their hostess told me that I need to wait unitl 6:45, I came back to host stand @6:45 to request to seat in the room, another host told me that I need to wait few more min.. I don't understand what kind of Japanese policy?? I'm a sushi lover, their quality of sashimi and sushi was horrible, I was so disappointed! less than 20 pc of tiny little bit slices sashimi charge for $60, their "assorted sushi, $22" looks like lunch special. It was my first time and also last time to visit Kitayama..
Rudest Staff in any Japanese / Sushi Bar ever encountered anywhere in North America – I have been enjoying Sushi restaurants all over North America; including Vancouver BC, Seattle WA, Miami FL, Boston MA, Chicago IL, San Fransisco CA, Los Angeles CA, etc etc, and have been eating Sushi and Sashimi since about 1984 and never in my life have I ever encountered a staff which is so rude. Everyone from the Hostess to the main Sushi chef were void of personality. The Sushi was over-priced and average, and actually not-so-fresh. The presentation was poor. I was treated like a homeless man who wondered in from the back alley with no clothing on. If you like snooty, pretentious people, then go here, if you like friendly service and great fresh Sashimi, DO NOT GO.
Great steamed egg custards & broths for sukiyaki – Kitayama has great ambience. Our servers are always great- the kimonos are a very nice touch, and my husband and I find that charming (he is not Asian, but even being Asian, I find it charming as well). I love having the broth from our sukiyaki with rice at the end of our meal. Also, ask for specialties that are not on the menu- such as their seafood steamed egg custard. It is to die for. If you ask your server what specialties they can offer that night, she will let you know. The sashimi was only okay, not great, but there are plenty of other items to try on the menu. We always have a great meal here.
Traditional Japanese cuisine served in a glass-walled room surrounded by elegant Japanese gardens. – In Short
Kitayama brings nature inside with panoramic views of its private gardens. Modern Japanese lamps and Breuer chairs juxtapose hip design with the waitress' kimonos in the sushi bar and the three tatami rooms. Traditional Japanese offerings include sukiyaki, teriyaki and tempura. A la carte items include crab chawanmushi, a hot custard with fresh crab and shitake mushrooms, or beef shiso rolls, broiled with Asian bechamel sauce. Green tea coconut mousse, in a martini glass adorned with tropical fruits, is dessert.
Our favorite Japanese restaurant in Newport Beach – I have always had wonderful meals at this restaurant. The service has been attentive and the food fresh and flavorful. I love the booths and traditional Japanese dining rooms. Try the Shabu-shabu in addition to the sushi.
Unprofessional/Pretentious Staff – It is truly a shame when the management staff is poorly trained. Their arrogance and rudeness is drilled down to the staff, thus the quality of service is jeopardized. The restaurant itself is aesthetically pleasing and the food is moderately good. The restaurant is ideal for business lunches/dinners but my clients on a number of occasions walked out unhappy due to the substandard service. It is a damper to conduct business in such a negative environment.
Tip: You might fare better at the sushi bar – I've heard mixed reviews about Kitayama from friends, but was pleasantly surprised by the sushi served at the bar. BTW, one of the patrons seated next to me says that she never liked the restaurant until she also tried the sushi bar.
Not much a value... – I used to be a food wholesaler to Japanese restaurants in the Bay Area so I had ate at so many Japanese restaurants as part of the job.
Surprisingly, Kitayama cooking has not much to offer in taste, look, ingredients, and style.
The building and interior are excellent but
surprisingly, again, the choice of detailing material is so poor and rather cheapy. Unfortunate for such a nice looking place.
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