18450 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA | Directions 9270833.694640 -117.954118
Daily: 5:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Great place! – A huge menu that I think everything on it is excellent. The staff is very friendly and helpfull at all times.
Excellent food! – Jenie, I'm sorry you had such a horrible experience here. However, I have never had anything but the most positive experiences here; the food is always delicious and you have many dining options....do you choose the Yakitori items and munch? Or do you want to go with the traditional food so common in Japan, such as ramen, udon, tempura, teriyaki, etc.? You plenty of options! I would steer clear of any of their sushi related items though...they are not the best; but then again, that is not what Kappo Honda is known for. Word of advice, for large parties, they will not split checks (they do accept credit/debit, but cash will make things easier) and if your group orders off the yakitori menu, it can get rather hard to figure out the final bill...a suggestion to solve that problem...bring blank sheets of paper and keep track of what you order on them, then when the bill comes, ask for a menu and tally up your portion.
Izakaya in OC – Staff of KH: please do keep an eye out for Jenie as promised. She should be barred, if only for her appalling use of the English language. "I travel plenty in Asian" also, and I can tell you with my hand on my heart that if you want a real izakaya experience in Orange County, Kappo Honda's as close as I've found. Yes, you may need to wait (although you can make a reservation), but the wise diner will know that people willing to wait to get in to a restaurant generally indicates that there's something worth waiting for. And indeed, at KH you will find a casual, warm, unpretentious, prompt (yes, prompt), tasty, fun, consistent, atmospheric spot. Of course, I'd be happy for you to lend more weight to Jenie's review - it will keep the wait down for me next time I go!
AWESOMENESS – Eat here. Their food rocks. If you need instant service/ gratification, go to Yoshinoya. I hear their beef bowls are glorious this time of year. Oh & learn to type in proper....no, make that readable english if you're gonna write a review about how impatient you are. Maybe readers will take you seriously & not laugh at how poorly you express your disdain for something.
HORRIBLE SERVICE!!! – I had waited about two hours to be seated and another 10 min after to even get my menu. The waiter himself was decent and the food was decent.
I travel plenty in Asian and tried many different cuisine before so I know my stuff.
After leaving a 7% tip out of pure pity I get chase down my this worker who demands more tip from me in which I refused only to have her tell me she will remember my face and I am not allowed to come back.
This i not a place where I would even recommend to my worse enemy. The wait is too long for average food. Many other god eateries in the O.C
Kappo Honda is a true gem... – I had the good fortune of experiencing Kappo Honda last night and I cannot wait to go back! I went with my buddies and had a great time - thanks to the friendly staff, delicious food, and surprisingly easily affordable prices. I recommend the Blue Crab and Avocado hand roll to start. The Salmon was delicious and the serving size was good...with an order of the Red Potatoes with Bacon and Cheese my meal was more than enough. Add to that some ice cold Kirin and your good to go!
All in all, I was really surprised at the food and overall atmosphere of Kappo Honda - so much so that it prompted me to register and write my first ever review on this site.
traditional Japanese food – It's very different from the typical Japanese sushi and teriyaki joint, and it's more similar to the authentic Tokyo dining style where everything comes out in little dishes (i.e. tapas). My favorite dishes would have to be the cheese fry and the bacon-wrapped asparagus! The place gets pretty crowded especially on the weekends, but for the most part- it's worth the wait. Plus, they keep the authenticity by hiring Japanese-speaking employees who are- for the most part- extremely friendly and courteous.
MY FAVORITE JAPANESE RESTAURANT- plus there's another location named HONDA-YA in tustin – Actually I started eating at Honda-ya in tustin (same ownership and 90% same menu) and I loved it so much I eventually drove out to Huntington Beach (Fountain Valley). There are actually three locations and I get them all confused, but regardless, this chain is the closest thing to Japan I can get in America (there are a couple places in New York that have yakitori, grilled meats, but who can go there twice a week?!) I LOVE all the wait staff. The place is always packed, and they get very very busy, and sometime you have to call them over (by the way thats how you order in Japan), but, they are VERY friendly, and I go there so much I have a great rapport with many of them. Oh, and they are all native Japanese youths. Everyone in the restaurant eating is also asian, for the most part, and many are Japanese. I dont use this in my own criteria, but I think it is additional evidence to support my own love for Honda-ya/ Kappo Honda. I bring my family (Japanese and non-Japanese), my friends (all of them), my in-laws, and everyone else. If you are afraid of trying some of the stranger Japanese items, your standard teriyaki sets are there. The teriyaki sauce is delicious and I dont even like teriyaki. The sushi is not priced outrageously, and I have eaten it without complaint, and can actually find my favorite type, which is not available in most places. I could go on and on, but really I just suggest you try it for yourself. Like I said, its as real as you are going to get.
Great place that stays open until 1 AM every night! – This place is the best! My boyfriend and I go here at least a couple times a week. We usually get the salmon cheek (truly the best part of the salmon!), garlic spinach, tempura udon, and a bunch of the yakitori dishes (the asparagus wrapped in bacon and chicken wings are the BEST!)
Great Atmosphere – Delicious food! Try the enoki butter or spinach garlic. Many little dishes to try. Not your typical Japanese sushi place. Its very busy so I would definetely make reservations beforehand so you can get a booth to yourself. The service is fast. Love love love this place!
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