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“Solid Japanese Restaurant”

Uzen Japanese Cuisine
Ranked #290 of 1,435 Restaurants in Oakland
Price range: US$0 - US$25
Cuisines: Sushi, Asian, Japanese
Good for: Business meetings
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Good for: Business meetings
Reviewed 13 November 2015 via mobile

I have been here a few times now. It's not cheap at all but it's excellent quality fish. One bad thing is that their specials menu does not have any prices. I don't know why they do that. Make sure to ask the prices of those items before ordering them.

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Reviewed 14 December 2014

Went late on a Monday night to this small, amazing Japanese restaurant. I arrived early, but I was seated right away, and served a fragrant tea from a small, heavy cast iron tea pot at the table. (I was too tired to trust having Sake, but it seemed from others there that they also had great hot and cold Sakes.) There can't be more than 10 tables for 2 - 4 people each, plus the sushi bar. Except for two 2-person tables in alcoves on either side of the front door, lights are bright, so I don't recommend it for romantic intimacy. But the diners are unhurried, and clearly there to savor amazing Japanese sushi, sashimi and other special dishes they prepare. I ordered the soft-shell crab, which was cooked in a very light Japanese starch (gluten free). the one small crab was served with all the regard a true chef would have for such a piece de resistance. Enjoying it one limb and piece at a time, it was among the best I have ever eaten, which includes some in some of the finest restaurants in Japan. (If you have never eaten a soft-shell, this is the place to try your first.) The sashimi (I ordered the white tuna, but the others with me ordered other varieties of sushi and sashimi, including the eel), was ocean fresh and perfectly prepared and served. As the SFO foodies will tell you, don't go to Uzen expecting big portions. Plan to linger and duly savor every bite.

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Thank barry01035
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

We love Uzen food, service, and understated fine ambiance! You cannot go wrong here! The food is always fresh, and it is excellent eating whether you are having sushi or one of their fine dinner's!

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Thank KateCharlie
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

Whenever our daughter comes home from College, good sushi is one of the top two things she longs for (the other is good Mexican food). Uzen always delivers. Smooth service, minimalist surroundings and good lighting make it a pleasant, relaxing place. The sushi is utterly fresh, creative and always includes special new dishes. You can never go wrong here - even no-sushi lovers will enjoy their lighter-than-air tempura.

Address: 5415 College Ave. a few blocks from the Rockridge BART station, worth the trip.

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Reviewed 10 August 2011

An authentic japaneese restaurant... Nothing fancy, just good selection of sushi and other dishes... The urchin is highly recommended as it is very fresh and sweet.

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