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Yujo Izakaya

36 Kyadondo Road | Nakasero Hill, Kampala 23248, Uganda
+256 794 289856
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good37%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“sushi” (111 reviews)
“tempura” (15 reviews)
“salmon” (9 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 PM - 11:00 PMAll hours
Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
36 Kyadondo Road | Nakasero Hill, Kampala 23248, Uganda
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We got a table on the garden facing veranda. There were two of us and we were looking forward to a good dushi meal. Save for the salmon which seemed to be lightly smoked, the food was really good. When we arrived we asked to...More

Thank munr
HanifRehemtulla, Owner at Yujo Izakaya, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Munr! Happy to hear you enjoyed most of your food, that's what we aim for! After looking at the wide variety of restaurants you have visited around the world (On your trip advisor profile), these words mean a lot to us!! About the smokers,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I really enjoy the food here, it is the best Japanese in Kampala, but then we don't have a lot of choice. The quality and service are great, but the cost is too high. I don't know how they justify charging the inflated prices they...More

Thank judysam2016
HanifRehemtulla, Owner at Yujo Izakaya, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Judysam, We are extremely happy to hear that you like our food and that you can feel the authenticity! Please understand that this authenticity comes at a price, and it’s because of the import duties and high price of Authentic Japanese ingredients that must...More

Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

My son was travelling back to UK so I thought we would give him a treat. He was craving for Teriyaki prawns and this restaurant has the best. As usual the location is easy accessible. Has a great open and airy atmosphere especially if U...More

Thank Abid A
HanifRehemtulla, Owner at Yujo Izakaya, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for stopping by and for your loyal support! We shall offer new dishes using East African prawns on our menu so that you two can try on your next visit! Until then! H

Reviewed 27 September 2017

The price of wine doubled from 15'000.- to 30'000.- for the same (bad) quality. Liking to have a glass with my meal, it is ust not possible anymore as the price is just insane.More

Thank jeanvergain
HanifRehemtulla, Owner at Yujo Izakaya, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Jean, We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the quality of wine served to you on your visits to Yujo Izakaya. If you paid 30,000UGX for a glass of wine, that would have been for the Nederburg Winemasters Reserve. Not your...More

Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Food is very average. If you live in a country where Japanese food is not that hard to come by, the quality of food here is equivalent to what you would get at a good court. Not worth the high prices (by kampala standards). might...More

Thank Dylan F
HanifRehemtulla, Owner at Yujo Izakaya, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Sorry about your poor experience at Yujo Dylan. The prices charged in Yujo Izakaya are due to the fact that artisanally made ingredients such as craft sake and handmade soy sauce from small producers in Japan are used to create our sauces. That said, we...More

Reviewed 11 September 2017

I go here a lot, probably up to 10 times by now. The serving staff are excellent, very friendly and attentive. There is an excellent range of drinks, including Japanese beers and wines. The food is above average. They even have their own shop which...More

Thank GeoffChase
HanifRehemtulla, Owner at Yujo Izakaya, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for the kind words Geoff! We appreciate your repeat patronage, and are happy you are enjoying the selection of craft beers we have brought in from Japan! There are more craft beers, whiskeys, and a new Japanese Cider coming into our stock from Japan...More

Reviewed 6 September 2017

The service was prompt with a waitress meeting us at the restaurant door and showed us where to seat and provided a menu with explanations for all the meals. The food was amazing. The restaurant is very clean. The service staff are very friendly. This...More

Thank Emmanuel D
HanifRehemtulla, Owner at Yujo Izakaya, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are so happy to hear that the service met your needs and that our hygiene levels were acceptable to you. We shall strive to keep it up, and I will let the team know about your kind words, they will all be so happy...More

Reviewed 31 August 2017

You may not have considered a Japanese meal in Kampala but I highly recommend a visit to Yujo for its atmosphere, friendly service and delicious cocktails. The ambiance is great - complete with a DJ (who apparently just signed to a record deal) who plays...More

Thank whit_zoe
HanifRehemtulla, Owner at Yujo Izakaya, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Zoe, Not a lot of people are aware that we have a full service cocktail bar at Yujo Izakaya, with our team trained from the legendary Camel Club which had its glory days down the street before closing down. One of their bartenders is...More

Reviewed 30 August 2017

The food at Yujo was fairly good, with some interesting combinations for makes. Staff was friendly and restaurant is nice. I felt it was a little expensive, but not impossible.More

1  Thank Arturo N
HanifRehemtulla, Owner at Yujo Izakaya, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Arturo, Please come again and try some more of what Yujo Izakaya has to offer! The summer specials are ongoing, and you can get some great deals on sushi and other items like craft beers, sake, Japanese bowls, 3K local draft and more! The price...More

Reviewed 31 July 2017

First time visiting I took lunch on the weekend. Good ambience in the restaurant and Nice cold beer on tap. The attending waitress was very helpful and choices were easy to make. I had the Bento box as single diner variety is there without excessive...More

Thank Jonathan W
HanifRehemtulla, Owner at Yujo Izakaya, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Straightforward comments, glad you enjoyed it all. Please do let us know what we can do next time to take things up that extra notch and earn five stars in your heart Jonathan! Our service manager Kelly would love to hear from you! H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 25
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 36 Kyadondo Road | Nakasero Hill, Kampala 23248, Uganda
  • Location: Africa  >  Uganda  >  Central Region  >  Kampala
  • Phone Number: +256 794 289856
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Yujo Izakaya is a Modern Japanese restaurant and tavern, located in the heart of Nakasero. We specialize in Japanese RICE WINE and CRAFT BEERS, imported directly from Nara and Mito in Japan! So when you come to visit us, please come thirsty! Our restaurant features a hot kitchen and sushi bar, with fresh local ingredients, and many others sourced from all over the world! We also now have LITTLE KOBE JAPANESE GROCERY for all your take home needs,including miso pastes, wasabi, japanese chocolate, little gifts, and more!
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