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509 2nd Ave, Apt 2, San Mateo, CA 94401-3214
+1 650-401-7008
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San Francisco, California
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

Really good Yakitori, but it can get pricey if you're like me and want to try everything. For the yakitori (skewers) I liked the: Quail Eggs with Bacon Chicken Gizzard Chicken Thigh Duck Breast Chicken Meatball Chicken Hearts Pork Belly Asparagus with Bacon Cherry Tomatoes with Bacon Chicken Liver I could pass on: Fishcakes Scallops Chicken Breast Tender Beef Sea... More 

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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015 via mobile

The real Japanese grilled food is not what the average American tourists would normally go for, but... Trust me it's worth your time!

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Belmont, California
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50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

Kokko, or Yakitori Kokko, is a small & bustling Japanese Restaurant. In addition to the standard sushi and ramen, they specialize in skewers, featuring vegetables and a wide variety of meat & poultry. The sauces used on the skewers is delicious. You can get things like duck, lamb or pork belly. They also have chicken & beef skewers. The asparagus... More 

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Pacifica, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2015

Or don't expected to be seated til like 8:30. They DO NOT reserve seats for early (before they even open) walk-ins. I was pretty upset once when we were literally standing in line with couple other groups at the door and waited for half an hour only to be informed by a "oh well, too bad for you" faced waitress... More 

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San Francisco, California
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205 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2015

The prices are reasonable here for the quality of yakitori you get and I like how they have a much wider variety of other dishes besides just skewers. Yakitori: Chicken Skin/ Chicken Hearts/ Chicken Thigh/ Bacon Wrapped Quail Eggs/ Bacon Wrapped Enoki/ Bacon Wrapped Asparagus/ Fish Cakes with Cheese/ Japanese Pork Sausages/ Squid/ Pork Belly/ Beef Tongue/ Pork cheek/ Chicken... More 

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Tracy, California
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2015

I was turned on to this place by my cousin who owns a japanese restaurant. This place is awesome. Just make sure you have reservations or come first thing when they open. It's not that big and gets PACKED. Also parking can be a challenge. I love the stewed pork belly, okra, butter corn, kalbi, chicken karaage, beef tongue. Great... More 

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Thank 11Messier
Pleasanton, California
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308 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

This is a small little japanese restaurant specializing in skewers. Great value, the prices are super reasonable, the service is good but this place gets CROWDED CROWDED. Make a reservation. The portions are large, the service is good. I would say the place is not great for large parties. The total seating is maybe 40 people. If you don't eat... More 

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Thank Bo C
Boston, United Kingdom
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214 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014

They have black sesame ramen here! Broth and noodle both black!! They also have my favorite chicken wings. Love all their grilled stuff-cartilage, chicken hearts, liver, grilled veggies. Yum! Always busy and small parking lot. It's right next to another Japanese place.

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Thank hrdabster
San Francisco, California
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2013

Made a reservation at 5:30 for 6 and still able to get a table. Pretty lucky. There were around 10 tables and got filled up in 15 minutes from opening time. Recommend to call and make a reservation to avoid a long wait. FOOD IS GREAT!!! LOVE ALL THE FOOD THERE!! Recommend to order: Beef tongue, lamb chops, gizzard, chicken... More 

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Menlo Park, California
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157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2013

There are three decent izakaya in San Mateo, and all three have proper Yakitori, but Kokko is the best for straight-up yakitori. It's the most "down home", not at all stuffy, can get loud. It's like one of the small regional yakitori places - not like one of the Ginza places, and not fancy. Just keep chowing down the skewers... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Barbecue, Asian
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 509 2nd Ave, Apt 2, San Mateo, CA 94401-3214
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-401-7008

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?