Kitayama

★★★☆☆
  • 101 Bayview Pl

    Newport Beach, CA 92660

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  • 949-725-0777

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Lunch: Mon. - Fri. 11:30am - 2:00pm Dinner: Mon. - Fri. 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Sat. 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Sun. 5:30pm - 9:30pm

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My boyfriend and I had been here before, but the sushi bar was full, so we ate at the dining area. It was super expensive and not that impressive, but we had read the reviews about the sushi bar and wanted to give it another try. I wanted

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I had been here before, but the sushi bar was full, so we ate at the dining area. It was super expensive and not that impressive, but we had read the reviews about the sushi bar and wanted to give it another try. I wanted

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I have been to many Sushi resturaunts in OC. This is the only US location, and represents Japanese cuisine phenominally well. Bento boxes are large enough, and their sushi is Tier 1. They have an old-style resturaunt interior, so you

3
★★★★★

I have been to many Sushi resturaunts in OC. This is the only US location, and represents Japanese cuisine phenominally well. Bento boxes are large enough, and their sushi is Tier 1. They have an old-style resturaunt interior, so you

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I love to come to this place. I feel like I am dining in Japan. Each booth is separated by pretty curtains and the waitresses wear kimono's. The food is good but pricey. The shabu shabu is very good.

4
★★★★☆

I love to come to this place. I feel like I am dining in Japan. Each booth is separated by pretty curtains and the waitresses wear kimono's. The food is good but pricey. The shabu shabu is very good.

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Great authentic food, but rather on the pricey side. Service depends on the server. I've had good and bad. The decor is tranquil and makes your dining experience nice

4
★★★★☆

Great authentic food, but rather on the pricey side. Service depends on the server. I've had good and bad. The decor is tranquil and makes your dining experience nice

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The Sushi chefs here are truly artists of the eye and the taste. Myself and 3 friends put ourselves in their hands and we were well rewarded. The toro was to die for. The combinations were amazing.

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★★★★★

The Sushi chefs here are truly artists of the eye and the taste. Myself and 3 friends put ourselves in their hands and we were well rewarded. The toro was to die for. The combinations were amazing.

Pros: Chefs create the best forward sushi, double toro!

Cons: Expensive

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Service is okay...it seems to take forever to get just another water and soy beans. The chef's do not like to accomdate to you. They will, but they are not very happy to do it. It is expensive and I don't like too much there. I do like their seared snapper with peppers on top and their three kings roll.

1
★★☆☆☆

Service is okay...it seems to take forever to get just another water and soy beans. The chef's do not like to accomdate to you. They will, but they are not very happy to do it. It is expensive and I don't like too much there. I do like their seared snapper with peppers on top and their three kings roll.

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The food here is pretty good. The decor is pretty amazing and they have real tatami rooms for groups of people to eat at. I love that the waitresses wear pretty kimonos.

4
★★★★☆

The food here is pretty good. The decor is pretty amazing and they have real tatami rooms for groups of people to eat at. I love that the waitresses wear pretty kimonos.

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A Horrible Experience. These people there and especially managment are apparently ANTI-American, RUDE, ARGUMENTATIVE AND GOD ONLY KNOWS WHAT THEY MAY SPIKE YOUR FOOD WITH. If you go - do not turn your back on them. No more "Pearl Harbor" style sneak attacks again for me thank you. Twice was enough, as there are so many other fine Japanese restuarnatns and their employees that really enjoy serving people politely, with no attitude - and with much better and fresh food.
THEIR "FRIENDS/EMPLOYEES" CAN WRITE THEIR BOGUS REVIEWS, BUT THIS IS A VERY BAD PLACE. WHY RISK YOUR HEALTH AND DINING EXPERINCE TO THESE HORRIBLE PEOPLE. AND IT IS TERRIBLY EXPENSIVE.

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★☆☆☆☆

A Horrible Experience. These people there and especially managment are apparently ANTI-American, RUDE, ARGUMENTATIVE AND GOD ONLY KNOWS WHAT THEY MAY SPIKE YOUR FOOD WITH. If you go - do not turn your back on them. No more "Pearl Harbor" style sneak attacks again for me thank you. Twice was enough, as there are so many other fine Japanese restuarnatns and their employees that really enjoy serving people politely, with no attitude - and with much better and fresh food.
THEIR "FRIENDS/EMPLOYEES" CAN WRITE THEIR BOGUS REVIEWS, BUT THIS IS A VERY BAD PLACE. WHY RISK YOUR HEALTH AND DINING EXPERINCE TO THESE HORRIBLE PEOPLE. AND IT IS TERRIBLY EXPENSIVE.

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Six adults visited this landmark restaurant for dinner. The restaurant has a nice glass walled garden that imitates the famous Ryoanji Temple rock garden. All great. But you cannot eat the gravels from the garden. The food is mediocre to downright poor quality, especially viewed from the high price they charge. For example, their featured Seafood Miso Nabe contained microscopic amount of seafoods. If you want to pay $30 for a bowlful of cabbages, go ahead. The hostess warned us that the kitchen is busy and either Sashimi or Sushi would take 45 minutes. We did not mind the waiting, but when the $60 sashimi arrived, it was a disappointment- you could find another Japanese restaurant within 5 miles that would serve much better and fresher sashimi for probably under $20. Sushi looked very funny- the fish pieces were formed a'la PlayDo, very unappetising! We heard that this restaurant is very popular, and big crowds show up for lunch hour. Let them pay dearly and eat poor food; I will never go back there again.

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★★☆☆☆

Six adults visited this landmark restaurant for dinner. The restaurant has a nice glass walled garden that imitates the famous Ryoanji Temple rock garden. All great. But you cannot eat the gravels from the garden. The food is mediocre to downright poor quality, especially viewed from the high price they charge. For example, their featured Seafood Miso Nabe contained microscopic amount of seafoods. If you want to pay $30 for a bowlful of cabbages, go ahead. The hostess warned us that the kitchen is busy and either Sashimi or Sushi would take 45 minutes. We did not mind the waiting, but when the $60 sashimi arrived, it was a disappointment- you could find another Japanese restaurant within 5 miles that would serve much better and fresher sashimi for probably under $20. Sushi looked very funny- the fish pieces were formed a'la PlayDo, very unappetising! We heard that this restaurant is very popular, and big crowds show up for lunch hour. Let them pay dearly and eat poor food; I will never go back there again.

Pros: Nice surrounding

Cons: Bad food for high price

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My girlfriend and I used to eat here constantly. One day while we were looking over the credit card statements, we noticed a few charges from Kitayama for exactly $280. The charges occurred on days that we hadn't even eaten there. We called the credit card co, they examined the situation and said the credit card charges were for TO GO orders. Needless to say, we never ordered 280 dollars worth of take out. We have never gone back and they lost two very good customers. I don't recommend eating here, but if you insist, make sure that you pay CASH! We have since moved on to Bluefin, which actually has better sushi and is in a way nicer location.

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★☆☆☆☆

My girlfriend and I used to eat here constantly. One day while we were looking over the credit card statements, we noticed a few charges from Kitayama for exactly $280. The charges occurred on days that we hadn't even eaten there. We called the credit card co, they examined the situation and said the credit card charges were for TO GO orders. Needless to say, we never ordered 280 dollars worth of take out. We have never gone back and they lost two very good customers. I don't recommend eating here, but if you insist, make sure that you pay CASH! We have since moved on to Bluefin, which actually has better sushi and is in a way nicer location.

Pros: They taught me to examine my credit card statements closely

Cons: God only knows how much they ripped us off for before we noticed

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Nice and warm place - high scale. Great place. Glad my bosses paid the bill - I would recommend this place for someone who wants peace and quiet PLUS good customer service. Gives the Japanese feel but without living in Japan.

4
★★★★☆

Nice and warm place - high scale. Great place. Glad my bosses paid the bill - I would recommend this place for someone who wants peace and quiet PLUS good customer service. Gives the Japanese feel but without living in Japan.

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I have to admit that dinner was a little pricy but lunch is a definite must do. Make sure you make a reservation.

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★★★★★

I have to admit that dinner was a little pricy but lunch is a definite must do. Make sure you make a reservation.

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Beautiful Japanese gardens and nice dining areas. Yet, they are trying to do too much with the menu and, as a result, are doing very little well. Place has potential, but in Newport Beach as long as the place is one where people can be "seen" they probably don't need to waste the money and effort to produce a fine meal.

1
★★☆☆☆

Beautiful Japanese gardens and nice dining areas. Yet, they are trying to do too much with the menu and, as a result, are doing very little well. Place has potential, but in Newport Beach as long as the place is one where people can be "seen" they probably don't need to waste the money and effort to produce a fine meal.

Pros: Setting & Scene

Cons: Food

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I entered the restaurant with high expectations, and left beyond disappointed. We had a large group of people for a friend's bday, and our reservation was for 7:30PM. They started serving us at 9:30PM, half an hour before they close at 10:00PM. The waitors were rushing us out, cleaning up our dishes before we finished eating. One busboy had the nerve to take my friend's plate, and toss the remainder of her food onto the grill. All in all, we waited 2 hours to eat, then finished our food, or tried to, within 15 minutes. I've never had such an awful experience at what supposedly is a nice restaurant. Please take my advice, and forego this restaurant. It's not worth the time or money.

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★☆☆☆☆

I entered the restaurant with high expectations, and left beyond disappointed. We had a large group of people for a friend's bday, and our reservation was for 7:30PM. They started serving us at 9:30PM, half an hour before they close at 10:00PM. The waitors were rushing us out, cleaning up our dishes before we finished eating. One busboy had the nerve to take my friend's plate, and toss the remainder of her food onto the grill. All in all, we waited 2 hours to eat, then finished our food, or tried to, within 15 minutes. I've never had such an awful experience at what supposedly is a nice restaurant. Please take my advice, and forego this restaurant. It's not worth the time or money.

Cons: SERVICE WAS TERRIBLE

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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..

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★☆☆☆☆

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..

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Atmosphere, Parking

Cons: Poor Service, below average Sashimi, Value

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

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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.

2
★★★★☆

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.

Pros: Interior, Parking

Cons: crowded at times

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Ample Parking

Cons: Impolite, Unprofessional, Poor Service

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My aunt brought my family to this beautiful Japanese restaurant on one of our last visits to Irvine. The elegance of Kitayama is evident as soon as you approach the entrance from the parking lot, walking across a stone path surrounded by a calming landscape. Inside the windows look out to either a decorated courtyard or the front waterscape where traditional drummers come out to perform on and around the bridge. Patrons are seated at little tables for smaller parties or partitioned rooms for larger ones. The surroundings add to the food itself, which is delicious.

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★★★★★

My aunt brought my family to this beautiful Japanese restaurant on one of our last visits to Irvine. The elegance of Kitayama is evident as soon as you approach the entrance from the parking lot, walking across a stone path surrounded by a calming landscape. Inside the windows look out to either a decorated courtyard or the front waterscape where traditional drummers come out to perform on and around the bridge. Patrons are seated at little tables for smaller parties or partitioned rooms for larger ones. The surroundings add to the food itself, which is delicious.

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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.

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★★★★☆

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.

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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.

1
★★★☆☆

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.

Pros: building, interior, location

Cons: , service, style

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One of Kitayama's best features is the immaculately landscaped Asian garden, which sits just outside the tall glass walls. Indoors is a place of calm, too, with traditional Japanese flower arrangements, blonde woods and flowing silks.…

 

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