Kappo Honda

★★★★☆
  • 18450 Brookhurst St

    Fountain Valley, CA 92708

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  • 714-964-4629

About Kappo Honda

Hours
Daily: 5:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.

Food

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A huge menu that I think everything on it is excellent. The staff is very friendly and helpfull at all times.

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★★★★★

A huge menu that I think everything on it is excellent. The staff is very friendly and helpfull at all times.

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This is my all time FAVORITE izakaya in southern Cali.
I will drive to great lengths to eat at this place. They have a lot of great dishes but my favorite is their nasu miso. It's just AHHHHMAZING!! I am going to rate this place as being "world class" because I love their food and nothing can compare.

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★★★★★

This is my all time FAVORITE izakaya in southern Cali.
I will drive to great lengths to eat at this place. They have a lot of great dishes but my favorite is their nasu miso. It's just AHHHHMAZING!! I am going to rate this place as being "world class" because I love their food and nothing can compare.

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: Wide menu of Yakitori as well as traditional Japanese dishes

Cons: Long waits are the norm here unless you make a reservation

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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!

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★★★★★

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!

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: Best Quail innards

Cons: it's no Burger King

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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

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★☆☆☆☆

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

Pros: nice setting

Cons: bad service, long wait

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The restaurant offers good, authentic Japanese food at very reasonable prices. in a fun and friendly atmosphere. We enjoy going there as a family as well as with a large group of friends. The service is usually good (even though we've had a unsmiling server a couple of times) but the food is always great.

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★★★★☆

The restaurant offers good, authentic Japanese food at very reasonable prices. in a fun and friendly atmosphere. We enjoy going there as a family as well as with a large group of friends. The service is usually good (even though we've had a unsmiling server a couple of times) but the food is always great.

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Closest thing to authentic Japanese yakiniku in Fountain Valley/HB. Well, Shin sen gumi is pretty good too but I prefer this establishment. This place is delicious and is pretty affordable. LOVE IT. GO TRY IT :D

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★★★★☆

Closest thing to authentic Japanese yakiniku in Fountain Valley/HB. Well, Shin sen gumi is pretty good too but I prefer this establishment. This place is delicious and is pretty affordable. LOVE IT. GO TRY IT :D

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Kappo Honda is a fun place to go because the atmosphere is very Japanesque and the sushi chefs always greet you in booming friendly voice. The edemame and the potato croquettes iare very good with an amazing dipping sauce.
Don't forget to try some of their plum wine to complete your meal.

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★☆☆☆☆

Kappo Honda is a fun place to go because the atmosphere is very Japanesque and the sushi chefs always greet you in booming friendly voice. The edemame and the potato croquettes iare very good with an amazing dipping sauce.
Don't forget to try some of their plum wine to complete your meal.

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Japanese places are all over Orange County but by the time I got served at this place I forgot if the food was good or bad because I scarfed it down from hunger. Stay away, they don't know how to seat or serve their customers.

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★☆☆☆☆

Japanese places are all over Orange County but by the time I got served at this place I forgot if the food was good or bad because I scarfed it down from hunger. Stay away, they don't know how to seat or serve their customers.

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If you're in a rush or looking for a beef teriyaki plate this is not the place for you. This is a very authentic Japanese restaurant that serves small tapas style plates. Great place if you're into grazing, sharing good food and your not afraid to try lot's of new and different foods.

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★★★★★

If you're in a rush or looking for a beef teriyaki plate this is not the place for you. This is a very authentic Japanese restaurant that serves small tapas style plates. Great place if you're into grazing, sharing good food and your not afraid to try lot's of new and different foods.

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I wish I could give this 3.5 Stars because it deserves more than 3, just not quite 4. The food here is pretty good, and some of the offerings are excellent. But it feels very crowded and dark, it was a little uncomfortable for me. The service is OK but I've seen better, more friendly service (maybe because they were very busy).

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★★★☆☆

I wish I could give this 3.5 Stars because it deserves more than 3, just not quite 4. The food here is pretty good, and some of the offerings are excellent. But it feels very crowded and dark, it was a little uncomfortable for me. The service is OK but I've seen better, more friendly service (maybe because they were very busy).

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: Food, affordable prices, and atmosphere.

Cons: a bit of a wait to get seated - even on a Monday night. (but it's well worth the wait)

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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.

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★★★★☆

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.

Pros: authentic Japanese dishes, great staff

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: WONDERFUL FOOD, AUTHENTIC, inexpensive, un-matcheable variety

Cons: there's usually a wait (but I would wait all night for something this delicious)

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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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★★★★★

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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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!)

2
★★★★★

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!)

Pros: great food, easy to find parking, open late

Cons: NONE!!!!!

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Food is great. Many hard to find Sake brands. Pricing is very good, and choices keep you ordering more.

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★★★★★

Food is great. Many hard to find Sake brands. Pricing is very good, and choices keep you ordering more.

Pros: Taste, Choice, Reservations

Cons: Very Busy

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Kappo Honda brings traditional Japanese "Izakaya"-style cuisine to the O.C. and delivers in spades! Izakaya-style is similar to Dim Sum or Tapas, little dishes, wonderfully prepared, ranging from seafoods, to slow-stewed pork roast and more! They have a real selection of Japanese Sake and Beers (some wonderful, hard-to-find Sake).

Open late, wonderful, boisterous (at times), exciting! Recommend: Tarakasu (Butter Fish), Buta Kakunin (Slow-roasted Pork), Agedashi Tofu (amazing Tofu dish, light, simple), and even their Zaru Soba Noodles (simple, chilled buckwheat noodles) are a delight! Also, their Suigei sake is wonderful.

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★★★★★

Kappo Honda brings traditional Japanese "Izakaya"-style cuisine to the O.C. and delivers in spades! Izakaya-style is similar to Dim Sum or Tapas, little dishes, wonderfully prepared, ranging from seafoods, to slow-stewed pork roast and more! They have a real selection of Japanese Sake and Beers (some wonderful, hard-to-find Sake).

Open late, wonderful, boisterous (at times), exciting! Recommend: Tarakasu (Butter Fish), Buta Kakunin (Slow-roasted Pork), Agedashi Tofu (amazing Tofu dish, light, simple), and even their Zaru Soba Noodles (simple, chilled buckwheat noodles) are a delight! Also, their Suigei sake is wonderful.

Pros: Excellent Dishes, Izakaya-style, Sake Menu

Cons: Busy

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Thank gawd for establishments like these that cater to us nocturnal folks that live behind the Orange Curtain. My favorite items lobster salad, enoki mushroom (yes, I know I could easily make this at home but it's buttery goodness) and don't forget the yakitori items. Yes, their udon is good. Yippee for Japanese dim sum/tapas like dining.

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★★★★☆

Thank gawd for establishments like these that cater to us nocturnal folks that live behind the Orange Curtain. My favorite items lobster salad, enoki mushroom (yes, I know I could easily make this at home but it's buttery goodness) and don't forget the yakitori items. Yes, their udon is good. Yippee for Japanese dim sum/tapas like dining.

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The asparagus yaki-tori was delicious as was the beef udon and calbi. You won't find sushi here but the grilled skewers of meats are delicious. Very japanese atmosphere. The restaurant name means japanese pub restauarant and is a great place to relax with inexspenive food to go a long with ice cold Asahis

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★★★★★

The asparagus yaki-tori was delicious as was the beef udon and calbi. You won't find sushi here but the grilled skewers of meats are delicious. Very japanese atmosphere. The restaurant name means japanese pub restauarant and is a great place to relax with inexspenive food to go a long with ice cold Asahis

Pros: great tasting food, good value, clean restrooms

Cons: , crowded

 

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