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Hana Japan Steak & Seafood

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235 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710-1618
+1 510-848-8515
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 16:00 - 21:00
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336 reviews
229 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

This Japanese Tepanyaki style restaurant has very good food at reasonable pricing. You can do the typical Tepanyaki table shared with other people or have a regular table in the bar area. The display chefs generally put on a good show, but some are much better than others. The Seafood is excellent. Service is a bit slow and uneven. But... More 

Thank albebuc
Berkeley, California
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372 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

We had a pretty nice dinner evening at this place. Fortunately, we two were quickly seated to fill up a community table and were close to the window to see the sail boats while waiting for the food to be prepared in front of us. We had hibachi with steak or scallops and liked it. The banging of the knife... More 

Thank hiking-har
San Francisco, California
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105 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

I love coming here with my husband. The staff is nice. The chef's are wonderful. I enjoy the added entertainment value of the floor show. The communal table also encourages an fun atmosphere.

Thank KnickerbockerJones
Alameda, California
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72 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

Think Benihana on a budget - cheaper ingredients, very basic staff training, unmaintained decór. The result is a deadened experience, a sad parody of teppanaki. Worth avoiding, even at a quarter of the price.

Thank Mickey_Sattler
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40 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016 via mobile

We went here for my son's 30th birthday. They advertise a free dinner on your birthday for a party of 4 or more. Dinner was ok, nothing special. Actually the cook was disappointing. Since we had a party of 6 his tip was guaranteed. He went through the motions,barely, but no enthusiasm. When the bill came we were charged for... More 

Thank Henry C
San Francisco, California
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21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2015 via mobile

Small calamari portions but I like it. The appetizer with sashimi is good enough for my friend. Calamari was good but expensive. The fried rice has too much butter. It is fun for kids to see the cooking show

Thank CaptAmerika
San Leandro, California
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2015

Hana Japan is very similar to Benihana in concept. The difference is that Hana Japan Berkeley doesn't seem to pride itself on decor, cleanliness or service. Its very dim inside and it doesn't seem intentional. Just seems like there are lighting issues. The chef that we had was lackluster. We went without a reservation but the wait was exceptionally long.... More 

Thank Danielle J
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2015

This restaurant was located very close to our hotel (Doubletree at Berkeley Marina) We decided to meet up with the rest of our party for a dinner out. We called ahead and made reservations for 8:00pm. We were told by the hostess on the phone we could arrive early for possible early seating. We arrived around 745. Early seating wasn't... More 

Thank Lauren R
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8 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2015

This restaurant had a outstanding experience regarding the hibachi chef; however we had a 8 pm reservation and was told that if we came in early we would be seated. We arrived at 7:30 pm and was not seated until 8:30 pm and it was not until we had someone in our party ask if we could be seated now.... More 

Thank tiki2011
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015 via mobile

Am surprised to find a good Japanese tepanyaki restaurant near my hotel. The Japanese cook was excellent, putting on a good show throwing utensils and balancing an egg before the actual cooking, and started a fire to impress us all. The steak and scallops tasted great. Will come back for the lobster soon.

Thank pcoolguy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Steakhouse, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 235 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710-1618
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-848-8515

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?