Isobune Restaurant Review

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Isobune

1451 Burlingame Avenue

Burlingame, CA 94010

(650) 344-8433

Isobune Website

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Open since 1982 in San Francisco, Isobune pioneered the sushi boat Japanese restaurant.  You can sit down and grab food from the boats and eat, faster than at the golden arches.  You can also order entrees and other special items. Pricing is indicated by the color of the item’s plate. ($1.95-$5.95) We have eaten in the Burlingame location several times.

Isobune San Mateo Interior

Decor, vibe – Big sushi boat area in the middle with several tables to the side.  Lots of couples, small groups, families of all races were eating.

Menu pics

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Price Guide

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Sushi Picture Guide

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Picks:

Isobune San Mateo Lunch Special

Isobune San Mateo Chicken Teriyaki

The Lunch Special ($8.50) with Tuna Sashimi, Shrip Tempura, Chicken Teriyaki, Miso Soup, Salad & Rice is a great value.  It is available 11:30am-3pm. All items are of average or slightly above average quality.

Tempura Mix ($8.50) had assorted items including 4 good sized pieces of shrimp. A decent dish full of crispiness.

OK:

Isobune San Mateo Seaweed Salad Sushi

The Seaweed Salad ($2.95) sushi is a nice vegetarian item. Pretty simple and as expected. 2 big pieces.

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Octopus Sashimi ($2.45) was chewy and not super fresh.

Isobune San Mateo Kappa Maki

Kappa maki ($1.95) with cucumber is a cheap favorite for kids. Not much to it.

Isobune San Mateo Smelt Roe Sushi

Smelt Roe Sushi ($2.95) has tons of fish roe and is a little salty.

Isobune San Mateo Long Neck Clam Sushi

Spicy Scallops ($2.95) was tasty but a little fishy. Not very spicy.

Chicken Teriyaki ($8) +$2 for Rice and soup.  The meat was thin but a reasonable portion size and cooked fine.  The sauce was very sweet, almost overly so.

Pans:
None

Isobune has a $4.95 Kid’s meal. Coupon for a  free California Roll with $20 To go order on their website. Their service is good, with most of the waiters not needing to take orders, there you don’t need to ask for refills. This is a good inexpensive way to get a Japanese meal. This is not a gourmet paradise like nearby Sakae Sushi but more of an everyday spot. As with most sushi restaurants, try to go during the week to get the freshest items.

Also at:
Japantown
1737 Post Street San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 563-1030

Isobune Overall Rating: (Average 1.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Average)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Average)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine, Sake
Attire:Casual
Hours:11:30am-10pm
Parking:Street
Reservations:No
Prices:$8.50 - $11.25

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