Honda Ya Japanese Restaurant
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- 78%Outdoor Enthusiasts
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Member Reviews (11)
- Honda Ya Japanese Restaurant
- Honda Ya Japanese RestaurantJan 11, 2013
Honda Ya is an AWESOME place for a party. I went with a group of 12 and we took over a huge table in the traditional Japanese section, where you have to take off your shoes and sit Indian-style to eat. We were loud and obnoxious, but it was perfect because everybody else in the restaurant was as well.
We got tons of different dishes -- the rice & egg porridge, ramen noodle soup, udon noodle soup, crunchy roll, galbi (beef short ribs), crab cream croquettes, cheese wontons, mixed tempura, pumpkin slices, and the seared ahi salad. We also tried some yakitori open-flame grilled dishes, such as the crispy chicken, bacon-wrapped asparagus, bacon-wrapped tomatoes, beef tongue, and eel. Honestly, everything was good. I know that's a cop out for a food review, but I wasn't disappointed with anything. Sadly though, I wasn't CRAZY about anything either. We also ordered some sake & a few pitchers of ice-cold Kirin beer, which was a perfect complement to our meal.
The service was really good, as well. Our server took care of us really well and took very small, but proactive, initiatives such as telling us that he would take a picture for our group, even though we didn't ask him to.
All in all, I think Honda Ya is a great place to go if you want (fairly) cheap food, in a great izakaya atmosphere, at night. I would highly recommend this place to anybody who loves izakayas or anybody who wants to celebrate with a big, rowdy group.
- Honda Ya Japanese RestaurantMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 2Jan 04, 2013
This is a sister restaurant to Kappo Honda in Fountain Valley that opened up a few years ago. The menu options have more variety compared to Kappo honda with the inclusion of ramen/udon selections as well as the typical 2-3 item dinner. The price points are very similar and they serve really good food including a japanese bbq appetizer (2-3 dollars for a small stick of grilled meat/veggie, my favorite is the bacon wrapped asparagus). Good food, good prices, however the wait can be very long on weekends (1-2 hours) since its a small restaurant
- Honda Ya Japanese RestaurantDec 20, 2012
Authentic Japanese Izakaya (small plates). However, they have other menu items such as combos and ramen but they are known for their small plates and chicken skewers. Don't go there for sushi, this place is not known for sushi.
It gets pretty crowded so I suggest planning an early dinner. They open around 5:30pm, I would get there about that time otherwise you are looking at an hour wait as the place has limited seating.
- Honda Ya Japanese RestaurantDec 08, 2012
This Japanese pub is great for late night eats but I hate it when they still have a wait at like 11pm!
Never had a bad female server but I've had two male servers who were jerks so pray you get a table served by a female, LOL!
If you're starving, get the 2-item dinner combo!
I get mine with teriyaki salmon and mixed tempura!
Gotta love their takoyaki, ramen, beef tongue, okra, and grilled squid!
It's hilarious when they suddenly dim the lights and pipe in "Happy Birthday" through the speakers whenever it's someone's birthday haha!
I hate sitting in the tatami room! You have to take off your shoes and endure the stench of everyones smelly feet while sitting uncomfortably on the ground with your legs crossed because you can't put your feet under the ridiculously low table!
Ask for a table or bar seat! The comfy booths are in the back but there's only 3 and it gets really smoky back there with the grills!
- Honda Ya Japanese RestaurantOct 02, 2012
Yakitori yakitori yakitori. This place has some great late night eats. It is located in the little Japanese mall so its a little ways away from everything. The sushi quality was decent but the skewers were all really yummy. I tried the shrimp, chicken, asparagus, mushrooms. Pretty extensive menu so you can get overwhelmed. Pitchers of beers are great and reasonably priced. will come back again!
- Honda Ya Japanese RestaurantMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Sep 24, 2012
Good, but don't be fooled by the price. If you plan to get full a full meal from these little Yakitories, plan to pay at least $30.00 per person or more. Last time I ate here with my brother and bf, we paid $98 for our Yakitories. But, if you plan to just come here to get a little snack with your beer and friends, then I don't think you will break your wallet here.
P.S. DO NOT ORDER SUSHI HERE, it's NOT FRESH @ ALL. Be really careful, you might get sick from their fish.
- Honda Ya Japanese RestaurantMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2Jul 05, 2012
I love this place. It's an izakaya. The sushi is fantastic. We loved the asparagus and bacon dish. The soba noodle soup is tasty. This place even has a tatami room. It's the epitome of Japanese dining. It is a bit small but quaint. The hours are 5:30-1 am so it's open to the wee hours for those late diners.
- Honda Ya Japanese RestaurantFirst to ReviewJul 04, 2012
Legitimate Izakaya in OC. Pitcher of beers reasonable price, great place to get together as a group. Fried chicken is good, I personally love the nabeyaki udon here. All small dishes which you can share and sample. Alot of great memories here with friends, decent service. It can get pricy here if you keep on ordering. It can be a wait if you don't get here early!!