18 years ago, we opened Ozumo on the waterfront in San Francisco. Ozumo was the first of its kind: a 6,000 sq. ft. Japanese restaurant with award-winning design featuring a Sushi bar, Robata grill and a beautiful - and soon to be boisterous - Sake Lounge.

Sushi and Robata? Sure. We believed there was no reason not to enjoy both sushi as well as other delicious dishes from Japan during your dining experience. We knew that Sake is best enjoyed chilled so we sourced from Japan the best brands they had. We felt that our wonderful local California wines would also pair perfectly well with Japanese food - revolutionary at the time - and were happy to see our customers agreed. We introduced Shochu spirits and signature cocktails such as our, now famous, Giddy Geisha and Sumokaze to boot! We’ve had a ton of fun and take great pride in our loyal customer base and continuing success in San Francisco for all these years.

Now, we are honored and excited to join the vibrant Santana Row community and introduce Ozumo to San Jose. Adhering to Ozumo tradition, our menu offers both Sushi and Izakaya small plates. For those just discovering the joys of an Izakaya experience... Welcome! Japanese commonly describe Izakaya cuisine as “Drinking Food”, and they’re right! I-Sake-Ya translates to “Standing Sake Shop”. Beginning in the Meiji Period, Sake shop owners began offering small plates of food as customers sampled their sake. Noticing that customers were in no hurry to leave, some enterprising owners set out tables and chairs, and the modern-day Izakaya was born.

Ozumo Santana Row features another first: an outdoor Japanese Beer Garden, sheltered in the atrium next to us.

Japanese culture has a long and rich history in California and we at Ozumo continue to honor this. Japanese cuisine, while remaining always fresh, healthy and delicious, has evolved and become more accessible. We like to believe we have played a leadingrole in the US in making this delicious and healthy food, and the premium Japanese sake we have introduced, widely enjoyed and appreciated.

The point of contact for our guests is our staff, many of whom have been with us since, or almost since, we opened 18 years ago. The knowledge and dedication, not to mention warmth and enthusiasm they bring to their work every day are both a joy and humbling and help make Ozumo the very special and engaging restaurant that it is. Their, and our, aim each day is to welcome warmly each and every guest and do our best to ensure you have a wonderful visit with us – and will become a regular “Ozumer”!