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1747 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94115-3208
+1 415-922-1244
08:00 - 17:00
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The Woodlands, Texas
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

This little store and coffee shop is definitely filled with locals. They make the traditional Mochi but also have strawberry, Mango and blueberry. The must have is the blueberry. Worth a trip every time I'm in Japantown.

Thank cnbowser
San Diego, California
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016

If you like or want to try traditional style manju (a Japanese dessert), you must stop here. It's a quaint diner with a bar top place to sit to eat American style food and on the left is the counter to buy the delicacies. I've been to Japan and tried the manju all throughout Japan and remember when my great-auntie... More 

Thank jnlkenpo
Melbourne, Australia
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59 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

I went there twice during my trip and absolutely adored the atmosphere and authentic japanese goodness... the fried red bean doughnut was my favourite and was the reason i went back a second time but i just sampled a bunch of random items and was all delicious :-) and good value

Thank Richie T
Richmond, Canada
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544 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 432 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2015

Initially, we passed by this bakery café when we started our walk around this area. We spent about 2+ hours in Japantown browsing, shopping and having lunch. The bakery café is located at the corner of Sutter and Buchanan (Osaka Way) Streets. One side of the business is the bakery and the other side a small sit down counter style... More 

1 Thank Bottomshelfhockey
Honolulu, Hawaii
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2014

Friendly Owner, always smiling with a story to tell. Manju and mochi and hard to find packaged japanese sweets all at your fingertips.

1 Thank 808HulaLady
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2013 via mobile

Very good mochi. I had strawberry and it was filled wort a fresh strawberry. Very good! I would recommend this to anyone who loves mochi or wants to try it.

Thank justinmiller2010
Sonoma, CA
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63 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2012

I have been coming to Benkyodo for many, many years. They still make the best varieties of Japanese manju (Japanese pastry) made with rice or flour pastry, chestnuts, red beans, or white beans. This may sound strange, but the flavors are very subtle. The preparations are not, overly sweet. The pastries, each have a distinct flavor and 'memory' for many... More 

Thank Sonoma_CAYoda
San Francisco Bay Area
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166 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2012

If you've never tried authentic Japanese Mochi, then this place should not be missed on your visit to San Francisco as you will experience a traditional delight. Not some ice cream filled confection, but the real deal. Many different varieties to try; get one of each and enjoy!

Thank CaliforniaFoodie
Orange County, CA
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2011

My friends told me about Benkyodo, a small coffee shop type place across the street from Hotel Tomo that makes fresh mochi. They sell out early in the day, so best to get it in the morning. We tried a variety, including blueberry mochi. All was so soft and melty, delicious good!

Thank JourneyingLife

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Open Hours
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1747 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94115-3208
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Japantown
  • Neighbourhood: Japantown
  • Phone Number: +1 415-922-1244

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