Solid Japanese fried chicken and was a real treat. On a week night, this place was packed. Limited indoor seating, but Lake Merritt is a close walk if you get it to go! The line to order moves quickly, but there is a wait for the food to come out. Order: -8 piece chicken ($15): You get to pick two sauces with it. We got the teriyaki and karashi honey. This could fill 2-3 people easily. The pieces of chicken are huge. I loved the small kick from the karashi honey. The teriyaki blend is a classic. Also comes with a chunk of lettuce to help cleanse your palate. -Aburaya Tator Tots ($5): Yummy side with a great kick from the orange aioli. Big portions and loaded with the katsuobushi. They could have been a bit crispier. Make sure you pick up a sticker and a pin to display your love for Aburaya! More...
Great food and great prices
There was no wait for a table when my friend and I came on a Tuesday evening around 6 pm.You order at the counter and then find yourself a table to sit at. I wish they made it more obvious that you're expected to bus your own table. I gave tip when I paid and then subsequently saw the sign about cleaning up after yourself when we sat down.We shared 8 pieces of fried chicken ($15), half garlic miso and half curry. The chicken itself was fried perfectly and delicious, though we both agreed the garlic miso was better than the curry. I personally couldn't really taste the garlic or the miso and was surprised by the salty flavors rather than sweet. The curry flavor got old real fast, and after a piece I was already tired of the flavor.I also tried the okonomiyaki ($7) which was super disappointing. It was too thin and the mayo looked it was vomited on there instead of being finely drizzled.I do appreciate that they make their menu vegetarian friendly. Half the menu is clearly labelled for vegans and vegetarians. More...
This has quickly become one of my favorite spots in East Bay. The chicken is EXCELLENT and making your order a rice bowl is a great value. The vegan option is delicious as well! Highly recommend if you're looking for a spot to eat around the Fox Theater, New Parish or if you're just in the mood for some GOOD chicken. More...
Had dinner with a friend here on a Tuesday night shortly after it opened at 5pm. Within minutes of ordering at the counter, a line started forming and then it was busy ever since. People love Aburaya. This was my first time here and I had no idea the portion sizes were going to be so big. It's enough to last two meals, but I ate the entire thing by myself because it was just that good. I got the 4 piece chicken rice plate. On a large square plate you get tons of rice, 4 large pieces of crispy chicken, salad, fresh cabbage, and dipping sauce. I love that they have an assortment of hot sauces to choose from at the utensils station. The restaurant was bustling and for good reason. A good hearty, well balanced meal with locally sourced food at an affordable price. Who wouldn't love Aburaya? More...
This place is so so good!! I live down the street and come here all the time, it's definitely in my heavy rotation. The fried chicken is the obvious choice of what to get here but my roommates have gotten other items like the tacos and also enjoyed them! The chicken is perfectly fried and crispy without being oily or fatty! I definitely recommend getting it with rice and salad because the salad is a nice mixed greens and has a delicious light gingery soy dressing. The different dry seasonings and sauces you can get on your chicken are good but nothing beats their Japanese bbq sauce. Every time I get a dry seasoning I am disappointed, I've tried the garlic miso and the Sansho which is their version of a lemon pepper type seasoning. The dry seasonings in general just don't pack as much flavor as and the sansho is kinda strange... they describe it as having a tingly sensation and they are not wrong, your mouth feels weird after eating it and I'm not sure if I liked it. The fried tofu is a great vegetarian alternative, basically a crispy vehicle for their sauces! Both chicken and tofu come with cabbage and their delicious miso ranch dressing which is great for dipping the chicken or cabbage into! If you're getting food for one you definitely don't need more than the 4 piece because the pieces of chicken are BIG! I sometimes will order the 8 piece and then get about 3 meals out of it! More...
Super delicious chicken! We came in on Halloween night and it wasn't super busy. If it was more crowded it would have taken forever to sit, but we got lucky and didn't have to wait for a table for long after we ordered. We both got the plates- the bbq chicken and the curry rub chicken. Absolutely delicious! The chicken was cooked perfectly. The four piece was more than enough for one person so we definitely had some to take home for later. I really liked the add on ability of the salad and rice as well as the cabbage with mayo. Definitely will be returning to try some of the specials! More...
This place is always crowded on weekdays when I visit but so worth the wait. Every coworker knows about it and their quality of chicken and is really good with huge portions for a great price. If you love hot sauces there are tons of options here too with every basic brand such as tapatio, sriracha, cholula, etc. Highly reccommend trying the Oyakodon if you have never had it before, because the egg is perfect soufflé consistency with a sweet after taste that pairs perfectly with the crispy fried chicken. More...
The nights just starting. You have a couple drinks, wait for your friends, but they're late. Your stomach is like bro, did you even eat yet? Walk a couple blocks away from telegraph, the street gets less busy and there's one lil' shop that's lit. Enter the scene: Aburaya.And that's how I came across this gem. The shop had every seat filled even at closing. They had a couple things I wanted to try, but their main thing here is the fried chicken. Ordered the garlic miso (my fave) and umami salt (friends fave). We each ordered 4 pieces, which upon laying my eyes on I was like that ain't enough. But dam. By the end of the second piece I was so full. As I was eating, I saw them put a sign at the door that read "SOLD OUT OF CHICKEN. Vegan & other options available." I saw people walk in, read it, and left sad and hungry. Made me realize I was a lucky one so I made sure to eat those last two even though I was full. Couldn't let such moist, crunchy, chicken go to waste! More...
Excellent service! One of the best restaurants in Oakland and their wings are top 3 wings I have ever had. I tried the orange honey aioli and the bbq wings. Came after the warrior game and even with the line out the door they got everyone in and out. The entire staff including the owners were very friendly and attentive. Definitely coming back and recommending them to all my friends and family. Thank you More...
Whether you get it with a dry spice or a wet sauce this place is off the chain, beer and sake to wash it all down with, and interesting specials with a Japanese flair. Be ready to take the first table you can get because the room is tiny and quite popular and don't be afraid to share a table. More...
Great chicken. So many different flavors couldn’t pick so I had the tacos
Pretty solid japanese fried chicken. The curry and garlic miso are bomb! Quite good and 8 pieces is a bit of an overkill. I was able to dust it off but had to loosen the belt a couple of notches. The atmosphere is quite lively but with very limited seating. Defintely more for groups of 4 or smaller. More...
This is the best fried chicken place ever!!! And they have vegan fried chicken! I love this spot it’s one of my favorite places to eat!
They have great chicken and sauces, but I enjoyed their seasonal sides much more! Grab a 4 piece set and pick up okinomiyaki, fried edamame, and japexican corn. So delicious! Definitely a great place to go for snacks or a full meal. Their interior is fun and had great decorations. Sits a fair amount of people but when we went, it was so crowded we had to order to go. The to go experience was great too. About a 10 minute wait for all of the items above, well packaged and easy to carry to your final destination. More...
Yummy! My boyfriend surprised me by taking me out on a date here.I'm usually not down for fried chicken thanks to KFC, but this place was AMAZING. :)The miso flavoring is delicious and the chicken pieces are very tender!The best part is that they give you a lot so you'll probably have leftovers for the next meal! More...
Beet salad and fried chicken with 3 different sauces and spices!
Flavors are fantastic. Staff is nice. I'd call ahead to order though because every time I come to pick it up, the line is out of the door and it's always busy. If you do phone order, pick-up is quick and painless. More...
I love the Karaage (fried chicken). I love the BBQ or Dry Miso. I love that it is chicken breast for the bowl. Makes it not so heavy and it is not heavy at all. I eat it for lunch often. LOVEEEEEE.Online ordering would really be nice. But they do take orders over the phone are are miracle workers with their multi-tasking skills. More...
Is it pronounced abura-YA or abu-RAY-a?Regardless, it is delicious fried chicken. And sometimes hot dogs. My first experience at Aburaya was at their old location on 15th. I was on a date at the time, the place was grungier back then, and ridiculously hot inside, but damn if it wasn't full of Oakland character from the menu at the counter, to the stickers everywhere, and the mix of patrons that exemplifies Oakland. I remember we got an 8 piece with gluten free toppings and I had debated on some sides, but she pointed out it is a lot of food. Sadly that location closed and I'm actually not sure if that building is still open.Prior to moving to their new spot, they had an interim location at the lodge as well as at countless local events. When Umami Mart would team up with The Trappist for Japanese beer festivals, Aburaya would always be there with some Japanese Kamikaze hot dogs that are always tasty. You'd see them at Eat Real, I recently saw them at the West Oakland Artisan Fair, I heard they were at Pride, and basically any Oakland-focused or Japanese-focused event, you could expect them. Its why I have two pins of theirs on one of my bags.For a while now they've been on 17th, but the timing has sometimes been weird. I could swear I went by before they were supposed to have been closed to find the doors shut. I've also gotten them delivered a few times with the delivery apps. But last night I was originally hoping to get Shrimp Falafel but per usual they would be "30" minutes til they opened, so I wasn't going to bother wasting time outside.Instead I wasted time in line at Aburaya!From 7-8 expect a line, sometimes out the door. Still hot inside. Honestly had I been smart, I would have ordered online and waited outside til it was ready. This time I got the 4 piece with the dry rub garlic miso, and one of the specials of the night - miso-glazed eggplant. After some time got my food and walked home, with the food fortunately still warm.The chicken is fantastic here. Fresh chicken thighs that sometimes you really need to chew to break off, but that's a good thing. The flavor is excellent, especially with that ranch dipping sauce. The eggplant was also excellent and made me feel good about not just eating fried chicken.To continue the Oakland vibe, they also sell Den Sake there. It's $35 a bottle, so you might want to make sure you're with people who will appreciate it. If not, you can get a one cup of cheap sake for $5 which is a nice thing to drink on the couch.Always a fan of this place, regardless of what they are selling, and the staff is always super nice. If you need something new or Authentically Oakland, will always recommend this place. More...
This is one of my favorite downtown spots. Anytime I have friends visiting from out of town I bring them here for lunch or an early dinner. The chicken is always delicious and well priced for the quality and amount of food. Seating might be hard to come by inside the restaurant but that's hardly a big enough issue to lose a star. Their vegan drumsticks are delicious too! More...
Winner Winner Fried Chicken Dinner!! What can I say I'm a Latina who loooooves Asian flavors! So when my BF suggested we try out a spot that serves Japanese Fried Chicken I was all in! AND it was in Oakland... winning!We came in at about 6:30 pm and the place was pretty packed. It's really small and only has a few tables to sit & eat at, right away I thought this was going to be a problem. But we went ahead with ordering our food and stood around waiting for a table to open up as we waited for our food. Since the wait was a bit long we were lucky enough to get a table, so we can sit down and enjoy our meal. After waiting about 30-40 minutes for our food we were excited to dig in! We, of course, ordered the fried chicken that came with rice and salad. The chicken is marinated, boneless chicken thighs & we got the Garlic Miso (dry spice rub) and the BBQ (they have different options). Oooooh Baby Jeezus! The chicken is sooooooo good!! Definite love at 1st bite!! We also ordered the Kobe Skirt Steak, which is made in soy sauce, garlic, onions, and sesame! BOMB! I loved the flavors! Our third item was the Tuna Poke, which was also delicious. Everything we had was so good, so flavorful and has left me craving for more!We also ordered their rice squares, which i believe are made with garlic.... we received our food and were told they were still making the rice squares. We were too hungry (after waiting so long) to wait until they were ready to begin eating, so we dug right in. We were almost done with our food and still no rice squares?!? I went up and asked when they would be ready and seems as if they had not even started making them, so i went ahead and cancelled that order! Total bummer because i really wanted to try them. A little frustrated that we did not get them after waiting for so long, they should have definitely come with the food. All in all this place has amazing food and i'm already eager to come back for more and try some other chicken flavors - they have a lot of different options. I took 1 star off for the missed rice square, the long wait and the lack of more space to sit. They definitely need to move to a bigger place! But go check them out and I promise you, you will be hooked! You can thank me later :) More...
I've loved and appreciated Aburaya's fried chicken from my first bite on day one. I was in town for an event and was looking for dinner options with a friend so I leaped at the chance to recommend this spot. I've normally gone during lunch hours, which are usually very busy. Dinner hours are WORSE!!! The fight for seating is a grueling one so good luck. There's usually a way to be able to eat. We ended up standing and eating along the wall. We chose to share a plate of Fried Chicken with Rice & Greens and chose the Garlic Miso and some kind of Chilli Citrus flavor. Both were really good, but I preferred the Garlic Miso. Overall, an excellent meal as usual. Still enjoy eating here despite the seating situation, would probably want to get a shirt next time. More...
What awesome food! Friendly people, good atmosphere, easy walk from BART. Go now!
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Love the food there, just amazing. Happy that my wife took me here. The ONLY bad side is the seating, not many at all but hey the food will make you forget that.Super yummy!
I'm obsessed with this place & clearly late to the party. Chicken is SUPER moist and overall top notch. You can easily split the 8 piece between 2 people ($15) if you add a side. Flavors: Sansho is fun & tingles a bit // Garlic Miso is nice and savory. I recommend half and half.As far as sides go: wasabi slaw is always on point. They have a variety of sides that are always changing. More...
Not one to actively seek out meat, it took me two years of living near Aburaya to try it. A friend finally convinced me, and wowza I'm glad he did. The taste of chicken is normally gross to me, but I relished in every bite at Aburaya. Ironically, I found out the friend who invited me comes for the tofu. Apparently it's even better than the chicken. Or so he says. Will have to test the theory and come try it soon.The line was out the door on a Friday night. You order at the counter and your name gets called to pick up the food. The line took a while itself, and the wait for them to prepare the order took even longer. It seemed an unusually long wait to me, but given how busy they are and the quality of the food, it's easily forgivable. I ordered the smaller bowl option and it was super filling. Probably wouldn't order the bigger one except to share. We ordered a side of tots and only ate a fee before surrendering and taking it to go. Two entrees and a side were roughly $30, not bad at all. Especially give how full we left. Plus, the chicken with umami salt is the deal. Crunchy, salty, and juicy. 11/10 would eat again.Also worth noting, Aburaya is one of the only establishments in this neck of the woods with a schedule that caters to residents and not just business traffic (i.e. is actually open at night). It's also close to lots of bars, offices, and BART, and has bike parking right out front, making it very convenient. Given the cost, convenience, and quality, this is a great choice for a casual dinner or lunch! More...
Best Japanese fried chicken ever! I live a block away, I usually order the 4 piece chicken meal at least twice a week. This place is always packed weekday and Saturday. I wish they open Sunday too!
My favorite spot in Oakland! Reasonably priced and soooo good
One of the best fried chicken spot in Oakland Make sure to not miss out on the variety of hot sauce they offer with your fried chicken. Been following these guys since they were a pop up. More...
This place is definitely a must try (if you have some time). The line was pretty long and there was about a 20-30 minute wait to get our food. We ordered the kim Chee tofu & fried chicken - half garlic miso & half shichimi. They meal is a bit on the pricier side but you do get a lot of chicken. The shichimi spice kind of overpowered our whole order so I couldn't really tell which pieces were garlic miso. We also got the onigiri and it was ok, but nothing really special. If I worked in our Oakland office I think this would be a go to spot since Japanese food is my comfort food. To be fair, this is more Americanized Japanese fried chicken with the large pieces of chicken and various flavors. However, it's still delicious and the chicken does stay moist and juicy. I was slightly disappointed that I wasn't able to try the true garlic miso flavor and my suggestion would be to add a partition to keep orders with different flavors separate. More...
the place is amazing... great staff, great music, and fantastic food.
Chicken is awesome. Sides are awesome. Ask for dressings on the side. Heavy.
No other place like it! Super delicious!
C. Balderas Vasquez
Aside from the entitled weirdo's who refused to give up unused chairs THIS PLACE IS SUPER DELICIOUS!
Pretty awesome little hole in the wall place, on keto so I got the steak with extra salad and fried cauliflower. It was pretty darn good! Long wait time, ok service but the food was worth it!! Had a bite of my hubby's fried chicken... sooo good! More...
Love this place. Has one of the best fried chickens in the east bay. It's not like Korean fried chicken with the heavy batter but rather a light version with a variety of flavors. I personally like the dry spice blends but I always get a mix of dry spice and sauces. The cabbage slices hold up well with the fried Foods and the dill dressing that goes with it is a nice contrast to the fried foods. Don't forget to order the sides. I like the fried cauliflower- you can't tell that it's fried. The place gets very busy when they open so be prepared. There are pros and cons if you order to go. You don't have to wait as long as you pre-order but if you are lucky enough to get a table, the fried chicken is best when eaten there. More...
Came here on a Friday night with a friend. This place is a tiny restaurant but it is really cute and has a really nice ambiance. Given that the place is quite small, it is really hard to get seating. You have to hoover over people as you notice they are leaving so you can get a seat. This place is BUSY!!! You must wait in line to place your order, and then you can either sit and eat it or take it to go. The menu is quite simple as it is Japanese style fried chicken. You can get other meat options, vegetable options, sides or make it a meal by adding rice and vegetables. There are options for everyone! They also have water cups, and beverages you can buy.I got the 4 piece garlic miso fried chicken. The chicken was well-seasoned and had a very nice taste. The chicken was not overly battered and it was not oily at all.The mixed greens and cabbage I could have done without. The cabbage is not cooked and is just there. The dressing to go with the mixed greens, I was not a fan of, but the chicken was fantastic and I would go back for it. More...
Chicken was amazing. Got the garlic miso dry rub - delicious. Teriyaki style was good, too. Lots of other options for chicken spices. Really disappointed with the rice - dry. Not the kind you would expect in a Japanese restaurant. Salad greens were good addition. Beet salad was delicious. Next time, just ordering the chicken and one of the larger salads. A nice, funky vibe - fun. Good for kids. Inexpensive. Very small and not many tables - expect to have to wait for a table. The place is popular. Go early if you want a lower stress vibe. More...
Locale stile hard rock, personale cordiale.Pollo fritto e tonno serviti con riso, insalata e salsa ranch molto buoni.Indicato per una cena economica considerando una birra come bevanda (20$ in due).
This place is known for their Japanese fried chicken ...must try. I haven't been here in ages because it's hard to find parking sometime. Glad to be back.
The delicious food is complemented by the quirky punk rock atmosphere. Definitely an excellent lunch spot for downtown Oakland.
I have been meaning to try Aburaya for a while and since it is pretty close to my current workplace, I figured I'd try it out. I stopped by closer to 2pm and I thought that by then, the lunch crowd would have died down but they were still fairly busy. Luckily, the wait time to order or receive my food wasn't too long.I ordered the Oyakodon (~$11). It is 3 pieces of fried chicken simmered with eggs and onions in dashi broth and mentsuyu. It's served over rice and a side of mixed greens.The bowl it's served in is way too small. It was difficult to eat because things kept falling out of the plate. Not the biggest issue and likely only a problem if you choose to stay there to eat. The fried chicken was great and the simmered eggs and onions really brought it to the next level. The rice and mixed greens complemented the fried chicken very well. I didn't know it would be topped with seaweed, pickled onions, etc. which was only an issue because it overpowered the other flavors since it was all concentrated on the top.Overall, it was a good lunch and actually easily splittable into 2 meals! I would suggest checking it out if you haven't yet. More...
Busy busy busy. Come before dinner time and it's great. Any other time you won't even have space to stand. People drink here so no they don't ever leave.Where's my Oakland brew green tea beer? I want it back!Love the menu. Love the fried chicken. Wish they didn't use soybean oil to fry it though (allergies). Overall a great hole-in-the-wall fried chicken restaurant! More...
I'll be thinking about the chicken with the Orange Honey sauce until my next visit to the West Coast.
Overall it was good, the seasoning varied depending on what flavor chicken we ordered. Some just were under seasoned. That being said everything was well made with friendly service.
Wow! Great prices, great textures, great tastes, great service! I loved the vast variety of hot sauces available and the fried chicken was dope! We ordered the wasabi slaw on the side but were accidentally served the cauliflower; the staff made up for the mistake by letting us keep the cauliflower at no charge and gave us the slaw, as well. I love the punk decor inside, as well. More...
It was yummy but I live in SF so I can’t really get there often. Too bad.
Good tasty fried chicken lunch. I got the salad with it but it wasn't really necessary because it came with a cabbage wedge. I'll probably order rice with it next time. The place is small and has limited seating. Since I live in SF, I probably won't be back but if I lived close by, I'd definitely go there again. More...
Amazing chicken- we had Japanese BBQ and the Orange Honey Aoli- wowzie!!!!
I'm loving how Aburaya now has its own dedicated space, even if it feels like the amount of seats here is smaller than at its old pop-up venue. You'll find the same delicious karaage (Japanese-style fried chicken) with lots of yummy sauces to choose from, plus a rotating series of apps, specials, and boozy drinks.The best deal, IMHO, remains the 4-piece chicken on its own, without the rice and mixed greens combo. It's currently $9 and is well worth it because the pieces are huge. Enough for a filling dinner for one; the 9-piece option would be a food coma for two. It's a compact space, but seats turn over regularly, plus a lot folks get their stuff to go. They also take credit now (whereas they didn't in their old space). Here's to continued success for Abura-ya! More...
I love this place. I'm gluten free and always happy to find gluten free options and now I have my favorite gf fried chicken spot. The vegan dip they have it also delicious. Just go try it but be aware there is absolutely no parking during weekday lunch time. More...
It's a really cool fusion restaurant. Good food and the staff is nice.
So good! When I'm in the area I want to drop by and eat! Of course my schedule is off and I often miss them. Wish there was a delivery service linked to them. So worth the extra fees of delivery. More...
YUP! Japanese fried chicken... the outside fried layer is light and crispy, the inside chicken layer is hot and juicy. This fried chicken is awesome. I went here when I was on a self guided food tour of Oakland. Seemed like one of the more popular spots that I went on that day. The tator tots had a bunch of asian favors and was unique. They also have this hot sauce... I do not remember what it was but it was an increasingly slow burn, but very addicting. Tips: not a lot of tables to eat on because it is so busy so maybe takeout is a better option? Also they got stickers and buttons on the side. More...
Fried chicken and punk music. So good!
Quick easy affordable and who does not like fry chicken
Crazy crowded, trendy, and worth the wait. This is wholesome fried food -- comforting and delicious without making you feel bloated and tired. My favorites are the dry-spiced fried chicken plates; the wet sauces are good but the dry texture is better. The huge quarter cabbage is a delicious and refreshing pairing with the fried chicken. The different side vegetables are also great. I try to go here as often as I get a chance.Warning -- do not attempt to go here with more than a party of 2-4, you will NOT find seating!! More...
Ricca Cathrina E.
It was our first time. We tried most of the chicken dish. We love it! Servings are huge. I'm not into spices but we tried one and it didn't turn me off! The place is cute!
Everything here is amazing
Fantastic! The place is a bit small but the chicken is too good to not to stop by if your in the neighbourhood.
Fast service and sweet food
I have a Gluten allergy and I have been looking for a place that makes GF Tonkatsu and Fried Chicken. Hands down the best in the Bay Area for both. They accommodate in so many ways and are so knowledgeable with Gluten Intolerance. Dope! More...
Awesome Japanese fried chicken! Hella tasty! Only downside is that it can get hard to find seating during lunch.
Had to wait over 30 minutes for a to go order
Great crispy fried chicken with flavor packed dry rub and zingy sauces for all palates! SUPER staff, great vibe. Only drawback is this place is small and seating limited and random. If you're up for the wait it's worth it, otherwise getting it to go on this Thursday night was only about ten minutes. A definite MUST go back to check out more flavors and sides, they have a small but rounded beer selection to keep you cool while you wait. More...
I live two Blocks away from this place. Walked past many times on my way home from work. Yesterday due to a lack of options I walked in. OH MY GOD DELICIOUS!!!!! How could I live so close and be missing this? New customer earned. Will be back!! More...
This place has become a Downtown Oakland staple for me. The chicken is great in all flavors, and although I had never tried eating a plain wedge of cabbage with BBQ chicken before, its crisp and basically flavorless crunch adds a better affect than I could have imagined. It now seems like something is missing if I don't have it. The biggest problem with this place is it's so popular that the line is usually out the door unless you go pretty early. All the same, I think it's worth the wait! More...
Philip de la Rosa
Food was excellent, and service was great. Very friendly and helpful. We needed wheelchair space and they reserved a table for us and brought the food to the table.
Chad La Guardia
Solid Japanese take on fried chicken, great lunch spot.
Get all of the salads, the cauliflower, the pancake, and obviously the chicken - all the dishes are tingly and smart. The only thing I'm not about is the deviled (defiled) avocado because hard cooked eggs are objectively gross. Unless you disagree.The Wasabi slaw is really great, and I typically hate Wasabi. It's not too strong. It's just.. Zappy.The best flavors of dust are sansho and shischimj (sorry, cannot spell)Tip Adrien well, s'il vous plait Thank you for coming to my Ted talk More...
Delicious bbq chicken
Fantastic gluten free fried Chicken, I had what they call a rice bowl, everything fantastic. Parking is challenging, but I saw an article online that said they're opening a second location pretty close to the first in June.
The fried chicken is AMAZING. I always get the BBQ with rice and cabbage and it's to die for. It's just the right amount of sauce and right amount of crispness. Mix that with the cabbage and it's the perfect bite. They also have a dill dipping sauce (I think) and it's insanely good with the chicken. I'm obsessed. if you're in that area definitely check it out! More...
This place is amazing. The sansho fried chicken is spectacular. My girlfriend made the mistake of getting up while we were eating and I crushed hers while she was away from the table. I don't feel bad.
A++++++++++. Everything is delicious and the ambiance is groovy. Not a big place but I've always been able to get a table.
Nhia Saechao Thao
Dam this place is goooood
Tasty fried chicken & Quick service!
Anne McNeil Jones
fun food ... try a bit of everything. they should offer a sampler plate!!!
Awesome, delectable fried chicken!!! Totally recommend the Karashi Honey!!! It's Japanese honey mustard and it ROCKS! The garlic miso, orange aioli and teriyaki all hit the spot! The staff are fantastic, cheerful, smiling and give off a GREAT welcoming vibe! THE drawback unfortunately...VERY limited seating and it's see a opening grab it kind of thing, but if you're down for that it's absolutely worth it!!! I took mine to go and enjoyed it at home about forty minutes later, small but good beer selection, and they have some interesting drinks available too. Daily specials and a nice variety of sides make a fun time just be prepared to wait for seating. MUST return to take in the vibe!!! More...
I visited Aburaya back in February while at a conference in SF. By far the meal at Aburaya was the best I had while visiting/conference.
OMG the chicken was soo tasty!! I have the garlic miso and the umami seasoning they were both the Business!! I would pass on the burnt rice but have the tater tots and the cauliflower.
Excellent service! One of the best restaurants in Oakland and there wings are top 3 wings I have ever had. I tried the orange honey aioli and the bbq wings. Came after the warrior game and even with the line out the door they got everyone in and out. The entire staff including the owners were very friendly and attentive. Definitely coming back and recommending them to all my friends and family. Thank you! More...
Pros: fast and friendly service Good food Good portion Many hot saucesCons: parking Limited seating Sticky tables
Y'all we're getting crushed handling business on a Saturday night. You guys rocked it!
I've been dying to come here and finally made it! There was a line outside at 4:45, folks waiting for them to open at 5pm. My excitement increased as I looked inside: there were photographers taking photos of their beautiful food. My order was taken by the owner and I congratulated him on his success. I ordered the 8 piece fried chicken to go: 4 pieces of orange honey aioli & 4 pieces of Umami Salt. It's funky, Oakland cool here. I love their pins/stickers. I will definitely come back to support this local gem. More...
The Japanese-style fried chicken is great! Possibly some of the best fried chicken in the bay area. Highly recommend.
Very nice, unique Japanese food, fried chicken
I enjoyed my first Japanese fried chicken. We mixed it up with some veggie izakaya items like the wasabi slaw and white rice. We also had some fried organic tofu which was a bit bland. I enjoyed the dry spiced Shichimi chicken. I enjoyed the Karashi honey fried chicken much more. More...
Fantastic place for unique fried chicken and interesting sides.
Super good karaage with a punk atmosphere.
Got the 8 piece to split with my wife and it was great. The fava beans were good too. We went at 6:30 on a Wednesday and it was full, but we got a seat on the side. Looks like a popular place for after work. Cool vibe with 80's punk music. Will go back. More...
Such a great, flavorful meal with so many good sides to choose from!
Great service, great food, never too long of a wait
I LOVE this place. Was introduced to it about a year ago by a friend. It's a very small shop that's always busy, but they're quick to help you out with your order. The fried chicken is AMAZING. I always get the BBQ with rice and cabbage and it's to die for. It's just the right amount of sauce and right amount of crispness. Mix that with the cabbage and it's the perfect bite. They also have a dill dipping sauce (I think) and it's insanely good with the chicken. I'm obsessed. If you're in that area definitely check it out! More...
My word! Or should I say one word! DELICIOUS!This here is some good chicken, crispy and flavorful with a variety of sauces. I've been enjoying this food since it was started at the salad place down the street. I loved the concept of sharing restaurant space. So resourceful! Now, they are independent and thriving! The staff are obviously enjoying the busy atmosphere and smiling all the way. Beyond the chicken open yourself to the possibilities of the creative side dishes. I had a daily special, beet salad with so many flavors that each bite was different. Fun place with groovy music. More...
Long lines and small eating area makes for an at times stressful eating environment, but the quality of chicken and freshness of the fry makes it all worth it.Each flavor is awesome but I'm partial to Spicy BBQ and Garlic Miso. Truly unique place with nice staff and amazing food.Vegan friendly sauces are also great for Dairy-adverse patrons More...
The food is fresh, flavorful and delicious. Japanese fried chicken in a variety of sauces and seasonings is cooked to perfection. The staff is friendly and helpful. This is an excellent restaurant to either dine in or take out. More...
By far my favorite place to eat in Oakland. I bring people from all over the bay to this place and no one has ever been disappointed. The Japanese Curry rub is incredible but be sure and check out their seasonal offerings, they are always cooking up new and interesting things. More...
Yum yum!! What a gem!! Go to spot for inexpensive delicious & tasty “fast” food in downtown & uptown Oakland!!
First timer. Got their BBQ chicken and rice, so good! Very filling for a low price. Chicken was spicy but not too spicy.
I've been following Aburaya forever and we finally got a chance to try them out! The fried chicken definitely delivers. We got the teriyaki and the garlic miso. I particularly liked the garlic miso and the dipping sauce it came with. Really flavorful. We also ordered the Poke, Grilled Shitake Mushroom, and the Deviled Avocado. While the Grilled Shitake was also really flavorful (make sure to squeeze the lime on there!) and tender, the poke and avocado were so so. The poke chunks were too a little too big. The deviled avocado looked good on the menu, but the egg wasn't seasoned and was pretty bland on a cold avocado. Nonetheless, still a great place to go. The fried chicken alone will have me coming back. We came In right when they opened the doors and it got really busy right after us. A true testament to this place. More...
Fun little shop in Oakland. Fried chicken was excellent. The fried curry cauliflower was just ok, expected some coating but it was just straight cauliflower. We had a dry rub and a sweeter teriyaki style chicken. Great stuff. More...
This place is awesome!!!! Love the Japanese fried chicken, all flavors rule. Their greens are always fresh, rice is yum, that's a plus and they have a "ranch" dipping sauce that is like a magical orange zest dill pleasure in your mouth. It's family friendly and the folks that operate the joint seem to be very connected to one another. Makes for a solid experience. Looking forward to exploring the menu if I could ever get myself away from the friend chicken! So gOOd! More...
My new favorite restaurant - fried chicken, cooked to order and note-perfect. High quality ingredients at more than fair prices. The sides are to die. Music by Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Ronnie James Dio. Great, local beers and wine in cans! Super-pleasant an happy staff. The boss is a prince among men. Seriously, what’s not to like? I love this place!!! One million stars. More...
Fried. and Chicken. Two words put together which create a heavenly, but deadly combination. I love that Aburaya takes Japanese karaage and elevates it so that it's the main bulk of the meal. I believe the lunch menu offers fewer flavors than dinner, but the quality is just the same.I love the miso garlic flavor, and the 8 piece is the way to go if you're dining with a friend, or have a huge appetite- these aren't little karaage pieces, so 4 pieces is definitely enough- especially with the rice and side salad (for an extra $2).My boyfriend and I also got veggie okonomiyaki on the side, which is super similar to takoyaki sans tako (octopus) but with veggies. Really tasty, and very very filling.I miss working so close to Aburaya and I'm stoked to hear they're opening up another spot in Oakland! More...
Erika Kjorlie Geery
THE BEST ✨❤️
Best Food, Vibe and Oakland Culture...Staff was beyond expected experience. Thank you, Sarah Sullivan
Such great friend chicken and sides.
Delicious Japanese style crispy fried chicken . Highly reccomend dipping in the honey orange aioli , the Japanese BBQ , and miso ranch.EDIT 15APR19Got charge a ~6 fee through Caviar because I requested an extra sauce cup (which I have done before without getting charged) and what arrives is a 8oz tub of sauce that I did not ask for . I had to go through Caviar to get the refund. More...
Japanese fried chicken
Great chicken, moist and flavorful and gluten free!
Best fried chicken ever!!!
The Kobe skirt steak was hella good
Great Japanese style fried chicken. Incredible house made hot sauce is not to be missed.
The BBQ karage was amazing! Loved the small and dialed-in menu. The vibe of the place was perfect too -- embraced the punk ethic while creating a cozy place for customers to chat with friends and strangers.
Awesome food... Get the ramen salad and lots of chicken.
Was a great experience! Was happy with my food. Basic menu, straight forward. I love the little spot located in Oakland. The food came in a quick and efficient manner even though it was rush hour. The chicken was delicious I think their menu was fair price, and I will go again definitely soon. More...
This place is a hidden gem. Well not so hidden cause you can see the line outside the resultaurant on weekends. Their chicken is ah-may-zin!!!!
Fantastic Japanese friend chicken. I enjoy the Teriyaki flavor. Cheap beer and cool vibes, but sometimes hard to find a place to sit. Great for a quick bite out on the town. More...
Great place for dinner
I loved the fried chicken there.
Älex C Huynh
What else could you want?!
1. It is actually different from Japanese fried chicken. The piece here is bigger which I wish it could be smaller for the ease to chew.2. The taste is very good with the dry sauce. I ordered garlic miso and curry. Both are very great but I think curry wins a little bit. More...
Great prices, great chicken, fantastic sauces!
One of my favorite spots to go to in Oakland. Located right off of 17th street so it's an easy walk from either 19th or 12th street Bart. Very casual inside with lots of weird decorations and kind of a punk rock vibe, order at the counter and seat yourself arrangement. Their chicken is absolutely delicious and comes in lots of different flavors- my personal favorites are the orange honey aioli and the shichimi. The chicken is fried in cornstarch with soy bean oil so it's not greasy even though it still has a really nice crispy flavor. The 8 piece is usually more than enough for 2 people and may even have leftovers. I usually like to get it with the ride and salad to try and make it a more complete meal, but just ordering the chicken is still a pretty solid choice. They also have a great variety of interesting appetizers which I think changes every once in a while- last time I had a really interesting pancake type thing with lots of bonito flakes and some delicious broccoli. They have a small assortment of beers and wines in cans (yay!) so it's fun to go out for an easy dinner and light drink. Their new space is much bigger than where they used to be but it still gets really crowded so recommend calling ahead if you don't want to wait too long! More...
Dank dank dank. Just chicken rice and salad but it's everything you could ask for. Lots of unique well done flavors. Chicken is crunchy and tasty. Pieces are huge and boneless.
As a Certified Japanese Person®, I can tell you that this is certifiably good Japanese Fried Chicken® (JFC). Yum! All of the flavors that I miss from Japan -- and affordable too!The only problem is that there's too much choice and so it makes it tough to decide. Try getting the oyakodonburi (fried chicken, egg, and rice) -- it's even better than my mom's.An 8 piece chicken set was enough to feed me and my partner both for dinner and lunch the next day.Did I say YUM!? More...
Yaaaasss. My boyfriend's and my go to place for Japanese fried chicken in Oakland. They have a list of dry rub and wet sauces that you can choose for your chicken. We love the garlic miso and teriyaki flavors. The first time we came here we over ordered and got 8 piece each with the rice and salad combo as well as a katsu. It was all delicious but going forward 8 pieces to share is enough for the both of us if we don't want to get super stuffed. Ive tried the orange aioli sauce before and wasn't a big fan of that. The line here is long a lot of the times so we just call in and order for pick up. More...
1. It is actually different from Japanese fried chicken. The piece here is bigger which I wish it could be smaller for the ease to chew.2. The taste is very good with the dry sauce. I ordered garlic miso and curry. Both are very great but I think curry wins a little bit. More...
So very good. Boneless fried chicken thighs are the specialty, served with a choice of dry or wet seasoning. My favorite is the dry garlic miso seasoning. Very friendly and helpful staff. They do a brisk lunchtime business. More...
This newer spot that is much smaller is size than the original is a great trendy counter culture street food type restuarant. The staff is great and are all locally hired. It is self service. Meaning you pick up after yourself and get the food from the counter when it is ready. The quality and quantity of food portion has become better. This place has mainly been rock punk alternative types but all are welcome to be a customer as long as you are there for food and good time. Seating and decoration is good. You can sit or stand to eat the food and drinks. Check this place out to get a taste of the local eats. More...
try the hot sauces
Good menu. Chicken was tender but cooked through. Tater tots were really tasty.
I love this place. If you're reading this, you should probably go here.
Rosa Maria Quiñones
I would happily eat here several times a week if I lived closer! The fried chicken is amazing -- so crisp and flavorful -- and the various veggies are delicious, too.
I tend to visit Oakland once a year and this spot has become a must go place for my friends and I. While small inside and sometimes crowded. This place is absolutely worth the wait. We tend to try and get a little bit of everything when we visit and we have yet to be disappointed. All of their sauces and dry spice combinations on the chicken are just plain tasty. If you are ever in Oakland you have to visit this place at least once. More...
The fried chicken is phenomenal. Limited spots to sit so definitely have your friend snag a table while you order!
I love Aburaya. I've had probably 3-4 different kinds of fried chicken now, and also had oyakodon for lunch. It gets very busy on a weekend night, which is when I usually go. Everything I've had was really well made with care, the most recent item I had, oyakodon had properly seasoned broth. As for the fried chicken, nothing more to say than all the rave reviews here. I love that the rice bowl comes with side salad and a wedge of raw cabbage with herb mayo - it seems a bit weird but I love cabbage and I'm now hooked lol. Punk rock vibe adds to the fun. A variety of beer selections too, with many from Japan. I would normally take out a star for how busy and crazy it gets on peak hours but I love this place too much now More...
Came across this place when I went too James Blake at Fox Theatre and God Bless I did because this chicken was fire. They have a variety of sauce options but my friend and I went for the Teriyaki and BBQ. I'd say four pieces was enough for one person. The cabbage was cut and displayed to perfection. How you ever seen such beautiful cabbage? The seats fill up quick and the place is pretty small so be patient. Be sure to grab some pins and stickers on the way out! More...
Try this place today with my coworkers. The food was pretty good. However, the place is a very small and two of the tables were a tight fit, but overall, it was pretty good.
Ugh. Why are they so good?! I hate it when they're so busy and don't answer the phone, lol. Their specials are pretty good and creative. I usually stick to the regular: chicken, crunch rice triangle thingy, and a salad. My only complaint is their overly dressed salads. They can tone it down a bit: they drown the greens in dressing. A tadddd pricey in my opinion but it is expected because of high demand and location. More...
I've had Aburaya once before at a food festival and this was my first time in the restaurant. I was not expecting the casual, "messy" decor. It may not be my aesthetic but it works.We ordered 8 pieces to share between the two of us - half order garlic miso and half shichimi.I was worried that it wouldn't be enough food. This is the Bay Area after all where dinner for 2 usually costs $100 or more, not under $20. When the food came out, I was pleasantly surprised by the portion size. We had to rally to finish the food. I enjoyed the chicken but to be completely honest, the two flavors didn't taste that different. Also, Japanese fried chicken is a softer type of fried chicken so manage your expectations if you're used to Southern fried chicken. More...
Really good fried chicken. Crispy, juicy, and everything you could ask for in a fried chicken.We got 4 flavors:- Miso garlic (dry), this one is really good, I couldn’t recall tasting the miso flavor that much.- Umami salt (dry), this one was also done very well- Honey mustard (sauce), this one was my favorite, it’s got a ton of kick to it- Orange aioli (sauce), probably my least favorite of the four, but all of them were really good More...
Raymond A. Pruitt II
I have had the four piece Fried chicken combo. Garlic Miso flavor, it was exceptional. I would recommend getting extra ranch dressing it is not your standard ranch dressing.
Amazing Japanese fried chicken in a punk rock atmosphere
Great taste, wished the chicken was served piping hot.
Roger Ashton ig:shear_confidence
fast and friendly with a nice vibe.
Fantastic chicken, spicy or mild. Side are great too. Funky ambiance makes it super relaxed and friendly.
Great food Adachi’s a great chef
Definitely the best Japanese friend chicken I have had in a while. The orders maybe take 10-15 mins during the lunch rush to come out. The chicken is cooked beautifully; insides flavorful and moist while the outside is perfectly crispy. Definitely try their house hot sauce; it's tasty with a nice kick. Overall great dining experience with the food, decor, and music. More...
Went around dinner time (6:30 pm to be exact). Line was surprisingly not bad. It's a pretty small place so if you're coming in a big group, you might have to wait a while to get a table. Order came out pretty quickly. I ordered the Fried Chicken 8 piece - Garlic Miso and Orange Honey Aioli. Portions are pretty huge. I sort of came in assuming that it was going to have a similar size to karaage, but it's actually big in size. However, I'm not really a fan of huge amounts of cabbage and that happen to take up a lot of my rice plate. The chicken was pretty flavorful though. It tasted great! I liked both flavors a lot. Chicken was fairly tender and isn't badly priced. I recommend getting those two flavors of chicken!! My friend got the Karashi Honey and he thought that it was overpowered with horseradish flavor (wasabi + mustard all at once) and not very tender so it was kind of difficult for him to enjoy and eat his chicken. Overall, definitely give this place a try :) it's definitely a good spot. More...
Amazing food! We ordered this for a work lunch. It was a big hit, everybody loves the food and the servings were good size. Served family style so we could easily set up a small buffet line for people to go thru. The salad was a perfect side with chicken wings. Packed well and delivered hot. Comes with great dips and a dry rub for extra sauce and taste. Very savory and tender More...
I thought I had Japanese fried checkin before, I was wrong. This was something else and totally different, I ordered Fried Chicken a 4 piece shio-koji marinated boneless and skinless chicken thighs battered with potato starch and fried in soybean oil then topped off with teriyaki sauce. It comes with either rice or for $2 extra you can make it half rice half mixed greens.This was one of the most delicious fried chicken I've ever had, it was packed with flavor and the chicken was juicy and the pieces were quite large.I'm a huge fan of this place now and can't wait to come back for more and also try other items on the menu. So, if your trying to figure something out for lunch, let me make it easy on you and just go check this place out. You won't be disappointed! More...
So far, this is my favorite Japanese fried chicken place. The chicken was succulent, crispy on the outside, and flavored perfectly with the Miso Garlic. I put the dip on top of the cabbage which was delicious. The salad had a mild vinaigrette on it. When I arrived to order my takes out at 12:30pm, there weren't many people in line. The wait for my order didn't take long either. I recommend this place and would go back again. Next time I would like to try their fried cauliflower because I have made this myself. I would like to compare it with my recipe. More...
The portion sizes are so huge! I thought I had ordered a small dish, but was pleasantly surprised how much I got for my money. And the side dishes were tasty. I wish they had more seating inside because it does get crowded on busy nights. So I had the Sansho dry spice blend of fried chicken, which was the first and most likely last time I'll ever eat Sansho anything. Granted, it was tasty as hell and the tingly sensation on my tongue was an interesting experience, BUT, my anus exploded an hour later. Like a rocketship, bro, I s**t you not. I'm coming back, tho, and bringing my enemy, so they can have the Sansho experience as well. More...
Got our food to go. It was AMAZING! The place is tiny so expect a wait... But it is worth it!
I accidentally came across this place that is located a few blocks from my home. The fried chicken is surprisingly good. I ordered the rubbed in spiced chicken and its $5 grilled mackerel special. The home made green sauce is awesome with the fried chicken. The place is pretty laid back and apt for hang out with friends. You order and get your food via counter service. So, tips are optional. More...
This place is amazing and lives up to the hype. All of the different sauces and rubs for the chicken are delicious. I love the punk rock vibe but I especially love the miso ranch dressing. It's sooo good, I could put it on everything! And their special, revolving menu is great with lots of good veggie options. Highly recommend! More...
Good food Fast service
The texture, taste and the visual appearance is amazing. I love their fried chicken with rice, salad, and BBQ sauce.
Bit of a line but worth the wait for anything on the menu. Solid vegetarian and vegan options too.
Good sized portion and very tasty friend chicken and rice bowl (comes with some salad as well)
Great food and awesome service!
The food was good, the atmosphere was great, the only issue is finding a table. The place was super packed on Saturday
Awesome food, great customer service!
Excellent food. Parking is a mixed bag so be prepared for a walk.
I give Aburaya a solid 4 for the food, but it could easily be a 5 if they got their logistics in order.Forget the name calling, just give everyone who orders a number. Only the people with a number can sit down. It makes no sense to have people standing around with their food in hand waiting for a table, while people who haven't even placed an order are squatting at tables chit-chatting. That goes double for people who are done with their meal. If you're finished with your food, then LEAVE! There are plenty of restaurants that welcome chatty people who've finished eating. This place is way too small for that.Aburaya, this advice is free for you because I like your chicken so much. More...
If you've never had japanese chicken you're missing out. Don't let life pass you buy with out trying it! The first time I had it was a Jack London as they had set up a booth and I've been hooked ever since. The chicken is thigh meat and cooked to perfection with just the right crisp to it, the miso garlic is top notch along with the dip that goes with it. I've honestly have never had a bad experience here, and will continue to eat here while in the bay. More...
Hands-down one of my favorite eateries in Oakland. This place is in regular rotation for me and my partner. I always bring friends over when possible! Both the chicken and vegan options are delicious! Our favorite is garlic miso and we always get extra ranch (there is a vegan option for that too). All the izakaya (side dishes) are excellent. Staff is super friendly and pleasant! The spot can sometimes get packed without seating available, so on busy nights like the weekends, I'd consider take-out. Now that I'm writing this review, I'm super craving it and want some right now :p More...
Met up with a friend here, but I was late, so I just tasted some of the fried chicken luke-warm. I like to eat healthy, so I don't usually order fried chicken, but this one was crispy and tasted good. I don't really have any Japanese Fried Chicken to compare it to. The plate came with rice, salad, cabbage, and a yogurt-dill sort of sauce that was very tasty. I took home leftovers and reheated them, and when I was cutting the chicken, it got stringy. More...
Oh sooooo good. A hidden treasure. Can't wait to go back for the chicken. Can get crowded at lunchtime but well worth it.
a great and tasty find in Oakland. its hard to find, even harder to find parking or a table on Fri PM.im glad i persisted. Tasty and delicious chicken, had it 2 ways with rice and veggies and a ni e cold Sapporo to wash it all down.a great way to wash off the detritus of the week. juat get there quick and please bus your own table, there's a line of hungry wanna be diners waiting for your table.. the smart ones call ahead and get take out. because glface it, there's a minimum amount of tables. and why let your food entice you as you're waiting for a table.. when you can dine comfortably at home. bottom line this ia a must try if you eat chicken at all. More...
Went here for lunch on a friday around noon, minutes before the lunch time rush and we managed to snag one of their few tables. Got the garlic miso chicken and rice, and the jon bbq chicken w/rice. Chicken was tender and the pieces were big...a bit hard to cut with the butter knives. Jon bbq had katsu sauce over it. Yum! But i'll have to say that there isn't much batter on the chicken pieces so it's not quite "fried chicken" in that sense. The batter doesnt cover the whole chicken...just here and there/a thin coat. Their white dressing was "interesting". It is made of a base that I can't quite describe, but very distinct smell to it. Similar to the base used in the house chili sauce...could pass on it for that reason. The plates came with a sizeable wedge of raw cabbage. Odd? my husband asked if it was decorative or for eating . Wasabi slaw was ok, but would probablypass on it next time.Parking is horrendous, but that is the norm in oakland anyways...actually took 25 minutes of circling. This place is better if youre already in the area vs driving there specifically to eat. Or uber. (Although I find ubering to the city more worth it vs ubering to oakland lol). Overall, I wouldn't mind coming back. I did like the chicken and rice plate! I want to come for dinner and try other items. More...
Taste: 4Value: 4Some pictures added. Also note that parking is difficult in this area because there is always some kind of construction going on.
The menu is simple, with limited options, but in a good way. Their ingredients are fresh and delicious! And it's FRIED CHICKEN!! Japanese style fried chicken, to be more precise. Comes with rice, salad, veggies, and HOT SAUCE..... Well, that's what I got, anyway. It was delicious, to say the least. But this place speaks for itself. The lunchtime lines can be enough to turn a lot of people away, but it moves really fast! Worth it to at LEAST try it once. More...
This place is so good! The chicken is juicy and flavorful. The sauces are tasty. You can pick and choose your hot sauces. The salad is fresh. They are a great mix between fast service and delicious food. I’m lucky to be within walking distance.Come prepared and hungry and be ready to be amazed! More...
Good as fries chicken, this place is always slammed that’s how you know it’s poppin.
Best fried chicken. Great side dishes
Welcoming atmosphere, with a fine dinning appeal. Will not break the pocket book either!!
Angel Damion Robles
Wonderful dishes and a hip atmosphere
Pleasantly surprised! The umami salt chicken was juicy and flavorful and not completely overloaded by spices, you can taste the chicken. The veggie pancake was ok but a little too much nutmeg for my liking - loved the dashi though!The tater tots were perfectly fried crisp drizzled with a mild siracha aoli, dashi and seaweed flakes gave it a yummy umami flavor. Also got a cold noodle salad on special. Very very good! The ramen was coated in miso dressing and placed on a bed of mixed green. I loved the crushed wasabi peas! Drizzled with a touch of aoli siracha. Yum. Yum. Yum! More...
YUMMY!!! My miso chicken was fried perfectly and I enjoyed the cabbage salad as well. The portion size was larger than I anticipated but much appreciated! I will definitely be back for lunch. More...
Love the new remodel, food is always great and staff is the best. We love coming here, pro tip come early and you'll be guaranteed a table. Fills up quick because it's the bomb! More...
I enjoyed my first Japanese fried chicken. We mixed it up with some veggie izakaya items like the wasabi slaw and white rice. We also had some fried organic tofu which was a bit bland. I enjoyed the dry spiced Shichimi chicken. I enjoyed the Karashi honey fried chicken much more. More...
I like the chicken. Something special in the area. I would go back again. Price is decent. Place is very small. Go there early before 11:30 if u want a table for 4. I wish they give u more rice
Thank you for not being afraid of flavor!!!! Sick of the same old favors everywhere you go? Come to Aburaya and refresh you palate. Wasabi slaw is my new addiction!
Food is tasty though expensive given the quantity. Seating is uncomfortable and has very little comfortable seating, or much seating for disabled people or people not comfortable eating on Bar like seating.
Great modern, creative twists on Asian food. Excellent vegan and vegetarian options. Rockin' Ramones vibe.
Really good food and quick service.
This place rules. I get lunch here all the time. Inexpensive and very delicious.
They have Ikezo Sake Jelly Shot, my favorite. Chicken, cauliflower, tofu, are juicily fried. Definitely come back.
This is THE place to be for late night noms! Simple menu but so SO good. It's also one of the few great spots for vegan/vegetarian and meat-eaters to both enjoy their meals.The flavors are amazing and the sides are creative and delicious. I got the rice bowl with vegan wings and you get 2 flavors on your wing choices. The wings were absolutely delicious and the trippy part was it looked like actual animal meat! So it's definitely not your run of the mill tofu meat substitute. And a side of tater tots. I couldn't finish all of my wings cuz they give you a lot, which is great for the price. I think you can "veganize" most things on the menu which is super awesome. My meat-eating partner got the rice bowl as well but got a garlic flavor and a honey aoli and he loved his too. We will definitely be back and will be bringing friends! More...
My friend recently took me to Aburaya for JFC and I was pleasantly surprised. We stopped by before the Drake concert on a Saturday, luckily snagged a small table by the cashier and ordered a bunch of dishes to share.  Fried Chicken with Garlic Miso sauce - basically oversized chicken karaage with a bunch of different sauce options, we went with the Garlic Miso which happens to be the house favorite.  US Kobe Skirt Steak - served with soy sauce, garlic, onions and sesame seeds over a bed of cabbage. Good taste but meat was a little chewy and def not Kobe caliber.  Okonomiyaki - veggies with aioli, katsuobushi and nori. This was favorite dish of the night. Good flavors all around. Overall we were so happy with the food and drink options and would love to come back again another time. More...
Aburaya is a great spot for Japanese fried chicken. It was my first time here, and my friend and I split:-4 orange honey aioli wings + 4 garlic miso wings (made it a bowl, so included rice & mixed greens)-Aburaya tater tots The wings are pretty large, so this ended up being a ton of food. We had at least 3 wings leftover and a lot of the tater tots. Definitely a great value. We thought the orange honey aioli were good (not great), but really loved the miso garlic. As far as waiting goes, the line wasn't super long but moved pretty slowly, and it took quite a while to get the food (seems that there were a lot of phone/Caviar orders causing the delay).The only other issue we had was that I felt pretty sick a few hours after eating here. We think it might have been the mixed greens that came with the wings as I ate most of them and my friend did not.Would absolutely come back again for the miso garlic, and to try out some of the other wing options. More...
i live in the neighborhood and love Aburaya maaaaaybe a little too much! their chicken (coated in potato starch if i recall correctly) is so crispy & delicious, but my addiction lies in their tangy ginger-teriyaki sauce & miso ranch.. like wtf, these two flavors pair sooooo well together that it's insane. they have lots of rotating seasonal side options with a solid, regular menu that was just expanded a bit which is awesome. it's cool to see how this spot has evolved over the years because they always keep options fresh while still offering their regular staples of fried chicken & veg/vegan options -- great since my partner is vegan! :)literally my only gripe is sometimes the tofu & cauliflower aren't fried as much/as crispy as they should be -- i've gotten tofu or cauliflower where it was basically raw & not fried much, so that isn't ideal. luckily this isn't an issue with chicken, but i find biting into barely cooked cauliflower to be a bit unappealing.anyway this review is long overdue, but i love Aburaya and you probably will too. More...
Good food, very busy during lunch time.
This is one of our go to lunch places, but go before noon because there's limited seating and lives get long. I noticed a lot of people get theirs to-go.I like mine with the scrambled eggs, it gives it some extra yumminess. The portions is big with fried chicken, rice and salad. This is a self server restaurant so grab your seat after ordering, same with water and utensils. More...
Great flavors! Fast service!
After having a drink at The Hatch I went across the street thinking they're at 15th. To my surprise the building is doing some sort of work on outside and inside. Went back to The Hatch they informed me it's on 17th St also walkable. The people at Aburaya said they'll be moving back soon not a permanent location. I hope so because this space look like a pop-up joint venture kitchen. Now, the food isn't what it use to be. Back then I was looking forward eating here all the time. I compared this place to Gyu-Kaku in vegas as both places served similar dishes. Seeing pieces of chicken that my friend order, it use to have some charred edges juicy plump white meat. Now it's more like dark and harder meat might be combined to bring down price. The only thing I like was the tuna freshly cut good color worthy of eating as much as the tummy can handle. Onigiri is mostly rice could've order a side instead, but carbs wasn't on my mind. More...
This place is amazing. Miso garlic chicken is addicting.
I'm so glad this place exists. If you love fried chicken, this is a treasure. The deviled avocado is great, definitely get it if you're an avo lover. The matcha chocolate cake is divine. More...
Great late night food. Yummy chicken and fun vibe
Best fried chicken you'll ever have. Period.
Best fried chicken in downtown Oakland
Great service, delicious food.
One of my favorite places in Oakland. Chicken is always excellent and I love their rotating seasonal specials. This place is known for their fried chicken, but they have an awesome selection of creative vegetable side dishes.
I've been working in Oakland for almost 5 years and I can't believe I've never come here before. I loved the ambiance, super chill vibe, and amazing staff. The bbq fried chicken...was amazing. Will most definitely be going back. More...
This place was really good. The portions of chicken are well worth it. The chicken was really soft and the batter was thin so it was perfect. I hate places where you take a bite and it's all batter and little meat. The sauce was very good. It wasn't overpowering but gave the chicken a good flavor. Definitely a must try if you like fried chicken. More...
There aren't that many izakaya in the Bay Area but this is one of the best I've been to. The miso garlic yakitori is my favorite but they're all good. The only downside is that there's almost always a big line. More...
Mmm I love Japanese fried chicken... aka bigger pieces of karaage! Glad this place is a few blocks from where I work. It's nice to have some juicy delicious pieces of miso garlic fried chicken with rice and salad for lunch every now and then. This place usually has a line but it moves pretty fast. Lots of cool underground decor around and they even sell Aburaya attire- shirts, hoodies, aprons, etc.They also have an area with plenty of sauce bottles so you can pick your poison. Staff is pretty friendly and service is efficient. Next time I'd like to try the matcha chocolate cake! More...
This place is a pretty solid 4 star experience. I came for lunch and was disappointed that their specials appetizer menu was only for dinner. :\ oh well. They had a super fun atmosphere, all the employees seemed cheerful, and they had lots of Halloween decorations up!I splurged a bit since I was on vacation. I got the fried chicken $9 with bbq sauce on the side and with the curry powder on top. I got some tots $5 and their slaw $3 to share, and a yuzu sake jelly shot $7 cause I'm in love with Yuzu. My friend got their poke bowl $10 which looked alright. Big chunks of raw fish on a bed of hot rice and some seaweed and greens. not bad. Both of our entrees were enough to fill me up. The chicken came with some cabbage and a miso ranch sauce? Their chicken kaarage was good. Crunchy, crispy, juicy tenderness. Their bbq sauce was unique buttttt. I can't recall a description of it. Their miso ranch sauce was good with the chicken. The cabbage wasn't too bitter and everything worked well together. The tots were really good too. I really liked their slaw. It tasted pretty healthy and was more like a salad. It was a ton of food. The one thing I'm salty about is the jelly shot. It's like a 100ml can maybe, is 5% alcohol, and retails for $3 at markets. eh. Typical markup for most restaurants I guess. I would definitely come back if I were in the area. More...
This food is bomb. Kinda pricey like everything else in the Bay, but delicious. My fave is the curry flavored seasoning! I will be back!
The food is amazing here. They're my go to at "Eat Real". I frequent the location on 17th as well. I can't emphasize how much I love the food. Minus one star, for one reason....A few times, my friend and I have gone for our "post-workout meal"; we normally order 20 pieces of chicken, with mixed greens and rice, plus another side salad. The young lady taking our order, has commented several times, "You know that's a lot of food." Our response. Dead silence. Why do we feel judged for the amount of food that we order Are they supposed to say that !! Let us LIVE!!!One thing I just found out as well, they changed they miso garlic recipe because people complained that it was too garlicky and salty. Boooooooo!! That was my favorite. Get you some fried chicken!!!! More...
It's fried chicken. There are different flavors. Not a hard sell here.I tried the orange honey aioli and miso garlic. Overall, I think the miso garlic was better, but the orange honey aioli went well with the rice. Miso ranch dressing was tasty.Chicken is fairly tender, and you get 8 large pieces for $15 (+$2 for rice). Not bad, not bad. More...
Fried chicken was great, still crispy after being delivered. We tried the miso garlic and I think the Moro; both were equally good. The wasabi ranch is a great dipping sauce for the chicken along with rice and green salad. The wasabi slow was waaayyyy too much wasabi for this girl; I really wanted to eat it jut couldn't. Can't wait to go to the actually place and dine in! More...
Very good food and customer service. Fair prices, and a discount for paying with cash. Can be crowded at peak times.
The miso garlic seasoning on the chicken and the dressing are what bring me back here at least once a week.
Their vegan drumsticks are great!!
Amazing flavors, perfectly cooked pieces of boneless chicken, reasonable prices. Only complaint is that the place is always packed and the wait times for your food are crazy long. I'd get it to go. Call ahead if you can because they tend to give priority to those and to food delivery services when preparing. More...
Juicy chicken hit the spot!
This place is small and a little pricey for fried chicken, but its delicious and unique. There are lots and lots of flavor options and they mix it up with new and interesting specials. Its also really good chicken.They also have a pretty cool punk rock decor and vibe and I certainly recommend it if you like fried chicken. More...
Meaty and succulent kara-age. Love Oakland.
The chicken is delicious
Always delicious, great options.
Great place to take a lil time out amd enjoy some great food .....very friendly and prices are resemble
The food was delicious the atmosphere was amazing I can't wait to go back over and over and over and try everything specials were amazing to yay
Lunchtime and the food was delicious. Large portions and tasty.! Cash discount when you pay cash
Keep hearing about this place for fried chicken and got a take out order along with the tater tots. Did not disappoint! Tried the BBQ flavor and it was just the right amount of flavor. The Asian tater tots were cool with Bonita flakes. Ordering was a little slow. We got here at 11:20 and there was barely a line. Came another time closer to noon and there was no way we would be able to get a lunch order in. Can't wait to come back. Glad it's not too close to my office or I would be here all of the time. More...
This place is amazing! Definitely the best fried chicken I've had in Oakland. All the sides I've tried are delicious as well, they change them out seasonally so there's always something new on the menu. I'd recommend the corn or the deviled avocado if they have it. As far as the chicken goes, it's crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. All the seasonings I've tried are good, but I'd recommend the BBQ or the shicimi. The house hot sauce is really good too. Would definitely recommend!! More...
Loved this place. Chicken was super good and all the veggies and rice on the side completely made the meal. Definitely come back for sure
Fantastic Japanese fried chicken and sides with delicious vegan options. Small selection of Japanese beer and sake, as well as local alternatives.
I’m usually not a fan of all the hyped up fried chicken places, but Aburaya is excellent. They use to be just a pop up in the neighborhood and I’m really excited they now a permanent location. Portions are good for the price and the quality/freshness of the food is hard to beat. More...
Fried chicken with unique flavors and fun sides (like a deep fried avocado) that taste fresh and feel good inside you. This is one of my go-tos. It's delightful.
Excellent chicken at good price
This chicken is among the best of the Bay area. Lightly fried and juicy!
Great casual place to get good quality fried chicken. I like that their fried chicken orders come with rice and veggies and dipping sauce. Everything else here is self served after you order up front. Chicken as juicy. Would come back to try other flavors and menu items. More...
Very good Japanese fried chicken and tuna poke bowl.
Very good food. Great quantity and quality for $11.
Great chicken!!! Good food. Bus your own table. Must try hole in the wall.
I've never had fried chicken quite like this. Low price and very original and tasty
This izakaya style fried chicken place has an hipster Oakland feel and excellent chicken. The oyakudon at lunch was also quite tasty.
Great restaurant that has Japanese fried chicken as their main attraction. The chicken was great and I definitely enjoyed it. They also have a rotating menu of dishes based on what they have on had. Their fried green tomatoes were delicious. Place is kind of small, but they've got Hamm's which is awesome. More...
Chiken is really good
Japanese fried chicken done right!This place is bomb. They have a lot of different menu options, but don't get too cute and shy away from what's most popular -- the fried chicken. You can get 4-pieces for $9 or 8-pieces for $15.If you come with another person, go for the 8-pieces and share. If you are eating for yourself, go for the 4-pieces. For $2 more you can add rice and lightly dressed greens -- totally recommend doing this! It will be plenty for one filling serving.Now to the chicken. The chicken here is amazing. It is consistently crunchy on the outside, perfectly moist on the inside, and bursting with flavor. You pick the type of sauce/seasoning you want to accompany your order. I personally like the miso garlic seasoning.This is one of the few places open until 10 PM in downtown Oakland on a weeknight. I came around 9 PM on a Tuesday and the place was still pretty crowded. Seating is limited (there are only 7 or so tables), so be patient until one opens up or take-out.You order at the counter and wait for your food, which typically takes 10 minutes, but sometimes I've waited upwards of 45 min... just keep that in mind. Parking is very limited since it is located right in the heart of downtown. You may have to park a few blocks away and walk.Overall, the atmosphere here is pretty cool and unique. They have a whole punk rock-inspired theme going on. Don't expect traditional Japanese folk music playing in the background.Skip Popeyes down the street and go to Aburaya. It'll be well worth-it! More...
Aburaya is so damn good. Moist fried chicken, miso garlic is my go-to flavor. I always add the rice & salad for $2, it's worth it.I've tried their beet salad, fresh, crunchy, and the perfect amount of ranch.The fish on the fish taco tasted very fresh, grilled not fried. More...
Let me start off by saying that I love fried chicken. After watching the Eater video on this place I knew I had to try it.There is a lot of street parking nearby, but it's kind of hard to find a spot because it's in the middle of downtown Oakland. I would recommend parking near Lake Merritt and walking a couple of blocks.I ordered their Japanese fried chicken and it came out relatively quickly ~5-10 minutes. The chicken was golden brown, crispy, and moist. It came with a lot of food, and two orders of it was able to fill up 3 people. More...
I looooove fried chicken. Korean fried. Chinese Fried. Kentucky Fried, I've done em all. But Japanese Fried? First-time! Actually I lied, I've been here twice, but never got around to writing a review...hehe.The lunch special comes with four pieces of deliciously golden, crispy yet moist, pieces of fried chicken. It's served with rice, salad and cabbage and is only $9. WHAAAA? For lunch in Oakland nowadays, WORTH. There was so much food that I had to take some of it home for dinner. Seasonings for your chicken: For lunch, you only get to choose one. I went with the Miso Garlic because you know ya girl loves garlic. I've been here during dinner as well and got to sample the BBQ too, which wasn't bad. Looking forward to trying the curry and the teriyaki next time, but trust that you can't go wrong with Miso Garlic. One of my favorite things about Aburaya has to be the variety of hot sauces available on their counter. I mean, they've got everything. Smoked, spiced, ghost, sweet, tangy, everything you can think of. You can't go wrong with the Trader Joe's Hot Sauce and Sriracha. Be adventurous and try a little bit of each, but not too adventurous because the ghost pepper flakes might hurt you. A little really does go a looong way. Can I smuggle some hot sauces for home?Another special thing about this place are the appetizers. To my knowledge, they always have different menu items in rotation. The tots served Okonomiyaki style are the shettttt. Anything that is served with Japanese Mayo, BBQ sauce and then topped with Bonito Flakes, how can it be bad? Sometimes they have Fried Avocados, Fried Zucchini, Wasabi Caprese, Poke, Kobe Steak, the list goes on. Their appetizers are so creative that you definitely need to come here with a group so you can try everything on their menu!! I'm drooling as I'm thinking of it.I'm so happy that I found this gem in Oakland. It's chic, it's hip, it's affordable and the food is to die for. I'm looking forward to the next time I get to eat here. More...
Miso ranch is the best thing. If I drown in this it will be a life well lived.I like that lunch is consistent and dinner gets creative so you get the best of both worlds. There are number of little spots on this street but hands down Aburuya is the best. More...
This place is heaven. The gluten-free garlic miso and the karashi chicken are my favorite.
Things we got: (my apologies i lost my phone along with all the pictures)Chicken:The flavors we got were: bbq, karashi honey, orange honey aioli, shichimi, umami salt, garlic miso. Others i havent tried, not sure if they added new. Will update when i go againMy favorite and most memorable was karashi honey. Karashi is a wasabi mustard. Its lit. Screw with your friends or enjoy it yourself whatever. Rating: super Side dishes: They change weekly or daily, idk. Karashi seaweed salad, keyword karashi. Ha. But yeah no this was really good seaweed and like a handful of greens with the mustard makes a really good salad surprisingly. Taste wise and texture wise.Rating: superFried avacado: Wow this is different and really good. Lol its fried vege fat, cause avacado counts as a vegetable right? Rating: superThis place was great man. I love finding new chicken places. Really funny thing: when you order chicken, they chop like 1/8 of a cabbage head in there, to fill space of course, unless you eat it then it's no longer decoration. It's not even diced or anything, it's just 1/8 head of cabbage head lmfao. More...
The shishimi and the honey mustard are my favorite. The slaw is a bit bland but overall the food is great. I will come back often, thanks a lot.
I am so freaking addicted to this place!! I love love love the edamame with extra miso, nd the chicken too!! My favorite lunch spot!! I've NEVER had edamame as good as their edamame!!Omg More...
Matt A C.
"You're just like fried chicken, you make everything better!" The sign next to me was right. Fried chicken makes everything better and I've never had better fried chicken than Aburaya's. It's quite simply the best punkJapanese fried chicken joint I've ever been to! Not just the best in Oakland but the best anywhere.Ok, so the competition may be limited, but that speaks to the category-defying novelty and charm of Aburaya.But what speaks loudest is the chicken. Ok, not literally. The punk rock was louder. But figuratively, the moist flavorful chicken is the star of the show--which is just as well because there's not much else on the menu. I had four pieces with a spicy wasabi honey mustard sauce, and four pieces with an umami salt rub. It was all delicious. Boneless thighs that were juicy, and bursting with flavors of chicken and savory spices. The wasabi honey mustard chicken had the heat and sauciness of a good Buffalo wing but with the added piquant twist of wasabi. My wife got four pieces with orange honey aioli which was even better than it sounded (and if "orange honey aioli" doesn't sound fantastic to you, we clearly don't speak the same language). It was far too much food. Just $15 for the 8 pieces. It was another $2 for the large sides of rice and greens with a rich and creamy homemade dill dressing (which also made a great dip for the chicken too). Fantastic value for money. I'd recommend getting the 8 pieces with one side for a filling dinner for two for less then $20. The place is not fancy. It's a grungy urban hole in the wall, where you order at the counter and bus your own tables. But that just adds more flavor to the experience. My only warning would be to watch out for the crowds. It was quiet when we got there at 5.30 on Friday but when we left at 6.20 the line was out the door. More...
Super fast! They are not cash only anymore.
They can FRY some CHICKEN!! The chicken is so crispy and fresh and it's so tasty. I had the teriyaki chicken with rice. Wow! I won't eat fried chicken every day but when I do I'm coming here. Great Customer Service too =) More...
My favorite spot in Oakland. Do not miss out on the fish tacos.
fried chicken is amazing!
Very very very very very very very good
favorite fried chicken place in Oakland. miso garlic fried chicken is delicious and so is their rotating habanero sauce.
Amazing fried chicken and the seaweed salad was bomb!