We are big fans of yakitori as produced by the masters of Shin-Sen-Gumi down in LA. You know this if you've read my LJ at all, really. :> We have, alas, yet to find anything even vaguely comparable in the Bay Area. We went to a yakitori place in north-western San Jose called Sumiya . It was entirely mediocre . Sigh. In scouring chowhound for places that might have yakitori, I found a couple of izakaya places that we must try. I'm not sure if either will have yakitori, but both sound potentially interesting: Gochi : Sounds like an intriguing place; a mixture of traditional and exciting new ideas from a really good chef. Saizo : More standard izakaya, definitely some yakitori, and anything with yuzu is a good thing. Must try these soon.