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82 14th Street
San Francisco, CA

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Bentos-to-go and Outdoor Dining

Order bentos to-go or reserve for outdoor dining 5:00pm—8:30pm daily. Bento orders and reservations can be made online or by calling our Bento Hotline (415) 517–8539.

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Looking for another way to support us? We are also offering gift cards. Thank you!


Sylvan Mishima Brackett

Rintaro is owned-and-operated by Sylvan Mishima Brackett. Sylvan was born in Kyoto and raised in Northern California. He is the former creative director at Chez Panisse, and trained at Soba Ro in Saitama, and at a ryotei in Aoyama, Tokyo. Upon returning to California, Sylvan started Peko Peko—a Japanese catering company.

In 2015, 6 months after opening, Bon Appetit named Rintaro as one of its Top 10 New Restaurants. Rintaro has been Michelin recommended since 2016. Rintaro has also been covered by NHK Japan, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and many others.

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Our Food

Rintaro is the food of a Japanese Izakaya by way of California. We grill pasture-raised chicken over a binchotan-burning Yakitori Grill. Our udon is kneaded, rolled and cut by hand. Our Wasabi root is grown in Half Moon Bay and ground on a sharkskin board. We make our own tofu, umeshu, umeboshi and other fresh pickles.

The Building

Sylvan’s father (East Wind, Inc.), who apprenticed as a temple carpenter in Kyoto, built the space using post and beam construction and hand-planed wood. He made the interior booths from 100-year-old Redwood wine casks, and used the iron-rich red soil from Sylvan’s childhood home in Nevada City for the mud walls. The bar is a single slab of hinoki cedar that separates guests from the open kitchen.

The Building is a complete restoration of two existing structures: one a 1906 earthquake cottage, the other a 75 year old mechanics’ garage. Frost Tsuji Architects designed the overall restaurant and courtyard, working with Len Brackett to create the izakaya façade and interior carpentry.


“Rintaro has found a strong vision that seamlessly weaves together Northern California and Japan.”

—Michael Bauer

“I drank ice-cold Asahi beers, snacked on yakitori made from every part of the chicken, and gazed at the smoke rising from grills in the open kitchen.”

—Andrew Knowlton

“Rintaro is about as close to feeling like you're in a Shibuya izakaya as you can get on the West Coast.”

—Jenna Scatena

“There’s an assured ebb and flow between tradition and innovation here — between honoring a cuisine’s foundations while also incorporating new ideas for the delicious joy of it.”

—Bill Addison

“Every dish is thoughtfully considered and prepared before your eyes with care.”

—Kim Westerman

“Rintaro has amassed an impressive, expertly curated collection of cookware, plates, and bric-a-brac from Japan.”

Order bentos or make reservations for outdoor dining. Looking for another way to support us? We also offer gift cards.