The opening of Hitachino Beer’s first U.S. location is undoubtedly one of the biggest openings to hit San Francisco this year. It’s been a slow rollout for Hitachino Beer & Wagyu, as the opening date has been pushed back a few times to ensure fastidiousness. But finally the space is ready, the menus are created, and the brewmaster has approved the beer for consumption.
Thus, the restaurant is opening up reservations starting tonight, Wednesday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. In the first week, there will be 26 opportunities to try the wagyu tasting menu. There are limited tables per evening, with only tables for four people to start, though one table for five will be added soon. It’s unclear just yet when the reservations are for, but if you’re at this link at 6:30 p.m. tonight (password: owlie), you’ll be among the first to know.
The wagyu tasting menu, available for $68 per person (beer and sake pairing is an additional $30), is what will be served at the tables toward the back of the narrow space. You can see the menu in full below, which is full of various preparations of Hitachiwagyu beef (grade A5 10-11, with 12 being the highest), and even a tantanmen ramen. If you’d rather not try the tasting menu just yet, you can always stop by the kappo bar for some beer and jars of pickles and meats once it opens. That menu is available here.
The countdown to Hitachino Beer & Wagyu begins. May the odds be ever in your favor.