Looking for the best quality Japanese food in Marin County? Where else but Fujiyama in San Rafael near San Anselmo? Fujiyama is one of the few Japanese restaurants that still serve TRADITIONAL Japanese dishes upon request in the Bay Area, and once you try something with a twist, such as the oyster shooter during the oyster season, which I usually have at least 3 of those, you would hesitate to visit other Japanese restaurants in the area ever again. There is no hype about this location, Fujiyama is simply all about good food.
There are a few noteworthy Japanese restaurants in Marin County, but they are more into the fusion food scene which is getting rather 90's to me. I do not enjoy dining with a bunch of people functioning in their "I dare you eat this" or "I dare you drink that" mode with no knowledge of the Japanese culture and the food.
Fujiyama is all about eating and drinking right. It is always important for me to know who I am getting my sushi from. There is only one way to find out, the right way. I spoke with the sushi chef Yoshi many times who is also the owner, he drives to Hayward almost every morning to select the best top grade fish personally, with such passion itself is almost a lost art in the restaurant industry. There is NO second grade sushi in Fujiyama ever. I would say that Fujiyama is at the very top of the Japanese food chain.
Personally I like to dine with my wife at the sushi bar. It is warm, cozy, friendly, and I get to view how the true sushi artist in graceful action. The sushi chef and owner Yoshi is a little on the shy side so please be polite and gentle with him. Sushi and sashimi simply doesn't get any better than Fujiyama, which gets my highest recommendation for sushi spot in Marin County / North Bay.
5 Stars for quality of food, 5 Stars for quality of service, 5 Star for being clean, 4 Star for dinning experience, 3.5 Star for interior decor, Overall 4.5 Stars.