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AJI Bar & Robata

As the day winds down in one of the world’s busiest hubs, the chic energy of an inner-city bar meets the laid-back vibes of “California cool” at AJI Bar and Robata. Sample an inventive intersection of Japanese technique and Peruvian flavor that connect with innovative pairings and our signature cocktails. Grab a seat on a Friday or Saturday for a complete experience featuring live music.

Signature Dining

A dining experience like no other in San Jose, AJI Bar and Robata is a welcoming spot to connect and engage with others. Our menu highlights robata, a Japanese grilling technique featured in Nikkei cuisine. Enjoy delicacies, snacks, shareable bites, and unique cocktails with unconventional pairings.

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Nikkei Cuisine

Robata is a Japanese grilling technique ubiquitous in Nikkei cuisine. Binchotan charcoal provides the smoky and umami-filled fuel for the Japanese robata grill, a perfect tool for yakitori, teppanyaki or other skewered bites.

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Delectable Drinks

Our innovative cuisine pairs perfectly with our cocktails featuring creative, unexpected pairings such as pisco, sake, and Japanese whiskey. Garnishes like shiso leaves and Sancho peppercorns add the perfect finishing touch.

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Live Music

Enjoy a curated music program from live DJ sets to guitars and keys – featuring local artists and special guests. Friday live DJ sets are from 8 p.m. to midnight. Saturday live band sets are from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

  • Dec 1st: Julius Papp + Mark de Clive-Lowe
  • Dec 2nd: Illiance
  • Dec 8th: B. Roos & Guests
  • Dec 9th: Isaiah
  • Dec 15th: Darling Cool + Fountaine + Chalé Brown
  • Dec 16th: Sofie Mae
  • Dec 22nd: DJ Emz + Chalé Brown & Guests
  • Dec 29th: – Shea Butter + DJ Lexapeel & Guests
  • Dec 30th: JOY.

Hours of Operation

Dining Service

4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Everyday



4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Sunday to Thursday
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, Friday and Saturday


Live music

7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Friday and Saturday



Mango AJI

aji gomadare peanut dip

Fried Avocado

bacon & soya dressing, gochujang, spring onions

Sweet Potato

spicy goma dare, lime, togarashi

Crispy Salmon Tartare

gyoza skin tacos, spiced avocado, coriander


lemongrass chicken, aji amarillo, ginger citrus miso sauce


green apple & coconut milk, smoked aji panca

Spicy Miso Tuna

crispy rice, miso butter sauce

Tempura Basket

shrimp & vegetable, cilantro verde sauce, ginger dashi dip

Bao Buns

fried chicken, aji verde, gochujang bbq, pickled cucumber, toasted sesame seeds

Bincho Grill

AJI Teriyaki Salmon

aji amarillo teriyaki, yuzu, cucumber kimchi

Chicken Wings

yuzu kosho honey glaze, chilli flakes, lime

Angus Beef Skewers

kokuto marinade, gochuyang bbq, wasabi peas and toasted sesame

Lamb Chops

anticucho miso & gochujang, sesame dressing

Wagyu Sliders

aji verde sauce, fried avocado, fried green tomato, queso fresco

Shishito Peppers

lime & salt grilled shishito, jalapeño yogurt, roasted garlic streusel

Grilled Asparagus

yuzu miso, pistachios


tapioca caviar, citrus cilantro verde sauce

Sushi Rolls

Tiger Prawn

tempura tiger prawn, avocado, spicy mayo, unagi sauce, topped with spicy ahi tuna

Hamachi & Mango

hamachi, mango, cucumber, red caviar, jalapeno, aji secret sauce

Spicy Ahi Tuna

spicy sriacha, ginger, habanero caviar

Salmon Tataki

seared salmon, cucumber, avocado, spicy mayo, yuzu wasabi sauce, masago caviar

Dynamite California Roll

dungeness crab, avocado, spicy mayo, wasabi caviar

King Salmon

salmon, spicy mayo, soy caviar, scallions, sesame seeds

Veggie Lover

mango, cucumber, avocado, shisho leaves, soy paper, olive oil caviar


Vanilla Yuzu Flan

hite chocolate sphere, mixed berries, raspberry sauce

Japanese Matcha Cheesecake

cookie crumble, fresh berries

Peruvian Torte Tres Leches

raspberry coulis, fresh berries

Nikkei Inspirations

Pink Spritz

ketel one vodka, aperol, grapefruit soda, akashi-tai kuro saki, togarashi

Chilcano Con Pimms

pisco, pimms, fevertree ginger beer, yuzu bitters, lemon, cucumber

Nikkei High Ball

toki japanese whiskey, cacao, passionfruit, ponzu, orange flower, seltzer

Margarita Picante

casamigos blanco, spicy peruvian chili agave, orange, lime, wasabi caviar

Selected Classics

Negroni Rosita

montelobos mezcal, noilly prat dry & sweet vermouths, campari

Pomegranate Gimlet

grey goose vodka, pomegranate, lemon

Cuba Libre

bacardi superior, passionfruit, fevertree distiller’s cola, amaro nonino, lime

Coastal Tonic

hendrick’s gin, fevertree cucumber tonic, lemon, pink peppercorn

The Old Fashioned

legent bourbon, amaro averna, orange, angostura bitters

Non Alcoholic

The Tsurai

pineapple & orange juices, chili agave, serrano pepper, fevertree grapefruit

Sparkling Strawberry

lemon juice, strawberry, simple syrup, sprite

Sweet Sensation

lime juice, seasonal fruit selection, simple syrup, soda


fevertree cucumber tonic, ginger beer, mint, lime


JP Chenet, Brut, Languedoc-Roussillon, FR

JP Chenet, Brut Rosé, Languedoc-Roussillon, FR

Veuve Clicquot, Champagne, FR

Ruinart Blanc de Blanc, Champagne, FR

Bollinger Rosé, Champagne, FR


Sanford Vineyards, Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills, CA

Cakebread Cellar, Chardonnay, Napa, CA

Testarossa SLH, Chardonnay

Terlato Vineyards, Pinot Grigio Friuli, Italy

Duckhorn, Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast, CA

Langlois-Chateau, Sancerre, Loire Valley, FR

Trimbach Reserve, Riesling, Alsace, FR

Whispering Angel, Rosé Provence, FR


Daou Vineyards, Cabernet, Paso Robles, CA

Unshackled, Cabernet Blend, Central & North Coast, CA

Davis Bynum, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, CA

Ponzi “Tavola”, Pinot Noir, Sherwood, OR

Saldo, Zinfandel, Dry Creek, CA

Finca Nueva Crianza Reserva, Rioja, Spain

Bodgea Norton, Malbec, Mendoza, AR

Draught Beers

Stella Artois, Pilsner, Belgium

Bud Light, American Lager, St. Louis MO

Sierra Nevada, Pale Ale, Chico, CA

Blue Moon, Belgian White Ale, Belgium

Golden Road Brewing Co. “Mango Cart”, Mango Wheat Ale

Lagunitas Brewing Co., IPA, Petaluma, CA

Bottled & Canned Beers

Coors Light, American Lager, Golden, CO

Michelob Ultra, Lager, York, PA

Sam Adams, Boston Lager, Boston, MA

Corona, Lager, Oaxaca, MX

Heineken, Pale Lager, Amsterdam, NL

Guinness, Irish Stout, Dublin, IE

Sierra Nevada, Hazy Lilttle Thing, Chico, CA

Heineken, 0.0, Amsterdam, NL

Truly Wild Berry, Hard Seltzer, Boston, MA

Bud Light, Hard Seltzer, Syracuse, NY

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