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Although they share the same name and same menu, Miraku San Ramon and Miraku Walnut Creek have different owners, even if they are brother and sister. The San Ramon location, owned by James Hsieh and adjacent to famed Café Esin, has enjoyed successful business since the early ’90s. The restaurant’s large repository of patrons’ sake bottles—a practice common in Asia is that regulars buy huge bottles of sake, label them with their names, and store them at the restaurant to accompany future meals—along with a collection of 1,300 personalized chop sticks, demonstrate Miraku’s popularity. The dining room is somewhat deliberately styled. Flowers abound, lighting is low, and napkins are folded in decorative, eye-catching ways. The food is classic Japanese: The usual offerings of sushi and sashimi exist alongside udon soups, sukiyaki, and teriyaki. Lunch Tues.–Fri., dinner Tues.–Sun.
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