I've been here many times. Not particularly for the food, but more to have a fun time with friends. It's generally quite busy, and gets quite loud due to all the drunk people.
Decor seems to have more of a traditional Japanese feel. Lots of Japanese art on the walls. It has kind of an upbeat, fast paced kind of feel to it.
Food generally is quite good. I've gotten a severe case of food poisoning once, but I still go back, but weary of the raw stuff now. Prices are still somewhat up there which is quite standard for most izakaya's it seems. Portion sizes are decent. Not huge, but decent. So if you're looking for a cheap quick fix of Japanese food....this is NOT your place. I'd say expect to spend about $25+/person to be content. Of course if you order the specialty items expect to pay like $40+/person.
Service is always hit or miss. The long term staff are great. They'll change your dishes, make sure you have enough tea, make sure you have enough booze, etc etc.
If you get a newbie, service can kind of suck. You'll have to ask for everything from chopsticks, to tea, even DISHES sometimes. They're never rude though.
They serve alcohol, and they're open until 2am on most nights. So if you're a bit of a night owl, live nearby then this might be a good place to hang out with friends.