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Best Japanese/Sushi in San Francisco

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Otoro Sushi

Otoro Sushi enjoys unwavering loyalty, and stands out as the neighborhood's favorite sushi place. Enjoy the finest sushi in a friendly environment coupled with exceptional service. The variety of sushi alone is staggering, with favorites like spicy scallops, unagi, kampachi and the house specialty O-Toro (fatty tuna). The menu is driven by Japanese specialties like noodles, vegetarian rolls and sashimi, each prepared using locally-sourced and freshest ingredients with hints of familiar flavors. The eatery in itself is very cozy and inviting, with a separate bar area serving cocktails, wines and sake.

205 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
Sushi Zone

Sushi Zone is a hip-and-happening place for yuppies, students, Bohemian-types and everyone else who wants to have great sushi at low prices. It is usually crowded, but the high-energy atmosphere makes time fly by. The food is a treat. All the classics are here - maki, nigiri, hand rolls and the like, made with lightening speed from quality ingredients by the ebullient sushi chefs. The service from the wait staff is also fast, with a plate of great food or a glass of excellent Japanese beer at your elbow no sooner than you order it.

1815 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94103

Serving delicious and authentic Japanese cuisine, Omakase is a Michelin-rated that can't be missed. Located in a tiny space, this restaurant offers fine dining steeped in Japanese tradition. Choose between different prix-fixe menus, with each being as delightful and full of surprises as the other. Each course is also complemented with sake that perfectly balances the flavor of the dishes served and it’s easy to see that a lot of care and effort must have gone into achieving the tasteful pairings. The culinary voyage you will experience at Omakase will not only tantalize your taste buds but will also leave you raving about this place for a long time to come.

665 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94107
Ryoko's Japanese Restaurant & Bar

Head downtown to Ryoko's for arguably the most creative sushi on Nob Hill. The family owned and operated restaurant has dabbled in the food business for over two decades. Exclusively sourcing its fish from Japanese waters, it creates an imaginative array of sushi and sashimi. Start off with gyoza, beef teriyaki, or wakame-su with octopus. The menu features classics like salmon sake, white tuna shiromaguro and BBQ eel unakyu. For a thrilling treat to your palate, brave the Volcano Roll which is a tasty tempura shrimp sushi filled with cucumber, peanut butter and jalapeño. The best seat in the house is right next to the friendly chefs where you can catch all the sushi rolling action.

619 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
Tsunami Panhandle

Get a taste of the sensuous and tantalizing flavors of Japanese cuisine in a chic yet intimate atmosphere at Tsunami Panhandle. Top picks include made-to-order contemporary Japanese creations like nigiri sushi and sashimi, temaki, oysters and sunomuno salad; which can be enjoyed in the cozy dining or at the swanky sushi bar. The bar stocks some of the most sophisticated sake selections, along with high quality Japanese malts and fun cocktails. The restaurant is highly admired for its service, making it one of the best sushi/sake places in Panhandle.

1306 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94117
Roka Akor

Attention to detail and creativity mark every aspect of Roka Akor, right from the elegant decor and remarkable cuisine to the ice berg shaped ice cubes served with drinks at the bar downstairs. The tastefully designed main dining area is centered around a Robata grill that creates a theatrical effect. This contemporary Asian restaurant offers diners a selection of Robata Japanese dishes with a menu composed of grilled premium cuts of meat, fish and vegetables with dressings like shaved truffles, Wafu and black truffle-infused aioli, sushi, sashimi, tempura, and decadent desserts. Perfectly complemented by an impressive bar offering of wine, sake, Japanese beer, cocktails and soju, a meal at Roka Akor promises to be a dining experience that will delight you. The Roka Bar remains open until late and offers a special food menu of its own.

801 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94133

Ozumo is your destination for a quintessential far east experience and is popular among elite epicureans visiting the Embarcadero. The zen-inspired ambiance is an aesthetic illustration of futuristic accents and tasteful design that embodies a sleek and cutting-edge look that is synonymous with Japanese architecture. Bottles of sake that line the walls of the place double up as unique decor. The creativity translates onto the cuisine with an inventively-plated menu that defines modern Japanese gastronomy. Sushi aficionados are sure to love the contemporary rolls made from seasonal fish sourced from globe-spanning producers. Savor the likes of Tazuna, salmon tartare and yamagobo roll topped with snow crab and avocado, the Red Dragon tempura shrimp roll wrapped with tuna and avocado or Yasai Maki, seasonal vegetables with a tart ume plum sauce. Delicious seafood and meat preparations are freshly grilled on the traditional robata while the sake lounge boasts the largest selection of the rice fermented beverage in the country.

161 Steuart Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94105
Ace Wasabi's Rock 'N' Roll Sushi

You can enjoy one of the city's best sushi menus at Ace Wasabi's Rock n Roll Sushi. What you can expect here is a hearty Japanese meal at an affordable price. The menu sports traditional nigiri sushi, and the special rolls including the Ace Wasabi crab, eel and macadamia nuts, and the Three Amigos with tuna, yellow tail, eel and veggies, which should not be missed. The restaurant is always bustling with Marina locals. The front area of the restaurant is the perfect place to socialize, with a pub-like atmosphere. But if you are looking for a quiet meal, the back room of the restaurant is ideal.

3339 Steiner Street, Between Chestnut & Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94123
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