Where to Find Delicious Sushi in San Francisco
San Francisco is no stranger to sushi. The city has a host of sushi restaurants that are perfect for visitors with adventurous taste buds and an appreciation for Japanese art and culture. If you’re craving sushi in San Francisco, here’s a list of restaurants that are guaranteed to hit the spot.
Roka Akor (801 Montgomery St.)
Roka Akor is a modern, fine-dining Japanese steakhouse that proudly serves prime-cut steaks, marinated and cooked in an open, traditional charcoal grill. Guests can explore its Roka Bar, located at the lower level while feasting on succulent sushi, sake, cocktails and steaks from Chef Roman Petry.
Sanraku (704 Sutter St.)
Serving premium sake and a long list of nigiri and maki sushi on the menu, Sanraku on Sutter Street is a great place to hang out while trying a variety of miniature sushi samplings. Enjoy the tastiest, most intricate, bite-sized sushi portions in the restaurant's bright, inviting atmosphere.
Hana Zen Sushi & Yakitori Bar (PIER 39)
Located at the famous PIER 39, Han Zen has a yakitori (skewers) bar, sushi and a full cocktail bar that includes Japanese sake. It’s the perfect place to unwind while savoring the scenic view of the San Francisco Bay.
Blowfish Sushi to Die For (2170 Bryant St.)
The name says it all. If you’re into anime, neon pink sushi rolls and Japanese techno music, Blowfish Sushi to Die For just may be your idea of heaven. Its creative menu includes dishes called Lost in the Forest, Pyramid of Tartar, Volcano Shrimp Toast and Ritsu Roll.
PABU Izakaya (101 California St.)
PABU is a sleek, high-end Japanese restaurant founded by award-winning chef Michael Mina. This upscale restaurant’s renowned chef, Ken Tominaga, is behind PABU’s visually alluring menu creations, prepared and designed to not only delight your taste buds but also arouse your other senses for a phenomenal dining experience.
Ozumo Restaurant (161 Steuart St.)
Famous for robata grilled selections and a great list of sake and spirits, this contemporary Japanese restaurant overlooking the San Francisco Bay Bridge is a fun place to dine and hang out with friends. The dining and lounge areas have creative interiors and slick architecture especially ideal for large groups who want to enjoy happy hour.
Sanraku (101 Fourth St.)
Located in the Metreon, this Sanraku location offers a wide selection of Japanese cuisine, including sushi, chicken teriyaki, tempura, tonkatsu and what diners call the best miso soup they’ve ever tasted. The restaurant also has a bar that serves sake and a selection of Japanese beers. It’s a great stop for quiet and relaxed dining after a day of shopping.
Omakase (665 Townsend St.)
Omakase’s sleek Japanese decor and sophisticated architecture invite diners to stop in and have a taste of Chef Jackson Yu’s artistic, visually enchanting and succulent menu creations, including his famous Edomae-style sushi. Omakase’s fish menu is a cut above the rest as its fish comes straight from Tsukiji Fish Market located in Tokyo, Japan.
Okane (669 Townsend St.)
If you’re on a budget but still want the authentic Japanese cuisine served at Omakase, head to Okane. Okane is the little sister restaurant of the upscale Omakase. It’s famous for mid-priced comfort food that is authentically Asian, including Izakaya bites and lots of sushi. Enjoy tempting Japanese dishes such as handmade rolls with Japanese beer and sake while dining in a relaxed, cozy atmosphere.
Live Sushi Bar (2001 17th St.)
Another sushi restaurant that prides itself on only using freshly flown fish from the famous Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Live Sushi Bar is the place to be if you prefer a casual dining experience. The restaurant features live food preparations as well as rolls, bento boxes and sashimi. While you’re feasting on authentic Japanese cuisine and Japanese beers, enjoy the wood-paneled coziness for a relaxingly superb dining experience.