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Akiko's Restaurant & Sushi Bar
Akiko's Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Akiko's Restaurant & Sushi Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://akikosrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (415) 397-3218
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30 Pm - 9:30 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mark Ln and Claude Ln
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Akiko's Restaurant & Sushi Bar
The quality of our sushi is attributed to a one-of-a-kind combination of fresh ingredients, coupled with
26 years of experience and unique preparation techniques. "Akiko" means “autumn child; iris, bright
and light” in Japanese. When entering our space guests will see rustic-earth tones, imported rosewood
floors, exposed brick walls, and varied place settings on unique oak tables. The atmosphere ensures
that our customers get a unique dining experience. Our charming, boutique restaurant is conveniently
located in the Financial District in downtown San Francisco. We provide the Japanese staple in the area,
serving modern, yet traditional Japanese fare.
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Diner Reviews
  • "This has been one of my favorite sushi spots ever since I found it back in 2011. Since then it has been discovered, so be sure and make a reservation as seating is limited. Excellent, fresh ingredients, well prepared and served by an attentive staff. Being a smaller space, it can get a bit noisy, but nothing overbearing. Spicy tuna roll is a must order as is the seared salmon belly, yum!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Overall was a blast from start to finish went with Omakase menu and was extremely happy with it the chef that served me was very much innovative an familiar with his ingredients. He started me off right out of the box with Uni on top of Toro which was flamed. Wow the textures and smokiness of the char was like nothing I had ever had in a sushi bar. There were so many other pieces that just were wonderful a few stood out the prawn 2 ways both fried head and the raw tail was just confusing and flipped your palate in a direction I had never gone before the texture of the raw part was so unique. The Owner for most of the meal was the expediter and stood right at the sushi bar looking over each and every plate that left but in a cool way."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Best sushi place in SF; the service is great, wine selection is favorable and the price is just in the ball park. would be nice to ad poke bowl to the menu :-)"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Been here twice. First time both food and service was amazing. Second time food was still good but service was poor, almost non existent. Not sure what happened but ruined the dining experience for us. Will not be back."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "The restaurant is not marked and is somewhat hard to find but worth the effort."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Don't be surprised if you walk right by the restaurant... we did. There is no sign, and it is a true hidden gem. The fish was fresh and pieces were the perfect size. Very nice wine list, the only drawback is the table we had was in the back against a wall... it was a busy Friday night, and we were lucky to get a reservation ahead of time."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We sat at the bar and really enjoyed omakase from Geoff. Great sushi! We loved all the nigiri. We can't wait to go back! The fish is so fresh."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Fish was very fresh, but food lacked a certain taste"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Akiko's served up the freshest, most delectable sushi I have ever had. I went with a friend who is even more a of sushi lover than I am and he was impressed too. This is sushi on a level I've never experienced before. Everything was outstanding and my taste buds will take me back to Akiko again and again."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Amazing bouquet of flavors!! Each piece was just incredible. Definitely recommend the Ngiri's as well as some of the makis. The 49er was soooo good! Also, the service was quite welcoming and timely. You definitely won't regret coming here"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The food is great..."special" fish pieces are fresh and great tasting! Sake is awesome and staff are wonderful. This is my go to place every time I visit SF!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I've heard that Akiko's star chef is departing soon, if he has not departed already. Nevertheless, the food is outstanding. One of the best sushi\Japanese restaurants in San Francisco. To my knowledge, reservations are absolutely required (although, if you're reading this, you probably already know that)"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Akiko is very unpretentious. To understand how good Akiko is, one needs to dine where they think is the best raw fish in town and then order the Omakase at Akiko. If you are like me, you will use words such as "lucious" and "ethereal'" to describe the sashimi and most of the sushi the Chef has sent out to you. It is the same with the tempura shrimp heads. My two friends, first timers at Akiko a few days ago, say so as well."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The sushi was incredible. My table opted for the chef selection and we all were blown away! Monkfish liver is a new favorite!! Alan was an incredible server and was extremely helpful with recommendations and overall spectacular service! Easy to miss the restaurant though because there is no sign out front. But great dining experience!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The fish is so fresh and prepared with expert hands. It will be hard to enjoy sushi elsewhere after Akiko's."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We arrived at our reservation time and were told by a passive aggressive hostess that our table would not be ready for "a long time." 30 minutes later, we were seated and strongly upsold by an inattentive waiter. The sushi was pretty good, but the prices were extremely high for the quality of service/experience. The bathroom was dirty and had clearly not been attended to all night. I would not recommend this restaurant to others or return myself."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Sat at the bar and had the omakase -- it was terrific. The chef/owner served us directly and that made the experience all the better. Price was totally reasonable for that level of service & food (~$105pp). One thing to note: We went on a Monday night, which is a bad night to go to a top-rated sushi place in SF, as the main fish market is closed on Mondays. So food was _terrific_ (but not "epic life changing beyond amazing"). I imagine if you go on Tue - Fri you're going to get the best of the best."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "This was my second visit to Akiko. The food is high class sushi, potentially the best in town. Very expensive if you mix and match your selection so be careful. This is what pulled down my overall rating."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Fishes are really fresh, well crafted sushi. Servers are also well trained and makes great recommendations."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "High quality produce prepared masterfully. Superb America wine at reasonable prices. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • ""This is the first time I've ever had real good fish" - my dad Took my dad here for a late Father's day dinner and he was very impressed. He's definitely been to quite a few Sushi restaurants and this, by far, is his favorite. I enjoyed it myself. Almost went for the Omakase but decided that we wanted to pick our own fish as well as additional starters which were the Agedashi Tofu and Kampachi Kama that included half of the head. Both were excellent. There was a little bit of a wait for the Kampachi since our waiter didn't tell us until last minute that they were out of the Hamachi Kama. Nevertheless, the dish was worth the wait. All the nigiri/sashimi that we ordered were exceptional. All in all great place. Would definitely come back."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "fish is extraordinary. talented kitchen. attentive service. I've booked my next visit"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Everything about this sushi restaurant was great. We sat at the bar and had an omakase meal where the sushi chef just kept putting out his choice. The fish was exquisite and wonderfully prepared. The young chefs were fantastic-quick, skilled, with great personality. Extremely high quality fish with several luxurious, uncommon types. This is not the place to go if you want great big California rolls. However, if you want high quality sushi, expertly prepared-this is the place. They also have a nice sake menu and were very helpful in choosing sake and fish pairings. For the quality of the meal, the price wasn't bad (under $400 for two, including three small bottles of excellant sake)."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Service could of been better. We were the first party to have fun and they already were out of some of the food."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Akiko's is a must for sushi lovers. The fish is fresh with great variety. The chefs are always inventive. The best advice I can give is to not even look at the menu but let the chef prepare his recommended choices. I have NEVER been disappointed. Simply said, "WOW"."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I almost don't want to review this because this is a small place and I will definitely be back many times! Incredible sushi, great sake, and absolutely fantastic service."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Amazing experience, great service. Every bite is special."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Very good sushi specials. Black Tuna and Wild White Salmon were both exceptional."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Very nice quaint modern Japanese downtown restaurant. Fresh ingredients, sushi. Good service, modern decor."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Perfectly paced over 2 hours. Elegant presentations with thoughtful comment. Super fresh. All I had to do was listen and eat and drink and enjoy. I'll be back!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Superb. Excellent sushi chef. I left the selection to the waiter. A great selection but I was surprised by a $140 per person check. Ouch. But still awesome Japanese and maybe worth it. It would be a 5 star experience except for the cost of my experience. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Excellent fish, many of which were new to me. Everything was super fresh and vibrant, beautifully handled and presented, and the service could not have been better. Trust your server for recommendations in making your selections!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Highly recommend the uni from Hokaido,Japan...very tiny and sweet and slightly pinkish, unlike the ones from Santa Barbara.The torro sashimi is outstanding as well. another delicious dish is the agedofu ...chef did a great job by slicing them into 1/2 thick by 2 inch square...makes them beautiful and refine in presentation and tastes. The vegetable tempura is also very good. They also have tasty and delicious wines and sake."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The service was good and the sushi was out of this world amazing. We asked for a recommendation on some nigiri and our server picked out a couple fantastic pieces for us. Prices are moderate but definitely worth it for the quality of food. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We got the omakase and the sushi was exquisite. Dish after dish of delicately flavored sushi. Be sure though to let your sushi chef know when you are reaching your max, otherwise the fish will keep coming (and your bill will keep growing). The chefs were friendly and quite knowledgeable about each type of fish. Try to sit at the counter or towards the front half of the restaurant - the bathroom noise towards the back is a little distracting."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "I went with my boyfriend for the OMAKASE menu and loved it. Chef Ricky was great!"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "this is the worst sushi place. The wood is very untesty, and excpensive! will never recomend anyone to visit this place. The personal is rude, exceprt waitress she was nice. Place is small and line for the restroom is on" peoples heads" "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Akiko's is absolutely delicious. There are 2 menus: one that changes daily and the other that is available all the time. Start from the fresh daily menu and supplement with items from the regular menu if you are still hungry. They do tend to run out of certain items so have some backups in mind. The servers are very helpful in explaining the flavor of each type of fish. For example, if you prefer salmon over tuna let your server know and he/she can recommend something from the fresh menu. It can be a bit pricey for nigiri but the flavors are so worth it. I think it would be best to dine here during typical dinner hours (if you can get a table!) but definitely try to get a larger table along the benches and not the lame one by the bathroom. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Been going here for years, always great. New menu now and the food was HORRIBLE. Tempura was hard and greasy. Teriyaki was flabby with an overwhelming flavor of anise. Sushi was standard offerings (gone are the interesting sushi rolls that were fresh and tasty) and were stale and tasteless - the "rainbow roll" was so pale and stale that you couldn't even tell the different fish apart. The edamame was still good though. So, so, so sad cuz I loved this restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Probably the best sushi in the city! We've been to Akiko's many times and the food is always amazing."
    Dined on 5/13/2014