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

Akiko's Restaurant & Sushi Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://akikosrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4153973218
  • 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: Sushi, Japanese
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Akiko's Restaurant & Sushi Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
134 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (96)neighborhood gem (49)special occasion (46)great for lunch (35)hot spot (29)romantic (28)good for groups (7)late-night find (4)notable wine list (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • spitz9000
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The team at Akiko's were, as always outstanding in every way. The pace and order of the meal are perhaps my favorite parts of the experience, as you order - the suggestions made by the sushi chefs for food order really do make a difference, while increasing the enjoyment of any meal. Best, freshest Fish in tow - bar none.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just great!
    lenam
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Best sashimi and sushi ever!was there 2 years ago with local friends, dreamed of this restaurant for 2 years ))) and had a dinner at the first day in SF on our second trip to the city. Perfect again! Highly recommend
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Sushi Downtown
    luvgreatfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Akiko's is a small restaurant located on Bush Street downtown. There is a nice variety to their menu, but they shine on the variety and quality of their sushi/sashimi. Be sure to ask for "off the menu" availability for the day. Very casual and relaxed; the emphasis is on the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy!
    BlaineSVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sushi was TOP TIER
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi
    JRhodes
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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 :-)
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No service anymore
    Wrongchange
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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.
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  • Worth it
    DenVar
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The restaurant is not marked and is somewhat hard to find but worth the effort.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    PickyEater
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Omakase is Great!
    KellVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Fish was very fresh, but food lacked a certain taste
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  • Best sushi ever
    luvgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best I ever had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great sushi
    HairyCrabs
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Best Sashimi and Sushi in SF By Far
    crecre
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best sushi meal of my life
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flawless
    itsnotcarlosVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The fish is so fresh and prepared with expert hands. It will be hard to enjoy sushi elsewhere after Akiko's.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive and disorganized
    DH14VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Omakase
    nclhVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • Over priced
    AJ72VIP
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Sushi!
    Palmtenor
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Fishes are really fresh, well crafted sushi. Servers are also well trained and makes great recommendations.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GP12
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    High quality produce prepared masterfully. Superb America wine at reasonable prices. Will definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best sushi spots in town
    Jp123
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    "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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • one of the best for sushi in SF
    Fresser
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    fish is extraordinary. talented kitchen. attentive service. I've booked my next visit
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic sushi!
    mimzmomVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    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).
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good, service was okay
    Remi
    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.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Akikos a GREAT foodie experience
    JBJB
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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".
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wow
    californiamark
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Amazing experience, great service. Every bite is special.
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  • ChrisVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Very good sushi specials. Black Tuna and Wild White Salmon were both exceptional.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Modern Japanese restaurant downtown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Very nice quaint modern Japanese downtown restaurant. Fresh ingredients, sushi. Good service, modern decor.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • OMG omakaze over-the-top sushi
    AkikoFirstTime
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Nigiri and Sushi
    AJ72VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Outstanding sushi and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • luvhotfood
    luvhotfood
    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.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious - not your typical sushi
    MarinDiner
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    I went with my boyfriend for the OMAKASE menu and loved it. Chef Ricky was great!
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    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worst sushi place you can think of
    fodnat
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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"
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