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
116 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (85)neighborhood gem (45)special occasion (44)romantic (27)hot spot (24)great for lunch (23)late-night find (6)notable wine list (6)good for groups (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great sushi.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Some of the best, if not the best, sushi in the City.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    My second time coming here for lunch, and I would definitely come again! I've tried nearly all the sushi rolls, and just about all of them will redefine the meaning of sushi for you! With that said, my personal favorite is the unagi-ku. During my next visit, I will try the sashimi/nigiri.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • overpriced, and underwhelming.
    sfdlfood
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The title of this review says it all. There were atleast 6 things on my list of desired items that "they were out of". It was so bad I had to literally ask what they "did" have. Ended up paying $20 for 2 small Uni because their regular $9 SF one was obviously "sold-out" Never going here again. Word of advice guys, if you're gonna run out of everything don't put it on the menu.
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    romantic
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  • Mediocre food and poor service
    UrbanFoodie
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The mediocre quality Americanized Japanese food did not deserve the prices they charged. The hostess was not friendly at all when we first walked in and then asked us leave as soon as we finished eating and drinking as if there was a designated time slot for each table. I would not recommend this place. If you are desperate, I'd say go to the other Akiko around the corner from there. The food is the same quality, but just cheaper. I'm never going back to this place.
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  • Hesitate to review
    AnnGVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This place is so awesome I am inclined to keep my mouth shut.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Fantastic super fresh sashimi. Yes yes yes. Just go.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You can't make me.
    TerryD32
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I refuse to tell anyone how amazing it was, because I want to always be able to get a table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why did I give Akiko another chance
    MarvVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The food at Akiko happens to be quite good. The service is another matter--poor and not necessarily the fault of the server. The place should reduce the seating by about 40% to avoid having to listen to a neighbor's conversation.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not creative
    goodfoodlover1
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    One is the most disappointing dining experience. Starting on the outside as we walked in it smelled of garbage. The restaurant is located next to a dark alley on a very busy street. The seaweed salad was just the kind you can buy at any supermarket. The rolls had much rice and were falling apart The main problem the restaurant didn't have any special something that makes you want to come back They didn't make any effort to be creative or have special sauces. It's a diner for sushi in the busy financial district (which seems like the only reason anyone would go there). After having a meal at Saru sushi full of love and creativity eating at akiko felt in satisfying and sad. If you love good full stay away
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  • Fabulous sushi
    Luvsanfran
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Sashimi plate was incredible, rolls were outstandingly delicious and satisfying. Service was excellent. We will definitely go back and highly recommend!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must be a local thing
    AmyDana
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This place was turning away people left and right due to its small size. We had a reservation, but got lousy seats and lackluster service. We were seated near the door, not at the bar. The food was good, but the service so spotty, it is hard to give it a higher overall rating.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Service!
    Tobias
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Service was impeccable! Extremely polite, took away plates instantly (even clearing empty edamame pods!) The dessert plum sake is delicious--so much so my date wanted it with dinner! Even granted my request for a private spot for our anniversary dinner. Beautiful spot, very romantic.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Tempura & Sashimi combo lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Miso soup ordinary, nothing outstanding. tempura was a great disappointment, batter soggy, greasy, heavy, brown and not flavorful. They need to change the oil as by after 1:30 pm how many times has the oil been cooked in? 4 pieces of sashimi nicely presented but not extraordinary. Very over rated restaurant. I would recommend they not serve tempura. The sauce was pretty good but for $19, the tempura should've tasted and looked better. Couldn't really differentiate the favors of the various vegetables because the batter was so bad. Presentation looked nice . It was my first long awaited dining experience there for me but probably my last time. Yet, I am not one to waste food, I finished my meal.
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  • Great Food
    faz9
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Absolutely delicious. Some of the best sushi I've had in this city!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Delicious
    happybadger
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Excellent Japanese cuisine. The selection of fresh fish on the nama menu was excellent. Many great choices you cannot always find for a reasonable price. Excellent sushi rolls as well.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good and very expensive
    flyp52
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We did the omakase, it was fantastic. Just keep in mind you are purchasing an experience as much as purchasing a meal. Savor each piece and appreciate the differences in each. You can always savor a burger later.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Good, if they still have any left
    Foodie13
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Akiko's has excellent sushi and service is excellent. However it was frustrating that they didn't have a lot of the wine and fish listed on the menu. Granted we had a late reservation but maybe let us know before we order. Ended up going home hungry.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing fish...not amazing service
    Christina
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This might be the best sushi/sashimi I've had in San Francisco, hand's down. But, the service left a bit to be desired. Although everyone who helped us was very nice, it took more than 15 minutes for the waiter to take our order and the courses (we had the omakase) were spaced too far apart. We will be back, but will sit at the sushi bar next time.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    XPSF35
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    As mentioned on their website, Akiko's fish is more than fresh and suhis are just awesome. I have been too many sushi restaurants in the past including in Tokyo. Compared to many other places, this place rocks for sushis. I cannot say anything about the other few dishes that are available since sushis were so enjoyable and were what we only ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Since my last omakase sushi experience in Seattle, I thought I was never going to find something as comparable. But I was wrong - every dish was beautifully plated like edible art. This isn't a run of the mill sushi boat restaurant. These guys are professionals and shokunin in their craft. Skip the rolls and order everything off the Nama menu. Trust me, it will be worth your while. I can't wait to come back. I swear, I could eat here everyday if I lived in the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic fresh sushi!
    LuvSF
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Had a wonderful omakase dinner on Friday, August 28. The fish was superbly fresh and the variety kept each nigiri special. The presentation was masterful and each piece was explained in detail (origin of the fish and how it was sourced). The itamae (sushi chef) was attentive and tailored the meal to my personal preferences. The evening was not rushed and the type of fish selected progressed from simple, clean flavors to more complex ones and differing textures. An overall excellent dining experience, and would recommend taking a seat at the sushi bar for the best experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food great. Disappointed style.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Food was outstanding. Because small space, they seemed focused on "in and out". They wanted to put all food out same time like "family style". Had to request they serve by course e.g. salad, soup, sushi. High class food, low class style.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • 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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    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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  • Best Sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I love that the fish is always fresh and the taste is out of this world!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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!
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    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 :-)
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • 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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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went here on vacation. The sushi was incredible. We aren't going to be able to enjoy mediocre Boston sushi anymore. Our waiter was very enthusiastic about the sake selection. The experience was intimate and relaxed.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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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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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • 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.
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    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
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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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!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • 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)
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.