Blowfish Sushi - SF
Blowfish Sushi - SF

Blowfish Sushi - SF

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.blowfishsushi.com/
  • Phone: 4152853848
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday- Tuesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Wednesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday- Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Happy Hour: Monday- Friday: 5:00pm- 7:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Contemporary Asian, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Ritsuo Tsuchida
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Blowfish Sushi can catering all kinds of fun, casual or elegant events. Anyone can make quite an impression on their guests with are elegant sushi displays and decor. On-site sushi chefs are available upon request. Let Blowfish Sushi make your event shine!
  • Entertainment: We show all the sporting events! Whenever football is on, we have discounts at the bar! Live DJ's every Wednesday! Go Giants
  • Special Events: On & Off site catering for ANY event! The possibility's are endless!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 19th & 20th
  • Public Transit: Bus #27 stops at Bryant and 20th. Bus #22 & #33 stops at Bryant and 16th.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We are located at 2170 Bryant St. between 19th and 20th in the Mission District of San Francisco. You are able to park on Bryant or surrounding blocks.
A word from Blowfish Sushi - SF
Blowfish Sushi is an eclectic sushi bar and restaurant that serves both modern and traditional sushi, and sashimi, as well as salads, cooked appetizers and special desserts. The menu style is Asian Fusion and emphasizes clean, pure healthy foods. We have an extensive list of imported sakes and our own original line of sake cocktails. Our upbeat and unforgettable atmosphere is one of a kind, creating an atmosphere of excitement. Our restaurant and sound system have been specially created to give the impression of "feeling the sound" while allowing conversation to be acoustically transparent. We continuously show Japanese animation films for your viewing pleasure. Colorful original production cells, used in the making of various Anime feature films, decorate the walls. These cartoon images are considered an art form in Japan and are extremely popular in many countries. Come Eat to the Beat! Blowfish Sushi.
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Blowfish Sushi - SF reviews from OpenTable diners
105 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (66)neighborhood gem (61)hot spot (46)good for groups (38)special occasion (35)vibrant bar scene (28)romantic (17)late-night find (12)great for lunch (6)notable wine list (5)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • It's a gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Love Blowfish Sushi and have for years. Great food, great ambiance, super nice people - it's the total package. Love it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blowing it Up
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Go for the great assortment of unique sushi, stay for the seconds, or thirds, or fourths...Their sushi is a cross between traditional and California style. Not a ton of toppings and sauces, but definitely unique and full of flavor. The wait is a little longer for food and drinks, but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Everything was super tasty. But everything took forever to get ordered and come out. We had an early dinner so it wasn't very packed and should not have taken that long to come out. But the food was so good we would go again! Just don't go if you are in a hurry.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great night out!
    Mart1606
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The service was lively and fun. The food quite stunning. Added to this the very funky music. A place not for the faint hearted, but if you like great sushi and sashimi and funky, clubby tunes it's the place for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome
    Todd
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I took the wife and our two adult kids here for my birthday. The kids and I love sushi but the wife was on the fence until she tried the to die for roll . This place has converted my wife of 25 years into a sushi lover. Now that's saying something. Give it a try you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some of the Best in the USA
    JGrayVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The sushi here is some of the freshest that we have had in the USA and this restaurant is one of the best sushi places in the bay area that we have tried.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good sushi, bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The sushi's pretty good at blowfish though it's not my 1st choice (or 2nd or 3rd for that matter). Still, we were able to snag a table on Friday for that very same night (tells you something, right?) and were happy to go. But the server was lackadaisical at best, ambling about with no sense of urgency despite it being a busy night. We had to search for her multiple times -- she went MIA. who knows what was up but she was one of the lamest servers I've had the misfortune of dealing with. Sigh.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • raising the bar for sushi
    DiBo
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I have been coming here for 15 years and Blowfish always manages to blow me away. the food is delicious and beautifully prepared, and the staff are always friendly and professional. wonderful cocktails and amazing sushi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique sushi rolls
    DinnerDateVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This is not your typical sushi place! Offers delicious and lovely sake cocktails, good sushi grade fish, and very interesting and delicious sushi roll combinations! We always love coming here and try to order at least 1 new dish each time. This time, the shrimp toast, was a great addition to our favorites (dynamite roll, spider roll).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, but have had had better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Atmosphere was fun and vibrant and the staff was very friendly. I was disappointed at the size of the rolls; smaller than I am used to on the east coast. Veggie tempura was very good. I probably should have ventured into some new sushi territory as the menu was expansive; perhaps next time I will.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Trendy, but pricey
    Notafoodie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Good, but pricey sushi. Nice presentation. Good background music. The dining area felt a little cramped as if we were close enough to share dishes with neighboring patrons.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated and Disappointing
    SavukaVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    My girlfriend and I had not previously tried the legendary Blowfish, and couldn't wait for the occasion to celebrate her birthday. We were shocked and disappointed with the overpriced and surprisingly mediocre sushi. Nothing stood out for us despite Blowfish's stellar reputation, and we decided we far prefer less pretentious and pricy places, eg Ebisu and even Ocean Sushi in Pacifica. Great service, but we were disappointed and will not be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • sushi remarkable
    JJPf
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Athmosphere and dining go Hand in Hand in BLOWFISH, this is a cool place. The Sushi was the best that we had during our recent trip down the west coast, service is quick and friendly. A Reservation seems to be recommended, it was really packed, the music fun, the seafood fresh. Sushi californian style with a Special Twist to several dishes. Blowfish is always a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    LellaVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Went with high expectations as we know the restaurant on Santana Row, San Jose well. Unfortunately not the case. The restaurant is more like a diner. Location not so good, ok if live in the area otherwise a cab ride. Staff much more relaxed and not so attentive. Sat at the raw bar, which was probably best. Chatted with chef preparing sushi. Saving grace was the sushi and black cod marinated in misso.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • it's all that they say it is - go!!
    qtravel
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I was recommended Blowfish Sushi by two separate friends. i can only say they were right. As a visitor to San Francisco it was the highlight of the trip. The food is excellent. The service is great and the cocktails are good - what more can you ask for? The waiter gave recommendations with confidence including the cocktails and the pyramid sushi which is amazing and an experience. The quality of the ingredients in particular the seafood such as the kingfish and tuna is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great experience.
    MarcatnVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Blowfish is a always fun and has amazing dishes. Love the pyramid and the crazy Oyster Shooters in the Russian roulette.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It fine was.
    Dell
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This spot was super fun. I loved the music. The food and service were all right. It was super fun spot so I will go again but it isn't my favorite sushi spot in the city.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi
    MaggieSFVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This place is not only a family gem but has really great sushi, service, and a fun ambiance!!!! This restaurant should be on everyone's list to try!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My friends and I came into the city to celebrate a birthday and we had a wonderful time at this restaurant-great food -great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, Service...not so much
    RayCVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were seated at the sushi counter which I actually like so you can see the food being prepared. Took a while for the waiter to come over and take our drink and food order. We ordered two more rounds of drinks from other random staff because we never saw our waiter until it was time to get the bill. Oh well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great sushi
    Angelica
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Had a fabulous time. We had the sashimi combination... the big one. Fantastically fresh fish! Loved the pyramid appetizer, too. I wouldn't recommend the To Die For... It sounds like it should be great, but it fell short in my opinion. Not nearly as good as the Dragon Roll! do not skip the dragon roll... The waiter was friendly and continually checked back to see how we were doing and also gave good recommendations when we asked him for them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendliest Sushi Bar in SF
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I couldn't believe how awesomely accommodating and friendly everyone at Blowfish was on my two dinners there this week. My new favorite go-to-spot for a late night sake or sushi fix with 1-6 friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flawless food
    K8atu
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I am now what I would consider a regular here, traveling out from the East Bay just to munch here. Stellar food, and great service. Give it a go!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still holds its own
    YelpyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I haven't been to Blowfish in several years so it was great to see it still holds its own among all the other hip sushi contenders in SF
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • five stars
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    absolutely delicious, get the tuna tar tar pyramid!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still great after so many years!
    NedaN
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Last time I was here was in the late 90s. After moving back to the Bay Area last Sept, I have tried every sushi bar anyone has recommended but haven't found one yet that stands up to LA standards!!! Blowfish was by far the best sushi yet. The atmosphere is as hip as I remembered. Service was great and the Samurai Margaritas were fantastic. I would definitely go back. Nice to see some things remain the same over the years like your favorite sushi bar!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • all presentation
    tt33
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We were not particularly impressed with the sushi. The presentation of the food was very elaborate, with dry ice vapor pouring out over the bowl containing the sashimi. However, the food itself was not very good. The fish was a little mushy, and a bit of a let down. We wouldn't go there again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for our large dinner!
    stung
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Reserved for 21 people and the manager was able to put together a good sampling of their menu for our desired per-head price range. Food was some of the best and most unique sushi we have ever had and presented in really cool ways. Definitely skews toward a slightly younger crowd with anime and daft punk music but even grandpa had a good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    You want good sushi? GO HERE. Absolutely GREAT and the staff is very knowlegeable and happy to help with anything you need to decide on. Cocktails are also excellent.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A simple sous chefs review..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I came in kinda late ready to spend big though. We ordered high end everything. First thing to hit the table was the food. I wish I had a sip of that hibiki that I ordered almost 20 min in a rocks whiskey Food was great coming from an oyster restaurant none of the oysters had any liquor. Disappointed for I feel they were pre shucked. The sushichefs still got it going on. That's why I love this place. Loved the chef inspires dishes. Inventive and playful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    510foodie
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Blowfish is always a smash success. Delicious dishes you can have each time you go, and special occasion dishes ( what's the one with the dry ice? Awesome. ) too. The drinks are innovative and delicious too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent sushi!!
    Yummm
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We came in as a party of 8 on a very busy Saturday night. Our server was wonderful, she handled a vibrant table quite well & was incredibly attentive. Truly a fantastic experience & the food was over the top delicious!! No left overs at all~ Thank you Blow Fish for treating us so well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    MichiganTiff
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food and service was wonderful. There was a DJ spinning in the background that pumped up the atmosphere. This is a great place for excellent food, service, and a lively atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    mdfoodie
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Enjoyed a meal here. Sushi was good, and in some cases inventive. Highlight was a prawn dish that looked like a work of art. Nigiri was good, but not great. Sticky rice wasn't er...sticky. Fish was fresh with good selection, but not that "melt in your mouth" type sushi that I've had at other SF restaurants. Space was vibrant, with a DJ spinning music, but not distracting at all. Good crowd for a Monday night...brisk business. Wine list was limited but decent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow!
    UptownGirl
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We really enjoyed dining here. The food was of very high quality, very fresh. They prepare both some standard type offerings, as well as items that took one out of the realm of the ordinary. Imaginative and harmonious without being weird. Every dish the 5 of us at the table tried was worth having again, but the yellowtail sashimi sent my brother and me into paroxysms of delight. (Well almost.) They also have a variety of cooked dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite sushi place in SF.
    CaliChris1VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Make sure you try the garlic edamame. All of the custom rolls are amazing and the sashimi is always so fresh. Been here so many times and always leave happy and satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great--wish we weren't in a rush!
    akobre01
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    My girlfriend and I went to this restaurant before she had to catch her plane. The sushi was really good; we got the pyramid of tartare which was very tasty and a few special rolls which were both delicious and interesting. The place was pretty full and had a really interesting vibe: very cool/colorful artwork and were playing electronic music (not what you'd expect for sushi). Unfortunately we had to rush so we didn't get to spend as much time there as we would have liked. The server was very friendly and helped a lot however it did take a while for the food to come (perhaps if we were in a rush this wouldn't have mattered to us). I would definitely return and recommend this restaurant--we had a great time!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pyramid is a must have
    local
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    You just haven't lived until you've tried the sashimi pyramid!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing sushi
    trumpet
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I have come to blowfish for many years. The sushi used to be top-notch. Last night I'm afraid the food was really disappointing. Kind of gross. They are charging A-1 prices but serving sub-par fish. The steak tartar was a great idea, presented poorly. Looked tired. Tasted ok but was kind of a mess. The chicken was good. I might come back for a drink but never again for dinner.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 66 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 648 reviews are from the Blowfish Sushi - SF reviews archive.
  • Great lunch bento
    EnjoyVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I always enjoy the lunch combo bento. Sashimi & teriyaki are usually good choices. But this time the teriyaki glaze was too salty for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.