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
102 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (59)neighborhood gem (52)hot spot (40)good for groups (37)special occasion (33)vibrant bar scene (25)romantic (16)late-night find (12)great for lunch (9)notable wine list (5)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch bento
    Enjoy
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downward Spiral
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This restaurant is no longer an option for sushi and a full bar. As we walked into the restaurant the smell of dirty towels permeated each table. We arrived around 6:45 p.m. with probably 6 tables seated. Took over 20 minutes for someone to take our order. Our waitress did offer us free miso soup to appease us (wow! 25 cents net cost to the restaurant). Food was okay and had some weird timing issues. The sushi didn't arrive until 15 minutes after appetizers were completed. I've given this place enough chances and I hate to say that this is my last time I'm ever eat here. Goodbye Pyramid Tower! You were the only reason I still gave this place a shot!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the Best Sushi
    dms10VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Disappointing across the board- haven't been here in a while but don't think I'll be back
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blowfish Blows!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    It's a great place to go to with a group, large or small. The variety of sushi they provide is unparalleled, with all sorts of wild combinations. We simply asked our server to provide a great variety of sushi and sashimi. She gave us a wide range of delicious things and we all had a great time. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best sushi I have ever eaten but ..
    bigfan1
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The food is amazing- melt in your mouth sushi, beautifully presented, incredible flavors, great cocktails. However the music was too loud and not pleasant to listen to. The place is packed and small so tables are on top of one another. We couldn't help but overhear the entire inappropriate conversation next to us. Our last 2 orders took so long to arrive that we canceled them. The waitress was fantastic, but spread too thin. So if you have plenty of time and patience, and like an edgy scene with a DJ and loud music, then this is your place. I would go back, only because the food is so amazing. I might bring ear plugs.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Ok
    Teresa
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The food was good (at least the food I received was good. The waitress didn't bring everything we ordered) but too loud for dining conversation. I don't think I'd go back. There is better sushi at the same or lower price point.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Sushi + Upbeat Vibe
    SunsetGirl87
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I came here with a friend for Dine-About-Town. I was surprised their menu included chirashi for one of the entree choices (usually $28 item alone) as well as their famous ritsu roll, and an amazing green tea cheesecake topped with green tea ice cream. Everything was wonderful with superb presentation. I also had the caipirinha with lychee which I highly recommend and the fiery roll was good too. The DJ was playing great beats (dance club music - there's no dance floor to my knowledge, but it's a good place to start the night before going out) Anime playing on the tv screen and psychedelic art. Definitely one of my best sushi finds yet! : )
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • abfab day
    PatriciaVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    dine about town prompted my reservatiom here with a friend and we were thrilled with the food and service. Had the speciality tempura coated sushi item on the dine about list and fainted away with joy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a party
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We kind of hi-jacked a corner of the restaurant for an evening, but the team at Blowfish were super-cordial, provided extraordinary service and made us all feel quite at home. I was super impressed with the service and always impressed with the food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Value for the lunch bento
    Enjoy
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    The lunch bento box has a good variety of items to choose from. I ordered the beef teriyaki & salmon sashimi that came with soup, salad, rice & gyoza.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great atmosphere
    Milipinon
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    I really enjoyed Blowfish, nice food and great atmosphere. The rolls we tried were very original, with unexpected combinations and twists. I liked having the DJ playing in the background, really made the atmosphere special and fun for a Thursday night out. Great place to go with friends or large groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sage
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Had a reservation for 8, but upon arriving they set up for 7, expecting us to squeeze in the 8th on the bench side of the joined tables. What? This is how it went for us throughout the visit. Although the food did not taste too bad and was nicely prepared, it certainly was not filling at all. Like the initial seating arrangement, the food just did not fit the size of our appetites. The ambience was not bad, even had a DJ playing some good mixes. However, overall it was not worth the money. I knew it would be pricey but did not live up to the hype. Next time, I will just stay with my friendly neighborhood sushi restaurant rather then a wannabe high end joint. Forgettable experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • yummy
    nellie
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Super dynamite roll...is just that. Nice place. The server was knowledgeable and nice. The place had decent music but it was a little loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 62 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 635 reviews are from the Blowfish Sushi - SF reviews archive.