Hana Zen Sushi Bar - Pier 39
Hana Zen Sushi Bar - Pier 39
  • Address:
    Pier 39, Suite M.209 (Beach & Embarcadero)
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    Neighborhood:
    Fisherman's Wharf
  • Cuisine:
    Japanese
    Price: $30 and under

Hana Zen Sushi Bar - Pier 39

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hanazenrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4154218822
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00 am - 4:30 pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Hana Zen Sushi and Yakitori Bar at Pier 39 has an expansive bay view of Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge. We offer excellent sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, yakitori, premium sake, wine, liquor and cocktails.
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We bring our sushi chef to make the catering party more enjoyable.
  • Private Party Facilities: Pirvate dining with the view of Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Private Party Contact: Angie Louie 4159714548

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Embarcadero
  • Public Transit: Public Transit available
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a free parking for two hour validation.
A word from Hana Zen Sushi Bar - Pier 39
Hana Zen Sushi and Yakitori Bar at Pier 39 has an expansive bay view of Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge. We offer excellent sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, yakitori, premium sake, wine, liquor and cocktails. The new Hana Zen at Pier 39 offers more seating capacity. We can cater for wedding, birthdays, anniversaries and other special events. We are proud to preserve the traditional Japanese cuisine. We use the highest quality of fish, vegetables and meat like Kobe beef and lamb.
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Hana Zen Sushi Bar - Pier 39 reviews from OpenTable diners
10 reviews since April 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.3
  • Food3.5
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
57% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (7)special occasion (5)great for lunch (3)good for groups (2)romantic (2)neighborhood gem (1)kid-friendly (1)hot spot (1)fit for foodies (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Great sushi and rolls. Great view. My family and I loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Terrible service. Waitress messed up our order several times. Took forever to get food
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunset view
    Flyerfanrn
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The food was amazing and what a view of the sunset!! Would definitely recommend!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ronrandall@sbcglobal.net
    Ronbo
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We took a group of 12 to Hana Zen to celebrate our daughters graduation from SFSU. Getting a reservation in San Francisco on Memorial Day weekend was proving to be somewhat problematic. We decided to download Open Table to see if it would be helpful. We put in our requirements, and Hana Zen was willing to take our group. We had a terrific time. The food was really good and also a great value. I was expecting to pay around $50 per person at a Pier 39 restaurant, and was very pleasantly surprised that we were able to get out of there for around $25. The service was excellent as well. I'd highly recommend this establishment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice View, Terrible Service
    SFTourist
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went with a group of six for an early dinner. The hostess who seated us was helpful, but the rest of the staff did their best to avoid eye contact - and the burden of serving us. Part of our order came out in a reasonable amount of time, but the rest of our order was forgotten. The food was mediocre - more like fast food sushi than I would have expected. The ingredients were fresh. We figured that they are catering to tourists and therefore are not worried about keeping people coming back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.4
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 85 reviews are from the Hana Zen Sushi Bar - Pier 39 reviews archive.
  • Mediocre sushi with a nice view.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    The best thing about this restaurant is the view. But if you're a sushi enthusiast, go somewhere else. I've never seen such a tiny piece of fish (Hamachi) on my 2 piece Nigiri. At first I thought someone took a bite out of it. It looked like a child's portion. It was so small and paper thin. I also ordered spicy tuna rolls which wasn't anything to rave about -- too much rice to disguise the small portion wrapped inside. I think they're hoping you'll be so busy looking out the window at the view of tourists and ferries to Alcatraz, that you won't notice the food. I will not be going back here again.
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  • Wonderful place
    Sandy
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The quality of their sushi is #1. We love uni with quail egg and are careful where we order it. Hana Zen chefs prepare it perfectly. Overall, a wonderful restaurant addition to Pier 39! Also one of the best views around. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view & yummy sushi
    Olivia
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Great spot for our 1st dinner in San Francisco! Hana Zen is located in the very touristy Pier 39 area, however being on an upper level, it's a bit above the craziness. We had a good time casually strolling through Pier 39 and then going upstairs for dinner. We enjoyed several of the sushi rolls. The Hana Zen Roll & Dragon Roll were among our favorites. The service was great and Hana Zen was able to accommodate my request to be seated by a window with a good view.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    We selected Hanazen because we like sushi and yakitori. The opentable menu says they have yakitori. The restaurant sign says sushi and yakitori. The cover of the menu says sushi and yakitori. But, they don't serve yakitori. They claim they serve it at their downtown location. They also add a tax for Healthy SF to the bill and explain it is a local tax. This was the first restaurant we visited in SF and didn't know better so we paid. However, no other restaurants we visited had this charge. This restaurant is a tourist rip off. Avoid.
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  • Delicious and not crowded
    SFfoodiegal
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    The food is great here, albeit a bit expensive for Japanese because of the location (at the end of Pier 39 with a water view). I like that the decor is modern, it isn't packed, you can sit by the window facing the ocean, service is great, I can always get a table, and the food is fantastic. I think their rolls are better than most other places and I like how they don't use a ton of rice around the roll. Drinks are hit or miss, however. I ordered two cocktails (lemon drop and lychee rendezvous) that both tasted like water, but the server was kind enough to not charge me for either since I sent both back. I've been here twice and would definitely come again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view with sushi
    CharScottVIP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Service very good, Sushi is good, Sake menu is good as well - Kurosawa Sake affordable. View spectacular. In the heart of the touristy area of Fisherman's wharf. we were lucky this seems to be off season, so it was not crowded.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a Tourist Trap
    EmmaskyeVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    I usually enjoy Hana Zen's other location, but because I was staying closer to Pier 39 this time, I ate at this location. The food was still delicious. Getting through the throngs of tourists to get to the restaurant was the only drawback. The fish was fresh and my standby rolls never disappoint. If given a choice, I'd stick with the more authentic location in SF and avoid the Pier crowds.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh fish and tasty sushi!
    jmhetzel1VIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    I frequent Hana Zen and I'm never disappointed. The food is always great - fresh fish and tasty sushi! The view at Pier 39 is also one of the best in town. Perfect for a romantic evening with your significant other, or a day outing with family and friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sorry to Say
    Yoajt
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    I would have given Hana Zen Sushi Bar all 5 stars. However when we left we we're gone not even 5 min. My friend ran back because i left my very expensive hat at the table. She went to the Manager/Owner to please go look for it and she wouldn't move from decorating the Christmas tree. She wouldn't go ask her staff to look for it she basically told my friend they didn't have it. So i went back in there with my phone in hand saying well i have pics from our dinner with my hat on and all of a sudden they found the hat. To me that was a lack of trust and put a bad taste in my mouth.
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  • Amazing view with great food
    kjm77
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Was beyond happy with our experience, the food was wonderful and you can not beat the view! Although our party tried several sushi rolls (all good), I suggest trying a meal you cook on a hot lava stone at your table (yummy & unique)!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice
    Emjay
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    My husband and I spent a Saturday on the pier and ended our night at this restaurant. I loved the sushi. We ordered drinks that were mediocre in taste but overall experience was great. We had a view of the bay bridge and watched the fireworks for the pier 39 anniversary.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    591weta
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Delicious food, friendly waiters, and reasonably priced. Our window table commanded a stunning view of two bridges, Marin and Angel Island.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Sushi! Will definitely
    Coloradokid
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Outstanding Sushi! Will definitely come back! Wonderful overall dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good sushi, good service and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    Good sushi, good service and fantastic views. We had a great view of the America's Cup racing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Celebration!
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    We celebrated our daughter's 18th birthday at Hana Zen Sushi Bar on a Saturday evening. The sushi was prepared very well and the presentation was lovely. The chicken teriyaki was delicious and they gave large portions. Our server, Ling, was very friendly, and helpful with answering questions on the menu. Thank you providing a wonderful experience for our daughter's birthday celebration. We highly recommend Hana Zen Sushi Bar to everyone! Thank you again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overpriced underwhelmed
    TomC100
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    Much better sushi in town. The place smells since they have lava grills on almost every table. The food is at best mediocre and it is way overpriced. If you are looking for a fun, great tasting food experience, this is not it.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointment
    luvsushi
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    I should have taken a look at the menu before booking the reservation. It's not a place for sushi enthusiast. The sushi menu is meant for first timers or those with a not so open minded. We went in expecting better selection since it's in the bay area and we left disappointed. It made us appreciate our little sushi hole in the central valley even more. The prices were also WAY to high. I get better Blue Fin Tuna at a better price in our little place.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • don't waste your
    foodie808VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    The view is great, the staff are friendly, but the food is subpar. The miso soup was decent, but not homemade. The salad was dressed with an odd vinaigrette that was similar to what you'd find in an italian restaurant, but this is supposed to be Japanese food. The food was worse than mediocre and the best view, staff, or atmosphere couldn't make this place worth it, and don't let my words mislead you, there are better views, wait help, and atmosphere to be had in SF.
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    scenic view, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • View was beautiful. Food was
    ExcellentVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    View was beautiful. Food was so so. Place was not very busy. Waiter was a little overwhelming. Wanted to cut my chicken on the hot ston. If the chicken needed to be cut, that should have been done in the kitchen. He also wanted to put a sauce over it! Bizarre!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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  • You cannot find a better view
    SushiLover
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    You cannot find a better view of the Bay than at Hana Zen - AMAZING!! The waitstaff were very friendly and prompt, and the sushi was fantastic! My boyfriend and I went there to try it out as a place to take my sisters when they come and visit San Francisco later this month, and we will most definitely be taking them to Hana Zen!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The view was very nice, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    The view was very nice, but the food and service was lacking. Might go back for a drink to enjoy view , but that's about it.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not all items from the menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/9/2013
    Not all items from the menu were available but both sashimi and rolls were excellent. Not good enough to rate a spot on my 'best ever!' list but the breathtaking view makes up for any minor frustrations.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • I am going there for over
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    I am going there for over a year now. I loved it in the beginning! The Sushi is still pretty good and for the quality and the location itself the prices are fair. But since a few month the service got a bit bad. They are still friendly, but sometimes I wonder if they go and sleep for 30min in between. Last time we had to wait for over 40min to get some water (after I already walked up to the cashier and the waiter itself)... So I can recommend it, because the drinks and Sushi are fine and the view is just unbeatable... but don't expect too much ;0)
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    special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK, it's Pier 39, tourist
    ThehexterVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    OK, it's Pier 39, tourist haven, however, the food was very good, service excellent and the views great. A little pricy but you do get a fair portion. Looking forward to trying their other location near Union Square some day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Great atmosphere and outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    Great atmosphere and outstanding kids menu that was priced appropriately. Good service too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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  • Maitre D was accomodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    Maitre D was accomodating to me and my baby but my waitress was repulsed at the fact that I had a child. She wasn't accomodating and I did not have a welcoming experience. Only plus was the view.
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  • Had a wonderful evening. Excellent
    trkhobVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Had a wonderful evening. Excellent service. We Had the sizzling shrimp and the sizzling scallops served cooking on an extremely hot brick. Food was delicious!
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    kid-friendly, scenic view
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  • As a SF native and having
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/26/2012
    As a SF native and having read the reviews, I should have known better. The restaurant and decor was very nice, however, don't come here for the food. The rice for the sushi was hard like it was leftover from the night before. There were more menu selections for alcoholic beverages than there was for the food. I figured I'd give this place a chance since my friends loved the food from their other location on Cyril Magnin St. Maybe I should've stuck with that location. The prices were a little high, but that's expected for the location. It's a shame the food didn't live up to the ambiance. I'm giving it two stars just for the decor.
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  • pleasant surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    We had a great experience dining at Hana Zen on Christmas Day. The food was excellent- we ordered both sushi and other traditional Japanese dishes and enjoyed everything. As a former ex-pat in Japan, I am often disappointed by Japanese restaurants but not at Hana Zen. The food was great and the prices reasonable. I wasn't sure what to expect with a restaurant in such a touristy area but was pleasantly surprised. The view was pretty nice, even with the rain. The only negative part of the experience for us was getting to the restaurant walking through the rain. We were wet and cold when we arrived but the food was worth it and the miso soup and tea warmed us u
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    kid-friendly, scenic view
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  • It was great. And very empty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    It was great. And very empty when we went. The pier is very slippery in the rain. But the food was outstanding and the sake was great. Our waitress was very attentive but not too much so. I had a good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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  • Great scenic views of the SF Bay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2012
    Fantastic views of the bay, Alcatraz and the passing ferry boats. Food is decent, but a tad expensive. The sushi, yakitori, and dinner menus are pricier than better Japanese restaurants elsewhere. The best deal are the bento boxes and lunch specials for around $15 (available until 4:30pm). No complaints, since most restaurants in this area have similar high prices, considering it's a tourist spot. The salmon teriyaki was fresh and moist. Some of the rice on the California roll didn't hold together, probably made by a novice. Apparently the place doesn't get many customers, so it takes a while before a waiter shows up. Service was friendly.
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    good for groups, scenic view
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  • Terrible Restaurant, owner
    CoachVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2012
    Food was lousy and for 2nd time, they did NOT WANT TO HONOR $ 50 certificate I had which was signed by the manager!
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  • What an awesome view! We were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/21/2012
    What an awesome view! We were there at sunset and it was perfect. The food is a little pricey, certainly not outrageous but this certainly wouldn't be a weekly stop in my budget. They have happy hour drink prices until 7 which is a plus!
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    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good if your out sightseeing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/16/2012
    Good if your out sightseeing and you want something quick but not a "good" sushi place. Very average at best.
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  • amazing food, scenery, & service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    amazing food, scenery, & service. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate