Hana Zen Yakitori & Sushi Bar
Hana Zen Yakitori & Sushi Bar

Hana Zen Yakitori & Sushi Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hanazenrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4154212101
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wine
  • Catering: They offer catering with 72 hour notice and minimum of 30 persons. Cost per person starts at $15.00 for lunch and $30.00 for dinner.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private area for 30 persons. Please call.
  • Private Party Contact: Angie Louie 4159714548

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ellis St.
  • Public Transit: BART, MUNI, Streetcar, Cable car - Powell Station
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: One block away is the Ellis parking
A word from Hana Zen Yakitori & Sushi Bar
Hana Zen offers excellent sushi, the finest yakitori and premium sake, sake flights, sochu, wine, & cocktails. They offer friendly service in an open and lively atmosphere. They are the home of the true Japanese food lover.
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Hana Zen Yakitori & Sushi Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance2.9
    Noise LevelModerate
50% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (3)good for groups (3)late-night find (3)special occasion (2)great for lunch (2)fit for foodies (2)great for outdoor dining (1)romantic (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great grilled items
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    If I have to nit pick, the guy tan was a bit on the salty side. Though the flavor was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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  • Not worth it
    Viper11VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Sushi was not fresh and didn't reflect pictures or previous ratings. Dinner was quite disappointing.
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  • Hana Zen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Visited the Sushi Bar. Wait staff was great and very attentive. Sushi was of good quality and excellently prepared.
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    late-night find
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  • Smelly place
    Mabrapo
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The bad smell of detergents was covering any food parfume. Food presented poorly and taste was awful. Paid almost $50 each for a really below average meal. Never again.
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  • Fishy toro
    IronJemVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I ordered both toros and they were fishy and had terrible textures.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 163 reviews are from the Hana Zen Yakitori & Sushi Bar reviews archive.
  • C'mon. You can do better
    DavidandPat
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    For anyone familiar with sushi in the Bay Area, you know that there are some truly terrific places, where the fish tastes as though it was caught that day. Not this place. The sushi looked tired, as though it was days old. It tasted okay, but not even remotely up to Bay Area standards. And the pieces were significantly small, which may not be a bad thing when the fish isn't that good to begin with. You can most assuredly do better than this restaurant.
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  • Good food
    Bbcdine
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Group was looking for Sushi in close proximity to hotel. It was good, however rating reflect the very small portions, especially the sashimi. Otherwise it he food was good.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great sushi, easy locale
    eesf
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    the fish was really fresh and presented beautifully, the server was attentive and personable, and the prices are very reasonable!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food arrived randomly
    angela
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    All my courses in my combo dinner arrived before any of the courses of my two companion diners. Waitress did not seem to think it was a problem "Oh sorry about that".
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  • Fresh and tasty
    Ozdiner
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Great service and food!! Save some room for the meringue and ice cream desert!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sake and good sushi
    DinnerDateVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    We had the tempura, soba noodle soup, garlic pork yakitori, crispy spicy tuna roll, and the lion king roll. All were really good. Tempura was perfectly fried, light and crispy. The garlic pork was very similar to pork belly. Both rolls were really good. They also have a good selection of sake. We asked for a recommendation and we were between 2 different kinds of sake. Our server recommended the lower priced one - really nice that she didn't just try to up sell us. Would definitely recommend this place and would go back.
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  • great food and great service,
    wonanVIP
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    great food and great service, will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Surprise
    eater
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Needed a place to eat on Christmas Eve in San Francisco and came across this restaurant in Open Table. Reviews weren't stellar, but we were in the mood for sushi somewhere close to our hotel and not too expensive. We were very pleasantly surprised by the cozy ambience and nice views atop the busy city streets. Service was adequate and the food was really good and fresh. Even our 9 and 11 year olds finished everything on their plates which is a pretty good testament. Overall a good experience -- no complaints. We would happily recommend this place to friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unassumingly awesome
    outandaboutVIP
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    They take large party reservations! We had a huge sashimi combo, skewer (yakitori) combo, sake, and some rolls. All were delicious. Service was attentive, never overbearing. The place was fairly mellow and in a good central location downtown. Half a block from Johnny Foley's - a great after dinner stop for beverages. Go here!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There are a lot of items on
    carolVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    There are a lot of items on the menu so there are a lot to choose from. We went there around 7 p.m. but ran into some people who may have started their happy hours from 5 p.m. A couple of the person voices got pretty loud and carried. It ruined our dinner as we could not hear our own conversation. The food was okay. The yakitori (2 different orders) were forgotten and we waited 30 mins between dishes. Our assigned wait staff was too busy talking to his colleagues. Fortunately we got the attention from the other wait staff who was not even assigned to our table.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Couldn't Have Felt Less Welcome
    AprilGVIP
    Dined on 12/2/2013
    I made a reservation for 4:15 after getting off a plane and wanting some sushi. I walked in 4 minutes early and was told that they shut down for dinner at 4:30 and I would need to order immediatley. I did so and my check came before my food and I was asked to sign immediately. The food was average and I felt extremely rushed through my 15 minute meal there. If they do not want customers at 4:15 pm they should not take reservations for that time.
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  • Quiet respite from shopping frenzy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    Located 2 blocks from the Powell BART station, this is a quiet and delicious place to take a break from downtown crowds. On a Tuesday night, the restaurant was quiet, the service attentive, and the food perfectly prepared. the Vegetarian dinner is especially recommended, with the caveat that it is a LOT of food!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Salmon was outstanding. They
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Salmon was outstanding. They had a party group that was very noisy, but moved us to a more quiet area.
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  • Very Good Sushi
    khub79
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    This is not an attractive restaurant. No real ambience, no fancy tables or fine art on the walls, just really good sushi. Service and speed were good and prices were reasonable. I will go back again.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meetup with Friends and Colleagues
    rawdawg
    Dined on 8/26/2013
    Had a group of 8 that met here for mostly sushi, made the reservation at OpenTable, they were able to seat us early. Service was good and so was the sushi. Sushi portions weren't as large as portions outside of the city but reasonable prices for downtown by convention area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/26/2013
    Hana Zen has been one of my "goto" sushi bars in SF for a long time. Their sushi is wonderful and fresh and the atmosphere is nice. PLus it's close to Moscone and the nearby hotels. All in all, a solid performer!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Not what we expected.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    Hana Zen was recommended to us by "foodie" friends who eat there on a regular basis. Our food was just OK, service was very good and very friendly; waiter helped sort out the menu. Might have been an off night in the kitchen - it was a Thursday. Will try again.
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  • So So just ain't enuff.
    Lagatamacha
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Sushi choices were fresh as need be but selection was boring. Service was hurried and disinterested. Hostess was warm and welcoming. Probably wouldn't return. Next time will spend same sum of $$$ and dine at Anzu.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WeekDays Great, Skip the Weekends
    GaryAVIP
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    This is one of those places that the quality of food and service depend on the night you go. I recently dined here 2 nights in a 10 day period and the weekday evening the Yakitori and Sushi were excellent. However dining on a Sat Nite led to over cooked food and Sushi rolls that were falling apart. My recommendation is to go during the week and leave the weekends for the tourists.
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  • Very fast and friendly service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    Very fast and friendly service. Lots of options for tea. Sushi rolls were good, not great. Was a decent place for a quick lunch.
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  • Used to be much better and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 1/9/2013
    Used to be much better and is gradually continuing downhill. Service has deteriorated -- appetizers came after main course. Reluctantly, would not return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very poor service. 15 minutes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/8/2013
    Very poor service. 15 minutes to take order. Slow kitchen. Needed to be reminded twice to bring drinks. Terrible for a business lunch. B
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  • Pretty good, quality japanese
    iheartsf415
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    Pretty good, quality japanese food, though not fancy or modern design inside. Real Japanese sushi chefs. Just a bit pricey, but not surprising since it's Union Square area. I would come here again.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Well the food was great as
    casharita
    Dined on 12/16/2012
    Well the food was great as always..we enjoy the slightly different variety from most Japanese restaurants...the lamb chops appetizer and the martini scallops were excellent...a perfect location...always close to whateever hotel we are staying in around Union Square..the only cloud on the horizon was that (i admit i drank sake) and left my pretty scarf...i checked twice the next day but ...never to be seen again...alas!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Hyped up in Frommer's but
    SchadbogoVIP
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    Hyped up in Frommer's but really nothing special. Beware--downtown location doesn't have the chicken meatballs, bummer
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  • Totally wrong
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/25/2012
    I cannot believe this place is on top of reviews and list for opentable users.There must be a mistake...
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  • Very happy with Hana Zen
    CarlyVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2012
    We enjoyed Hana Zen. It's in a good location, and large windows look over the street from the 2nd floor. We were seated immediately on a Saturday evening. We ordered a variety of dishes, and the food was great. It's a nice, yet casual spot with fantastic sushi. Try it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • The vegetarian special at
    MsRoxieVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2012
    The vegetarian special at Hana Zen is the best bargain in the city. It's huge, beautifully done, and tastes even better than it looks. You might even forget you've eaten enough for three.
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  • Barely makes for a quick lunch.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2012
    Barely makes for a quick lunch. Nothing to talk about. Dissappointed that I invited someone to eat there.
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  • Dissappointed
    TrsnVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2012
    We are big sushi eaters and were quite disappointed with this restaurant. The service was terrible and the sushi itself was just average. Will not return.
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  • Didn't like the Yakitori but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/16/2012
    Didn't like the Yakitori but sushi was good. The ambiance also didn't meet our expectations for a dinner...
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  • Great and varied yakitori
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/13/2012
    It's a yakitori bar more than a sushi bar and there, the yakitori is really good. For hot food, their hamachi kama is really good a great value compared to ordering it in Japantown. As for the sushi, lots of rolls for those who like that, but the star here is the cooked food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Good sushi, but terrible service.
    DrewVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2012
    The food was good, but the service was terrible. The server acted as if he didn't want to be there, when we asked questions abut the menu it was as if we were wasting his time. Honestly, good service can make up for any number of "sins", but bad service can ruin even the best meal. All I can say is get the service back in line.
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  • I pretty much had a neutral
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    I pretty much had a neutral experience here. Food was ok - certainly not bad, but it did not make a lasting impression. Service was ok. Everything was ok, neither stellar nor bad. Would I go again, sure why not.
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  • Great ambiance, decent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/26/2012
    I love the ambiance of Hana Zen. The place is comfortable and refreshing, with a very friendly staff and a young happy crowd of diners. Its contemporary sleek decor is greatly complemented by windows looking over a busy downtown street. You get a beautiful view of the city but the restaurant is on the second floor, so passers-by cannot see what it is you are eating tonight. I've been to Hana Zen before, and came back for the yakitori. They are one of maybe three places in downtown SF that serve it. This time, however, it was a bit of a disappointment. Some of the skewers were unevenly cooked, and the bacon asparagus cannot compare to what you can get in other places for less money. The sushi, however, was fresh and delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic