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Ichi Sushi & Ni Bar
Ichi Sushi & Ni Bar

Ichi Sushi & Ni Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ichisushi.com
  • Phone: (415) 525-4750
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: M-Th 5:30pm-10:00pm
    Dinner: F-Sa 5:30pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Godeus St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Ichi Sushi & Ni Bar
At Ichi Sushi & Ni Bar, sustainability is the focus, and menus change seasonally. ICHI offers Omakase service at the bar and tables. ICHI keeps an extensive chilled sake list and serves regional beer, wine, and Asahi and Sapporo on tap. Since opening, ICHI Sushi was named one of American’s Top Restaurants in the Zagat 2013 guide and Zagat San Francisco Bay Area Guide 2013’s Top 20 Restaurants, has won Best of the Bay in five outlets, and is included in the 2013 San Francisco Louis Vuitton City Guide.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "Crazy fresh fish. Great experience sitting at the bar. We just put our faith in our sushi chef and he delivered big. We were in great hands. Awesome dinner."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My husband and I dined omakase style because we had never done this before (sitting on the stools where the chef chooses and prepares each of the diners' dishes, starting with lightest fare). We enjoyed a couple of the starters, but decided we'd rather continue with rolls. We weren't loving the selections so far, which is why we decided to order what we know we like. The chef seemed a little put off when we wanted to order rolls, possibly because we were taking up seats of others who might have wanted to continue omakase? Generally, if you're ordering a la carte, you're supposed to be seated a table. Other than the awkward exchange when ordering rolls, everything was delicious, extremely fresh and prepared simply but full of flavor."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "For the prices, you can find a lot better options in SF for sushi. The nigiri was not that fresh and the rolls we ordered weren't very well made. The actual space is pretty cool, but the food is a C. Elephant Sushi is similarly priced and had much better good. I would even say the sushi at Umami is better than here. Very average overall."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "if you want to experience sushi and Japanese food in creative way that you never did, this is the place. It is so different yet somehow feels authentic. No soy sauce. No California rolls. Just order chef's special."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Ichi caters to those who are slightly pretentious about their sushi. You slurp miso from a wooden bowl, rest your chop sticks on the appropriate holder, and dip your sushi fish-first into the soy sauce. Ichi specializes in Nigiri, so your bill can easy reach the high $35-40 without you feeling particularly full. That being said, everything is delicious and the staff makes you feel very welcome."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I sat at the sushi bar and got to talk with the guys who were preparing the sushi and see some of the dishes I was not familiar with. Everything was fresh and tasty. I actually had beef as well as sushi. I hadn't planned to but it looked good on the menu and tasted delicious. Cucumber salad is excellent as well."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I took my son for his senior trip to San Francisco. He loves sushi and this was our favorite restaurant during our visit to San Fran. The omakase menu was exceptional and we thoroughly enjoyed the introduction to a variety of flavors and special items. The nigiri prepared with creative accompaniments and was very delicious. Excellent wines by the glass. Thank you for being the highlight of a very memorable trip!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "While the food here was good the service and ambiance were definitely lacking. My seat was one of the most uncomfortable I've ever experienced, the waitperson was verging on rude - among other things, she failed to bring us the complete menu until we had finished eating. The ambiance is stark japanese - probably admired by many but to me, quite cold. Not a place I felt comfortable in or to which I would ever return."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I don't know why I took so long to have dinner here! The pork belly was delicious and the fennel cocktail was very tasty! The bartender was very knowledgeable and introduced me to my first taste of Japanese shochu!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Awesome awesome! Food. Awesome awesome! service. Awesome awesome! looking place. This is my new spot!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Amazing food! Would definitely recommend the tasting menu."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The sushi was relatively good, but the service was horrible. We tried the chef's choice and had to wait up to 20 minutes between dishes. Our server was also very inattentive. The restaurant was really great on concept but really poor on execution. We expected a lot more considering the prices."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We just had dinner at Ichi Sushi. Great food, wonderful, friendly service. All ages happily eating. Helpful, but not condensing staff. Very pleasant ambiance. Highly recommended. Burt Like"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We read reviews for Ichi and could not wait to try it out on our trip. It was honestly the best sushi I have ever eaten. If we were to come back to San Fran, the first thing I would book is reservations here!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Yes, the place is tough to get into, especially on the weekends. Yes, the food is AWESOME. Uni, sake, tako, omakase, all great, and perhaps one of the best I've had in a long time. However, the wait time between plates was way too long. If there's an issue with sending out each sushi plate at the scheduled times, it should be relayed to the customer accordingly. 20 minutes wait is too long. We had a 5:30 reservation on a Saturday night with the service problems; only gets worse as the night progresses. Notwithstanding the service issues, the food is amazing. The uni is one of the best I have had (and yes, I have had fresh uni in Japan). The front of the house needs to catch up before it rates 5 stars."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "It was our first time, and we thought we'd sample a variety of what they offer by ordering an omikase (not on the menu, but they'll do it if you ask). However, the perfect nigiri were our favorites. Perfectly seasoned, needing no extra soy sauce or wasabi, nice and small so that a single bite was easy, we will return for a meal entirely of nigiri next time. The fish was so fresh, and the flavors were wonderful. We had our dishes paired with a variety of sakes, and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience there."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We made a reservation well before but got sheeted only at the "bar" table. Way too much noise from the waitresses and from the "background" music during the dinner. Sushi quality was poor. Welcome the owners to take some tips from Moto in Utrecht, NL and from Norwegian Sushi restaurant Alex...sad to see this restaurant to be marketed as the best one in the SF..."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I enjoyed our meal but felt that the small plates tasted better and were more interesting than the sushi."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I'm going to start in that obnoxious way that some people do, by listing off my sushi credentials (lived in Japan for a couple of years, grew up on Canada's west coast, particularly Vancouver), before launching into a gushing review. This isn't a Japanese restaurant; it is a sushi restaurant. This place is dead serious about raw fish. Sure, order the hot dishes courtesy of the izakaya part of the (happily noisy) room, but if you're not into sushi, Ichi Sushi's brilliance will probably sail right past you. We relied on the omakase menu. Don't bother asking for extra wasabi and soy sauce; the chef has a plan for you. Go with the plan. Asking to self-season is like going into a 5 star French restaurant and asking for the salt. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "I'm so happy Ichi was as good (even better) that I was expecting! Amazing food, great service!! My only complaint would be there was a really rowdy table who were taking shot after shot of sake (weird) and screaming really loudly. Not really the environment for it, but once they left everything was perfect. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We ordered the omakazi menu and it was incredible. The fish was perfectly sliced on perfect rice. Glistening fish and perfectly seasoned. Each morsel was better than the last. Just incredible. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This is was my first visit to Ichi 2.0, which is across the street from the old joint. I'm more than pleased to report that they haven't lost a step. The fish was as fantastic as ever and the service was very attentive. My only complaints were that my chair was a bit uncomfortable, the lighting at the bar was too dim and that Chef Tim wasn't working the counter. I'll be back."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "I cannot believe this place is being touted as one of the best sushi bars on the west coast. This place would not make the top 20 in Vancouver or New York"
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "highly recommend omakase..sit down at the sushi bar and let the sushi chefs call the shots"
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Great sushi menu with interesting and unique sushi options. All the items on the specials list were great. No dessert. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Service average, food average, no soul. Pork belly was tasteless and fat vaguely grilled. Cucumber salad the biggest joke, sashimi just as food as sushi next door... "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Fantastic food. Warm, knowledgable service. Beautiful, modern space. Like no other in our town."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The sushi is stellar, as is the experience of sitting at the sushi bar. I'd recommend the chef's special, where he gives you whatever is freshest and also describes each piece in detail. I loved the fact there wasn't any soy sauce because each piece is lovingly dressed (or blow torched!). This was hands-down my best sushi experience. Knocks the socks off of Nobu, and I love Nobu...just sayin. DO IT. Oh, and another thing I adored was Biggie Smalls and Dr. Dre playing in background. BOOOM!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We were a party of 4, and enjoyed the food. Nice flavors (miso clams were wonderful), beautiful plating. However, although we ordered quite a bit of food, all 4 of us left the restaurant still a bit hungry."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "i'm weary of any sushi restaurant that has a cool kid vibe to it. i don't need old school rap pumping in the background (though i'm not by any means opposed to it), mostly because i think it covers up for a lack of training and quality when it comes to the sushi. while the omakase was refreshingly inexpensive, the fish and cuts just weren't that great. the spicing/accoutrements were smart and interesting, but it couldn't make up for the fish. they went with obscure fish rather than just the best tasting stuff out there. overall, really liked the vibe and people, but feel like it covered up an average omakase experience."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "good solid sushi. but nothing was transcendent. which it should be for the prices they're charging."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Fish was ehh, super small portions, freaking loud as all get out and terrible service."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We had eaten sushi at the old space once before, so I knew the sushi would be amazing. What I didn't know is that the other food would be equally amazing—the beef tataki, the cold somen noodles. And the design of the new space is so lovely--vibrant and inviting. This place is now my favorite restaurant in SF."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We ordered the omakase and we were not disappointed. To start we were served 'Goma Greens' (brocollini rabe, with sesame dressing), then we had some nigiri - Tuna tatami, Kinmedai, Kampachi, Aji, Shiro Toro, Ocean Trout Dashi (this was really good), Miso Clams (clams, ground pork, kuro oil), Kasu cod (this was excellent), Ama Ebi and Uni to end our meal. For our drinks we had sake- Black Dragon, Yamahai Junmai."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Tim and his team have rocked the move. The nigiri is just as fresh and delicately seasoned as ever and the hot specials like the pork belly just as amazing and moreish. The new space is airy and comfortable and I love, love, love the mural. We remain happy regulars!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "ICHI has had some of the best, highest quality sushi in the city since it opened. Now, with the new ICHI + NI Bar, there is more room for diners and the quality is still amazing. I sat at the sushi bar and ordered Omakase and it was truly amazing. Several times I had to close my eyes to simply enjoy the amazing flavors and textures that were presented. True professionals and warm human beings."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Food was amazing..we did omakase at the bar and were very impressed. Our chef was creative, friendly, and knowledgeable. The restaurant was quite loud when we arrived so it was actually nice to eat on the later side when it started emptying out."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "There's been so much hype around this place, so I thought it would be phenomenal. Sadly, it was just okay. :("
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "I can't say enough about how much I love this place. I dream of it. I conspire of how I can get to SF just to eat here. I wish that more sushi places had the innovative and high standards as Ichi does."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "they push the nigiri but my husband and i found the rolls to be tastier. the miso soup was really good. they left off my seaweed salad which we didn't realize until later."
    Dined on 2/3/2014