KUSAKABE
KUSAKABE

KUSAKABE

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kusakabe-sf.com/
  • Phone: (415) 757-0155
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm and 10:00pm
    The last seating for dinner is at 8:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Mitsunori "Nori" Kusakabe
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Montgomery
  • Public Transit: Walking distance from Embarcadero and Montgomery BART stations.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet parking not available. Street parking or parking lots nearby. (Closest one at Hilton Hotel)
A word from KUSAKABE
KUSAKABE serves sushi in Kaiseki style. The "omakase' of Chef Mistunori Kusakabe consists of sushi along with a few other complementary dishes. Although it changes according to what ingredients are available, it will always reflect exquisite sense of balance, taste, texture, and appearance, emphasizing seasonality and mindfulness based on the Kaiseki cuisine principle. Chef Nori also introduces a range of classical techniques and presentations besides Edomae style (nigiri) sushi within the course menu.

RESERVATIONS ONLY.

If you prefer to sit at the sushi bar or table, please specify in the Special Requests section when confirming your reservation. We will try our best to accommodate you but your request cannot be guaranteed.

Cancellation Policy: $30/person for cancellations within 24 hours of your reservation.
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KUSAKABE reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (60)special occasion (52)romantic (23)neighborhood gem (15)hot spot (14)notable wine list (3)good for groups (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Over hyped- does not deserve Michelin star
    foodieforallVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Fish was very fresh and high quality but inconsistent execution is annoying. Chef forgot caviar topping on both of our oyster course & I had to ask for it. Then they only put it on 1 oyster course. We waited over 10 minutes for waitress to come back to take drinks order after she said she would be right back. My bbq white eel was drizzled with sashimi sauce instead of sweet eel sauce. Chef Kusakabe did not make a new piece but dripped off the sauce after he realized sous chef handed him the wrong sauce and proceeded to put on the sweet sauce! Too late! My bbq eel came tasted salty vs. slightly sweet. Seated at the sushi bar, I can see all this! Other high end sushi restaurants have just as high quality fish with better value. Was not a Michelin star experience for us. Very disappointed. Would not recommend to friends
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  • well i think this is the best
    yifan
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    as i said this is the best sushi restaurant, i tried lots of nigiris in the different restaurants, kusakabe is the no.1 in my mind!
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better Sushi
    disappointingVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    As a professional foodie, I have always complained that San Francisco/Bay Area lacks any real and high-quality Japanese restaurant. Well, here is Kusakabe though it needs to offer another menu other than the rigid fixed omakase. I want what I want to order from Sushi selections and service can be a bit faster?
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Kusakabe
    Suebee
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    One of the best meals I have ever had. Turned my non sushi eating husband into a sushi lover. Will come back for special occasions. Service is outstanding. Only complaint - the lighting is way too bright. Looks like cafeteria lighting.
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  • Wonderful!
    GLovestoeatVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Kusakabe was amazing! The service was exceptional, and the food ruined me for other sushi. If you love sushi, this is a must go.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite dining & worth the price
    Blair
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    This was quite an amazing dining experience. My fiancé and I went there last week on a date and the entire dinner was fantastic. We were treated like royalty by the three different people who waited on us. The food was spectacular! Delicious, fresh fish and elaborate presentation. It was quite pricey, so we likely won't make this a staple restaurant for us, but definitely worth the splurge.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
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  • Great Japanese sushi bar experience
    NoseTackleVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    It was a great experience to dine at the sushi bar while sitting right in front of chef Kusakabe. Toro and wagyu were simply great. Great Omakase menu and a good selection of a la carte to choose from afterwards.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First impressions..
    PLAMVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Normally the go to spot for special sushi night is sushi ran in Sausalito. I heard some time ago that chef nori and ken were striking out on their own. They didn't disappoint. The ex GF and I enjoyed a wonderful anniversary omakase meal that took over 3 hours. The key is that it didn't feel that long Chef Ken even re introduced Ankimo to us as we have not had prior good experiences with that dish elsewhere. It was much different this time around as the flavors were much more delicate and balanced compared to other times where the pate flavors were overbearing. Oh yeah and plus one to all those who said be sure to try the Uni that is on the ala carte menu. Service was attentive yet not smothering. More or less a perfect experience
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's very good, but not great.
    anniversario
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    It's a great deal, for $95, omakase, lots of fresh fish. Some of the dishes are puzzling, though; as an example, a "wagyu beef/potato croquette" really didn't contain any beef at all, and wasn't tasty either. The wine list is minimal, nothing high-end. I get the sense that this place is still looking for its theme. The interior exudes minimalism, light wood, clear lines - however, the music playing was generic Spanish techno-pop, which took away from my enjoyment. Either no music, or zen music, or if you must, J-Pop.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Corrigan
    JoanVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Cannot wait to go back. The best of everything, beautiful flavors serene meal. Good pace. Ideal
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food difficult service
    Food4youVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    All the food was beautifully executed; however, the service was awkward and uncomfortable. We were served beef when I specifically confirmed prior to reservation, upon arrival, and again with the waiter and sushi staff
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real slice of Tokyo in SF
    PickyforareasonVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I've spent a good deal of time in Japan and it was so nice to enjoy the sort of sophisticated, subtle and low-key dining experience I thought was only available on the other side of the Pacific. The food was original, precisely prepared and every bite delicious. With around only 40 seats the service was unobtrusive and personal. The light wood decor and noise level (as in quiet) was soothing. While a set menu, there were still choices within it and we were asked for any preferences and aversions regarding the sushi. The sushi was lightly warmed with a small torch just enough to bring out the flavor and it really did. I already look forward to returning.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Best sushi in SF
    homebody
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Omakase dining experience that feels both special and accessible. Warm and attentive service. Beautiful and delicious food. I'd eat here every other day if I could afford to!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic
    JoanVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    best omakase ever i cannot wait to return each fish was the best i have ever had subtle
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Pretty good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Honestly.. Maruya is better, if you are looking for an incredible sushi experience. We came here for dinner on a Thursday night, and for a place that claims to have no availability for 3 months, at 8pm the restaurant was 50% full. The fish was incredibly fresh and service was good. If you are looking for AMAZING, this is not it. Worth the try, but Maruya and Saru are higher up in my book.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Ridiculously Overpriced
    CitiGirlVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The food was mainly good. Not great. Of the numerous courses, only one was surprising and great. The rest were good or ok. A couple weren't good at all. Some of the fish tasted fishy and not completely fresh. There are far better sushi places in the city at a fraction of the cost. I'd give it 2.5-3 stars if the bill for a dinner for 2 that left us a bit hungry and only two drinks each did not top $400.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Japanese Food in SF
    sushiaddict
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This is the best Japanese restaurant in SF so far. I have only had this level in NYC and Japan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing omakase
    gcroyVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Firstly, the food is amazing, sophisticted and delicious! The service was excellent, as well, as I expected at this price-point. However, the environment left a lot to be desired (we sat at a table, not at the bar). The interior is a bit too austere with blinding fluorescent lighting and IKEA-like textiles. I wish they would invest some of their time and energy to create an environment to match the phenomenal culninary experience.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Perfect Sushi Experience
    EnthusiasticDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Wonderful sushi centered omakase evening. Well worth the price with excellent range of sake.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food for thought
    Itadakimasu
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We took the early seating so we could see and feel the entire space of this new restaurant with out the commotion of others. The quiet ambience and the clean lines of the simple decor brought the focus to the fresh seafood. The sushi was expertly prepared with close attention payed to each serving. The first course was a soy infused tuna sushi; Chef Kusakabe brought out the torch and seared part of the sushi slightly so when eaten, the warmed edge, coolness of the fish and the texture of the rice would melt into a beautiful 'Kuchi attari' mouth-feel. So started this wonderful two hour excursion into the sushi world of Kusakabe!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Sushi
    KismetVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    If you want really pristine and tasty sushi, come here! Best I personally have ever had. Omakase menu is quite big and you can have more later if you want. Wines btg are a bit pricey but good. Lovely dining experience !
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • My Omakase Experience at Kusakabi
    Anthony
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Overall, everything was 5 star. The Omakase courses we're were plentiful and satisfying. The A5 Wagyu and the Toro were super delicious. Great Experience. Excellent Staff.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is outstanding!
    Luvfood
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This is my second visit and definitely not the last. The interior is basic, the service can be improved, the food is out of this world!!!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EH!
    dave
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I wanted to eat here because of the review in the chronicle. The food was ok, but was very uneven in the presentation and the order it flowed to us. we had the 7 course meal, but my partner and I left hungry and needed to have a "snack" to feel satisfied. I would not go back.
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  • Overpriced "Izakaya"
    NobuVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I'm from Japan, and have tried a lot of high-end Japanrse restaurants in Japan/US. First of all, I don't wanna call this restaurant a "Sushi" or "Kaiseki" dinning place. This is just a "Izakaya (Japanese Bar)" with extremely overpriced menus. They first served Zuke Chu-toro which I felt really unfresh since the taste of fish itself was killed with Zuke sauce. Sashimi and miso soup were just normal but not good. Wagyu croquette was horrible since 99% was just potato and you will see only tiny piece of what they call Wagyu. The last one was O-toro sushi, which tasted really cheap an unrich. Finally, I asked Japanese tea (Agari) after the last dish but they never brought it to me. Overall, their Omakase is not worth $95.
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  • Best Sushi Restaurant Hands Down!
    Johnz888VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This is by far the best sushi restaurant I've ever been to. The omakase menu is a must try experience. I guarantee you won't be disappointed!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sushi as a work of art, memorable!
    HleighVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Each piece of sushi, hand made and immediately served, is a work of art, the flavors bursting in the mouth in symphonic celebration. And sashimi, served on shaved ice, had such clean and delicate taste that it was a discovery even for our palates which are quite accustomed to eating sashimi and sushi. Kusakabe serves omakase ($95 per person) followed by an a la carte menu. With sake and a couple of more sushi from the a la carte menu, our dinner cost about $350 with tip, and considered it to be worth every penny. A truly memorable experience.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exceptional!
    sushiethusiast
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Kusakabe is as good as any top quality sushi restaurant in Tokyo.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Start for Sushi Experience
    JieGhost
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I have never had an Omakase style sushi experience before. After I have watched famous Jiro Dreams of Sushi Documentary, I wanted to go to Jiro so bad. But it is US, and I tried hard to find a similar restaurant in bay area. Luckily, I found Kusakabe. The tasting menu was wonderful. Even the tomato course was so creative and tasted much better than tomatoes I usually had in Whole foods market. King salmon refreshed my understanding of taste of salmon. A5 wagyu exceeded my expectation. I then ordered 4 extra sushis, and they were even better. Hokkaido sea urchin and deep ocean Hokkaido sea urchin were simply the best sea urchins I have had so far. And fatty toro was the best finale I could have for that meal.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 48 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
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