Kyo-Ya Sushi and Sake Bar
Kyo-Ya Sushi and Sake Bar
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Kyo-Ya Sushi and Sake Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kyo-ya-restaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4155465090
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Dinner: Monday - Friday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm; Open for cocktails Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Closed on Saturday, Sunday, and National Holidays.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Kuni Oshikawa
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Special Events: Kaiseki reservation require a 48 hour notice. Must guarantee reservation with a credit card.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jessie St.
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Kyo-Ya Sushi and Sake Bar
Kyo-Ya is San Francisco's premiere Japanese restaurant. Kyo-Ya serves traditional Japanese cuisine and jewel like sushi in a modern elegant setting.
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Kyo-Ya Sushi and Sake Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
  • It's closing at the end of
    JenB
    Dined on 10/1/2012
    It's closing at the end of this week, after 21 years.
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  • Excellent Japanese Cui
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2012
    We went to Kyo-ya specifically for the misoyaki which were told was excellent. Kyo-ya is in the financial district and probably caters to the lunch crowd as opposed to dinner traffic. We had three appetizers: Soft shell crab, Chawan Mushi and poke. All were delicious, especially the Chawan Mushi. A very generous serving of poke. We both had the misoyaki and it too was excellent. Service was exceptionally. Server was very personable and responsive. She came back to the table several times to see if we needed anything else. Prices were reasonable. All and all a very pleasant experience. We highly recommend Kyo-ya for excellent Japanese cuisine. PS Validated (50% off) parking at the Palace Hotel garage across the street.
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  • Total tourist trap. Overpriced
    VailFirstTimerVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2012
    Total tourist trap. Overpriced with mediocre sushi. I have to admit the toro was good but very small pieces for the nigiri pair at $27. Will never go back.
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  • The fish really is good here-
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2012
    The fish really is good here- but it's expensive and the service is always sub-par.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We ordered pairing menu. Such
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    We ordered pairing menu. Such small portion! Thought I was in Japan. I was very disappointed especially since I have a fond memory of Kyoya. Will not return.
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  • Fantastic!
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2012
    Before I joined some friends at Kyoya after work one night for a drink, I was a minimal sushi eater. Kyoya has converted me! The food is outstanding! Luckily I was with people who knew what to order and we tried several different things - shrimp, tuna, lobster....it was all amazing. And they had some nice wine for happy hour too...I would highly recommend!
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  • Great service, great food.
    RedWineLover88
    Dined on 5/30/2012
    Great service, great food. I went back the next night it was so good.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • The food was very good but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2012
    The food was very good but I thought there could have been a bit more variety. I was there for a meeting with two colleagues at lunch so the focus was on our meeting but.
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    great for lunch
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  • Kyo-blah
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/4/2012
    Food: Had some quite mediocre nabeyaki udon ($16). The noodles could have come out of a package, the broth was nothing special, and the chicken in the soup was quite hard and dry. My friend got the Rock 'n Roll, which was $18, and again somewhat mediocre. Club soda, $4.50, no refills. Service: The restaurant was fairly empty, but it took quite a while for the waitress to get to us, except for handling the check. When she did come to us, she quite sharply interrupted our conversation (this happened 3 times), which I found pretty annoying. Ambiance: A very nice setting and nice wooded modern decor. Well lit. Noise: Not too noisy when it was fairly empty, until lunch hour progressed and more loud, chatty people showed up.
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  • I LOVE KYO-YA if they were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2012
    I LOVE KYO-YA if they were any closer to my office I would be there EVERY DAY !
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Not to be confused with Kyo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2012
    Not to be confused with Kyo Ya in New York, which is a kaiseki restaurant. This one in San Francisco specializes in sushi. Decent sushi, but shari (sushi rice) left something to be desired. Some neta (sushi ingredients) were not available either.
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  • Seek Sushi Elsewhere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2012
    A major disappointment. An undistinguished space, over-priced and mediocre sushi, and conversation-challenging even with the restaurant only partially filled. Not recommended.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/9/2012
    It is reportedly one of the better sushi places in downtown. So we tried it. Service was disorganized. Firstly, we were instructed(!) on which courses should be eaten in what order and then, the recommended order was totally disregarded by the server/preparer(I am unable to use the term chef). Rice is covering your gums like putty. Spicy mayo and sriracha sauce are trying to overcome plain, if not stale, fish. Terrible.
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  • Just average but noise level
    OpenTable Diner Since 1999VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2012
    Just average but noise level made it an appropriate choice considering our friends were staying at the adjacent hotel and wanted to have sushi.
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  • Kyo-ya is a nice, quiet, and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/2/2012
    Kyo-ya is a nice, quiet, and very beautiful place to dine. I went here for my second anniversary and my fiance and I were delighted with the high class service, food, and ambiance. I highly recommend this place for anyone looking for good food and a wonderful time.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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  • the sushi rolls were not exciting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/1/2012
    the sushi rolls were not exciting and over salted fish. service was slow and the place was not busy and seemed overstaffed. i'd stick to happy hour and the appetizers. menu not very diverse.
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  • The food is superb, always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/6/2012
    The food is superb, always served with style and taste by the talented cooks. Service is excellent; the staff is always ready to please. I always enjoy my lunches at Kyo-ya, and take friends out for a special occasion.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Nothing notable-other than
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/7/2011
    Nothing notable-other than prices. Total disappointment. Food was 3rd rate Sushi--at super premium prices. Service was horribly slow with attitude.
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  • Perfect for a day in San Francisco
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/7/2011
    Perfect for a day in San Francisco when you want an excellent authentic Japanese meal. Not fancy but really nice. I love seeing the chefs make the sushi. It's centrally located for shopping!
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    great for lunch
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  • Sushi Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/7/2011
    A bit pricey. The food is very good. Lacks any real sense of energy or atmosphere. It's nice, but nothing very interesting that draws attention.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • The most authentic sushi you'll
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/5/2011
    The most authentic sushi you'll find this side of the pacific
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    fit for foodies
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  • I would say that Kyo-Ya is
    Shazee
    Dined on 11/23/2011
    I would say that Kyo-Ya is pricey and just okay as far as the food goes.
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  • Kyo-Ya certainly deserves
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/8/2011
    Kyo-Ya certainly deserves a place amongst the best Sushi restaurants in San Francisco. The design and ambiance is elegant, it's clean chic and reduced lines leave room to concentrate on the well presented impeccable dishes.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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  • The highlight was the bartender,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/8/2011
    The highlight was the bartender, Jim, who was very welcoming and attentive. Also, the happy hour prices were very reasonable. However, the place is run down and has no ambiance.The sushi was mediocre at best.
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  • Dont waste your money
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2011
    Slow service, dry overcooked rice and pricey for lunch
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  • Unfortunately, in a city full
    LeoinSFVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2011
    Unfortunately, in a city full of incredible japanese restaurants, for a fraction of the price, there are far better values and quality of food at other restaurants. There are izakaya style restaurants popping up all over town that are a far better experience. We literally waited for nearly 30 minutes before someone came over to take our order - the food that did come was lacking, at best. The lunch special was a hotel's attempt at a bento lunch, and it failed miserably. The butter fish was so small and inadequate, and they overcompensated with tons of oshinko and seaweed salad. Not a very good value for a $25 meal. I had high hopes but was sadly disappointed.
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  • Better than average maki rolls,
    CrissupVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2011
    Better than average maki rolls, although a bit pricey.
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  • This is very pricey sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/7/2011
    This is very pricey sushi and the quality seems to be decreasing with each visit leaving me to wonder what is going on here??
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  • Wonderful food and the service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2011
    Wonderful food and the service is good, except that we were seated for lunch in the "back room" and there was a party of 6 in there already who were incredibly noisy. Although seated right across the table from one another, they literally drowned out our conversation at the table multiple times so we had to stop talking until the time passed. The table who came in about 20 minutes behind us just raised their voices so then we ended up in a situation where we were being drowned out by two different parties. I think that they shouldn't seat small parties of 2 in a small room where there is already a boisterous group -- especially since we walked through the front part of the restaurant where there were only 2 tables seated.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • A little pricey for what it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/11/2011
    A little pricey for what it is, but generally reliable.
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  • The Katsu Curry was very average.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/10/2011
    The Katsu Curry was very average. The the curry sauce was watered down/very watery and had a very similar taste to the fast food (curry) chain stuff that you see in Japan. The Ramen noodles were over cooked. The 20th anniversary dinner course was good, but nothing special. The deserts were not particularly Japanese, but we thought they were better than average. This restaurant was recommended by Nikko Hotel as one of the best Japanese restaurant in San Francisco. We hope that is not true.
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  • Enjoyed the whole experience,
    Gerry
    Dined on 8/9/2011
    Enjoyed the whole experience, food, service and ambience were very good. We would have dinner at the restaurant again.
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  • I was disappointed with my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2011
    I was disappointed with my recent lunch at Kyo-Ya. While the food was good -- I got the three-course special/grilled fish as the entree -- it wasn't like the bento boxes they used to have with multiple courses of sashimi, a grilled item, pickles, fried item, etc. for the same price. I'd have to think long and hard before I go back there.
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  • The Best Sashimi Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/30/2011
    The Sashimi Special was out of this world, with the variety of fish arranged attractively on the platter - sashimi lover's answer to a very special gastronomical treat, especially after a delicious miso soup and accompanying rice. The ambiance was pleasant; although there were tables of other patrons, the atmosphere was pleasant. I have been to the restaurant many times before and treated like a special customer. Once, when the dining rooms were full, we had the opportunity to eat in the waiting room (?) with a little more privacy and we received fast and efficient service from the staff.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • 15 sushi for $15 lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2011
    I love kyo-ya sushi so I went to try their 15 sushi for $15 lunch. While the portion of lunch was generous, I was little disappointed that lunch box included only 4 nigiri and rest of sushi was a california roll. Considering Kyo-ya to be authentic Japanese/sushi restaurant, I was expecting more variety in sushi. I did love the crocquet that came with it, however!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Over priced, Slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/13/2011
    Over priced, Slow service - wish there were better vegetarian sushi options. Tasted good.
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  • A variety of very good Japanese
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/26/2011
    A variety of very good Japanese food in a quiet setting.
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  • The food quality was outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/14/2011
    The food quality was outstanding - a top Sushi place in SF !!
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  • I had ordered the pork curry
    wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2011
    I had ordered the pork curry and the curry was very thick and tasted too salty. My guest ordered the Cod and was served a dish with no rice or side. Also, the lunch service was lacking and took much too long.
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  • Not Recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/2/2011
    Sushi was just OK but for the price that we paid it is not worth it at all. They also seated us in the back room, which was a bit unfriendly and isolated. Service was just OK. they forgot our Tuna sushi and then when we were full and eady to cancel it and waitress decided to run to teh sushi bar and still bring it for us. She of course did not want us to NOT pay for that because it was 27 dollars! We would absolutely not recommend it and we unfortunately will not go there again.
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