Kyo-Ya Sushi and Sake Bar
2 New Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA 94105Neighborhood:
Financial District / Embarcadero
SushiPrice: $31 to $50
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.
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.Continued
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Kyo-Ya Sushi and Sake Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
- It's closing at the end ofJenBDined on 10/1/2012It's closing at the end of this week, after 21 years.
- Excellent Japanese CuiOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 9/13/2012We 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.
- Total tourist trap. OverpricedVailFirstTimerVIPDined on 8/16/2012Total 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.
- The fish really is good here-OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 7/10/2012The fish really is good here- but it's expensive and the service is always sub-par.
- We ordered pairing menu. SuchOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 6/8/2012We 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.
- Fantastic!MaryVIPDined on 6/7/2012Before 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!Special Features:
- Great service, great food.RedWineLover88Dined on 5/30/2012Great service, great food. I went back the next night it was so good.Special Features:
- The food was very good butOpenTable Diner Since 2002VIPDined on 5/24/2012The 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.Special Features:
- Kyo-blahOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 5/4/2012Food: 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.
- I LOVE KYO-YA if they wereOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 5/3/2012I LOVE KYO-YA if they were any closer to my office I would be there EVERY DAY !Special Features:
- Not to be confused with KyoOpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 4/19/2012Not 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.
- Seek Sushi ElsewhereOpenTable Diner Since 2001VIPDined on 4/16/2012A major disappointment. An undistinguished space, over-priced and mediocre sushi, and conversation-challenging even with the restaurant only partially filled. Not recommended.
- No GoodOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 4/9/2012It 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.
- Just average but noise levelOpenTable Diner Since 1999VIPDined on 3/23/2012Just average but noise level made it an appropriate choice considering our friends were staying at the adjacent hotel and wanted to have sushi.
- Kyo-ya is a nice, quiet, andOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 3/2/2012Kyo-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.Special Features:
- the sushi rolls were not excitingOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 2/1/2012the 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.
- The food is superb, alwaysOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 1/6/2012The 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.Special Features:
- Nothing notable-other thanOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 12/7/2011Nothing notable-other than prices. Total disappointment. Food was 3rd rate Sushi--at super premium prices. Service was horribly slow with attitude.
- Perfect for a day in San FranciscoOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 12/7/2011Perfect 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!Special Features:
- Sushi SpotOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 12/7/2011A 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.Special Features:
- The most authentic sushi you'llOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 12/5/2011The most authentic sushi you'll find this side of the pacificSpecial Features:
- I would say that Kyo-Ya isShazeeDined on 11/23/2011I would say that Kyo-Ya is pricey and just okay as far as the food goes.
- Kyo-Ya certainly deservesOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 11/8/2011Kyo-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.Special Features:
- The highlight was the bartender,OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 11/8/2011The 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.
- Dont waste your moneyOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 10/5/2011Slow service, dry overcooked rice and pricey for lunch
- Unfortunately, in a city fullLeoinSFVIPDined on 10/5/2011Unfortunately, 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.
- Better than average maki rolls,CrissupVIPDined on 9/28/2011Better than average maki rolls, although a bit pricey.Special Features:
- This is very pricey sushiOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 9/7/2011This is very pricey sushi and the quality seems to be decreasing with each visit leaving me to wonder what is going on here??
- Wonderful food and the serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2001VIPDined on 8/18/2011Wonderful 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.Special Features:
- A little pricey for what itOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/11/2011A little pricey for what it is, but generally reliable.
- The Katsu Curry was very average.OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/10/2011The 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.
- Enjoyed the whole experience,GerryDined on 8/9/2011Enjoyed the whole experience, food, service and ambience were very good. We would have dinner at the restaurant again.Special Features:
- I was disappointed with myOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 8/8/2011I 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.
- The Best Sashimi PlaceOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 6/30/2011The 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.Special Features:
- 15 sushi for $15 lunchOpenTable Diner Since 2000VIPDined on 6/15/2011I 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!Special Features:
- Over priced, Slow serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 6/13/2011Over priced, Slow service - wish there were better vegetarian sushi options. Tasted good.
- A variety of very good JapaneseOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 5/26/2011A variety of very good Japanese food in a quiet setting.
- The food quality was outstandingOpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 4/14/2011The food quality was outstanding - a top Sushi place in SF !!Special Features:
- I had ordered the pork currywineanddineVIPDined on 3/17/2011I 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.
- Not RecommendedOpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 3/2/2011Sushi 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.