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Otoro Sushi
Otoro Sushi
  • Address:
    205 Oak Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Neighborhood:
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cuisine:
    Japanese
    Price: $30 and under

Otoro Sushi Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.otorosushi.com
  • Phone: (415) 553-3986
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM.
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gough St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Otoro Sushi
Otoro Sushi is a hidden gem in the Hayes Valley. Our sushi experts will go to great lengths to bring you the freshest ingredients to offer San Francisco Bay Area patrons Japan"s best traditional sushi and tapas. Otoro Sushi is perfect for small groups and also has a wonderful sake and wine selection.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Great neighborhood spot! They get fish from Japan and Baby Snapper is a standout! The tongue with ume is fun, so was the shisito stuffed with spicy tuna. Buy the chefs a beer and enjoy their recommendations!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The fish here is fresh and of excellent quality. Preparations are creative yet authentic. Service was wonderful -- our server informed us about the specials and helped us choose our dishes without being pushy, and she seemed genuinely interested in our enjoyment of them. Pacing was perfect."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "It was slow service, and medium quality food. We would not go there again"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Service is always friendly and excellent. Cozy spot in a great neighborhood. Lunch or dinner, doesn't matter, always good. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Great for noshing before a show. Not the best sushi but good. Very nice service. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Otoro Sushi is one of the best Japanese restaurants in SF. The sushi is divine. I took a friend who was visiting from out of state and she was amazed by how delicious our meal was! Such a great restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Great sashimi, tasty small plates. Michelin guide recommended restaurant ...but pretty pricey for what you get. Some dishes I have had better elsewhere for much cheaper. Garlic albacore and kakuni were delicious. Salmon belly was easily forgettable and slightly fishy in taste. The fly crawling on the table really killed it for me in ambience."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "3 times this happened, I had a reservation and when arrived no table, for 45 minutes or no table at all, only bar seats. Not nice. Food is great, but staff not prepared to manage their demand, make more time betweeen your reservations please."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Awesome sushi, they were very kind to hold our table as we hit bridge traffic. Polite efficient service to get us to our show on time, thank you!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Great place for sushi in the Hayes Valley neighborhood; especially nice before Ballet or Symphony, great fresh daily selections of fish, good rolls, and sashimi was wonderful. Love the sushi bar and chefs. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Otoro is a real gem. Very low-key but with excellent genuine food. We have been here 4 times and everytime food has been first-rate."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Good food; the specials were interesting, especially one roll that included pumpkin. Wish they had a sashimi menu, or an omakase offering."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "cutting corners...the vegetable tempura roll seems to be 2 pieces of carrot fried to a crisp, and the shrimp tempura also suffers from the bad fry...the service takes forever even if you beg for a check so not a good idea to plan a concert after this meal.The sushi is not delicate its very salty as if preserved for a long sea voyage. The waiters are unfriendly and try not to look at the waving customers. The beer is warm.... NOt sure what the draw is here?...... but the best thing here is the colored glass lights. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Food was good but the waitress was very unfriendly and looked like working there was a painful experience."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We came to Otoro for our wedding dinner, just four of us after a City Hall wedding followed by a ferry ride to Sausalito. What a perfect day, and Jimmy ended it superbly (as usual). Special, special sushi superbly prepared. I have known Otoro since before it was opened, and know the care and quality that goes into serving every customer. A neighborhood gem indeed!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "First time dining in Otoro Sushi. I arrived on time for our reservation. The maître d' / manager was stacking glasses when I entered and said "I'll be right with you". A minute later, he came over and asked if I had a reservation. I said that I did and gave him my name. He said he would seat me when the entire party (2) was there. I explained that my friend was parking the car. Despite the fact that there were 5 open tables, he insisted that I remain standing in the tiny entrance way until my friend arrived. We asked for an ice bucket to keep the white wine chilled but they said they only had one ice bucket and it was already in use. Despite the nice service from the table-side server and the OK sushi I will not be returning here."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "I took two friends out for a pre-concert meal on a week night, our first time here. We sampled about ten different dishes --hot and cold appetizers, including veggie caterpillar roll, dragon roll, sea bream, the astonishing asparagus and kobe beef special, melt in your mouth tofu agadashi, a special of green lipped mussels with a spicy sauce, the seaweed salad, and more. Everything was exquisite, delicious, beautifully to look at, and presented by an attentive and welcoming server. The two specials were so good that we ordered repeats. I cannot recommend this place enough! Prices commensurate with the area, and very good value for this level of quality. Be sure to make reservations; many people waiting around 7PM."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The sushi is tasty and fresh here but the manager is absolutely rude. He doesn't know how to treat customers from the way he talks. We felt like he was barking at us the moment we walked in the door and when we paid our bill. I have never had a manager point his finger at my face when being spoken to. Just rude. The waitresses who serve the tables are great though."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Their Otoro on the specials board is the best sashimi I've had in SF."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Went here before the ballet -sat at the sushi bar-fun atmosphere -sushi was fresh -great sashimi-service quick & efficient-would go back."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Always a fantastic experience. Great fish and sake'"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Otoro Sushi is my go to place if I want to have sushi before a performance nearby. The rolls are creative and artistically presented and the fish is very fresh and cut properly. The service is warm and efficient, which is important for pre-performance dining. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Went there for a two year anniversary. We had hamachi sashimi, uni nigri, aji nigri (spanich mackeral), iwashi nigri (sardine), otorro (fatty tuna) and kanpachi nigri (amber jack) and uni. All of the fish was very fresh and the cuts were a good size. The spicy squid tentacle appetizer was really good as well. We had one of the rolls as well and it was the only thing that was forgettable. This place is for good fish, not specialty rolls. Two large sakes and two beers rounded it out for $115 before tip. We'll be back."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "I went with friends and had several nigiri, some sushi rolls and some sashimi and everything was delicious. Their sake list is also very good. We did have to wait about 15 minutes for a table to open up AFTER our reservation time, even though our reservation was for 9:30pm, so that was not so great, but we fixed that issue by getting a bottle of sake to start drinking while waiting. The fish is really fresh and delicious. I spent time in Japan (several months in total) and I find the sushi here to be of very good quality even when comparing it to food in Japan."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Some of the best fish my boyfriend and I have ever had. Everyone (sushi chefs, wait staff, manager) was so helpful and nice. Pretty small place, so I would definitely recommend making a reservation. Great place to grab dinner with a friend or significant other."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Otoro Sushi never fails to deliver. Always fresh, perfectly prepared, great service, very nice people....this is the place to go for Japanese food in the Hayes Valley area."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "They gave us free sake when we accidentally spilled it, and we really appreciated the gesture. Sushi was delicious."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Sushi was great - fresh and well prepared. Service was slow and rather unattentive."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The Bay Area is sadly lacking in spotless sushi bars with amazing fare. Otoro Sushi meets and goes far beyond that Japanese standard: absolutely delicious, imaginative food served by friendly, efficient, polite staff in an artfully lovely, clean setting. The small space means you must create privacy via courtesy -- a small price to pay for such always-delicious dining pleasures of Japanese standards and daily specials. From their house special Otoro Roll to the incredibly light and eye-rollingly-tasty gyoza, sunomonos, tempuras & impressive selection of saki, Otoro Sushi is THE off-Market Street Hayes Valley tiny but terrific treasure. It stars on our well-whittled-down A-list of San Francisco's best. Reservations a VERY good idea."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Small place but excellent sushi. Menu seems to change a lot but fish was superb, staff was friendly prices were reasonable. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "This is the best Japanese restaurant that I have visited in in a long time. I plan to come again soon."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "a very nice room with good lighting and beautiful roses,, The sushi was lovely the cooked salmon is way over done and dry . The chicken wings were very good,,,,,"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "It was amazing, the food was so delicious. And the service terrific. They kept on bringing the food fast and you can tell that everything was fresh."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Otoro Sushi is consistently excellent with both a wonderful selection of fresh sushi and sushimi as well as Japanese style cooked food. The people are wonderful and service is great at this small (30 person) intimate restaurant. Truly a favorite!!!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We had dinner here before the symphony and had an enjoyable experience. Nice selection of fresh fish and sushi, somewhat expensive but expected. Good service. Quiet enough to enjoy conversation. Somewhat tightly packed in, however. Would return."
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "Don't rush out and swarm them! This is a neighborhood gem close enough to the Opera House to make a marvelous pre-dinncer spot. Everything was delicious, especially the soft shell crab special and the sushi. You wont be disappointed."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "great food and awesome service! really glad I stopped by this place :)"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "The food is quite innovative and I encourage you to order off the chalk board menu for the best experience. Exciting and interesting combinations, nice sized portions, and the food arrived in a timely manner despite how busy they were...This is a tiny restaurant with very poor waiting space, and on a cold night, it can be chilly when the door is opened. Despite having a reservation, we waited almost 30 minutes for a table for two. Service was very good and we will definitely return."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "The food was delicious and selection was varied. We asked for something that was not on the menu (Chawanmushi), a delectable soup that is not very easily thrown together and they made it!!! It is a small restaurant so reservations are likely a must and you may have to wait a little even then. Thanks O Toro! Great experience!"
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "This neighborhood sushi/Japanese tapas bar and restaurant maybe small, but it is big on fresh fish and great service. Melt in your mouth bits of blue fin, tuna toro, hirame, Aji, etc. and the most FABULOUS garlic crab ever (we had a second order). This is a must try if you love sushi and other Japanese favorites. Jimmy handles the front and he moves effortlessly making his customers happy. We loved Otoro. The Lampkins"
    Dined on 12/13/2013