Took 30 minutes to be seated,
Took 30 minutes to be seated, even with a reservation.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good quality sushi and nice
Good quality sushi and nice staff. Creative rolls and good specials. Really like going here.
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
A little off the beaten path
A little off the beaten path Otoro is a great find. Food was delicious and the service was great. The place is on the smaller side so you should make reservations. However, we we to an early dinner, 5:30 and there were only a few people there. By the time we left the place was nearly full.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Cute little place. Lots of
Cute little place. Lots of intriguing specials. Fit for carnivores and vegetarians alike. They have a vegetarian section on their sushi menu and several veggie appetizers.
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding Sushi and other
Outstanding Sushi and other Japanese specialties. Reasonably priced, very fresh fish, great service, good people.
4/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Based on previous reviews
Based on previous reviews I expected very basic, non-designed, interiors. In fact, although simple, it was quite pleasant. We were there early, and with a reservation, so no problem re seating. All tables were filled when we left and only a few people were waiting. The food was very good and beautifully presented. We got the Special Grasshopper Roll which was picture worthy.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were running SO LATE and
We were running SO LATE and I had to call twice to apologize. Luckily there were two seats at the bar, so we were still able to sit down as soon as we got to the restaurant. Sushi was delicious (we enjoyed some rolls + daily special nigiri per recommendation from the host) and the service was prompt and courteous.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Japanese food
excellent sushi as well as traditional Japanese food - a small place with terrific food
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
imaginative and very fresh
imaginative and very fresh sushi, one of our favorites.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding sushi served by
Outstanding sushi served by an attentive and knowledgeable staff. Go right to the blackboard and order any of the specials and you will be happy, though everything we have tried on the regular menu is also outstanding. This is our new pre-symphony favorite.
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The sushi was very good, not
The sushi was very good, not the best I've had, but very good. It is small so the tables are very close together, which can be an advantage if you have good "neighbors", which we did. The service was excellent. Very close to the Davies Symphony Hall and the Opera house, a good place to eat before events.
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
The fish was fresh and decadent. Cuts were generous and service was extremely fast. I enjoyed everything, but especially the Hamachi Carpaccio with Truffle Oil and Walu (Butterfish). I didn't try the Uni, but my date said it was delectable. The noisiness was too much at times since it's a small, crowded space, but everything else was terrific. Try the Yuzu Sake, it pairs well with rolls that have tempura.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best sushi near Hayes Valley
The fish is better than other sushi places, every time.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Otoro Sushi has a lot of special
Otoro Sushi has a lot of special dishes listed on a chalk board. Be sure to ask your server for a description of each and his or her recommendation. I received excellent advice on my order!
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
I booked this just because
I booked this just because of the location, and it turned out to be a terrific find. Excellent sushi, great sake list, a few different items on the menue and a great vide. Loved it.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
very fresh and stylish setting. great find for events around civic center
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fresh food, friendly service
Convenient location on Oak at Gough, a few minutes walk from Davies or the Opera House, Otoro Sushi has an extensive menu of Japanese dishes that are fresh and flavorful including a long list of specials on the blackboard behind the bar. Service is friendly and efficient. Like almost all restaurants these days, the hard surfaces of the walls and ceiling make the place noisy, which is a pity. If the place were less noisy, the food would probably taste better.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cute and Delicious!
Otoro sushi was delicious. We went off of the specials menu and everything was great. We had reservations for four people and were shown to our table immediately. Other than being a little bit warm in the restaurant, it was perfect. It is a small place but a good find!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love of raw fish
I have been dining here for over four years and the quality is always perfect. They have amazing fish from Japan that I never pass up. The Uni is one of my favorites!!! Min is a great sushi chef.
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
fresh and creative sushi/sashimi
fresh and creative sushi/sashimi offerings. Nice and helpful staff. Restaurant is very small but comfortable.
Enjoyed our visit and look forward to returning and trying more dishes.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding sushi, very friendly
Outstanding sushi, very friendly staff. Small restaurant can be noisy.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
5 stars plus
There were 4 of us, each picking an assortment of dishes, and couldn't stop talking about the meal. There was not one order that disappointed us. One of those small neighborhood gems that you stumble upon now and then and look forward to the next visit.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good sushi at great prices
Great Sushi and incredibly reasonable prices (a lot of options for around $6 for 6 pieces). The staff seemed a little busy at times so our service wasn't always as prompt as I would've liked, which was strange given how small the restaurant was. However, the quality of food made it worth the trip.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
First Rate Service Great Food
Small, intimate place with friendly staff and exceptional food. Will return.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
The sushi was delicious! The service perfect! A perfect place to go before the symphony!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh sushi in a central location
Except fresh sushi. Staff is extremely friendly and service is efficient and fast. Our favorite was the fresh scallops on the sell! Simply excellent!! Will definitely come back!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great find!
We enjoyed the monkfish pate, garlic soft crab, and Spider rolls. I would like to go back and try the other interesting-sounding rolls - and their desserts. This place's got interesting-sounding plates - and I would definitely order these over the more usual, "ordinary"-sounding plates (e.g., ramen). I would also check out their blackboard for specials. If I'm in the area, I would definitely also go there for lunch. I am not that much into sushi, but this one place has convinced me otherwise.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
cozy & vibrant!
Otoro has a fantastic selection of sushi. We had several rolls, maki, sushi and starters and all were delicious. The gyoza were excellent, along with the otoro (fatty tuna) sushi and pork belly! The restaurant is quite small but I really like the layout, it makes it intimate. You can sit along the bar and watch the pro's at work, too! AND they take reservations!!
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best sushi ever
I've eaten sushi in Tokyo before, and Otoro's is on par with it, if not better! This really was one of the best sushi experiences of my life.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
All enjoyed good sushi
We had a group of 10 for an early 5:30 dinner before the opera and the restaurant was very accommodating. It is a small space but worked out great for us as we could hear each other talk and we weren't rushed out
The group all enjoyed everything ordered.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a combination of apetizers, rolls and sushi and enjoyed it all. Really great food overall; worth making a reservation as the place is very small....
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
well-priced, quality sushi/sashimi
well-priced, quality sushi/sashimi and friendly, attentive service.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We ducked into Otoro Sushi pre-Opera and were delighted by very tasty food and quick service. We indulged in several of the specials, sea scallops (sliced into four discs and served in scallop shells), garlic soft shell crab, hamachi tartare, and aji (Spanish Mackeral. The latter dish was a two course dish: sashimi is served first, then the skeleton is deep-fried and served as a crunchy foil. Very interesting combination of flavors and textures. The kitchen was quick and dishes came out in rapid order, so patrons of the arts won't be late for their evening performances.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great location and I love that you can make reservations. The sushi was good, but nothing amazing. Maybe we just ordered wrong. I'd go back again.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent sushi in Hayes Valley
Otoro Sushi is always a winner! Very fresh fish, interesting specials, great service and a very nice group of people run the restaurant. Highly recommended.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Arrive early for best selection
Service: Friendly, timely, no issues here.
Selection of fish: Very good, except that they were out of the two things I most wanted to order. Guess that's what happens when your reservation is late at night on a Friday.
Quality of fish: Very good - the aji was great, the otoro pretty good as well. We ordered one of the rolls from the daily specials board "dan" namite, which was a winner, as were the dragon and lava rolls. The spicy tuna was sort of average, and I think the lemon on the golden state roll was a little bit overpowering - the slices should have been smaller.
Price/value: Nothing spectacular - prices weren't crazy high or any great deal - about what I'd expect for sushi in SF.
Definitely plan to go back.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the fresh selection of fish and specialty rolls. Hot tapas were great! Will definitely come back
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing as always!
Otoro is far and away one of the cities best sushi & sake restaurants!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and ambiance. The
Great food and ambiance. The food is tasty, delivered quickly and the music is nice and soft. This is a great neighborhood restaurant with very nice decor.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Simple, high-quality sushi.
Perfect dinner with a few friends. Great food - simple, high-quality sushi. Not much more to say -- everyone wants to eat some delicious sushi now and then, and Otoro's got it. Good place, easy seating, great location.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
I booked Otoro for my birthday dinner last minute and was expecting a mediocre, chain-type sushi place. Wrong. This cozy joint near Hayes/Civic Center was the best sushi I have had in quite a while! Everything was so fresh. The selection was abundant. Even the shoyu ramen was divine. And the best part? It will not break the bank! From now on, Otoro Sushi will be the only place I visit!
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for late dinner after opera
Very fresh sushi. Delicious Albacore toro - we should have ordered more. The chicken heart skewers were fantastic. Service just a tad slow (but no big deal).
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoyed excellent sushi,
We enjoyed excellent sushi, gyoza and grilled mackerel in this pleasant, lively space. Service was charming and helpful, though a little slow for a pre-opera dinner. We'll definitely be back to try some more adventurous offerings.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic Sushi find
Small (10) tables with sushi bar, and a bustling vibe, with terrific selection and preparation. Just go chef's choice and enjoy.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great sushi, amazing atmosphere
We went here with a few colleagues for a work dinner and it was an awesome experience. Loved the fact that the restaurant was small which allowed for a nice conversation. The food was superb, and the prices - more than fair. Especially lived the spider rolls, the Otoro rolls (wrapped in mango!) Highly recommend this place.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Otoro is still one of the best sushi restaurants in San Francisco. The quality of fish is always consistently high. The specials often feature walu, aji, albacore toro, and otoro. The sake menu also features some wonderful bottles. While you do not have the one-on-one sushi chef relationship, you can rest assured that there is someone making sure each and every piece of fish is prepared properly. If you are looking for fresh, properly cut sushi or sashimi along with some Japanese delicacies, Otoro will meet your needs.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
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.
12/12/2013 4:00:00 PM