Barracuda Japanese Restaurant - SF
Barracuda Japanese Restaurant - SF

Barracuda Japanese Restaurant - SF

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barracudasushi.com/
  • Phone: 4155588567x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm

    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am to 3:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Ruben Giannini
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We provide catering - party trays. If you are interested please call the restaurant and ask for Nam Kim (MGR).
  • Entertainment: Karaoke Party!

    Every Friday & Saturday from 10:00pm to Midnight.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 16th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Barracuda Japanese Restaurant - SF
Barracuda Japanese Restaurant on Market is located in the Castro District.
Fun, colorful, and experimental; serving Neo-Japanese Cuisine with a mix of Brazilian and Peruvian flavors to spice things up!
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Barracuda Japanese Restaurant - SF reviews from OpenTable diners
7 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (4)great for lunch (4)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (3)neighborhood gem (3)great for brunch (2)hot spot (2)special occasion (1)Show More
  • Fresh sashimi
    Peck
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great foods at reasonable prices! The appetizer platter was well presented and tempura was light & crispy! Sashimi was so fresh and love the warm and friendly service. A little noisy but given that there was a table of guests celebrating a birthday it was understandable. Will highly recommend but I hope they will not become another NOPA which requires 8 weeks advance booking ughhhh!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • like it!!!!!!!!!!!
    Acme2
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Their reservation is very confusing, They don't update the open table or yelp so when I did my reservation they didn't have any table available not very good. we had to wait 40 min
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 285 reviews are from the Barracuda Japanese Restaurant - SF reviews archive.
  • Not the best
    FoodInMouthBull
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    While food was very good, service was quite slow and not on purpose. My biggest issue is the restaurant's decor, which is literally being kept together with scotch tape. The myriad of christmas lights with undulating lighting along the wall contrasted with a busy booth print is not pleasant. Their front door is always open, regardless of weather. Dropping almost 80 bucks for lunch, I would expect better ambiance than scotch tape all over the place. Also, we were almost at the table closest to the sushi bar and it was still quite cold. Unless there's a planned group event that will be booked outside my involvement, I don't think I'll be back anytime soon. There are much better sushi restaurants in the Castro.
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  • Perfect place to hang Friday night
    JaneC
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Hung out here all night with friends. Sushi and cocktails were good. Service was fantastic. Our waiter was fun, friendly, and kept up with us even though we were a bit chaotic in how we ordered food and drink. We sat down at 7:30 and didn't leave until 11. Good party music in the background but still easy to hear each other. Other big groups of friends partying at tables around us. Super friendly vibe--one table bought us all sake bombs to join in with them, another table invited us all out dancing with them. I love San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fun for a friday night out
    TigerVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    always a good selection of rolls that are creative. The music is top 40 and fun, great for a lively dinner in castro with friends highly recommend
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Best Spicy Ramen
    MichelinStarHunterVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I come to Barracuda now and then for one thing only: their spicy broth pork ramen soup! Trust me, I know my SF Ramen joints, but this particular soup continues to be one of the top 3 on my list: (1) the noodles aren't wimpy, they display a nice bounce, and are cooked perfectly (i.e., not too soft); (2) the broth is a combination of pork base (with milk?) and kimchee! Fantastic!!! Too bad at night night this place is so loud. Must be a Castro thing. Hey, guys, we are no longer in the 1980s! With places like Frances just a few blocks away, catch up with sound level and lowering down the music.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun and lively sushi joint
    TigerVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    one of castros best sushi places the service could have been a little better the rolls were delicious as always and good atmosphere perfect for a friday night out with friends
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inconsistent
    Fiiiiiiiish
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Ate here once before; the place was fairly crowded but everything was quite good, from the service to the fish. This time was marked by inconsistencies. The nigiri we ordered was great, although they were out of several fish that we had wanted. The rolls, however, were somewhat disappointing. The spider in the ultimate spider roll was sort of cold and chewy, and the volcano was just kind of "meh." Service was friendly but seemed really slow, which is hard to explain given how uncrowded the restaurant was. I would go back, but I think next time I'd try to sit at the sushi bar, skip the rolls and just order straight up fish.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute place, Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went with my boyfriend the sushi was amazing the service was great I see myself returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very fun atmosphere
    MarieYFVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Fun, dance music plaing made the restaurant feel like a party.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Sushi
    Jordan
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    All of the fish tasted fresh and delicious. Was able to easily get a reservation for an early dinner no problem. Very nice atmosphere and cocktails. Very good across the board.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of castros best sushi places
    TigerVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    great for parties or large groups they have fun rolls and a variety of menu items that are interesting the staff is friendly and they have good recommendations
    Special Features:
    hot spot, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A step above your standard sushi
    jdsfVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    I was impressed that the 7 piece nigiri tasting was more like a mini omakase rather than your standard salmon, shrip, tuna, etc and was instead fluke, ocean trout, snapper, etc, and was well done with satisfyingly sized slices of fish. Often sushi places either go a bit thin on the fish slices so you can really only manage one bite even if you try for two, or go waaay overboard so they are known as the "giant nigiri" places, which then are hard to handle.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good spot for dinner
    Dougfromseattle
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We came here New Years Eve. The food was very good and the table was nice. It is small so you are fairly close to your neighbor it I could not hear their conversations and I do t think they could hear ours. The waiter was very goodand recommended the appropriate dishes. Highly recommend if you're in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing dinner
    SFDinerVIP
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We had looked forward to our dinner after reading the positive reviews but we're quite disappointed. The food was just OK, nothing to rave about. The sushi was rather bland, even the items marked on the menu as spicy. The best thing we had was the spicy edamame. Service was lacking and the restaurant was not busy. Would not go back or recommend to friends.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, Slow service
    Dragonlady
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    The food was excelent, typical sushi fare. Bar was ok but slow, waiter forgot items.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We drove a long way to try
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    We drove a long way to try the Chef's tasting menu, but was disappointed... The restaurant was not busy, yet the waitress hurriedly rambled off the types of sushi on the plate... when we got her attention a little later and asked her about the different types of sushi, she said she couldn't remember what was on our plate. She was not personable at all, and did not take the time to talk to us. The lone sushi roll would have been much better split into three or four different types of rolls (2 pieces each type) afterall, it is a "tasting" menu ... lastly, including a little something sweet would have been nice... I am not going to recommend this to anyone since it was nothing to brag about, and mediocre at best...
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  • The sushi here is always good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/9/2013
    The sushi here is always good. Who does not love Sushi on fire! This place is a good, every-day sushi place. It's not a place for a snobby sushi eater. It's not the place where you will get the most exquisite sushi, but it's the place you can go to have a reasonably priced meal and have fun.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Quality
    Dewey
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    Barracuda has a great location on Market Street that is hard to beat. The food I'd say is definitely better than average, but not remarkable. The service was impecable - they seemed extremely attentive, real team effort by the staff, and never left us anything for want. The restaurant had a great ambience - it is modern, well kept/clean, and even with the place more than half full durning my visit it still did not seem overly loud and tables are not arranged in such a way as to seem very crowded like most SF establishments. I actually came here for a second date, and while I'd say it does not strike me as particularly romantic setting it certainly served it's purpose quite well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Freezing Dining Room
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    The waitress said that she was too busy to address the issue, but that she thinks that the heater was on. Later the bartender came over to let us know that the AC and Heater were off. I polled the people sitting around me and they confirmed that there was definitely an AC running and it was not draft as they claim it was. In any case, the dinner was not enjoyable because I was cold and I was wearing my winter coat! Given that the food was good, this is too bad!
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  • Excellent
    EmilieVIP
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    Perfect as usual! You should try Japanese Cowboy rolls!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food Awesome Service
    CALMVIP
    Dined on 12/2/2013
    Neighborhood notable dining experience. Food is always fresh and service is always good. I highly recommend this establishment for anyone looking for Japanese cuisine in the Castro area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    EmilieVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Excellent sushi restaurant to be discovered! You just must try!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Variety Sushi
    fitndineVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Good variety...they take special orders...make your own roll!!! Sushi chef Cesar will create whatever you ask. Have returned many times and sat at the sushi bar. Hit it at non peak hours otherwise forget it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friendly wait staff Talented barman
    EJGI
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    I recommend the dragon roll. The food was great. The service was great. The host was super friendly and sweet. I arrived at 8:00 and go a great table. The place was packed at 9:30 with lots of people waiting outside for tables. The crowd was spirited and fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Although the menu is heavy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    Although the menu is heavy on sushi, this non-fisher eater was able to find many yummy things to try. The sliders were exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place for Sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    This is a fun little, energetic sushi restaurant in the castro. Service puts out full effort and the dishes are attractive. This sushi quality is a step below some of the best in the City, but if you are hungry for solid and in the area, this is a good restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "F" Train on Market to Barracuda
    Burton
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    Excellent happy hour weekdays 5-7pm. You can have dinner from the happy hour menu since there is plenty to choose from. Not fancy, but casual neighborhood dinning is the scene here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was not good
    HstudVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    We eat here about every six weeks or so. The host grabbed the menus and walked all the way to the other side of the restaurant not looking to see if we followed, he did not bother to say hello. He dropped the menus on the table and walked away long before we got there. We had to chase him down to tell him we had a reservation thru Opentable The waiter had much of the same attitude. At the end(tip time) he actually said thank you which was about all he said except uh huh. Very disappointing especially to a good customer.
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  • Last Minute Brunch Idea
    Brunchkateer
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    It is almost impossible to dine at a well known (or any known ) brunch location in San francisco. Thanks to OT I was able to reserve a spot in a japanese restaurant that served a "japanese" style brunch. Bottomless mimosas with entree, very delicious and creative items on the menu, and attentive staff. Overall a perfect new experience for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    We had the tasting menu, generous portions of unctuous sashimi were especially yummy. The service is impeccable, and the kitchen prompt. We keep coming back because of the consistency!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food, Great Service
    CALMVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    Conveniently located in Castro, this was a perfect spot for good Japanese sushi and friendly service by locals. Fast speedy service made the meal an excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • so nice food, too noisy
    elvira
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    We love this place. The tasting menu is just fantastic. It was too noisy last Friday, though. Was hard to speak with my friends sharing table with me.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it
    DsigningwnVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    Great sushi, ambiance, music, service. Everything was outstanding. I'll be there a LOT in future. Don't know why it took me so LNG to get there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Bloody Mary EVER
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/18/2013
    The brunch menu is really great for those who want Japanese or traditional brunch items. But what sent our group over the edge were the most delicious Bloody Marys we'd ever tasted. We got spicy and asked them why they tasted so good - yet different. Instead of Tabasco, they use wasabi and Sriracha. Amazing. We had three rounds of them. And we were a group of 10 which is well suited for Barracuda because their walls are covered with continuous benches, so they can comfortably accommodate really large parties.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Japanese food in the Castro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    The food was great, the ambience acceptable, but it lacked the feel of a real Japanese restaurant. More American-Japanese than actual Japanese.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and restaurant,
    Anderson123VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Great food and restaurant, but very poor service. The waiter had an unprofessional attitude and made us feel rushed. Rude.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As loud as an airport runway
    PacificN
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    The sushi here is excellent and the fish is fresh. We all habe frequented this restaurant. That being said, we were a party of four seated 25 feet from a party of 12 20-something's. not only was the noise from that party beyond excessive, the restaurant actually turned up their music to drown out the party (or add to it....I'm not sure). In the middle of our dinner, we all just stopped trying to talk to each other because we couldn't scream loud enough.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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  • Big disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    We really can't make sense of so many glowing reviews after our Saturday night dinner at Barracuda. The maitre d was very nice and welcoming but the rest pf the service rather indifferent and not very efficient (we had to ask for our check twice). And the food... They are trying so hard to make sushi unusual and original but the result is plain ridiculous and unsavoury (my companion didn't even finish his order which has got to be a first). Ambiance is ok although a bit on the vulgar side and music way too loud but that was expected. Why go there when there are so many great sushi places?!
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  • Excellent service and food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    My husband, son and I planned on spending the day in San Francisco. We found the Barracuda on OpenTable for dinner after visiting The California Academy of Science. Our server Chris was very friendly and attentive. We ordered teriyaki beef and chicken, dragon roll, California rolls, sashimi and sake for me. Everything was great. We will definitely be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate