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Tsunami - Panhandle
Tsunami - Panhandle

Tsunami - Panhandle Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.DajaniGroup.net
  • Phone: (415) 567-7664
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 5:30pm- 12:00am Friday and Saturday 5:30pm-1am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Adachi Hiroyuki
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Divisadero Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Tsunami - Panhandle
Tsunami is like a wave of the hip urbane. Dim lights, house music, a good looking wait staff flavor the cozy sushi and sake bar-flanked dining room. Tsunami offers the seas' freshest bounty paired with one of the largest, most sophisticated sake selections found on the west coast. The bar also offers an array of high end spirits from Gin to Great Japanese single malts. Tsunami bar creates an amazing list of cocktails that combine both modern & classic cock-tailing. Corkage is a sake & wine retail shop connected to Tsunami where you can find 100's of bottles to choose from either to take home or open for your dinner with a $10 corkage fee at the restaurant. One of the great draws next to the incredible fresh authentic sushi, is the late night food offering till 12 midnight weekdays & 1am weekends.Continued
Diner Reviews
  • "Loved the specials they offered; salmon belly appetizer was outstanding. Good choices on rolls and maki's. Music was loud when we came in, asked them to turn it down and they accommodated nicely. Would go here again."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I've usually have had a good experience here to the point that I think on special occasions it might be almost worth paying the high prices for 'beyond just sushi' experience. However, earlier this week the food was very slow coming out of the kitchen - maybe understaffed?- and the wait staff, less friendly than usual. Not sure it was just not a great day or a trend.."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Tsunami has good quality and tasting sushi, perfect for those that want good sushi but don't want to leave the neighbourhood."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "If you like sashimi, this is the place to go for generous slices of fresh tasty assorted pieces. The chef choices were great and worth the cost. They also made interesting combinations of tastes and textures in their specialty rolls. Definitely worth a try!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Wonderful menu with a wide-variety of dishes; everything we ordered was amazing! Great happy-hour deals on food and drink. Ambiance and decor is nice, nothing special. Most of the seating is communal (long tables) with small tables lining the walls. We got there when it opened and the place was packed within an hour. Will definitely consider eating here again!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I haven't eaten here in a while, but the sushi and sake were as good as I remembered. Noise was much worse than I remembered. We were a party of 3, celebrating a birthday. We couldn't hear each other or have a decent conversation."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Nicer than the average sushi joint and a price to match. We experienced great service for our group and would come back for a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Food was incredible. The ambience was really great and sake selection was amazing. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The chef has created bold new food combinations that were mostly tasty and interesting to me. More pricy than I usually spend but the food experience was mostly worth it even though some of the dishes were small; a little too 'precious' rather than filling.worth it if you want to try unusual sushi food combos and don't mind paying for it."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Both the restaurant and the service was decent. The food is tasty but in general the portions are tiny and the food is way overpriced. I would at least expect a better ambiance/more comfortable seating for the price you are paying. In my opinion there are better options in the city if you would like some high quality sushi..."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "had dinner w/ a friend the other night and it was a great experience. from checking in for the reservation onward. it's cool that you can chill at corkage next door while you wait, the hosts were really sweet, and the sushi was awesome, notably the uni. i'll definitely be back for more. keep up the awesome vibes!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "My party ordered two appetizers, two drinks, and a sushi roll. My favorite thing about this place is the fresh sashimi. The rolls themselves are average tasting."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This place looked like it had potential but in the end, the most import thing, the food, did cut it. Pros: Nice staff, cool ambiance (music and lighting), great wine options (read: eclectic) and not too noisy. Cons: The food was beautifully but the Tokyo Bombers (stuffed pepper with crab/cream cheese) - it just tasted like batter, spicy but no depth, just batter and glaze. The roll we ordered had gojo (smoked Burdock root), it was smoky/woody but didn't go that well with the other ingredients. It was a little small and overly wet. Disappointing. :("
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "This is a great sushi restaurant. Although it's a little on the expensive side, what sushi place isn't? I LOVE the spider roll and Scorpion rolls. The spider is twice the size as the other rolls which makes it difficult to put in your mouth, but it's worth it. I always get extra eel sauce to dip the rolls into, which they don't charge for :)"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Start with really good fish and other ingredients, mix in original and unusual combinations, and you have a mouthwatering dinner that you could never get anywhere else. Definitely several steps beyond your regular sushi, nigiri and teriyaki. Add in great service and ambiance and you have a dining experience well worth seeking out. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "I love the menu options at tsunami. They have great options and the food is all laid out in a nice presentation. Being a vegetarian I still had lots to choose from. Maddy was our server and was super friendly and very attentive. Recommending this place to all my sushi (and cocktail) loving friends!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Great happy hour, until 7pm most nights. If you get there early enough, there's a nice selection of both foods and drinks for the happy hour. Note, communal seating for most, in case that's a turn off... Sushi was good to very good with a number of novel choices for the vegetarian or those who avoid raw foods."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "we eat here once or twice a month on average. really really good food. if you like spice check out the abnormals roll... yowza."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Love the happy hour and service - always worth the extra mile :) Hannah offers rock star service."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "There are great hole in the wall sushi places and luxe sushi places in the City. Tsunami is luxe if you consider $115 (tip included, just water) to be high, so I have higher expectations. The service wasn't bad was not particularly attentive or informative and the food took ages to get to the table even on a Wednesday night. I asked for a side plate so we could put the sushi in the middle and share but they didnt have any side plates, sorry. No biggie and the sashimi was sweet and fresh but nothing about the food or service really stood out. The restaurant is pretty and has a nice vibe."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "They try to make this a chic place with loud music and pretty deco but the fundamentals of food quality is not impressive. The texture of the sushi rice is wrong and the rolls fall apart the moment you pick them up. A true sushi master can spend years just to get these two elements right. Although I do not expect this level of precision but this restaurant's lacking in basic skills is very noticeable."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This time is okay good...somehow I remember they have better food."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I remembered this this restaurant quite fondly from when I would come here more regularly about 5 years ago. I was excited to re-visit it as a bday/valentines dinner w/ my beau. I was surprised it was not full when we walked in for our 8pm dinner reservation, given the holiday but if their sushi experience was like ours then I understand why. Service was good. Our waitress was nice, but not exactly engaging or enthusiastic. We ordered (1) signature roll & two maki rolls. I know maki rolls are pretty standard and not very exciting but all 3 rolls, including the signature roll tasted bland. I don't mind throwing down for a memorable meal but unfortunately this meal which included saki was not worth the $100 spent."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Quiet and cool in its Asian atmosphere, this restaurant offer a great menu. Sit at the bar or table or a kind of sofacoach to enjoy moments between taste and relax."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "too bad. loved the atmosphere and service and food. the the bill was a shocker. i had $60 coupon and then dinner was another $68 for just 2 of us and we didn't even have wine/sake. portions were small too. just a one time experience, won't go again-too expensive for 2 people for a dinner out (not a special occasion). we'll try some other Japanese restaurants"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "My husband and I loved Tsunami so much that we ate there twice in five days. The sashimi was fresh and delicious, and they have fantastic oyster shots. But perhaps the best part of the meal was the service provided by Maddie, our server, and then afterwards by Todd, at the adjoining sushi bar. And the sake that Todd introduced us to was too delicious to not take home - we ended up buying a case!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "We decided to go back as this restaurant is our neighborhood place and because we had our discounted voucher to use. Each time we went to this restaurant, the service was terrible, but not this time. The waitress was awesome. Hopefully that stays that way because the food is excellent. If you go around 6-7pm you can go with your kids and they will love it I think. Our son loves to sit like a big boy and east some of the warm food they offer in their menu. It is also happy hours before 7pm. Later in the evening it is a nice place to eat and hang out. They have a great selection of sake."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "We had had dinner here once before a few years back & remembered having a Great dinner! This time we had an interesting exchange with the host when we called to let them know we would be 5min late due to heavy traffic. A lit of the fish was sourced from japan....due to the high radiation from Fukushima- we decided to get mostly veggie rolls & apps. The dishes just didn't have much flavor. Our waitress was nice & took the time to drop in w: us about saki etc.. All in all We enjoyed our meal, though this spot wouldn't be on our top 10 list for flavor~"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Beautifully prepared food with amazing flavors! Euphoria"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Tried this place on an Amazon Local 1/2 off coupon. Ate too much, spent too much, but it was worth it. You can probably do very well here on any SF dining budget. The service was excellent! The food also. This is not a typical neighborhood Japanese restaurant. It is strictly a sushi bar, with very good sushi. Try it, you'll like it. If you like it quieter, go in around 6:45. This is the end of happy hour, and before the dinner crowd."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "We love our neighborhood sushi place with the sake place and coffee place next to it but the service is really poor. They really need to work on that if they want to keep the neighbors and anyone else continuing eating there. The sushis are all fresh, their specials are quite expensive and small portion but they are usually excellent. Coming at happy hours is the best way as this place is a bit pricey."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Tsunami is consistently very good and high quality. Their staff doesn't change much, their food is great and the staff is knowledgeable."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "have been here many times. excellent food. nice presentation. fresh. service has always been excellent. this was our first time seated at the communal table. we were on the end, closest to the door. having people constantly moving around your back, and cold gusts of air against the back every time the door opened detracts from an otherwise very nice dining experience. i guess there's not much they can do about it. i'm not usually a picky seater, when it comes to what table i get placed at in a restaurant. but when you're dropping a hundred bucks on dinner for two ... i guess i just have higher expectations than what was afforded. still. it's a relatively minor gripe, for otherwise excellent food, drink and service."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "I have been coming to Tsunami for almost 3 years as it's a neighborhood favorite. Although it gets busy, the food is reliably delicious, the staff is friendly, and it's our go-to for late night dinner out. Our experience on Friday, however, was marked by entirely lackluster service, waiting for about 40 minutes for our sushi order to arrive, watching the sushi chefs take shots with their friends at the bar while we waited for our food, and not having any reassurance or apologies from our waitress for the long wait. She didn't offer so much as some edamame or a free dessert for having us wait for 40 minutes while the tables around us received their food. Will likely go back for the good food, but was sorely disappointed in the service."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Our waitress ELAINE became very RUDE when I presented a Living Social voucher and our service went downhill from there. I paid $30 for the voucher that would be good for $60. At the end of our meal she made a point to tell my husband that she took the $60 off of the bill and my husband handed her our debit card. When she brought it back I took a second look at the bill because it still seemed very high $127.51 after (-$60) just couldn't be, we certainly did not eat $187.51 worth of Sushi! We only had 5 very small plates and still leaving hungry. We called her back over and she insisted she gave us our $60 and we owed $127.51 she looked at the bill again laughed and said oh that was my mistake I forgot to take off the $60 after all"
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "Use to enjoy this place. We were forced to sit at communal table even while other tables were empty and we had a reservation. Ate here a year ago and it was great. Food was only average this time. Service is always good and the drinks are good, but we go for the food."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "i have been coming here for 9 years, the food is always delicious and creative….the staff is very attentive and accommodating…great experience."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Nine of us ordered mass quanity of food and drinks and were never dissapointed. This was not our first time nor our last visit to this wonderful restaurant."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Hamachi Kama is by far the best every single time. It's so buttery and succulent my mouth is watering just thinking about it. And this time they ran out of bowls or the piece was too big, not sure, so they put it on a plate! I was like wow, is it my birthday? So freakin' good. Oh and they have this drink I had never tried before, so I'm not sure if it's new, called the Kimiko. So good! It's light, cucumber vodka so good, and great accompaniment with dinner."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "The appetizers are especially good - well presented, tasty. The rolls are better than normal and the sashimi is fresh."
    Dined on 11/16/2013