Tsunami - Panhandle
Tsunami - Panhandle

Tsunami - Panhandle

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dajanigroup.net/
  • Phone: 4155677664
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Tsunami - Panhandle reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (32)fit for foodies (28)late-night find (18)romantic (17)hot spot (15)good for groups (14)vibrant bar scene (12)special occasion (12)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (5)great for lunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Still one of my faves!
    Foodie4Life
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I moved to the Easy Bay several years ago but still make it a point to come to Tsunami as often as possible. I love everything about this place, truly! And I've never had anything from the kitchen that I didn't enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Goodness Guaranteed
    JonasfVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    You can expect excellent quality sushi and good service every time at Tsunami. They have creative rolls for the creative types and also basic roles for the basic folks. My favorite are the bowls. They're over $20 but come with a lot of fish, seaweed salad, rice, and other tastyness. Service is always friendly and good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A For Ambience!
    kbeltz
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I came with family for dinner. First, the décor and music made the experience awesome. The service was great. The food we ordered had traditional Japanese elements with little flavor variations. Favorite included the soba salad and homemade mochi icecream.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The drinks are great but the food is just so so. Would spend the same amount on money on other restaurants.
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  • best in sf
    SF0772VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    high class - perfect for a date night - classy and yummy sushi
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good neighborhood spot for sushi
    HannaVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not a top day at Tsunami Panhandle
    NOPAneighbor
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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..
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  • Easy access good sushie
    JonasfVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Tsunami has good quality and tasting sushi, perfect for those that want good sushi but don't want to leave the neighbourhood.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh and tasty
    Retired2VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Food!
    bpsmith
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noise overshadows great sushi
    Food4ThoughtVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid sashimi, great drinks, pricey
    NESIN
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best sushi ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Food was incredible. The ambience was really great and sake selection was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bold culinary variety
    FreshMeat
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 48 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 279 reviews are from the Tsunami - Panhandle reviews archive.
  • Overpriced
    steelblue
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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...
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bomb uni
    filburt
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing...
    deborahpVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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. :(
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Such amazing sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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 :)
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More than just a sushi bar
    foodieonabudget
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service, great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent HR
    SFnewbie
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious as always
    Venus
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    we eat here once or twice a month on average. really really good food. if you like spice check out the abnormals roll... yowza.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always worth the extra Mile
    Tigger2003VIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Love the happy hour and service - always worth the extra mile :) Hannah offers rock star service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good not great
    IndiefoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They try to make this a chic
    GCGCVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
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  • So so
    JonasVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This time is okay good...somehow I remember they have better food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fusion&cool
    Matteo
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderfully fresh, expensive
    lulu
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great sushi, sake and service!
    Rowena
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service improved
    BeaPVIP
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance
    Yummm
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    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~
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  • Top ten dinner ever
    Nick
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Beautifully prepared food with amazing flavors! Euphoria
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MDF
    mdf1
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but poor service
    BeaPVIP
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tsunami on Fulton
    KEK30
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Tsunami is consistently very good and high quality. Their staff doesn't change much, their food is great and the staff is knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best sushi in the hood
    Venus
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food; worst service in 3 years
    nopakoala
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RUDE WAIT STAFF
    Julss
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    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
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