Tsunami - Panhandle
1306 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117Neighborhood:
North Panhandle / USF
SushiPrice: $30 and under
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
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
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Tsunami - Panhandle reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since May 1, 2014
- Ambiance3.9Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (28)fit for foodies (25)romantic (17)late-night find (15)good for groups (11)hot spot (11)vibrant bar scene (11)special occasion (10)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (4)great for lunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
- Not worth the priceOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/9/2014The drinks are great but the food is just so so. Would spend the same amount on money on other restaurants.
- best in sfSF0772VIPDined on 8/8/2014high class - perfect for a date night - classy and yummy sushiSpecial Features:
- Good neighborhood spot for sushiHannaVIPDined on 7/29/2014Loved 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:
- Not a top day at Tsunami PanhandleNOPAneighborDined on 7/7/2014I'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..
- Easy access good sushieJonasfVIPDined on 7/3/2014Tsunami has good quality and tasting sushi, perfect for those that want good sushi but don't want to leave the neighbourhood.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fresh and tastyRetired2VIPDined on 7/2/2014If 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:
- Amazing Food!bpsmithDined on 6/21/2014Wonderful 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:
- Noise overshadows great sushiFood4ThoughtVIPDined on 6/14/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Solid sashimi, great drinks, priceyNESINDined on 6/7/2014Nicer 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:
- Best sushi ever!OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 6/6/2014Food was incredible. The ambience was really great and sake selection was amazing.Special Features:
- Bold culinary varietyFreshMeatDined on 6/6/2014The 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:
- OverpricedsteelblueDined on 5/16/2014Both 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...
- bomb unifilburtDined on 5/9/2014had 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- sushiOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 5/9/2014My 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:
- Disappointing...deborahpVIPDined on 5/3/2014This 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:
- Such amazing sushiOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 5/3/2014This 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 274 reviews are from the Tsunami - Panhandle reviews archive.
- More than just a sushi barfoodieonabudgetDined on 4/28/2014Start 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:
- Great service, great food!OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 4/16/2014I 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:
- Excellent HRSFnewbieDined on 4/12/2014Great 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- delicious as alwaysVenusDined on 4/10/2014we 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:
- Always worth the extra MileTigger2003VIPDined on 3/19/2014Love the happy hour and service - always worth the extra mile :) Hannah offers rock star service.Special Features:
- Good not greatIndiefoodieVIPDined on 3/5/2014There 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.
- They try to make this a chicGCGCVIPDined on 3/1/2014They 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.
- So soJonasVIPDined on 2/14/2014This time is okay good...somehow I remember they have better food.I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointedOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 2/14/2014I 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.
- Fusion&coolMatteoDined on 2/1/2014Quiet 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderfully fresh, expensiveluluDined on 1/30/2014too 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 restaurantsSpecial Features:
- Great sushi, sake and service!RowenaDined on 1/29/2014My 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The service improvedBeaPVIPDined on 1/22/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great ambianceYummmDined on 1/18/2014We 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~
- Top ten dinner everNickDined on 1/11/2014Beautifully prepared food with amazing flavors! EuphoriaSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- MDFmdf1Dined on 1/6/2014Tried 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food but poor serviceBeaPVIPDined on 1/2/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Tsunami on FultonKEK30Dined on 12/31/2013Tsunami is consistently very good and high quality. Their staff doesn't change much, their food is great and the staff is knowledgeable.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- best sushi in the hoodVenusDined on 12/20/2013have 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good food; worst service in 3 yearsnopakoalaDined on 12/20/2013I 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:
- RUDE WAIT STAFFJulssDined on 12/10/2013Our 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
- No longer a favoriteHealthyEaterVIPDined on 12/7/2013Use 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.
- Tsunami-always deliciousNageVIPDined on 11/30/2013i have been coming here for 9 years, the food is always delicious and creative….the staff is very attentive and accommodating…great experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fun For AllMRF1Dined on 11/29/2013Nine 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.Special Features: