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Yuubi Japanese Restaurant
501 Balboa Street
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Yuubi Japanese Restaurant Details
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Daily 5:00pm-10:30pm
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Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
A word from Yuubi Japanese Restaurant
Yuubi is a Japanese/Seafood restaurant in the Inner Richmond neighborhood.
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I'm so glad there's a true,
full-menu sushi restaurant in the neighborhood--finally! Sticky rice is essential for nigiri-style sushi and other neighborhood (6th Ave/Balboa) restaurants have ignored or foregone this tradition. Yuubi's menu includes traditional sushi offerings at their best, yet it is also eclectic, extensive and allows for custom orders ... all beautifully presented. While they offer many great sushi roll combinations (favored by Western palates), I go here because the promise of real, traditional-style, elegantly presented and fresh sushi house offerings is guaranteed."
Dined on 6/11/2014
Went with a group of 5. Food for
each came out a different times. The dishes were okay, not bad but not memorable. Presentation of each dish was nice. The wait service was excellent. Not busy, but it was a rainy weekday evening, which helped with parking."
Dined on 2/26/2014
This was my 2nd time dining here
and both times we had good food and exceptional service. Our wait person had a smile and kept our water glasses filled all the time."
Dined on 1/8/2014
We wanted sushi in my daughter's
neighborhood so after checking on Yelp, we thought we'd give Yuubi a try. We were delighted with the quality and originality of the sushi and we were surprised at the affordability. I had teriyaki salmon and it was perfectly prepared and came with miso soup and salad - what a tasty deal. The service was prompt and friendly. My only concern was that the restaurant itself lacked ambiance. The space was vacuous and cold and the tea and miso soup was already cold before we could finish it. Too bad because everything else about this restaurant was top notch!"
Dined on 12/1/2013
With a diverse menu and friendly
staff, this simple Japanese restaurant is nothing short of a neighborhood gem. We braved the peak hour traffic to cross town and were pleasantly surprised by the whole meal. Our Omakase sashimi platter was really great value and made it worth the drive! The funky rolls were good too, although nothing special given everyone has spicy mayo and aioli in their rolls nowadays. Their customer service also earn some points with the complimentary valet service. Truly a neighborhood gem!"
Dined on 11/22/2013
Been coming here since they opened
and always have a good time. Sushi chefs know what they're doing and servers are attentive and on-point with recommendations. Do yourself a favor and take your girl/boyfriend, Friday night pre-party crew, family, whatever - you won't leave disappointed!"
Dined on 11/2/2013
This was our first time dining
here. The food was decent but what impressed us the most was the service. Please keep up the good work as we will be back!"
Dined on 10/2/2013
We went on a Saturday night. There
was not that many people. They have a lot of interesting choice of sushi rolls which are good but not that special. The grill menu was good, like the shrimp grill. Price was reasonable. The location is really in a pretty quiet neighborhood."
Dined on 9/28/2013
My girl friend just found out her
guy was cheating on her, so I suggested we go to this restaurant to have a man hating dinner! The sake and food was good! Service was amazing and staff was very friendly. We closed the place down and staff never rushed us out! I will go back again soon!"
Dined on 9/20/2013
Happy to be back anytime. To get
10% off, bring your UCSF ID card."
Dined on 8/3/2013
Not your ordinary sushi menu
(although they have basic rolls and sashimi too). Beautifully prepared and inventive dishes rarely disappoint. We'll be back again and again!"
Dined on 7/15/2013
The service there deserved more
than 5 stars. I can't describe what a great time I had at Yuubi. The food was exquisite and for once the waiter and chef didn't sound like they were reading off something they memorized earlier that day. They had real suggestions that went along with food I said I liked and didn't like. They really understood their menu inside and out and even went out of their way to customized certain dishes for me. The food was sublime. I tried so many new foods that day and all of them were plated beautifully and tasted like a little piece of fish heaven. The sushi chef ,Jason, is truly a genius when it comes to his food."
Dined on 6/26/2013
First time to this restaurant and
we were pleasantly surprised. Over all ambiance was nice. The details to the food presentation was outstanding (especially the presentation of their sushi dishes). Overall taste of the dishes we had ordered was delicious. Would highly recommend this restaurant."
Dined on 5/12/2013
I purchased a pre-fixed menu
dinner for this place and the food was underwhelming."
Dined on 5/1/2013
Wanted to like this restaurant but
the food was just barely passable. It didn't taste anywhere near authentic. Food was bland & lacked the main point of Japanese cuisine - letting the food speak for itself. The sushi was rubbery & too sweet. Ramen just slapped together & tempura not light & crisp. Won't be returning."
Dined on 4/24/2013
The food is great, the service
good, fish is fresh, and I love everything about this place except when there are families there. Somehow, almost every child that walks into this restaurant is a complete brat."
Dined on 4/20/2013
Maitre'd and wait staffs were
friendly and accomodating. Server was very enthusiastic on recommending signature dishes on menu. However, the sashimi were served slightly warmer than room temperature and the vinegar was too dominant in sushi rice. Though portions were generous, I cannot finish the sushi rolls for the reason stated. Wish the chefs have focused more on the quality and execution of the sushi/sashimi rather than trying too hard to be innovative. Also disappointed in the home made broth and udon, a far cry from a simple Japanese noodle joint in Tokyo station. The tempura batter was thick and too brittle. Could be a nieghborhood gem if the focus is re-aligned."
Dined on 4/19/2013
The atmosphere is fun, and so is
the food. There are different variations of sushi rolls to try, but don't limit yourself to that. I really love the eel fried rice!"
Dined on 4/12/2013
Food was well executed. Our server
needs more training in listening carefully (possibly English as a second language); a couple of errors for our hand roll--gave sesame soy instead of seaweed wrap; no tobiko--she even came back a 2nd time to confirm this item, and when we received the item, we even asked "this is seaweed?" and she said "yes". Finally asked the manager and told her the 2 items missing, which she confirmed that it was not seaweed. Manager was helpful and pleasant! Menu needs to be less extensive; too many items. Overall, we enjoyed our dining experience! We'd return to try more items."
Dined on 4/4/2013
Maybe this was a Monday night when
they were short on staff. We were not acknowledge at the door for five minutes as the two servers hustled passed us. One finally asked brusquely if we had reservations, which we did so she seated us. The evening was one of long wait time. We sat with water and menus for more than 15 minutes before our orders were taken. We had to ask for tea. Food service was very slow for the five of us. Two udon orders arrived, pause for 10 minutes, two more udon orders arrived, pause for 8 minutes, and finally the salmon arrived. Sushi we expected as appetizers came through out the dinner, one arriving after the main courses were served. Food was only fair, so we will probably not be making a return visit."
Dined on 3/25/2013
This is beautiful sushi! I hope
this restaurant survives. Love it."
Dined on 3/3/2013
Yuubi is a must for sushi lovers
across the city. It's become me and The Girl's favorite sushi place since they've opened!"
Dined on 2/17/2013
Super fresh sashimi. Great
presentation. Loved the Hamachi and Albacore sashimi! I've already been here 3 times and will try to make it a point to come back once a week. Great Date night spot Highly recommended!"
Dined on 2/15/2013
Yuubi was always a cut above ...
and now they've changed their menu so that fine sushi lovers may create orders exactly to their liking! This is really a creative departure from a kitchen that already has traditional sushi, hands down, right, and beautifully presented. Yuubi's variety of mouth-watering presentations is now a full blown sushi smorgasbord. Also the thoughtful selection of a perfect saki for your taste and food pairing preference(s) is thoughtfully documented--which we just loved. I actually remember what I was drinking and understand now why I liked it so much. We just couldn't get enough of this place; and the prices make almost the whole menu an incredible value. Yuubi means "beautiful" in Japanese ... and they mean it."
Dined on 1/16/2013
Price and portion are very
reasonable. Atmosphere and service are superb. Most of all, food is great!"
Dined on 12/29/2012
a wide variety of food choices;
interesting variety of sushi rolls. very accommodating staff. nice atmosphere."
Dined on 12/26/2012
The experience and food at Yuubi
was much better the second time around. Perhaps because I ordered more rolls and hot food this time as opposed to nigiri. Ordered the Dynamite X, My You Be, Scorpion, and Steak Teriyaki. Super filling for a party of three with great presentation. A little pricey for the quantity and quality but still a decent place for sushi."
Dined on 12/17/2012
Service and food was outstanding.
Great value as well."
Dined on 12/15/2012
This place was a bit of a
disappointment in terms of the sashimi and nigiri but I would be willing to try it again, ordering hot foot instead. The space is nice and roomy with comfy chairs. I decided to give the sushi omakase (8 pieces) and sashimi omakase (14 pieces). Some the fish tasted slimy but at least none were frozen."
Dined on 12/7/2012
We've been here for 4-5 times now,
and we've consistently had tasty food, great service and all at a superbly affordable price. This is a rather simple place but the chefs have a great palate. The appetizers and rolls that we've tried have great balance of flavors and makes great use of fresh seafood. My personal favorite is the stuffed mushroom appetizer, while rolls with scallops are simply heavenly. This place is a hidden gem in the Inner Richmond that I'll be visiting a great deal more in the future!"
Dined on 12/2/2012
We've been going here since they
opened and the owners are always so friendly! Don't just get the sushi, (which is delicious) but also try the off the grill selection."
Dined on 10/31/2012
Very fresh sushi and rolls and a
variety of cooked Japanese food as well. Service was excellent. Tea and water constantly refilled. Reasonable prices and good sized portions. Would like to have had more unagi in the unagi fried rice. All in all, a great neighborhood find. We will be back."
Dined on 9/28/2012
Very good presentation of all of
the sushi specials! Lots of yummy combinations at a great value. Fish is fresh and lots of my favorite options for rolls and sashimi. They also have a lot of tasty non-sushi options. Yuubi is a great alternative to the overpriced sushi bistro in the 'hood."
Dined on 9/25/2012
The quality is above average.
Dined on 9/14/2012
Great service and $1 hot sake if
you like their Facebook page!"
Dined on 9/8/2012
This is the 2nd time in the past
month I've dined there. I wanted to give Yuubi a chance after a poor rating the 1st time. I believe they've fine-tuned the service so that everything is not rushed out. This time I also tried the unagi fried rice, baked mussels, and a roll. Aside from the mussels being so-so, the fried rice and roll (Juliet and Romeo) were very good. I would recommend sharing the rice among 3 to 4 people. Overall, I would dine there again."
Dined on 9/7/2012
the service was excellent. a very
wide range of options on the menu. very clean and trendy decor. overall a great dinig experience."
Dined on 8/4/2012
The food was generally mediocre
and came out way too fast."
Dined on 8/3/2012
We had a party of 7 people. Some
dishes were good, others were fair. The waiter was busy with other tables and we had to flag him down several times when we needed him."
Dined on 7/29/2012
I have been looking for great
neighborhood sushi restaurant for years. Well, this is it!! The food was amazing. Mouth watering nigiri and beautiful, creative rolls. The staff very friendly and attentive; The prices extremely reasonable. We talked with the manager, I think, and he said they have been in business only a few months... It's the kind of place you really want to do well, but you kind of want to keep a secret for yourself!"
Dined on 7/13/2012
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