Gintei

4.6
271 reviews
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Sushi
GINTEI is an authentic Japanese sushi restaurant waiting to delight you with fresh fish from Japan's esteemed Tsukiji market, elegant ambiance, and attentive service.
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AM
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best Japanese food we’ve had in the area. My boyfriend is half Japanese, with high standards for his taste in Japanese food restaurants, and he had a huge grin on his face the entire evening. Can’t wait to go back.

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f
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing. Highly recommend! It is one of the best sushi restaurants I've even been to, and I've had a lot of sushi in my life...

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RF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sashimi and sushi in the Bay Area!!

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have great dinner here with the sushi chef

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FK
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

I'm in the minority here for sure. Food was good but not $100+ good. My wife (Japanese) pointed out that a Japanese restaurant we like in SF is better and much less expensive. Atmosphere was fine but surprisingly loud and lively. This had more of an izakaya feel. It's all fine. It's a nice restaurant. I get it. I think there are better values. For $150 for two there are a ton of great restaurants in the Bay Area (starting with Chapeau!).

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J
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Some of the BEST sushi I've had in the Bay Area! My husband and I really enjoyed the rolls, the miso and the salad. The staff was friendly and attentive.

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p
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious sushi elegantly presented by artisan chefs, together with impeccable service and thoughtful hosts make this a wonderful experience!

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JC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the best sushi I have had in the States. Outstanding! Quite impressive. I will bring sushi lovers here and recommend to others. Well done!

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful sushi, esp. omasake for very good price! Best Japanese on the peninsula, easily outdoing all the expensive fancy places in burlingame or san mateo. friendly people , definitely a special treat!

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SB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

Food poising

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f
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good sushi but felt overpriced

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Seems like many of the nigiri and roll was somehow infused with heavy uni flavor. Some may enjoy that .... I didn’t. I found it overpowering.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best Japanese restaurant. We love this place and Always look forward to dining here. I recommend the uni (best I've ever had), salmon carpacio, live lobster, all the sake and the ice cream selection. Customer service is always on point.

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LV
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Since we are not sushi and sashimi aficionados, it is not fair to rate overall. What we did have are tempura, very good; agedashi tofu, good; braised mushrooms, fair; thin noodles; good. They did not have pork belly which was our first choice.

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Z
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Great food, terrible service, not a great value overall.

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GJ
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Getting sushi and sashimi took forever. It took about 1 hour to get two orders of sake (4 pieces). I owned Japanese restaurants before, and to slice 4 pieces and put them on rice (taking an hour) is ridiculous.

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PJ
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a fabulous meal at Gintei. The sushi was some of the best we’ve had and The variety was unique and interesting. The service was excellent. Parking was a bit of a challenge, but we were able to find a space in the neighborhood behind the restaurant.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best sushi with the best service peovided in the best ambiance. I can't say enough about all the amazing experiences had here.

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LD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was okay - fish slices were thin for some Nigiri dishes (wish they are thicker). Convenient location.

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MA
San Francisco
106 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great quality of sushi ingredients. Japanese restaurants usually do not have decent dessert menu, but Gintei has a nice dessert menu and their quality is very good.

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OT
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was nicely presented, fresh and tasty but I think prices are high given the modest portions. Service is good.

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HS
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the servers was actually a Japanese lady and every little piece of thoughtfulness, such as timing of serving food made us feel as if we were back in Japan. Pretty close to authentic Japanese restaurant ambience, food, and services that I was surprised to find in the little town of San Bruno.

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c
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent quality sushi. Would highly recommend and will be back!

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JC
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Only if you like raw fish. They do not have an extensive cooked food menu so if your guest is not the raw fish type of person, this is not the place for you.

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e
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff! Fresh fish! Easy to get a reservation!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good experience. Great service & food.

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SP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super outstanding. Always a fantastic meal with super service. The team is always able to make something wonderful and the inventory is fresh.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual. Thanks for the wonderful food and great service

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Not worthy of a Michelin Star. Fish was not as fresh as claimed. Maybe it’s flown in from Tokyo but not quite as fresh as that sounds. Rice was decent but not great.

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TS
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is my first time there. I am so excited to be there. Food, nigiri sushi, is better than average, but it does not meet the price I paid. Fishes smells a little fishy, it means not fresh. It might be my fault that I ordered regular Omakase sushi plate. It may okay for sushi-diner, but does not qualify for the price. I hope they will improve the freshness of the fish. This is the place where those who never had real fresh fishes.
As a JAPANESE, I do not recommend this restaurant.

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GM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good but very expensive

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c
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been coming here for a while now - and really enjoy the fresh food & friendly attitudes.
We wanted to thank Gintei for waving the corkage on the bottle of wine we brought (after buying one from them) -- nice touch from them to show they appreciate their regulars.

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TD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my new favorite sushi spot. In the past, I've trekked into the City to get high-end Tokyo-style sushi (e.g. flown in from Tsukiji), but I prefer the stylish but low-key ambiance of Gintei. They also have a Sake sommelier and a fantastic Sake list. Call ahead and get a seat at the sushi bar! You won't be disappointed...

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MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing fresh fish!! I wish we were offered the bar for a better sashimi style experience but will note that the next time I make reservations here!! I love this restaurant!

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J
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good but too expensive and we have had equal quality or better for a more reasonable bill.

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CM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pretty expensive for daily dining

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my foodie sister. We both enjoyed our excellent food and service. Definitely on my must go to list.

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P
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In my opinion, probably the best sushi place in the SF Bay area. Excellent fish and good sake selection

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AN
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food and service were quite good at this little gem of a restaurant. Amazing sake selection and our server was very knowledgeable about them. Minor complaint - it was a bit cold/drafty at our table which was next to the window but otherwise the ambience is nice/clean/modern if a bit bright. Very welcoming staff.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall it’s the best quality sushi I’ve had on the Peninsula. Very fresh, very well prepared and presented. A bit pricey but somehow good sushi generally is. Very comfortable atmosphere.

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