Ju-Ni

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At Jū-Ni, we focus on the fish. Our name means "twelve" in Japanese. This signifies the number of seats around our sushi bar, and also the number of courses in our Omakase experience. Chef Geoffrey Lee and his team skillfully guide diners through twelve course of nigiri consisting of fish from around the world. The majority of our fish is flown in twice weekly from Tsukiji Market in Tokyo. Chef Lee combines old world technique with modern flourishes to create a memorable progression of flavors and textures in your Omakase experience. We hope that you’ll join us soon.



Please note, that we have a 48 hour cancellation policy.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Sushi
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Hours of operation
We offer two seatings per evening, 6pm & 830. Monday - Sunday
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(415) 655-9924
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AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Geoffrey Lee
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Cross street
Divisidero St
Additional
Beer, Counter Seating, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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San Francisco
154 reviews
Reviewed on January 28, 2017
Overall 5food service ambience

This restaurant is fantastic. It is expensive, but, in my opinion totally worth it. Our chef was Steve Kim, and just watching him transform our meal right in front of us was like watching a show. Food is excellent -- fresh, unique and just plain fantastic. Honestly, while the price is high, we both felt that it was a night out with a show and excellent food. A must try for anyone looking for a spectacular night out. Thank you Chef Steve Kim!!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience! Great service, knowledgeable staff, and every dish was incredibly unique and delicious ... can't wait to be back!

s
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We are not sushi or sake aficionados so we cannot fairly rate our meal as worth the price. The sushi was delicious, uniquely prepared and seasoned to bring out the flavor of each fish. The sake was interesting - served in wine glasses - but seemed rather expensive (cheapest offering was $14/glass). The wine was definitely overpriced at $15/glass and $75/bottle for La Follette Chardonnay which we can get at Falletti's for about $20. If you are a sushi aficionado and have money to burn this place is probably worth a return visit. Not sure that is us.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food! A must do.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very personal experience with one Sushi Chef per 4 guests. We were able to talk with our chef continuously about the food and other topics. Obviously it is pricey but well worth it and on par with similar experiences. Every bite was amazing and we were very full by the end of the regular tasting menu, though we did see many others ordering supplements after. Great service and beautiful, memorable sushi.

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The chef is very ignorant and does not know anything about sushi. He believes that "SF sushi is on par with Tokyo". He over seasoned a few sushi. He had the finger lime from Australia and added onto a nigiri. It has a good taste but he added way too much of it, overpowering the taste of the fish itself. Later on, I ordered a Toro nigiri after the Omakase was over. This gentlemen next to me ordered the same thing. However, the gentlemen cannot eat oyster so he didn't get the oyster in the beginning of our Omakase. Both the oyster and the toro has caviar on top for seasoning. At this point, the chef told the gentlemen sitting next to me "Since you didn't get the caviar from the oyster, i am going to give you more for the toro". For someone that knows sushi, that is total nonsense since you are suppose to add the optimal amount of caviar to make the nigiri taste the best. Adding more just makes us know you don't know anything about sushi, completely unacceptable. Not only that, the lady sitting to the right of me and the Chinese gentlemen on the left of me both ordered the Hokkaido deep sea uni. However, the chef was only kind enough to give the lady another small piece of Santa Barbara uni to see the difference; but he didn't do the same with the Chinese gentlemen. When the gentlemen asked for a small piece of Santa Barbara uni, the chef gave him and charged him a full sushi. Its not that the money matters but he shouldn't treat people who ordered the same thing differently. Totally unprofessional and unacceptable. The whole dining experience was a disaster and I will never want to go back again. I have had sushi everywhere (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, New York, Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai) and tried Jiro, Saito, Shikon, Masa, etc. many times. Of course, I am not comparing Ju-Ni to the best sushi restaurants in the world, but I still wonder how it got One Star to begin with. I found out later that the original chefs are mostly gone, that is why the quality plummeted.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience. The chefs, wait staff and hostess provided exceptional customer service. They catered to our every need and my husband was thrilled to see that they customized the menu for the evening with a personal message. Our chef was hilarious, you will definitely see us again.

LJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Just okay. For a $400 dinner (for two people), I feel like the meal should be outstanding. I have had sensational meals at other places like Wako and Kabuto for half the price. The dinner was good but not great. The salmon and most of the other fish was farm-raised. We won't be back. However, Ju-Ni does have a very nice atmosphere and the overall experience was pleasant.

NY
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi ever. Very personal service. Our chef Daniel was great. He was friendly and knowledgeable.

N
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Authentic, super-fresh omakase with wonderful service. Pricey, so save for a special occasion.

PC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 6th time dining there since April of this year...That shows how much we love Ju-ni.
We enjoyed every part of our meal there, every single time. Ju-ni never disappoints.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food !!!!!! Very special place for SF.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazingly fresh and clean flavors. A great example of how techniques can enhance the food, as opposed to technique for technique sake. Limited seating but well worth making a reservation.

OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and inventive omakase presentation

KD
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Sushi I have had in as long as I can remember. Great Saki list. It is an intimate dining experience with 1 sushi chef for 4 people. I went with a group of 4 and it was exceptional. I highly recommend this place.

h
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

One of the best sushi places in SF.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was possibly the best dining experience I have ever had. Top three for sure. Attention to detail is the theme here. Not a speck of anything out of place. 1 chef for each four diners ensures a close interaction. Wait service and ambiance was impeccable.

The food is the real star. Here is where the attention to detail shines. Each piece we were served was a lovingly prepared run through memories. I left here more satisfied by a meal than I have been in years.

It is expensive, but worth it. I could not recommend mroe highly.

JM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, fresh sushi. Great setting. Knowledgable chef.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second time dining her and I wanted to bring my sister and her boyfriend to try this amazing place. The fish and the service is always amazing and I am definitely planning on heading back! The amount of detail and prep that goes into the food is impeccable and I definitely recommend dining here!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef was very friendly and the food was delicious, very fresh and original. A glass of sake with it and it was a perfect dinner for a special occasion. Would definitely recommend and go again.

f
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sit back and enjoy the ride. Very exclusive and special experience with talented sushi chefs. Only 3 chefs and 4-6 people per chef and only 2 seatings per evening. We had a great evening with Patrick and you'll enjoy dinner at his station. He was charming, pleasant and informative. And still left room and space for a my wife and I to have a fun, personal experience. Great evening, all in all, looking forward to the next dinner there.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omakase was amazing! Every piece was unbelievable!!

R
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

This particular style of Omakase is not for me. I like my sushi prepared without relying on torching the fish for flavor. It's a tasty bite but it hides the fresh flavor of the fish.The most tasteful bite was the Hokaido scallop.... It was dressed plainly with their house soy sauce. I prefer a more disciplined and restrained approach to dressing sushi.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with excellent service. They had an extensive list of interesting sakes that I have never seen before, and the server was knowledgeable about the sake and helpful with making a choice. There are three sushi chefs at the bar and 12 seats, so a chef serves a maximum of four diners at a time. Each piece of sushi is a work of art, and the chef we ate with was a true artist. The prices were high, but the experience was worth it. Definitely recommend!

s
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If there is one restaurant that brings to mind Jiro Dreams of Sushi - Ju - Ni is it! In every way this is a fabulous meal. Beautifully and creatively sourced and presented.

J
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Absolutely amazing.

m
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was extremely well reviewed in the SFChron and lived up to all expectations.

OT
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Modern Omakase

Ju-ni is the most recently opened sushi hot spot in the bay and I can finally see why.

Our chef was Daniel, who was very personable and attentive, while also maintaining focus when cutting and making the nigiri.

Overall the sushi was all great, very different than traditional edomae such as Wako and Kusakabe as they use a mix of vinegar and brown sugar in their rice. However, while each fish is delicious and fresh, there was a banal use of soy sauce and lemon and japanese sea salt on almost every other piece. The most creative pieces were the ikura with shaved ankimo, keigani with miso butter, scallop and the seared and smoked katsuo.

For $90 and $34 extra for the supplements, Ju-ni is affordable compared to other omakase restaurants, yet getting other pieces will quickly elevate the price commensurate with that of Omakase and Kusakabe. They have a decent sake menu, and our server was kind and not pushy.

Will definitely return once the seasonality of their fish changes.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Ju-ni, from the decor to the atmosphere to the food was phenomenal.
In addition to being some of the best sushi I've ever had, the restaurant is a great space and the staff is incredibly nice and helpful.
I could not more highly recommend them if you're into sushi, especially omakase menus.

e
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a frequent diner here I can say I will be returning again next month. Its a pretty penny but well worth it. The shaved monk fish liver covered ikura is one of the best bites ive had in a long while.

do yourself a favor. Get in here.

OT
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very over rated ! Not best ! Small pieces

S
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, ambiance and service overall.

We did the 12 course plus the 3 standard supplements plus the hand role and then ordered Wagyu and Tamago ala carte. We are not large people and the 12 course alone would have left us hungry with the supplements and hand role it was just right and the additional two courses made us very full, but not bursting at the seams. All of the 12 courses were also top notch, with about half of them being really amazing and half being just really, really tasty good.

The supplements showcasing 3 standout items that are available ala carte as well were some of the best out of everything and the handroll was also fantastic. Definitely go for the Wagyu as well.

Service was outstanding- our sushi chef was fantastic. One of our servers removed a sake glass that he had just a little bit left in for one final taste and was apologetic when we pointed it out and replace the glass with a generous amount of sake that was far and above more than what was needed, showing such a graciousness and sense of hospitality, that is reflected in the service. Most times, the service is so perfect, one doesn't even notice/realize that their water glass has been refilled or plates replaced. Though some of that may have been the sake talking ;-)

The ambiance was great as well. The only real negative however, was the tall sushi chef in the middle station our night, who did not serve us, had a habit of loudly clapping his hands and speaking loudly as well which was annoying and intrusive to other diners not at his station. His volume just pierced through and shattered what was the overall tone and vibe of the place in a way that doesn't fit and was noticeable to myself and other diners who I noticed seeming annoyed by him as well at the other station.

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner complimented by stellar service. World class omakase.

l
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We very much enjoyed Chef Daniel who made it a great dining experience.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily he most satisfying sushi experience SF has to offer. Kusakabe and Zushi Puzzle are both still excellent, but the creativity and delectable flavor profiles at Ju-Ni are unmatched. For the quality, very reasonably priced as well.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best sushi rest I've eaten at in SF in 20 yrs, a must go! Private, educational, and every bite was to die for

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Service staff was attentive and helpful when we entered to choosing out cocktails and throughout the dining experience. Unfortunately, nigiri sushi was just ok given the $400 price for 2 people (drinks + omakase) and our chef had an arrogant attitude, which was not appreciated - in the way he conversed about other sushi restaurants to the way he directed how we should consume some dishes. The uni and house special (frozen pate w/ salmon roe) were delicious but couldn't redeem our satisfaction with the overall experience. Will likely not return.

f
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fish was fresh and delicious, and some good selection of fish. But, in comparison to Waku and Kusakabe, some of the other similar high end omakase restaurants in San Francisco, I would opt to go elsewhere. I feel that their offerings were not as unique as these other restaurants and I find the value to price ratio not as competitive as the other high end sushi restaurants in San Francisco. But, if you are sushi aficionado, worth a try for yourself to decide. But be prepared to be hungry upon leaving and the dessert course was merely a palate cleanser in my opinion.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our sushi chef Daniel was amazing. Fresh sushi from Japan presented beautifully and artistically. Overall great dining experience. Very intimate with dining companion and sushi chef. Excellent service. Price is $$$$, but you get what you pay for.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

exceptional quality fresh fish. sushi chefs entirely focused on the guest and their experience, explaining the fish, the cut, and the treatment of the fish. toppings/preparation was tasteful and not overbearing. possibly the best "value" for omakase in san francisco (not cheap, but freshest fish with the best preparation and personalized experience shouldn't be).
this is the sushi spot to watch.

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