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Permanently Closed - Kiji Sushi Bar and Cuisine

4.1
138 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Sushi
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Kiji Sushi is a labor of love for the founder. He passionately believes in continuous improvement of his craft. Also that remarkable Japanese style food in a comfortable environment, must be experienced and shared. He is driven by his love of classical sushi and devoted to maintaining the purity of his vision at all costs. Kiji offers a wide range of tradition sushi preparations paired with an excellent selection of sake and wine.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Sushi, Japanese, Asian
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm-10:30pm
Closed: Sunday & Monday

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Phone number
(415) 282-0400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Eddie Hong
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Private party facilities
Please reserve one of our cozy dining rooms for your private party. We have a wide selection of premium Japanese beer and sake available by bottle. We also specialize in Omakase style meals for large groups.
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Private party contact
Eddie: (415) 282-0400
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Catering
We offer a full range off-site catering menu
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
22nd Street
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Parking details
Parking is available at the Bartlett garage. Enter on 21st St between Valencia and Mission Street, walk out to 22nd and up one block to Guerrero. Validation is provided.
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Public transit
Muni
14 Mission
49 Mission
J Church trolley

Also near BART
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Entertainment
Watch sushi chefs work their art!
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Special events & promotions
We offer our space and service for your special event needs. Our space can comfortably accommodate up to 45 guests. We can prepare a tasting menu, and have great deals on our selection of premium Japanese sake and beers for large group events.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.0
service
3.7
ambience
3.1
value
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3.0Dined on December 3, 2016

Excellent food, as always. The waitress was not good, however. I can only hope she was new--took a long time to check in with us, a little defensive (we had 9 rather than the reserved 8 show up which was openly not liked, despite being an easy fix to add another chair), and forgetful (did not even provide soy sauce, etc.). I will continue to go with a friend or two, but will likely sit at the bar. The chef was excellent and even offered a birthday dessert. But sadly so much time was wasted by the inattentive waitress that we had no time for it before going to another engagement.

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1.0Dined on November 11, 2016

One of the worst sushi restaurants I have ever been too. I usually don’t write reviews but here I just could not!!!! Service was very bad and slow. Sushi was way below average. Will never go there again. Very disappointing.

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4.0Dined on November 3, 2016

Delicious sushi rolls & jalapeno kamachi

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1.0Dined on October 13, 2016

Went from one of best in the city to the absolute worst. Exceedingly overpriced for the amount of uninspired sushi you get. How this place is still in business is a mystery. AVOID!

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2.0Dined on September 16, 2016

Incredibly slow service. After an hour of waiting, we asked. Turned out there was only one sushi chef on duty. The staff said the owner had made cuts. They recommended we switch to cooked kitchen food which would be faster. Disappointed they had not told us this when we sat down. Food is great but not worth this kind of wait

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2.0Dined on August 5, 2016

Very slow service, not attentive. Food was good but not worth the price.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2016

Great dining experience, as always. The fish and seafood are very fresh, and the service attentive. I like that the tip is already factored into the posted prices on the menu. The place is relatively quiet, so a good choice when catching up with a friend or two.

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3.0Dined on June 18, 2016

We went towards the end of the night, bad move as you get spotty customer service, forgetful waitresses and fastly prepared food because they want you out so they can close. The sushi is just ok. We had two rolls, the sunomono salad with crab and the hamachi carpaccio. Nothing to write home about. The carpaccio needed way more acidity to balance the earthiness of the truffle oil. But impressed and won't be coming back.

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2.0Dined on June 18, 2016

The sushi is of fair quality, but the sushi chef and wait staff were completely indifferent to our presence. When the sushi was placed on the counter, they did not identify any of the fish, and they did not include wasabi. When we asked for wasabi, they dropped it on the counter without a word. I genuinely believe they could not care less whether we eat there - so we won't.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2016

I always have sashimi. Dined there hundred times in past 7 years. My favourite sushi place in the world, even when compared with those in Tokyo and Kyoto.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2016

Best sushi in SF. Well done for not accepting tips.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2016

The food was delicious, in particular for sushi it was one of the best I've been in SF. The service is very attentive and they know very well their food, we asked for some recommendations and they were very helpful.
The place is small and a bit cold, especially if you are near the door.

Apart from the excellent food and service, I also liked that they don't accept tips. The only problem is that they do add a fixed surcharge in the bill (like a "mandatory tip", but independently of the number of people in the group), it would be better if they just update the menu with the total price that the customer pays.

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5.0Dined on October 2, 2015

The sushi was really great and everything was very affordable. Sushi dates can get so expensive, but for us it was a great deal. 4 good rolls, 6 pieces of nigiri and a large sake for $90. Very solid place. They put some south of the border twist on some sushi rolls as well (really fun mix) Go for a date or with a small group. Great music at a good volume (too loud or too quiet is unpleasant) Try their Spider Roll and fresh Walu if they have it, those were our favorite!

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5.0Dined on September 26, 2015

Favorite sushi bar in San Francisco

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2015

Brought the be and his 2kids 13&11..awesome ,unique ,and fresh. Wonderful overall . Something for everyone

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4.0Dined on June 25, 2015

Consistently good fish with great specials.
Waiter was attentive, knowledgeable, and engaging.
Chefs not too talkative -I'm used to ordering directly from chefs at sushi bar.

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2015

Good saki menu, but not much else. Portions are small. From the food to the atmosphere nothing is particularly special. Good food, certainly not great. Overall, not worth the expensive bill, better off just finding a cheaper hole in the wall spot or a place that's more impressive for the money.

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1.0Dined on April 23, 2015

I have been to Kiji several times.. the past 2 times were awful. The service was slow, inattentive and rude. The food used to be great and now it's not.
I won't go back here again, nor recommend it to anyone.

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1.0Dined on April 13, 2015

Kiji used to be one of my favorite sushi bars in SF. However, the old chef is gone and the quality of the fish has gone down considerably. The rice was terrible--overly dry.

Do not recommend. Go elsewhere.

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2015

Food was great, but the service was terrible. Our waiter would bring out our dishes as they were prepared, but they forgot one of our dishes. It's one thing to forget about a dish, it's another to ignore a table for a good 20 minutes when we are just sitting around. After waiting around for an additional 20 minutes for them to prepare a single sushi roll, our waiter was still no where to be found. We eventually had to ask the hostess to look into our lost roll. Apparently our roll had just been sitting in the kitchen, and had gotten cold (we had a lightly friend roll). The waiter never acknowledged any of our troubles despite all of this, which is why I felt compelled to write this review.

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2015

We both got the omokase, letting them pick what was good- 5 nigiri selections, all amazing and I wouldn't have known to order them. You can't go wrong with the staff recommendations. Always a great meal!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2015

Sat at the sushi bar and feasted on AmberJack, Butterfish, toro, salmon belly and Yellowtail belly and sweet shrimp. Started with Toro tartar which is served with Truffle oil and then did straight sushi for the rest of the dinner. The sushi is served minimalist style a la Jiro. Need I say more?

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2014

We love sushi, and from all the posh and sophisticated restaurants, none is as good as this one. We were 2 couples and tried 10 different dishes. ALL was great: 49's, the carpaccio, and the sashimi were outstanding

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4.0Dined on October 24, 2014

Very nice local sushi bar. The service was excellent, very prompt friendly and responsive. There were the standby's and some creative additions. Love the Kiji Shooters. The toro was awesome. Would definitely go back. Also unprompted because I said it was my partner's birthday in the reservation they greeted her by saying happy birthday and brought out green tea ice-cream with a candle. Very nice touch.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2014

We have been meaning to try this place for a long time and we were blown away! The food was incredible. Great night for a special occasion

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5.0Dined on September 12, 2014

This place is so wonderful. The food is incredibly fresh and original. I love it!

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2014

Great ambience, I was really worried about it being too bright and loud but it was actually the opposite. I'd definitely go there again.

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2014

Fabulous sushi and sakis, inventive rolls, good service. Pricey. That's the only drawback.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2014

We let David the master chef just surprise us with whatever rolls he wanted to make. He said not disappoint. When the third roll came out, we told him "now pure just showing off". Amazing experience all around

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2014

There's always something new to try at Kiji and the sushi is always fresh and tasty. Our service was a little disjointed this time. We had several different servers who didn't know what had already been ordered. We usually like to just order everything at one time and have it brought out in courses, but the waitress kept running off after we ordered one or two things, which was a little odd. Still great and I would definitely recommend it.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2014

...the white dragon sushi! We took our waitress's recommendations and she was spot on for each plate! Delicious food!

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3.0Dined on May 17, 2014

One of the best sushi restaurants in San Francisco

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2014

Like any excellent sushi restaurant, you will pay a high price for the incredible quality of fish at Kiji. The sticker price may not look much above normal, but the portions are significantly small. You can easily spend upwards of $30 on nigiri and rolls alone and still feel hungry. That being said, this is some of the freshest, most delicious fish I have tasted in this city. They even have the rice down to a perfect science- and trust me, you will notice the difference. I do believe that it is all worth the price, but it helps to know just what you are getting into- and paying for.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2014

Kiji OSA neighborhood gem. The location is axing, and the service and food are outstanding. It a great place for a romantic date night.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2014

The chefs are great and friendly, the fish is fresh and the roles are tasty. The servers are not the greatest...

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3.0Dined on March 7, 2014

Went here because my friend is gluten-intolerant. I was impressed that they had gluten-free soy sauce and were able to accommodate the variety of dietary restrictions at my table.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2014

We had their special fixed Valentines Day menu. Great food, great service!

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4.0Dined on February 12, 2014

Our waiter was very nice, and I very much enjoyed the different sushi combinations. I will go back there for sure. :)

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3.0Dined on January 24, 2014

I definitely like the food at Kiji, but over time I've seen the portions shrink while the prices stay high for sushi. Also, the menu has too many options in all the categories, which makes ordering difficult.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2014

Food was great, sushi was fresh, and menu was very diverse. Also had wine and dessert which were excellent as well. Best if book a reservation because as are most sushi restaurants it's not that big and this is a popular spot. Definitely recommend.

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