KUSAKABE

4.9
279 reviews
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Sushi

Kusakabe is a gourmet sushi experience in San Francisco that offers diners a delicious way to taste a style of sushi they may not be familiar with. The chef at Kusakabe serves a prix fixe meal every night that features the Kaiseki style of sushi. After the meal has been served, diners may order additional fare from the a la carte menu.

During their meal, guests at Kusakabe will enjoy freshly made seasonal sushi, including a medium fatty tuna cured in soy sauce, sashimi served with fresh wasabi and onion sauce, Japanese oysters served with caviar and a soup of snap pea and white bean paste. More sushi, including the chef�s choice of the day, completes the meal.

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Mon 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Tue - Wed 5:00PM - 8:30PM

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.7

The city's best omakase.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
What 279 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we went for our anniversary. they seated us in front of the head chef/owner. Had a great experience. top 5 best sushi places we have experienced.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What a great experience

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, phenomenal in every way. Incredible melt in your mouth sushi and sashimi, friendly chefs serving to you directly, wonderful ambiance. Never a disappointment to be found here.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love KUSAKABE, because it serves (non sushi) kaiseki dishes along with variety of tasty sushi. Most of other places only serves sushi.

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

Super delicious, inventive and elegant. Every course was full of flavor and presented so artistically.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was great but not worth the price tag for the overall experience. We tried omakase $168 per person. Paid $415 in total.

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

#1 meal of all time. No jokes. Yes Ken! Thank you!

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San Diego
63 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi and presentation I have experienced in my life. I went back a second time a month later to see if maybe I just happen to luck out, catch the right server, catch the right fish of the day, but no. This was not the case. The meal was exceptional a second time and I would highly recommend them.

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PY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Comparing this to the other similar sushi places, this one has great values with outstanding service, chefs, and food.

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VL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Menu changes with fresh seasonal fish

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F
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi experience ever. Their Omakase menu with paired sake blew all our minds. Truly sublime.

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G
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Uniquely delicious sushi/sashimi-based omakase with delightful sake pairings. The over-pour into an ice-cube-like glass was something else. Every course was well put together, ending on a magnificent piece of otoro.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Best Uni sushi

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Omakase I’ve ever had

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LS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi I’ve had

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u
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every bite was well-presented and a delight! We will be back!!! Thank you, Kusakabe, for making our son’s birthday memorable.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I had grand omakase at Kusakabe and it was the best meal either of us have ever experienced. We each had a glass of sake, graciously recommended to us by a staff member, and after our omakase was finished, we each had one item from the a la carts menu. It was expensive, but we felt afterwards that our experiences were worth every penny we spent there. Our expectations and hopes were exceeded.

We had chef Ngai, who made sure our experience was relaxed, fun, and educational. There was nothing pretentious and we were very comfortable. Thank you, chef! We had a lovely time and we’ll be sure to return in the future.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s great and the food’s just delicious with top service

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B
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best we've ever had!

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K
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Geat job was done for each Sushi, real Edo-mae, not just putting Sashimi on rice ball.
The level is as high as top Sushi restaurants in Tokyo.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always incredible. Best Sushi in America. Omakase at the bar. Ken and Nori and their team create delicious masterpieces. Yum! Thanks guys.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the meal. A great birthday experience!

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G
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service by friendly, knowledgeable waiters. Extremely expensive but otherwise an all-round good experience

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t
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best omakase you can eat anywhere in the world.

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DR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing and the variety is great! The sake pairing itself didn't add much, but is rare to find so enjoy it when available. It was a little pricey, but the flavors are wonderful.

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San Francisco
179 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the finest experiences in the U.S., thus the world. Great location next to the Pyramid building and park.All one theme,seafood, yet very enjoyable especially the chefs course of 6 items on one plate. Second pouring of Billecart-Salmon rose' champagne was very appreciated. Very personalized service from start to finish.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best sushi experience I've had. great chef conversation great service and amazing food. very thought out experience.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

it is a regular dinner don’t expect too much

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TT
New York Area
133 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Beautiful but small restaurant. Dining at the Sushi bar is a mixed bag. The chairs are straight backed and a bit painful after an hour or 2. The sushi counter is also a bit too high for anyone less than 6'-0" tall making one feel as if they are "shoveling' the sushi directly into their mouths. The food is the star and the sushi chef's are skilled, friendly and informative. We ordered the large Omakase option including the Wine pairing. I was very happy with the level of quality and compatibility of taste one to the other.

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PK
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was a special experience. The omakase experience brings you through a wild and delicious array of delights - including innovative stews and smoked fish. The hefty price tag precludes frequent visits, but well worth it for a special occasion.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best. Sushi. In. California.
Not taking any questions at this time.

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FG
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly Japanese restaurant. One the best Omakase I have tried. Excellent place.

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BG
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding sushi for lovers of Omakasi dining!! Phenomenal quality with complex flavors, textures and spectacular presentation. If you are a fan of sushi and sashimi this is a must visit restaurant.

If sushi to you is California rolls and edamame this is not a place that you will be comfortable at. No “children’s sushi” to be found here and for a novice it may be challenging.

It is not inexpensive (expect to pay north of $300/couple) but for the quality it feels like fair value. I can’t wait to go back!!

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MJ
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply a fantastic experience from start to finish. Each course was an event, and the meal was paced in a way that allowed us to savor the food, enjoy the atmosphere and each other's company - definitely worth the money.

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e
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Awesome food. Solid service. Markup on sake was a little crazy but otherwise exceptional.

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c
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Currently my favorite sushi restaurant in the Bay area. People may argue it's a kaiseki restaurant but it's really more of a sushi restaurant. Anyhow, excellent food, service, and ambiance. Request a seat at the bar to get the full experience.

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DW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Showed up and they said they overbooked the restaurant and couldn’t seat us until 8

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TG
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Kaiseki east of Tokyo!! Real sushi not that American fake stuff. Bring a barrel of money and enjoy.

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c
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, excellent staff and an amazing evening. Highly recommended!

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EL
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kusakabe is an extraordinary restaurant with amazingly fresh and inventive sushi and sashimi. Chefs are masters, service is impeccable, and wines perfection. Would go again and again.

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