KUSAKABE

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296 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 - Wed 5:00PM - 6:30PM

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.
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San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my 95 yr old Made in Japan Mom and a nice lady guest for a Friday night extragalactic sushi experience. Sat at the bar in front of Ken-san who was outstanding as usual. The Dude, Mr. Kusakabe, was at his post, just being cool and calm like Keanu without the hair......so the three of us had the 11 course Omakase, my mother enjoyed a nice bottle of Chardonnay while I downed half a dozen ice cold Asahi’s. A special glass of plum sake with desert (not included in the Omakase for some reason) topped off a wonderful evening of delicious, top quality sushi and sashimi, same you would expect in Shibuya or Ginza. That said it ain’t cheap so be ready to splurge like the big one’s coming tomorrow! And I made mom drive back to the East Bay.........LOL!!!!

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New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great services

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

Always a pleasure, each omakase course was delicious, high quality, and beautifully presented.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easy to book and easy to work with. Host is thoughtful and flexible to accommodate our anniversary celebration. Chefs are friendly, menu is well thought out, ambience is cozy and relaxing. Everyone is professional to bring the kaiseki dining experience together.

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San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience from start to finish. Skip lunch and do 11 courses. Fantastic sake selection. Must do if you love Sushi.

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San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The boss was off on Tuesday evening but sat in front of Ken and he performed splendidly. We both ordered the 11 course omakase and shared a cold junmai sake of Kubota from Nigata which paired well with every dish. Plus I drank 5 ice cold Asahi drafts. Everything was fantastic as is always the case at Kusakabe. It’s top notch for its sushi reputation on the West Coast. My 95 year old Japanese mother agrees fully and gives Kusakabe a big thumbs up!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was amazing. My group was in awe at each bite. I would highly recommend visiting!

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MM
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service. Great location. The ambience and decor were wonderful. It is Omakese only so be prepared to eat pieces you may not normally order. I’m pretty adventurous with sushi and this pushed me out of my comfort zone a bit but it was really enjoyable. Our server, Jimmy, was awesome and we thoroughly enjoyed talking with him. It’s a pricey dinner but if you are looking for a really cool experience in San Francisco, this is the spot to do it.

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Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most I’ve ever paid for a meal, but worth it. Allow yourself to be surprised, delighted, and treated well. You deserve it.

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FL
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best ever. Amazing food, service and wine/sake pairing. Expensive but worth the experience

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Indiana
23 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous. Every bite was an experience.

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DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing fresh tasteful sushi and dishes! Perfection Sushi chef experience. Excited to return!

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San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food ok no surprise.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best sushi so far in my experience!

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

サービスもお寿司も雰囲気も最高でした。

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PL
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

工作团队一起去吃的。很开心给我们安排了table seating。chef也特别有耐心的给我解释介绍。唯一就是音乐声音真的很大所以大家说话声音也跟着大了起来。感觉不是特别好。。

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RO
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I went alone and had an early reservation at the sushi bar. It was a lovely experience. I have to say if you love sushi like I do you won’t be disappointed.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
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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KT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What a great experience

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
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
9 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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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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MH
San Francisco
5 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
69 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
6 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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New York Area
57 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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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
3 reviews
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
21 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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MH
San Francisco
5 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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