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Discover the Best Sushi in San Francisco

With one of the largest Japan towns on the planet and a seafood-friendly location right on the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco is one of the top sushi cities in the world. When it comes to the best sushi in San Francisco, there are many contenders, and they are scatted throughout the city's many diverse neighborhoods. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemakers List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from Toyko-style sushi bars to high-end California fusion where sushi gets an innovative makeover—all vetted by the types of taste-makers who know the best spots around the city. Impress your friends and family and score a table.

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The OpenTable Team
14 Restaurants
Updated February 25, 2020
Restaurants:Otoro Sushi, Morimoto - Napa, Akemi Berkeley
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Japanese
Neighborhoods:Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, Napa, Berkeley
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Otoro Sushi

$$$$
Japanese
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
4.7
873 reviews
This critically acclaimed Hayes Valley neighborhood gem is surprisingly close to downtown San Francisco and one of the places to get the best sushi in San Francisco before the nearby opera or symphony. Specializing in both sushi and Japanese small plate tapas, Otoro Sushi is also known for their house Super Rolls, like the Lollipop Roll, which comes stuffed with tuna, salmon, albacore, and avocado wrapped with cucumber.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Morimoto - Napa

$$$$
Japanese
Napa
4.5
7341 reviews
Located in the town of Napa in the heart of Northern California's wine country, Morimoto is a great place to recharge the stomach and soul after a day out tasting in the vineyards. Besides a full selection of high-quality sushi and sashimi options, Morimoto also serves mains that incorporate the art right into larger fusion style plates, like the sea urchin carbonara with smoked bacon and crispy shallots. Sake from all over Japan as well as an extensive selection of Japanese whiskeys are also available at the Momosan Sake Bar, located within the restaurant.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Akemi Berkeley

$$$$
Japanese
Berkeley
4.5
401 reviews
A trendy and stylish Japanese restaurant located in the upscale Solano Avenue area of Berkeley, Akemi has a menu based on farm-to-table offerings produced locally in Northern California. Beyond a full selection of fresh sushi and sashimi offerings, Akemi also boasts some creative main plates including the Okonomiyaki, seafood pancakes served with cabbage, bonito, nori, aioli, and tonkatsu sauce. Some of the best sushi in San Francisco's vicinity to hit up for lunch, Akemi also does bento boxes filled with items like miso marinated salmon and sauteed vegetables.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Ozumo - San Francisco

$$$$
Japanese
Financial District / Embarcadero
4.6
3064 reviews
With sweeping views out over the San Francisco Bay from its Embarcadero area waterfront location and long sushi bar that seats 30 people, Ozumo is a popular afterwork place for top-notch sushi and amazing sunsets. An extensive selection of different nigiri and sashimi offerings is the standout feature of Ozumo's menu, with hard-to-find items like kodako (baby octopus) and mirugai (long neck clam), bringing in the diehard sushi lovers in droves.

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Akiko's Restaurant & Sushi Bar

$$$$
Japanese
Downtown / Union Square
4.9
1366 reviews
With exposed brick walls and solid oak tables, Akiko's fits right in to its Financial District area's surroundings yet offers one of the most authentic Japanese experiences in the city. That's because they import a variety of unique Japanese sushi and sashimi fish that are rarely seen on this side of the Pacific, including tachiou (ribbonfish) and kamasu (young barracuda).

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Yoshi's Oakland

$$$$
Japanese
Oakland
4.6
6794 reviews
A centerpiece of the waterfront Jack London Square shopping and dining area in Oakland, Yoshi's is both a Japanese restaurant and a vibrant jazz club where both local and touring talent let loose nightly on the main stage. While Yoshi's does both land and sea specials as main plates, its also one of the most popular sushi bars in the East Bay with house special maki rolls that have helped it gain a strong local following. Selections include the 49ers Roll, with snow crab, avocado, and salmon topped with fresh lemon slices.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Okane

$$$$
Japanese
SOMA
4.7
297 reviews
Modeling itself after a traditional Japanese izakaya, a kind of casual pub where food is also served, Okane is a popular South of Market area (SoMa) hideaway for foodies in the know. Besides a full sushi and sashimi selection from the chef-manned raw bar, Okane also does a variety of vegetable, meat, and seafood Ippin (items) like the Toriteba Karaage—Japanese-style chicken wings with spicy mayo and shiso salt.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Sushi Hon

$$$$
Sushi
Mission District
4.8
371 reviews
Located in the heart of the hip Mission District, Sushi Hon is a bustling neighborhood sushi joint with a strong local following. Enjoy a full selection of nigiri and sashimi here as a live DJ spins jazz and soul music. Sushi Hon is also known for their creative cocktail list, including items like the White Tiger, a Japanese-style mojito made with fresh lemon juice, muddled mint, and sochu.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Eiko's

$$$$
Japanese
Napa
4.3
1615 reviews
A fashionable addition to the formidable Napa dining scene, Eiko's features elegant design elements including paintings by a Buddhist Monk and Brazilian woodworking. With a live DJ on weekend nights, daily lunch specials, and a full sushi bar of offerings, Eiko's is a popular place to stop in when touring the nearby wine country.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Sushi Kosho

$$$$
Sushi
Sebastopol
4.6
288 reviews
Named after a popular citrusy condiment used often in Japanese food, Sushi Kosho is a sophisticated restaurant located in Sebastopol, in the heart of the Sonoma County wine country. Utilizing locally produced, sustainable food ingredients to create traditional classics, Sushi Kosho is just one of the excellent eateries housed within The Barlow artisan food market, a true culinary treasure that should be visited by any foodie while in the area. The menu at Sushi Kosho runs the gamut from a full sushi bar selection and charcoal-grilled appetizers, including local Northern Californian mushrooms, to innovative Japanese fusion dishes like the Berkshire Pork Katsu, served with Gravenstien apples and a kimchee Bulldog sauce.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Sasa

$$$$
Japanese
Walnut Creek
4.6
1953 reviews
Housed in a historic building that was once home to the Walnut Creek Meat Market, Sasa is an East Bay institution with a large outdoor patio and both a sake and a sushi bar. Finely prepared nigiri and sashimi, as well as market-fresh dishes divided into meat, fish, and veggies, are the focus of the menu here. However, it's the house special maki rolls, including the Salmon Melt—made with crab, avocado, negi, and parmesan aioli—that have diners coming back for more.

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Hashiri

$$$$
Japanese
SOMA
4.7
187 reviews
Our perspective is coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the restaurant’s description: Hashiri offers a culinary journey through authentic kaiseki and traditional edomae sushi. Our fish is privately imported from Tokyo's Toyosu Market so you will enjoy the highest quality ingredients as if you were in Tokyo. The menu changes monthly to showcase the best of each season’s fishes and vegetables.

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KUSAKABE

$$$$
Sushi
Financial District / Embarcadero
4.8
343 reviews
Our perspective is coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the restaurant’s description: 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 chefs choice of the day, completes the meal.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Yoji Sushi House Forest Hill

$$$$
Sushi
Forest Hill / West Portal
4.5
15 reviews
Located in the mostly residential Forest Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, Yoji Sushi Bar is a small traditional Japanese restaurant that focuses on fresh local sushi. Look for a wide variety of different nigiri offerings, include specialty items like the Hakkaido scallop and the Canadian Snow Crab, all of which go excellently with the extensive sake list here.

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