Live Sushi Bar

4.6
489 reviews
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Nestled in the heart of Potrero Hill you'll find Live Sushi Bar a "come as you are", comfortable and inviting neighborhood sushi bar; serving both lunch and dinner. Come enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of our casual dining room or grab a seat at the bar and have some fun with our professional and creative sushi chefs. Live Sushi brings a fresh spin to your sushi favorites, offering unique interpretations and creative live specialties including live scallop, live uni, fresh oyster and spanish mackerel. From our specialty rolls to our authentic appetizer, there's something for everyone.
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BS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic spot. Delicious, reasonably priced, and excellent service. Can't say enough good things about Live Sushi

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love Live Sushi! The food is great and the service is even better! They are sooooo kid friendly! With two young kids, that’ll keep me coming back.

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

Friend meeting

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SR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love live sushi I can’t believe I had never dined here before 100000% coming back

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

Best sushi in city

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s
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Small, low key, unassuming neighborhood place, not gorgeous interior, but fine. Sushi was really shockingly good. We'd read the reviews but didn't really feel confident when we walked in. But everything was fantastic, and we have all eaten sushi in Japan and in some of the most high end places around US. We will be back soon!

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R
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Top notch menu and sake selection. Can’t wait to go back to try more of their exotic rolls/apps.

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LW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This place was pretty good. A lot of fried roll options which i tend to stay away from cause I dont feel like it sushi. The nigiri was average and the best thing we probably got was the Romeo and Juliet roll. I felt like the water/ water glasses smelled like fish which was unpleasant.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Finally checked this place out, probably 15 years since I first heard of it. It was hit-or-miss.

The good:
* Pretty cute space, kinda mom-n-pop, not fancy, kinda rustic
* They treated our 4-year-old and 1-year-old kids exceptionally well
* Bergschneider roll with unagi, salmon and avocado was on point
* Hamachi sashimi was delicious
* Edamame was nicely seasoned, salted through
* Short rib teriyaki appetizer was super yummy

The meh:
* The Live Sushi Combo was almost forgettable except the terrible white sashimi, I have no idea what fish it was, but it was the most flavorless watery sponge I've ever tasted. I don't know why they served it. The salmon sashimi was also just so incredibly bland. And then of the 7 nigiri, 2 were maguro and 2 were albacore. Wtf! I order the combo to get a *combination* of fishes, not 4 tunas!!
* The ikura nigiri was salty and fishy but lacked the juiciness and sweetness of a good ikura. My kids usually love ikura and they wouldn't eat this, and I could see why.

Overall I'd go back but just do the cooked items and the fancy rolls, maybe the hamachi if I wanted some unadulterated fish.

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P
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Definitely trust the chefs here. Anything in the Specials is super yummy. The standard menu is also executed to perfection. A favorite go-to in SF.

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J
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was solid and the sushi was fresh. Just want I like a neighborhood sushi joint.

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

Had an amazing experience here for a work dinner with clients. Will definitely be coming back!

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FF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Consistently good sushi.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful variety of fish. Great specials. Fantastic service.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Sushi quality was definitely above par. Will be returning!

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SK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best fish, best sushi chefs and friendliest wait staff

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RA
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

A local favorite! Sushi is delicious. It may not have an amazing look & feel inside but the sushi is excellent!

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JK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was really good. Just be patient, well worth the wait, the food took forever. Would come back, and I would highly recommend.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All great as always!

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

My 3 year old son and I loves this place. It’s our neighborhood dining restaurant. Liz and the staff are so accommodating every visit. My son loves the shrimp chip and the Bento Box. Good way for him to try new menu items - gyoza, salmon (filet salmon is smaller portion now).

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food, friendly service, comfortable atmosphere, though never did bring me the hot green tea I ordered. I’d go back again.

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E
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Live has amazing food. Kinda pricey, but totally worth it if you want great sushi.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

This is the second time at Live Sushi. Our experience this time was not as good as the first. I had a friend ask to tag along so our reservation was changed from 4 to 5 people. When we were seated at 6pm, my friend had to sit in a chair in the aisle. There seemed to be only one waiter and the restaurant was filling pretty quickly as it was Saturday evening. Our waiter, I’m sure did the best they could do, but we had to request water and then wait for what seemed like a very long time to get any of our food. It finally started coming slowly and it was very good. More help seemed to finally arrive and our waiter asked if we would like to order more food. I told him we had still not received a 20 PCS nigiri chefs choice tray. He left, and then came back and said we’d alrea gotten it. I explained that he was mistaken, and eventually the tray made it to our table. We ordered one more roll and it seemed like a very long wait for it as well. The food was excellent, but being understaffed on a weekend, having to sit in the aisle, and a lot of waiting did not make this the best experience. We will come again and hope for a better night.

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RS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great fish. Quality is high

Very busy

Pretty loud.

Servers are friendly and courteous

Great neighborhood sushi joint. Quality of food way above average

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SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

Hate to write this review of what was our go-to spot in SF for excellent sushi but fellow diners should be aware. We arrived on time for our reservation and were promptly greeted and seated.
After about five minutes which is totally acceptable, we placed our order with the waitress; this was the last we would see of her.
Nearly 30 minutes after having been seated (25 to be exact) no drinks were delivered; no water, no tea, no wine. When the sushi chef began serving our order, I stopped him and said we hadn't gotten any drinks yet. Instead of apologizing and tracking down our waitress, he barley acknowledged me and proceeded to prepare the to go order in his plastic container. Our waitress was busy in the back packing up other to go orders...That was it for me, we left, for good.
What's the rational for ignoring your walk in clientele in favor of take out? I'm flabbergasted.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time here and the food was excellent. I really love that they had the uni shooters!! My fav!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious. Only thing is we made the mistake of getting the assorted sashimi plate which is way more expensive than most places, at $40 for 16 pieces. Other than that, everything was reasonably priced and delicious

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J
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We always enjoy Live Sushi. Try the improbably named "Bergschneider Roll" which is great.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

They could hire another server to help with busy holidays. Service was slow, but food was amazing. The Walu is a must try...mmm so buttery it melts in your mouth.

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R
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice neighborhood sushi place. Dinner was very affordable. Lovers' boat is a good deal, though the sashimi tastes best with a healthy amount of soy sauce and wasabi. Rolls are affordable. Not bad at all!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing quality fresh ingredients.

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s
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Live Sushi Bar is SO GOOD. It's my go-to for Sushi for years. Always fresh and delicious

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RG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service was outstanding.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was good. We were seated at the “kids section” although I stated it was for our anniversary celebration on reservation. There were 5/6 tables of kids in a sushi restaurant which was surprising. Maybe it was because they had bento box special for dinner .

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DM
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We have been coming here for many years. The sushi is always good quality. However, the service has taken a turn to terrible. This time, appetizers and main courses arrived in random order. The servers kept bringing things on overly large dishes and basically just dumping stuff on our table, even though there was no room. We felt mega-rushed by the service. We are considering not coming back. There are other places in the city with good sushi, reasonable prices, and good service.

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GT
San Francisco
107 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went there for lunch to celebrate my birthday and the quality of the food was excellent! I lived in Japan and traveled there frequently for business and I was impressed with the quality of the sushi. The complimentary mochi ice cream dessert was greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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k
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently one of my favorite sushi restaurants in SF! The quality is always great and the sushi combo order is a great value.

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SA
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious sushi. Good vibe. Great service.

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JS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food, it's pricy but not crazy and worth every penny.
Wasn't a fan of the screaming babies, but what can ya do...

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was great, as usual. No water, had to waive the server down for every single request - wasn’t even busy.

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