Live Sushi Bar

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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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FG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Aji Tataki is awesome! Great value and good fresh fish.

TG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Live Sushi has a fun atmosphere, super friendly servers, and excellent sushi. You can't go wrong here. They have many daily unique fish selections, and their Family roll is fantastic.

S
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Great sushi!

T
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was great but the service was not great. They took forever to bring us our food, when others were getting their food that had sat down after us. The bill took long to be returned to us after paying, the service could have been a lot better and we felt that they kept trying to rush us out.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

My 60th Birthday. Everything was great up until we were served our Wagyu A5 experience. Definitely not worth the money. The bone in Ribeye was not as good as I had hoped. So overall just a “fair” experience!!

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

This was a disappointing birthday dinner. They messed up the appetizers they wanted us to pre order. Brought the birthday boy his food when everyone else had finished their dinner and then asked us to leave as soon as we had finished so they could re seat. Maybe it’s better for smaller groups!

L
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Live Sushi. We have two kids and Live is one of our favorite places to eat on a Friday night because of how accommodating and kid-friendly they are. The service is really great. The food is delicious, too!

RV
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, a bit expensive but we sat at the counter so there was an experiential aspect to the dinner. The sake options are more expansive than other Japanese places so that's nice

J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

My family and I go to Live Sushi often and take out on a weekly basis. We normally have a wonderful experience and the staff is beyond helpful and especially nice to our daughter. However, this time we were not greeted with the same quality of service. We asked for a high chair on the reservation, but there was not one set up and after asking a few times, I finally went to go get one myself as my toddler was getting heavy and restless. We were not given glasses for our bottle of sake, our other drinks came after the food arrived and our Live Sushi was just handed to us without any explanation of the types of fish being served. Overall, it seemed as though we were inconveniencing the staff, which was strange because it was 5:45 and the restaurant only had a few tables full. While this isn’t going to stop us from frequenting Live Sushi yet, I truly hope they are able to fix the issues with the staff. Another note, we were taking my boss who is from out of town out to dinner to one of our favorite restaurants and she was far from impressed. Very disappointing.

LD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful. So much good variety of sushi.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh fish! My favorite sushi spot in the city

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 2

The food was amazing!

BS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic spot. Great food, reasonable prices. Would highly recommend

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The salmon toro, scallops and tuna handrolls, and the sushi party were all fantastic! The service was attentive and accommodating. If we are in San Francisco again we are definitely coming back!

BS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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

Love my live sushi team! ❤️

L
San Francisco
4 reviews
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.

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

Friend meeting

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

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

Best sushi in city

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!

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.

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.

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.

P
San Francisco
17 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.

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.

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!

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

Consistently good sushi.

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

Wonderful variety of fish. Great specials. Fantastic service.

n
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Sushi quality was definitely above par. Will be returning!

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

Best fish, best sushi chefs and friendliest wait staff

RA
San Francisco
29 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!

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.

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

All great as always!

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).

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.

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.

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.

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

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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