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About Live Sushi Bar

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.

2001 17th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Sushi, Japanese, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm.

Cross Street:
Kansas Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 861-8610

Website:
http://www.livesushibar.com/

Catering:
Live Sushi is the premiere sushi caterer in the Bay Area for all of your sushi needs. Our experienced chefs, combined with a phenomenal menu, can create and present unparalleled sushi for your next special event. No event is too large or small for you and your guests to enjoy the highest quality sushi and service available. From sushi platters to on-site sushi bars, we offer the very best of everything sushi.

http://livesushibar.com/catering.html

Parking Details:
Easy parking right out side the restaurant

Public Transit:
Bus Routes 22 27 9

Executive Chef:
Jackson Yu

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Live Sushi Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.0

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (8)
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Authentic (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Healthy (5)
Business Meals (3)
Cozy (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Local Ingredients (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Fun (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Incredibly fresh fish, creative menu and very courteous/smart staff! Especially Cindy. Great addition to the neighborhood. Highly recommend!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Really good food at prices that are just a little high. The only roll that wasn't as good was the one surrounded with cucumber. The servers were super sweet. Not much in terms of ambiance, though.

Tags: Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Had my favorites: japanese uni, Santa Barbara uni, mirugai, blue fin toro, ocean trout, aji, Ankimo and the list goes on and on.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Even if I wasn't a local I'd travel to Live Sushi. Fresh, inventive rolls and the tempura is a must.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Every time I eat at Live Sushi I am amazed by the consistently fresh delicious fish. Staff is always informative and friendly. They are there when you need them without intruding on your dining experience.
Sometimes I think I should try a new place just for variety, but leave feeling a bit disappointed because they fall short of Live Sushi.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The fish was all too quality but the service was haphazard and a little clunky. The atmosphere is non-descript. I would suggest going somewhere else for a great experience.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great little spot my girlfriend and I have come to love. The Romeo and Juliet roll is a favorite.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Supremely fresh fish, many catching the day fresh flown in from Japan. Presentation and prep was excellent.

Service staff not very attentive and even after multiple times asking for double the water after a hot day and walking there, slow to bring and didn't double up! If they could also come and check empty glasses more frequently, they are on to something great. Place was practically empty at opening, no excuses.

Tags: Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Waited 45mins for a table.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

This place always goes the extra mile, thanks to your staff for being so accommodating and the amazing culinary experience

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·Dined on September 20, 2017

The food was great. We were a little disappointed that the food kept coming out a little at a time and not more at once. One sushi dish came very late, after we were almost finished eating. My tea was not re-filled either.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Casual, Quick Bite, Authentic, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

It was my second time here and better than I remembered! Interesting options on the menu. Looking forward to going back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Great and delicious food! Great selection of different styles of sushi.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Always the best!!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Even though it may not seem like much from the outside or when you first get in, it is definitely a gem to find. It was a nice (almost hole in the wall type feel) that allows you get the freshest ingredients placed in front of you. We had the live uni, the chef's special oysters/ uni shooters, and the lover's boat that was upgraded with fish that was imported directly from Japan's seas. The food was also accompanied by some Sapporo and House Sake. They have a big selection of sakes and sake flights that you can try, but since I am just fine with the house sake, I didn't dive into those selections. From the menu, they also had ramen, udon, tempura, edamame, and bento boxes that you can choose from during dinner.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Healthy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fun, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Spicy, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

I've been to live sushi many times. This is the second time we've gone having reservations and have had to wait in excess of 20 minutes for a table to open up(the last time is was over 45). This can't really be blamed on the restaurant as they don't want to literally kick people who are done with their meal out of the restaurant but it still isn't ideal. Especially when you're really hungry.
The server took about 10 minutes to get to our table which is annoying after waiting for a table for 20mins with a reservation. After she came over things got better.
The food is decent but some of the fish seemed a little watery/bloated. My gf and I eat sushi at least once a week so this was something I hadn't experienced before.
The Chu toro was the best of the night and of course the most expensive. Not sure if we'll go back as there are many other better spots with better service and better fish.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Always a good meal and friendly service. My son and I go here a lot - he loves the sushi rolls.

Tags: Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2017

I've been here quite a few times and got excited that it's near my new job. They are very consistent and the fish is very fresh. Delicious oysters! And I am a big fan of special rolls which they have. There can be quite a wait on weekends for dinner and also there aren't any dessert options besides mochi. Would recommend !

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

We made reservations through open table for 8:45 PM and wasn't seated until 9:45 PM! Not only did they not honer the reservation time but service was extremely rude. I've been going here since 2011 and I will not be going back. The hostess did try to apologize when we asked about our table multiple times but our waitress was beyond rude. She didn't even acknowledge the wait nor was she friendly. I would have expected bare minimal someone to come by to apologize or give us a free app or something! Never will we be coming back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

This experience was great. We (three of us) were seated right away after mentioning the reservation. We wanted to try uni for the first time, and our waitress was very knowledgeable of what varieties available that day (Uni is only available on the weekend). The nigiri and sushi rolls came out in waves (as expected), and the service was awesome - asked how we were doing and refilled my water ~ 5 times. We would definitely come back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Healthy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Made reservations but it didn't matter. They offered bar and didn't save tables for those who reserved

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Great place to eat and the quality of the fish was very tasty. I've passed by this place frequently and this was one of the first times I've been here. I will be coming back more often since I live so close by!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Great food and friendly service

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 (Yosemite)·Dined on June 29, 2017

The staff is courteous and thoughtful. Our order was taken quickly and delivered quickly. The waitress was attentive but not too attentive. Meal was excellent. I had one of the box entrees.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Nice blue fin.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 27, 2017

One word, AMAZING! Love the food, happy staff and always great to be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

I am a regular customer, and the restaurant is just down my street, but I must admit that the service at "Live Sushi" is getting worse and worse. I may look around for a new Sushi restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Some fish was great (i.e. salmon belly) and some could have been fresher (scallop). Pretty expensive for what you get though mostly tasty.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

This remains my favorite sushi restaurant. Food is consistently fresh and delicious. Staff Members are warm, welcoming and helpful. The atmosphere is casual and always busy with appreciative customers.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

That's our favorite sushi in a town we've been going there for over two years.
The place is quiet ,the food is great and a service is very good!
Try their specials you will not be disappointed!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Second time here and the food is very good. We both had the Bento boxes with 2 choices: spicy tuna & tonkatsu & teriyaki beef & tempura veggies. Both came with miso soup/rice & a good portioned salad. The restauarant setting feels like you are dining at someones home. The Only thing that didn't fit was the club music playing quite loudly over the speakers. Some nice Japanese music would have made it a perfect dining experience! Our server was very attentive and pleasant.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

My husbands birthday

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Maybe because it was a Special Occasion being that it was Mother's Day, so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, and even though they were very friendly, the service was terrible. Not once, twice, but at least three times they told us the food was on the way and at least 40 minutes went by after the first time they told us and this was after they brought out the one dish for my daughter. She waited for us, but didn't care that her Udon noodle soup was likely a whole lot cooler than when they first brought it out. So, first faux pais . . . if you're going to have the other orders late, then don't bring out the one, especially if it is a hot dish; second, don't keep telling us it's on the way and have us believing that it is truly on the way when it isn't. They brought out a "free" dish of edamame for our wait, but it would have been a bit more considerate if they gave us a discount off our food for our very long wait. And we didn't even order anything big or complicated for the other orders.

The food was good once it arrived, but nothing to write home about; certainly not to make up for the very long wait.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Sushi is excellent. Extremely fresh.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2017

My go to place for sushi. As always, delicious fresh fish with great service staff and casual neighborhood ambience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 3, 2017

LIVE never fails to deliver impeccable food and service to match. I finally branched away from my typical order and tried something new this time. And I can honestly say that it exceeded my expectations. Excellent, fresh food with upbeat, friendly and doting staff make for a fine dining experience without the fine dining $$$$$.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Always a great easy experience, super friendly staff. I've came in many times with out a reservation and with my baby, they are always welcome! The sushi speaks for itself!

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 21, 2017

The services provided by waitresses Naomi and Mai was professional, kind, and exceptional. The food was great and the environment was cozy and welcoming. Will highly recommend to friends and family.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Don't go here if you want an enjoyable dinner. They're eager to kick you out before you even finish eating.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Thanks we will be back. It is close by, reasonable prices. The sashimi was very good and fresh.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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