Maruya

4.6
180 reviews
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Japanese
Maruya will participate in the 2019 SF Restaurant Week. We will feature "*Maruya Gozen Dinner Set." Omakase courses will be available but it is not part of the promotion.

When creating a reservation, please indicate either SF Resto or Omakase Dining.

Good to Know: Sushi Bar Seating is for Omakase Course Only. Request for sushi bar on same day reservation is NOT guaranteed. Sushi Bar seating is either 5:30pm / 6:00pm or 8:00pm /8:30pm. Please be mindful of the next reservation. We allot 2-hours for omakase dining at the sushi bar. Any reservation time in between these hours is usually assigned to a table seating.

In 2013, Maruya was one of the first Japanese restaurants in the Bay Area to specialize in omakase. We focus on presenting the traditional Japanese style of dining which encompasses on the quality of fish, on food presentation and simplicity. A la carte is available after the *omakase course.

*Menu Subject to Change Without Notice and No Substitution.
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food but restaurant was way too cold. Everyone had their jackets on

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San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was excellent. However, we were disappointed when the host sat an intoxicated street person, who drank from his own liter of vodka that he drank, yelled f-bombs and

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YI
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great omakase course and great service!

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VC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was on point, felt like being in Japan. It was very enjoyable watching the chefs skillfully working in parallel.

The starters were a bit bland to my palate and the rice texture was a bit too chewy for my preference, but I am not a nigiri connoisseur. The nigiri cuts were fresh and tasty. The staff was friendly and attentive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the chef's omakase. Pretty delicious meal. Portions were adequate. Abience was pretty intimate. Overall a great experience

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Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The space is much smaller than I anticipated. The lights were very bright. The food presentation was a bit over the top possibly because they were serving similar omasake that you can get elsewhere for half the price. The food was fresh, but nothing standout. I would say save your money and go elsewhere.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience - the best sushi I’ve ever had - fresh, flavorful, complex. The service is incredible and the chefs are warm, engaging and an absolute pleasure to watch while they craft each dish in front of you.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Japanese experience.

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AW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ordered the "Chef's Choice" omakase and it was amazing! Incredibly fresh fish, very attentive service, and a soothing ambiance.

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BC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service and amazing food! Great to be able to watch it being prepared in front of you and explained when being served!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Tonai made a special ice sculpture dessert for my parents joint birthday dinner. It was amazing.

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E
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful treat. Just surprisingly good. Every time.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was prompt and well balanced. Omakase price, quality, service was really exceptional

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not up to the mark or other former or current Michelin starred Sushi restaurants

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M
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, very well paced omakase. Enjoyed every bit of it.

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London
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I went to celebrate a special occasion and it did not disappoint. We were sat at the counter opposite the chef which was a great view throughout. It was incredible to watch the different dishes being prepared in such an immaculate and creative way. The food was fantastic - we had the Nigiri Omakase - and each course was unique and delicious. My girlfriend had he hot sake alongside whereas I went for some cold sake - both were delicious. If you’re unsure on what to have, the waiter will help you out with some tasting to see what works. It was a nice touch and made sure we picked correctly. The service was excellent - friendly and attentive - and to cap it off, they brought out a matcha tiramisu at the end of the evening, on the house, since it was a special day. All in all - a wonderful evening.

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B
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, but note it is a fixed menu.

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E
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best!

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JV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible! Always delivers a high quality experience.

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K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

I am so disappointed,the restaurant is not very well with this high price. Server is not professional,I expected them a lot,but… I wont go there again. I suggest they should train their servers better.

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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best japonese food experience! The chef have choose our menu course and we were surprised every time with some delicius fishes from japan! We’re lucky to be there with just one more table occupied, so we could enjoy all attention from both the chef and the waiter.

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DR
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don't make a reservation unless you want to steep yourself in an extraordinary food experience that will not be short or easily forgotten. Authentic, creative, brilliant and delicious. Do it, seriously

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San Francisco
149 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is housed in a small narrow space, the interiors are very nice. The neighborhood is rough. The main dining room is so close to the entrance. When the door is open, you can feel the cold draft from outside. This is typical SF weather. That is why I took 1 star away.
The service is impeccable as the traditional Japanese restaurant. This restaurant is a very traditional Japanese sushi restaurant. You can't find rolls or other seaweed salad.
The restaurant give several options of omakase. We ordered one sushi and one sashimi omakase. They kitchen served us sashimi dishes first then sushi and let us split our orders. That was a very nice gesture. However, they use the same 4 fish for both menu. When we had the sushi entree, we were disappointed because we had those fish already from the sashimi menu. That is the reason I took 1 star away. The chef should change a bit in this sushi menu to provide more inspiration.

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NH
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

i had wanted to try this restaurant for a while and finally got to go two nights ago. It was an absolutely pleasant experience. I had the $90 nigiri tasting menu. The appetizers were very well presented followed by sushi pieces meticulously prepared by executive chef Tonai-San with just enough rice so the freshness of the fish could be enjoyed. The only disappointment was the soup at the end which did not have much taste. The tiramisu dessert with a few red beans at the bottom made it unique and my friend from Toronto loved it. Overall it was a wonderful experience and I highly recommend this restaurant.

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San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been wanting to try Maruya for a long time, and now that I have, I am never going to eat sashimi anywhere else! So velvety and fresh-just exquisite! I love the quiet ambiance and artistry with which the dishes are presented. My husband and I enjoyed a 2 hour relaxing meal on a Saturday evening, and never felt rushed or crowded out. Excellent value--we will be back!
Try the green tea tiramisu!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Veeerrrryyyyyy slow 3 hour long (literally) service and underwhelming food for supposedly high end Japanese food.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience!

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great.

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BP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were superb. Partner and I had the $65 omakase menu and were very happy with the quality and amount of food. The couple at the table next to us got the way more expensive omakase and we think we got the better deal. Ambience-wise, we felt the lighting was just a bit brighter than it needed to be, but that's nitpicking. Not a cheap date, but if you're looking to splurge on a fantastic meal you could do a lot worse than Maruya!

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

01.26.2018 - SF Restaurant Week - $65 set dinner menu. Arrived 10 minutes early, took 25 minutes to get our drinks, another ~20 minutes to start our course. Timing was dreadful, service was nice but slow, food was so mediocre. I set the bar lower than Kusakabe, but goodness, even Akiko’s does it better. Nevertheless, it was a Restaurant Week menu so I didn’t get any nigiri. Judging solely on the quality that was served in the Restaurant Week dishes. We had pumpkin soup, 4/5; steamed egg, 4/5; sashimi slices, 3/5; sushi rice with sweet mushrooms, fish roe, and shredded eggs, 3/5; clear soup with steamed fish, 4/5; green tea ice cream, 4/5. Overall, Maruya did not have any wow factor, flavor was lacking and nothing stood out, and timing was completely off. Will not return. Mission District is a gamble IMO.

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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing. So fresh that the fish tastes sweet. Appetizers were all special, delicate and tasty. Also very detailed about decoration of plates and bowls.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service! And the matcha ice cream was perfect!

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OT
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Japanese restaurant in the town.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef was amazing and all the sushi and sashimi was so good. Great chef makes good taste of sushi! it was my second time to visit there but as I expected it was awesome ! Next time i will bring my parents 😍

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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for SF Restaurant Week. The special menu was fantastic and a great value. Wonderful service and pleasant atmosphere.

I am not sure that everyone would enjoy the regular menu--all omakasi (prix fix), no a la carte.

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f
London
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

one of the most authentic, best Japanese restaurants we have had the good fortune to visit.
Excellent and extraordinary best describe the experience.

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s
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Omakase sushi restaurants in the city!

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed the restaurant. The omakase sushi menu was excellent. It was a bit too much food for me and wish there was an option to just have the sushi. Will definitely be back.

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SM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing quality food presented as a work of art. Amazing experience.

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M
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really recommend their omekase options - quite pricey but you get amazing service, excellent food and an authentic experience all in one. This restaurant is like a hidden gem. Was seated in the bar area and was in awe while watching the chefs making our food. The creativity and seeing them enjoying what they do made me love what am eating more. Wide options for drinks especially alcoholic ones. It has more of an intimate ambiance which we’ve wanted since we were celebrating
Christmas Eve dinner there. Even the washroom was clean and had a scented humidifier and individual towel option to wipe your hands with; just a kind touch. Sashimis are all fresh and extremely delicious!

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