Maruya

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$31 to $50
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Japanese
In 2013, Maruya was one of the first Japanese restaurants in the Bay Area to specialize in sushi omakase.

Since then, we have expanded our menu to offer our guests an alternative. We offer sushi a la carte anytime and Maruya Gozen Dinner Set for guests who prefer other than omakase dinner course.

Although Maruya is known for its omakase, we also offer and cater to vegetarians with a variety of selection in our vegetarian menu. Shojin Ryori Vegetarian Dinner Set is also available and it comes with eight dishes served simultaneously.

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.

*Menu Subject to Change Without Notice and No Substitution.
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B
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was nicely bright. Our waitress was very helpful. Food was beautifully presented and delicious.

AT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I recently came here for our anniversary dinner. Right off the bat, the server that greeted was super friendly and polite and sat us down right away even though we were 30 mins early for our reservation.

We both did the chef's omakase and at first what we thought was a little bit pricey turned out to be worth every penny. All the courses the chef cooked or brought out for us was super delicious. The nigiri portion of the course was hands down the best. Every piece felt like it melted in your mouth. It was so delicious!!! I highly recommend this place for anyone looking for a great omakase restaurant or selection.

Also wanted to mention that it's best being the first ones there. Since my wife and I were early (pretty much got there right when they opened) we got a pretty "intimate" experience. It was just us 2 at the bar with chef and watching him do his thing. Felt really nice and romantic. Once other parties start showing up, the place definitely got more louder but by that time, we were already on our way out.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful evening! Excellent food - from the vegetarian menu to the set omakase, fun, delicious, surprising.

RE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In what may be the best bargain in San Francisco, Maruya offers a vegan shojin ryori feast for $28. Food was very tasty, the service was great in a quiet comfortable setting. I think that Maruya is as of yet undiscovered especially by the vegan community as it was very quiet. Meanwhile, a few blocks away Shizen has no reservations available until February. I'd recommend that some of the Shizen faithful try Maruya.

Maruya
Responded on December 20, 2019

Richard, Thank you for the 5-Stars. It made our day. I want to share a background story of our Shojin Ryori. The inspiration was from a visit in one of the temples in Kamakura, Japan. We looked at the Japanese monks cuisine, and it was a plant based diet. We thought it was a wonderful idea to introduce it to our SF vegetarians/vegan guests. Happy Holidays!

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BB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a wonderful experience! Not just the amazing food, also the perfect, gentle service. But the food is amazing. Flavors plus art!

SC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We knew that its not a top rated Japanese place, but it was decently rated and had availability for a Saturday night. the food we very ordinary. the price was very high for its quality. the rice for the rolls and nigiris are too hard... overall, won't go back and don't recommend it

c
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fresh fish! Everything was great about Maruya! Definitely will return

E
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great.
Wonderful new chef!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Food is really poor for how much you pay. If you’re looking for Omasake, would recommend Kusakabe in FiDi instead

CF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Don't get me wrong, we enjoyed our meal -- the nigiri course was very good. But the rest of the courses were not that good which made us feel it was tremendously overpriced for what we got overall.

E
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!! Love sitting at the Bar.
Beautiful and interesting presentations.

d
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maruya continues to innovate. In addition to have truly the best quality sushi in San Francisco, the most premium fish ingredient, it now also has a delightful weekday vegetarian menu, inspired by travels to Buddhist heritage sites in Japan. For me, the food is beautiful, tasty, and very Grammable, that's right, perfect for Instagram. It never fails to delight me to open a bowl of soup with "cherry blossom pedals" made of carrots and daiko, and glistening baby shrimp in the chawanmushi and of course the buried treasure of gingko nuts. This is the only place in SF I would eat silver skinned fish, which has a stronger ocean taste, but at this place, it is umami. Did you know Mackerel has 324% Daily Value of Potassium. I would recommend it for foodies, locals, and travelers from Japan, China, Europe and all parts of United States. The food is that good.

JE
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chef's Omakase was delicious. Very glad we decided to opt for the full offering.

JF
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an utter pleasure! Not only was the food excellent, the staff were remarkably kind, the presentation was remarkable and the chefs were on point! A dining experience like this would cost twice as much or more in the NYC area! I cannot recommend this place highly enough, especially since they were accommodating of my 7 month old niece, who was an unexpected guest. You must put this on your list of places to eat in San Francisco!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Traditional Japanese sushi experience. Absolutely amazing.

JD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious intimate restaurant
Very nice service

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

H
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice celebration for friends anniversary.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

A lot of fish were pre-cut before the arrival and the sashimi box is even pre-assembled in the fridge. We got our freshwater eel on second course which should come towards the end. Order of nigiri is messed up between different guests. The whole omakase experience is somewhat disappointing
We paid $175 for the Valentine’s Day special (normal omakase is $95) and the overall food quality is just not matched with the price. Would not suggest come for omakase

d
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing place with the best quality sushi in San Francisco. It is more traditional high-end Japanese style. The sushi rice is artfully crafted, and each fish comes with the highest quality. I highly recommend trying the scallop here, also exotic ones like sea eel, barracuda and chef's pride and unusual taste palette like gizzard shad, mackerels (least fishy, best prepared here). Not to mention all the appetizers and small eats are beautifully crafted, and instagram perfect. I personally love having sake with gobo chips. The sake selection here is very high end and unique. Best sushi quality here.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming place. Delicious fish. Beautiful presentation. Service was perfect.

CY
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! Awesome service! I highly recommend and would definitely come back again. I also love going to a nice restaurant with a nice and clean restroom 😁

MF
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second year that my husband and I have participated in San Francisco's Restaurant week. The Tasting menu is always such a great deal and the food is so fresh and beautifully presented. We love to watch the sushi chefs create each individual boxes with an array of fresh fish and tasty delicacies. Each course is well presented with a unique dishware which is presented with an artistic flair. The restaurant is located in a inconspicuous area in the Mission district. We can't wait to come back again!

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good, and the sashimi was so fresh and decent for the price. It’s hard to get a reservation with them, but totally worth it.

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chefs were super friendly, greeted us with a big grin on their faces. We felt very welcomed. The food was amazing and beautifully presented. The servers were very attentive - noticed right away when our tea ran out and brought us at least 3 more rounds of tea. Everything was delicious! I can't wait to come back.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastuc sf restaurant week experience

M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went for restaurant week 2019. The overall experience was great. Sushi chefs prepared the courses nicely and the waiters were very attentive. The cuts of fish weren't the best (ie: no toro, salmon not salmon belly, no hamachi. Just regular salmon, tuna, mackerel, etc. Basic cuts.) but still very tasty and well prepared and presented. This was expected since the cost was only $65. Non-experienced sushi eaters probably wouldn't even notice. Overall, a great experience for the price.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

H
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

Maruya
Responded on January 2, 2019

I apologize you were disappointed and we were too. Our staff member greeted and sat a walk-in. He did not seem to be a "street person." He carried a plastic bag with him. We do not judge. But as soon as he exhibited a disruptive behavior I gave him verbal warning. A few minutes later, I noticed that he pulled out his own bottle from his bag. I was on my way to talk to him when you approached me. Out of respect for him and for others, I quietly escorted him out. Thank you for the 4-star

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YI
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great omakase course and great service!

VC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LV
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience2

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.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Japanese experience.

AW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

BC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

E
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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