Maruya

4.5
195 reviews
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Japanese
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, simplicity and atmosphere.

We keep our ears on the ground. Many diners requested Maruya to offer vegetarian options in our menu. We did. We now have an array of vegetarian dishes available. The vegetarian menu is offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Walk-ins only and no reservation are required.

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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JE
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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JF
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traditional Japanese sushi experience. Absolutely amazing.

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JD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious intimate restaurant
Very nice service

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

Outstanding!

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H
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice celebration for friends anniversary.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

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

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YS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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CY
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 😁

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MF
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastuc sf restaurant week experience

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M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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H
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 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

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
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great omakase course and great service!

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VC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 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 18, 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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LV
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 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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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 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 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Japanese experience.

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AW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 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 28, 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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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 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 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 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 25, 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 28, 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
19 reviews
Dined on June 30, 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 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best!

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JV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 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 23, 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 3, 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 21, 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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Y
San Francisco
156 reviews
Dined on March 17, 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 16, 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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P
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 3, 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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