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.
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.
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!
Veeerrrryyyyyy slow 3 hour long (literally) service and underwhelming food for supposedly high end Japanese food.
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!
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.
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.
Good service! And the matcha ice cream was perfect!
Best Japanese restaurant in the town.
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 😍
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.
one of the most authentic, best Japanese restaurants we have had the good fortune to visit.
Excellent and extraordinary best describe the experience.
One of the best Omakase sushi restaurants in the city!
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.
Amazing quality food presented as a work of art. Amazing experience.
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!
The sushi was amazing, the attention to detail was unbelievable, our server was friendly, very attentive and knowledgeable about the sushi, the ambience was warm and inviting, even the background music was conducive for a fine dining experience. In addition to the sushi, the grilled eel over rice was delicious too. Everything about this restaurant is authentic Japanese.
My husband and I went for our anniversary dinner and enjoyed eating authentic
Japanese food prepared so well. Only disadvantage is the location and parking.
We ended up taking Bart from San Bruno station.
Having been spoiled in New York and Tokyo for omakase, found a very good place here in SF I’m happy with.
Loved the food and ambiance. Would not hesitate to return.
food quality was not that good
It is lacking something substantial. I think the service was amazing. The food is definitely authentic but the ambiance was a huge mismatch. It was fitted for a more fast-paced-brunchtime spot. I think that is why many believe this place is "overhyped" Also, it didn't gelp that Lights were too bright and it was too cold. Food was authentic and unique but not spectacular. Fish was Japan imported, which is very good feature.
This is a gem. Amazing quality sushi, super authentic, perfect service, and much better value than most other omakase in town.
Hmmm the overall environment is good, the food is good, the chef is good/cute. Somehow if you sit next to someone really loud then it’s kind of annoying because the space is really tiny.
It was an hour and a half before we got our first piece of sushi. It was three hours before we were done with dinner. The sushi itself was decent, not remarkable. The price tag was out of proportion with the experience. Wouldn't really recommend.
Love coming here. Service is exceptional. Food is simply perfect. Fresh ingredients, incredible presentation and authentic Japanese flavor. Best Omakase menu in the Bay Area.
Maruya is my favorite omakase sushi restaurant in San Francisco! Lovely ambience, impeccable service, and the best omakase experience. Chef Tonai-san is someone who truly loves serving sushi! I have never met any other chef who smiles when serving your food to you. We were met with endless kindness from the most attentive staff. They truly know how to make your dining experience the best you'll ever have. Every visit to Maruya holds a special place in my heart. Absolutely unforgettable. Thank you for the wonderful memories, Maruya!
Amazing food !!! Loved watching the chefs put everything together. Great value for the quality and portions. We had the $49 selection. Terrific.
I absolutely love this gem of a restaurant. The service is impeccable and practically magic. The omakase will blow your mind. Perfect place for special occasion / celebration or just to treat yourself.
Delicious, fresh fish with a reasonably-priced omakase. Everything was flavorful and delicious. The a la carte prices, however, were exorbitantly ridiculous ($33 for ONE piece of toro, $22 for ONE piece of Hokkaido uni, etc.). I have been to many expensive sushi restaurants and this was by far the most ridiculously priced for individual nigiri. Therefore, even though I was still a bit hungry after my omakase, I decided to hold off on buying any additional nigiri and go eat Mexican food immediately after. In summary, Maruya had a very good omakase but the additional nigiri is so overpriced that it was a slap in the face at the end of a wonderful meal.
One of the most friendly and accommodating restaurants I've stepped foot in. The sake and food were great. The only lesson to learn is If you are a vegetarian, you should reserve and request it 24 hours in advance.
Maruya is an Omakase restaurant whose experience really is worth the visit. Sitting in front of a gourmand sushi chef with individual pieces served one by one. The presentation is entirely unique and the food - fresh and fantastic! On the pricey side, but worth the occasional indulgence.
The food here is constantly fantastic. I enjoy the quality, attentive preparation and presentation. The staff is extremely professional but friendly as well, so I can definitely relax and enjoy the meal and a great selection of sake. Overall a wonderful dining experience at Maruya.
Omakase was beautifully presented with lots of variety and amazingly fresh fish. The service was top notch and worth the $150 per person we paid for half sashimi half nigiri omakase. Some of the best sushi in San Francisco hands down.
This was probably the best Japanese meal I have had in the States. The omakase, ambience, and service were beyond words. The nigiri was super fresh, and the each course meticulously prepared and presented. This was an experience for both tasting and visual artistry.
Get ready to pay but some of the best sushi we've had plus sitting at the bar allows you to watch the chefs work their magic. More for the experience than anything else but it's expensive. Without any alcohol, I still spent $350 for two, with tip. Excellent service. It was an honor though watching the Sushi chef who gave us wonderful attention. We did the Chef's Selection.
The presentation of the meal was exquisite, and the food was some of the best Japanese food I have ever had in my life. Definitely worth the price for the experience and taste.
Omakase done right. Each time you come here you'll get a completely different experience.