Mikaku Restaurant

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159 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
Our Japanese chefs specialize in the traditional craft of sashimi and nigiri artistry. We feature different fish from the world-famous Tsukiji and Kyushu markets in Japan with a different selection every week.

To complete your experience with a refreshing drink, we have curated a rotating list of overflowing sake, terroir wine, and Japanese beer. Please join us for lunch, dinner, or any other special occasion.
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1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a great little restaurant that was very accommodating. We had a large group of 10 and everything we ordered was delicious. Highly recommend even for groups with kids.

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KB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Outdated furnishings and less then great food. So many good restaurants here, don’t waste your time.

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IK
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Terrible sushi. Rice is poor, no meat in the rolls

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

Great service, very fresh fish and it's all preservative free plus they have a great /big gluten-free menu.

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f
Minneapolis
154 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Truly excellent sushi. Some of the freshest fatty tuna I’ve ever enjoyed. Restaurant was pretty empty and a little on the dumpy side, but don’t let this fool you. Food is great and service was good.

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Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Was hoping to find a decent sushi place open on a Sunday nite. The quality of the fish was okay. But for the price, I expected better. If price were a bit more reasonable, I would have given it a 4 stars. But this is San Francisco after all. I expect better for the money

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Pros: Food is excellent. Gyoza are extra crispy; sushi was fresh and flavorful; sake selection was wonderful.

Cons: The service was simply awful. I was with clients and we were seated (after some confusion or lack of knowledge of our reservation) and then left unattended for 15 minutes. And we had to repeatedly flag down the waiter (who tended to avoid contact with his tables) to request water, soy sauce saucers, wasabi, etc. I do not believe he was being rude... perhaps he was just nervous or frazzled, but it was a real pity because we truly enjoyed the food.

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a
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food!

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Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Needed more flavor

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LS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food. Super fresh. The uni is on the expensive side but for the quality of the food I would return anytime.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Sashimi was
Incredibly fresh!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great little sushi place with kind wait staff and nice food.

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C
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Server left halfway through our meal & never returned, nor did any other server fill in.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good sushi

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K
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great sushi and good service. Food came out quickly. High ceilings make it a bit hard to hear.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best Japanese food we’ve ever tried! Amicable staff and very reasonable prices.

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RK
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The staff was very nice but not entirely knowledgeable about the food they were serving. The prices were in keeping with Union Square but not a lot for the money. They do not serve bento boxes on the weekend for some reason and miso soup does not come with your entrée.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

This was probably the worst experience I’ve had at a restaurant in San Francisco thus far. And I’ve been coming to the city for years. We made reservations to come eat here for a friends birthday. We got there about 15 minutes prior to our reservation. The staff was frazzled even though it was slow. Once we were seated the staff brought menus and waters to people who were seated after us. I had to get up grab menus for the table and then ask them to bring us waters. After 35 minutes the wait staff finally came to take our orders. No one ever greeted us and the waiter barely spoke two words to us minus to say “you ready”. We won’t ever return to this restaurant. As a group of minorities we felt singled out until another waiter clocked in and was attentive to us closer to the end of our meal. 10/10 would not recommend to a friend.

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MM
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

The atmosphere needs some help. Warm up the place! Too dark and plain!

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We are a group of friends who get together once a year and had a great time visiting and enjoyed the food.

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JK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The sushi was just ok. Had 3 rolls and none of them stood out - barely had any desire to finish the last one.

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JB
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fast seating, great food, pleasant and timely service

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AH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Dragon Roll was yummmmmy. Edamame could have used more salt. Very quiet spot around 5/6pm which made it easy to hear my friend.

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G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

All good and fast the food and the service is good I would return to eat again I liked

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KH
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Wow. This was likely the most expensive sushi that we've had in a while. Average quality but high end pricing. I'd give this one a skip.

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing sushi. Go for the Chef Special if you’re a sushi lover. Great service and awesome terry Ali chicken as well. Somehow well priced for all the good food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

Service was bad but food was good

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m
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh fish , of course, and a good sushi chef.... very friendly staff. Good choices on sake. Best of all, not a price gouging restaurant , at all..... San Fran can be hard on the wallet

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JJ
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were treated beautifully.

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SP
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! The sushi was delicious and reasonably priced unlike a lot of sushi places in SF, and generous portions too (again, unlike a lot of places in SF). Great tea selection and service was friendly -- will definitely be going back and recommending to friends. Also great for vegetarians/vegans -- sweet potato roll was delicious!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and efficient staff. Quick service.

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DV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The food is OK, although they sell “real wasabi” as just wasabi. The service was really bad, it took almost an hour to get the food, no plates on the table, missing napkins... well, maybe it was a bad day for them.

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TS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The sushi is ok, rather overpriced for the quality though

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J
Las Vegas
30 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

I was trying to find a sushi restaurant in the union square/financial district that wouldn't break the bank and this place delivered. It is a small restaurant with about a dozen tables and a small sushi bar but the quality and amount of food for the price was very good. Sushi was fresh, the rolls were good, but service was a bit hit or miss. Probably would get better service at the sushi bar, but overall still an enjoyable experience.

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Quality was mediocre to ok, but disappointing relative to cost. Then again, SF isn’t cheap.

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g
Salt Lake City
27 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Frustrating experience due to the lack of attention. EVERY request took so long to be addressed and we had to ask multiple times. The server told us the menu is priced wrong and everything is $2-$3 more. I was dumbfounded. There was one server for the entire restaurant on a Saturday night. So disappointing. It gets worse...The restaurant sent me the wrong food. They wouldn’t take it back until I threatened to leave. Needless to say we won’t be going back and we won’t recommend Mikaku to anyone.

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BE
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It is a little hole in the wall spot off of a busy street! Food was outstanding and it came really fast!

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M
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Good lunch spot. The Bento boxes were tasty, and the dumplings were REALLY good.

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CB
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Had a simple dinner and chose Mikaku because it was close and offers gluten-free menu options. It is a small venue so reservations are recommended.

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Orlando
21 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Visiting family in SF, overall a great restaurant. Food was fresh and well made. Thank you.

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