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Otoro Sushi

4.6
4.6
841 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese

Otoro Sushi is a hidden gem in the Hayes Valley. Our sushi experts will go to great lengths to bring you the freshest ingredients to offer San Francisco Bay Area patrons Japan"s best traditional sushi and tapas. Otoro Sushi is perfect for small groups and also has a wonderful sake and wine selection.

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Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 553-3986

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Cross street

    Gough St.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 841 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco

    Japanese

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  1. RG

    RichardG

    Seattle

    81 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    81 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience1

    We had little flies join us for dinner which was irritating even before we ordered. Two of the first appetizers we ordered were good and arrived hot which we like. The sushi was ok but we missed having a bit of real wasabi. Overall, the atmosphere was disappointing

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Highly recommend this terrific local sushi restaurant! Great value of yummy fresh food with friendly and welcoming service. Been going here for over a decade and as quality of food and service continues at these levels, looking forward to dining here for another decade or more.

  3. NS

    NupeSugarRay

    Los Angeles

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great selection of high quality sushi. Smaller more intimate place. Service was good, but left us alone for the most part. Enjoyed it.

  4. TS

    TheSchwami

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Busy evening. But excellent b service. And the good was authentic

  5. JE

    JEMB

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The owner is very warm and welcoming and the wait staff attentive. We mostly eat the special sushi rolls which are always fresh, as it should be, and tasty. The menu has been expanded and there are lots of choices, both traditional and daily specials. The outdoor seating area created during this pandemic, has really increased the seating capacity, and is very comfortable.

  6. JK

    JeffreyK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The baked mussels and the dragon roll were fantastic! Went with my fiancé for Friday night date night and loved it. Quality food and great service

  7. m

    michaelc

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    We thought the sushi was just okay. We expected a higher quality from Otoro based on the reviews. The service was very prompt, but we felt rushed. It seemed they wanted to turn over the tables very quickly. I was just finishing my last piece of sushi and the wait staff asked if they could take my plate. Very odd.

  8. T

    Tess

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    A bit chilly outdoors but well timed service and tasty fresh food.

  9. CF

    CarolF

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This was our second visit. The service was great as was the food.fish was fresh, beautifully prepaired and tasty.

  10. K

    Kent

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of our favorite places. We go often. Love the Saba and soft-shell crab.

  11. AT

    AlexanderT

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The chef's sashimi selection was excellent with a wide variety and excellent preparation, especially for the price. Hot appetizers were very good. Sake selection is extremely good, although not many low price options (but beer was also available at normal prices). We ate outside and it was very pleasant on a cool SF night without needing a jacket.

  12. EO

    EandO

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    The app from the daily menu was pretty good. We had three rolls: one tasteless, one decent, one ok but falling apart.

  13. JA

    JohnA

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Good, but not spectacular sushi. Bar display seems to showcase volume of fresh fish vs it’s quality. I was disappointed given the relatively good reviews. Three stars max.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1

    The worst sushi I’ve ever had. So disappointed. The roll I ordered had crab in it and it was frozen inside, even though it was tempura so the outside was warm and the inside was not thawed. It was awful.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Service was great and sushi was very fresh and beautifully presented. Food came quickly and in a good order and pace.

  16. a

    anon

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Excellent food at a very reasonable price. Definitely recommend

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing sushi and service

  18. C

    Cucumber

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience2

    I ordered a "glass" of sake which cost $20 a glass. I received a tiny pour, somewhere between 1/8 to 1/4 cup. It was literally about 4-5 small sips. I have never received such a chintzy pour in all of my dining worldwide! And our indoor table was located against the wall furthest from the door and the bathroom. It smelled like bathroom chemicals throughout our meal. I have really liked having Otoro as an option for dining in the Civic Center before the symphony and other events but I am going to take a long break before I consider returning.

  19. PV

    PrinV

    San Francisco

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Wonderful food and service! The orders were quickly prepared and served with plenty of you north and wasabi. Service was attentive but not intrusive. I’ll be back!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3

    Waiters were kind with great suggestions

  21. P

    Prez

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Truly excellent sushi, mostly imported fresh from Tokyo market.

  22. B

    Bgamefoodies

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Had an excellent meal here last night. Everything was fresh and all the dishes had great flavors. The service was attentive without being rushed, and the chef paced the meal well. A few of the sakes were out of stock and the options were a little pricey but not outrageous. Definitely one of my new favorites in the city.

  23. BB

    BiggieBoudreaux

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Good food, especially the hamachi sushi, and the service was excellent.

  24. A

    Ange

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3

    Incredible sushi! Very slow service.

  25. JB

    JaniceB

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Freshest raw fish ever. Beautifully prepared sushi, rolls and sashimi with a lot of fish I've never tasted before. I'll be back.

  26. D

    Dave

    Denver

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Excellent sushi in an informal setting. We were seated next to the open door, and it was a little cold.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service

  28. C

    Chris

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Sushi is good and the service is good. It can be cold and windy in the outdoor parklet so watch the temp.

  29. SF

    SFMommaLlama

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Fantastic food in a low key casual environment. The sushi was very fresh and expertly served.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing fresh sashimi Everything was perfect

  31. BG

    BridgetG

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Really tasty, fresh sushi at a good price point. Loved the miso, gyoza, lollipop and spicy crunchy tuna rolls.

  32. DS

    DianaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good quality sushi! I had the 16 piece sushi combo and all the pieces were very good.

  33. M

    Mike

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing quality in every respect. This is some of the most exquisite sushi we have ever had. Fresh and superb flavors. Thinking about the rolls, they were not blessed with too much rice. Our only suggestion would be, in terms of cold bottles of saki, to provide more moderately-priced choices, including half bottles. We really enjoyed the bottle that was recommended, but it was also $80....

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Fantastic. Small sushi spot, classic with lots of wood. Sushi bar, small tables. Service was friendly and efficient. The fish was incredibly fresh. Nigiri rice:fish ratio was on the small side, to larger cuts of luscious fish. Just the way i like it. Also tried albacore tataki (must do), and tempura was light and crisp (may do). Would definitely come back, if i lived here i would go often.

  35. JH

    JulieH

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Rapid and excellent service. Delicious and fresh food. Servers are knowledgeable about the ingredients and preparation of dishes. Great value for a mid-city restaurant.

  36. g

    goodfoodisgood

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    First time back since the pandemic as I live out of the city and don't come in just to eat but we had tix for a concert nearby. So glad to eat here again. The food is as terrific, maybe even better than ever. They spaced out the tables a bit so it isn't cramped feeling like it used to be, plus there are nice tables with heat lamps outside in a semi-enclosed area that's very nice compared to some outdoor areas. The restaurant is small, very neighborhood feel, with sensational sushi and related creations. You won't be disappointed!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Third time dining at otoro, it is consistent quality. They have many rolls you can’t find anywhere else and are deliciously unique. We’ll definitely be back again soon

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    I booked almost three weeks in advance and asked for indoor dining since I know it’s a small place, we get there and there’s only tables outside and there were only like 2 or 3 heaters. Sushi quality was great though they have good rolls for the prices.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent place for a date! Each roll was perfect.

  40. J

    Joncorv

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely wonderful all-around experience. We especially loved the Chef's Sashimi Course as well as the smoked salmon dish, which was so wonderful and unexpected. We can wait to come back and eat here again.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Otoro Sushi does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Otoro Sushi also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 553-3986.

Otoro Sushi is rated 4.6 stars by 841 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 17 times today
Google Map for Otoro Sushi

205 Oak Street San Francisco, CA 94102

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Gough St.

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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