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Otoro Sushi, San Francisco, CA
Otoro Sushi, San Francisco, CA
Otoro Sushi, San Francisco, CA
Otoro Sushi, San Francisco, CA
Otoro Sushi, San Francisco, CA

Otoro Sushi

4.6
4.6
953 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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

What 953 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
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco

    Japanese

953 Reviews
  1. music

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    food was not fresh and chicken was fatty .......nothing we ordered tasted good except the spinach salad

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was delicious and service was excellent. What a nice gem in the neighborhood. Agedashi tofu, karaage chicken, asparagus with Kobe beef and spicy tuna hand roll and shoyu ramen were so delicious ! Highly recommend this place.

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  3. Gourmand

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent meal. Reasonably priced for San Francisco. Agadashi tofu was delicious and good size. Skewer scallop appetizer with garlic sauce was tasty but quite small portion for price. Hamachi crudo and seared white tuna were very flavorful and large portion. Rolls were all excellent. Much better value than other Hayes Valley Japanese restaurants.

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  4. enigma

    San Francisco

    76 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    very pleasant small restaurant with excellent food and courteous service

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  5. NatalyaS

    San Francisco

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience all around: great food, fast attentive service, very cozy atmosphere. Ate here years ago and was so happy to rediscover them and still enjoy the same quality experience.

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  6. Sfalias

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love it. Best rolls in town. Don’t tell too many people.

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  7. AnneF

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent restaurant near the opera house and symphony, attentive service and outstanding fresh fish makes for delicious sushi and sashimi

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  8. joannak

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing. Really upset we haven’t been regulars here. But we will be now! Traditional Japanese:smaller portions of rice, most pieces are garnished with go easy on soy and almost no need for wasabi. It was a great experience. Definitely worth the money-though it means ess as tons here a little less often than the more…. Cheap places where…. You only eat rolls anyway. This is a place recommended for sashimi & nigiri. Maybe finish with some thing warm. But stick to the raw stuff. Vegetarians are well served also! So bring friends

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  9. SherryG

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It has been upgraded and is less funky and more sleek. The food remains creative, fresh, and delicious. The wait staff is competent, efficient, respectful and charming.

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  10. JEMB

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Always delicious sushi and side-dishes. The spicing is spot-on. The service is very friendly, attentive and efficient. We come to this restaurant often before the symphony concerts.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    10/10 sushi place! The service was great ,food was delicious. I’d highly recommend this place for anyone looking for good quality sushi!

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  12. Boomerfoodie

    San Francisco

    61 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Otoro Sushi was our go to place if we were seeing a show at SF Jazz. Since the pandemic the quality has slipped. The fish is still fresh but anything with a fried element is greasy and the tempura is mealy and not crisp. We didn’t enjoy the shrimp tempura or the soft shell crabs. The spider roll was just ok. The tuna and avocado roll was excellent—the tuna was very fresh. We will go back but change our go to dishes to determine if we will continue eating here.

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  13. JenniferS

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Otoro was excellent in every way. Food, staff, timing, atmosphere, and all. Definitely check it out before you can no longer get a reservation.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    I have been to Otoro many times and had good experience. However, I took a friend last night December 27th, the place was empty and we were the only clients there which for Otoro ,which is always full, was unusual. We assumed lots of people were out of town. We ordered the usual few nagiri sushi’s and couple of rolls. The Nagiris were ok but the fish on the rolls were not fresh and both rolls did not taste fresh. I hope this was one time event because of holidays but was disappointed as the price is so high that no matter when one goes, holiday or not should get fresh sushi.

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  15. SherryG

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Otoro Sushi, which has been recently renovated, is lovely, neighborhood restaurant. Before and after the physical renovation of the interior design, the food has always been the greatest draw. The food is creative, uses the freshest ingredients, and is solicitous of its clientele. I have been a customer of this restaurant for more than a decade. When I introduce friends to it, they often become "regulars".

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  16. JackC

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was fresh, service was excellent. Ramen noodles soup with beef was delicious.

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  17. Esqbyday

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been coming to Otoro for about a year now, maybe two. It’s our go-to place if we’re going to a show at SF Jazz. We love it! (But pricey.)

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  18. JackieM

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stumbled on this place while staying in SF. Everything absolutely phenomenal. Staff was friendly and attentive. Gorgeous decor. Get the agedashi tofu. I crave theirs all the time!!

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  19. wild

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I've dined at Otoro Shushi many times. My friend and I ordered 3 dishes, and our favorite were the oysters, something that is rare on the menu. Great food, great service.

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  20. DanS

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Otoro is one of the best Japanese sushi restaurants in the Bay Area.

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  21. JEMB

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We always have a delicious dinner here. The service is first-rate - friendly and efficient. There are many choices. The updated decor is modern and restful. The only suggestion I would make is that the lightening is a little too dark.

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  22. Boomerfoodie

    San Francisco

    61 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The restaurant is temporarily closed and that was not indicated when we booked our reservation! We were still able to book on Open Table and received this request to rate our experience. I don't know who is responsible -- Open Table or the restaurant but we had to scramble to find a place to eat before our show at SF Jazz. Not cool. We have always loved Otoro Sushi -- we hope it reopens and we hope the misinformation is corrected!

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  23. Drea

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food! Wonderful service! Definitely coming back!!!

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  24. ZacR

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Extremely fresh and delicious sushi, with wonderful, tasty hot dishes.

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  25. Esqbyday

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Otoro is amazing! Such a great experience. The staff, the sushi, the sake… All of it amazing.

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  26. KCHHH

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    delicious! Some unique dishes that were yummy. Great small venue with friendly and competent staff.

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  27. INEZP

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The sushi was well cut with no sinew on the maguro. Portion sizes were generous and the service good.

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  28. 2kgougher

    San Francisco

    68 reviews

    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    … Service was excellent… a neighborhood gem, you’re actually going to love this place… Visit soon

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good but very salty. So need to ask for reframing

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  30. Marissa

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual, it was amazing! Our favorite dishes are the soft shell crab, the lollypop roll, beef wrapped asparagus, and the hamachi collar. Their general sashimi is always great as well. If you dine outdoors they seem even more prompt in their already exceptional service. It’s one of the few restaurants that doesn’t forget about their outdoor patrons, even if they’re the only ones. I can’t recommend this place enough.

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  31. DavidW

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall food quality was disappointing. The gyoza was served cold.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I’m not very good at this things, all I have to say is this place is worth checking out. Really good and fresh , good romantic ambiance , and service is attentive. I wish there was a better description of what the items in the menu contain, spicyness and alergies and such. But man, that tempura and sushi was really really good!

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  33. Kristinj

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and great staff in a charming small neighborhood restaurant. The green mussels were phenomenal as well as the sushi and handmade vegetarian gyoza.

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  34. KarenD

    San Francisco

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A little pricey but very tasty. First time there and will go again

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Sushi was very good. The ambiance was good. We enjoyed our meal.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great quick date night

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  37. SherryG

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Otoro is a treasure of exquisite cuisine, expertly and lovingly prepared, innovative in every regard. I go as often as I can and have never been disappointed. The wait staff are so competent and gracious, I'd go for them alone. However, I"m happy that the food is so delicious.

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  38. Meganv

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love Otoro! It’s always high quality, service is on point, and everything feels elevated, yet approachable. I loved that they added Sake flights to try some options I wouldn’t ordinarily have picked.

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  39. KateA

    San Francisco

    67 reviews

    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Some of the best/freshest sushi ever! Truly melt-in-your mouth fish with generous amounts. Excellent wines complement any sushi or sashimi on the menu.

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  40. MammaD

    Exclusive

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I frequently visit San Francisco but usually I stay outside of the city. O We were looking for a sushi restaurant nearby and several places were recommended and Otoro Sushi had 5 star reviews. From the moment we walked in, we were pleasantly greeted. This is a very tiny neighborhood place. It was a cold windy evening and the shoyu ramen was served piping hot with a huge piece of pork belly. The broth was incredible. We also had the tempura udon. I thought they would bring one shrimp with a few vegetable tempura but it came with a whole order. In retrospect we didn’t need to have ordered another tempura dish. We had the hamachi lover which was a special for the day and it if you love yellowtail, this is a must. I had the unagi sushi and a special scallop dish. Both were superb. The sauce on the eel was not overwhelming like most places and you could enjoy the delicate flavor of the eel. The best was the special of the day scallop sushi. This place has incredible fresh fish and each piece of sushi was artistically placed and presented, something you would expect at high end places. If I lived in SF, I would be there weekly. Otoro is a place I definitely would come back again and again.

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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 953 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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