Otoro Sushi

4.6
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624 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese

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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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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Otoro is excellent for a date night or small group (4-6), especially before a show nearby. We enjoyed all the food we ordered, especially that day's specialty rolls with fresh tuna. Service was friendly and attentive. Will definitely be back!

A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great sushi. Nice experience. A little loud, but a lovely sushi place.

s
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I dined there prior to going to the theater. We were impressed! The menu was extensive, service attentive, and the quality was impressive. We look forward to our next visit and the chance to explore the menu further.

RC
London
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very good food but not sure worth the price. And it can be VERY loud when crowded. But the food is really good and the servers and host are very friendly.

MZ
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Be sure to try the specials such as smoked salmon and lollipop rolls!

L
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great if you are going to the Davies and need a quick bite. 10 minute walks

JM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Waited 20 minutes despite having a reservation but the food was very good.

OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great sushi. We has the toro sampler and it was good. Uni was alright but unagi was fantastic. Enjoyed a few rolls that we tasty. Overall great sushi.

b
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a hot eggplant appetizer which was very good plus a tuna roll. For dinner I had tempura soba noodle soup. My husband had chicken soba noodle soup. Both were very good and the soup came out nice and hot.

f
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Three out of 4 liked it. It was much too expensive, but the food was good. It was not authentic Japanese, which is why the 4th person didn't like it.

MC
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always creative, always excellent

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We let the waitress know that we had opera tickets and needed to leave by 7pm. She never returned once to ask if we needed anything during the meal and forgot about our timeframe, which we reminded her about twice during meal. Disappointing lack of service.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food! Ridiculously good sushi

C
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! It’s a tiny restaurant and I sat at the sushi bar. I watched the sushi chef prepare the sashimi plates with great care and small dashes of different flavors. I love this place.

GP
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Otoro is always delicious. The fish is extremely fresh and the sushi and special rolls are supremely tasty. I highly recommend Otoro Sushi.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was grate the food was perfect and delicate the flavors were incredible.

K
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service and food. Large party next to us made it a little noisy.

SD
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We always enjoy going to Otoro Sushi when attending concerts in the Civic Center area of San Francisco.
The food is fresh and nicely presented.

GV
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This is our go-to place for dating nights. The food is really good and fairly priced. However the last time we went the service took much longer than usual and I felt sick afterwards. We don't know if we'll be back.

MV
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was imaginative and delicious. Lots of vegetarian options and interesting uses of eggplant. This was our first time here. The place is quite small and charming. The sushi was so fresh and the tastes of sauces were unique on other items we tried. Will definitely return. Great place to go before going to local venues around the civic center. Highly recommend.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, fresh sushi and Japanese tapas. The service was excellent, the ambiance is intimate and perfect for enjoying a meal while chatting with friends, easy to hear each other. We will definitely be back again.

B
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food

JM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good quality fresh sashimi artfully presented

FA
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi ever!!! Every time we visit San Francisco this restaurant is at the top of our list to be sure we get there!!!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone at Otoro is always very nice and the food is excellent! Definitely a spot I always consider for special nights.

N
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Precise execution and preparation of sushi. The sushi sizes borderline on being miniature. But the quality of fish is high. Kids have the tempura udon and that is not good, noodles became sticky, tempura oil doesn't taste good,the shrimp has no taste. Sushi and rolls are recommended. The ambiance is more a local neighborhood restaurant which is lovely, but the price are set like a more elegant restaurant. I would come back for the food anyways.

N
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Wonderful service! One of my favorite sushi restaurants in San Francisco! Always come back!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Perfect spot for a pre performance dinner.

m
Central Coast
35 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant. Very good variety of sushi from japan and local, plus inventive tapas. Great host and staff.

M
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Small portions for the price, but it was good. The Otoro roll was delicious. Minimalist decor.

JK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything is always excellent there! Jimmy is the best host .

JP
London
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good food, excellent service, but quite noisy as there is nothing to break the noise

DK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Killer rolls, ambiance and service! Definitely going back..

CE
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great boutique sushi spot, small family environment with big hug from sushi!

F
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Otoro is my favorite SF sushi bar. Their small dishes and rolls are the freshest and most creative in town. The owner is friendly and service efficient. It’s getting so I cone once a week!

l
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great place before show at SF jazz or Davies, etc. Food was great... Lots of options and service was quick and efficient knowing we had a show to get to. Would go again.

L
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The meal was disappointing and a little strange. We were initially seated at the counter but asked to move to an empty table. The host said we could have the table next to the empty one once the people sitting there left. I’m not sure why we couldn’t just have the empty table, as it was identical. It’s not a huge deal, but it took a while and set a weird tone. We had a reservation, and the people who were eventually seated there didn’t look like they’d requested that particular table.

The chicken karage didn’t come with the usual spicy mayo. The omega spicy roll and Golden State roll were both fine. The glazed cod was tender but the portion was small. The dynamite scallop was awful. It tasted like fishy ketchup. The scallop meat was so tough that it was unidentifiable. One of the worst bites of food I’ve had in recent memory.

“Neighborhood gem” is becoming a red flag for me.

LG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I love Otoro. High quality and always fresh sushi. Friendly service and interesting dishes.

DB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and I really appreciate the patience and understanding the servers had as we were trying to rush through our meal. Due to traffic one of our guests was late and we had a show to attend shortly after our meal. The ambiance was cozy and felt like a special place. I only wish we didn't have to rush and could fully enjoy the experience you they had to offer. We will definitely be back to do it right :) Agedashi tofu was delicious (not too gingery, not soggy) The O-toro roll was excellent - I mean, mango and spicy tuna? what a refreshing combo!

EM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

All in all pretty good
Somewhat predictable but good