Otoro Sushi

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$30 and under
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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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B
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food

JM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good quality fresh sashimi artfully presented

FA
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

N
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Perfect spot for a pre performance dinner.

m
Central Coast
31 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JP
London
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

CE
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

F
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

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
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

DB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

All in all pretty good
Somewhat predictable but good

J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Not a great vibe. Food is bland. Won't be back. Sushi in SF is weak sauce.

M
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. The sushi was everything we could want. The staff was very friendly and attentive. It wasn’t quick but it was worth it.

VW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing!

LA
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was innovative - tried the Volcano and spicy tuna roll - and well spiced. The service was spot on and the menu has many items to be tried on future visits. Very friendly vibe.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Otoro Sushi is tiny. They can sit only a few people at a time. They make up for it by providing quick and gracious service. Food is good, not the best I have eaten, but good. Certainly worth a try.

KK
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation but arrived 30-mins ahead of time. But the manager was very accomodating and got us a table right away.
The food we ordered all came satisfactory. Pricing was reasonable.
Will be back next time visiting San Francisco.

f
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent, creative, Japanese food. Expensive, but good value for $ paid. I would definitely eat here again.

D
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time visiting Otoro and was very impressed - food was absolutely delicious and service was fantastic. Highly recommend and will be back.

OT
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent sushi! Love to find a great local spot when traveling. Would definitely recommend the Lava roll and the Otoro roll!

PS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Reasonably priced. Our go to place for sushe and sake

E
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Loved the food, I didn't feel like they have enough wait staff. The rolls are excellent. It just took a long time for us to actually place our order and to even get drinks, but the food is good so I would go back to try other rolls.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wanted a girls night with an intimate yet casual vibe. This fit the bill. They’re a good value, and service was good enough. I love O Toro!

OT
San Francisco
258 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure, Otoro Sushi delivers fresh, beautifully presented sushi, sashimi, and other Japanese foods in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. This is very high quality sushi, good service, and decent value. I have been going here for several years and return regularly. Try it.

CR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

wonderful, delicate dishes made with finesse. great vegie options, too.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is always great. Been here many times. Love it!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always great here!

ER
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, thanks for accommodating us even though we were late to the reservation. Would definitely come again, delicious

p
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The sushi we had here was excellent, and the place was VERY similar to sushi places in Tokyo--a real plus. It was more expensive that I expected (eg, two pieces of delicious fresh mackerel on sushi-rice for $9), and the service was generally just OK. We arrived about 13 minutes after the time we had reserved on OpenTable because of difficulty in parking, and the host did not get to us for a few minutes after we arrived because he was dealing with an earlier person. The host then told us that they had canceled our reservation because we were too late but that they did have a table. Being scolded by the host, particularly unfairly since we had arrived within the 15-minute window, made the start of the experience quite unpleasant. I don't think that we will go there again, despite the excellent fish.

j
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food here is always good. Service is excellent. Usually feel very satisfied leaving this restaurant.

c
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Favorite sushi place! Get the Otoro roll, you won’t regret it

JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I was expecting the top quality of the fish given its rating and price range. But what a disappointment, the toro is not very fresh. Sushi rolls are so so, but again, the quality of the fish is just not impressive at all. The cooked food (beef soba, tara, shoyu ramen) is okay, but they are way too salty. Overall, this place is overrated, and made me expect something of Umi or Grubbies...

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