PABU - San Francisco

4.6
1001 reviews
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Chef Ken Tominaga brings forth a modern take on traditional Izakaya-style dining with PABU - San Francisco. In partnership with Michael Mina this modern izakaya and sushi bar in downtown San Francisco is a dream brought to life for Tominaga and Mina. Located at the landmark 101 California space in San Francisco’s Financial District, PABU - San Francisco combines rustic, old-world Japanese charm with modern, urban sophistication to create a dynamic, social dining experience. Requests for the sushi bar cannot be guaranteed.
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DD
Denver
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good but outrageously priced. It was $250+ for our family of 4 to eat dinner. One drink each for my husband and myself. For food this expensive I expect more of a wow factor. Pieces and even rolls were very standard fare. I would have rated it higher if it were not for the outrageous prices.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible sashimi

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WS
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite SF place for Sushi. It's so good, not too much rice. Simply delicious. I can just eat the Hawaiian Kampachi, the Yellowtail Nigiri, and the A5 Beef Nigiri and die a happy girl. I'll be back for sure.

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S
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed another fantastic dinner at Pabu! The oysters h/s were delicious followed by ice cold Sapporo in a special can....... sushi/sashimi fresh and superbly prepared by their chefs. Service outstandingly provided by Sophia and Andrea. Can’t go wrong at Pabu if you are looking for authentic Japanese.

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RC
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Wonderful restaurant, definitely try.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent sushi and sashimi choices, exceptional service and an awesome bar offering

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CN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The freshest sushi that I ever had! This place is a must anytime I am in San Francisco.

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Hawaii
69 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

If you are looking for an upscale trendy Japanese restaurant, PABU is worth a visit. This restaurant is located right in the heart of San Francisco's Financial District. The restaurant serves sashimi, sushi and various tapas style dishes. The seafood and tapas style dishes are fresh and delicious served by a courteous wait staff. The restaurant has a large lounge area serving all kinds of cocktails and appetizers. PABU has an extensive sake' selection by the bottle but, in my opinion, the prices/mark up is "extremely high"! My recommendation is to order the jumai daiginjo, Kurozaemon PABU Label, by the carafe $48.00. This sake' is light, bright and slightly sweet with a clean finish. Pairs well with sashimi and traditional nigiri sushi. When ordering sake', be sure to ask your server for sake' cups, otherwise you will be drinking sake' out of wine glasses.

Since this restaurant is located in the Financial District, after work and dinner periods are packed and rather noisy. PABU is not your traditional Japanese restaurant, but is still a great place to visit and enjoy delicious food and drinks!

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WL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a treasure !

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g
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best Japanese food I've had. Why is it hard to find good Japanese food in San Francisco?
Most sushi/sashami is just medocre, but not at Pabu. Yes, it's very expensive but I'd rather pay more for really good food. Everything we had was superb!! And the service was terrific.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Expensive but good

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was simply outstanding. We had the Omakase tasting menu, along with the Sake pairing. The Sake Master, Stuart Morris, les us through the pairings and was an excellent source of knowledge and experience. Overall this could hardly have been better. Not cheap though 😎

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KH
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food but edamame were over cooked and the tako was a little tough.

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WL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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BS
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was poor. Wait between courses was uneven. Food quality was okay. Some dishes arrived cold.

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San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to Pabu as an early Father's Day gift to my sushi loving husband. From beginning to end, everyone was kind and efficient- from hostess to waitstaff we were spoiled. The food was wonderful and the recommendations from our server were spot on. Wonderful experience!

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m
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food and drinks, lovely interior. Service was a bit inattentive but other than that a great place for a company dinner, date, or night out with friends.

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S
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Japanese overall in the city. Sushi/sashimi quality is top notch. All the Izakaya small plates are fantastic. Love the shave ice too. It just ain’t cheap, dinner and lots of drinks cost like a business class ticket to Tokyo but that’s SF for you. Service is really there, Yuli took care of us very well and the managers are always around to help. So if you want to celebrate, Pabu is the place. Just make sure you bring your wallet!

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The server was not friendly and ambivalent to service.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 3

They did not have a table and seated us at the sushi bar. They should have given me a heads up this work happen. This was a Business lunch

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Yuzu cookies were a nice touch

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JS
New England
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites. Great place to close deals

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RC
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a world class restaurant. I love good food and great sushi and this hits both marks in spades. The service was so good it was astonishing. We wanted to go really bad but could never get in. I was in town with two small kids and we ended up scoring a 4 top. They treated us like royalty and my wife and I appreciated it a great deal. We feasted. It's not cheap, but you get what you pay for. Felt good for two days after eating here. Definitely will go back with friends and family.

It's a loud, festive place, not a quiet stuffy sushi bar.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was slow and inattentive

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a
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love the place! perfect for dating

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ST
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, greated nicely and seated promptly for our reservation Friday night. Everything was downhill from there. Horrible service on every level. Waited and waited for our California roll and still waited 45 minutes longer after I told then it hadn't arrived yet. Busboy trying to take plates before we finish. Waitress walks by without even looking at us... So difficult to get her attention. Difficult to even get a check. Food was good but ahi poke was much to hot for my girlfriend to eat.

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MI
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service! We sat at the indoor patio. Waitstaff was super attentive. Nigiri and sashimi were fresh, delicious, and unique. Video game character themed drinks were awesome.

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DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food was delicious. Service was very good. Noise level was waaay too high. May not return because of that

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pabu is one of my favorite restaurants, consistently excellent in both food and service. We loved the soy lotus roots (new to the menu) and our server Krizia was incredibly attentive throughout our entire experience. She checked on us frequently, and I never once had to even ask for a tea refill. If you dine at Pabu be sure to ask for her!

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S
San Francisco
250 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brought my 95yr old mom Akiko for Mother’s Day the Saturday night before.........PABU is her favorite Japanese joint! Everything outstanding as usual. Start with the Kushi oysters on the h/s. Can’t go wrong with any of the sashimi and sushi, just like Japan. The small plates Izakaya style are also very special at PABU. Service is superbly highlighted and attention to detail by the floor managers like Kevin and our sever Yuli who just had come back from visiting Japan. And ice cold Sapporo to wash it all down.....life is good!

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C
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I have been to PABU a few times, it is consistently good sushi (not the best that I have had, but it is good). The food menu is large, they offer a gluten free menu as well, and the sake list is great. It is slightly overpriced for what it is.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Poor servuxe

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MB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Noisy. Service was fine, but confusing with a different staff member bringing each course. Didn't feel very personal.

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J
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Dinner was fabulous. We were a group of 9 and they accommodated us in a private room

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kevin, the manager, made sure everything about our dining experience was perfect. Food was amazing. Couldn't have asked for more!

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e
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Boring menu. Small portions. Overrated.

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Miso soup, gyoza and fried rice exceptional! Service a bit slow but attentive and friendly. A little loud for me, but it WAS Friday night. Overall we were very happy with our experience.

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

They were closed

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JF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

great bar, great food. a little pricey but not terrible. Overall very good, and excellent for meeting work colleagues at the bar.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday dinner for daughter. We felt well taken care of for the event!

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