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PABU - San Francisco

4.7
1119 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Great news! The restaurant is now open for outdoor dining and delivery or pick-up Tuesday - Thursday from 4 pm to 8 pm and Friday - Saturday 4 pm to 8.30 pm.

On Sunday and Monday you can still enjoy many of our signature dishes at MINA FAMILY KITCHEN! Available for pick-up or delivery in the Greater SF Bay Area.
For delivery and pickup visit: https://www.michaelmina.net/delivery/

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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1119 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
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Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SofiaD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Horrible service - timing of the food was super odd. Waiter said sushi bar was backed up, then all my food came out at once and my husbands food came out (a 4 course set meal) about 30 minutes later and then waited 20 minutes in between each course

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food5service2ambience5

My fiancé and I went to celebrate our engagement, it was a bit of a surprise from me to her. When we arrived, we were greeted with a hand written card signed by the whole staff, and after being seated, a waiter brought out some sparkling wine. It all started out really nice. After that, though, it felt like we were mostly forgotten about. Over nearly 2 hours, we were only able to order one round of drinks because that’s how many times we saw our waiter (once outside ordering food) and we had to get other waiters’ attention to get the check or get plates cleared etc. The food was delicious and the ambiance is amazing, I just felt a little bit ignored while watching other tables get incredible service (one table, the owner seemed to keep visiting with different bottles of sake) which left us wondering “why not us?” I wanted to write it off as they were understaffed or very busy etc but other tables were getting excellent service all around us and we couldn’t even get a second round of drinks. We were so put off that we skipped dessert and everything and paid the bill and left. What started out seeming like it was going to be a fantastic experience left me very disappointed. I’ll definitely give Pabu another chance as the food and drinks were incredible but this was a really awful experience.

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SophieW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience1

Pabu tried its best, but did not deliver.

We came here during COVID for outdoor dining, and both got the restaurant week menu.

Service was good. Probably the best part of the meal. The host was very kind, and very upbeat. Our server was a little afraid, but in general attentive and wonderful. The remaining staff was courteous and prompt. Cold water glasses were always filled up, but my hot water was never reupped. Also our dessert took about 20-30 mins after we finished our mains to arrive.

This wasn't Pabu's fault, but the sewage truck was on the street right outside draining the sewage the entire time we were having dinner. The smell was AWFUL. And did nothing to contribute to our meal.

Food was quite bad to be honest. The app was a snow crab type salad. It was good, well presented, and a good balance of flavors. The mains were both REALLY bad. The Cod was overseasoned, and tasted a little off. Nothing like spoiled, but tasted the way a random clang of keys sounds. The steak was literally raw in the middle and way over cooked on the side. Almost as if someone has put a frozen steak on a pan and tried to cook it. No only that it was pre-sliced (too thickly) and cold when we received it at our table. No bueno. The sushi was actually good, fresh fish but the nigiri wasn't actually shaped that well, and the rice fell apart when I tried to eat. And the desserts were good, but nothing special.

Overall, I tried to like Pabu, but god it was so bad. I likely won't ever come back here.

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vipNMNM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always legit sushi. One of the best in the Bay Area

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Cliff
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Omakase and the experience was amazing. We got to try all the best hits and each one was superb. We also tried a few of their cocktails and it was great. Service was always attentive and explained each dish. Overall great experience. It was of course expensive but worth every dollar for the dining experience. Will be coming back

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Eliza
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for a wonderful meal to celebrate my daughter’s birthday. Took all the recommendations from the server...it was delicious!

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JesseS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Great ambiance, Sake sommelier brought a suggested sake then never came back to see what I thought, by the way I didn't like his suggestion. Our rolls only had 6 rolls, rather cheap for the price I thought. The little fried chicken appetizer was super yummy. All in all it was a nice dinner with proper Covid precautions. The food was good, not great. service was good, not great. The ambiance was great.

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JeffJ
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

The service was terrible and most of the food was mediocre. The milk chocolate sesame pudding was the best thing we had the whole night. The spider roll was Pretty good. The $88 tasting menu was unimpressive. A long and not very enjoyable evening.

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vipcadoglvr
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and service!

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Carlos
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place to dine. Lots of energy, great food and beautiful setting.

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CharlotteP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The M. Bison cocktail was delicious and I love the skull ice cube! Food was perfect as always and the server was attentive. It felt safe to be dining indoors here.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Excellent service! Nice outdoor seating and setting!

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vipNick
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Came for early dinner on Saturday at opening. Service, ambiance (not a windy day!), food are all excellent. We ordered sushi only and the fish is fresh, the a5 wagyu is exquisite. But the price is very high. 2 adults 2 kids sushi dinner >$450 out the door! Definitely there are other places with same level quality of sushi for less.

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vipEmilyV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pabu is always delicious, but right now, their outdoor dining added another level of elegance to the evening. They've got the perfect outdoor patio area, and it was so nice!

MUST HAVES: The Tempura Mushrooms are incredible (we got a second order, they were so good.) Their sushi is great, and the steaks are fantastic to split as a group!

This is the second birthday I've spent here, and it definitely won't be my last. (The added touch of a signed birthday card is so heartwarming, too.) YUM!

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vipveee
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, felt safe.

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vipjps5000
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They did a great job with outdoor seating. Nice dinner!

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MichaelW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food and nice outdoor patio

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vipPabu
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The yakitori is missing the smoke flavor. We ordered the 10 piece sushi Omakase, the rice is cold/almost dry. Overall, it was ok.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Amazing food and equally amazing service. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Food delicious. I always come here because the experience is so good.

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vipMooseontheloose
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Pabu for our first dinner our in six months. It felt very safe, with outdoor tables at least 12 feet apart and hand sanitizer on every table. The service was wonderful. Thanks for making us feel safe and welcome!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even with covid, the experience for dinner was so sexy. The crowd that goes there are distinguished, all the staff are super attentive and friendly, and the food is superb. They have lots of heated lamps for those who are weary of dining out in the cold.
Get the hand rolls!

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vipnannini
San Francisco
111 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cant say enough about the incredible service and it was very comforatable to eat outside the heaters are very good. we opted for a tasting menu- the salmon sushi was the best i've had. all the food was good -will be back

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SandyN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor space. Food was great. Hand sanitizer at table. QR code for menu. Staff was attentive. Great atmosphere for gathering. Being outdoor the noise level was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner with my wife dining socially distant outside. pabu and the team never disappoint!

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vipPepper1
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food not as good as it was a month ago.

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vipBrian
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got everything right. Much appreciated!

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PatriciaM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of three. We ordered two appetizers, the edamame and fried rice—both were very flavorful and delicious. For the main course, we had sea bass, chicken tonkatsu and soba and vegetable tempura. Everything was fresh, the sea bass was so well seasoned and buttery, the chicken was spicy and crunchy and the vegetable tempura was light and crispy. The desserts were amazing, especially the matcha shaved ice. Our server was so friendly and warm, making the experience totally enjoyable.

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vipjfoodie
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of my go-to spots for a nice dinner because it is SO consistent. Service was great, as always. My friend had the omakase with sake pairings and loved it -- and he is a picky, hardcore foodie! Our server gave me a couple of sakes to try, which I really appreciated. I ordered a la carte due to dietary restrictions and ordered tsukune, tempura veg, sashimi (chef's selection) and the sashimi was of course the star. We also had sake and coffee and tea at the end of the night. We stayed pretty late and the server was very kind and did not rush us out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, ambience and service. Still not Michelin level.

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vipKeithG
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bryan and the sake somm really made our dinner special. The sake was the perfect recommendation and the pork jowl and chicken meatballs were awesome. Be back soon.

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vipMPMenezes
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Quality of food and service are great, but even though this felt way too pricy. The Omakase with sake pairing ended with a check of $600 for 2 people... The sake sommelier was very friendly and this was a nice touch, but since the sushis come and go quick, the sake pairing felt pretty rushing and we caught ourselves many times having to almost chug the glasses so we could keep it up. Because of that, it was hard to remember which sake paired with what and, in the end, we were just drinking the first glass that was in front of us. The Itamae who was serving us also promised a revisit on one of the sushis we most liked, but never server it and started cleaning his counter... I'm totally fine to pay more for good food, but other starred restaurants in SF, including Michelin stars, can offer a way more complex meal + exquisite wine pairings for much less than that.

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SueBSanchez
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was slow, food was expensive relative to portion size and quality. Needed to work hard to get server attention. Great for happy hour, lunch I'd skip.

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vipSamurai6
San Francisco
314 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Japanese in the city. Start out with the raw Kushi oysters. Then the ahi poke and happy spoonfuls of uni and ikura. The ten piece sashimi and nigiri were perfect for three of us but had to get the Ken’s Roll and Michael’s Negitoro, my favorites. Desserts are very Japanese and the shave ice hits the spot. Our server Gabriel and manager Kevin really took care of us and made it a fantastic birthday celebration!

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Lucy
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience at the counter

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KimP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We had a great time! Definitely will be back.

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DrewH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice ambiance and service. Very expensive for what you get, wouldn’t go back.

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vipKichan
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My BF & I both enjoyed the foods -especially Sashimi & sushi were very good.
Service,decoration , music are all fine.
I could only try the special fixed menu for VD this time and want to sit at the bar ( which seems very popular) next time and try different dishes.

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vipShantiA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

We went for a special valentines late lunch. Without prior warning when we arrived we were told the kitchen would close in 20 minutes do we needed to order ASAP. We did and they brought it all out with 10 minutes. It felt very rushed and not special at all. But the cost was still as if we’d had a long leisurely lunch. So disappointing. Would be nice if they would let us know that was going to be the case and I would have rearranged our plans.

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vipellelle99
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience4

The food and drinks here are always great - both lunch and dinner. I work two blocks away so am usually here on work related occasions. Last week, my parents were in town and staying at the Hyatt down the street so figured we'd have dinner here one night - which was actually the night of dad's 80th birthday. We ordered the usual fare - various sashimi rolls, grilled fare, tempura (their mushroom tempura is true delight). Overall, the food was solid but I'd have to say my overall experience was seriously dampened by the fact that after having reminded the hostess and server separately that it was my dad's 80th birthday dinner celebration, they didn't once acknowledge or even bring out a candle to blow out. Unfortunate..

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PABU - San Francisco offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 535-0184.

PABU - San Francisco is rated 4.7 stars by 1119 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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