PABU - San Francisco

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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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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

PABU was fantastic. The food was amazing, exceeding my expectations and then some. They had a full house, but the food came out very fast. I loved the music that was playing, a perfect vibe for an upscale sushi restaurant. I was in and out of the restaurant quickly, which is what I wanted, but there was never any pressure to leave after I finished eating. The staff was incredibly nice, professional, knowledgeable, and had amazing attention to detail. A manager came over to check on me after my food arrived, which just put the cherry on top of the whole experience. Well done PABU!

ER
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Disappointed that uni was replaced by scallops in the pre fixe menu. Didn’t care for squash sushi in the pre fixe menu (can be left out).

R
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, consistent service...wine at lunch is tooo expensive!

VB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I was hosting a high school classmate from Mexico with friends and PABU was an excellent choice. The service was very good, although it was challenging to find our waitperson a couple of times. Also, a piece of Tokyo friend chicken karage in one of our orders was under cooked and our waitperson immediately took it to the kitchen and it the entire order was replaced -- great response and turnaround time. Our meal was delicious, we were not rushed and the staff was welcoming. PABU made a great impression.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice, as always

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

cute for a night out with the girls, a date, or a birfhday!! the staff here is incredible & i’ll definitely be back! also recommend the Citrus cocktail- soo good.

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

rotating cocktail menu 😍 clean sashimi 😍 attentive servers 😍 lovely location 😍 this was always a dream happy hour/small bites bar. Try to get a booth in the bar area if you can!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Service and food was incredible. It was FREEZING where we were seated, and despite being reassured they were warming it up, it never improved.

U
Los Angeles
122 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I generally like PABU but the service was very slow and little attention was paid to simple requests (I know, extra wasabi is a stretch...). The size of the sushi relative to the mound of rice looked like a penny sitting on a silver dollar so all in all, I’m not racing back anytime soon

W
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The main course was just ok. The main course food was tasty but not memorable. The dessert, however, was phenomenal. I will be dreaming about that custard dish for days.

F
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Good to try since it is Michael Minna's restaurant. Food is very average. Cocktail drinks selection is great.

d
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I was looking forward to this meal and was disappointed. I didn’t think the fire was amazing and for the price it should be

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for a wonderful birthday dinner. They accommodated nine people very well. Service was great and fast and staff were attentive to our needs. Food was always delicious. We loved the cocktails as well.

RG
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Came for lunch with a friend and shared their King Crab and Seaweed salad and two rolls. The salad had hardly any King Crab and the rolls were ho-hum, very ordinary for the price, not very fresh tasting. Will be heading back to Ozumo for sushi lunch next time.

ME
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always excellent food and service. Definitely my favorite

DD
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
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.

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

Incredible sashimi

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.

S
San Francisco
264 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.

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

Wonderful restaurant, definitely try.

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

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!

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

What a treasure !

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.

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

Expensive but good

OT
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 😎

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.

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

Birthday dinner

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.

1
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!

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.

S
San Francisco
264 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!

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

The server was not friendly and ambivalent to service.

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

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

Yuzu cookies were a nice touch

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

One of my favorites. Great place to close deals

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.

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

Service was slow and inattentive

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

love the place! perfect for dating

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