PABU - San Francisco
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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
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.
Good to try since it is Michael Minna's restaurant. Food is very average. Cocktail drinks selection is great.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wonderful restaurant, definitely try.
Excellent sushi and sashimi choices, exceptional service and an awesome bar offering
The freshest sushi that I ever had! This place is a must anytime I am in San Francisco.
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!
What a treasure !
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.
Expensive but good
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 😎
Great food but edamame were over cooked and the tako was a little tough.
Service was poor. Wait between courses was uneven. Food quality was okay. Some dishes arrived cold.
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!
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.
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!
The server was not friendly and ambivalent to service.
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
Yuzu cookies were a nice touch
One of my favorites. Great place to close deals
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.
Service was slow and inattentive
love the place! perfect for dating
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.
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.
Food was delicious. Service was very good. Noise level was waaay too high. May not return because of that
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!
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!
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.
Noisy. Service was fine, but confusing with a different staff member bringing each course. Didn't feel very personal.
Dinner was fabulous. We were a group of 9 and they accommodated us in a private room