PABU - San Francisco
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
PABU - San Francisco can accommodate your party, large or small and can host special events for either lunch or dinner and is available to reserve in its entirety. One of our Event Manager's will assist in seamlessly planning your special event.View Private Dining Details
Service was horrendous, took forever to get everything we ordered. The drink that I decided to order witch I ended up loving, couldn’t order the second one because they ran out of some ingredient. Overall not coming back.
We had a 2pm reservation and When we got there shortly before 2pm, we were told the restaurant closes at 2pm and had to rush our order because the kitchen was closing. We were only able to order a few things because we felt rushed. It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t try more food on the menu Although our experience was limited, everything we ordered was fresh, nicely presented and delicious. We had the unagi, tuna collar and hamachi nigiri for appetizers and shared the large plate of scallops and black cod (pictured below).
Arrived for a business lunch. Despite reserving 24h earlier with OpenTable, whereas my name was on their system and the table confirmed, they had nothing available. Got shoved into a corner of the restaurant trying to have a business lunch on a couch. Somewhere between OpenTable and Pabu the system broke down entirely - needless to say I would not rely on this again.
Was greeted immediately, seated right away (I had a reservation), service was as attentive as they could be, with a busy lunch crowd. The rolls were delicious.
Have been going to Pabu for about 5 years now and have always loved it. Have always sat at the lounge side with same server who looks part afraican America/Asian, who has always been amazing. Had a new server this time who seemed bored but was ok. This past time was first time sitting at a booth for two people and I gotta say they are horrible. Only one person gets to fit properly by the table. The other sits a good 15 to 20 inches from the table, super uncomfortable!!
Everything we ordered was great except for the cod which was somewhat dry and lacking in flavor.
Fabulous fish, fun ambiance, great service. One of the finest Japanese restaurants I have ever been too. Can get noisy
Been to Pabu a few times before---first time for my friend. We had an a la carte dinner--tasting menus also available. Pabu offers very fresh seafood & sushi plus some meat dishes. We shared miso black cod (melt in your mouth), seaweed salad and a variety of nigiri--all excellent. We arrived at 5:30 for our 5:45 dinner reservation-- vibrant happy hour happening then. I would go back for happy hour (4-6)--offer special drinks and appetizers--very busy with bar stools and some tables including outdoor Plaza seating. Dining area is more quiet.
Too loud. Little “sticky” as far as table etc given the prices.
Not staffs fault but so busy service wasn’t great.
the restaurant charged us incorrectly for drinks; not worth my time to go back but disappointed.
Did the Omakase menu. Food was excellent with some unique options for sushi. Not everything was a unanimous hit, but most were. It was quite expensive, though. Pretty easy to find parking in the area and valet is an option.
Food it’s okay
Service a bit slow
Noise level too loud
Can’t hear each other
The food was well presented and delicious! The sushi was great quality and there was a large variety of fresh fish and rolls from which to choose. We were a large group and appreciated such an extensive menu of sushi/sashimi as well as cooked appetizers, robata skewers and entrees. We were very fortunate to be sitting in a lovely semi-private room. There was ample room for our party of 9 and with just enough privacy so that everyone could hear each other speak without shouting. The service was wonderful too!
The server pushed us to order Toro as a special. She neglected to tell us it was $40 each. At lunchtime. On top of the full bill we paid for other starters and the main courses. #SanFranciscoRidiculousness
Came for a birthday celebration. The food was okay for the price—not bad, but nothing memorable. Our server was very friendly, but the food came out noticeably slowly even whilst having a conversation. The noise level is pretty high, so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this place for a special occasion. Overall OK!
The food was really good but the check surprised all of us and it was outrageously expensive, more than $250 per person.
This place was a pretty big disappointment.... The food was extremely average
I'd read reviews that PABU was overpriced for what it delivers, but I didn't find it so. Its prices are fairly typical for San Francisco, and if the bill adds up, it was worth every penny. The sushi was good, but what makes PABU outstanding were the small plates. The PABU chef must have a real talent for sauces and flavor combinations. A few days later, I'm still thinking with pleasure about the miso-marinated black cod, not just because of the cod, but because of the extraordinary smoky broth it was in and the flavor that gave the clams. Ditto the oysters. I love oysters, and I have to say the oysters I had at PABU were better -- creamier, and more flavorful -- than the same oysters I had at Hog Island the day before. I usually prefer oysters plain (no vinaigrettes, no sauces) but these oysters had the smallest amount additional flavor (a tiny bit of daikon, a tiny bit of chili, a tiny bit of ponzu). Something I'd never had before, something small and perfect.
The sake list is incredible, and because they provide short descriptions for each one on the menu ("pear, apples, lilac" or "cedar, hay, cooked cherries") it's fun to experiment. The only thing the sake list doesn't tell you is whether the sakes are sweeter or drier, so you'll have to ask if you have a preference. But the sommeliers are all friendly and helpful and steered us toward some fantastic sakes, that weren't particularly expensive. (Not cheap, but not more than we'd have spent on a bottle of nice California wine at another restaurant.)
The restaurant is lively and a bit loud, but we had a booth and I was surprised to find that the noise wasn't a problem.
Good food and service, but way too expensive for what was supposed to be a casual dinner. The total check for 2 people was $300 NOT including service - and we only had one carafe of cheap sake (half bottle) shared in 2. I don’t have issues to invest money in food that deserves it, but definitely there are other Japanese restaurants in SF with better quality of food for at least half the price. Michael Mina adds the marketing cost directly into your pocket. Food was fine, but not worth it to come back.
Excellent diverse menu. Somewhat smaller size sushi than I’ve seen at home.
Excellent food but the service was very disorganized
Good but not great dinner. It was particularly disappointing for the price. For $500 for two, I'd have expected awesome, if not the best sushi I've had, but the uni tasted off- not particularly fresh, and some of the other fish was similarly meh. IMO, Aikikos and Robin are far better choices for real Japanese food/ sushi aficionados.
Staff amazing -
I did the tasting menu with the sucky pairing and it was extraordinary
Food was was amazing and service was delightful. All the staff were very attentive and personable. Food was not only amazing for the palette but for the eyes toooo.
Sake and fish just wonderful!!!
We went for dinner with my family during our visiting SF. It was our first time to visit this restaurant but we were all very happy with their appetizers, sushi, Yakitori and their selections of beer & wine! Strongly recommended for any occasion!!
I'm blessed to live near Ken Tominaga's Sonoma County restaurant, Hana Japanese Restaurant and regularly indulge in his culinary delights and his curated list of small batch sakes which he imports and showcases at his restaurants. I had a wonderful date this week at Pabu SF and was blessed to find Ken-san in the house and serving up his magical culinary alchemy. Words do not do justice to his talents for both imaginative and traditional Japanese food and drink nor to his passion for quality and exceptional hospitality. He spoiled us with special treats including an amazing heirloom tomato salad - his take on a burrata and tomato salad with nori chips and tofu cream instead of cheese - truly exquisite! You really can't go wrong on their menu whether you choose sushi, robatayaki or splurge on the most delicious wagyu I've ever put in my mouth! His culinary offering is paired with equally imaginative and delicious cocktails and an impressive offering of special sakes, wines and spirits. My mouth is still watering as I type this review and remember my divine experience of a few nights ago. We will be back :)
Very expensive for what you get. Also had many service mishaps...several times food was brought to our table that we did not order. Also very loud for a business meal.
Nothing short of AMAZING! Be sure to try the seared Ahi!
The cocktails, sake, service, and tapas/izakaya style dishes were phenomenal. Maki did not impress; they would have been indistinguishable from my neighborhood sushi joint at 40% the price. Karaage had too much inedible gristle, and while it was very delicious overall, that’s the kind of detail that shouldn’t be allowed to distract from the dish at this price point.
Love Pabu! Great food, great service.
One tiny improvement opportunity: lower the music level at lunch time, it can get loud.
It’s my only place for sushi/sashimi. Tried the yakitori and it’s getting much better too. The pork fried rice is everyone’s favorite but I like the kushi oysters to start the evening. It’s not cheap, but what comes out of the kitchen/Sushi bar is top notch.
My second time here was for dinner with a friend at the sushi bar. We had the tasting menu with the “luxury” add-on. (Not really the same as omakase.) Everything was very tasty and the sushi chef sauced the sushi. The reason for not having five stars is because of the size of the slices of fish. They’re about one half to maybe two thirds the size of of most other sushi restaurants around the world that are highly rated. Great service by everyone and nice casual yet refined atmosphere but you can’t slice either of those.
Fantastic attention and service from the manager. There was a glitch on one of our orders and Pabu went above and beyond to make sure they made up for the issue and they did so many times over.
Incredible food. Way too noisy.
Omakase was fabulous
Sushi was excellent (super fresh) and service was very friendly and attentive. Unfortunately, the design of the restaurant resembled chain restaurant without a cohesive theme (sort of like Japanese mixed with Olive Garden) and the noise level was high.
Great food and ambiance!