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Wed, 6/20
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PABU - San Francisco

4.7
759 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Yakitori
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Mon - Fri 11:00am-2:00pm
Dinner: Mon - Sat 5:00pm-10:00pm
Lounge: Mon - Fri 11:00am to close
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Phone number
(415) 668-7228
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ken Tominaga
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Catering
PABU is available for catering requests. Please contact our event's department for further details.
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Cross street
Front Street
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Parking details
Valet parking is offered Monday through Saturday beginning at 5:30pm on California Street. Street parking and various parking garages are located throughout the Financial District.
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Public transit
Bart station is located conveniently on Market and Davis Streets. Muni is located at Market and Geary Streets.
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Entertainment
The music at PABU - San Francisco is inspired by Quentin Tarantino soundtracks. Retro cool tracks set in a modern context, the music at PABU - San Francisco serves to create energy in the room.
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Special events & promotions
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.

PABU also offers a private area suitable for groups up to 22 guests as a seated function.

Please contact our event's department for further details.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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What 759 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.4
service
4.4
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3.9
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Good food but not outstanding. Fun, upbeat but service was no great. Sushi was good but not distinctive or anything special.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Soooo noisy I am still recovering. The food was excellent. The service was friendly but too many different people.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Music was too loud to talk to people at my table , service was slow and food was too expensive for what we got.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Really loud for a date night and service was slow. Food was mostly OK but for the price definitely not worth it. You’re better off at a Michelin rated place for almost same cost.

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3.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Good ambiance and average food. High price for average food. Not authentic.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Tasting menu is good. Lots of food though. Flavours so good.

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2.0Dined on June 8, 2018

The place is overrated. You can find better food in other restaurants.

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2.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Poor service and poor timing of food

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

My kids finished their first year of high school and we decided to celebrate with an impromptu meal at Pabu. The service was the best, seated immediately, we received our beverages right away. Our server helped us with special menu items, as we had a friend with a gluten allergy. He brought over dishes specially prepared for her and made sure the we were very clear on which dishes she could eat. We enjoyed both cooked and raw fish dishes. I would highly recommend the cod/mussels and the pork belly skewers (so would my kids). The service level at this restaurant was impeccable...super polite, cordial, friendly, attentive, helpful. We would definitely go again..and again..and again.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Dined Thursday evening during the last part of game 1 of the NBA Finals. Heard LeBron and friends ate here on Tuesday. Still smelled like him when I walked in but I came just to make sure Pabu was still Warriors' Ground.....That was nice of Pabu to show the game projection style on the wall. Of course Dubs won in OT so I could relax and enjoy the wine and sushi with my favorite ladies. Pabu is the BEST SF Japanese food, it just ain't cheap by any means. Three of us cost $850 including tip.......but the Warriors won thank the Buddha......so it was all worth it!

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

To me, the robata was better than the sushi, although both were very good. Chicken tails and thighs were excellent. Service was friendly and helpful in guiding me through the menu.

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Wait staff are great. The food prep was a little disjointed (food arriving before the drinks)...but excellent food and the wait staff were terrific. I’d def go back.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Tasting menu was delicious! Service was excellent! Highly recommended. Will come back again soon.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Been a guest here many times. Did a chef's omakase at the sushi bar for the first time with Chef Izumi. I hope I spelled that right. She did an excellent job. Would love to have her again on my next visit. Don't worry Chef Yamamoto we still love you. From the golf guys Jack and Mark from the city.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

I love this place. Food’s delicious and staff is very attentive and friendly. My number one go to.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Disappointing meal overall. Had high expectations, based on reviews and word of mouth. However, the food, while good, was not exceptional. And the service leaves much to be desired.
A couple of examples: I ordered a sashimi sampler, which I was informed was chef's choice. Fine. But then when the server brought the sampler he just left it on the table, without any explanation as to what the different fish were. Another server took away my plate without replacing it. It took almost 10 minutes before another server came by and brought my a new plate.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food quality and flavor has dipped a lot since I first came to Pabu. Most of the dishes lacked flavor and were quite bland. The servers were inattentive and did not bother with the niceties. She didn’t even ask us back as to how we were doing. I’ve been to better Michelin Star places and this was not the best in SF. Disappointed.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Pabu is always great for solid sushi and Japanese fare. It's a little noisy, like most restaurants these days. If you go earlier in the evening it will be quieter and you can take advantage of Happy Hour on drinks and food.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Always awesome

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

This was th best yakitori / kushiyaki I have had in SF.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Great food. Loved the format. Hard to talk across the table, it a fun hangout.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Lovely experience - great food and service but didn’t take forever too.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

We were Very well taken care of the entire time by all of he staff . Food was delicious and unique.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Amazing nigiri sushi and the sake selection is great. Stuart paired some amazing sakes with the Omakase menu.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We enjoyed our Birthday celebration with our two twenty-something sons. We had sushi and sashimi for a late dinner while visiting SF. Service and food were high quality.

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1.0Dined on April 19, 2018

I suspected we were not going to have a great experience when the male waiter addressed my wife as darling. I thought I had heard things incorrectly and brushed it off. Things started off fine and we ordered a bunch of cooked items and nigiri. We received the cooked items only and were told the nigiri would come soon. We added some additional pieces of nigiri to the order and a cocktail. 1 hour later our first batch of nigiri never arrived. Then less than 1/2 of the 2nd nigiri order arrived (still no word on the 1st). Still we were told everything was coming. No apologies, no issue, everything was still coming. After another 30 minutes, I spoke with the manager who was great and tried to take care of us. He got of the 1st order we were missing and poured us some sake, but didn't realize about all of the other things we didn't receive. Then once I told him everything else we were missing, he was going to get us some other items. The manager really did try to go above and beyond, but at that point my group was tired and didn't want to eat there anymore. He ended up giving us a nice discount, which was appreciated. Then our wonderful waiter filled up our glasses again and called my wife darling again. There was really no way to miss it on the second run. While we had been many times in the past and I've always loved their ramen shop, I don't think we'll be back.

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

very good sushi and a welcome option in FiDi for business lunch and/or cocktails!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

I must say that Pabu is the best overall Japanese restaurant and Izakaya in the city. The sushi/sashimi is top notch and the the fish very fresh plus the sushi rice is premium short grain and well seasoned. The kushi oysters on the half shell were simply priceless! That said, I do not recommend the yakitori. It comes from the kitchen and does not have that authentic bincho charcoal grill flavor, texture or smokiness you get in a traditional yakitori joint. Everything else on the menu is fantastic, my 94 year old Japanese mother loved the deep fried whole karei flat fish, miso soup, and pork fried rice. Service is always front and center, servers are knowledgeable and professional. Also the bar is a great place to hang out but no TV's!!!!

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

The food and cocktails were incredible. Unfortunately the services was terribly slow during our Omakase experience.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was great!.. I asked the server for recommendations... sashimi was amazingly fresh!... miso soup out of this world, all around great!... from side plates, small plates and appetizers!... will definitely go back if I am in the city again!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Fantastic experience. I highly recommend PABU!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Awesome food and my daughters loved eating here. Will be back :).

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

I sat at the sushi bar, and ordered 14 pieces of sushi. The sushi chef, who was in front of me and responsible for fulfilling my order, served a full plate of 12 pieces of sushi. I first thought that he would have given me the last two pieces on a smaller plate, but then realized that he had mistakenly omitted the missing pieces. I reported to the waiter what was missing. The sushi chef overheard and ARGUED that he had made everything! To show his mistake, I repeated the order of a few kinds of sushi. When the second plate of assorted sushi was served, I asked the waiter to explain what fish every piece of sushi was of in front of us, and then pointed out the missing ones from the first plate, which I had exactly told my waiter but the sushi chef eagerly had had to argue with me about. ARROGANT; BAD ATTITUDE.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Excellent food and we had a wonderful food server. She was so helpful. And we tried some new sakes that were excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Everything was perfect! We just got engaged and the restaurant had the best table, a card and celebratory bubbles for us upon sitting down. They were very accommodating to our 2 hour time limit for the tasting menu and we were thrilled! Thank you for making our special evening even more special!!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Excellent food.....we had a little of everything (sirloin, chicken, edamame, nigiri, rolls) and were incredibly satisfied. There wasn't one thing we wouldn't order again. Service was also very good, our waiter was very attentive and prompt. All in all, a great experience.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Service was super friendly. Appreciated the birthday card signed by everyone at the restaurant. Tasting menu was really good and left us super full. Price is left for special occasions but wasn't too outrageous for what you get. Get the luxury supplement. You won't regret it. Wagyu and foie were amazing as was the chawanmushi and dessert.

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Very underwhelming!

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Nice restaurant good service a little expensive but the quality of the sushi is good

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Stuart Is the best!

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