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About PABU - San Francisco

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.

101 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Yakitori

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Mon - Fri 11:30am-2:00pm
Dinner: Mon - Sat 5:30pm-10:00pm

Lounge: Mon - Fri 11:30 to close
Sat 5:00pm to close

Cross Street:
Front Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 668-7228

Website:
http://www.pabuizakaya.com/

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.

Catering:
PABU is available for catering requests. Please contact our event's department for further details.

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.

Public Transit:
Bart station is located conveniently on Market and Davis Streets. Muni is located at Market and Geary Streets.

Executive Chef:
Ken Tominaga

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

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.

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.

PABU - San Francisco Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (17)
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Good for a Date (12)
Business Meals (12)
Tasting Menu (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Romantic (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Fun (7)
Authentic (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Good for Groups (6)
People Watching (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Casual (5)
Healthy (5)
Tapas (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Cozy (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Spicy (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic food and service. Best sushi I’ve had. Outstanding experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Valentines dinner celebration . I made reservations about a week ago. I was very excited because this is one of the restaurants that I like. I waited to reserve 2 days post valentines so we won’t be in the crowd.
We were seated in between 2 tables. Neck to neck / elbow to elbow. We could practically hear both sides . My fiancé is 6 footer and just did not go well for him. I felt our night was ruined. The place was not horrendously busy.
I just don’t understand .
That should only happen to people who does not have reservations and are walk ins.
We ended up eating at the bar. The bar tender was amazing. She made our night lovely and made me feel special.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Good overall, service could be slightly better

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Went for tasting menu for Valentine’s Day. Overall the quality of the food was good, but nothing special or exciting about the menu they served. Service was off. Dishes came without dipping sauces and the pacing was way off. Quick start then long delays. I usually love tasting menus and have no issues paying $500 for a great meal experience, but this was not that. Dinner at sushi ran for half the price is more memorable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2018

I had the waygu skewer and the certificate seems counterfeit. I wonder where they bring the tuna from, as it’s no Swanson of tuna, neither Spain nor Japan, unless fish is not fresh...

Tags: Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I had a lunch reservation and sat at the sushi bar. As it turned out there isn’t an omakase option at lunch so I could have sat anywhere. Service was excellent: very prompt, attentive without hovering. The fish was fresh and tasty but I have two notable concerns. The slices are definitely on the small side and they don’t sauce the nigiri. For the price I think Hatsuhana in Manhattan is superior. Slices of fresh fish of the size I’m accustomed to in most good sushi restaurants around the world. And they sauce the nigiri with the sauces that bring out the flavor. Another comparison are the sushi bars around Tsukiji market. Outstanding omakase with extremely fresh fish properly sauced for less than a third of price of either Pabu or Hatsuhana. Too bad it takes so long to fly to Tokyo.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Food and ambiance was great! We had to wait a considerable amount of time to be seated because the host was preoccupied, however. There was also a considerable wait for our drinks and food. Overall, good experience though.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

We love the location. The food was very good and the service was excellent.'The place is a bit on the expressive side but once in a while, its a good place to visit.

Tags: Tapas, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Too expensive. Not valuable

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Had a wonderful experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The food was fantastic. I've been to his other restuarant's and they seemed overpriced for what you get and the taste was just on par with everywhere else downtown. This one was incredible. The inside is beautiful. Great place!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Love the nigiri sushi here, and the cocktails are tasty.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Service was great, food was delicious, I would definitely go there again!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Very creative cuisine with extensive raw menu options

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We really enjoyed our meal: tapas-style Japanese food. Among the 3 diners we ordered about 12 menu items and enjoyed them all. Our waitress pointed us in the right direction for favorites. Price was typical SF high end. Atmosphere was definitely happy hour/young adult but my husband and I enjoyed it as much as our 25 yo daughter.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Food was fabulous as was our server. Be careful though... can be expensive if you aren't careful. Ask for the cost of any specials.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Fabulous sushi, service, and setting. National class.

Tags: People Watching, Fun, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

I try Pabu every year or so hoping it will surprise me. This time the food was better than I remember and in fact my sashimi was very good. The atmosphere is just unsettling - the whole place seems on the boarder of chaos when one arrives at lunchtime. We were seated on time, so that was good. Server was hard to locate, which was not her fault but it seemed she was overcommitted. Entrees arrived before the salads, the miso soup arrived with sushi entrees, etc. It isn't terrible, just disappointing; and for the price not okay.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Second time here all the way from Philly. Even better than the first time. Great service, everything was tasty. Chilean sea bass was yummy.

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2018

I work right upstairs so this is convenient, and I chose it for a quick and important business lunch. Asked for a quiet table. Was placed at a 2 top in the dead center of two other two tops, and so close it was crazy - closer than even in a European city for example. Super loud dining room. Hostess would not hand over any better location, say a more quiet table in the bar, and was not very nice about it. I ended up eating quite literally at the bar with a good client, sort of embarrassing. Food was decent, not as good as Ozumo, but good. Service by the bartender was good. Based on loud ambiance, bad table layout for conducting business - I would not go back. I'd go to Ozumo if sushi or across the street to Perbacco for a more styled environment to conduct business.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Birthday dinner for my teenage daughter - this place is a favorite a great food - service is good but Pyle improve for certain waiters

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Sushi for two: Had a quick sushi dinner here after work before heading to a movie. Delicious sushi, high-quality fish. I have to eat gluten-free, and Pabu has been very accommodating to me both times I've dined here. Service is very good. Bar is a little loud post-work, but we sat at the sushi bar and it wasn't too noisy.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

This is a great after-work spot. I met a friend here before a show at the Warfield. I had the citrus cocktail and we split a few small plates and sushi. The food is really fresh and the service is great - attentive but not rushing to turn the table.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I called en route to the restaurant as we were going to be 3 minutes late, receptionist said no problem. We arrived and had to wait for reso for 15 min. Then once seated at sushi bar (not our request) we had to wait another 15 minutes before someone asked us about food/drink. Not a pleasant way to start a business meal. The food is good, but not great (have been to better in US & Japan) and it’s expensive. I’m debating if that’s where my next business meal is. A real bummer as it’s a great location to my work.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Booked a table for my mom’s bday. Was greeted as we walked in and told them my reservation. They asked who’s birthday it was and greeted my mom happy birthday. Our table had a birthday card and a slice of cake with a candle and chocolate writing in Japanese meaning congratulations or something of the sorts. Service was excellent. All the food brought to our table describe to us. The wait for food was coming at a good pace. You can dress casual or nicer from what I saw other patrons were wearing. Food can be fair priced to expensive depending how and what you order. Quality is good for the price. I enjoyed everything I ordered except the toro wasn’t as fatty as I was expecting it but the A5 Japanese wagyu is a must try experience. It is quiet pricey for an ounce but it’s not like you have it everyday . That delicious fat melting and covering your mouth full of flavor is totally worth it . I was very happy and so was my family and especially my mom. Definitely will come back. I like the fact that you get a fine dining experience but you can be dressed casual but don’t dress too down and just be relaxed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Warning: This place is expensive. Four of us including tip was almost $1000. We drank a lot. But the sushi/sashimi are top notch, rivals any joint in LA or NYC....and Kushi oysters /half shell just terrifically tasty and romantic. Also try the deep fried fluke. We always ask for Maki as our server, just love her madly!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Healthy, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Pabu was fabulous... from the poke to the California roll to the large plate Steak, every element of every dish was fresh and delicious! It’s not cheap but it is amazing! Of course we will be coming back

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great experience on New Year's Eve. Everything was absolutely amazing!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Very fresh food, excellent service, nice variety. Great happy island items & attentive bartenders/waitresses.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Spicy, Bar Seating, Romantic, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The food was quite good, but not so much better than a standard sushi bar as to justify the price. I did mostly Sushi, so I can't comment on the A5 beef. I had a reservation, showed up 10 minutes early, and was apparently the first person for reserved seating that evening. I was told I would have to wait until the exact minute of my reservation. Several parties showed up after me and were all told the same thing. Every one of those parties were seated before me. One of the sushi chefs gave me a very rude look and curt reply when she brought food to my table, and I mistook her for my server and asked for an additional hand roll. I told the man that took my drink order that I would like sake and water with ice in it. I got a glass of warm water filled to the brim. We never saw the same person twice at our table. It was a different person serving food, pouring drinks, and asking us how we were doing every time. For a very pricey meal, the way we were treated really was atrocious.

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I have been here before 2 years ago but this time was SENSATIONAL. Each dish was unique, flavorful, well cooked, beautifully presented. We had a wonderful server who provided us with personalized, genuinely friendly service. I can't wait to go back... often!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Service-wise: the hostess seemed very aloof, but the waiter was pretty attentive. Food-wise: the food was a mixed bag - some dishes were great, while others were definitely not up to par; place is also pretty overpriced considering the overall quality of the food

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Pricey and average food

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Not bad overall, but we were charged $16 for sparkling water in carafes for 2 people. I heard San Francisco is creative in tacking fees onto the check but that was astounding (in a bad way). And the noise level was not "energetic," it was loud and unappetizing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great food and service. Oddly, not crowded for a Saturday before the Christmas weekend, so the noise level was not too bad. I had been there before when it was more crowded and really noisy. We really enjoyed the tasting menu and would highly recommend the optional "luxury" course.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Slow service to begin but evening was saved by server Noah. Great cocktails-loved the Sumo! High noise. Noah was top notch with recommendations and smile.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Lightning was too dark and you can hardly see the food or menu.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Fast service, I was greeted quickly upon entering. I was seated at the sushi bar, since I was dining solo.

I got the omakase, few hand rolls and a glass of wine. The food was delicious, and my wine was great. I really can’t complain.

The prices are fair, considering it is San Francisco downtown. If I was in San Mateo however, sushi Sams is better than this spot.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Fantastic sushi/sashimi with nice fish selection from Japan. Kushi oysters H/S are amazing. Rolls are pretty good too. Our regular server Maki-Chan always impresses with her smile and attentiveness. Love PABU but be warned, it ain't cheap!

Tags: Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

overpriced; slow service; food so-so
they pushed the "Tsukiji sushi special" as amazing, but it was actually small, not very good, and $63 (not mentioned).

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