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PABU - San Francisco

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1104 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
Great news! The restaurant is now open for outdoor dining and delivery or pick-up Tuesday - Thursday from 4 pm to 8 pm and Friday - Saturday 4 pm to 8.30 pm.

On Sunday and Monday you can still enjoy many of our signature dishes at MINA FAMILY KITCHEN! Available for pick-up or delivery in the Greater SF Bay Area.
For delivery and pickup visit: https://www.michaelmina.net/delivery/

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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1104 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipjps5000
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They did a great job with outdoor seating. Nice dinner!

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MichaelW
Seattle
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food and nice outdoor patio

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vipPabu
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The yakitori is missing the smoke flavor. We ordered the 10 piece sushi Omakase, the rice is cold/almost dry. Overall, it was ok.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Amazing food and equally amazing service. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Food delicious. I always come here because the experience is so good.

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vipMooseontheloose
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Pabu for our first dinner our in six months. It felt very safe, with outdoor tables at least 12 feet apart and hand sanitizer on every table. The service was wonderful. Thanks for making us feel safe and welcome!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even with covid, the experience for dinner was so sexy. The crowd that goes there are distinguished, all the staff are super attentive and friendly, and the food is superb. They have lots of heated lamps for those who are weary of dining out in the cold.
Get the hand rolls!

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vipnannini
San Francisco
111 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cant say enough about the incredible service and it was very comforatable to eat outside the heaters are very good. we opted for a tasting menu- the salmon sushi was the best i've had. all the food was good -will be back

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SandyN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor space. Food was great. Hand sanitizer at table. QR code for menu. Staff was attentive. Great atmosphere for gathering. Being outdoor the noise level was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner with my wife dining socially distant outside. pabu and the team never disappoint!

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vipPepper1
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food not as good as it was a month ago.

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vipBrian
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got everything right. Much appreciated!

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PatriciaM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of three. We ordered two appetizers, the edamame and fried rice—both were very flavorful and delicious. For the main course, we had sea bass, chicken tonkatsu and soba and vegetable tempura. Everything was fresh, the sea bass was so well seasoned and buttery, the chicken was spicy and crunchy and the vegetable tempura was light and crispy. The desserts were amazing, especially the matcha shaved ice. Our server was so friendly and warm, making the experience totally enjoyable.

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vipjfoodie
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of my go-to spots for a nice dinner because it is SO consistent. Service was great, as always. My friend had the omakase with sake pairings and loved it -- and he is a picky, hardcore foodie! Our server gave me a couple of sakes to try, which I really appreciated. I ordered a la carte due to dietary restrictions and ordered tsukune, tempura veg, sashimi (chef's selection) and the sashimi was of course the star. We also had sake and coffee and tea at the end of the night. We stayed pretty late and the server was very kind and did not rush us out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, ambience and service. Still not Michelin level.

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vipKeithG
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bryan and the sake somm really made our dinner special. The sake was the perfect recommendation and the pork jowl and chicken meatballs were awesome. Be back soon.

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vipMPMenezes
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Quality of food and service are great, but even though this felt way too pricy. The Omakase with sake pairing ended with a check of $600 for 2 people... The sake sommelier was very friendly and this was a nice touch, but since the sushis come and go quick, the sake pairing felt pretty rushing and we caught ourselves many times having to almost chug the glasses so we could keep it up. Because of that, it was hard to remember which sake paired with what and, in the end, we were just drinking the first glass that was in front of us. The Itamae who was serving us also promised a revisit on one of the sushis we most liked, but never server it and started cleaning his counter... I'm totally fine to pay more for good food, but other starred restaurants in SF, including Michelin stars, can offer a way more complex meal + exquisite wine pairings for much less than that.

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SueBSanchez
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was slow, food was expensive relative to portion size and quality. Needed to work hard to get server attention. Great for happy hour, lunch I'd skip.

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vipSamurai6
San Francisco
310 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Japanese in the city. Start out with the raw Kushi oysters. Then the ahi poke and happy spoonfuls of uni and ikura. The ten piece sashimi and nigiri were perfect for three of us but had to get the Ken’s Roll and Michael’s Negitoro, my favorites. Desserts are very Japanese and the shave ice hits the spot. Our server Gabriel and manager Kevin really took care of us and made it a fantastic birthday celebration!

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Lucy
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience at the counter

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KimP
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We had a great time! Definitely will be back.

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DrewH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice ambiance and service. Very expensive for what you get, wouldn’t go back.

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vipKichan
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My BF & I both enjoyed the foods -especially Sashimi & sushi were very good.
Service,decoration , music are all fine.
I could only try the special fixed menu for VD this time and want to sit at the bar ( which seems very popular) next time and try different dishes.

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vipShantiA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

We went for a special valentines late lunch. Without prior warning when we arrived we were told the kitchen would close in 20 minutes do we needed to order ASAP. We did and they brought it all out with 10 minutes. It felt very rushed and not special at all. But the cost was still as if we’d had a long leisurely lunch. So disappointing. Would be nice if they would let us know that was going to be the case and I would have rearranged our plans.

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vipellelle99
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience4

The food and drinks here are always great - both lunch and dinner. I work two blocks away so am usually here on work related occasions. Last week, my parents were in town and staying at the Hyatt down the street so figured we'd have dinner here one night - which was actually the night of dad's 80th birthday. We ordered the usual fare - various sashimi rolls, grilled fare, tempura (their mushroom tempura is true delight). Overall, the food was solid but I'd have to say my overall experience was seriously dampened by the fact that after having reminded the hostess and server separately that it was my dad's 80th birthday dinner celebration, they didn't once acknowledge or even bring out a candle to blow out. Unfortunate..

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vipVinTheFoodie
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food and an interesting cocktail menu. Ideal for large groups but also good for a booth style seating for small groups. Service was ok but fairly impersonal like a large restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The tasting menu is amazing!

KM
vipKathrynM
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Service was so poor. Food was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Way too expensive for a lunch with three people. Sushi was wonderful.

KL
vipKristenL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dad’s favorite birthday dinner ever!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were running late for a show and our server expedited our order perfectly. Octopus was best ever. Will return to better savor the experience

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vipFrankG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Third trip to Pabu in the same week. Stuart is always a pleasure to talk to, and his sake recommendations are right on. I’ll be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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vipSamurai6
San Francisco
310 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my daughter’s B’day on a Monday night and PABU was amazing. All aspects of our dinner simply outstanding. Service by Yuli was top notch. Very fresh Kushi oysters started the night followed by mouth-watering assorted sashimi and nigiri. We also enjoyed the chicken Karaage and yakitori plus the mini-Japanese pancake Okonomiyaki. Compliments to their desert chef because the matcha/coconut shave ice really hit the spot!! What a night, PABU is the best Japanese joint in the city......

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vipNancyB
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food! It is very expensive, but we enjoyed our special occasion.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Sashimi was very good but several of the rolls were a disappointment for the price.

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JimA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to PABU with a group of 12 for a business dinner. A large portion of the group needed to catch a red eye flight so we had a limited amount of time for dinner. I explained the situation to our server Cecilia and everything that followed was fantastic. She helped me craft a semi-fixed menu incorporating house favorites and a variety of choices to ensure everyone could find something familiar and new to try. The food delivery was placed well to keep tings moving while giving us time to adjust as needed based on the group enjoyment. Individual drink orders nicely rounded out the options and the service was attentive and professional. The entire staff that interacted with our table were fantastic. We had a wonderful experience and the out of town business partners left town with a wonderful memory of their trip. I cannot compliment and thank Cecilia enough for making our evening such an enjoyable success!

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KATSF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pabu was chosen by my work team because it has everything you need! Great atmosphere, easy to get to, and everything on the menu is delicious! The service was also exceptional, as we had a large group (and even had to add a couple chairs). The employees at Pabu were very professional and accommodating.

FAQs

PABU - San Francisco offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 535-0184.

PABU - San Francisco is rated 4.7 stars by 1104 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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