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
Amazing nigiri sushi and the sake selection is great. Stuart paired some amazing sakes with the Omakase menu.
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.
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.
very good sushi and a welcome option in FiDi for business lunch and/or cocktails!
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!!!!
The food and cocktails were incredible. Unfortunately the services was terribly slow during our Omakase experience.
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!
Fantastic experience. I highly recommend PABU!
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.
Excellent food and we had a wonderful food server. She was so helpful. And we tried some new sakes that were excellent.
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!!
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.
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.
Nice restaurant good service a little expensive but the quality of the sushi is good
Stuart Is the best!
Great service, great recommendations from our server named Alex. Great drinks and great food.
From the hostess, Emma, to our server Anna we felt so welcomed. Food was great, atmosphere "fun" and they even have a "sake maker" Stuart (sp?) on staff who offered great insight into the making of sake. Needless to say, we had some great sake that night too!
Sushi is good, but get the pork fried rice!
I would recommend this restaurant to a friend
Too dark to see the food.
Incredible food and the service was wonderful as well. One of the best meals we have had in SanFrancisco. The fried rice was so good that we got another order after our sushi came out. And the rolls were really incredible. Will be coming back again!
Thankyou Chef Kevin !!
Good food but ambience was a bit dull
Good food and great service
Started with roasted dungenous crab, roasted brussel sprouts, whole roasted snapper, delicious!
Finished with desserts and dessert wine very helpful staff!
The GM at PABU went above and beyond for my birthday dinner. I was floored. Probably the best restaurant service experience of my life!! Thanks PABU!
Excellent food and service as always. Very consistent.
Food was extremely underwhelming, and the value for the price was terrible. Lovely spot, nice service, food needs a big upgrade.
Great food but our waiter was not attentive at all - we kept having to get up to find him to ask for simple things like water and soy sauce..
Food was good but maybe don’t justify the price. Good for business meals.
Pabu does not disappoint. We had returned for a third time from out of town because of the gyoza filled with foie gras. In fact, everything we tried was delicious. Drinks were very well made. This is a fairly upscale restaurant and bar. A number of business people in suits as part of the dining scene but we went there in chic casual.
Great service. Really attentive and overall awesome
I ordered the scallops. They were delicious, but I thought the portion size which I believe was four scallops and some greens for $23 was small. The waiter must have seen the look on my face when he delivered the plate because he immediately asked "Would you like some rice with that?" I said "Yes."
The friend I was having lunch with had the steak and the portion size was much better/larger. It was also delicious. We had lunch at PABU because she was jonesing for their steak.
Always the freshest Sushi!!
Fantastic food and service. Best sushi I’ve had. Outstanding experience.
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.
Good overall, service could be slightly better
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.
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...
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.