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PABU - San Francisco

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735 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 11:30am-2:00pm
Dinner: Mon - Sat 5:30pm-10:00pm

Lounge: Mon - Fri 11:30 to close
Sat 5:00pm 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 735 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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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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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great service, great recommendations from our server named Alex. Great drinks and great food.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Sushi is good, but get the pork fried rice!

I would recommend this restaurant to a friend

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Too dark to see the food.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Thankyou Chef Kevin !!

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Good food but ambience was a bit dull

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Good food and great service

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Fantastic!
Started with roasted dungenous crab, roasted brussel sprouts, whole roasted snapper, delicious!
Finished with desserts and dessert wine very helpful staff!

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Excellent food and service as always. Very consistent.

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3.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Food was extremely underwhelming, and the value for the price was terrible. Lovely spot, nice service, food needs a big upgrade.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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..

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3.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Food was good but maybe don’t justify the price. Good for business meals.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Great service. Really attentive and overall awesome

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Always the freshest Sushi!!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Good overall, service could be slightly better

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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2.0Dined 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...

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4.0Dined 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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