Akemi Berkeley

4.4
360 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
Opened in February 2015, AKEMI is the latest incarnation of miyuki on 1695 Solano Avenue in North Berkeley (Albany border) in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Along with a revamped interior and exterior that includes salvaged wood and upgraded kitchen equipment, AKEMI features an updated menu spotlighting fresh ingredients and well-crafted flavors while retaining customer classics such as our sushi rolls.

AKEMI is the new name we bestow upon the beauty that is good food with good people in a good place.
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vipMailander
Western NC
14 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

exquisite food. highly recommend. wagyu appetizer. sushi deluxe. and miso soup that rises above. one of us ordered an extra bowl!

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MaxMania
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Sushi was good but WAY overpriced. Service very SLOW.

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Lola
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Akemi never disappoints. The fish is fresh the sushi is beautiful and the service is always attentive. Sitting at the tables outside on Solano Avenue at sunset it’s truly a lovely experience

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vipOrindaBruin
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

They were a bit understaffed. No hostess to check in diners arriving. The server was pleasant enough but short and abrupt. Long wait for sushi to arrive.
Sushi was decent and the space and decor were nice.

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HankF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took out a friend on his birthday, with his wife, and we got several appetizers including their fabulous brussel sprouts, and several rolls including the great scallop role, and the meal was stunning.

A wonderful Japanese restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The service was below average. Our waiter was very cold to us and only came to our table 2 times during the visit. We had to ask other employees to assist us. The food was good. Some of the quality was off on the food. The karage had either bones or cartilage in it. The teriyaki beef was quite rare in some parts. The garlic edamame had a rather unpleasant smell and made it difficult to stomach. The overall meal was enjoyable but for the price excellent quality should be expected and delivered to the customer. Combining the subpar food quality and the inexistent service the experiences was just a little below average.

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AmalA
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Went expecting good sushi but not what we got. Less than average. The server did not keep track our orders

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M2onthego
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The place was nice and service was fine. The food quality was not up to par with other sushi places we’ve been and for the cost of it.

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Janie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious. Friendly staff. You may want to make a reservation to ensure you can eat when you wish. Take-out orders often take longer than what you are told, especially at dinner time, so plan accordingly.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing definitely coming back thank you

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Cleanliness was an issue, all of my friends and I experienced stomach discomfort at the end of the night after our dinner reservation. The service was terrible. Doting servers, yet they somehow forgot to bring us our rice and water for over half an hour. They were rude, rushing us and making us feel unwelcome for our reservation. The server dropped our bill down without asking us if we were ready. The sushi was not that good, especially for the price. There’s way better Japanese restaurants out there that are more authentic and affordable than this place. They rely on their “ambiance” to hide the fact that the service and food is subpar.

Maybe they just reopened, but understaffing and lack of training was not the issue. For some reason, we had several people serving us which led to miscommunication and missing food/water. Also there was a lady serving who never changed her gloves… gross. Probably why we got sick

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vipclubsecretary
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice selection, well prepared and presented, service was pleasant and timely.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

In did not dine at this restaurant

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is excellent, food superb!

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DebraY
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my "go to" sushi restaurant! The food is delicious and the sushi is so fresh. In addition, the presentation of each dish is so unique and beautiful.

The service is great! I highly recommend this restaurant for a date night, dinner with friends or a large celebration (there is a separate area for a large party).

No other sushi restaurant compares!!

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GAEL
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We were seated for our 5:45 reservation on time which we appreciated and received a table to our liking. We both selected the same item: Combination plate which included miso soup, teriyaki salmon, mixed tempura, rice and cole slaw. The salmon and tempura were very tasty and we were happy with the service and our dining experience.

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AndrewK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Sushi and food. The lighting inside was a little dim, but overall a great experience.

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Akemi
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Upon arrival temperatures were taken and had us use hand sanitizer.
The restaurant was crowded and tables are close together. There was a party going on in the next room so added extra noise. Had a reservation and was seated right away, but then it took a long time before our order was taken. Salad and soup came on time, but then dinner item was served before our sushi orders.

The food is excellent and at ambience is pleasant. Prices are competitive.

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AllieCat
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Overall a pretty blah experience. I know that understaffing is a problem across the board at restaurants right now, but the experience fell short of a low expectation. Timing was terrible. Food was mediocre.

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Michcail
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was great. Took a great while to get seated. Once we got seated we had to ask for menus.

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yokok
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our son’s graduation. Great food great service. We had a terrific time.

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TristanG
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Excellent ambience and stylish plating gives way to lackluster food, especially at the price. Large sushi menu, but the smallest pieces of nigiri I've ever seen, and low quality cuts of fish.

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vipSacTownNative
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Went here for mother’s day. We had a reservation they still took 15 mins to get our table together when the restaurant wasn’t even full. Then half the tables food was forgotten about, so we didn’t even eat together. They never offered to comp anything. They also barely checked on us, we had to repeatedly flag them down to even come by our table. The food is mediocre. Not great and way overpriced! Never again! Horrible on all levels. I dont see how they are still in business.

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FacciaLei
Portland
32 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor Berkeley dining at its finest. Prompt service, delicious food, an amazing Solano Ave dining experience.

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sashasquash
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We reserved an outdoor table, which means the front of the restaurant, on the sidewalk. There were only three tables outside, which meant plenty of space and air for everyone. The BBQ ribs were to die for and everything else was very good. Great service as well.

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vipphantom
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE Akemie. So much so, that we drive from Marin and wouldn't think of going anywhere else for our Japanese Food. The menu is excellent, we love the various dining options including the sushi, the staff are so nice and friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Service was a little slow

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vipJessica
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food is great, but it’s a overpriced. Ambiance is fine... it just doesn’t match up to the price tag at all.

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ViniB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, beautiful decor. We loved it

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Joel
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Vaccinated!

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vipelisac
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The quality of the fish was excellent and they served large pieces.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Slow service after initial serving

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DotesOnDaughter
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally lovely experience tip to toe every time. Wonderful attentive service, fantastic food always with elevated preparation, in a beautiful space. Now, still great for take-away. Highly recommend.

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YoungjaeK
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

My wife and I walked into the restaurant, and there was a gentleman playing the electric guitar. He was playing Jazz music, and it was pretty good. They asked where we wanted to sit, which I thought was very neat, so we got to choose where we sat that was open. Everything seemed to be going well, until the servers started coming out. They seemed like college students who quite didn't know what a restaurant dress code should have been, multiple of them wearing blue jeans, which I personally don't like at a restaurant since it seems very unprofessional, came by and asked if we were ready to order. We got the menu like two minutes ago. So we delayed it, and asked for 2 cups of hot water. When the lady came back with them, she placed the cups like she was throwing them down! The table made a big "drop" sound, yet she didn't care and just walked by. I have been a server myself, so I know it could be busy and the cup could be hot, but she was being rude. And after we ordered, when the food came out, the lady just dropped the plate and left. There was another student also wearing blue jeans come by and fill up my water bottle. It was cute, but not professional. Overall, not satisfied with the service, but food was okay.

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vipEmc1
Central Coast
30 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food, nice setting. Hostess was talking to a customer when we arrived, (we had a reservation), then turned her back on us to work on her computer with no acknowledgment or "I'll be with you in a minute." We waited, and waited... not a good interaction. Other than that, we enjoyed our evening.

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vipLoveThisPlace
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent sushi. Combination plates are delicious. We go here often.

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LoveItaly
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was very good and the shrimp and seafood were very fresh. Akemi is a nice site but the noise level because of the concrete floors was very loud. sErvice was slow. The check-in station backed up and people coming through the door were bunched together. It took them 10 minutes to seat us and then, we waited 20 minutes to order. It was Berkeley Restaurant week and I think they were surprised by how popular the event was. The family enjoyed everything and the remodel of the old Miyuki was tastefully done.

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MicheleK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The service at this restaurant was the worst I have ever experienced. The food is good but I will not be back until the service improves.

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LoriP
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We love Akemi, but Restaurant Week may not be the ideal time to visit them. Service was poor (2 of our party of 5 didn't get their main course when the others did, took a bit of effort to finally have them delivered--maybe 20 minutes after the rest?) Our waitress seemed to disappear after bringing the first 3 entrees, for most of the rest of the night we had whoever we could flag down. One other "we're overwhelmed" thing: of the 3 yuzo panna cottas (which were delish), one was noticeably smaller, not a full portion.

This is the second time we've dined at Akemi where the service fell flat (the other was not a restaurant week, and was a couple of years ago). Maybe something to work on?

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were very pleased to see that Akemi responded and focused upon our request for a quieter table and put us in a separate dining room. That was lovely, however, we did not realize that around the corner, there would be live music. That is a plus, except when three very old friends- with some hearing issues- want to catch up, it becomes a challenge.

The service was good except our meals were delivered at different times. One friend received her food very quickly after we all had excellent miso soup. I got mine next and it was a full 10 minutes before our other friend received her main course. It was never explained why that happened. The restaurant became more and more busy, however, we were there early which should have counted.

FAQs

Akemi Berkeley offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 524-1286.

Akemi Berkeley is rated 4.4 stars by 360 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.