Akiko's Restaurant & Sushi Bar

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The quality of our sushi is attributed to a one-of-a-kind combination of fresh ingredients, coupled with 26 years of experience and unique preparation techniques. "Akiko" means “autumn child; iris, bright and light” in Japanese. When entering our space guests will see rustic-earth tones, imported rosewood floors, exposed brick walls, and varied place settings on unique oak tables. The atmosphere ensures that our customers get a unique dining experience. Our charming, boutique restaurant is conveniently located in the Financial District in downtown San Francisco. We provide the Japanese staple in the area, serving modern, yet traditional Japanese fare.
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KW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Quite pricey for what it offers. The chef has a tendency to season most of the nigiri sushi thus unable to taste the original fresh taste of the fish, don't like that.

MJ
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Omokase experience!

WD
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner at Akiko's was the best dining experience during our recent trip to San Francisco. I am not even sushi lover. I booked it based off strong recommendations for my husband, but I loved the dinner myself. Linda, our server, felt like a great friend guiding up through the meal and she didn't steer us wrong at any turn. I love the intimate nature of the restaurant with only a handful of table and the bar. Plus, there is enough on the menu for non-sushi goers. The Black Cod was to-die for. I will be certain to go back on our next adventure in San Francisco.

DF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful experience at Akiko’s. The service was great, and the food and preparation couldn’t have been better. We were seated at a nice table by the window. The fish that was served was very fresh and delicious, delivered from Japan. It was a great spot for a date. Would absolutely go again.

m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service as always; recommend sushi bar!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food every time

HS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Akikos was excellent. The specials and expert wait staff made our evening wonderful.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a phenomenal tasting experience. You can have a business meeting, a date or a get together of friends for a spectacular meal!
Service was superb. You will not be disappointed!

SS
Thuringia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

KT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal and the staff exceptional. This was a great culinary experience and I would be thrilled to dine here again. Definitely an experience!

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the food and service! Excellent sashimi and tasting menu options!

CC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent nigiri and very friendly/helpful service. We would definitely go back!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Ordered omakase and requested to sit at the bar. They brought all our sushi out on one plate rather than piece by piece like most restaurants. They chef didn’t pay any attention to us the entire time and instead served only the couple next to us.

This is the second time I’ve been here and this was a uniquely bad experience.

j
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place for fresh sushi and rolls where the ingredients and service are always first rate.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. It’s always such a different experience from other omakase

M
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

By far some of the best sushi I've had in 5+ years in SF.

k
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was knowledgeable and offered guidance with our choices. The food exceeded our expectations.
When we found out there was a special sushi roll (chef's choice) we ordered it as well as a small bite that was also not on the menu and everything was exceptional. Pricy but what you'd expect with the quality and innovation.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tip top as usual. Fantastic menu with many uncommon offerings of the highest quality- barracuda, gizzard chad, Russian uni, trigger fish- with superb presentation and excellent service. Prepare to pay for it, but you’ll have a fantastic meal and experience.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

excellent sushi but way to pricey...expect $250+ per couple

SP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was incredible. Expensive, but incredible. Our waitress was warm and helped us with the menu. Great experience

SC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service. Do expect to pay for ot though.

S
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

My partner and I really enjoyed the food tonight. The quality of the fish is always exceptional here. And our server was great. However, we were very disappointed when we saw the receipt because one of the dishes was charged $1 more per piece of nigiri. We had four of this piece. Akiko is my favorite restaurant of all time in SF. Whenever I'm in town, I've been religiously visiting Akiko alone or with friends. All of my friends have become huge Akiko's fans. I can't believe this type of error was going on and I was the only one to catch it. I have a pretty good memory and if I hadn't closely read the receipt, we would have been charged extra. This isn't about the expensiveness of the dish but about the principle of trust and paying attention to detail, which is fundamental to why I chose to eat at Akiko's. Unfortunately, neither one was there tonight and I am disappointed and feel defeated.

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The omakase set didn’t worth the price. Nigiri was great.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it all

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, every bite is a piece of heaven! Really excellent chefs, top notch fish, and very friendly staff. Fantastic place. Our favourite in SF.

R
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good but not great enough to justify the price!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience4

Very overpriced sushi. Monkfish was good but besides that not worth the price

k
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly fresh and well-prepared fish. Lovely setting and attentive staff. Perfect.

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Today I had lunch at Akiko with my colleague. We sat at the sushi bar and asked one of the chefs to pick out the sashimi and sushi. Just fantastic melt in your mouth!!

The best sushi in SF!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sushi tasting menu the best in the Bay Area. Innovative and unique!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

ST
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best sushi place I’ve been to. It’s a must!!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality of fish. We sat at the sushi bar and ordered directly to our chef. The waygu beef with truffle is just a must. It was a little more pricey than expected due to their sushi being priced by piece vs the usual 2 piece but very worth it. Exceeded my expectations by far.

a
Hawaii
83 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steak entree and the freshest fish. Many selections and waitress was helpful. Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner.

CL
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top quality sushi and sashimi in an intimate space. Definitely need to make a reservation, this is popular with locals and visitors alike and there are no empty tables.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional. Almost a favorite and I will definitely be back!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maybe the best sushi I’ve ever had. Will go back for sure! Great place for a special occasion, date, or business lunch

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation and were sat within minutes of arrival. Very friendly service and very knowledgeable. We had the Omakase (chefs choice) every dish was presented and explained. The sushi quality and presentation blew my mind. I’m from Michigan and I so wish we can have this quality too. Over all on the expensive but it’s in S.F. I would have to say so well worth it! I’m still dreaming about the yellow tail , Tuna toro and Uni (sea urchin). Yum!!!

G
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best sushi bar in Dan Francisco. The prices do reflect that so we only go on special occasions but find it fabulous.

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