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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OG
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding!!! This place is a gem!

MM
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little hidden gem! Fantastic omakase with loads of buttery, zesty delights to your palate.

Can tailor to your low/ no carb diet easily. And prompt service.

It can get pricey 😊, yes. Absolutely delightful!

m
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Akiko's on Bush St. is a wonderful place for lunch or dinner. The sushi is top quality and includes varieties I've not found in other Sushi Bars around the country. It is definitely High-end.

Service is great: attentive without interrupting; always helpful & courteous. The owner, or the person I believe to be the owner, usually visits the tables and makes sure the guests are well cared for. He patiently answers questions about the menu and gives recommendations when asked.

Hint: bring your wallet. The unique fare and amazing plating does come with a cost. But definitely worth it for the taste and experience.

AS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Easily one of the best sushi you can get in SF!

M
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best sushi ever; we tríed allí ítems in Nama selection menú : excelent !!!

PM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special place. Always new and unique sushi menu items and the sushi is always the freshest. Sushi chefs are always so knowledgeable. Sitting at the bar is highly recommended.

MV
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience - the sushi is so fresh and masterfully prepared. Ask your server for recommendations and follow their lead. Small space but big tastes. Truly the best sushi I’ve eaten anywhere in the world.

LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I had the $150 Omakase which consisted of very little sushi/sashimi and most dishes were either cooked or seared. I was very disappointed in the quality of the fish, especially given the very high price of the meal. The uni aa nothing special and a fried Parmesan nigiri was very unappealing. Also I was totally disgusted watching the sushi chefs throw order tickets on top of pieces of nigiri before they left the sushi bar. I don’t know where that paper has been, and certainly don’t want it on top of my $26 nigiri.

AP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food, service and ambiance! My fave sushi place in the city!

m
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning sushi, immaculate presentation, faultless service. This is the best of the best.

FD
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

1st time we dined here was about 18 months ago and the entire experience - ambiance, food, service and comfort were off the charts wonderful. We spent about $500 for the experience. Our waiter was very inquisitive about our expectations - at first this was not appreciated but it really worked out. He ordered for us and the food was spectacular. Easily my best sushi/Japanese experience in SF. Unfortunately we went for a return recently for my wife's birthday and other than the same $500 expense the experience was meh. There were some hits - the mature yellowtail and dungenous crab whip with shaved white truffles. But there some real duds (baby eels with ponzu - yuck) and the rest mostly meh.

The real downer was the ambiance. We sat in the back and could smell the bathroom cleaners/oDorizers. Yuck. And our waitress was nothing like the guy we had previously - curt and not at all helpful.

We will likely try one more time but with a keep it simple(r).

KW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
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 on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Omokase experience!

M
Philadelphia
100 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always delicious!

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.

BJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best omakase

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

My favorite place

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
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
6 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
26 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good but not great enough to justify the price!

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