In town from Chicago, had a great experience. Amazing food and fabulous service.
What a wonderful meal! There is great attention to detail and freshness. I highly recommend sitting at the sushi bar.
summary: good sushi, but we left hungry, received mediocre service and paid too much.
we arrived at 9p (on time) and sat at the sushi bar. we ordered sake and water. the waitress forgot our water for ~10 minutes. we asked her about it, and she said "oh sorry i was just back there wandering around haha!"
we ordered the omakase, and the first course took quite a long time to come out - nearly 20 min. the sake we ordered came out promptly...but having no food in our bellies and no water, we just let it sit there. my glass was placed near the end of the sushi bar, where the sushi bar cooling mechanism is housed and exudes a fair amount of heat. so my sake was very warm by the time i got to drink it -- yuck. basically, we started the meal hungry, thirsty and not exactly happy.
the food was quite tasty and creative, but the omakase offered very little actual nigiri (5 or 6 pcs total, if i recall, and a wagyu piece at the end), and generally it was not enough food for us. the nigiri that we did have was good, but only 3 of the pieces were really "traditional" nigiri. i would have loved more of that. our check came to about 260/person (with tip), with one glass of sake each (~20/glass) and a couple of bottles of sparkling water. this felt like a hefty price tag for the amount of food that we got.
@ the end of the omakase, the sushi counter was closed and we were told there was no more food (very sheepishly). we were still hungry and definitely would have ordered at least 4 pcs + a role each; if we had known in advance, we would have made an earlier reservation or put in an additional order of food in advance of the food course commencing.
ultimately, we left hungry and felt like we had paid too much for peculiar / slow service and not enough food (though what we had was quite nice). for me, leaving a restaurant hungry is a total fail, hence this low rating for what i believe could have been a really great dining experience.
Akiko's is a controversial Japanese eatery. The choice of brown rice for all sushi is a welcomed initiative. While it works well with nigiri, the taste of rolls suffer. The chef's choice nigiri were not bad, although I would appreciate more creativity in the choice of fish for the price. The tuna roll left a lot to be desired due to dull taste and rather unpleasant texture. The black cod was grilled to perfection and seasoned extremely well.
With the hits and misses it's hard to recommend Akiko's, especially given the premium prices and less-than-desired creativity with nigiri.
I did not enjoy my experience at Akiko's. We did the Chef's choice Omakase, which was expensive, and the sushi was honestly sub-par. The service was also extremely slow. I had to ask for the bill numerous times, and sometimes 15 minutes between courses. Take your money elsewhere.
Loved this. Sushi and sashimi was amazing. Couldn’t recommend more. Definitely worth the price but not going to be a cheap sushi meal since the quality is high.
As a sushi lover and self-proclaimed connoisseur of great seafood... I will say Akiko did not disappoint.
Front house needs to remember how to treat guests. We were running late to our 6pm reservation so we called the restaurant to let them know. We ended up arriving 20 mins late -- which we totally own and apologized for. The hostess made a big fuss at the door about how we were almost 30 mins late and she didn't know if she could accommodate us, asking us -- "are you having omakase or not?" It was all very off-putting, rude, and bizarre. I looked at my fiancee and asked if they're asking us to leave. There were plenty of open tables.
We eventually got seated but it was such an off-putting experience that I almost wanted to walk out. Being late was certainly our fault but being yelled at for it and being made to feel unwelcome and a burden was a terrible customer experience for someone you are asking to pay you.
Overall, food was good. We ordered sushi, it arrived quickly, we ate it and were out in 45 mins flat.
Best sushi in a humble place with affordable pricing and sourced from the best seafood comparable to the other high end places.
My personal experience with Akiko’s was fairly disappointing. From the start it felt that it was clear the service was going to be poor. There was a lot of condescending remarks from the hostess and it just felt the waiter didn’t want to explain or care to explain some of the menu options. I expect that the food should match the service and it quite frankly failed to do so. Nothing was warm/inviting about this place. The sushi itself was quite good but the fact that the service was so poor made me question the entire experience. I personally wouldn’t recommend this restaurant.
Loved the soft shell crab appetizer! This is a very busy spot so make reservations or arrive early. If you aren't an experienced sushi eater let the wait staff know-they will guide you!
Lovely dinner, very good sushi. Would definitely return, quick and professional service.
The service was extremely strange. Our waiter came over and kept adjusting our plates as we were eating. Would hover to wait for us to finish a dish. Would not pour sake from bottles that we had ordered. The food was very lacking in terms of enthusiasm and ingenuity. For the amount they charge for importing fish from Japan, it tasted gummy and some of the pairings of sauces on the nigiri were totally off from what was expected from the fish. Its sad that the best thing here was a sushi roll. In addition to all this, the restaurant temperature was boiling hot -- I'm sure that's affecting the fish somehow. The lack of attention to the important details -- ie preparation of food -- and the emphasis on the unimportant ones -- literally moving plates mid bite several times throughout the meal -- makes this place an absolute joke.
This was the best meal i've had in SF since living here the past two years.
Tim, our Sushi Chef, was fantastic and the fish is some of the highest quality out there.
Must try Butterfish Nigiri w/Jidori Shaved Eggs!! YUM!
Great food and ambiance. Loved it.
Sushi was pretty good quality. Didn’t like that they brushed it all in shout. Salmon was amazing . Pretty pricey.
I had the most incredible sushi here and will never forget this meal. i Will return next time I am in San Francisco for certain. Thank you for the wonderful experience.
Love all of the sushi and rolls. Freshest and most beautiful cuts of fish that are dressed by Chef perfectly. The fatty turo is the best in town!
Every time we are in San Francisco we eat here and I recommend this to everyone. Will sit at the bar next time. This place is a must go to! Delicious 😋💕
After failing to find the restaurant on a previous occasion (a small name plate would help!) my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Having lived in Tokyo, we find the majority of Japanese restaurants in San Francisco to be sadly mediocre at best. Akiko lived up to its reputation of being authentically Japanese, with high quality ingredients properly prepared. We look forward to going again.
This is such a hidden gem of a place with a wonderful staff and very fresh, creative food. I would definitely make a reservation early and let them know you want to sit at the bar. The Sushi chefs (artists) are great guys and very knowledgeable. I have never had such fresh tasting sushi in my life! Everything was fantastic! Jessica was also very helpful with our selection of Sake, which I don't really know how to pick when you have so many great options. She nailed exactly what we liked. They do have tables in a side room, but it's very narrow and feels a bit claustrophobic to me, I much prefer the bar seating with a view of the street. I can't wait to go back to San Francisco, Akiko's will be first on my list and I'll try the Omakase next time.
We could only get a reservation at 9pm. They told us at 9.45pm that the kitchen was closing after they only took our drinks order at 9.25pm. That’s unreasonable for an expensive dining establishment.
Akiko is my to-go sushi restaurant whenever I’m in San Francisco. Their food is heavenly and authentic with a creative touch. I usually go with the chef’s choice (omakase) but everything off the menu is just as amazing. Love, love the place!
Love it, everything was delicious.
Misleadingly exciting selection of nigiri and sashimi coupled with a pricing that would hopefully guarantee an above-average experience but does not. Lack-luster flavor profile throughout the entire meal.
Don't get me wrong, it's not the worst sushi I've ever had. However, I was much more satisfied with the french dip I got as follow-up when we decided to cut out early after underwhelming appetizers, nigiri moriawase, and self-selected sushi choices.
Seems strange to say, but this place made me miss the sushi I could get at Bob Wasabi in Kansas City.
Ray took care of us the chefs were amazing and very accommodating.
Excellent menu, very high quality fish. The price is a bit steep, but it is top notch.
We had such a great time! We were so impressed by the service and knowledge that each server had
Their king salmon belly was among the freshest and best I have had in sf. Yellowtail was very good. The Uni was sweet and incredibly flavorful. Very expensive though as they charge for one piece what most other places charge for 2.
Super fresh sushi. Black cod was amazing.
Tbe grilled fish (mackerel, hamachi Kama) was excellent. The sushi was very fresh and tasty, though the unagi was a bit over cooked. Loved our server - she was attentive and super friendly!
Good environment！Sashimi is pretty good
Best sushi ever!!!!! I love this place!!!!!
Nice ambiance but this place was too expensive for what you got. The fish was fresh but nothing special. The servers and staff seemed to be bothered you were there. Won’t go back
Best sushi is SF
We had the omakase and it was such a pleasant experience. Every thing we ate was so special and picked out for us. It was a very thoughtful dining experience
We had a reservation for 6:30 pm. When we arrived, the hostess told us that we had 2 hours before we had to leave because the next party would be arriving at that time for the table use. when we got seated, she said "Remember, you have to leave by 8:30 pm") The waiter later told us that the hostess was wrong. The hostess' "greeting/warning" was total baloney and not the way to treat customers. The food was the worst sushi I have ever eaten and way overpriced. One dish was a $28 piece (maybe two ounces) of very ordinary fish. I did not feel that the ambience fit with sushi. The restaurant did not seem clean either.
Very high quality fish with prices to match. Been there 2x both times hostess forced me to sit at specific chair at the sushi bar saying other seats at bar were reserved. Later nobody sat at the "reserved " seats. Portion size of food quite small even for Japanese person. However fish quality is excellent. Wine list is meager yet pricey as well.
Awesome! Sake Salmon roll was unreal!