Akiko's Restaurant & Sushi Bar

4.7
997 reviews
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$50 and over
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Japanese
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Creative Japanese
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Monday-Friday, 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Dinner:
Monday-Saturday, 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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Phone number
(415) 397-3218
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Cross street
Kearny St. and Grant St.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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RK
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Need some help at the host stand, perhaps new practice or communication style with customers.

9pm reservation was met with, “we have a 15 min cancellation policy, let me see if we still have a table for you.” We arrive 9:16pm. Not kidding. Made a joke about that and she repeated the policy and line about maybe having a table for us. Ok. How about glad you guys made it, we’d thought you canceled? Nothing.

So we are late and this person’s approach and whole demeanor was completely negative...we were fine cause we just walked over from having seen a comedy show at the Masonic.

Policy is fine, and as mentioned above, we were late. But I had called you back specifically that afternoon and confirmed our reservation. Your food is great and I have no problem paying $400+ for two people...you do sushi extremely well. Just lose the attitude at the door. You should be happy people are showing up at your place and not another’s. Your food is too good to ruin it on something that takes no talent to produce...attitude, gratefulness.

Just some friendly advice.

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KD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There isn't a rating high enough to grade this place. Absolute gem in SF!!! Thank you so much for having us!!

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T
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Akiko's is consistently the best place to meet for a quiet meal with a close friend. The food is remarkable and subtly creative, and almost every meal surprises me in some cool way. The front of the restaurant is a totally different vibe from the rear dining room, with San Francisco in front and Tokyo in back.

It's a privilege to have dinner at Akiko's. Thanks.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There really is only one Japanese restaurant in SF

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything here is amazing! Every piece of sushi is crafted with care and intention. Please do not ask for soy sauce as every piece is perfectly season on their own. Quick hint to ask your server *what order you should eat your delicious selection.*

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality of the food here was excellent. Just be warned, the portions are on the small size. Had the Hamachi Kama and the black skin cod. Both were delicious. I was here with my Mom from out of town and we stumbled on this great little place after looking up Japanese food on opentable

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WK
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent sushi - the quality of the sushi is great - with so many sushi places around it is getting harder to find great quality raw fish. This is a place I highly recommend and being Japanese I’m very picky about my sushi 🍣!

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JW
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing sushi if you’re in San Fran! High quality fish and great ambience

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HE
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Unless you only want word of mouth Customers Put Your NAME on the Outside!!!
Very Frustrating trying to find your restaurant when we are walking from our hotel & it’s cold outside. We went right by it!!! No Name did not help!!!

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GN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Shady pricing. They don't price the Omakase and won't give you a price for starting out at 10-12 pieces.

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TN
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I haven't been to Akiko's in many years since leaving the Bay Area, but it's still outstanding. The sushi was amazing, and the attention while sitting at the sushi bar was spot-on. A great spot for sushi in SF.

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

Service could’ve been more attentive.

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RA
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The quality of sushi is good and fresh, some pieces are quite small, so you have to order several times to get full. The location is moderate to high price. We sat opposite the bathroom, so we had some bad smells sometimes.

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SH
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and some of the best sushi i’ve had in a long time. I love that there was an entire menu with items from Japan, very hard to come by. I will be back the next time I’m in town.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice place, very high quality in food and price very accepted. I absolutely recommend and return to this place

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best sushi in town

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JO
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding Japanese food! The sushi was perfect, just loved everything. The small plates were outstanding as well.

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GE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Omakase is among the best in SF. Make sure you grab a set at the sushi counter.

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V
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Nice traditional sushi and surprisingly fast. The place is very small.

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R
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Definitely overrated. Not nearly as good as advertised and critqued

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DK
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Restaurant is small beautiful and calm inside. Wood tables and exposed brick are warm and inviting.
Miso cod and all the sushi were delicious and exquisite at the table. Rolls could have been smaller /tighter more maki style for my liking but I understand sometimes they’re larger for American audience.

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JM
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best food I’ve had in a very long time. The service was outstanding.
Can’t miss. The selection of fish was great and everything was delicious.

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l
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to eat. It was a little warm inside the day we went and if the front door would have been open that would have helped airflow.

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TD
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had lots of fish I have never had & others that I seldom see - giant clam & cuttlefish. Unprocessed scallops were delicious

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G
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Sushi bar in San Francisco. We actually had a starter for dessert, it was so good.

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D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is excellent here. Try the omakase - the fish is exceptionally fresh. Highly recommend!

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PH
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My very favorite sushi place in SF. Unique fresh savory nigiri - not cheap but worth it on special occasions

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P
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DELICIOUS as always and accommodating staff. Spectacular freshness of all items served every time.

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FB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

2 sick 2 hours later out of 5

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VH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The person who attended the table was not kind to us, instead the table helper was incredibly helpful

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TE
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Das Essen war sehr gut, die Weinauswahl sehr überschaubar, die Location ist in Ordnung, aber die Toiletten leider nicht sauber

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DF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The sushi rolls were just average-prepared with a brown rice and soy. The center of the rolls were a bit mushy and had indistinct flavors that were dominated by the flavoring of the rice. However, some of the nigiri (in particular the Uni and the Golden Eyed Snapper) were absolutely fantastic. The restaurant is quite noisy and hot. All in all, it was good, but there are far better sushi options for the price.

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JJ
Orlando
46 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Akiko's was overall good. The service was very good. The food was just good. We were expecting more based on the reviews we read.

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JC
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great tasting sushi!

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Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 Stars. Everytime. All the time. Our favorite sushi in the country. Allen is an amazing host. The food is out of this world.

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AR
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Akiko’s service and food was outstanding. We were visiting from out of town and the experience at Akiko’s far exceeded our expectations.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 2

Felt rushed, mid-tier fish at a premium price, unclear menu and pricing, waitress went over dishes very quickly, wasn’t sure what i was eating most of the time. Overall, would not come again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb! Excellent!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite sushi restaurant in the country!

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TC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best sushi I have ever had in the US. A+++!!

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