Akiko's Restaurant & Sushi Bar

4.7
1035 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
What 1035 People Are Saying
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RM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and environment. Highly recommended

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j
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a joy to eat here. Fresh ingredients expertly prepared and served.

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NH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food! Just let the chef choose for you! Service was friendly and effective. Had a great time.

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Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Over the Top best Sushi experience ever. Recommend the Chef’s Choice, it was Amazing.

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Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Akiko’s is an amazing restaurant if you’re looking for omakase style dining. While the prices are pretty high, the quality of the fish is incomparable. Skip everything and focus on the nigiri - the selection and craftsmanship is to die for!

Also - the sake collection is top notch.

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MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Great sushi. But don’t expect the great service from servers.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing omakase

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AS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I wish I knew the name of our sushi chef as he was extremely pleasant. This place is great for the price! We had the nigiri omakase and the fish tasted fresh with every single bite. Will definitely be coming back!

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ST
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The place is small and cozy but the food is loud with how well the sushi tastes and is put together. I'd skip the traditional appetizers of miso soup or edamame and go for one of their fresh salads and assortment of sushi specials.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La comida estuvo deliciosa y fresca!! Nuestro mesero fue súper amigable y nos enseño trucos para comer sushi, todo increíble!

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JR
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was awesome. Impressive quality and service. Expensive, though; but worth it.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Phenomenal. Sammy was the best.

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p
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The waitress could be more attentive for a restaurant at this level... little more omotenashi would be nice

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got the chef’s choice omakase and we absolutely enjoyed the experience of trying each piece of sushi. Without a doubt, each piece of sushi served was high quality. The customer service was excellent as well. A glass of water was never empty during the meal, and each time a plate came to the table, they would explain what each sushi was. Overall great experience.

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RT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing High Quality Fish and Meat. A bit pricey, but worth the experience.

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DK
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We read the excellent reviews on this quaint restaurant and had to check it out. We were not disappointed. The black cod was fantastic! Melt in your mouth, nice texture with the broiled flakes, squid dressing and ikura. My nigiri moriawase was the highlight..had to take a photo with the perfect accompaniment of Orion. Enjoyed lunch so much went back the next day. This place is worth the price. Service was excellent!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Omakase experience here.

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FF
Tokyo
208 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ランチで訪問。カウンターとテーブル席がありカウンター席で頂いた。かなり混んでいて予約無しで入れない方もいた。カウンターで握りを頂いた。シャリが赤くて驚いた。海外で赤酢というのも珍しい。香りよく日本のクオリティと近い。ネタは注文後に切り、切り置きしない模様。左利き用に左向きに鮨を置いて頂ける。ネタも日本のもののようで日本のようなクオリティ。ウニがサンタバーバラ産で、出張の者としては、現地の食材が出るとありがたい。

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FM
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Need an air solution ...too hot inside. No comfortable

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Waitresses are too busy

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun and delicious girls night out! The fish was fresh and prepared to perfection! If your considering sushi for date night or just for fun you should eat here!

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a
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I would say that Akiko's sushi was very fresh and we enjoyed the food very much. The service was good. Not superb. I'm Japanese and I'm very picky about where I eat my Sushi. It's a very small restaurant so do make reservations in advance. I would definitely recommend this Sushi joint if you are in San Francisco Bay Area.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Good food, bad service from waiter on a bad mood

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 4

Screw all the overpriced “high end” sushi restaurants. They are trying to be like “Jiro dreams of sushi” and they are so off. I’m
Japanese from Japan. Americans are so fooled by ambiance. The food you guys!!! Are you full after leaving? Satisfied.
We left Akiko’s and went straight to another Japanese spot to actually get nourishment. Save your money. Don’t go

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food and sake always on point.

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RA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the only place to eat fresh sushi in SF. It's our "go to" place. Allen is very personable, friendly, and professional. We will be back there soon.

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome sushi. Omakase was amazing.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food

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ML
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unbelievable. Probably the best sushi I have ever had...including in Japan.

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TL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Colleague recommended and we are sure glad he did. We are in town from Chicago and wanted a nice sushi restaurant. Your restaurant was perfect, food portions just right and service outstanding from the time we walked in until we left. Open Table made it easy for visitors to research, select and travel to our destination. I have already recommended to others. Thank you.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great place

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M
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant, restful space with delicious, clean, fresh fish.

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MA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Possibly the best sushi I've ever had. Took Wife here for an anniversary dinner and it didn't disappoint.

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L
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the omakase, and was treated to one of the best meals of my life. Not sure if I can go back to eating sushi at other places after this. The servers were very attentive and the meal was great. Would recommend everyone to experience their omakase.

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SJ
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Akiko's is a hidden gem. Once you are seated the superb quality of the sushi shines. Your pallette gets to take an adventure as the sushi chefs create new rolls and outstanding traditional favorites.

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J
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Had a reservation for 7:30pm, was not seated until 8:10pm. Waited for 10-15 minutes before our order was taken. Food was great and our server had great recommendations so that was the highlight of the evening. We also ordered sake and it was never brought to us so we decided to not have it. It could have been that one off day.

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MW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was great. The staff could be slightly more friendly, but it really didn't bother me. The sushi chief was great. It was on the pricier side but I feel like the price was borderline "good"/"high" for the taste and quality.

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RK
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
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 on September 19, 2018
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
28 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
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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