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About Akiko's Restaurant & Sushi Bar

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.

431 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Creative Japanese

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Dinner: Monday-Saturday: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Cross Street:
Kearny St. and Grant St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 397-3218

Website:
http://akikosrestaurant.com/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Akiko's Restaurant & Sushi Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

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Healthy (12)
Tasting Menu (12)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Romantic (8)
Cozy (8)
Business Meals (7)
Casual (7)
Fun (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Akiko’s was renovating their kitchen and we were informed the day of that they had moved around the corner to a pop up spot. The ambiance was poor and food was ok. We had the omakase and a bottle of jinmai sake. Around a third of the fish was tough, a third as expected and a third amazing. The Ume was melt in your mouth and the best I’d ever had. $450 for 2 was not worth the experience but it may be due to the temp location. I wish I had gone to the normal location as it was very highly recommended.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Simply the best quality sushi available. The staff is always friendly and provides excellent recommendations and descriptions of menu items!!!! Simply amazing!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Taste? Nothing special
Price? Too expensive

I highly recommend you guys to go Michelin star sushi restaurants.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Over-rated for the price to quality ratio. The sashimi was fine but average compared to the competition in the area. One advantage is they take reservations. Poor ambiance at this temporary location. Felt like a cheap cafe. Staff was ok. Not very friendly though. How about a smile next time?

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Healthy
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

After trying to walk in without a reservation, I made a reservation a month in advance for my boyfriend's birthday dinner. The sushi chef was very friendly and knowledgeable. We sat at the bar and had the best experience being able to watch the chefs create these amazing sushi and sashimi pieces. The fish is flown in from Japan and you can really taste the freshness! Great food worth the price. I would recommend having a few drinks before as the wine is expensive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Amazing sushi!!!! Best I ever had!!!!! I can’t wait to go back!!!

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Everything was so good! Definitely need a reservation. Our server was amazing(better than E&O service that we went to yesterday) Food was wonderful. Nice & intimate.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Amazing service and conversations. Food was superb and we had a great time.

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Had a wonderful experience at Akiko's as a surprise for my partners birthday. I was worried because our reservation was 15 minutes before it closed to prep for dinner and was happily surprised to find they didn't rush us at all. Food was exceptional and service was great!

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

The Nigiri tasting (moriwase) for lunch was superb - fresh fish and exceptional flavors. Staff were fantastic - friendly and attentive even in such a busy setting. Highly recommended.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

We read the recommendation on trip advisor. The restaurant was located 200 meters from our hotel so that was very convenient. We have been in many good sushi restaurants in. Any cities and this was good but not the best. Seems expensive (400+ such per 2 persons). We ordered the omakase and there was some very good items but was not consistent overall), the service was below average so at the end there was a not good relation price/quality

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great sushi, high quality, great staff, a tad pricey.

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Scallop was fantastic, best I ever had. Really amazing sushi.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Awesome service and great food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Nice restaurant with good fresh fish. Miseo soup could have been better. Staff is very nice.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

I had a wonderful experience eating sashimi here.

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

One of - if not our favorite, sushi spots in the city! Wonderful sushi and such a kind, accommodating staff.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Avoid at all costs. Menu on their website is not updated to reflect new prices/selection, slow seating, poor service, sold out of many items. Pick almost any other sushi restaurant in SF because this one is a complete dud.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Weak sushi. Poor experience. Really small and lackluster portions that were truly average. A bust.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Awesome. My favorite sushi restaurant in the City, hands down.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 2, 2017

I had the waygu seared before which was really good, tonight’s wasn’t as good so I’m a bit disappointed.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 31, 2017

I love the atmosphere and service at Akiko's. They have amazing sushi - over 5 types of uni!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Always popping up on best sushi lists, Akiko was on my personal must try list. It didn’t disappoint. The cool raw space, attentive service and just incredible sashimi. Also enjoyed the greens salad, miso soup and chef’s recommendation for seares butterfish and cold sake selection. The neiman ranch gyu came with housemate kimchi, padron peppers and fried Brussels sprouts.

Tags: Fun, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Akiko's serves exceptionally good sushi. The service is pretty good, but could not be described as friendly.

The main dining area appears to have been an alley between two buildings at one time or another. It's dim, tunnel-like, and extremely noisy when busy. It doesn't help that the restaurant also plays moderately loud music over the sound system.

There are a few seats at the sushi bar and a three tables near the entrance that have windows to the street. These tables are in high demand.

Despite the high quality food, I may have to give up on Akiko's because of the substandard dining room.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Chef Steve was a delight. One of the best omakase experiences I've ever had.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Amazing! Flavors were just amazing. It was our first time at Akiko’s and we opted for the omakase tasting menu. Most of the dishes were good. Some were absolutely amazing. Very unique and thoughtful. It was refreshing to be the recipient of a well thought out menu.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

The sushi was interesting and fresh but the pieces were tiny and very expensive. That, however, is not my main problem with this restaurant. They billed me an extra, unapproved $33 on my credit card and just kept promising to call me back when I called to have it corrected. I'm still waiting! Mistakes happen but they are apparently not interested in correcting them. I was also a little put off by the fact that I went with a friend on my birthday AND hers (we have the same birthday) and the restaurant did ZERO to acknowledge the birthdays...no dessert, no candle, not even a Happy Birthday greeting, even though I put a note on my reservation saying it was our birthdays.

My advice - for a special occasion, pick a restaurant that cares. And make sure to monitor your credit card and keep all receipts if you do go!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Place was delicious all that needs to be said...oh and the wait staff was knowledgeable and attentive

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The value was not there especially for the quality of the fish and the ambiance. We were seated directly in front of the door, so overtime a person opened the door we experienced a cold draft. I'd much prefer eat at Kusakabe for the price of the sashimi/nigiri here.

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 (Bristol)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Our server was really friendly and great at recommendations. All of the food was excellent

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Delicious, authentic, fantastically fresh sushi! Waiter was very informative about the different kinds of fish. The saki, beer and wine lists were excellent.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Cozy
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 11, 2017

This as an excellent restaurant. I allowed the chef to select my food and he did not disappoint. The quality of the food and service were fantastic. He explained everything being served and answered all of my questions. It was as excellent experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

This place as hyped up. The sushi wasn’t anything write home about. There was no eel (what kind of sushi place doesn’t have eel?). The taste of the salmon, yellowtail, or tuna was not memorable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Recommend making a reservation for earlier in the night if possible. I could only get a 9pm reservation and had to wait an additional 30 minutes for a table. I also recommend asking to sit at the sushi bar. While waiting I saw the sushi chefs serving a different menu to the patrons of the bar. When I requested information about some of the sushi choices from the bar, the waiter was completely confused and dismissive. We were sat at a table in the main dining room with zero privacy and constant traffic to and from the bathroom. The sushi was fresh and delicious and I will return but will make sure to only sit at the bar.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

The service at Akiko's was impeccable. The chef choice omakase is a must try! So fresh and so delicious!

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Chef Hiro was amazing. We did the omakase for my girlfriends birthday. Everything he made was delicious. Great meal, great night

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 30, 2017

OMG! The best sushi ever. Roger was an amazing artist of fish. Will definitely be there on our next visit. The taste, the flavors and texture were all top notch.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Great sushi great variety

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 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The deep fried soft-shell crab was amazing. Can't stop thinking about it! Will go back to San Francisco just to eat that! You do want to get there early because we had a late reservation and they were already out of most of the nigiri.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Best. Sushi experience. Ever. My husband and I did Omakase seated at sushi bar. Chef Roger is a Mastermind and provided an indescribable experience. Definitely worth the $$.

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