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.
San Francisco, CA 94108
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
Kearny St. and Grant St.
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
Every year when I come to SFO, Akiko‘s is a MUST. For those who say „I only eat sushi in Japan!“: this is a lesson for you guys that you are missing something! Creative but original sushi dining, top fish quality, excellent seasoning (to make sure you enjoy the right flavor the waiter removed our soy sauce pot —— and he was right!!!) perfect service, perfect ambiance. It’s a rather small place so book your lunch early!
Lucky to stumble upon an open reservation for weekday lunch. The waiter was knowledgeable and able to provide good recommendations on sushi and sake. He was also great for providing some insight into where the food actually comes from and what makes it unique, sharing personal stories that relate to the food. The food was everything you can expect and we felt like we got great value for money here with our one of a kind dining experience. Try the black cod - you won’t regret it.
The omakase was such a treat. Every bite was delicious and delicate. I felt like each piece of fish could melt in my mouth. The service was awesome. Our server, Allan, was knowledgeable about every dish he presented which I really appreciated. Can't wait to go back.
Twice a year I take my granddaughter to Akiko for a sushi expreirence. It’s become quite a tradition for us in the last three years.This week’s visit lived up to the high standards of Akiko’s. Roger treated us to his artistry with a sashimi selection followed by a special roll and two choices of nigiri. the quality and presentation of the sushi at Akiko’s is the best! Can’t wait for your next time there.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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