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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

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (23)
Good for a Date (13)
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Good for Anniversaries (8)
Romantic (8)
Fun (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Casual (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Really delicious fresh fish! Some items I wanted to try were sold out , so I will be back to try them !

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Fresh wasabi!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Best sushi I’ve had outside of Japan, and on par with excellent authentic sushi in Japan.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Authentic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Terribly slow service. We complained but that didn't change the situation. We left after the first course (and 45 minutes later) to another restaurant that had better service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

I had high expectations dining here, the food was good and fresh but nothing was really special that impressed me. Dishes came with small portion but delicate. Maybe I’ll try to go Omakase experience next time here.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 2, 2018

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Best sushi in town. Creative chef with impeccable fish, attentive service. A special evening every time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent sushi. Good service. We ordered from the menu. The special sushi menu of the day was a bit pricey.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

My favorite sushi in the city, hands down! These guys do such an amazing job. Whenever I’m asked, “which type of uni do you want...” I know I’m at the right place. Arguably the best sushi in SF.

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Overpriced. Good fish and service but far too expensive

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

My absolute favorite sushi in San Francisco! Excellent!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

If you want to experience some quality sashimi or beef, this is the place. They got variety of drinks as well.

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·Dined on December 12, 2017

food is ok to good. Price should not at $$ but $$$$

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·Dined on December 12, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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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vip
 (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.

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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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vip
 (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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