Blowfish Sushi - SF

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1011 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese

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Blowfish Sushi is an eclectic sushi bar and restaurant that serves both modern modern and traditional sushi, sashimi, as well as salads, cooked appetizers and special desserts. The menu style is Asian Fusion and emphasizes clean, pure healthy foods. We have an extensive list of imported sakes and our own original line of sake cocktails.
Blowfish Sushi's upbeat and unforgettable atmosphere is one of a kind, creating an atmosphere of excitement. The restaurant and sound system have been specifically created to give the impression of "feeling the sound" while allowing conversation to be acoustically transparent.
We continuously show Japanese animation films for your viewing pleasure. Colorful original production cells, used in the making of various Anime feature films, decorate the walls. These cartoon images are considered an art form in Japan and are extremely popular in many countries. Come Eat to the Beat! Blowfish Sushi.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Contemporary Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon, Tue, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
Wed, Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(415) 285-3848
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ritsuo Tsuchida
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Catering
Blowfish Sushi can catering all kinds of fun, casual or elegant events. Anyone can make quite an impression on their guests with are elegant sushi displays and decor. On-site sushi chefs are available upon request.
Let Blowfish Sushi make your event shine!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
19th & 20th
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Parking details
We are located at 2170 Bryant St. between 19th and 20th in the Mission District of San Francisco.
You are able to park on Bryant or surrounding blocks.
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Public transit
Bus #27 stops at Bryant and 20th.
Bus #22 & #33 stops at Bryant and 16th.
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Entertainment
We show all the sporting events! Whenever football is on, we have discounts at the bar! Live DJ's every Wednesday! Go Giants
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
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food
3.9
service
3.9
ambience
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been going there for awesome sushi for 10+ years. Never disappointed. They have recently renovated (somewhat) and I am not sure if I like the new wall decorations. Also, please bring back the rock-and-roll rolls! :)

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Must say quality of food was way off what reviews reflected. Not good, site/ambience so so, would not recommend if you’re looking for a good quality restaurant

g
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The fish was fresh and delicious and this is important. The decor needs a refresh, the industrial look is worn and tired and makes the place look dingy. I found our server pushy and irritating. Otherwise the sushi was good so I’d return for that.

S
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our food was good but not fantastic. I’d go again and try more items.

j
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went early so noise was not a factor. Ordinarily loud, but fine for a lively night spot. Easy SF parking which adds to it being a convenient dinner destination for great food, service, and ambiance.

e
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zach the bartender was lively and will be the reason we return! Keep up the good work guy.

L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've always loved Blowfish and now that they've renovated, I enjoy it even more. I've never had a bad meal there. In fact I've tasted some of the best sushi I've ever had at this restaurant and I eat sushi frequently.

b
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

This was a huge disappointment. We have lived in the area for 20 years now and have relied on Blowfish to be that consistent place you can go to relying on a decent meal. I have in past years found it a tad noisy for my comfort but the food was always worth it. This last meal was a disaster, the fish ranged from meh to terrible. We sent back the uni for being completely inedible.
For once it was not noisy, for a Saturday night it was rather empty, making me wonder if San Francisco has already worked out that this place is not what it used to be. We left rather saddened...the end of an era.

R
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I came here with my cousin for dinner. We arrived at around 8:30pm. The staff was super friendly and seated us fairly quickly. The restaurant was pretty warm inside. Once sat our server was very friendly to start and we almost immediately started ordering. We ordered about 8 different dishes to share and some sushi. I had high expectations however most of the food was good but nothing that blew me away. A few items were really good like the Pork Belly(Crunchy Pork), Garlic Soy Edamame and the Cream Pan Dessert. As the night went on the staff became almost non-existent until it was time to close. This seemed like a better place for families so I wouldn't come here with the expectation of the likes of Masa or Omakase.

n
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute new place in the mission. Made reservations although didn’t need one for a Monday night. Good sushi specials and a variety of Japanese tapas and sake cocktails to choose from. Very friendly staff.

H
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was great, but the ambiance and prices could be better...

EM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

My reservation was for 8:00 pm and by 8:45 pm the server came around to say it was last call for ordering more food. If that’s the case then they should adjust their reservation times, unless they’re more concerned about their sales get in get out.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can t spend enough words for this sushi place. Amazing the taste, fresh and very light.
Dessert as well. Very special.

AJ
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

We have been going to Blowfish since it opened in the 90s, and their update within the past month or two has completely gutted the special place we've known and loved all these years. They have made the decor more general, boring, and almost corporate (no more anime?! plywood cutout walls?) but the worst is that they have significantly downgraded the quality of the food, and kept the prices high. The three mushroom appetizer was just soggy grocery store brown buttons and portobellos. Everything from the green tea to the salad dressing felt like a solid, uninspired neighborhood sushi spot. I'm sure it will be fine for people who weren't regulars before, but it felt like such a shame, and we won't be going back.

DW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

Nastiest sushi I’ve ever had in San Francisco. Couldn’t even finish the meal.

SB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

I love Blowfish. Food and service were excellent.

I was quite annoyed, however, when my reservation was unable to be located after confirming with Opentable via email, and text, as well as calling the restaurant to confirm. The host actually seemed annoyed that I was taken aback that they didn't have my reservation on file, since I confirmed it in three or four different ways.

My request for an intimate table was not honored either, as it was my birthday dinner.

ML
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing sushi - some of the best I've ever eaten. Great service and value, would recommend to anyone.

MP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Great meal with sushi the server wasn’t doing his job or to many tables for one person

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good but very overpriced

HV
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come to this restaurant every time I am in town. I live out of state and it is such a treat to come here. I love it!

JT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Portions have gotten smaller and the poor waitstaff was under staffed. Waited 30 mins for drinks and 45 for food.

SP
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Sushi was terrible. Really not worth the money. Go somewhere else.

OT
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good atmosphere and nice foods

p
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

No more happy hour :( Boo!
Still amazing food and atmosphere though! The mojitos are the best!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

They need to retrain their wait staff to pay more attention to their diners. They didn’t check back with us during the meal. We had to practically knock them down to get our bill, then had to bring our bill to the cash register after waiting 10 minutes for someone to pick it up. There were 6 of us, which meant automatic gratuity, which we would have taken back if we could have given the lousy service.

o
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite is the Pyramid of Tartar! Also try the garlic edamame, The Punch and the Hawaiian Brochette! So 😋!

SR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Creative presentations. Will definitely go back.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Sushi and great service! Specially recommend the bin toro (albacore belly) and the miso black cod!

P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 4

Our server must have been having a pretty awful day and was inattentive, never asked us how our food was and slow to bring drink orders. Also, lights got turned off for our tables and it took the wait staff 2-3 minutes to get them turned back on. Food will be the only thing that will bring me back again.

D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My lifie and I had a wonderful time! The food was outstanding, service was mindful and not overbearing, and exactly what I wanted for our evening together.

Thank you!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Service was slow. Worst omakase in SF; it’s just a platter of Nigiri. No interaction with Sushi Chef.

CP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I went to dinner on Valentine's Day with my platonic roommate. We knew it would be a busy night anywhere, but opted to try out this place we'd heard so much about. Fortunately, we thought, this place had tables to spare.

To summarize:
The service was great. Our server was genteel and she was just the right amount of available versus being too attentive.

The sushi was good, but not great. The one thing that was almost worth the price was the To Die For roll. Unfortunately, it's a wonderful set of ingredients put together in such a fashion that it's not possible to eat easily, because it's a pile of compressed rice topped with the wonderful beef morsels, fungi, and lobster. The lobster was almost absent, but I did find two little tiny bits.

Overall, the ambiance was so-so, the food was just OK, and the prices are way too high for what you get.

Overall--3 stars. I won't return again. I've had better sushi in tiny, hidden, yet charming hovels that was also cheaper. This place just wasn't as good as I had hoped.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

I requested a table specifically in my open table instructions. I called the 2 hours before to confirm the exact table would be reserved. Get there and they had just seated someone at requested table.. Hostess did not care nor apologize and was not helpful. Told me I could wait or just take a different table.

I think if someone goes out of their way to request a table it should be taken more serious. Especially on Valentine’s Day.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Valentines day

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff and prompt. Great food and a nice environment.

S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Im very disappointed bc i made my reservation for the past monday at 9pm trough you guys n they called me at 8:10pm to let me know that they will closed at 9pm for kitchen matenance ..they couldn’t even call me before to give me time to find other place..no happy with this at all

JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The nigiri chef's special selection was great, service was great, fast and with good recomendations.

M
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Various Sashimis and roll we had were very good. Tempura was disappointing , batter too thick and a bit too much of it, avoid

J
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Waiter said next to
Nothing, destroyed our
Sushi pyramid without asking
And was inattentive. Other then that the sushi is still good here

OT
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Blowfish is consistently excellent! Best sushi around.

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