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Blowfish Sushi - SF

4.5
986 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Casual
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
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Special events & promotions
On & Off site catering for ANY event! The possibility's are endless!
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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
What 986 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.1
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4.1
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3.9
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5.0Dined on February 1, 2017

The pyramid of tartar is the best thing ever! A really cute spot for ladies night!

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2.0Dined on January 28, 2017

Food was decent, but the service was so bad I will not be returning any time soon.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2017

Blowfish never disappoints. We've worked our way through a lot of the menu. Everything has been wonderful!

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2017

Sushi was fresh and good. We want for restaurant week and a fixed price menu. A good way to try the sushi.

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1.0Dined on January 26, 2017

What happened to Blowfish? The waiter said the tables were sticky and everything was beat up because it is a 29 yr old restaurant & they are getting ready to renovate. That does not account for being served on dirty dishes, the bathroom. Ring disgusting and dirty, the poor service, and the mediocre food. I've been coming there for almost 20 yrs. I even had a special discount card because I was such a regular at one point. So sad to see the mighty fall.

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3.0Dined on January 25, 2017

We were seated late for out reservation by a half an hour. Appetizers arrived after the first course. Music was a nice touch but too loud. The food was OK compared to the last time we ate there. Service was painfully slow for 8 o'clock on a Wednesday.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2017

The food is awesome every time we go to Blowfish and it's so fresh!

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3.0Dined on January 25, 2017

If you want to see your waitress once in a hour come here! I ordered a drink with my appetizer and was halfway through my entree when it arrived. Don't waste your time if you're thirsty.

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2017

My friends and I all did the SF Restaurant week deal. The food was amazing! The fish was very fresh and melted in our mouths. We had a great time and the live music definitely fit the restaurant's classy, but lightly casual ambiance.
Unfortunately, it was very busy in the restaurant and there were only a few servers. We waited at least 20 minutes per dish, so our four course dinner took about 2 hours to come out. They also ran out of both dessert options (cheesecake and mochi) and were served icecream instead. The icecream was very good though; the perfect blend of matcha and creaminess.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2017

It was a really nice experience and the food was delicious! We went for the SF restaurant week so we had a three course lunch. They had such an amazing presentation for each of the courses and the food themselves were super tasty and fresh.

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3.0Dined on January 22, 2017

Went there for restaurant week expecting a great experience. The hostess was dismissive when we arrived. It took the waiter ~15 minutes to get to us after we were seated & another 10 before he took our order. We ordered tea which took an additional 20 minutes to arrive (first cup was good but the rest was extremely bitter). The first course didn't arrive until we had been sitting for over an hour. The 3rd and 4th course were good but the first 2 weren't very impressive at all. We were there for 2.5 hours (7:30PM-10PM) - I expect better service for restaurant week. Very disappointing. I don't think I'll be back anytime soon.

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2.0Dined on January 20, 2017

I went there because of the SF restaurant week. they have a special meun for that. Food quality is not bad, but I think is a rip off. I don't recommend the special menu.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2017

Good pacing to checking in on us throughout the meal, cordial waitstaff demeanor, always fun to watch chefs prep sushi, good music selection, great lighting/ambience.

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4.0Dined on January 17, 2017

The Crunchy Pork is to die for!! Amazing flavor, and it was a huge portion. We also had The punch that I wasn't very impressed with the flavor, but the portion size was great and my companions liked it. The Skirt Steak was very tender full of flavor and the potatoes were a bit sinful. I over heard some guest next to our table raving about the edamame, but my partner doesn't eat soy so we skipped it that time. The service staff was very friendly and left us alone just enough so that we felt taken care of and not over bearing. I will definitely be heading back again and again if this visit is what i can expect every time.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2017

I've never had a bad meal here. Everything is so fresh and looks and good as it tastes.

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2.0Dined on January 13, 2017

Sushi average for the price. Fish decent quality but too much seasoning in the rice. Service terrible!

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4.0Dined on January 11, 2017

Blowfish is an oldie but goodie in the increasingly budding Japanese/sushi dining scene. Very unique fusion style dishes, some of the highlights from our dining experience were: the Volcano Shrimp Toast, Pyramid of Tartar, and the Toshi Koshi. Oyster shooters were also quite nice! Service left a little to be desired, not the most attentive, but still a good dining experience overall. Would definitely come back if in the area.

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4.0Dined on January 11, 2017

A little out of the way by 15 minute if you're in downtown San Fran, but well worth it. The place is fun and full of energy. The service was really good and attentive. The sushi offered a wide variety of your typical offerings mixed with some fantastic unique/creative dishes. We absolutely loved it!

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2.0Dined on January 9, 2017

The fish is just not very good. While some dishes are good but most always disappoint. We live across the street so we've probably given it more tries than deserved. It used to be so much better back when I first started going to it in early 2000's but the last few years have been very disappointing. The tables feel sticky and dirty. The rice in the nigri is not seasoned and cooked the way good sushi restaurants make it (basically, the rice falls apart when you try to pick it up). It doesn't have the subtle sweet vinegar flavor and overcooked. For what they charge, feel overpriced every time we go. My husband hates going there but I keep pushing for it because its so easy to cross the street. But after the last visit, two days ago, I've finally said enough.

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2017

I was looking for a restaurant to grab a quick lunch on my way to the airport. I'm glad I selected Blowfish Sushi - SF. The restaurant has the correct balance of contemporary and comfort making for a great place for small groups or individual dining. The sushi was very fresh and the selection of appetizers and the menu itself was creative and explored new areas of fusion and traditional Japanese. The wait staff person was friendly, efficient, and the service was excellent. I felt welcomed even though on this occasion I was a solo diner. It is a busy place but I had no wait for my mid-afternoon lunch. First rate overall.

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2017

The large sashimi assortment, which is served over dry ice, is one best I've had!

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1.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Let's just say do not order raw meals here

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1.0Dined on December 27, 2016

I recommend Blowfish have service with quicker attention to customers. I understand it must be a neiborhood restaurant, but for new customers and out-of-towners, this place should be a better experience. It is too far out of the center, for how pricy it is. Make it worth for people to go all the way there. Food is great, but we sat there for 2.5 hours.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2016

First time here. The food was excellent. I personally am not a raw fish eater but occasionally will try

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2016

Amazing nigiri. The fusion rolls did not exactly fit my taste but were well made.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2016

This was our 3rd time here, and it never fails the impress. The sushi was fresh and the sake was nice and warm. We enjoyed the specials as well as old faves like the To Die For Roll.

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2016

This was my second visit to the restaurant and it was just as good as the first time. Delicious rolls, sashimi and more. Would definitely recommend

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1.0Dined on November 22, 2016

I can't recommend this restaurant because when we came there the hostess offered us to take a sit in the bar area while we reserved table in sushi area. It not convenient to have a dinner in the bar.

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2016

Everything thing was delicious, and Robbie is a fantastic waiter!!!
Will definitely be back 😍

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2.0Dined on November 18, 2016

The noise level was a bit high that night. I barely could hear my date! Food was mediocre at best. The popcorn shrimp salad was ok this time. Shrimp were a little over cooked and a bit small. The salmon nigiri didn't taste fresh as well. It was just ok. Expected better especially for a first date.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2016

Blow Fish provides excellent fresh ingredients in a creative manner that tintillates the palate. It makes you crave for more. The ritsi roll is a keeper.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2016

Always a great eating experience

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3.0Dined on November 5, 2016

The service was terrible for a slow Saturday night. You shouldn't have to constantly flag your server down to order another drink or request more dipping sauce. The most disappointing part of the experience was when we were charged $1.00 for the extra dipping sauce (aka soy sauce) and were given the excuse that the only way for the server to get the extra sauce was to enter it , into the computer and therefore charge us for it. After waiting 15 min for it to arrive, it cost us $1.00. Really? I'll pay the $1.00, I'll pay whatever for something special, but bad service on top of average sushi on top of charging extra for soy sauce? Blow me, I mean Blowfish!

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2.0Dined on November 2, 2016

Nice ambiance. Cool vibe. But this place is a complete rip off. Rolls are expensive but portions are small. They charge >$15 for "Enchanted Sashimi", when all it is is sashimi put in a sauce with a jalapeno on top. Absurd.

I wouldn't recommend this place unless you want to lose your wallet and leave with an appetite.

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3.0Dined on October 22, 2016

The sushi was good, but service was horrible...no excuse to be hot staffed on a Saturday night!!!

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2016

Had reservations but still had to wait about 20 mins for a table which defeats the point of reserving ahead. Also, one of the servers spilled a drink on our table and never came back to clean it up.

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2016

The food was excellent. Great menu with plenty of choices. Staff was able to give excellent recommendations of items to try.

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2.0Dined on October 13, 2016

Was good back in the 1990s when it was somewhat of a scene and symbolic of the transformation of the Mission into a destination for dining. Today it's strictly a faded has-been. Extremely expensive and a poor value due to the overall low quality and small portions. Plan on spending $60-$80 per person without drinks or dessert.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2016

We have enjoyed the food and restaurant ambiance very much. Absolutely amazing sushi, it had all our favorites with a twist of enhanced flavor and food design. Sushi at its best, would dine here anytime again.

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2016

Great food. The energy was much much better when there were TV Screens with anime

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