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Elephant Sushi Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA

Elephant Sushi Hayes Valley

4.6
4.6
232 Reviews
$30 and under
Sushi
Welcome to Elephant Sushi Hayes Valley. We specialize in craft sushi and friendly service. We offer traditional & modern maki, sashimi & cooked Japanese small plates in a warm and friendly environment. Try our omakase nigiri and flaming seabass. We are here to serve you and we hope you feel our care, good will and always a dedication to our craft.

We are looking forward to taking care of you for your visit. We do seat only complete parties.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Sushi, Japanese, Unspecified
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 400-4018
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Catering
    We are happy to cater your next event. Give us a call.
  • Private party facilities
    Looking to host a private event? Give us a call. We're happy to discuss what you're looking for and see if we're a good fit for the occasion.
  • Neighborhood
    Western Addition
  • Cross street
    We are located at the intersection of Grove and Gough Streets.
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access

What 232 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

232 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing service and hospitality. Food was great too.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    For the price and service I would say it was a little too expensive. The to

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  3. Annie

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    While many items were creatively named, the food was disappointing. One exception was the miso soup which had the right balance of taste & not salt. Seemed like only one wait staff - so our oder took a long time, and we had to ask about a missing item. The decor is nice, and the price is reasonable.

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  4. PamelaL

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is fresh, delicious, and presented beautifully.

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  5. Scott

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A menu of creations only an artist could produce. Right down to the house pickles and wasabi, it’s true its roots and as gourmet as it gets without being pretentious.

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  6. AlexandraM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely ambiance, delicious sushi and great service.

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  7. Dante

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Generally nice staff, depending on table location you may be overlooked from time to time. Waiting customers tend to be loud and push up against occupied tables and could be better managed/located by the staff. Enjoyed the food and found its value solid. Back dinning room is very loud and over filled.

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  8. BrookeA

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Super cute sushi spot but noise level made it very difficult to have conversation

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  9. cm26

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly staff, efficient service, and great food!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Avoid this place. Food not good and very expensive.

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  11. yumyum

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Elephant Sushi is a great neighborhood spot; however, being near so many of the theaters, they really need to work on being mindful of "curtain times". I've been multiple times now (with plenty of time - 1.5 hrs) and shared our curtain time when we sat down. Even then, every time we've been rushing to get our bill and over to the theater in time.

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  12. luvgoodfood

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was really good, as always. The noise level is so high they don’t need to play loud music too. It was turned down eventually. Good place before the ballet. Our waiter was really terrific!

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  13. DRBS

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first visit. We were headed to the SF Symphony and this location is an easy walk. The hostess and server were both very welcoming, efficient, and seated us right away. Along with hot sake, we had the Vegetable & Shrimp Tempura, which was lightly battered and fried. It was delicious and not too greasy. My friend had the Carrot Ginger Miso Soup and it was delicious, with just a little bit of a kick from the ginger. I liked it better than the plain Miso Soup. Next we had the Flaming Seabass and the Spicy Hamachi... both were very tasty. Both of us enjoyed the drama of watching the flames beneath the Flaming Seabass dish. It took about five minutes for the flames to go out. Compared to most sushi restaurants, this is better than most. We will definitely be back!

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  14. nocilantro

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    2.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was beyond slow and quality of the food didn’t merit the price. Having only ordered miso soup and some sushi/sashimi, we were hard pressed to get any food whatever within 45 minutes of ordering. Unbelievably, I was told the miso soup didn’t come out earlier because they want it to arrive with the sushi, which has never been the case in any other Japanese restaurant I’ve ever been to. It’s premade and just needs to be ladled into a bowl and somehow that took 45 minutes to get to the table? Not buying it. Or rather, I’m not buying it anymore. Although I live in the neighborhood and had had a previous positive experience, I won’t be going back. That being said, I will give a shout out to the runner who cleaned up my mess when I accidentally knocked over the ginger jar and brought a replacement piece of sushi when my 87-yo father fumbled his chopsticks and it landed on the floor. That was the one saving grace and reason not to completely pan this experience. Oh, and how is it that other tables had all this interesting food but the menu I received made no mention of any entrees whatsoever? Very strange.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and very friendly staff. Exceeded my expectations.

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  16. Anonymous

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had some of the choices off their special menu of fish (and wagyu) flown in from Japan, including the toro with caviar, which were incredible. It is a relatively extensive menu that is in addition to the regular menu. they also have great cocktails and wine/sake selection. Lively and elegant (but not noisy) environment. Given the challenge of parking in that area of SF, great that there is a public parking garage on the next block.

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  17. ger3sf

    San Francisco

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ordered a variety of happy hour dishes (and one regular entree). Every dish was delicious and great value.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Elephant sushi never disappoints . Try the flamed sea bass , by itself a reason to go back!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience and delicious food! Look forward to coming back!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friends and I loved our experience here. Thanks a million!

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  21. OLGAM

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was one of the best New Year’s dinners I’ve had! The prix fixe menu was creative, tasty, and visually beautiful. Service was very attentive. And we got snacks to go!

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  22. DavidH

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we have been going to Elephant Sushi in SF for years, and we really like this new location in Hayse Valley. The interior is very pleasing to the eye. we went on NYE 2023 and it was quite full, so it was a bit noisy to hear the servers talk. Except for my mistake of ordering the wrong sashimi item (my fault for not asking for more info), everything we ordered was very good. We love their Yummy Pockets (Inari with bay scallops) and Shrimp Tempura with Vegetables.

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  23. SFuller

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The chip and dip is surprisingly delightful as were the pickles - both more substantial than they seemed on the menu. The flaming sea bass is entertaining and many tables ordered it. The matcha cheesecake was heavenly- creamy texture without being too rich or sweet. We had a wonderful dinner

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was raining really hard that day. We had a reservation at eight we came at seven and they were able to see us really quickly. Our house was amazing. The staff was amazing. The food was delicious. I really like the pudding for dessert that they had highly recommend this sushi restaurant. 

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  25. Melissa

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The rolls were really good, but aren’t big enough that you can order a bunch and share with a huge party. It’s more of individual plate for each person or a great date night spot.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We ordered many dishes and almost all of them were mediocre to poor. Even if it wasn’t so expensive we still would have been unhappy with the meal as it was one of the worst sushi we’ve had in SF, sadly.

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  27. Garylen1

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing sushi place with very friendly staff, great sushi and the very beautiful ambiance.

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  28. NazCar

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was an ideal restaurant for a “pre show” meal. The food was delicious and the service was friendly and attentive.

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  29. kyokok

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Will definitely return! Great spot for quick walk from Opera House

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  30. Chelsea

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, ambience, and location. Definitely would return!

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  31. LisetteB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the food, authentic sushi, fresh ingredients etc. Service was possibly slow.

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  32. EugeniaC

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    great location compared to the other two, quality of fish was specially good this time, varies from time to time

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  33. JasonH

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful. Super yummy and very quick if you want it to be on a night out at symphony, opera, or Soundbox. Really enjoyed the sound. Cozy, vibrant, but you could hear every word of a conversation.

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  34. Robert

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Elephant Sushi Hayes Valley is a fabulous dining option in the Opera/Symphony attendance space. It's a block away and its service is prompt and timely. The tables are close together, but the acoustics are managed well and it didn't feel noisy. The offerings are creative and quite tasty. The staff executes its tasks in a pleasant and unhurried manner, while being quite efficient. I would return here without hesitation.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great cocktail. Great vibe at the sushi bar. Excellent fish!

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  36. AdamH

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific menu and beautifully prepared. Loved the meal and will go back!

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  37. Mark

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The sushi was AMAZING. Top notch. The service was good, although I waited a long time for my meal. The person I was dining with ate slowly and still finished before my food arrived. And the acoustics could use some work. They've done a lot for the acoustics, but it still needs more - the space is clattery.

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  38. Kimchi

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is my go to sushi for a special occasion in Hayes Valley. The chefs and staff are friendly and the food is divine. My favorite is the Hamachi Truffle appetizer. I sometimes just come in for that alone. Everything is delicious. Be adventurous!

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  39. BetsyN

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good, not outstanding. But what bothered us most is that they seated us 20 minutes after our reservation. Had they offered us a glass of wine while we waited, we would have been fine. Instead, we were put off from the whole experience.

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  40. AnthonyA

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, not great, but expensive. Good service and clean.

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FAQs

Elephant Sushi Hayes Valley is rated 4.6 stars by 232 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today
Google Map for Elephant Sushi Hayes Valley

400 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4303

Additional information

  • Cross street
    We are located at the intersection of Grove and Gough Streets.
  • Neighborhood
    Western Addition
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Sushi, Japanese, Unspecified
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access
  • Phone number
    (415) 400-4018
  • Catering
    We are happy to cater your next event. Give us a call.
  • Private party facilities
    Looking to host a private event? Give us a call. We're happy to discuss what you're looking for and see if we're a good fit for the occasion.
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