Izakaya Hon

4.4
30 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
The team that brought you several of SF’s most beloved sushi restaurants is excited to dive into Izakaya. With very few restaurants serving this fare in SF, Izakaya Hon is based offers the quality and service of Sushi Hon. Chef Jason from Sushi Hon/Sushi Ondo, with 15+ years of kaiseki experience in Japan, leads the menu design and he is joined by select staff from Hon. Order from the standard dinner menu or the late night bar menu. For drinks, you’ll find a full bar along with a diverse selection of Asian beers on tap. Izakaya Hon is an all-in-one destination, with amazing meals and great drinks in a cozy, live and communal setting that combines industrial and rustic.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 30 people are saying
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vipGina
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Food was not good - we left most of it on the table and the server didn’t even ask why.

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LadyS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, which was served extremely quickly. Dream meal. I look forward to many happy returns!

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RashidI
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Great cocktails, food and reasonably good service . Considering it was first dinner in SF since 3/2019 it was a good experience for us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was beautiful— from the friendly staff to the ambiance and table setting to the melt-in-your-mouth, delicious food. We had the scallop bites, chicken skewers, the Rainbow Rill, California Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, the Lion King Roll, and both desserts. All were spectacular! Can’t wait to return with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Overall the experience was good. Food was amazing albeit on the smaller portion side and pricy for what you get. Service was pretty slow. But ambiance was good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Andy + the food was fantastic. I’ve been trying to get my uni fix for SO long and am glad that I gave this place a go. Jeffrey made us such tasty and wonderful cocktails (we are not big drinkers). Will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Cool place. Excellent food. Top notch sashimi and fried small fish in particular. Busy but not packed on a Friday night. Service was great although food ordered did come out kind of slowly and a bit randomly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Good food, nice staff, bad service.

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Quince
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

The food is just okay, it's loud and almost as expensive as Sushi Hon. The attraction is to izakaya style food, but I'd rather go to Izakaya Sozai.

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DuyDat
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good sushi and Nigri was very fresh.

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vipNOFRENCH75
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Our friends birthday dinner.
Service was wonderful but the food was less than marginal. We are Japanese Americans and were disappointed with the authenticity of the food here.
Drinks were good.
Wagu beef was awful. We told them and they comped it. Which was a nice gesture.
Staff are fun.
Will never go back.

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CeliaW
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a gem! So glad to have discovered this little gem in the neighborhood. Very fresh fish and a fun collection of cocktails that you must try. I was shocked how some of the ingredients would taste in the cocktails but somehow they pair wonderfully together. Bring some friends, order a bunch of small plates to share, and have a great time! At the time of my visit, Izakaya Hon's been opened for three months so you can still grab a table easily, but I could see it being packed once they do some more promotion.

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vipKaycee
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

To preface, we have dined at almost all of Min's Restaurant Groups' restaurants in the past few years, multiple times at Shio and Ondo & Sushi Hon. We absolutely love the consistency, top notch service & quality of their other restaurants, and ALWAYS recommend to friends & family visiting the city! Chef Jason told us about Izakaya Hon prior to the pandemic shutdown, and we were excited and very much looking forward to visiting their new restaurant this year!

The remodel looks fantastic and they really did a great job transforming the dining room to an intimate upscale vibe. The tables were spaced perfectly, and the vibe was clean and relaxed. The place was fairly large and there were plenty of seats available for our 7pm reservation, but it slowly filled up as the night went on. They do have tables that accommodate larger groups as well which is something to keep in mind when visiting the city with friends. Their sake and beer menu was extensive and priced reasonably. The fish was very fresh and presentation was what you can expect from a higher end izakaya. We wish there were more variety in the menu items as none of them particularly jumped out at us. But that was very minor.

However, with all that said, there are some improvements to be made. Out of all their restaurants, this one might have been their weakest in terms of service. Our server although friendly, was very low-energy, and could use some pointers on revising the casual tones. We were caught off guard with his "what's up bro attitude" when we were planning on spending close to $200+ that night. He also could use a better belt, as we caught a peek of his underoos a couple times during service. The other waitstaff were all very professional and pleasant. He took our order and dropped off a few plates and then pretty much disappeared until we asked him for the check. Thankfully the other staff were accommodating! This could just be opening blues, so we'll likely return in a few months!

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Frankie
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice place with good food but difficult to have a conversation given the loud music.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Treated my 15 y/o sister to dinner, we were greeted very kindly, and the server was courteous and attentive all throughout our dinner. It wasn’t until my sister came back from the restroom with an uneasy and obviously distasteful face that things our thoughts shifted.

[Now, I don’t want to sound rude, but I didn’t catch his name.. I can only describe him: a short, bald man, wearing red/burgundy pants — who was working in the back — *had said inappropriate comments to her*.]

This was not okay, so I asked her to point out who it was that made her feel so uncomfortable — but we couldn’t spot him.

After she calmed down (not to mention, she did not want to be alone anywhere in the restaurant after the incident) we walked to the restroom to wash my hands, before eating as we always do, only to experience the same man walk out of the back room and say obscene things to me as I walked into the restroom.

I stopped, looked back, and with a serious tone told him to be more respectful of the restaurant’s patrons. I told him he should realize that with his words and actions, he had made both a minor and an adult feel absolutely uncomfortable.

I would highly suggest that this man is disciplined further in regards to how to better treat patrons of the restaurant. We could have left and taken our business elsewhere, but we decided we weren’t going to let a man like him ruin our night. I have to say — I doubt this was the first time he’s done or said anything like this to other women.

Thank you to the rest of the crew, chefs and all who were so kind, welcoming and respectful.

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WilliamP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The sushi was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience like no other - real Japanese food like you find in the good markets of Japan

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, really high quality food. Appreciate the visit. Menu is quite upscale but wide so everyone can find something for themselves

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vipNinaAnn
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was stupendous. the service was impeccable. will definitely be coming back!

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AL1822
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was on point, and service was great. They have mock tails too!

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vipAnna
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

We didn't have a good experience at this palce. Very poor food quality.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

They are just stating and it was busy, but lack of attentiveness to service. Very good food and great presentation, but took long to place orders, lack awareness of need for drinks, brought one wrong dish and two missed dishes.

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vipLeslieN
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a last minute reservation here and were a little nervous since there weren’t many reviews, but the staff and food totally exceeded our expectations! Jeffrey (manager or owner?) was so kind, accommodating and helpful. The food was delicious! We had the Hokkaido Scallop bites and they were incredible! The Truffle Albacore Tuna Tataki was so flavorful and the Hamachi Kama was moist and yummy! The bartender was fun and personable and he made us awesome Negronis. We can’t wait to return!

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CouldBeEdith
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was incredible! Our server, Walter, was great as well. Will definitely be coming back for more!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Izakaya. We loved the tempura cauliflower, chicken skewers, been skewers and pork belly. Nice atmosphere, wonderful service. Interesting whisky cocktails.

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vipRobSF
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met with some friends here and was amazed by the energy this place gave off - maybe it was the decor, but when you enter, you can tell this is going to be a great place to hangout. We had a chance to speak to the manager, Jeffery, and found out it was their soft opening. The food selection was great and can't wait to see the menu get better. There was a ton of craft drinks available. Great place to hangout with friends - so glad they opened up in our neighborhood. We'll be back for sure.

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vipCJhung
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The raw fish dishes were my favorite, but everything was delicious. The cocktails were insanely good, especially the Old Fashioned and I loved their sake selection. I'll definitely be coming back!

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Fleurpsie
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

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David
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exception service, a modern interior, and really food make this a must visit if you're in the neighborhood.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tuna tataki was a standout dish. All of our cocktails were delicious. I will be going back!

FAQs

Izakaya Hon is rated 4.4 stars by 30 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.