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About Izanami Sushi and Ramen

With its chic interiors and contemporary look, Izanami Sushi and Ramen is a popular San Francisco destination for fans of authentic and modern Japanese dishes. With a dedication to delicious and flawlessly presented food, the chefs of Izanami Sushi and Ramen strive to create a boutique atmosphere for small or large groups.

Offering lunch and dinner menus, the restaurant features a wide array of unique options. Ramen is available throughout the day and additional items include skewered meats and seafood, classic grilled options, traditional salads, and a truly comprehensive menu of sushi and sashimi that make Izanami Sushi and Ramen a go to destination for fans of Japanese fare.

257 Grand Ave
South San Francisco, CA 94080
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Yakitori, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Daily 11:00am-2:30pm
Dinner: Su-Th 5:00pm-9:30pm
Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pm-10:00pm

Cross Street:
Linden

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 636-2267

Website:
http://www.izanamissf.com/

Entertainment:
Soft playing music all around with 2 large flat screen panels in the front of the restaurant for your viewing and listening pleasure

Catering:
We offer corporate and large party catering, please look at our website www.izanamissf.com for details of items offered. We can be flexible to reach your budget and or food demands.

Parking Details:
Parking is abundant. There are parkings lots to the side and in the back of our restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Katsuo Sugita

Private Party Facilities:
We have a large backroom dining area that can accomodate up to 40 people.

Private Party Contact:
Cindy: (415) 722-9328

Additional:
Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Izanami Sushi and Ramen Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

3.9

service

3.3

ambience

3.5

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (45)
Fit for Foodies (34)
Great for Lunch (32)
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Good for Groups (28)
Kid-friendly (19)
Special Occasion (13)
Hot Spot (8)
Romantic (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 21, 2014

Food was very good and fresh. Service was timely and friendly but could have helped us out more since it was a group business lunch with options to share and space on the table. There weren't enough menus for everyone and no recommendations were made on sharing plates for the group. People who brought the food didn't know who ordered what. Ice tea was brought to the table in individual bottles which is "pizzaria-like" style. Rolls were very tasty and presented well. I would definitely come back again. The lava roll was excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2014

Luckily the food is outstanding that I keep coming back. Service is definitely something they want to work on. Polite but not timely and they tend to forget about you and not let you know where things are.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 16, 2014

She said it was not high quality. The sushi fish was fresh

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2014

Our family dined at Izanami on Friday night - yes it was Valentines Day too, but the staffing for a Friday was noticeably low.

We waited close to half an hour to get our order taken and had almost no followup service during the meal. It appeared there was only one server for the entire front dining section - and that server was also filing the role of host/greeter. I couldn't tell if there were any different servers in the back section or not.

It was significant the only thing we got quickly was the bill.
Previous visits were much more enjoyable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2014

But the food was excellent. Most of my table had sushi and I had a bowl of Ramen. Everyone was satisfied. However, this restaurant lost points because of service. We were seated and given menus then ignored for the next ten minutes. No drinks, no "Hi, I'm your waitress", nothing. Only once we started commenting (loudly) did we get service and service afterwards continued in an unhurried pace. Not great. Don't let the reputation of the food suffer because the service is slow!

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2014

The restaurant smelled like rotting fish as soon as we stepped in. The sushi was mediocre, the nigiri was warm, and the ramen had no flavor - it was more like an oily and spicy water and the noodles were al dente.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2014

Our server, Jenny, was great. She came back at appropriate times (not when we had food in our mouths) checking on how we were enjoying the food and our sake flights.

It's unfortunate that the only option for ramen was made with a beef broth. It would have been nice to have a veg-option that wasn't cold noodles.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2013

This restaurant is very nice -- the setting, sitting and food were all very good. The waiters were very friendly and helpful. I would go back to this restaurant again. Thank you for a great restaurant in So. City!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2013

This place is a welcome addtiion to the SSF restaurant scene. The ramen is delicious. Try the extra spicy!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 13, 2013

Great place for one of the best ramen in the area, bar none!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2013

We ordered 2 soups, 1 salad, edamame and 4 sushi rolls plus Saki and we all had waters. The soup was never delivered to our table. The dressing on the salad was a mix of ginger and garlic with a bit of a smoky flavor. I didn't care for it but my friends liked it. The sushi was underwhelming. There was no real flavor, and it didn't taste fresh. My friend wanted to order a second Saki but had to wait forever to do it. The waiter never refilled our water. When the bill came, we were charged for the soups and had to tell the waiter to take them off since we never got them. To sum it up, there are way better sushi places. I wouldn't go back here.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2013

Husband and I were craving sushi and found Izanami. We were seated promptly when we arrived. There were large parties: BDay party in a backroom; four large groups in the main dining area; plus families with little kids. Limited seats at the sushi bar. Waitresses were friendly, but service was a bit slow (there was only two of them; they could use one more waitress). We ordered 3 specialty rolls, sashimi, and 1 nigiri. The rolls were outstanding and the fish was very fresh. Prices are a bit more than where we usually go for sushi, but well worth the extra money. Had tiramisu for dessert that wasn't completely defrosted, but still tasted great. We'll be back again for excellent sushi!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (London)·Dined on October 29, 2013

Good hearty ramen for a cold day!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 25, 2013

Friendly, efficient and accommodating service, fresh fish, good atmosphere, decent sake selection. Not AMAZING, but also fairly priced. Clean, healthy, yummy.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2013

Made a noon reservation on OpenTable. When we showed up, they were very busy, and several walk-in groups waiting. I told them we had a reservation, the host confirmed by looking at a screen, but told us we would have to wait. Several walk-in groups were seated before us. The sushi we ordered was very good, but the appetizer we ordered was delivered after we were done with everything else. We waited around a very long time before the check was delivered, and we immediately gave them a credit card without letting the waiter leave the table. We ended up waiting a long time again, before they returned w/ the card and receipt.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 12, 2013

I am so happy to find this place. Ramen seemed to be the most popular on this particular packed lunchtime. My companion and I ordered the shashimi assortment over rice which came with very flavorful miso soup. Unusual to find a ramen place where you can choose your type of broth. It was so busy staff were a little bit harried, but attentive. Cool, modern decor in restaurant. Sushi looked excellent too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 6, 2013

Made reservations for lunch (12:30pm) on Friday, and it was good that I did, as there was a line, although moderately long. We were seated immediately. The service was prompt, the Ramen noodle and sushi/sushimi menus were fairly extensive, and our orders arrived promptly.

I had the sushi combo A, which consists of 6 Nigiri and 6 California rolls. The ultimate test for any sushi is, of course, freshness of the fish, shrimp, etc., and the consistency of the rice rolls. In this case, it was all super fresh and prepared perfectly. The miso soup was excellent, and the price reasonable. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves Japanese cuisine. Next time, I'm going to try the Ramen. My friend ordered it, and was obviously enjoying it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 16, 2013

A great find in SSF. Very friendly staff, great food, especially the ramen. The lunch pricing is very reasonable and for our money, probably the best restaurant in SSF.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 1, 2013

I found the sushi and the ramen to both be excellent! My daughter was comfortable and was able to run around a bit. I will definitely be going back for the authentic and wonderful food and the comfortable relaxed family-friendly environment.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2013

Easily accommodated our group of nine people ranging from over 80 to 8 years in age, and varied food requirements.
Great tasting food, and varies. Go try the special sushi roll of the day always a winter and the lobster roll.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 6, 2013

I would recommend to a friend, but not yet, the place has potential.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on June 27, 2013

I tried the spicy garlic miso ramen and the mala tonkotsu ramen, and both had good soup, noodles, and egg. The weakest part of the ramen was the pork, which was ok but not as great as at most very good ramen places. The deep-fried gyoza was also ok, but I prefer pan-fried.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 26, 2013

Great sushi spot as well as for ramen.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 22, 2013

Huge portion sizes on the sushi, and the fish tasted very fresh. Seemed to be a very popular restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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