Kinjo

4.6
93 reviews
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$50 and over
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Sushi
Using traditional kaiseki technique transforming into a elegant prix fixe omakase.
Sushi Bar Omakase is $135 per person. Table omakase is $80 per person and/or à la cart option. Walk-in welcome for table seating. Cancellation made within 24 hours of reservation shall be charged $60 per guest.
Wed-Fri:
Sushi Bar Seating : 6 pm & 8:30 pm
Table Seating: 6:15 pm & 7:45 pm
Sat & Sun:
Sushi Bar Seating: 5:30pm & 8:30pm
Table Seating: 5:45pm & 7:45pm

We cannot accommodate vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free guests at this time.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Sushi, Japanese Speciality, Japanese
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Hours of operation
Wednesday through Friday, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Resting on Mondays and Tuesdays
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Phone number
(415) 921-2222
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Fujii Takahiro
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Vallejo
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Wine
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San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Disclaimer - We do not like to eat nigiri so if you like nigiri then you may want to visit them. Having said that a word of caution - each offering is a single silver of fish so if you are big eaters like we are you will not be satisfied with either menus ($80pp or $130 pp) and have to order additional nigiris on the side to get full. We did and with bottle service the bill came to $550 for two which is quite cheap for quality sushi in San Francisco. The quality of the food was good. The fish was fresh. Service was slow and there were large gaps between courses.

We won't be back as we don't like to eat nigiri.
But in terms of the cooked food its comparable to Ame (Closed), Keiko, Kusakabe, Omakase, Kenzo (Napa).
Sawa Sushi still the best for people like us - SASHIMI ALL THE WAY BABY

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r
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

No recognition of special occasion at all. Food was just okay, not comparable to other omakase's offered in the city

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IT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kinjo opened for 9 months (used to be an antique store on Polk), they had to close for water damage repair from upstairs neighbor for 9 months (lost their chef from Sushi Ren) during that long renovation. Compared to other omakase experiences, this one was a great experience and value. Presentation, freshness and quality of the food - we had the hairy crab which is on their a la carte menu and so sweet. Our favorites were their fishball (far better than most) salt water air, barracuda and the tamago (tasted like a beautiful egg cake that could have been dessert). We actually felt full at the end.
The service was impeccable and they are definitely back to their michelin self again! Amazing chef and team! More folks in the neighborhood should experience this gem!

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MD
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing !!! Best sushi in SF, hands down worth the cost

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PW
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Wife & I were seated in the middle of the bar - between 2 weirdly couples. From the way we dressed compare to the others, we clearly don't belong there. On my right, I had a 30s Asian guy (with his Rolex strapped on TOP of his sleeve) moaning in exaggeration every time he takes a bite of the sushi, if you think that's annoying enough, everyone had to listen to his date - she was there talking about what kind of hand bags she wants to him buy, and him replying with "I can get those for you by tomorrow" As an Chinese guy myself, I've never seen such douchery in my entire life. My wife on the other hand, has no problem with Mr. Brokeback Mountain who is clearly married with his side dick(get it.. instead of side chick) At first he looks unease, but eased in to it after realizing nobody cares. I was just there to treat my wife to say Thank you for putting up with my crap and cooking for me every day. Chef Billy was very nice by the way he is preparing most of the course. At the end of the delicious meal by a wonderful Chef Billy.. my wife finally said.. you must missed Japan, and this MOFO said I'm from Hong Kong, I just went to Japan to study Omakase for a year and came to open several restaurants. Seriously dawg?! For 2 hours, you've been talking with your fake Japanese accent and preparing food like you're for real?! For $135/person you can't hire a real Japanese chef? if I had known that I would had saved that money somewhere else. What a f-cking ripped off. Now that I think of it, everything is setup to make it seem "exclusive" But Seriously though, I just want to experience what is Omakase, and the food was okay, but better than regular sushi place. There was no fishy smell, and nothing was frozen, no need to add soysauce, every bite is unique, and if you want to taste what fancy rich people eat everyday, then this is the least expensive way to do it. And spoiler alert out of 10 dishes, 5 of them are from the kitchen and not made by the chef.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was high quality but there were lapses in service. Since they only have four reservation times available on any day, they should have someone at the door to greet people or have someone to check in with. That should be easy to do since they’re not expecting people to come in continuously throughout the night. I got there at 8:20 for an 8:30 reservation and nobody acknowledged us until 8:35. Given how strict their policy is about customers being on time, it’s only fair that they adhere to the same principle. We also seemed to have two different waiters (one was possibly the owner). Basically, if we requested something from one person (water or drinks), we would be interrupted by someone else a couple minutes later with the same question. There should be better communication within the staff. Standouts in the food were the hotate, kohada, anago, negitoro handroll, and hassun. Pieces were seasoned well and texture was spot on.

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T
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The nigiri peices were pretty good, but everything else on the omakase menu is mediocre at best. Would not go again.

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PP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had the Table Menu. The dinner and service was good but overall we weren’t impressed. Would we come back again? Probably not as there are other sushi places to try.

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k
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so excited to try Kinjo after waiting for it to reopen and it did not disappoint. We had the table menu which was more than enough food for me, and my husband threw in a few a la carte options for himself as well. Can't wait to go back and sit at the sushi bar for the full tasting menu and a bird's eye view of the kitchen. This was hands down the best sushi I've ever had, with excellent service from every staff member. Highly recommend for a very nice date night.

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CW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great night at Kinjo. I put notes in my reservation about my wedding anniversary and they treated us complimentary champagne. The waitress was very considerate and patient answering my questions about the menu and made good recommendation about food. We tried the tasting menu $80 and it was way beyond our expectation (+descent amount of food). The fish and seafood was very fresh and the soups were quite heartwarming for windy days in SF. Gave my first try of Uni (sea urchin) and it was so amazing!
I would sit at the bar next time to watch the chef making our food but table was great too if you want to spend time taking pictures of the food.
Will definitely come back!

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c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I sat at the sushi bar and had a world class meal combined with A+ service. The chef was an artist and provided in depth descriptions of everything we were eating. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the freshest sushi, the most seasonal varietals of Japanese cuisine and wonderful ambiance.

It was such a personable experience!

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VT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ryan and Jack provide exceptional service that cater to all crowds. Great atmosphere and fair priced omakase for San Francisco. Glad they are reopened.

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J
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. First class service. It was a memorable experience for all of us.

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M
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. Amazing. Having been there with another chef, it was great, but this was a fantastic treat.
New chef presented amazing beautiful and clean delicious dishes. So carefully prepared.
Really had a lovely evening. Staff couldn't be more attentive or caring.
Can hardly wait to try another night as I understand there are two chefs working here.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall the experience was good. Service was a bit slow at times, to the point where other tables that started after us were ahead in their meal. Nimono was very good, nigiri sushi was surprisingly not memorable, save for the aged tuna nigiri, which was great! And the warabimochi was amazing (hint of salt cuts the nutty flavor of soybean powder).

As far as value, I think it’s fine, but compared to other places in SF, I felt like something was missing.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great table service from Tom!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really welcoming vibe, food was great, and the chef explains a lot if thi

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DG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic, as expected. My Japanese wife said that this is her favorite Omakase in the city now.

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SF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the fixed-price, multi-course menu at the sushi bar. Top quality fish prepared to show off the flavor of the fish. A few cases of "Oh, this is what it's SUPPOSED TO taste like!" along with a few items that were new to me (and delicious). Sushi chef explained each course. Staff super friendly. Definitely would return and might try table menu next time.

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MM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We did not realize that we hadto take the set menu. When my husband asked if he could sit out on the set menu, the manager said that we reserved for 4 people so even if he doesn’t want the set menu he will have to pay for it. Just his attitude was not good. Usually if you don’t like raw fish there will be other options but the manager made it clear that there were no other options! In the end most of the dishes in the set menu were seared or cured, but he did not even bother to discuss it with us. The food was good but the experience with the manager’s attitude was not!

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N
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this neighborhood spot! I’m so happy to see them open and thriving. Food is amazing, fresh and authentic. Highly recommend and fantastic service!

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BD
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I made reservations a month in advance for a special birthday occasion. I have been to several Michelin star-rated Japanese and Asian restaurants in the past, so I was aware of what to expect in terms of service and food quality.
First Impressions: We were seated immediately and there was no drama there. There were several guests seated next to our table. One had been seated after us by at least 10 minutes, and we noticed they had already been served the amuse-bouche. We ordered Hitaschino beers to compliment our omakase platter, but no water was offered to us until I had asked for it at the end of the meal. The servers seemed a little frazzled, because we were asked by different staff about food allergies and for alcoholic drink orders.
Overall, the food was delicate and the fish of quality standards that were expected of a Michelin star rated establishment. However, at the end, we had no birthday service, even though someone from Kinjo called me to confirm the recipient just a couple hours prior. I think there needs to be some organizational effort managed slightly better, but overall I would recommend someone to try the restaurant. You might have slightly better service while sitting at the Sushi Chef's bar seating, though.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Kinjo menu , people is good , food is so good , especially can sit in front of the chef ! Will come back more !

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MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was closed and has been closed since last December not sure why I was able to make a reservation.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

We made a reservation. When we arrived the restaurant was closed for renovations after a 45 drive into the city. Did not have the courtesy to cal us livid

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j
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A fabulous and unique experience.

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A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kaiseki meal with 6 ($85) or 9 ($120) courses. Plus you get a chance to order more food before dessert. Excellent food quality and presentation. Seating is spread out and roomy. Definitely recommend for a quiet date.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Sushi chef is spectacular.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really expensive for a pre determined sushi dinner

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J
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. One of the few high end sushi places with a female chef. Expensive but worth it.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Over priced fix'd menu offered elaborate twists on sushi. Quality of uni & maguro not consistent with price.

Hard surface floors & walls makes dining experience less than pleasant.

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j
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our time at Kinjo. Staff was first class and very accommodating to my wife's food allergies. Atmosphere was warm & casual, but a little bit noisy with the one large table seated centrally in the restaurant. Omakasi with 9 course was well shaped, portioned, timed and prepared on the plate. Outstanding courses included uni hand roll with salmon roll, spider roll, tofu custard and smoked fish Negri-style.

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f
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Kinjo for my husband's birthday and it was a great way to celebrate. The food, the service, the atmosphere was amazing. It is definitely a special occasion place - and it is worth every penny.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, very solid place. Front of house and sushi bar service was excellent. Several unique and enjoyable courses as well. Cool vibe to the place as well. One comment I have is the Nigiri pieces are cut small and the proportion of fish-to-rice is a bit higher than I'm used to.

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SN
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time! Such a great meal! May, our server was the best!

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was sublime! From the presentation, to the creativity of flavors, to the freshness of the fish. A wow all around. I've had many special omakase dinners, but this was memorable. Highlights were the seafood broth (perfectly flavored, beautiful mix of textures - decided I could eat it everyday), the cold smoked course, all the nigiri and sashimi, and the soft shell crab roll. We enjoyed savoring the texture and the flavors of the fish, which were all unique. Best was that we could order off the a la carts menu towards the end to get more of our favorites. The 9 course omakase plus any additional items add up to a pretty pricey meal. However, it was worth every bite!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply perfect!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience, high-end service. Friendly but yet professional employees. I would recommend to anyone seeking an high-end experience with on point service.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding meal. Everything was perfect and presented expertly. We will go back again.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole thing was incredible. I recommend the Wagyu beef.

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