Kinjo

4.6
128 reviews
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Sushi
Using traditional kaiseki technique transforming into a elegant prix fixe omakase.
Sushi Bar Omakase is $155 per person. Table omakase is $75 per person and/or à la cart option. Walk-in welcome for table seating. Cancellation made within 24 hours of reservation shall be charged $80 per guest for sushi bar and $40 per guest for table reservations.
Wed-Fri:
Sushi Bar Seating : 6 pm & 8:30 pm
Table Seating: 6:15 pm & 7:45 pm
Sat & Sun:
Sushi Bar Seating: 6pm & 8:30pm
Table Seating: 5:30pm & 7:45pm

We cannot accommodate vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free guests at this time.
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family dinner, great service and excellent food

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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The omakase was amazing, all the seafood came straight from Japan. The food is really beautiful, tasty and elegant. The combination of materials is amazing.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excepcional sushi, excepcional equipo de cocina liderada por Billy!!

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CL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Do you like sushi? No, like LIKE sushi? A lot? Do you crave the best sushi there is? You do? Oh good, well then come to Kinjo. They're absolutely top notch and aren't even the priciest place in town.

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TT
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The service started off a bit ostentatious. We had one member in our party who didn’t show because of a flight cancellation so they still charged us for that person 100-150 dollars. I didn’t care as we ate their food but this was unprofessional as my bill was almost 2 thousand dollars. The fish was very fresh but that’s about where it ended. Lacked creativity. Great sake list.

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AD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional, they made our birthday very memorable!

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San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place for introducing kaiseki. The price point is very reasonable.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Weekend reunion with my brother.

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c
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I really loved Kinjo before they closed the restaurant due to of a flooding incident. Since they have reopened I visited twice. The first time I have to say both the menu and the slight change in ambiance disappointed me. I visited again last week, this time, I enjoyed the food very much, but there is still something off about the ambiance/mood. The main factor I believe is the lighting: it's a little bright, and makes the place feel less cozy, less intimate and a little "common". I believe this can be fixed easily. I hope they do.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Service was great. Food is just ok nothing special about it.

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IS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Deserves it's Michelin Star. Service was excellent. Sake list was great, found some new ones we liked. Kaiseki sushi course style + a la carte was varied, fresh and delicious. Can't wait to come back. Tasting menu price was a good value for quality and amount of food.

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h
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This Restaurant is awful. The waiter are rude and do not know what are they talking about

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best in the Bay area. Very consistent quality from one visit to the next. Awesome experience when sitting at the bar. Highly recommended.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

While the food and service was solid, the wait times between courses was INCREDIBLY slow. 3 hours for 13 course meal?

Also, when my girlfriend and I waked into the restaurant, the host greeted us by saying “can I help you?”... not exactly a welcoming start to a Michelin started restaurant.

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m
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Fresh quality ingredients, it's clear that the chef cares. Unfortunately the staff was very inconsistent we had many different servers, we were not welcomed with even a hello when we entered the restaurant and had a very hard time following what was happening, not to mention waiting over 15 minutes for our check with only 2 other tables occupied in the restaurant . This would all be somewhat OK, but not at this price point.

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b
London
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High end sushi. Fantastic.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular food

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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TP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Excellent service and even better atmosphere. Would definitely recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Sophisticated menu.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was great! Wish chef was more engaging with group
At bar :)

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E
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing experience where we were able to taste a variety of Japanese cuisine.

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SC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is perfect right here. When the chef knows that it's my second time being right here, he changed the omakase menu for me. I will come here next time!

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EY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a great experience at the table omakase, although the meal lasted almost three hours (not a problem for us, but something to be aware of!) The food was delicious and artfully prepared/presented, with some interesting ingredients such as barracuda nigiri. We didn't leave extremely full, but that's to be expected from an omakase experience. Also, we were celebrating our anniversary and received free glasses of champagne, which was a really nice touch. The service was also excellent---lowkey but very attentive.

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing all around. Michelin-level food. Chef was informative and friendly (and crazy talented.) staff was super helpful, friendly and conversational. Wish I was able to try this place before the flood. Glad it’s up and running. Hope they can keep a crowd there.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful edible art. Highly recommend.

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JG
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant offers an amazing Kaiseki at the bar, I was blown away with the quality and overall experience. This is definitely one of the best sushi restaurants in San Francisco.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great

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Acapulco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gesta expirience. Great food!!! Great service!! Great Sakes!!

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SB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kinjo was amazing. I’ve not been a huge nigiri fan as I’m more of a novice when it comes to sushi but after trying a few at one of the owners other restaurants we decided to give kinjo a try and I was blown away how great everything tasted. Highly recommend going even if you’re new to sushi it will open your eyes.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All ingredients were fresh and wonderfully prepared. Our favorite pieces of Nigiri were the Masaba and Kanpachi. Service was outstanding: I asked the host if they served Umeshu (plum wine)- they didn't, but the host brought out two types of Sake that had similar flavor profiles. They also surprised us with champagne because we were celebrating our anniversary-- how nice!

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JA
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was great! I was lucky enough to be able to find a table within a week, but i'ts better to plan ahead if you want to get a reservation. The service was incredible! The staff was very kind and took the time to explain every single dish and answer to our questions. And finally the food was exactly what I was hoping for. Note that it's not only sushi but also other Japanese dishes as well. Of course, everything super delicious!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience - felt like I was back in Japan!

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K
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating and strong attention to detail.

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LH
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Japanese food but have gotten rather tired of the same old sushi restaurants. Kinjo was a wonderfully refreshing taste delight! It brought back memories of some of the best foods I had when living in Japan while also tempting me with new flavor profiles. Every course was absolutely delicious! We will be back.

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b
San Francisco
63 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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