Kinjo

4.7
116 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 $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: 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
What 116 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High end sushi. Fantastic.

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

Spectacular food

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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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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
5 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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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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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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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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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
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
7 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
2 reviews
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
3 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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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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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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