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Niku Steakhouse, San Francisco, CA
Award-winning

Niku Steakhouse

4.7
4.7
621 Reviews
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Located in San Francisco’s Design District, Niku Steakhouse is a meat-focused restaurant, highlighting an in-house dry aging program, exclusive cuts of coveted Japanese A5 wagyu with an emphasis on wood fired cooking.

Niku, by the Omakase Restaurant Group, hosts a dining room oriented around a roaring custom binchotan charcoal and wood-fired grill, where guests watch as Executive Chef Dustin Falcon (Lazy Bear, The French Laundry) and his team prepare steaks to perfection. At Niku, there is a true marriage of American and Japanese sensibilities. Falcon’s cooking is driven by the terroir of Northern California — which finds its way onto the menu through foraged ingredients and products from local farmers — met with the highest quality domestic and A5 Japanese Beef.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 49 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Japanese Speciality, Farm-to-table
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 829-7817
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander
  • Executive chef
    Dustin Falcon
  • Private party facilities
    The private dining room at Niku Steakhouse consists of both plush banquette seating and sturdy chairs. We feature two large tables that seat 6 comfortably, with a total of 14 guests maximum.To book our private dining room, visit our website https://www.nikusteakhouse.com/events-private-dining
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2023
    2. MICHELIN 1 Star 2022
  • Neighborhood
    SOMA
  • Cross street
    Henry Adams/Division
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 621 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Steakhouse

  • San Francisco

    Steakhouse

621 Reviews
  1. LouisK

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and its balance. Warm service! Too expensive wine list.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hands down my favorite steak house in San Francisco.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and th cuality of the meat is outstanding

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  4. Maggie

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I took my boyfriend to Niku for his birthday. We ordered a $265 wagyu tomahawk steak. It was very delicious but we couldn’t finish all 48 oz of it. We asked our waiter to box up all of it up, bone included. There was so much meat left on it. When we got home there were 2 small pieces packed. Probably $50+ meat missing plus wagyu tallow that we planned on eating. I was at a complete loss. I feel like we wasted all of our money and had half our food stolen. Sadly a terrible birthday for him. I’d avoid this place.

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  5. alevt

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    When we got to the restaurant we waited for some time until we were seated.I sort of expected at least receiving curtesy drinks or a sort of apology for the wait.Otherwise everything was outstanding .Always recommend the place.

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  6. ILoveFood

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I want more! Food was outstanding, presentation was spot on. The service and staff were fun, modern, professional but not stuffy. The restaurant decor is beautiful, elegant, but again, not stuffy. Great vibe and every dish we ordered was loved by all in our party. Highly recommend this restaurant for any special occasion, to impress a date, or just to treat oneself. Will definitely be coming back.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The A5 was underwhelming. The place was TOO LOUD! I had to yell to be heard. The rest of the food was excellent!

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  8. ValeC

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simplemente fantástico! Pedimos un platillo con los 3 tipos de Wagyu A3, A4 y A5 y fue súper delicioso. Imperdible

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  9. Kayb

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fabulous from start to finish. We were elated in the private wine room and while the open flame chef counter seating seems interesting. The volume in the main dining area is loud. We loved the wine tasting room. Had a fabulous French white to start then a bold amazing amarone with our steaks. Our group of four tried the oysters, mussels and bone marrow. Bone marrow was like spreading butter on sourdough with short ribs. So good. The fermented tomato and shishito topped busters were also amazing. Nothing tops the steaks. We didn’t tasting of the a3, a4 and a5 wagyus, the 48 oz tomahawk which they do Pittsburgh style and the 44 farms ribeye. All were outstandingly cooked and. Some of the.best steaks we have ever eaten. The amuse bouches served by the chef were also good. Papaya cream puffs and an avocado cream toasts. We ordered the apple hibiscus sorbet and it was the perfect palate cleanser. The staff from start to end were wonderful. Definitely pricy but well worth it for a special occasion.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was amazing, especially the crispy pig ears, crispy potatoes, bread rolls and fresh wasabi! My friends and I ordered the Japanese A5 tasting and it was super pricey (~$300) for 8 small pieces of wagyu (there were four of us, so we only had 2 pieces each). We thought there was going to be more than one plate but that was it. We also ordered the beef tartare and that was refreshing! First time having airy fried tendon! Very unique! The bone marrow was okay, a bit too much sauce for me. My friend asked for more sliced bread but our waiter declined. The overall service was okay, could be better. We also ordered the tomahawk which is more worth it than the Japanese A5 tasting. Wagyu brownie and the fruity tart was a great way to end the meal! I would go here again for the unique appetizers and desserts. For Japanese A5 wagyu, I would go to Yazawa or Yakiya (great quality/quantity for a decent price, also better service).

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  11. MandyG

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience at Niku. Excellent service and food is always great! My must orders are bone marrow, crispy potato’s, and tomahawk!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was good. Service was off, but they fixed everything that went wrong. It’s a loud industrial space with a loud sound track, so that experience and setting was much different than what comes to mind when I think of a steakhouse.

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  13. hermanp

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One the best in life!! Can’t rave enough!!fabulous fantastic

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  14. JodiAnnS

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an amazing dinner and night here the food was exquisite. We had the tomahawk steak it was perfect!!!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect , we really enjoy the food so much, the beef was fantastic

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  16. AJFish

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Strong, if not quite impeccable service, good ambiance. The excellent staff and stellar food push it over the top though. The menu isn't overly complicated, but everything was executed extremely well, with exceptional care and attention to detail. The ingredient choices are thoughtful, timely, and combined insightfully to highlight multiple elements in every dish. Bravo, Niku!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The dining experience is top notch. The food is delicious and the entire staff is very friendly, warm, and welcoming. We’ve been here twice now and each time it’s been an amazing experience. Thank you, Niku!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    High quality wagyu with great service. Nothing else needed. This is our favorite steak place.

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  19. jessicat

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Spent 600$ for two people. Food was excellent but service was not great. The host ( Ellis I believe ) was the best and super nice! He went above and beyond. Had to wait a very long time for drinks and had to pour our own wine throughout meal. Just not what I would expect for Michelin star restaurant. Wouldn’t go back and it’s a shame because the food was really good.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, service and ambiance. We tried the tomahawk, tasting for A5s, bread, potato, and mushroom in the past. Everything we tried was good, but i highly recommend the potatoes if its your first time. Steaks are excellent here. I would recommend getting the tomahawk, medium rare or rare. I ordered medium and it was a bit dry for my taste at medium heat. If you have a good apetite tasting menu needs to be supplemented with some starters. The restaurant has clean facilities. Bar does a good with cocktails and has a good selection of wines, but no beers on tap.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best steakhouse and service I had in my life ! Tastes from all around the world cooked to perfection. We took his famous wagyu A3,4&5 and additional rib eye and new york cut. Thank you chef Niku for an unforgettable experience. It was so good I took meat from their butchery next door home to cook the following day :) I would definitely recommend anyone to stop and taste from Nikus experience.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely ambience accompanied with an enjoyable view at the counter seating. The A5 tasting was the highlight for me. Wonderful drinks, service, and food made it a meal I never wanted to end.

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  23. JulesP

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Very disappointing service experience from the restaurant. The staff weren't attentive at all.

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  24. Abby

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best places to try Wagyu! I ordered the wagyu tasting platter, best best best idea ever. They have a 6oz platter and a 9oz platter. I ordered the 9oz which include A3, A4, and A5 wagyu, tasting the different flavors and how it melts in your mouth was just perfect! There was also a side order of the cabbage, forgot the name but it was creamy, not too rich and went very well with my steaks. Definitely worth every penny spent~

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  25. Zhouster

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome staff! Very accommodating and willing to answer any and all questions. Food was delicious - really liked the A4 and A5, as well as the Australian wagyu. Very solid old fashioned as well.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! I will for sure come back for more. This was by far the best steak house I've been to in California.

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  27. flamingo

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Not what I expected from a Michelin star restaurant. Rib eye we ordered was almost inedible. Mainly fat. The waiters did not seem to be happy to be there. When we asked for a description of the meats, the waiter was unable to provide any info that wasn't already on the menu. Extremely underwhelming and overpriced.

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  28. aliK

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The music did NOT match the sophisticated level of the food. The songs were like a playlist for a hip diner.

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  29. Sylz

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place was my favorite new fancy restaurant in SF! It’s located in the design district right across from the old Zinga building. The vibe was pretty fancy and dark, very intimate small spot. I ordered the bone marrow, the pickled vegetables, the oysters and the 6 oz filet. The steak was honestly the best steak I’ve ever had! It was nice and crispy on the outside and soft and flavorful inside! It’s a Michelin star restaurant which I didn’t know when we booked. I wish I had dressed up a little bit more. I felt a little underdressed with my skirt and sweater. The vibe was very hip and younger, playing Dr. Dre and Tupac! It was definitely a modern fancy restaurant and I want to go back!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My boyfriend and I had a wonderful first time experience at Niku last night and enjoyed every moment sitting at the chef’s table. Every morsel of food was delectable!! We can’t wait for our next visit.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Comida y servicio excelente! Sin duda regresaría!!

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  32. Great

    San Francisco

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food and excellent service. But not inexpensive

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the moment we stepped into the restaurant, we were immersed in an exceptional dining experience that surpassed all expectations. The service was outstanding, with our server, demonstrating remarkable knowledge of the menu, offering personalized recommendations that greatly enhanced our meal. The ambience of the restaurants struck the perfect balance between elegance and comfort, setting the stage for a memorable evening. The culinary offerings were nothing short of divine. Each starter inside dish was a delightful exploration of flavors, perfectly executed and presented. However, the highlight of our meal was undoubtedly the Waggy tomahawk. This exquisite dish, recommended for sharing, was a mass class in quality and taste, making it an absolute must try for any visitor.  I cannot recommend this restaurant, highly enough. Whether it’s for the impeccable service, the atmosphere, setting, or the culinary excellence, it promises an unforgettable dining experience. A visit here is a journey through the best of what fine dining has to offer. 

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  34. Sancho

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience. Great food, awesome service. 10/10 would come again

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  35. NicholasF

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an exceptional dining experience. The cocktails were perfect, the food was sublime and the wine pairing was perfect. Chris, our waiter, offered exemplary service.

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  36. VanP

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious foods, can’t wait to come back to try the a5! And thank you for making us feel special on our anniversary :)

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  37. x5115

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food and service! Best steak in S.F.! Great drinks.

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  38. taubles

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great experience at Niku! All the things I love about a well-run, well managed restaurant were in place here such as fantastic food, superb service without being too overt, a great wine list and to my extreme surprise, very moderate noise level so you could actually enjoy conversing with your dinner partners even with close to a full house. This was a belated birthday dinner given to me by my boss and I couldn't be happier that I chose Niku as my destination - checked all my boxes!!

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  39. scott

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    wonderful experience -- the team at Niku deliver at a very high level -- looking forward to my next visit

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  40. JonathanL

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal at Niku as always. It's the only steakhouse in SF that puts just as much thought and care into their appetizers, sides, and desserts as their protein. Chefs Dustin and Celtin and Eric led a phenomenal experience for us!

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FAQs

Niku Steakhouse is rated 4.7 stars by 621 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 49 times today
Google Map for Niku Steakhouse

1 Henry Adams St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2023
    2. MICHELIN 1 Star 2022
  • Cross street
    Henry Adams/Division
  • Neighborhood
    SOMA
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Japanese Speciality, Farm-to-table
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander
  • Executive chef
    Dustin Falcon
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (415) 829-7817
  • Private party facilities
    The private dining room at Niku Steakhouse consists of both plush banquette seating and sturdy chairs. We feature two large tables that seat 6 comfortably, with a total of 14 guests maximum.To book our private dining room, visit our website https://www.nikusteakhouse.com/events-private-dining
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