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Niku Steakhouse, San Francisco, CA
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Niku Steakhouse

4.6
4.6
321 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

9:00 PM


Booked 33 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Californian, 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 booth seating and sturdy chairs. We feature two large wooden 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

  • 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, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 321 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco

    Steakhouse

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  1. C

    Claud

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing dinner at Niku last night with friend and my boyfriend. Although I was the sole pescatarian in the group, and at a steakhouse mind you - the staff and chef were very accommodating and everything I tried that was on the menu, including the Chicory Salad, Cod, bread, and Toffee Cake for dessert were amazing. Very nice experience and ambiance overall. Will definitely be back for a date night :)
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, just not the best place to have a business meeting.
  3. K

    Kristin

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding the moment we walked in. Instantly greeted accommodated while waiting for our table and even the other patrons were in a super good mood. Great energy. And food and was the best elevated experience. Great steak, beef tartar. Bone marrow, wine, desserts. Def would come back.
  4. MH

    MarcussH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambiance was amazing and service was even better! Food was to die for!
  5. G

    Goldenstatekid

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful Seat at the bar. Left completely stuffed. Service was stellar. Meat lovers delight.
  6. LN

    LilyN

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance, food and service! Would definitely come again!
  7. WL

    WilsonL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was extremely friendly and courteous. They were super knowledgable on all menu items and made our dining experience wonderful.
  8. MH

    MeganH

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Took my boyfriend for his birthday and we LOVED it! We sat at the chefs counter which was cool to see the food preparation, specifically the wood burning grill. We shared the salad and beef Tartar to start, then the filet and ribeye with potatoes. We usually prefer a ribeye but the filet was incredible! Ended the night the brownie.
  9. CT

    CelticTiger

    Cleveland

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent meal with very tasty mixed Wagu meatballs followed by a A5 Bushu-Gyu Wagu steak and excellent wage-fat fried crisp potatoes. A very enjoyable experience!
  10. F

    Foodie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    This place used to be amazing and has become ungrateful for the business and the delivery was just average or below. Very sad.
  11. JB

    JohnB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall2food3service4ambience5
    We got the Wagyu A5 tasting which was extremely overpriced, we left the restaurant feeling hungry. If we're paying $500 for a meal that shouldn't happen.
  12. LA

    LeAnnL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food! I will definitely be going back again.
  13. L

    Lana

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow wear do I start ... lets start with the food .. we ordered the beef tartare, and the bone marrow...some of the best beef tartare I have ever had in my life ! It was very smooth and rich! the meat was incredibly fresh ! The bone marrow was really good but there is not a lot in the bone, I still highly recommend it if you like bone marrow ! I even sucked on the bone ! For our main entree we got the tomahawk, potatoes and the rice. I am very proud of my partner and myself because we finished that whole steak and it is big! Definitely a good stake to share ! the potatoes were soo good and crispy but soft in the middle ! The rice was very rich and flavorful ! For dessert we did coffee and the toffee cake it was really good ! All the flavors just complimented each other in every dish...Also forgot to mention their drinks are soo amazing as well I recommend any of their cocktails. The ambiance at this restaurant is definitely top tier. The staff makes sure the table is clean and clear at all times, they are all very nice and attentive to the guests ! I would highly recommend this Niku to others for a date night or a celebration they are worth it !
  14. S

    Sidario1

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Been to most high end steakhouses in the Bay Area and This is the worst steak house I’ve ever been . The steak is under seasoned and very tough to chew , when I say chewy ? It’s like rubber . The chef should try their steak first before serve . Safeway grocery have better meat quality than this steakhouse . Ate two small pieces with difficulty and I gave up . had to take it home and cook it again , asked for medium rare and got a rare and it’s cold . Is definitely overpriced and overrated for the quality of the meat . I’m Not coming back here and not recommending this “steakhouse” to people I know . Im glad I only spend 600$ for part of 2 and not more . Went straight to InNout burger spend 15$ for 2 people and very satisfied
  15. M

    Mmpc

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    For this price point the quality of service was very poor. For this type of establishment you would expect superior service. The food was good but the service could have made the dining experience much much better. For a $650 meal for two it was not worth it at all.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    I had VERY high expectations of Niku Steakhouse. I’ve been purchasing meat next door at The Butcher by Niku Steakhouse for the past 3 years and know several of the butchers on staff. I am very familiar with the product offerings of Masami Cattle Ranch, Washugyu, Imperial, and El Rancho. I was very excited to try the restaurant for the first time. We were seated at the counter, right in front of the action where the steaks were being grilled. Both my guest and myself ordered the filet mignon and requested it rare, knowing that it is quite common for steaks to come out slightly more done than requested. When we received the steaks, they were way overcooked for rare, were DRY, and mediocre at best. $105 each fillet and sadly no better than a $25 steak at a diner. Cold, Dry, and Sad cuts of meat. Also the chefs who were working the grill conversed with groups to our left and to our right, but we did not receive any warm welcome from them. This experience made a bad steak worse. The saving grace here was the tartare, bone marrow, crispy potatoes, and wagyu fat brownies. But no one goes to a GREAT steakhouse merely for the appetizers and dessert. I will give this place another chance for one of their ribeyes, but unlike baseball it will be 2 strikes for an out.
  17. CC

    CharlieC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Bring your wallet, because it's worth the price :)
  18. TT

    ThomasT

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    By yourself or with another person the grilling counter is a great place to watch meats being cooked and dishes be prepared. Service was attentive and quick and knowledgeable. Meats were rich and full and tasty. Sides were just as well thought out the main courses.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    How to be disappointed in such a wonderful place? Service is unbelievable, always around but not intrusive in the least (I used to be a waiter for 4 yrs). If you can afford it, go there.
  20. AK

    AlexisK

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great place for a splurge meal. Fun to sit at the counter and watch the cooking magic happen.
  21. GG

    GoodGnoms

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was a great date experience. I’m not sure it’s something I would crave to have again but it was fun. The drink (ring of fire) was great, the pig ears were disappointing. Pig ears are all about the cartilage but unfortunately, when you fry them, you lose that element. You could’ve replaced the pig ears with anything deep fried and it would’ve been the same. The steaks (tomahawk and ribeye) were fine. The potatoes are a must try. I can’t even imagine the amount of work that would take to make this. We were too full for desserts so no comment on that. Overall, interesting to try but not much of a push for a repeat.
  22. G

    Grace

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best service, dining, drinks, and ambiance! Sitting at the chef's counter was so great - got to watch them at work and ask questions about the steak!
  23. DL

    DeanL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely phenomenal service from everyone. First time at Niku and they delivered every expectation. 10/10
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was phenomenal and the exquisite wine pairings enhance the experience that much more! The staff was very kind, friendly, and attentive. Excellent experience overall!
  25. DH

    DavidH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good ambience. Great food and service. Ordered a5 steak and prime rib along with 2 appetizers and 2 sides. Pricey but worth it
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and staff!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Ordered the Ribeye, and it was okay. No “wow” factor to it. Portion is best for two. I agree with some of the contrasting reviews that the service wasn’t that great, as I waited more than an hour for my food. Seemed like they were short-staffed, as I observed one waiter was covering half of the patrons. The prices didn’t seem worth it either. Only thing I found enjoyable was the pig ears. Ambience was nice and lively with modern decor. A bit noisy, but still manageable to have conversations without speaking too loudly. Overall, it was a decent experience, but I’m hoping that the service and food turnaround time could improve.
  28. J

    Joanne

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! Service was top notch, they came by to check on us and was very accommodating on our requests.
  29. N

    Nico

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was amazing & the food was absolutely delicious.
  30. E

    Eric

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An enjoyable sophisticated and rustic upmarket steakhouse! The hostess immediately asked if there were any food allergies they needed to be aware of, and the manager and staff strove to do their best to accommodate. Food expectations were beyond met, however the ribeye was slightly over seasoned with salt for my liking but doneness hit the mark. The restaurant was well kept and facilities were immaculate. The lighting was perfectly dimmed enough to allow for serene pleasure of food and company. Overall, my experience at Niku was enough to revisit for another special occasion.
  31. TM

    TMurphyDines

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is top notch and the steak is all that it is hyped up to be. We had an amazing experience!
  32. KM

    KathyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    That was one of the best meals I have ever had. Attentive service and gorgeous dining area. Will return.
  33. RA

    RavenA

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience5
    Was on time for reservation, booked table over a week in advance, and was given a table right by the front door. When asked if I could be moved to a different table the hostess was very helpful in trying to find a better seat as I was in a dress and did not want to keep a down coat on while eating dinner. For the amount of money I really wish the owner were more accommodating. He specifically said To not move me although there were multiple open tables in a dif seating area. It was disappointing and frankly rude, as I witnessed the conversation happening behind the bar between hostess and owner. It effected how much I wanted to even be there and how much I wanted to spend as I was ready and excited to go all in, but w the lack of accommodation it felt like I was just one more customer that did not mean much to them. It was delicious food and I did tip well as the bartenders and servers don’t deserve to be penalized for bad management. But it made me feel icky and sad AND COLD while spending $300. Not ideal. It was a 40 degree night…. Blatantly disrespectful
  34. SG

    ShielaG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second visit to Niku. The food, the ambience, and the service are all top notch! Would come back again!
  35. C

    Cyairab

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most amazing elegant restaurant from the ambience to the delicious food . Everyone who works at this establishment was very polite , helpful and inviting . They did such a great job showing us the different wagyu meats available the presentation was great . Chef was amazing . A really great resturant highly recommend the a5 bushu-gyu and the bone marrow as an appetizer as well as the crispy potatoes and wagyu brownie for dessert to die for ! Definitely coming back they showed us a great time at Niku !
  36. A

    Alex

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambience upon entering and the food was amazing from start to finish. For starters, we got the flavorful and rich beef tartare and bone marrow, combined with the crispy pig ears. For the main course, we got the A5 bushu-gyu which was definitely our favorite of the night in terms of taste. Whether or not it's worth its high price point is debatable but we had no regrets trying it. We also got the tomahawk and Bryan flannery dry aged new york strip which were both cooked to perfection. Then we finished the night with the sticky toffee cake and wagyu fat brownie, which were again both delicious but not sure if it was worth the price. Overall, we had a great experience and would be willing to come back.
  37. B

    Bunny

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The A5 tasting seems overpriced. It didn't have a wow factor, probably because one of us had tasted the original A5 beef in Japan. I feel the price is more for the service and single source import from a Japanese farm. We got the off menu item $440 for 9oz total, 3 types of A5, shared between two people. It's a little over seasoned, texture is 4/5. Service is 3/5, there were many waiters walking around but they are not super attentive. There were 3 times that I wanted service and waited for more than a few minutes. For the price point I was expecting Michelin level service because the bill came out as a 3 star Michelin restaurant but after 2.5 hours of dining I was disappointed. We have waited for more than an hour to get the first taste of the dishes. I like the sides and appetizers more than the main course. I would give the small dishes 4.5/5, nice flavors with a reasonable price. I am still interested in other types of Janapense Wagu they serve so that my review is not biased. Since the most expensive ones are not that impressive, but it's good enough for me to return to try other items on the menu.
  38. SM

    ShreyanM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and the servers are really good. However, I felt the portions suggestions per person were a bit inaccurate.
  39. FG

    ForrestG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The bone marrow appetizer was incredible and they even brought out some crispy tendon for my gluten sensitive date....which was an amazing alternative to the toasted sourdough. You must also order the potato side. Staff was very friendly! The high tops are adequate but not quite as nice as the tables in the main dining room.
  40. RR

    RoseR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was delicious and presented well. Seating was comfortable. Service was good, but our waiter missed one of our wyagu dishes and forgot or didn’t acknowledge our reason for being there, which was for a milestone birthday celebration. We did order dessert tho.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Niku Steakhouse is rated 4.6 stars by 321 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 33 times today
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1 Henry Adams St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Dining areas

Additional information

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Californian, 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, Happy Hour, 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 booth seating and sturdy chairs. We feature two large wooden 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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