Pabu Izakaya San Francisco

4.6
1198 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Chef Ken Tominaga brings forth a modern take on traditional Izakaya-style dining with PABU - San Francisco. In partnership with Michael Mina this modern izakaya and sushi bar in downtown San Francisco is a dream brought to life for Tominaga and Mina. Located at the landmark 101 California space in San Francisco’s Financial District, PABU - San Francisco combines rustic, old-world Japanese charm with modern, urban sophistication to create a dynamic, social dining experience. Requests for the sushi bar cannot be guaranteed.
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ClaireC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

A nice place for friends to meetup or to celebrate a special occasion. Food is pretty nice, but for a more delicate and traditional Japanese cuisine you can find a better choice.

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vipSkyeL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Only complaint is, service is really slow; maybe it was a Saturday, took 50 mins to bring out first course, it was fine afterwards until we get to dessert. That also took a LONG time for them to bring desserts out.

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Kassandra
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at Pabu Izakaya. We were celebrating our anniversary and the staff made us feel extra special from the momentt that we arrived, when they gave us a card that the entire staff had signed. The cocktails were unique and amazing - we loved the citrus and the bison cocktails. We originally chose Pabu when looking at the SF Restaurant Week menus, but we ended up ordering off of the normal menu as there were so many different things that we wanted to try! Our favorites were the Monterey Squid Okonomiyaki, Miso-marinated Black Cod, and the Tokyo Fried Chicken Kaarage.

Our server was excellent and was very patient with our numerous questions. Our dessert took a little longer, which didn't particularly bother us, but our server very kindly brought us each a glass of amaro while we waited, which felt above and beyond our expectations.

Overall we really enjoyed our meal at Pabu and will definitely be returning!

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vipSamurai6
San Francisco
380 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow!! Thank the Izakaya Gods that PABU survived the pandemic!! Been over 18 months since my last visit so my two sushi craving lady companions and I decided to try it out on a a Friday evening. Sat at our regular booth by the bar and Frederico our server and the floor staff did not disappoint with a spectacular omakase presentation that was timed perfectly for every course. Super job bro!! All our old favs like the Happy Spoon with Caviar, Pork Fried Rice, Ken’s Roll, Michael’s Negitoro, and of course the assorted sashimi and nigiri from their veteran itamai chefs were truly delicious in taste and presentation as before. The packed bar was cranking out my numerous Belvedere tonics with great efficiency and hats off to the back of the house for the superb yakitori platter and hamachi kama. So as a 62 yr old Nihon born, I say with full confidence that PABU still retains the crown as the BEST Japanese/Izakaya/Sushi in SF!! And don’t forget to cash out some Bitcoin!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bartenders

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vipfoodie
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very expensive. The food was not worth the cost. The portions were small but in addition the food was just not at the level that matched what we paid.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Saki sommelier is absolutely amazing. His knowledge and recommendations are truly exceptional. And the service was spectacular. Our waitress was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. This is definitely one of the best dining experiences in Northern California.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was sent an inaccurate email stating that I did not arrive for my reservation. I arrived and was sat. I was 15 min late. Perhaps this is why.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came from Las Vegas and it was definitely worth it!!!

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vipBruceW
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upscale space. All was visually pleasing. Service was good. Some simple dishes were nothing special (seaweed salad/wakami, edamame) but the fish and Uni we're all very good. I'm not a big roll guy but others ordered them and they were very good. Price was fair for a very nice place in San Francisco. We'll go again

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was incredible experience dining at Pabu. The food is amazing and super nice servers especially shout out to Sean the most amazing waiter and bartender, he made our night so special!!! Thanks so much and will dine there again!!

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vipShesh
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service as always.

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vipAntonEgo
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply one of the most memorable dining experiences we've had --period. And we've had a lot of memorable dining experiences in a lifetime of fine dining. Every dish was beautiful and subtle balance of flavors, and there were sufficient omakase courses for us to have felt satisfied without being stuffed. Lovely space. Gracious service. Impeccable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my mom’s bday , was a great experience

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were phenomenal. Had great recommendations from the host to try the Japanese sardine nigiri and it did not disappoint. The server was on too of everything and incredibly friendly. He noticed I didn’t enjoy ny second cocktail choice and made some updates to it. He saw I was still not drinking it as pleasurably as my first one and next thing I know he got me my first pick again. So lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food came out too quickly which I know sounds odd but it was a little off putting

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sean was our server and ordered for us and made the night truly memorable. An asset to the restaurant.

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CynthiaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

No omakase , Available only on take out the sushi’s are so so.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went to PABU for our wedding anniversary, and PABU went above to acknowledge our special day. The food is awesome and fresh. We will certainly come back again!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well
They took 25 mins to seat us and because they were busy, great for them. Not a great table. Told them I was not that happy but I understand that the world is imperfect. The GM said let’s turn this around
Big picture one of the best dinners with 10 people in my life
Thank you Pabu Team !

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was top notch and food was amazing! Never disappoints.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Service was sub par.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and service was amazing!

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vipInayama
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed the minimalist interior. It reminded me of Japan. The food was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Service was next level!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at Pabu made us feel very welcomed when we arrived and they were all amazing! The food was presented beautifully and it was all delicious! We will be coming back soon

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

First time to try this restaurant and the first approach I heard from our waitress is saying welcome back! We haven’t even been in the place. I think that was a wrong approach, they could had say how are you guys doing today? Have you guys been in this place before?
They take forever to get our order and when the waiter came in he said “I’m sorry I was busy? I think that place need some re training.
Seating is little awkward
My main reason to pick the place for the nice ambiance but too far to see a nice view they put us in the little corner..

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was very good!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful for and staff!

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LenetteF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Japanese food. Great for a date night, celebration or just because you want something delicious

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been dining at one of San Francisco‘s most beloved restaurants since opening day many years ago. The financial district is home to many outstanding restaurants with superb staff’s and wonderful cuisine. Yet, there’s something very special about the people of Pabu. Every single person in the Michael Mina family - and in this this particular case, Pabu - is clearly so carefully hired and trained that one cannot help but see how professional and happy the staff works with one another and in their service to customers. Led by one of the best General Manager’s and management team in a city. Leadership is everything and it shows in every detail at this top notch Izakaya. Six stars.

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vipGina
San Francisco
102 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All around excellent! I like they have imported Japanese fish for sushi.

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SaskiaW
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Covid protocols were all in place the staff were friendly and helpful. Only flaw is they have NO facilities to change a baby!

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TobY
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love PABU, the best SF Restaurant week menu! Every course, every details! Love it so much.

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FineDiner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fashionable restaurant centrally located (garages nearby). Interesting prix fixe menu, not written and waiters were a bit difficult to understand. Got sake pairing, and I have no idea what they were. I would have preferred a daily written menu to take with me.I enjoyed watching bartender as we ate.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pabu is one of my all time favorite restaurants. Every time I come to the city I go to Pabu. The Ken roll is amazing. The service is great! And the cocktails are to die for! A++

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Rachelrenae
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite all the restrictions of COVID, Pabu and their staff did an impeccable job and maintaining the ambiance of fine dining while making me feel safe.

I had a wonderful time and would always recommend this for a excellent dining experience

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AileenD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff here are as amazing as the food.

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SissiT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great menu and food quality. The service was great. The only challenge was the outdoor temperature and the staff was nice enough moving us closer to a heater

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Our order was forgotten and then messed up multiple times. And it was a birthday celebration which was stated and reminded multiple times.

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You can order delivery directly from Pabu Izakaya San Francisco using the Order Online button. Pabu Izakaya San Francisco also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Pabu Izakaya San Francisco also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 535-0184.

Pabu Izakaya San Francisco is rated 4.6 stars by 1198 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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