Pabu Izakaya San Francisco

4.7
1134 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Great news! The restaurant is now open for outdoor dining and delivery or pick-up Tuesday - Thursday from 4 pm to 8 pm and Friday - Saturday 4 pm to 8.30 pm.

On Sunday and Monday you can still enjoy many of our signature dishes at MINA FAMILY KITCHEN! Available for pick-up or delivery in the Greater SF Bay Area.
For delivery and pickup visit: https://www.michaelmina.net/delivery/

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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1134 people are saying
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vipnannini
San Francisco
111 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We love this restaurant the fatty tuna was memorable as was the uni but its the service and ambience that make it worth the money- it is expensive. but we have eaten there quite a few times and the quality is consistent-

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vipSamanthaR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gabriel our server was fantastic. We can't wait to go back and sit in his section again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the service was absolutely wonderful! Just a great experience all around. It was so nice to get out and safely have a date night.

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vipsfleah
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit here for dinner during the pandemic. Food and service is consistently AWESOME. The heating lamps were working so well, we all had our jackets off soon after being seated. Tables were well-spaced, and staff always had their masks on-- felt very safe. Can't wait to come back again soon!

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vipDiarraA
14 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the heaters, gorg atmosphere, delish food.

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MichelleC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

It reminded me of why we never go into the city everything is so overpriced $300 for my husband and I to have two rolls a couple glasses of wine

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vipKatieN
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent EVERYTHING as usual at Pabu. It's definitely a little pricey, but the food is so good, drinks are so good, and the service is absolutely outstanding. This time we especially appreciated the hospitality and expertise of our bartender, Mundo, who shared excellent whiskeys and kept us very, very happy :D

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vipmchan
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with my parents, service was great and all food was very fresh. They also had heaters everywhere so it was very comfortable for our dinner on an October evening.

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CarolK
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

TLDR: expensive Japanese beer on tap, get the miso cod and the chocolate sesame pudding. great service

My partner and I came here for the $65/pp SF Restaurant week tasting, but we ended up liking the options on PABU's "Best of PABU" menu for $88 per person more. My partner and I also ordered some Japanese beer on tap (between ~$12-$14 for a standard pour), of which I recommend the witbier - it has a lovely jasmine tea taste to it. We enjoyed every course in our meal, but the ones that truly stuck out were the miso cod and the chocolate dessert. I recommend having a glass of port with the latter, as it brought out the tasting notes of the choco and sesame! Due to both COVID and grabbing dinner on a rather calm Halloween, the service was spot on and attentive. We dined inside and it almost felt like a private dining experience. As others note, this place just comes with quite a price tag on it that I am not sure I can afford again (with the $88 pp menu we still ended up paying about $350 for the two of us! How?!?!). But for the time, it was very *lavish* and fun!

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Pinky
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The quality of food and the presentation of the food was fantastic. Unfortunately we left hungry, we were seated at 7:30pm and waited about 40min to 1 hour between courses. The potions were very very small and were eaten quickly.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food and great ambience! I highly recommend for special occasions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

We were excited that the restaurant re-opened for dinner. But the dinner took 2.5 hr and we didn’t even get out last course before we decided we need to grab our check and leave. We don’t usually leave comments but I don’t think a 3hr service should be acceptable.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service, food is delicious, and clean environment

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killjoy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Completely amazing experience Fromm start to finish. Attention to detail is amazing and the food was delicious! Service was impeccable.

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vipFeeFee
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The service is so so slow. The food takes forever to come

Not a very happy experience.

The portions are so small too. Been there before n it is not like that.

A very disappointment experience.

We were there to celebrate 2 persons birthday. Spoiled the whole evening.

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SofiaD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Horrible service - timing of the food was super odd. Waiter said sushi bar was backed up, then all my food came out at once and my husbands food came out (a 4 course set meal) about 30 minutes later and then waited 20 minutes in between each course

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience5

My fiancé and I went to celebrate our engagement, it was a bit of a surprise from me to her. When we arrived, we were greeted with a hand written card signed by the whole staff, and after being seated, a waiter brought out some sparkling wine. It all started out really nice. After that, though, it felt like we were mostly forgotten about. Over nearly 2 hours, we were only able to order one round of drinks because that’s how many times we saw our waiter (once outside ordering food) and we had to get other waiters’ attention to get the check or get plates cleared etc. The food was delicious and the ambiance is amazing, I just felt a little bit ignored while watching other tables get incredible service (one table, the owner seemed to keep visiting with different bottles of sake) which left us wondering “why not us?” I wanted to write it off as they were understaffed or very busy etc but other tables were getting excellent service all around us and we couldn’t even get a second round of drinks. We were so put off that we skipped dessert and everything and paid the bill and left. What started out seeming like it was going to be a fantastic experience left me very disappointed. I’ll definitely give Pabu another chance as the food and drinks were incredible but this was a really awful experience.

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SophieW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience1

Pabu tried its best, but did not deliver.

We came here during COVID for outdoor dining, and both got the restaurant week menu.

Service was good. Probably the best part of the meal. The host was very kind, and very upbeat. Our server was a little afraid, but in general attentive and wonderful. The remaining staff was courteous and prompt. Cold water glasses were always filled up, but my hot water was never reupped. Also our dessert took about 20-30 mins after we finished our mains to arrive.

This wasn't Pabu's fault, but the sewage truck was on the street right outside draining the sewage the entire time we were having dinner. The smell was AWFUL. And did nothing to contribute to our meal.

Food was quite bad to be honest. The app was a snow crab type salad. It was good, well presented, and a good balance of flavors. The mains were both REALLY bad. The Cod was overseasoned, and tasted a little off. Nothing like spoiled, but tasted the way a random clang of keys sounds. The steak was literally raw in the middle and way over cooked on the side. Almost as if someone has put a frozen steak on a pan and tried to cook it. No only that it was pre-sliced (too thickly) and cold when we received it at our table. No bueno. The sushi was actually good, fresh fish but the nigiri wasn't actually shaped that well, and the rice fell apart when I tried to eat. And the desserts were good, but nothing special.

Overall, I tried to like Pabu, but god it was so bad. I likely won't ever come back here.

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vipNMNM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always legit sushi. One of the best in the Bay Area

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Cliff
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Omakase and the experience was amazing. We got to try all the best hits and each one was superb. We also tried a few of their cocktails and it was great. Service was always attentive and explained each dish. Overall great experience. It was of course expensive but worth every dollar for the dining experience. Will be coming back

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Eliza
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for a wonderful meal to celebrate my daughter’s birthday. Took all the recommendations from the server...it was delicious!

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JesseS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Great ambiance, Sake sommelier brought a suggested sake then never came back to see what I thought, by the way I didn't like his suggestion. Our rolls only had 6 rolls, rather cheap for the price I thought. The little fried chicken appetizer was super yummy. All in all it was a nice dinner with proper Covid precautions. The food was good, not great. service was good, not great. The ambiance was great.

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JeffJ
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

The service was terrible and most of the food was mediocre. The milk chocolate sesame pudding was the best thing we had the whole night. The spider roll was Pretty good. The $88 tasting menu was unimpressive. A long and not very enjoyable evening.

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vipcadoglvr
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and service!

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Carlos
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place to dine. Lots of energy, great food and beautiful setting.

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CharlotteP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The M. Bison cocktail was delicious and I love the skull ice cube! Food was perfect as always and the server was attentive. It felt safe to be dining indoors here.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Excellent service! Nice outdoor seating and setting!

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vipNick
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Came for early dinner on Saturday at opening. Service, ambiance (not a windy day!), food are all excellent. We ordered sushi only and the fish is fresh, the a5 wagyu is exquisite. But the price is very high. 2 adults 2 kids sushi dinner >$450 out the door! Definitely there are other places with same level quality of sushi for less.

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vipEmilyV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pabu is always delicious, but right now, their outdoor dining added another level of elegance to the evening. They've got the perfect outdoor patio area, and it was so nice!

MUST HAVES: The Tempura Mushrooms are incredible (we got a second order, they were so good.) Their sushi is great, and the steaks are fantastic to split as a group!

This is the second birthday I've spent here, and it definitely won't be my last. (The added touch of a signed birthday card is so heartwarming, too.) YUM!

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vipveee
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, felt safe.

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vipjps5000
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They did a great job with outdoor seating. Nice dinner!

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MichaelW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food and nice outdoor patio

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vipPabu
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The yakitori is missing the smoke flavor. We ordered the 10 piece sushi Omakase, the rice is cold/almost dry. Overall, it was ok.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Amazing food and equally amazing service. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Food delicious. I always come here because the experience is so good.

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vipMooseontheloose
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Pabu for our first dinner our in six months. It felt very safe, with outdoor tables at least 12 feet apart and hand sanitizer on every table. The service was wonderful. Thanks for making us feel safe and welcome!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even with covid, the experience for dinner was so sexy. The crowd that goes there are distinguished, all the staff are super attentive and friendly, and the food is superb. They have lots of heated lamps for those who are weary of dining out in the cold.
Get the hand rolls!

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vipnannini
San Francisco
112 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cant say enough about the incredible service and it was very comforatable to eat outside the heaters are very good. we opted for a tasting menu- the salmon sushi was the best i've had. all the food was good -will be back

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SandyN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor space. Food was great. Hand sanitizer at table. QR code for menu. Staff was attentive. Great atmosphere for gathering. Being outdoor the noise level was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner with my wife dining socially distant outside. pabu and the team never disappoint!

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Pabu Izakaya San Francisco offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 535-0184.

Pabu Izakaya San Francisco is rated 4.7 stars by 1134 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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