Pabu Izakaya San Francisco

4.7
1176 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
12 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
8 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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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
2 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
14 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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StellaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Didn’t present the order of the food the right order

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vipSandraS
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good service, consistently a good meal! There’s something on the menu for everyone! We enjoy going back.

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vipKelly
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and vibe! Definitely worth a visit 💗💗

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LuisG
Mexico City
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Slow food.

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SomebodyFromMoraga
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

amazing food as always. cocktails are great too. and great service.

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vipMMMT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Sophie & Danny were awesome & very accommodating. Thank you again!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience5

Treating my little sister (a pastry chef) to come to this place for her very first time in Pabu (a different Michael Mina experience). For 2 of us, we ordered 6 cocktails, 2x Pabu feast, 2xHokkaido Uni, 2x Shima-Aji, 2x Sakura salmon, Spider Roll, Flatiron Waygu beef skewers, 3x beef tongue, 2 happy spoons, Chu toro nigiri.

My reservation is at 5:30pm and we were done by 7:25pm ..asked our dessert to be up and the bill too... I understand when I asked my dessert is the most busy time for dinner (Friday night) the server gave me the bill super quick and I quickly provided my credit card too... but waiting for the dessert after I requested for 30 minutes is a bit too much and we have plan at 8pm.

Since my little sister is a pastry chef, I really want her to try the dessert from Pabu. But when the dessert arrived at 8pm, the busser learned we have been waiting for such a long time, he apologized. Then the server suddenly came to check? (probably she saw the dessert has been serve) and she apologize while we are rushing to eat the dessert in 2 minutes and tried to run out the door.

While we tried to leave, the manager heard? and wanted us to wait for him another 2 minutes, so he can compensate us? (But in my mind.. you want me to wait again? I am in a rush + I already down the dessert in 2 minutes.. I really need to go and you still ask me to wait?)
So I told them we have to go.

Pabu was one of my favorite places to go because they have great cocktails, nigiri. We usually order once a week for togo or at least dine in for a Friday night once a month with my coworkers since COVID (it is so close by my work place). But this is a very disappointing experience for me to bring my little sister to dine in here (when I told her how great this place was).

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vipSteve
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks. Great patio and outdoor dining set up for those who want to eat outside. Plenty of heaters and just overall great setup.

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DeborahP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

They have the best unique sushi. It is my favorite date place.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful evening

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Dinner with a friend. Very nice. Food, service and atmosphere were all great.

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vipCourtney
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outdoor dining space is really nice so the ambiance was great, all the food and sake was also really good, and it was a very COVID-friendly experience.

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vipLoke
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

As best we could do with outdoor dining.
We felt safe and warm

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Chilly
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pabu Izakaya served some of the best sushi and nigiri that I have ever had. If you are a foodie, the Omakase was absolutely delectable. The sake pairing with the meal was equally extraordinary. The price tag is hefty, but you will not leave dissatisfied.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

I understand that we are in a pandemic and outdoor dining is not the same as it once was with indoor dining. However, at these price points, there is an expectation of a higher level of service and working heating lamps. They were completely short staffed. I am disappointed by my experience. The manager working the front of the house was the saving grace for this experience.

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ChrisK
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first visit! In the COVID outdoor dining reality, Pabu did a fantastic job. Comfortable outdoor seating with plenty of heaters. Food and service were outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Overpriced for what it’s worth. Spend $300 on Omakasa dinner for 2. Waiter didn’t even bring us a spoon for the appetizer. Was not well prepared. Food was OK. Rib was way over cooked.

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vipDebbieS
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pabu has done a great job accommodating guests through the pandemic and winter weather. The tent and heaters worked well in the rain showers during our visit. The food and beverages were AMAZING as usual!!

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vipnannini
San Francisco
118 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

we love Pabu- the fatty tuna medium and extra is devine. We feel so welcome at Pabu and the outdoor ambience is worth paying extra for. Cant wait to return.

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vipChrisC
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding customer service and delicious food

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!! Definitely will return one day.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and the outdoor seating space was great as well. Tables spaced out and the space heaters worked well so being outside was no issue. Really pleasant experience and would definitely go back.

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Pabu Izakaya San Francisco is rated 4.7 stars by 1176 OpenTable diners.

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