Pabu Izakaya San Francisco

4.7
1149 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Great news! The restaurant is now open for outdoor dining and delivery or pick-up Tuesday - Saturday from 4 pm to 9pm.

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/san-francisco-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
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful evening

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

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vipCourtney
San Francisco
15 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
19 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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OpenTable 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
12 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
1 review
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
26 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
113 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
2 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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vipveee
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great weather to be seated outdoor. Heat lamps really helped. Service was awesome.

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vipnannini
San Francisco
114 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
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 on November 21, 2020
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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is great sushi! Good portions and prices which I love. The atmosphere is awesome so be sure to reserve a good table indoors.

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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
9 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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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 1149 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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