Pabu Izakaya San Francisco
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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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Sansome Sushi Roll Platter
Sushi rolls. Platter includes soy, wasabi, ginger, plates, napkins, and chopsticks. 64 total pieces. Includes 16-pieces California roll, 16-pieces spicy tuna, 8-pieces vegetable roll, 16-pieces eel cucumber roll, and 8-pieces salmon avocado roll. Serves 6.
Avocado, daikon, and poke sauce.
Miso Tofu Soup
Scallions and seaweed. Serves 10.
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..
Everything was very good!
Wonderful for and staff!
Delicious Japanese food. Great for a date night, celebration or just because you want something delicious
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.
Covid protocols were all in place the staff were friendly and helpful. Only flaw is they have NO facilities to change a baby!
Love PABU, the best SF Restaurant week menu! Every course, every details! Love it so much.
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.
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++
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
The wait staff here are as amazing as the food.
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
Our order was forgotten and then messed up multiple times. And it was a birthday celebration which was stated and reminded multiple times.
Didn’t present the order of the food the right order
Very good service, consistently a good meal! There’s something on the menu for everyone! We enjoy going back.
Amazing food, service and vibe! Definitely worth a visit 💗💗
Great service. Slow food.
amazing food as always. cocktails are great too. and great service.
Sophie & Danny were awesome & very accommodating. Thank you again!!
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).
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.
They have the best unique sushi. It is my favorite date place.
Dinner with a friend. Very nice. Food, service and atmosphere were all great.
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.
As best we could do with outdoor dining.
We felt safe and warm
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
Outstanding customer service and delicious food
Delicious!! Definitely will return one day.
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.
Great weather to be seated outdoor. Heat lamps really helped. Service was awesome.
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-
Gabriel our server was fantastic. We can't wait to go back and sit in his section again.
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.
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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Pabu Izakaya San Francisco is rated 4.7 stars by 1171 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.