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Pabu Izakaya San Francisco

4.8
4.8
1274 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Founded by Chefs Michael Mina and the late Ken Tominaga, of the famed Hana Japanese Restaurant in Sonoma County, PABU Izakaya brings forth a modern take on traditional izakaya-style dining. Now, with Tominaga’s son Keita as Chef/Partner, PABU continues to be a destination for world-class sashimi, sushi, grilled meats from the robata and a seasonal cocktail menu. The restaurant offers the finest locally and globally sourced jet-fresh seafood flown in daily from Japan’s famed Toyosu Market accented by its signature selection of A5 Japanese Wagyu.

Please note: Restaurant Week menu will be offered for reservations between 4:00 – 8:00 pm only

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Izakaya

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–5:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 535-0184

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Michael Mina

  • Catering

    PABU is available for catering requests. Please contact us at catering@pabuizakaya.com or 415.730.4591

  • Private party facilities

    PABU - San Francisco can accommodate your party, large or small and can host special events for either lunch or dinner and is available to reserve in its entirety. Our Event Manager will assist in seamlessly planning your special event.

  • Private party contact

    Nancy Zammit: (855) 519-0810

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Cross street

    Front Street Entrance

  • Parking details

    Street parking and various parking garages are located throughout the Financial District.

  • Public transit

    Bart station is located conveniently on Market and Davis Streets. Muni is located at Market and Geary Streets.

  • Entertainment

    The music at PABU - San Francisco is inspired by Quentin Tarantino soundtracks. Retro cool tracks set in a modern context, the music at PABU - San Francisco serves to create energy in the room.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,274 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Romantic

  • San Francisco

    Romantic

  • San Francisco

    Japanese

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Great service!
  2. MG

    MGGG

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Fast and extremely fresh. Good crafted cocktails.
  3. VP

    VanP

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience4
    Our waiter was wonderful, but the food was so bad and not worth the price tag. We had the Restaurant Week menu and they probably put out the worst options or something; the only thing was was good was the dessert.
  4. AC

    AnnieC

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful service! Fresh seafood. Yummy
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went with the family (3 small kids) and the place was hopping. We haven’t seen this many workers at any restaurant in a long time so service was great. Had a quick meal which was perfect for us.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great anniversary dinner at Pabu. Food was excellent and we had fantastic service. We look forward to future meals at Pabu.
  7. S

    Samurai6

    San Francisco

    479 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    479 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took BART, got off at Embarcadero, only a very convenient minute walk to PABU for Saturday Happy Hour. Hung out at the bar and Matt, the dude from Santa Barbara, took care of me mighty fine. Sushi Master Yamamoto’s 10 piece nigiri set was just outstanding as usual. For sure, PABU and Michael Mina are not cutting corners like so many high end restaurants in CA. His sushi is the absolute best in the Bay, I guarantee!!! Plus the Uni from Matt’s hometown was truly like butter!!’ A couple of Hand Rolls and Pork Belly Robata, then it was hats off to the PABU dessert chef because the Japanese cheesecake was just out of this world. After three big cans of premium Sapporo , I floated back to the station and made it home without incident. Mission Accomplished!!!
  8. SL

    SeafoodLover

    Miami

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was such a great experience. We loved the food and highly recommend you visit. The Black Cod is a must!
  9. S

    Samurai6

    San Francisco

    479 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    479 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came on Saturday at 4pm for the PABU Happy Hour. Excellent drink and appetizer choices at below menu prices. Chef Yamamoto-san’s sushi/sashimi still the absolute ICHIBAN in town!!! Three of us ended up eating and drinking over $500 plus tip but it was all worth it because we ate at the best Japanese joint in the Bay Area. Outstanding service as usual from Tonya and Sake Sommelier Stewart. Love PABU, my go to place for Izakaya delights!!!
  10. s

    sffoodie

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat at the bar on a not busy night, was perfect all the way around😀
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    If you’re looking to dine at a Mina restaurant I would skip this one and go to just about any of the the other locations. Was the one table that had multiple managers taking orders instead of a server? Noted in our reservation was something about our anniversary and no one said anything about it.
  12. LO

    LeslieO

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my friend out for a belated birthday/ moms night out. We were greeted and seated quickly. The hostess brought over a sweet card from the staff. Our server Federico was amazing. Super funny and overall made our night out a blast. Thanks for the delicious food and amazing night. We enjoyed ourselves more than we knew we would!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good sushi’s (not exceptional) and service. However there was two mistakes on the bill. Check the price of your wine as mine was different then the one on the wine list. A salad was brought as complementary but in fact invoiced. Both mistakes were solved but keep an eye on the bill!
  14. g

    giuseppes

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Certainly overrated; the very high ceiling on part of the space make the ambience cold; the actual design of the space is also average throughout. The food is good but can be found in many other places in the City with same quality so high prices here are not justified.
  15. JM

    JarodM

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extensive wine/sake list but staff will find what you want, omakase was very personable and delicious
  16. JP

    JjPP

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Michael Mina restaurant? I expected more: better service, exceptional food, upscale ambiance. We left thoroughly underwhelmed in the first two departments. For me this one was a one timer.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was enthusiastically greeted by the hostess and immediately seated. Servers were extremely friendly and attentive. Food and drinks were delicious. Will most definitely come back when I am in town!
  18. M

    Marko

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    your review must be at least 50 fifty characters.
  19. DC

    DCFoodie

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent sushi, poke and cocktails.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was a good dining experience and the staff was very courteous.
  21. S

    Sokuhi

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Specials were particularly good and the sushi was excellent as always.
  22. M

    Marko

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well, Pabu continues to be solid including a good selection of vegetables prepared to perfection.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the ambience. Food was delicious! My favorite was the A5 Wagyu Beef skewers recommended by Eric.
  24. MN

    MarvN

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rico is legit. 💯
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome… as always.
  26. B

    Bllg

    Monterrey

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Increíble sushi and very chic place to dine.
  27. V

    Virg

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Pabu was a great experience and I would like to come back and try their regular menu. I came here during SF Restaurant Week and the food was spectacular, but it was a very small 3 course tasting menu for the price of $75. I won't be back for SF Restaurant Week, but I'll be back for a full lunch or dinner.
  28. CD

    CuriousDiner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Had the restaurant week menu. The NY strip steak was an inferior , chewy and inedible despite being medium done. No sauce no flavor. The cod was extremely salty. Wait staff made multiple errors with the order. Charge $45 up charge for 6 nigiri pieces that wasn’t shown as upcharge on their website when I previewed it. Overall, poor dining experience. Literally had to shout to hear each other.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, drink and atmosphere.
  30. s

    sushilover

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Sushi SO GOOD
  31. J

    Jenn

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Overall its a good experience, food is great. Location and parking is also good. The only thing is service. Our waiter is not checking our table that often we’ve waited for our drinks and food a bit longer. That was our second time in Pabu. He was our waiter too! And the service was the same! We came for the food which is excellent. Federico was serving tables but he’s all over the place and unorganized.
  32. MS

    MSS1980

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Great food, fresh sushi.
  33. HR

    HeatherR

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    Nothing like I remembered when it was new. I felt embarrassed about bringing a date here.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    amazing food and awesome service!!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    Server was pushing us to order more or get out for happy hour. Gave us the bill and took our menu before we were done
  36. n

    nannini

    San Francisco

    136 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    136 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    as always great food-the uni crab special was incredible -and the spider
  37. M

    Mary

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My sister and I met our cousins and a friend for dinner this week ~ the service was excellent and the food was the usual AMAZING ⭐️ Really attentive staff, yummy cocktails. Can’t beat it.
  38. A

    Annie

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    It was terrible compared to many other times I’ve dined there! They had a limited menu because they wanted people to stick with their valentine weekend special. They did not notify their diners with reservations until the day prior. I felt that we got tricked into dining with their limited menu. It’s ridiculous that they took off their robata items and left all the pricey items on their limited menu. The place was so crowded also compared to their usual occupancy. The server also took forever to attend to us for anything. It’s the worst I ever had at Pabu. I normally would pick an occasion in the category up there, but because the crowd they attracted in with their valentine special, it made the place a lot less special.
  39. AW

    AlexW

    Columbus

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Pretty good!
  40. C

    Chucho

    Cancun

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    This was a nice restaurant. Great quality and very good flavor. The sake menu was absolutely impressive!

Safety precautions

  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

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 4.8 stars by 1274 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Pabu Izakaya San Francisco

101 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Front Street Entrance

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–5:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Izakaya

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking and various parking garages are located throughout the Financial District.

  • Public transit

    Bart station is located conveniently on Market and Davis Streets. Muni is located at Market and Geary Streets.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Mina

  • Entertainment

    The music at PABU - San Francisco is inspired by Quentin Tarantino soundtracks. Retro cool tracks set in a modern context, the music at PABU - San Francisco serves to create energy in the room.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 535-0184

  • Catering

    PABU is available for catering requests. Please contact us at catering@pabuizakaya.com or 415.730.4591

  • Private party facilities

    PABU - San Francisco can accommodate your party, large or small and can host special events for either lunch or dinner and is available to reserve in its entirety. Our Event Manager will assist in seamlessly planning your special event.

  • Private party contact

    Nancy Zammit: (855) 519-0810

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