Pabu Izakaya San Francisco
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Still the best Japanese cuisine in SF!! Sat at the bar in front of head sushi chef Yukinori Yamamoto-San. Truly a remarkable talent and skilled master, he served my daughter and I the best of the best including bluefin maguro, hamachi, sake, sawara, kinmedai, kohada, Uni, ikura, tako and mirugai. My daughter also enjoyed the classic negitoro, Ken’s and Spider rolls. That’s all we had was PABU sushi plus the Milk Choco and Panna Cotta desserts…….and it was a pure heavenly experience made even better by the Belvedere tonics that the bartenders were cranking out. Outstanding professional service as usual by Floor Captain Gabriel and the rest of his staff. Truly a fantastic evening worth the UBER to/from Alameda to enjoy a wonderful restaurant with superb teamwork and coordination.
We have been to this restaurant multiple time. The food is consistently good
Sushi Chef was top
Aaron and the rest of the bartenders are exceptional. All around great service from all staff and the food/drink is of course top shelf. Always an experience. Will continue to consistently return.
It was okay, we did a sampling of many dishes (created an omakase) and many of them were good. A few were very good (happy spoon sticks out) but the majority were just good, and not a great value for the price. This is in comparison to a few other high-end sushi places in SF, and I've had better sushi at some lower-end locales as well. The grill is a nice addition as you get some robata, which was also good. The inside is not intimate, very large in fact, but you can hear your partner fine. It is a bit noisy overall but not terrible.
Great Service! Even when our server was not present all other servers back filled and checked on diners needs without hesitation. Sushi quality was excellent. Interesting and diverse set of tasty offerings.
Great food, great atmosphere, great service; will definitely come back!
Excellent food. On the pricey side but a nice treat yo self kind of dinner to celebrate a special occasion or date night. A little difficult to find the entrance due to construction.
It was terrific service and exquisite food!
We had an incredible server while dining at Pabu Izakaya. The food and drink selection was impeccable as always but our service at the restaurant was what really made this a memorable experience! Aaron took excellent care of my friend and I as it was our first time traveling to San Fransisco. He went above and beyond as our server listing out excellent recommendations for food, drinks, and dessert. He even wrote us a list of places to visit while staying in SF. If you decide to dine at this wonderful establishment hopefully you get seated in Aaron’s section!
Really good food!!! Great staff as well
Great Food, Great service and a Vibrant atmosphere. We were very well attended to and It was a beautiful restaurant with wonderful food! Highly recommended!
Nice restaurant, but sushi quality was not good, don't recommend
Try this restaurant during the SF Restaurant Week. Very spacey and roomy. But the music is loud, it’s different than the Japanese restaurant style. Food is not good for this price. Sushi rice is loose, fish quality is not good and they don’t have their own special roll. Food just like other normal Japanese restaurant, no surprise for the price paying. Server service are excellent.
A nice place for friends to meetup or to celebrate a special occasion. Food is pretty nice, but for a more delicate and traditional Japanese cuisine you can find a better choice.
Only complaint is, service is really slow; maybe it was a Saturday, took 50 mins to bring out first course, it was fine afterwards until we get to dessert. That also took a LONG time for them to bring desserts out.
We had a wonderful dinner at Pabu Izakaya. We were celebrating our anniversary and the staff made us feel extra special from the momentt that we arrived, when they gave us a card that the entire staff had signed. The cocktails were unique and amazing - we loved the citrus and the bison cocktails. We originally chose Pabu when looking at the SF Restaurant Week menus, but we ended up ordering off of the normal menu as there were so many different things that we wanted to try! Our favorites were the Monterey Squid Okonomiyaki, Miso-marinated Black Cod, and the Tokyo Fried Chicken Kaarage.
Our server was excellent and was very patient with our numerous questions. Our dessert took a little longer, which didn't particularly bother us, but our server very kindly brought us each a glass of amaro while we waited, which felt above and beyond our expectations.
Overall we really enjoyed our meal at Pabu and will definitely be returning!
Wow!! Thank the Izakaya Gods that PABU survived the pandemic!! Been over 18 months since my last visit so my two sushi craving lady companions and I decided to try it out on a a Friday evening. Sat at our regular booth by the bar and Frederico our server and the floor staff did not disappoint with a spectacular omakase presentation that was timed perfectly for every course. Super job bro!! All our old favs like the Happy Spoon with Caviar, Pork Fried Rice, Ken’s Roll, Michael’s Negitoro, and of course the assorted sashimi and nigiri from their veteran itamai chefs were truly delicious in taste and presentation as before. The packed bar was cranking out my numerous Belvedere tonics with great efficiency and hats off to the back of the house for the superb yakitori platter and hamachi kama. So as a 62 yr old Nihon born, I say with full confidence that PABU still retains the crown as the BEST Japanese/Izakaya/Sushi in SF!! And don’t forget to cash out some Bitcoin!!
Very expensive. The food was not worth the cost. The portions were small but in addition the food was just not at the level that matched what we paid.
Saki sommelier is absolutely amazing. His knowledge and recommendations are truly exceptional. And the service was spectacular. Our waitress was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. This is definitely one of the best dining experiences in Northern California.
I was sent an inaccurate email stating that I did not arrive for my reservation. I arrived and was sat. I was 15 min late. Perhaps this is why.
We came from Las Vegas and it was definitely worth it!!!
Upscale space. All was visually pleasing. Service was good. Some simple dishes were nothing special (seaweed salad/wakami, edamame) but the fish and Uni we're all very good. I'm not a big roll guy but others ordered them and they were very good. Price was fair for a very nice place in San Francisco. We'll go again
It was incredible experience dining at Pabu. The food is amazing and super nice servers especially shout out to Sean the most amazing waiter and bartender, he made our night so special!!! Thanks so much and will dine there again!!
Awesome food and service as always.
Simply one of the most memorable dining experiences we've had --period. And we've had a lot of memorable dining experiences in a lifetime of fine dining. Every dish was beautiful and subtle balance of flavors, and there were sufficient omakase courses for us to have felt satisfied without being stuffed. Lovely space. Gracious service. Impeccable.
Celebrating my mom’s bday , was a great experience
Food and service were phenomenal. Had great recommendations from the host to try the Japanese sardine nigiri and it did not disappoint. The server was on too of everything and incredibly friendly. He noticed I didn’t enjoy ny second cocktail choice and made some updates to it. He saw I was still not drinking it as pleasurably as my first one and next thing I know he got me my first pick again. So lovely.
The food came out too quickly which I know sounds odd but it was a little off putting
Sean was our server and ordered for us and made the night truly memorable. An asset to the restaurant.
No omakase , Available only on take out the sushi’s are so so.
My husband and I went to PABU for our wedding anniversary, and PABU went above to acknowledge our special day. The food is awesome and fresh. We will certainly come back again!!!
They took 25 mins to seat us and because they were busy, great for them. Not a great table. Told them I was not that happy but I understand that the world is imperfect. The GM said let’s turn this around
Big picture one of the best dinners with 10 people in my life
Thank you Pabu Team !
Service was top notch and food was amazing! Never disappoints.
Estaba rico pero el servicio no muy grato
Service was sub par.
Love the food and service was amazing!
I enjoyed the minimalist interior. It reminded me of Japan. The food was great!
Amazing! Service was next level!
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Pabu Izakaya San Francisco is rated 4.5 stars by 1213 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.