Pabu Izakaya San Francisco

4.5
1213 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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vipSamurai6
San Francisco
399 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipKRLasVegas
Hawaii
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We have been to this restaurant multiple time. The food is consistently good

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sushi Chef was top

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
24 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Michelle
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

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.

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vipEricW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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awwesome
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great atmosphere, great service; will definitely come back!

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Nina
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipRachelE
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was terrific service and exquisite food!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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AlexW
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food!!! Great staff as well

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MartinN
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Oool
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice restaurant, but sushi quality was not good, don't recommend

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

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.

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ClaireC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

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vipSkyeL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

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Kassandra
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipSamurai6
San Francisco
399 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
24 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bartenders

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vipfoodie
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came from Las Vegas and it was definitely worth it!!!

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BruceW
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

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vipShesh
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service as always.

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vipAntonEgo
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my mom’s bday , was a great experience

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food came out too quickly which I know sounds odd but it was a little off putting

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sean was our server and ordered for us and made the night truly memorable. An asset to the restaurant.

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CynthiaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

No omakase , Available only on take out the sushi’s are so so.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well
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 !

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was top notch and food was amazing! Never disappoints.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cancun
15 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Estaba rico pero el servicio no muy grato

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
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
16 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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vipYevD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Service was next level!

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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 4.5 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.

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