Sasaki

4.8
70 reviews
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$50 and over
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Japanese
Sasaki is a counter only sushi restaurant, located in the quiet inner mission district.The beautifully crafted wood counter can accommodate up to twelve people. We offer one prix-fixe menu nightly created by chefs Masaki Sasaki.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Tuesday-Thursday - two seatings - 6:00pm and 8:00pm
Friday-Saturday - three seatings - 5:30pm, 7:00pm and 8:30pm
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Phone number
(415) 828-1912
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
20th Street
Additional
Bar Dining
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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding sushi restaurant. Fantastic raw materials, great presentation, and very professional staff.

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MP
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A memorable evening at Sasaki.

Having the opportunity to work on-and-off in Japan for almost 30 years, I have had the chance to try out many high-end sushiyas in Japan. One negative aspect of that privilege is that one can be disappointed when eating sushi outside of sushi meccas such as Tokyo or Kyoto.

Such concern is now alleviated as the offerings from Sasaki blew our prejudice away. The ingredients were top-notch, the execution was flawless, and the service was impeccable. The one aspect that made our evening complete was the chef’s willingness to engage in conversation with us. Sasaki-san was a bit reserved at first, but after gentle prodding from us, he was quite open and friendly. We engaged in casual banter and conversation about food, restaurants, and almost anything that came to mind as the meal progressed and drinks piled on.

Many thanks, Sasaki-san and the two servers (sorry, we forgot the names), the experience at Sasaki was no-doubt one of the best high-end meals that we have had so far. The price was a bit stiff, but it was worth the money. It was immensely enjoyable for the three of us. Highly recommended!

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R
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The sushi just melts in your mouth. Check Sasaki, has definitely upped the ante with his omakase menu.

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SO
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic hidden gem. Definitely plan to return for another special occasion.

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TN
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My fourth time to this masterpiece and I live across the country. It never disappoints although I would not opt again for the 5:30 time slot again.

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SH
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best restaurant I have been to in San Francisco!

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fixed price menu will cost you $200 per person. Be careful before you guarantee your reservation with your credit card, or else you will be surprised.

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SR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was phenomenal!

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, memorable space and service! Perfect for special occasions and out of towners. Will definitely be coming back!

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JO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service as well! Thank you, Sasaki!

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TM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible omakase experience. Highly recommend.

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I
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly top notch from foods, service to decor. Very impressed! The decor and ambiance of the restaurant makes it seem as if you had traveled to Japan.

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s
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Was disappointed that chef did not offer more sushi at the end.

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IG
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down, one of the top sushi restaurant in San Francisco, you feel like you just entered a sushi establishment the moment you enter Sasaki and the feeling gets better as the evening went. Highly recommended. I have been to Sasaki many time, Masa-san brought immense standard and consistency on every single visit I have been.

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PS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sasaki is terrific- I am a very experienced sushi eater and the food and service here is very top notch! Enjoy!

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San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Was eager to try Sasaki, as I have followed Chef Masa on his odyssey from restaurant to restaurant in San Francisco, first at Omakase, then at Maruya. And also being a self-professed sushi/sashimi connoisseur, I was extremely excited about trying the newest omakase in San Francisco. And after finally dining here, I am pleased to say that this is Masa's best endeavor yet. What Sasaki does best is preserve the traditional edomae style of sushi, and his omakase menu skillfully reflects that. Not to mention the generous 14 piece sampling of Japanese fish flown in from Tsukiji. We were lucky in that we were the last dinner seating for the day, which allowed Masa san to loosen up a little and engage us in some very amusing conversations about food and travel. I would definitely put Sasaki in the same vein as Kusakabe and Maruya, so if you enjoyed those restaurants, you will definitely enjoy Sasaki. One of the best new omakases in SF, bar none. Domo arigato Masa san!

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PS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a superb Sushi experience with outstanding fish and preparation by a terrific master. One of the very best in Ca

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DA
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily one of the best meals of my life. There are only 13 seats, all at the counter, so everyone has a front row seat to watch the chef (who is an absolute master of his craft) assemble each piece. Although most dishes are served as a single composed bite, the quantity was more than sufficient, with a huge variety of flavors and textures. We had several opening courses, followed by 14 unique maki, then 2 more savory courses, then a simple and refreshing dessert of yuzu sorbet and hojicha tea.

The fish was fresh and flawless (selected by the chef each day - word is he will do his best to accommodate requests if you call ahead). The rice was perfect, one plain and one seasoned in a way I’ve never encountered anywhere else. The chef was quiet but warm, friendly to those who wanted to chat and ask questions and respectful of those who preferred to savor their bites in silence.

The omekase (the only option) is expensive at 180/person, but worth the splurge if you’re celebrating a special occasion or just want to have a really memorable dinner.

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V
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. Masa San always executes at an amazing high level. Never a single compromise. We will be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Decent sushi with a blend of traditional and non-traditional elements. A bit lacking in refinement both in terms of the food and the service. Overall a nice addition to SF however. My wife’s take on it was... “meh.”

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K
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievably good. Absolute perfection from start to finish. The fish was fresh and flavorful and prepared with the utmost care. It is well worth the price you pay.

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AW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Best Sushi in SF, as close as you get to a top Sushi place in Tokyo

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m
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Naoe was my first. None other has come remotely close ... until
now. Sasaki: thank you for one of the best dinners of my life and for a truly memorable birthday dinner for the love of my life!

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing Omakase experience at San Francisco. Chef Sasaki’s skill is impressive

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JS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second time there. Food, sake and service are great. Very much like a top tier Tokyo experience.

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SS
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best sushi in SF, without question. Impeccable. Pure. Perfect. Every single time.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily a one michelin star.

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c
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous omakase...if you love Jiro sushi you'll love this place. For Serious sushi lovers.

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best omakase we have had in US or Japan! Fabulous!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply phenomenal. Masa-San has crafted a dining experience that leaves one humbled and at peace. With each piece of nigiri there is a surprise, as Masa-San forgoes the tradition of light to heavy fish. The rollercoaster of taste brings you on a journey to Japan-you can forget you’re in the middle of the mission after walking through the doors.

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a
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for purists. Really good sushi rice (which was actually sugarless). Some plates were kind of a miss... but the quality of the fish (and uni...) was really good.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Not worth the price for average tasting omakase

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi experience I have had in the US
IMHO more enjoyable than Masa or Urasawa
Favorite sushi experience ever, Komatsu Yasuke

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RC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best omakase experience in SF.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Look no further for an authentic sushi experience.

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H
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is easy to pass by unless you are really looking for it with the address as the only sign at the outer door to a foyer is a piece of paper indicating “by reservation only.” Once you enter the inner door, you are warmly greeted to a sizable room with just a sushi bar of 12 seats. . When seated, we were presented with a hot towel and the single omakase menu and the beverage menu. The latter was rather short, with several champagnes ($26/glass & up), a number of sakes ($16/glass and up), a single beer with two sizes ($8 & 16), and three non-alcoholic beverages (sparkling or still water or tea, $8 each). The omakase is prix fixe $175. The chef and assistant worked meticulously behind the counter, and each morsel was presented beautifully. Most of the items were sushi, interspersed with some refreshing “palate cleansers”. The sushi here seems to emphasize a certain degree of marination as opposed to simple freshness. The chef explained that his rice was different from most others in that there is no sugar- I felt, however, that this rice did not form as good a harmony with the fish as, say, Kusakabe’s. Nevertheless, each item served was delicious. For drinks, I had the larger beer, which was good. Wife had sparkling water. By the time the omakase was finished, we were quite full. Unlike some other omakase, they did not offer any a la carte choices afterwards (totally unnecessary here). The service was very attentive and friendly, and we liked the quiet, intimate ambiance. The chef personally branded a wooden sake cup with his name and presented it to us for our anniversary celebration. He did the same for the birthday celebration of the couple adjacent to us. The only complaint, as a beer drinker, is that they had just one selection of beer, good as it was, and no wines except for champagne. Overall, an excellent omakase restaurant, comparable to the handful of fine omakase restaurants we reviewed, but not quite at the level of Kusakabe.

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e
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

another one of those restaurans that start off well (food-wise), but continue on a decline. not worth it. the chef also did not serve a complete meal with extras because, despite the fact that it is a reservations-only establishment, it ran out of food. ... no words.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, very attentive staff. Well worth the price simply because of the quiet, intimate ambience. I would love to come here again. The rice was excellent, and the fish was amazing. Being able to sit close to the chef was like watching an artist work on a masterpiece up close each time.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily the best sushi in SF.

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AL
Hawaii
23 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

BEST in S F ! HANDS DOWN ! They give you the PRIIME fish 🐟 the TORO & other fish where the other want to charge ! Plus 95 percent of the 🐟 is from JAPAN 🇯🇵🍱🇯🇵🍣🤗👅

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