Sasaki

4.8
83 reviews
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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.
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place if you're looking for a top tier sushi experience. Went there for my birthday and thoroughly enjoyed every piece served.

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NP
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very intimate small restaurant where you are served directly by the chef. Seating is along the bar where the chef prepares the food in front of you. Traditional Japanese omakase, very fresh and delicious.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time back at Sasaki and I must say, the experience was better than the first. Sasaki serves their fish in a traditional style which in opinion my does an exceptional job showcasing the flavors of the fish. The result is nigiri that tastes pure, unadulterated, and most importantly, delicious!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service not up to par to other restaurants charging less or the same price. Food was not great, none of the fish was very memorable to me.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding, I like the atmosphere inside. The outside is a little misleading for those not familiar with the area but was presently surprised once I set foot inside.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A pure delight every time. Precise service complements the sublime work of the master Sasaki, who loves what he does and does it very, very well.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great sushi. Some of the freshest I’ve had in The US. A bit pricey though.

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c
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The people who work here are extremely nice and service was generally good, but the food itself was just not very good. Some of the sushi was slightly fishy, and the flavors were generally bland. I've had better sushi at shopping malls. I would not return even if the cost were drastically reduced.

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Miami
81 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely fantastic experience. The sushi was the best and freshest I have ever tasted. Each nigiri was delicately and perfectly prepared and served and the service was spot on. Well worth the experience.

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YI
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Great sushi dinner with great atmosphere.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience

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JF
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice traditional omakase restaurant. At $180 per person, it's not cheap, but the food is quite good. I have the fortune of living in Japan and eating at some fantastic places and this compares favorably with all but the highest end in Japan.

Masa, the chef, rotates between two settings of six. He devotes all of his time during the entire meal to the six people that he is serving. His sous chef is busy prepping the meal for the next six that will come in after you. He is more traditional and not very talkative, but very open and approachable if spoken to.

The fish was all very high quality coming directly from the new fish market Toyosu which recently replaced the older Tsujiki fish market in Tokyo. The dishes were all good to great, with the uni and the salt water eel being particularly notable for me personally.

The sake and wine menu was a nicely curated selection and not overwhelming. Service was quite attentive and thoughtful.

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've dined here 5 times now and have loved it every time. Very special, intimate dining experience.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 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 5, 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 1, 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 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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TN
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 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 14, 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
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 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 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was phenomenal!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 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
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 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 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible omakase experience. Highly recommend.

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 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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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 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 18, 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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 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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MS
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on July 11, 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 16, 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 14, 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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San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on June 8, 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 2, 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 12, 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 26, 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 24, 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 21, 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
14 reviews
Dined on March 21, 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 16, 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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London
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily a one michelin star.

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