Yuzuki Japanese Eatery

4.5
178 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Japanese

Restaurants you may also like

View all

About

This “small plate” Japanese restaurant prides itself on traditional and authentic dishes of seasonal ingredients prepared in unique, simple, and attentive ways. With exceptional house made tofu, koji oriented food and an exquisite sake list, the experience of dining at Yuzuki Japanese Eatery is as close to a dining in Japan .
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Japanese
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
<
Dinner: Wednesday - Friday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm; Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(415) 556-9898
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
18th street
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
Public transit
A few blocks from 16th and Mission Bart Station and J Church muni station.

#33 muni stops in front of the restaurant. #22 muni stops at 16th street.
icon/ic_special_eventsCreated with Sketch.
Special events & promotions
Please see our website www.yuzukisf.com for special events.
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.6

Yuzuki is one of the best restaurants in SF, operating somewhat under-the-radar. Get a reservation while you can.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
What 178 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.5based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.2
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
LJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Went to Yuzuki for a birthday dinner and, like the other reviews, I thought all-and-all, the whole experience was good but not exceptional. The atmosphere is comfortable and clean but nothing special. The portions were on the small side but on par with most traditional Japanese restaurants. The miso black cod, ikura shoyu, and oysters were quite good. On a very positive note, Yuzuki *only* features organic, seasonal produce and we need more all organic restaurants in San Francisco (not just restaurants that serve conventional produce atop a bed of organic greens, for example). A pretty good meal but not necessarily a great value. (The total was $160 for two people, not including drinks)

Report
Helpful
JT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Terrific Food, Excellent Service. We give it a high rating. Some Japanese foods we had never experienced. Not your "usual" Japanese. All of it was delicious!

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, quality and service. Love sake selection too.
I think the price is a bit high.

Report
Helpful
KO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Overpriced

Report
Helpful
OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Food is overpriced. Serving is sooooooo slow! There are 13 tables right now and 12 groups are playing cellphones with empty plates. We have been sitting here for 70min and only have had 3 small dishes which you can finish in 1 minuet. We come to a restaurant to have food instead of wasting our time. You'd better had a meal before coming to this place because they will keep you starving no matter what. So terrible!! Would never come again!!! The experience was extremely bad!!!!!

Report
Helpful
k
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, sake, and beer selection.

Report
Helpful
MC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoughtful and beautiful, exquisitely prepared dishes. A meal that satisfies body, soul, and spirit.

Order off the banner featuring daily special dishes and supplement from the regular menu. Trust your server for sake recommendations.

Report
Helpful
Y
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good, high quality ingredients. One dish (cod) was amazing. However, the restaurant is pricey and we ended up paying $90/pp and were not really full.

Report
Helpful
ME
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazingly well executed izakaya cuisine — every dish is stellar! The service is casual but attentive and extremely knowledgeable and helpful, particularly with sake pairings. It is on the pricey side but worth it for food this well done. One of my all time favorites in San Francisco!

Report
Helpful
EM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was a bit off compared to when I was there before a couple years ago... not as attentive throughout meal and we never ended up getting mushroom rice dish, as apparently server forgot to place order with kitchen, and it takes at least 30 minutes. Luckily we were already fairly full, so we decided to just skip it. Also, the restaurant was much louder than from what I recall before... not sure if it was because there were a couple of other large parties also seated in restaurant or we were just in a spot with bad acoustics.

Report
Helpful
OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible. Hands down my favourite Japanese restaurant in SF (maybe in all of California). There isn’t a single dish that is anything less than absolutely amazing. And the service is so incredibly on point - the waitresses can build an entire meal around just what Sake you’re in the mood for. Best birthday dinner ever!

Report
Helpful
MN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Tasty food in most part but extremely overpriced. Over $120 per person seems too expensive when you can have a decent dinner for that price with better service and food.

Report
Helpful
MC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very elegant and thoughtful dishes, authentic and refined. It’s not inexpensive but worth every penny.

Report
Helpful
P
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined a Yuzuki Japanese Eatery for the past three years and they never fail to impress.

The plates are small and individually prepared by the chef. The staff and service is impeccable.

The is not your typical Japanese restaurant, so expect the unexpected and you will be absolutely surprised that you dined here.

Its a bit pricey, but will worth the dining experience. We highly recommend this restaurant.

Report
Helpful
p
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is good, but on the expensive side so though we may come back it certainly won't be often. Also a bit loud for our taste, but we do prefer quiet places.

Report
Helpful
LT
San Francisco
120 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was great in terms of quality, presentation, and tastes! It’s too bad the portions were exceptionally tiny, making it a very expensive experience. Our bill before tips came to $75 per person. To top it off, one of us came out still hungry!

We ordered the rice pot with mushrooms which came highly recommended. It was supposed to take 30 minuets, but it actually took over an hour before it was on our table. The food came in strange order. Our crab salad and appetizers came towards the end of the meal rather than at the beginning! We would have liked the pork belly to accompany our rice, but it came to the table at the very beginning.

The noise level was unbearable!! We were looking forward to coming, but, sadly, we certainly will not be coming back.

Report
Helpful
OT
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good but the prices were way out of proportion. I regularly dine at some of the top spots in the Bay Area and the quality of this decent izakaya can’t compete when it’s costs SIGNIFICANTLY more that when I eat my heart out at a place like State Bird Provisions or Nopa. And Ippuku is far superior and a much better value.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh oysters, delicious salmon belly, and lovely mushroom rice bowl. Never disappointed with this place.

Report
Helpful
S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food portion is really small, comparing to the price they charge. Even girls felt hungry after the dinner.

Report
Helpful
MF
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Yuzuki is an interesting and creative japanese restaurant; it is not a sushi joint, though some raw or seared fish is available. All of the food is very delicately flavored and nicely prepared. The dishes are all a bit small, so things can get a bit pricey. Service is casual and friendly and the atmosphere is pleasantly casual.

Report
Helpful
OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was tasty but wayyyy overpriced and incredibly small portions. It felt a bit like tea time for 7 year olds. I understand that this may be an upscale restaurant, but even the staff indicated the portions were large enough for multiple people. We ended up ordering multiple times because it was never enough food. Good news is there was a burrito place down the street so we took the opportunity to eat a second dinner.

Report
Helpful
R
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was underwhelming, poorly executed with lower end, cheaper ingredient (eg: Fried chicken and vegetable tempura were more soggy than crispy, tempura was tiny little bits of undetermined vegetables. Neither service nor space live up to price point. Wouldn't return, wouldn't recommend.

Report
Helpful
c
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

We made a reservation a day before, but we were put in a small table that trapped by 2 surrounded tables . .. food server forget our drink order, Crispy chicken was grease instead, $11 Zaru Tofu only have about 4 tablespoon . . . $5 for half Teba chicken wing, This restaurant is VERY expensive.

Report
Helpful
JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awsome meal, wonderful ambiance. I will eat here again in the near future.

Report
Helpful
HT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, and overall awesome experience.

Report
Helpful
AL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite San Francisco restaurants.... Unique and outstanding small Japanese plates, updated frequently, with incredibly attentive service focused on maximizing your experience. Always an intimate and enjoyable dinner

Report
Helpful
h
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food here is really good. The portions are on the small size, so to really fill up you will be ordering a lot and it won't be cheap, but it's worth it. Everything is really good. You can't go wrong with anything. I have been here twice now and both times have been very enjoyable. I will definitely be back many times to come.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! The Tofu and the Koshihikari rice were awesome! We had a ton of yakitori and sashimi which were really good too!

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

Report
Helpful
M
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated right away after coming in and the service was fast, friendly and nice. Everytime they see my tea cup half empty they were so quick in refilling it. Servers are knowledgeable. Nice presentation of food - really Japanese style and made me feel at home. This place is good for casual dining and dates too. Yummy deserts and the taste is really authentic. Would definitely come back again and recommend this restaurant to everyone!

Report
Helpful
h
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was more delicious than I remembered. Ingredients were seasonal and fresh. Preparation was precise and shoes respect to authentic Japanese cuisine.

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

I hope it was just an “off night” where performance didn’t meet expectation. My friend was excited about trying out this place and we took her husband there for his early birthday dinner. The food was not good, from taste to presentation, to pricing, just plain unthoughtful. It’s possibly the worst and the saddest restaurant I’d ever been to. Everyone was disappointed.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Pretty bad

Report
Helpful
r
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and personable service. We had a mix of various dishes - the grilled fish stood out as amazing.

Report
Helpful
RE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Really disappointed. Food was insipid, prices were high...what’s to like??

Report
Helpful
RJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always. Cooking is delicious. Service superb. Very welcoming.

Report
Helpful
OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is fantastic. I have never had Japanese cuisine like this before and I doubt I will again unless I travel to Japan. Done using traditional methods, it was all prepared perfectly and tasted delicious. Plus, the saké menu was a great total # of options and very well represented saké styles. Service and ambiance were lovely.

Report
Helpful
L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, authentic unique and creative food, but a little overpriced. Sashimi was $24 and not the best compared to other places in the city. Mushroom rice was outstanding, but everything else was just ok.

Report
Helpful
m
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food Was good, I was disappointed with he spacial rice with special mushrooms dish, every mouth was filled with grit / sand and it was very, very unpleasant, perhaps not even healthy. I am sure the mushrooms were not washed to save the flavour, but it was like eating sand, took away all the qualities of the dish!

Report
Helpful
LA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is my favorite restaurant in San Francisco, which is saying a lot. SO GOOD.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
5

Tweets by Yuzuki Japanese Eatery