Yuzuki Japanese Eatery

4.5
174 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
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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
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Cuisines
Japanese
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Hours of operation
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Dinner: Wednesday - Friday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm; Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(415) 556-9898
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
18th street
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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.
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Special events & promotions
Please see our website www.yuzukisf.com for special events.
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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.
Reviews from verified diners
174 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
68%
Very Good
20%
Good
6%
Fair
3%
Poor
3%
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Quiet
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LJ
San Francisco
3.0
Dined on July 9, 2018

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)

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JT
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

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!

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San Francisco
4.0
Dined on June 18, 2018

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

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Miami
1.0
Dined on May 14, 2018

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!!!!!

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k
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on May 3, 2018

Amazing food, sake, and beer selection.

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MC
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on April 27, 2018

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.

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Y
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on April 14, 2018

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.

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ME
New York Area
5.0
Dined on March 31, 2018

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!

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EM
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on March 23, 2018

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.

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Toronto
5.0
Dined on March 16, 2018

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!

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MN
San Francisco
2.0
Dined on March 10, 2018

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.

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MC
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on February 26, 2018

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

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P
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on February 22, 2018

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.

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San Francisco
3.0
Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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LT
San Francisco
3.0
Dined on January 31, 2018

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.

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Seattle
3.0
Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

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San Francisco
5.0
Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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S
San Francisco
3.0
Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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MF
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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Birmingham
2.0
Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

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R
San Francisco
2.0
Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

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SK
San Francisco
2.0
Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

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JL
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on January 10, 2018

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

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HT
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food, great service, and overall awesome experience.

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San Francisco
5.0
Dined on January 5, 2018

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

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h
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

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San Francisco
5.0
Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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San Francisco
5.0
Dined on December 30, 2017

Outstanding

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M
Vancouver
5.0
Dined on December 23, 2017

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!

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San Francisco
5.0
Dined on December 16, 2017

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

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San Francisco
1.0
Dined on December 10, 2017

Pretty bad

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r
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on December 7, 2017

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

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San Francisco
1.0
Dined on December 2, 2017

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

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RJ
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on December 1, 2017

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

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Phoenix
5.0
Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

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L
New York Area
4.0
Dined on November 17, 2017

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.

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m
San Francisco
3.0
Dined on November 12, 2017

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!

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LA
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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San Francisco
5.0
Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent Japanese Food! Great Service.
Some special items (rice, chawanmushi) take a while so make sure you have time to enjoy.
Great desserts too!

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JT
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on October 26, 2017

Amazing food, adventurous choices, good sake, good presentation. Service was slow, but friendly, always happy to return here.

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