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KUSAKABE, San Francisco, CA

KUSAKABE

4.8
4.8
343 Reviews
$50 and over
Sushi
Kusakabe is a gourmet sushi experience in San Francisco that offers diners a delicious way to taste a style of sushi they may not be familiar with. The chef at Kusakabe serves a prix fixe meal every night that features the Kaiseki style of sushi. After the meal has been served, diners may order additional fare from the a la carte menu. During their meal, guests at Kusakabe will enjoy freshly made seasonal sushi, including a medium fatty tuna cured in soy sauce, sashimi served with fresh wasabi and onion sauce, Japanese oysters served with caviar and a soup of snap pea and white bean paste. More sushi, including the chef�s choice of the day, completes the meal.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Sushi, Japanese, Kyoto-style

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 757-0155

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Mitsunori "Nori" Kusakabe

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Cross street

    Montgomery

  • Parking details

    Valet parking not available. Street parking or parking lots nearby. (Closest one at Hilton Hotel)

  • Public transit

    Walking distance from Embarcadero and Montgomery BART stations.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 343 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on all time ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. YS

    YukiS

    Tokyo

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Undoubtedly the best restaurant in San Francisco, not just Sushi. Also the third service beats any Michelin star restaurants.
  2. JZ

    JohnZ

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pretty special Omasake experience. Recommend when in SF.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best sushi in San Francisco with Kyoto style Omakase inspired by Kaiseki cuisine. The nigiri is garnished with flavor enhancers like shaved truffle or egg yolk and the fish are perfectly aged to bring out peak flavor and texture.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Wonderful sushi chefs explaining what is served! Good selection of interesting sake, wine, etc. But bait & switch on the menu. There is only one option: full omakase. KusaKabe needs to be more clear when $ and calories are involved. 5 star is possible if this is fixed.
  5. VH

    VictorH

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite sushi places in SF. Good service and amazing quality. They should get back their Michelin star!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and best Omakase I have ever had
  7. LZ

    LizheZ

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    love their sushi and sake
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I really enjoy omakase here.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply OUTSTANDING!
  10. E

    Esti

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was awesome, liked it very much. It was my wife’s birthday and they had a nice gift (desert dish) for her. Overall, great dining experience.
  11. SJ

    SarahJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable and creative dishes. Well worth the price. Go for a special occasion or any time you want to treat yourself.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly a beautiful meal start to finish.
  13. GV

    GilVincentO

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Words cant describe what we have experience, the food was awesome
  14. CD

    CarlosD

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    One of the best Japanese restaurant in town.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is perhaps the best sushi place I have ever been, and I am a frequent visitor to Japan. The omasake was just impeccable. Fish was so fresh and was elegantly presented. Highly recommended.
  16. E

    Elaine

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing and incredible experience. Best Omakase I’ve tried in San Francisco with the freshest, most delicious fish. A real treat. Ambiance was warm and inviting. Expert sushi chefs and impeccable service makes me look forward to the next time I come back again. As close to perfection as it can get. Thank you Kusakabe, for the unforgettable birthday dinner!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing in every way! It’s a small venue with a large sitting bar to watch the chefs work and also serve the beautiful, amazing food. Very attentive staff, who explained the menus and sake menu very clearly. It wasn’t cheap but it was worth every cent. I’ll be back!
  18. m

    magpie

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the petit omakase dinner at $95. Tuna and Japanese bonito were standouts in an premium selection of fresh and delicious fish. Presentation and service were excellent. Top notch sake, wine, and beer selection. Recommend sitting at the bar. Parking is difficult but there’s an evening deal at the Hilton for $5 flat fee. Not sure if it’s weekdays only.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was great. Just a little bothered that all 4 sushi plates was wiped with same cloth consecutively before washing considering two plates were from diners we don’t know. Since my plate was last, the cloth wiping my sushi plate had just touched 3 others. Each time sushi was served, we would eat it with our chopsticks, and all of our sushi plates would be wiped by the same cloth. Simply put, the cloth touched another diners used plate and directly wiped my plate before cloth was washed. This happens for each course. To me this is a hygienic issue.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great omakase menu with some unique and delicious touches, highly recommend.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious as always! Special ingredients, prepared to shine.
  22. CB

    CortB

    Salt Lake City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Waitress knew everything about the dishes we were served as well as with the wine pairings. Great experience and great food.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been here a few times, and have nothing but good things to say about this place. I just got back from Japan, seeing my family, and this place reminds me of home. The friendly staff, great quality food, and overall ambience is fantastic.
  24. e

    esilva2579

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing sushi experience. Direct interaction with the sushi chefs who create a festival of prime flavors to excite your palate. Great selection of sakes. Simply incredible. Highly recommended.
  25. TR

    TerenceR

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    An unexpected nice experience
  26. SL

    SLCmillcreek

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The short chef omakase was spectacular. Stunning flavors of subtle juxtapostion, perfectly uniform presentation, exceptionally well timed delivery of each course with enough moments of rest between the larger tastes. Superb service.
  27. t

    tinal

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were gifted a gift certificate for this restaurant and did not know anything about it. What a spectacular dinner we had! We had the owner as our sushi chef and were amazed by the detail of each dish. This was our 10 year anniversary and there were so many special touches the entire night. The 11 course meal with sake pairing, ended up being close to 20 items. We hope to be able to visit Kusakabe again. Sitting at the sushi bar is the best way to experience this restaurant.
  28. JW

    JonathanW

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing. Just go!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious. So good. Wish there was an option for just sushi though.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as always!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food lots of
  32. c

    cawineguy

    Naples

    71 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    overall1food3service2ambience2
    Kusakabe has completely lost their way. The dishes are very mixed in terms of quality. This restaurant is rapidly deteriorating in quality - thus why they have 1000 point tables available all the time. Avoid!
  33. KL

    KevinL

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic omakase experience! Every dish was fresh and tasty, excellent service to boot!
  34. MB

    MrBelvedere

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From start to finish KUSAKABE was fantastic, our reservation was confirmed when we walked in and we were seated immediately. Once we sat down menus were presented and drink orders were taken. We were then greeted by our Sushi Chef, he was friendly and explained every item as they were presented to us. Everything was delicious and the staff was great! I wholeheartedly recommend visiting KUSAKABE for a special event or date night. Definitely will be coming back again when I get the chance!
  35. C

    iCenturion

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding presentation, but it was the taste and freshness of the food that truly was out of this world.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh and delicious sushi, especially uni !
  37. j

    janices

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The benchmark of Sushi in the Bay area for the last 5 years!
  38. P

    Pickyforareason

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was spectacular, as always. Matt Oka was our sushi-san and her created a perfect meal. The sushi smoked with cedar wood ( by charing the wood slab while the sushi was on it) was amazing. Take the wine or sake pairing. KUSAKABE is one of my favorite places.
  39. JR

    JenniferR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An incredible experience. There is no place like Kusakabe.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2019

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    Did not serve any drinks (incl water) until end of second course despite us asking 3 times. Three different waiters served us throughout, all of them confused and awkward — asked to confirm orders multiple times. Very long wait times between dishes — by the end we were exhausted and wanted to leave. Was there for a birthday; confirmed this on the phone with restaurant beforehand — they served birthday cake to the two tables around us but not to us (embarrassingly for me taking my wife out for her birthday meal). Sushi was good but not exceptional; had better for much less elsewhere in SF. For the price, definitely not worth the visit.

FAQs

KUSAKABE is rated 4.8 stars by 343 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for KUSAKABE

584 Washington Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Montgomery

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Sushi, Japanese, Kyoto-style

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking not available. Street parking or parking lots nearby. (Closest one at Hilton Hotel)

  • Public transit

    Walking distance from Embarcadero and Montgomery BART stations.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mitsunori "Nori" Kusakabe

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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