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Diners' Choice: Japanese restaurants in San Francisco

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Japanese cuisine in San Francisco? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Sushi Hakko restaurant
5.0
5 (250)
$50 and over
Japanese
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
About the restaurant
**Welcome to Sushi Hakko on Union St. + Fillmore St.**
We'd like to offer our tasting menu that's reflecting Chef Alex Kim and his team's pursuit of top notch sushi experience. Our approach is a harmonious crossover of authentic Edo-mae style with Western skill. From fish to rice, cooking rice to garnish prep - a true synergy of not only Californian but Japan.

**Sushi Bar Experience**
For the best experience of our tasting menu, we'd recommend the sushi bar seating, where chef will serve and explain the dish by dish, piece by piece with an extensive information of the skills and ingredients.

**Regular Tables**
Our regular tables are also available for the tasting menu and you can make a reservation at any time slot to your convenience.

*Large Group*
For any party of 7 or more, please kindly call us at 415.814.2886​ or email at sushihakko@gmail.com. We will get back to you asap.

All parties will be subject to a 20% service charge.

We look forward to serving you soon.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Wowww ! Everything was amazing ! Amazing service amazing food !!!
A photo of Nisei restaurant
4.9
4.9 (42)
$50 and over
Japanese
Russian Hill
About the restaurant
Nisei presents a contemporary approach to Japanese American cuisine by combining deep Japanese flavors, refined cooking technique, and Northern California's finest ingredients. The restaurant is a personal reflection of Chef David Yoshimura's unique experience as a Michelin starred chef and second generation Japanese American, or Nisei.

Nisei can accommodate most severe allergies with advance notice, however due to the nature of the tasting menu format, we can not meet all dietary restrictions or aversions. In order to maintain the spirit of our cuisine, the following items can not be removed: Salt, sugar, soy sauce, and egg cooked into items.

All Experience prices below reflect a 20% Service Fee and 8.63% SF Sales Tax applied to the base price of each experience. This Service Fee goes towards paying our employees a livable wage as well as providing health insurance.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
amazing dinner. Worth the hype! We will be back for sure
A photo of AKIKOS restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1577)
$50 and over
Japanese
SOMA
About the restaurant
The diverse, sustainably driven menu presents a modern take on the traditional omakase experience, underscored by whimsical approaches to Japanese cuisine prepared with local, seasonal ingredients and fresh fish from Tokyo’s famed Toyosu Fish Market. With dynamic courses such as the signature shokupan, comprised of grilled milk bread, toro, and golden Kaluga caviar or the aged, soy-cured bluefin tuna nigiri, Akikos’ cuisine fuses curated ingredients and high-quality seafood with innovative preparation and presentation.

Kindly note we are currently offering omakase experiences for lunch and dinner and do not offer an à la carte menu. For those looking to expand their dining experience, additional selections of nigiri are available a la carte on the nama menu following the tasting.

The omakase lunch experience is offered at $150 per guest, and the omakase dinner experience is offered at $255 per guest.

Top review
GlenV
Dined 3 days ago
Very good food. You will get to try items you may not be familiar with prepared in unique and inventive ways.
A photo of Okaeri Japanese Bistro restaurant
4.9
4.9 (125)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Mission District
About the restaurant
Welcome to Okaeri SF, where we showcase both traditional Japanese dishes and an innovative omakase experience. Our chefs bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the kitchen, creating a dining experience that is truly one-of-a-kind.

Our menu features a wide range of authentic Japanese dishes, including nigiri, sashimi, rolls, and tempura. We also offer a selection of unique fusion dishes that blend traditional Japanese flavors with modern culinary techniques.

Our omakase experience is a must-try for any foodie. This multi-course meal features a selection of the freshest, most flavorful ingredients, carefully chosen and prepared by our talented culinary team. Each dish is a surprise, designed to showcase the chefs' skills and creativity.

We invite you to come and experience the art of Japanese cuisine at Okaeri SF. Whether you're a fan of traditional dishes or looking to try something new, we have something for everyone. Thank you for choosing us for your dining experience.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
A truly special and unique dining experience. Great atmosphere, fun menu, with signature dishes, and special attention to Sushi and starter plates. If you live Japanese cuisine, look no further
A photo of Mamanoko restaurant
4.8
4.8 (45)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
About the restaurant
Come enjoy fresh sushi and Japanese fare at our beautiful location in the Marina District of San Francisco.
Top review
Moiravip
Dined 1 day ago
Mamanoko is so good always! But last night was especially awesome service for our friend's birthday dinner. Everything was on point! Thank you!
A photo of Roka Akor - San Francisco restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2188)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Financial District / Embarcadero
About the restaurant
Nestled in the heart of San Francisco's Jackson Square (on the north side of the Financial District), Roka Akor is modern in approach, Japanese in spirit, and features a contemporary, chef-driven menu with dishes meant to be shared. Menu highlights include exquisite cuts of prime steak, rare Wagyu from various regions of Japan, grilled seafood, and sushi. Roka's signature robata grill creates an experience you won't find in any other steakhouse. Our cuisine is complemented by signature cocktails, wine, sake, and an extensive and award-winning list of fine whiskies. Roka Akor San Francisco offers a beautiful setting with its timeless design featuring earthy, natural elements in a contemporary yet comfortable setting. Our thoughtful dining space provides the right backdrop for any occasion. Our large, energetic dining room offers a full view of our signature robata grill, exclusive counter seating allows guests to interact with the chefs. Roka Bar is a sleek basement lounge where you can host a happy hour or indulge in a night cap. A private dining room is available for business dinners or special occasions, and all or part of the sleek Roka Bar may be utilized, as well.
Top review
roubinhovip
Dined 6 days ago
Excellent food, very good varieties of dishes. Our group found the atmosphere it too cold and loud.
A photo of Otoro Sushi restaurant
4.7
4.7 (983)
$30 and under
Japanese
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
About the restaurant
Otoro Sushi is a hidden gem in the Hayes Valley. Our sushi experts will go to great lengths to bring you the freshest ingredients to offer San Francisco Bay Area patrons Japan"s best traditional sushi and tapas. Otoro Sushi is perfect for small groups and also has a wonderful sake and wine selection.
Top review
gaylonp
Dined on Jun 26, 2024
Beautiful! Get the sashimi tasting, for sure. The fish was fresh, expertly prepared, delicious, and artfully presented. Attentive and patient service. Thank you for the perfect evening to catch up with friends from far away.
A photo of Ozumo - San Francisco restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3362)
$50 and over
Japanese
Financial District / Embarcadero
About the restaurant
Ozumo is one of San Francisco’s most popular destinations for contemporary Japanese cuisine. Created in 2001, Ozumo was one of the first restaurants to combine sushi and robata cooking under one roof. Its captivating design, by world-renowned Japanese-based Super Potato, continues to delight diners, years after its’ inception. Ozumo introduced chilled, high-quality sake to its’ guests, by curating one of the finest collections from Japan’s most esteemed brewers.

As a long-standing establishment in Embarcadero, Ozumo remains committed to its culinary roots while also elevating its menu with the assistance of a new Chef Partner, Chef Yukinori Yamamoto. Chef Yama, who embarked on his culinary journey at the age of 18, has accumulated 33 years of experience in crafting Japanese cuisine and is now making a formidable impact at Ozumo.

www.ozumo.com
@ozumorestaurants

Top review
GlendaleATILuv2Grubvip
Dined on Jul 15, 2024
Great service quiet restaurant cool vibes but slow as it was a late Sunday evening! Food was incredible
A photo of Hakashi Japanese Sushi Bar & Grill restaurant
4.7
4.7 (62)
$30 and under
Japanese
SOMA
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of San Francisco, Hakashi Japanese Sushi Bar & Grill is a chef driven restaurant that is committed to only using the finest and seasonal fish, vegetables, rice and ‘made from scratch’ sauces.

Our cuisine is simple and delicate. Our Chef, Julio, learned from his master, Norihiko Suzuki, from Fukushima Japan. Chef Julio is excellent at inspiring and hand crafting every dish from Omakese to Nigiri to Sashimi. He is also great at customizing arrangements for special occasions to achieve something that is truly a reflection of honoring the traditional Japanese Cuisine.

Come visit Hakashi Japanese Bar & Grill for an unforgettable dining experience. For Friday and Saturday reservations, please call the restaurant directly.

Top review
cedric
Dined on Jun 23, 2024
Overall food is good but they forgot part of our order twice and we just gave up and asked for the check. Server could not care less.
A photo of Pabu Izakaya San Francisco restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1364)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Financial District / Embarcadero
About the restaurant
Founded by Chefs Michael Mina and the late Ken Tominaga, of the famed Hana Japanese Restaurant in Sonoma County, PABU Izakaya brings forth a modern take on traditional izakaya-style dining. Now, with Tominaga’s son Keita as Chef/Partner, PABU continues to be a destination for world-class sashimi, sushi, grilled meats from the robata and a seasonal cocktail menu. The restaurant offers the finest locally and globally sourced jet-fresh seafood flown in daily from Japan’s famed Toyosu Market accented by its signature selection of A5 Japanese Wagyu.

Please note: Restaurant Week menu will be offered for reservations between 4:00 – 8:00 pm only

Top review
Markovip
Dined 3 days ago
Your price increases have gone beyond reason. You are now a special events location (perhaps two visits per year) rather than a monthly visit.
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