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Diners' Choice: Japanese restaurants in San Francisco Bay Area

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Japanese cuisine in San Francisco Bay Area? 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 Hashiri Bettei Kaiseki Aoki restaurant
5.0
5 (3)
$50 and over
Japanese
Saratoga
About the restaurant
We, Hashiri Bettei Kaiseki Aoki, deliver the experience of “kaiseki ryori,” a type of Japanese fine dining which historically developed to be served in the Japanese tea room. The tea room, as a space, symbolizes the home of the Japanese tea ceremony, a simple yet transformative experience offering a pause in time to appreciate the seemingly small experience of sharing tea. As such, we’ve designed both the architecture and the experience, to condense an infinite expanse into an extremely small space.

The space is designed sans distracting elements. Lighting will be subtle and architectural details are clean yet warm. Designed to allow dishes to remain the focal point of the experience, our space represents the endless potential for an intimate dining experience that continues to linger on pallet and in mind well after the end.



Top review
Dave
Dined on Jun 24, 2024
I made a reservation here for my wife's birthday, based on past reviews of their previous location as well as current ones. While I wasn't sure what to expect based on the available photos, I was excited to see how the experience would compare to the ones I've had at numerous ryoutei in Japan. I can say, without a doubt, that the experience at Hashiri Bettei Kaiseki Aoki met or exceeded everything about my previous experiences in Japan. The food is meticulously prepared and presented, and absolutely delicious. Since my Japanese is barely conversational, it's a huge plus that they speak English fluently and go into great detail when explaining how the food is sourced from Japan and why they make the decisions they do when selecting products. When entering the restaurant, I got instant Japan vibes. It is clean, sparse, and the counter, which appears handmade out of a very interesting-feeling wood, only seats 9 guests. They only have one meal service per day and expend all of their energy and focus their attention on those 9 guests. If you cannot make it to Japan, actually, even if you can make it to Japan, Hashiri Bettei Kaiseki Aoki is not to be missed. If you have an upcoming occasion that you need to plan, that person in your life will feel really special. And try the Iwa 5 junmai daiginjou nihonshu with your meal -- it's amazing!
A photo of Sushi Hakko restaurant
4.9
4.9 (248)
$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 on Jul 7, 2024
We had an absolutely fantastic time at Sushi Hakko. Alex, the chef, is one of a kind and truly a master at his craft. We sat at the chef’s table and learned so much! Every detail on the menu and the restaurant is intentional and thoughtful. The food was exceptional, hard to pick a favorite but all the uni dishes were outstanding. We can’t wait to go back soon!
A photo of Nisei restaurant
4.9
4.9 (39)
$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 on Jul 7, 2024
Amazing restaurant! Great, unique food, excellent service, amazing cocktails from Bar Iris
A photo of Hana Japanese Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1299)
$50 and over
Japanese
Rohnert Park
About the restaurant
For over 30 years we have had the honor of spreading some of the most traditional Japanese dishes from "izakaya" style bites to a full on sushi bar, the experience at Hana is a bit out of the ordinary but we assure you that the flavor of the food hits home for anyone who has been exposed to real Japanese food culture.

KANPAI!

Top review
Frederickj
Dined 6 days ago
Hana has been a diamond shining in an unlikely location for many years
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A photo of AKIKOS restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1575)
$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
YoshimichiT
Dined 6 days ago
Food was Great Super fresh Fish Service was Excellent
A photo of Okaeri Japanese Bistro restaurant
4.9
4.9 (124)
$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
TamiF
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
The omakase was excellent!!! We will be back for sure.
A photo of Mamanoko restaurant
4.8
4.8 (43)
$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
Scott
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Great service, excellent food and drinks. Excellent restaurant.
A photo of Seiya restaurant
4.8
4.8 (662)
$31 to $50
Japanese
San Carlos
About the restaurant
Modern twist on traditional Japanese cuisine. Using centuries old techniques to elevate the fresh fish and ingredients sourced from Japan and locally.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 28, 2024
Great little restaurant, interesting dishes with great food. Excellent service.
A photo of Roka Akor - San Francisco restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2184)
$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
Shadowvip
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
We really enjoyed the tasting menu, which was carefully prepared and served at a good pace. Service was excellent and I love the ambience.
A photo of Aozora Japanese Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (517)
$30 and under
Japanese
Danville
About the restaurant
Aozora Japanese Restaurant brings Danville the finest Japanese flavors and style. Enjoy our menu featuring delicious shared plates and entrees from the kitchen, beautifully crafted sushi rolls from the sushi bar, and enticing drinks from the bar.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Consistently excellent sushi and Japanese appetizers and entrees. Very friendly and great service. One of our favorites in the area!
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