SakeSan is a sushi bar and bistro located in the Inner Richmond area. While its recipes adhere closely to the classics that made them famous, the decor and atmosphere inside are distinctly modern. Intriguing checkerboards of dark wood line the walls and Japanese writing glowing with back-lit neon lights. SakeSan is not your average quick sushi restaurant, but something much more refined and stylish.
Off the robata, or grill, guests can order a savory rack of lamb, grilled calamari, chicken skewers, bacon wrapped asparagus and many other delicacies. The sushi list takes up a full page of the menu at SakeSan and varies from simple two or three ingredient rolls to complicated, gorgeous masterpieces. Daring diners should have a go at The Gambler, a white tuna roll topped with salmon and pineapple with spicy mayo and a special sauce. The catch? One of the eight pieces is extremely spicy.
Decent, mediocre sushi in the richmond that doesn't break your wallet. Don't expect anything fancy or extremely fresh, but its sufficient enough for days my fiance and I are craving sushi and don't feel like spending $100pp for a quick dinner.
Needed to make early reservation for 5:00 based on enticing website. Lots of Japanese restaurants available, many under a 'moderate' scale, so SakeSan was (to me) a hopeful newcomer.
My impressions/experience are primarily based on my (relatively early) time of dining : No problem parking on busy shopping area Clement St. at that time of evening / Upon entering, could see an appropriate number of early diners and an efficiently-busy wait staff / A couple private, glassed-in dining areas, a larger common dining area, with optional dining @ welcoming bar, and apparently more private dining areas farther back / As a single, was seated between two tables, (cozy, not cramped) / A wall-mounted music video was playing current populars with subtitles (catering to groups is one of their night offerings) / Servers were young, efficient, friendly, knowledgeable, high energy, and attentive (at one point I dropped a chop stick and before completely resettling, a server was delivering a new set).
Menu was large/varied enough in both food selection, sakes, cocktails and wines to accommodate most tastes; due to prep time, wait time between dishes was staggered enough not to feel rushed and to allow plenty of table space; quality of food was quite good, fresh, with attention to detail in presentation. Overall the ambiance is "minimal-clean-Japanese" and welcoming.
Although an early diner, I could easily see SakeSan as an active night spot, good for groups and special occasions, with a vibrant bar scene. Will have to return for a night dinner, but from my experience, would recommend.
Pay cash or credit. Do not use your debit card. We had a expectedly high bill and they put 3 authorizations on my account all in the amount of the whole bill so a chunk of my account was on hold for a couple days. I'm not Mr. VISA so I don't know why this is the case but they do this with debit cards.
Otherwise it wasn't too bad. Food is pretty good. Not my scene really but if you're a 20 something looking for a lively sushi bar scene, this is the place.
Went here with my boyfriend looking for late night food and drinks
SakeSan has been on my to-do list for a while, so my girlfriend and I booked a last-minute table last night. We arrived a few minutes early and were seated on time. Although there were quieter tables free, the hostess seated us at a two-top right in between two noisy tables. Strike one.
When the server came to take our drink order, we asked for water and tea. The tea came out piping hot, but so were the mugs that in which they served it. Be careful, tea drinkers, the ceramic mug they chose nearly scalded my fingertips when I first grabbed it. The water didn't come until over 20 minutes later, after we had to ask for it three times. Beverage service: Strike two.
We ordered the poke and the sashimi omakase, both of which were delicious. The fish was fresh, high-quality stuff. I really liked the fact that the menu specified that hand rolls could be wrapped in cucumber rather than the traditional nori and rice, because I'm on a low-carb diet this month. So, in addition to the sashimi omakase, we ordered the spicy hamachi jalapeno hand roll wrapped in cucumber. I was impressed with the presentation when it arrived but, alas, the taste was very bland. There was no jalapeno visible in the hamachi and the roll wasn't spicy at all. Zero heat. Strike three.
Finally, if you're looking for a quiet, upscale sushi place, keep in mind that SakeSan's decor is... interesting. There's a projection screen in the main dining area, screening distracting Korean pop videos, and the place is lit like a nightclub. Ugh.
I wanted to like SakeSan, but I can't recommend it when San Francisco is filled with sushi places that offer better value for money. Both Okina and Yu Zen score higher with me in the Richmond, and Saru in Noe Valley is an exceptional spot for those who don't want to hike out into the fog. If SakeSan shuts off the movie projector during dinner hours and brings the service up a notch, they have the potential to be as good as these other places.
The sushi rolls we got were absolutely delicious. We bought the angry bird and another one that was absolutely delightful.
Now our food entrees what a let down. Ugh. I got the seafood yasanabe. What a rip off! There was no flavor at all! I never pour more than a tsp of soy sauce but this dish was so plain it needed it. It was expensive too! I also got the seafood curry. It was watery to the point of being a liquid. Not good at all. It didn't taste like anything. Very DISSATISFIED. This was also a rip off. I'm not sure if we will come back.
The gambler is fun. One of the pieces is veery spicy. I was the "lucky" one who got it. Overall had a great experience with good sushi
A nice find for flavorful sushi, nigiri, specialty rolls, and robata. Pleasant atmosphere, attentive service. Separate rooms available for the karaoke crowd. Price point a little higher than average run of the mill sushi restaurants, but taste is worth it
Fresh/quality cuts of fish, great food presentation and nothing bad to say in the taste department.
The happy hour was a great deal and the items they offered were fit for all sushi lovers.
It won't disappoint and won't cost you a fortune either!
We celebrated a friend's birthday in one of the private karaoke rooms. It accommodates 12, and is enclosed in glass. This makes it semi-private, which means more fun for all! The setup is one big table and bench seating all around. There's a flat screen TV with the music choices. Singing amongst friends is a blast. The food is delicious, and the service is friendly and attentive. Highly recommended for a party.
Especially for the typical SF cold day. Yosenabe comes with rice. Udon has a nice broth.
Food was good, price and service was reasonable. Noise was loud.
I have eaten here several times, but this time I was disappointed that the appetizers came last after the main course sushi rolls.
The food is among the best Japanese food in the Ciry. The vibe and decor are excellent, and the place is filled with young people. The service is mediocre, the tea was cold and my food arrived late after prompting. The waitresses seem to be hired for their figures.
In a nutshell, we were very disappointed with the food and service.
The sushi just wasn't flavorful. For example, the hamachi was surprisingly, well, bland. And the hamachi sushi pieces were unusually large and required 2-3 bites each. We wondered what was up with the rice - most of the time, the rice kept falling apart.
The service was perfunctory at best. We felt our server just didn't want to work Valentine's Day night. Slowwww ... we recognize that they were very busy BUT at least our server could've given us a heads up on the delays through our meal.
Sakesan has many good reviews and we probably just hit them on a very bad night.
Food is good and worth it if you can score a living social coupon. The waitresses are horrible. They're slow, not very attentive, have bad attitudes and always seem very annoyed. They never refill your tea and sometimes forget your order. I only come here because it's convenient for me and I purchased a bunch of coupons!
Food is good, but the service varies. The ladies have an attitude, and the fellows do all the work. They offer a Living Social voucher, but have no way to use it as they have no internet.
Fresh sushi, Good food, Great Ambiance and service! I will definitely come back and try their other delicious rolls!!
I was amazed to see how much Clement St has changed in the past decade but was very pleasantly pleased to have found this "sushi-bistro"! It is a little loud for a Japanese restaurant as they have music with a karaoke screen playing rather loudly. Besides this, the ambiance and decor is very nice and quite upscale. They do have rooms in the back that can be rented for private parties. There are regular tables and also rooms with sunken tables where you take off your shoes and sit on the floor.
I was a little disappointed with the food. I thought the rolls were a little on the "skinny" side for $14 rolls and I didn't think the fish was particularly very fresh. It's wasn't bad but it wasn't great. I wish we'd tried some of the food and not just sushi so I could give a more fair review on this aspect.
The service was very good and I felt they were attentive and courteous.
Bottom line: This place would be a great place for a special occasion to rent out one of the private karaoke rooms with a bunch of friends and party the night away! It's definitely a place for a younger crowd (20's-30's). The rooms where you sit on the floor would be perfect for the next time I go with my husband and kids.
The service was slow on Sunday evening between 6 - 9 pm. Had to keep reminding them for our order. Once food is delivered, they don't come back to service you. You have to flag them down to get attention, like getting refill for water and tea. Waited for a long time for our bill. Food is expensive. Sushi was fresh and good. Good location. Not returning anytime soon.
I'd come back for the $1 oysters iand a good drink at the bar on a Monday nights when the crowd is not as big. The service was fast and friendly,
I've been here before and can confirm now that the service here is simply bad. Friendly enough, but not attentive at all and always forgetting things that were ordered. You have to constantly remind them about your order and simple things like water refills and some ginger and wasabe.
I reserved a table but was given the worst table of the house. When asked if we could moved to another table that was empty, I was told it was reserved. Even when another table opened up they didn't bother to offer it to us. I expected better service for the price. Food is average, sashimi was fresh.
fresh slices of fish on a bed of rice. There wasn't enough rice for my husband....usually other restaurants give you enough rice...when he asked for more rice, they said they will charge him
Karaoke rooms available. Food is great and priced well. Fun place.
This is a very good place for Japanese food. From my perspective the only down sides are that it's quite loud with all hard reflective surfaces, and it is somewhat uncomfortable to sit for a long time at the sunken tables. Seating cushions might help a lot. They do have tables with chairs available. All-in-all dinner was very good, and the service was nearly excellent.
the people next to us were so loud, which made it hard to talk
Wonderful sake list, the food was innovative. Each dish topped the last. The service was impeccable!
this spot is very trendy and dark. i think it's great for a first date or group outings. they even have karaoke room which i think is great! not sure how much that costs, but looks like fun. they have a gambler roll which has 1 jalapeno in the roll which can be fun but not fun if you get it.
Better than the last time since the first time I was served California rolls that had a piece of glass which fortunately did not swallow
Tried their hand rolls. Chefs were very accommodating requesting for little rice. Fresh fish and lots of variety.
The food was really good and the service was spot on. Enjoyed the jalapeno poppers, amaebi shrimp, raiders roll and OMG roll.
The setting is very enjoyable, every table has its own little glass booth and you need to take your shoes off before entering it!
The rolls and fresh sashimi were excellent. The only drawback was that the food was not served all at once, we were 5 and all got served at different times, making it difficult to enjoy the meal together!
Everything tasted good but our waitress was inattentive and completely lacked in the service department. Another waitress ended up suddenly taking over and she was a liittle bit better. Can't beat all the food we had + the $10 for $20 Yelp deal though.
Everything we ordered was fresh. Salmon, hamachi, squid, and rolls. I would highly recommend the gambler roll where one piece is spiked with hotness. Overall a great addition to the Richmond district.
This was the second time I went here. My mom had a blast. The ambience was great and the servers were very friendly. The sushi was very fresh!
The service and food was pretty good but once we were served California rolls, I bit into something hard and gritty and found a piece of glass. Good thing I didn't swallow it. While the manager took the item off the bill, I think they should've comped the whole bill so BEWARE!!!!
LOVE, LOVE LOVE the decor and ambiance of this new restaurant. we were lucky to have been seated in one of the 4 tables near the front(open tatami). each table is separated by floor to ceiling glass. it gives a very intimate and cozy feeling (almost as if you had your own room!) even though you could see right through the glass to the next table.
the food is very fresh and has a slight twist on the sushi i.e. the gambler roll. and we also enjoyed the sake selections.
all the servers were very professional, courteous and fast! we will definitely be back to try a few more items
The sushi here was really great. The atmosphere is fun and energetic. The servers were right on it ! Super nice too. Unbelievable Tuna Tar Tar Tacos...oiy! Will be coming back over and over and over. Have yet to sing though.
Sakesan was a nice change of pace from lots of sushi places. The space is great. We sat at one of the front tables which is set into the floor and seems authentically Japanese. The service was great and the food was very good. The udon noodles were fabulous as were all the rolls. The curry was a bit less interesting but I think japanese curry is different from Indian curries. I highly recommend Sakesan and we will be back.