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Best Japanese Restaurants in San Francisco Bay Area

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A photo of Alexander's Steakhouse - SF restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(2306)
$$$$
• Steakhouse • SOMA
Service bordering on obsequious. Needs a rethink. Food was good. Steak cooked perfectly. Amuse bouche inedible. Appetizer (tomato) microscopic and not very interesting though I think that was the aim. Great wine list. Ambiance ok. Noise level low.
A photo of Sushi Hakko restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(150)
$$$$
• Japanese • Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
Every piece of fish was so fresh and beautifully plated. Above all, delicious, especially the wild caught fish. My husband lived in Japan for years and is so picky when it comes to sushi here. He was surprised and delighted by the fresh and beautifully sliced sushi. We both can't wait to come back to see what's on the menu!
A photo of Sushi Ondo restaurant
4.9
Exceptional(127)
$$$$
• Japanese • SOMA
Booked 9 times today
I am disconcerted that I haven't been here sooner. It is an improved take on Omekase. No red miso soup, no shiso leaf, and even better, fish I haven't had before. Congratulations to an innovative Chef Shimizu and the Mins Group for innovation that sets it apart. The best aspect is the different fish and an innovative presentation of the sushi, all at a reasonable price point for omekase in the City, and the best version of tamagotchi ever! Also of import is his Hokkaido uni, the best and untreated with baking soda as so many fishmongers do. Chef also refuses to use Santa Barbara uni. As he says, to get a flavorful uni, it must come from very cold oceans, and that's Hokkaido to a "t." Also noteworthy were the tataki suzuki, akami, and mukihotate, also from Hokkaido. I like the three sets of four nigiri separated with cooked or other dishes manner of presentation. I also enjoyed the move away red or white miso soups and its substitution with a French style creamy soup, in this case a miso potato bisque with oven roasted seafood. This is so much superior to the standard miso soups. Fantastic! The only misses was rather strange request that guest wear a mask when out of their seats. The mask mandate is long over and there was no such requirement at another Mins Group restaurant, Izakaya Hon, where I dined a few nights ago. Why annoy the customer with it? The other miss was the counter at the omekase bar, it's too short, it extends less than half way up my thighs and I was leaning over to eat. Otherwise a fantastic omekase experience.
A photo of Sushi Hon restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(362)
$$$$
• Sushi • Mission District
Booked 16 times today
Great food, fantastic service. One of the best places in SF to drink some nice sake and have a fancy meal.
A photo of Sushi Shio restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(206)
$$$$
• Japanese • Mission District
Booked 10 times today
As a sushi fan who always dip a ton of soy sauce on my sushi, I struggled with the pre-seasoned sushi the chefs put on. Don’t get me wrong, the fish quality was FANTASTIC and you really get to taste the fish and not so much of the soy sauce. I’d just set up that expectation first for anyone that hasn’t had fancy sushi before. Love this spot, will come again.
A photo of Yoshi's Oakland restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(6671)
$$$$
• Japanese • Oakland
Booked 38 times today
Always have a great time at Yoshi’s…great food/drinks and not a bad seat in the house…great servers…just wish it was closer to me…
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Oakland restaurant
4.5
Awesome(130)
$$$$
• Japanese • Oakland
Booked 29 times today
This place is great! Atmosphere is energetic and cool but the staff is also really friendly. They know what they’re doing and what they’re talking about, and you can tell making the customers happy is their main priority. Food is wonderful and great time for friends to eat and chat.
A photo of Shirasoni restaurant
4.2
Awesome(431)
$$$$
• Japanese • Alameda
Booked 24 times today
Noy was our teppenyaki chef and he was excellent! Great food, tricks and humor! Will definitely be back
A photo of Benihana - San Francisco, CA restaurant
4.0
Excellent(2506)
$$$$
• Japanese • Japantown
Booked 72 times today
Rex, our chef, was charismatic and skilled. He was engaging and really funny. Loved the experience.
A photo of Ozumo - San Francisco restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(3035)
$$$$
• Japanese • Financial District / Embarcadero
Booked 34 times today
Amazing meal! The Hamachi appetizer was my favorite meal. We will be back soon.
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