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Sasa

4.7
1796 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Sasa is a Japanese inspired restaurant in Walnut Creek. Izakaya Restaurants are traditional small plate restaurants where friends go to have a drink and unwind after a long day. Situated in the historic 100 year old building that for many years housed the Walnut Creek Meat Market, this architectural jewel has been transformed into a ambiance that wows and invites guests to stay and enjoy the dining experience at SASA. Chef/Owner Philip Yang prepare Japanese influenced dishes from around the world. The staff welcomes you into their house and offers up comfort, hospitality and fun. The restaurant includes a full bar with a large Sake selection, outdoor patio, sushi bar and a commitment to fresh local seasonal faire.

*Note: Personal wines welcome, a $20 corkage fee will apply per bottle. Dessert plating fee of $2.50 per person for outside desserts. Please note Sasa has patio seating that is enclosed and heated.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1796 people are saying
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4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary. At least four people wished us happy anniversary multiple times and it was printed on our personalized menus. It made it very special and was an exceptional display of service and personal touch. Thank you!

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vipdowntowndiner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back to a top local spot. Service, food, protocol all spot on.

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vipRuthanneM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went second day after Covid "reopening" of indoor seating on a Wednesday, celebrating a 21st birthday. Seems as if we all had the same idea. Crowded but still lovely as ever. Perfect place for great sushi and Asian small plates. Pricey but worth it, especially for a special celebration. Sasa printed a menu w/ a Happy Birthday message and gave the birthday man of honor a green tea creme brulee w/ a candle. However, we also ordered the chocolate mousse and the donuts, which we all agreed are worth every calorie. Sasa's food is so good, we sometimes forget how good their desserts are. Service as good as always under still challenging times.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good friendly service .

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vipMojoo
San Francisco
156 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Enjoyed every savory dish with beautiful presentations.
Great attentive service by JB. Steak slices were cooked on a hot stone by each person. Unique and fun!
Complimentary green tea brûlée were served to celebrate two birthdays. First time back to Sasa since Covid.
We had a great time! Thank you!
Just a suggestion…need to do something with decor for the outside area ( formerly a parking lot). It looks very sterile,
uninviting,and common.

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RobertV
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Sat in the back room, very noisy with kitchen and then door to the outside. Fan kept going off

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vipNancyF
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we had a great at Sasa! Great food, service and ambiance! It’s a fabulous place to to reconnect with friends!

JM
vipJennaM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food is amazing, service is consistently so so. The ricotta donuts are an absolute must and all the fish is super fresh. I keep coming back for the food but the staffing could use improvement to match the quality of the food.

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RickM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as usual. Just a but expensive.

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Bella
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All 5 of us enjoyed the good food and the experience. Our waitress was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the duck buns!

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JasonB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service, relaxing ambiance. Food was delicious.

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DanteS
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Online reservations would only allow outdoor seating. While seated, we saw walk in customers offered indoor or outdoor dining. It was cold and windy. Took about 15 minutes to get someone to turn on an outdoor heater for us.
The busser began breaking down the outdoor seating and stacking chairs right next to us during our meal. Made us feel like we should just get dessert to go.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful server ! Great fatty tuna belly it just melts ! Awesome ambiance as well 😍

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sasa is our go-to birthday spot. The sushi is just amazing, super fresh and tasty. We had the citrus hamachi, sashimi omakase, miso black cod, and a plethora of nigiri, including quail egg and salmon roe. Make sure you get the fresh wasabi - it’s a game changer. Yum!!

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KathyG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was great. First time diners at Sasa but we will all be back for more, and can’t wait.

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RadheL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Sasa. It’s my favorite restaurant in Walnut Creek.
Fresh and delicious

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BettyS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met my Brother and his new Lady for the first time. We wanted it to be at someplace we love and is classy. Great time, food and ambiance. Jason works hard to insure that happens when ever we come.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner at Sasa - our first date night after emerging from COVID lockdown. My husband has celiac and cannot have any gluten. Sasa’s menu helpfully lists gluten free options and they can also make many others gluten free. They even have tamari (gluten free soy sauce). Our server, Louis, was the BEST. He’s super knowledgeable about celiac disease and went out of his way to accommodate us.

The food was mostly excellent. The chicken meatballs were lackluster, but the Hakkaaido roll, garlic rice and black cod were phenomenal. My husband loved his nigiri, too. We loved it so much we’re taking my brother and SIL next weekend!

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vipCalfoodie
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time at Sasa. We really, really enjoyed the elevated level of cuisine. The sushi was amazing and everything was so beautifully presented. For sure, its a bit pricey, but worth it.

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vipKathyK
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On of my "go-to" restaurant with superior food and service. Just plain nice folks and great food.

We love Louis, the waiter!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot and great service. You won’t be disappointed.

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ROBERTP
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. It was an anniversary dinner and we received complimentary glass of champagne. Very nice touch! The rice bowls are delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Sasa’s food is always good, but this was the worst service experience I have ever had dining there. The outside patio was freezing, and it took my asking four times and waiting 25 minutes for them to turn on the heaters near our table. They told us that they didn’t work and they were expensive so they didn’t repair them. Finally ours was lit. We saw our server rarely. $20 cocktails came in a scratched up glass and they arrived well after our food. In fact I had to ask twice and someone showed up ten minutes later with the cocktails. I am not a complainer or someone who doesn’t appreciate busy servers, but we were just completely forgotten and ignored even after asking multiple times for our food and drinks. It was really a bad experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Had reservations, but delayed about 5 or 10 minutes in getting seated. Then no one came to get our order for another 15 minutes. Had to ask someone else to find out waiter. Even after our order was placed, we still had to flat down help from management to get another order placed. It was a drawn out, frustrating experience. The food (sushi and beef skewers) weren’t so good, kind of mediocre. The bourbon was great though. Overall we were very disappointed, not a good value. It’s a lovely outdoor courtyard for dining though.

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CaseyL
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing sushi, great waiter, great ambiance !! Very happy we went there for birthday dinner

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Sasa is a wonderful place to eat with delicious food!

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Anosha
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

If you are looking for a fun ambience and good food, this place is amazing!
If you are looking for authentic Japanese sushi/food, this place is a fusion of "American sushi" and Japanese cuisine...

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sasa is consistently amazing. Always delicious and service is amazing.

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vipAnitaZ
San Francisco
79 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious as usual

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TimW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails and the food were excellent. We loved the popcorn chicken (batter-fried, but not oil at all, and the chicken was moist and tender) and the Cauliflower Tempura which was perfect with the tempura batter not at all oil and not too thick, but just right. The cauliflowers were perfectly cooked, just slightly al dente. For our main entrees we had the California Roll sushi was perfect. For dessert, we had the Ricotta Donuts which were delicious. The service was attentive and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I was told, right after being seated, that we had to leave after 1.5 hours since the restaurant had a full evening

Very unprofessional

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prameelk
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sasa is one of normal go to spots for sushi. The food quality is amazing. Strongly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food!

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Tony
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Good Foods, need to improve the service to pour sakes etc.

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KarenD
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Under an umbrella on the former parking lot, some plants help, but not ideal. The food, however, is always superior.

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Theelizzz
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Sasa! The quality of the fish is as good as in Japan!

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Jeanne
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food as always is really really good. The service however was pretty sad. Twice I had to go find the waitress. She couldn’t have cared less about doing her job. The bus boys did most of the work for her you would think she’d wanna work a little harder since it was a $700 bill meal.

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ArtP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great meal. Awesome separation for outside seating.

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vipGingerQ
Sacramento
19 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was fabulous, drinks were excellent, it was our servers first night and he did an outstanding job. We were seated in what I believe was an alley way so it was a bit noisy but felt safe and socially distanced.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Sasa using the Order Online button. Sasa also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (925) 210-0188.

Sasa is rated 4.7 stars by 1796 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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