Sasa

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$31 to $50
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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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Celebrate Valentine's Day with dinner at Sasa. We offer our standard menu with delicious features of the night by Chef Philip Yang and his culinary team.

Friday, February 14, 2020

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4.6based on recent ratings
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b
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Service was pathetic. 15 minutes before a server talked to us and it’s because I had to ask for a server. Ordered 5 items total, all came out in 5 minute intervals so I had my entree 10 minutes before my appetizer and 15 minutes before my date.

JQ
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and service. This is a special and repeat destination for the family.

AZ
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service with Louie. The chef can accommodate excellent options for those following Keto Vegan and all other diners. Each dish was superb

B
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I took my daughter and mother for lunch to celebrate my daughter's birthday. We each ordered a lunch set and we all very much enjoyed it, excellent presentation, perfect flavors and a lot of food! I mentioned it was my daughter's birthday and after the meal our server brought out a beautiful dessert with candle. Great experience overall.

EP
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, as usual! We love the ambiance and vibe of the place. Sushi is always of the best quality and ( most importantly) fresh!

M
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wanted a more sophisticated Japanese restaurant with a more diverse menu than the usual NorCal fare. Sasa really was just right. A izakaya (small plate) restaurant. The server was very helpful in guiding us through the menu. Each plate was a visual and sensory delight.

OF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi in the area by far, worth every penny!

m
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Duck buns are the best here. Pork belly skewers were also delish!

LT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

My husband and I enjoyed a quiet dinner on the patio, a very pleasant
environment with heaters. Service was a little slow but pleasant. Our salad came before our cocktails and this is always a little disappointing. My husband's fish allergy was considered and the server was knowledgable of the menu in this regard. The food was pretty good-- the winter salad was a hit but the pork belly skewers lacked flavor. Soba noodles special was very tasty if a bit salty and the duck confit buns were solid.

CJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and service, even on a busy new year's eve!

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food; great service.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I've been a few times and it's always great. The cocktails are good, nice wine list and the food is always fantastic. The waiter suggested a nigiri we hadn't considered and it was one of the best I've ever had. I'd tell you the name, but it's a little noisy in the evenings and he had a thick accent, so I really have to idea. Everyone at our table had a great experience.

OT
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and nice atmosphere!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was delicious!

v
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was wonderful, service was great, hostess was Not!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We sat out in the patio which was quietist than the main dining area. I was told it was an enclosed patio and very comfortable. And while it was nice and had heaters, our legs were very cold from the draft at the bottom of the enclosure.

N
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service was very good. Pretty pricey for what you get.
Ordered scallop appetizer for $20 and it consisted of 3 small scallops.

EP
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! I appreciate the creativity of their daily specials - the mushrooms on the scallop dish were incredibly good. I could have eaten a whole plate of them! They also brought back the Umi Masu (ocean trout) that is my favorite. The tiny slice of lime that they add really hits the spot. They had a completely full house, yet every staff member was attentive and personable. This is one of our favorite go-to restaurants because they are consistently excellent.

OT
Memphis
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and service

d
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place !!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty- great selections

OT
San Francisco
201 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gem in downtown Walnut Creek. Wonderful lunch specials. Excellent service. Very fresh food.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual. Brought someone that hadn’t been before. She loved it and of course will be back and the rest of us will too!

NH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Walked in early for my reservation andthey already had my table ready. The food was awesome and bread pudding was the best!

OT
Central Coast
24 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Was good we sat on the couches

SS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

The ambience was ok. The hostess was very pleasant. Our server was terrible - He was pushy and "in our face" personally and we were rushed to finish our meal by the bus person. Barely set our forks down while he was cleaning up. The food actually made my daughter and I sick later that evening. We ordered $200 worth of popcorn chicken, edamame (best item that we had), riblets (those were pretty good too, but I think we got sick off of them...Lots of butter), meatball/chicken skewers and California rolls. Not worth the $. Will not be returning.

DB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We love eating at this restaurant. We there on Tuesday Nov 26th celebrating my birthday with my daughter and boyfriend from Nashville. The food was delicious and service was good, but unfortunately it was the first storm of the year and the power went out towards the middle of our meal. The staff seemed unprepared to handle the situation. Obviously we were not able to order any additional items to complete our meal and it seemed forever for them to settle the check. Fortunately we were able to pay in cash. I understand there is no way to predict these types of things, but it was disappointing to have to leave. I thought it would have been nice for them to offer us a discount on a future visit

KS
Cincinnati
30 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food here has really gone downhill. We used to enjoy coming here because it was something different, a bit higher end, too. The menu is now down market, many items are fried & lacking in flavor. On this particular night, the waitress spilled sauce on us, too. I wouldn’t go back.

D
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The floor was wet under our table. We asked several times for heater to be turned back on. Finally my husband had to go inside and find someone. Service was very slow.

OT
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I was 10 minutes late and they cancelled my reservation. Seem a little strange given Bay Area traffic

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Amazingly delicious food, small portions, tried a lot of different things. My partner and I really loved this place. Service was ok, not slow or fast, but for price (spent 80-90$ per person) could have been a bit more attentive to our needs. The food is amazing, would def come back, just it is very expensive for very small portions. The sashimi is incredible, loved all of the apetizers, sushi was decent.

AZ
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every special was outstanding. Who knew a corned beef recipe at a Japanese restaurant could be so delicious. Melt in your mouth spectacular. The salmon sashimi always so delicious and the steak on the rock mouth watering. Every detail every garnish vegetable always perfection. Louie the best service

FF
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great stop for an afternoon out shopping. Food was terrific & waiter Sonny was on top of it.

RM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again the crew at Sasa delivered the freshest fish and the tastiest culinary treats. Love this place and would go back any time

L
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The outside seating really needs to be adjusted - there is parking lot adjacent to the seating. It really takes away from the ambiance and the ability to enjoy ones food , exhaust and emissions so close by. They should find a way to enclose that section of the restaurant. The food was and Sevice was excellent once we were moved to inside seating.

FB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Reviewed on October 18, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Fresh fish, total foodie spot! full bar for cocktails, cheers!

n
San Francisco
40 reviews
Reviewed on September 9, 2019
Overall3foodserviceambience

Very loud. Can't hear the people I'm dining with.

F
San Francisco
17 reviews
Reviewed on July 21, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Everything is so fresh and generous amounts. My grandson loves the sushi here and he is 17.

t
San Francisco
4 reviews
Reviewed on July 18, 2019
Overall2foodserviceambience

Food was good but we were asked to leave our table as they had other guests. I was meeting girlfreinds from college and picked this restaurant just to be asked to leave before we were done.

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