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Sasa

4.7
1700 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required

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Dine in
Starting Feb 14, 2021

We are offering our standard menu with specials from Chef Philip Yang and team.

What 1700 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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4.2
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRobertM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another fantastic experience at Sasa in spite of pandemic and pending shutdown. Love these guys and highly recommend

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vipRoseP
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Customer service was excellent!

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ddmonty
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service was a little slow and it was cold sitting outside.

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TinaS
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Good cocktails! Will definitely go again

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MercedesN
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really amazing sushi spot. Fidel our waiter was so great to take time to educate us on the menu. I have to say I wasn’t ready to be as impressed as I was. Can’t wait to return. Worth every penny!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great until the protesters walked by and were talking to the people that were dining there too. It was a little scary but they kept walking. Overall it was a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Wait staff was pleasant without being fake. Food was good, some was great, some needed better execution.

The only thing that really bothered me, was that the staff came back to the table a lot, but left behind the same dirty dishes the whole meal. My partner ordered a second drink and his first empty glass was left there the ENTIRETY of the meal. Each time the staff brought a new dish to the table they fumbled and clinked to get it on the table instead of smoothly removing the empty dirty plates first.

My partner and I are long time service industry vets but we try not to pick at service and just enjoy the meal. However, when basic service steps like this are missed it detracts from the experience. Overall though we had a good time, food was tasty, and everyone was friendly.

*one more thing.. I know that ambience is very different during the pandemic as the dining room cannot be full capacity, but it was far too quiet in there. Maybe turning up the music and adding candles or something to heighten the mood would go far.

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vipAnitaZ
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet table outdoor patio warm and cozy. Entire meal was excellent.

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CMCoblentz
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sasa was wonderful! We really appreciated the distancing efforts and other COVID precautions. And as always, the food was AMAZING! Everything on the menu not only "looks" good from the descriptions, but absolutely lives up to that description! it's so hard to not order one of everything.

Highlights for us were the omakase, the spicy scallop nigiri, the garlic albacore nigiri, the Sasa "soup-less" ramen, the ricotta donuts, the chocolate mousse, and the drink (the Tatsu-rita).

Definitely going to come back!

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StephenS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sasa has a covered patio with a few seats and we sat there. There is an open area with more seating. Sasa has really great nigiri and several selections we like. The eggplant with caramelized onions in miso honey source is great. We had lettuce wraps with shrimp tempura. We also ordered 5 shrimp tempura. Our nigiri order was hamachi, maguro, tai and sake. We also ordered farmers roll and rainbow roll. All were very fresh. hat is why we go there for special days. Service is always attentive. While SASA is pricey, we continue to comeback to celebrate.

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GraceH
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best service and the food is amazing. !

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NascentFoodie1
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Very good food, nice outdoor patio. Price way too high. While I liked the restaurant, it was not worth the price.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is place I chose to celebrate my birthday! It was just as delicious as the last time we were there!

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vipKathyK
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish there was a higher rating than outstanding!!!!! Love the people and the food here. It is a knockout!

Love, your faithful diner, Kathy

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vipRobertM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One more time with the best Japanese food and great service. Highly recommended

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TonyS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Outdoor seating expanded, very nice. Good food and service as usual. Only bad part is outdoor dining is not closed off so there are people cutting across the outdoor dining spot to go on Main St.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ambiance and food!

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vipDelish1
New England
42 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Order starter, sushi and two main courses. They brought sushi last as if it was dessert long after the main dishes. Was disappointed that happened but more disappointed they said that is how they usually serve sushi which is last? I’ve been eating sushi a long time and never had this experience. If sushi chef is running behind just say so. Food was good but make sure to tell them the order you want your food.

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vipCoco
San Francisco
111 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and awareness to COVID-19 safety. We enjoyed our dinner- always scrumptious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love to go to Sasa. Always a great experience. Make sure to have the Sasa Roll.

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JennyP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We made reservations for my husband’s birthday and we were seated immediately upon arrival. Since we’re still in the pandemic, we were seated outside where they turned the parking lot into their outdoor dining area with lights, umbrellas and a water fountain. (the interior decor was super cute and would love to go back when we can dine indoors) The food was very good, priced on the higher end but good portions especially the sashimi pieces. Our server was easy going, nice and attentive enough without being annoying. We had a great time!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing

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HeleneL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious - we were outside, super nice, and clean .

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such a great time here during SIP. We sat at the normal patio area but they had created an extension of their patio that was quite nice as well. The food was amazing - the black miso cod melted in our mouths, the sushi was fresh and delicious, and the ricotta donuts were a perfect ending. We celebrated our anniversary there and the team made us feel so special. Recommend for a special occasion or just great food! Can’t wait to try it again when they can be fully open again!

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MicheleA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sasa was great - I highly recommend - can't wait to go back. Food was artfully prepared, delicious and very fresh.

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JannieSup
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is TOP NOTCH! Food, staff, ambiance are all the best. Even COVID-19 can't stop an excellent restaurant. Have eaten here 5 times since March on the patio and will come back many more!

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vipLynetteF
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy Sasa. Patio dining was nice and service was good.

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ChrisE
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food for sure. Outside seating is not as nice as indoor, but Covid is to blame there...

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The fish quality was not great for the price.

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EllenS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant! Perfect set up for Covid. We felt very safe and the food is always delicious!

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vipKathyK
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the bay area. Hard to beat Louis, the waiter and Jason the manager, working so hard to make you feel loved and wanted. To top that, food and cocktails are off the planet. Covid seating outside is wonderful!

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RuthanneM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noise level moderate because of COVID restrictions & outdoor dining. "New" patio dining area is lovely, but it's on Main St in W.C., so on Friday night you get the show that is vehicles "cruisin' Creek" & the party atmosphere that follows. Food is always flawless as is the service. Nothing like SaSa and I'm glad they are making it though these tough times!

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vipJeromeB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious meal!

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Robert
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday and the staff was very convivial and helpful. My only qualm is the small plate aspect but if your not terribly hungry, it's tasty.

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vipDianaH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their new post-COVID set-up is actually quite nice. Tables well spaces, and they've added a mural and the outside wall so it looks nicer too! Food is great, as always. Just wish they were open for lunch once in awhile instead of just dinner now.

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vipHarryG
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner , service and atmosphere! Food is outstanding !!!
Sasa is a great restaurant during COVID times ! Louie is a fabulous server! Can’t wait to go back !

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vipChristenaR
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has to be really hard to change your entire business and only serve outside, on what used to be a parking lot.

Sasa has done an exceptional job!

The service was awesome, hats off to the entire team. We felt like they really were going above and beyond in the face of challenges.

Its always a shock to get the bill tho - 2 people, no booze, $155.00

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vipNicolaS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great to be able to eat outside. They did a good job with the outside space and distancing. The food was delicious as always.

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PattyP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quality sushi and great service

FAQs

Sasa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (925) 210-0188.

Sasa is rated 4.7 stars by 1700 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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