Tsunami - Panhandle

4.3
453 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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Tsunami is like a wave of the hip urbane. Dim lights, house music, a good looking wait staff flavor the cozy sushi and sake bar-flanked dining room.

Tsunami offers the seas' freshest bounty paired with one of the largest, most sophisticated sake selections found on the west coast. The bar also offers an array of high end spirits from Gin to Great Japanese single malts. Tsunami bar creates an amazing list of cocktails that combine both modern & classic cock-tailing. Corkage is a sake & wine retail shop connected to Tsunami where you can find 100's of bottles to choose from either to take home or open for your dinner with a $20 corkage fee at the restaurant.

One of the great draws next to the incredible fresh authentic sushi, is the late night food offering till 12 midnight weekdays & 1am weekends.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Sushi, Japanese
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Monday - Thurssday: 5:300pm- 10:30pm
Friday - Saturday 5:30pm-Midnight
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Phone number
(415) 567-7664
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Shinsuke Hagino
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Cross street
Divisadero Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Several of the sushi items were the best and freshest my companion and I had ever had! Great service.

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

The food and waitstaff here were great! The atmosphere felt a little clubby for us with the loud house music. I get how old that makes me sound but it was intense. Also the table where we sat was pretty drafty as we were right in front of the door. We would have asked to move if there was a different table available. The bench seats on the wall looked cozy. The fish was fresh though, and that’s really the only reason why we were there!

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3.0Dined on December 19, 2017

The food was good and the staff one of the best I’ve encountered but music was too loud. They did respond to turning it down when asked so that was good.

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5.0Dined on December 4, 2017

Best bar tender Mauricio and our waitress Emilie !! Made our date night!! Thank you!

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3.0Dined on November 17, 2017

As noisy as a sport bar. More expensive than average. Sitting places are not all comfortable. Best spot is small table for 2 on the right near to the entrance, only place where you can have a conversation.
Food is good but overpriced

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5.0Dined on November 6, 2017

Awesome place! Great food, excellent service, would absolutely go again!

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

We sat at the sushi bar and ended up getting the head sushi chef. He made us delicious sushi and recommended based on fish quality. He was also very accommodating with our allergies (celiac). The waitresses were also very knowledgeable on the sake and Japanese whiskey.

Great experience!

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

The miso soup was the best we have ever had! Excellent sashimi & special rolls! Everything was delicious 😋. Huge saki menu. Excellent service too.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Happy Hour before 7 on a ton of their menu items (half off!) we went for a later dinner when our friend were visiting SF. The food was SO good, the server was great, and the atmosphere is really nice - casual/chic!

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5.0Dined on September 27, 2017

We had a fantastic experience. The fish was so fresh and the service was incredible. Wonderful meal!

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4.0Dined on September 22, 2017

The service was great and the food was good. My only problem with this place is the noise. It's less of an energy problem and more of an acoustic problem.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Our waitress was really great, had great recommendations and served us with a genuine smile. The Omakase was mostly excellent and so was the roll and hot sake we tried.

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4.0Dined on August 19, 2017

A fun, hip neighborhood sushi joint. Very good, friendly service. They have creative sushi offerings which were interesting and different but found the traditional offerings to be better overall. I'd go back but would stick to the basics. Great sake list.

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5.0Dined on August 15, 2017

Wow. Everything was utterly delicious, and the service was first rate. Our only critique: the piped-in music was so loud that we strained to hear our own conversation.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

I love this sushi restaurant and it is wonderful for a date night. It has a chill sorta intamate vibe with dark lighting and incredible staff. By far my favorite (nicer) sushi restaurant in the city!!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Wonderful sushi - our favorite!

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2017

The food and service is very good but the seating arrangement is pretty bad unless you sit at the couch like dining tables that look more like hotel foyer coffee chairs and tables. There is limited arrangement in the interior design to avoid noise reduction so it is hard to eat and chat. If the owners wanted you to eat quickly and get out, they have been successful

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2017

Overwhelming, amazing. Great value, and high quality. If i lived in SF, I would try to go here as much as possible.

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2017

One of the best sushi places in SF

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2017

Decent Japanese restaurant. Great selection of whiskey. Fun place, with decent sushi.

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4.0Dined on June 27, 2017

Tsunami is very hip - great music, looks great, etc. Their prices are a bit over the top. All of there beers are $11-14, sake is $20/glass, and standard sushi rolls have fancy names/descriptions and are $5 more than they should be. That being said, the food is very good and the restaurant looks great.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2017

Sat at the bar and had amazing service and food recommendations. Noise level was a bit loud yet the wonderful space and tasty rolls well make up for it!

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2017

Fun lively meal with great service an delicious food. Loved the Magnum sake!

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2.0Dined on May 4, 2017

Very nice, prompt service
Happy hour sake was inexpensive, good, served in large portions
Fish was relatively low quality (poor texture, color)
Tempura over-battered and greasy
Cucumber salad flavorless
Unsolicited complimentary mochi was good

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2017

The best sushi restaurant...ever. Great food, great ambiance!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2017

Excellent service and fresh, Awmagawd to the omakase

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2017

A superb dinner at Tsunami. It is worth the extra price for such exceptional quality. The chef's choices and daily specials are delicious, and every bite was more than memorable. We sat at a large communal table, and felt we had enough space and privacy to carry on a conversation. I absolutely recommend Tsunami as a San Francisco landmark for sushi. Trendy, beautiful ambiance, stellar service, and memorable.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2017

Inventive Japanese. Hip and cool atmosphere . Great service .

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2017

Great atmosphere. The staff were amazing and even brought us a free dessert! The happy hour menu was great value and the food was great quality and very tasty.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2017

Food was incredible. Atmosphere was great. When choosing this place, the reviews helped put tremendous and were spot on. Extremely friendly staff. Carolyn was fantastic! Very attentive and knew the menu extremely well.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2017

Our server wS VERY GOOD AND made the experience. The food was very good and the timing between plates was just about right.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2017

Favorite place in the city for sushi. The papa san roll is to die for!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Incredible service. Great food. It was a good night.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Sake and Japanese whiskey if you want a good education and innovative sushi rolls

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2017

Fun neighborhood sushi! The service was excellent. We tried lots of things cooked and Raw. Some things were excellent others ok. The miso soup was very different, didn't care for the flavor. They took back and removed from the bill. The calamari was over cooked and unseasoned. Also returned and removed. Chefs sushi and sashimi were awesome! Loved the spicy California roll with yellowtail and jalapeño.
I would come back here!

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2017

The servers and host are genuine and lovely. They made our experience great!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Very good sushi, never disappoints in beverages, service, or food. We love taking visiting friends or family here as it's always a pleasurable experience.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

I LOVE Tsunami and Victoria is the best manager ever. She is always friendly, kind, and makes the experience awesome.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Phenomenal start to finish! Our server, Quincy, was the absolute bomb!

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3.0Dined on February 11, 2017

The waitress came onto my spouse. We both laughed about it later at drinks with our friends. Otherwise it was peachy.

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