Tsunami - Panhandle

4.3
453 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi

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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
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4.0
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

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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San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

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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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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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JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful sushi - our favorite!

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San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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ML
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the best sushi places in SF

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Los Angeles
76 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

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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MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and fresh, Awmagawd to the omakase

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inventive Japanese. Hip and cool atmosphere . Great service .

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London
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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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New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

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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