Wako Japanese Restaurant

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Japanese
Wako offers two sets Tasting Menu. Both of our Tasting Menu featuring seasonal ingredients are used and are prepared in ways that aim to enhance their flavor and taste.

Due to the limited sushi bar seating, please specify your request when making your reservation. We will try our best to accommodate your request. However, we cannot guarantee your request.

The seating capacity is 22 guests at a seating. We cannot accept reservation more than 4 guests.

All guests will be served with the same Omakase.

While we do our best to accommodate with your dietary restrictions, we do not have vegetarian or soy-free options. Please let our servers know of any allergies or special requests. 

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ZH
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best sushi that I have ever had. I can’t wait to go back!

A
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food for the price, given that Wako has a Michelin Star. Delectable pieces of seafood (scallops, tuna, snapper, mackerel, and amber jack come to mind, especially the seared ones) and great ambience in one of my favorite SF neighborhoods. The service was quick (a little too attentive at times but not too intrusive) and efficient.

t
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing in every way.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great as usual!

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Omakase. The service and the food was some of the best Japanese food we’ve had outside of Japan!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

birthday date. Just one candle, no big surprise

ZZ
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is interesting and the service is pretty much at the limit of what could be considered within reason. Pricey, but the experience is worth the price.

PZ
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated at the sushi bar and was able to watch the chief make our sushi as we enjoyed our course - the ingredients were fresh, and preparation was done meticulously (not to mention great value). The chief was also very friendly and made us feel comfortable by talking with us while still preparing the dish with great efficiency and skills. The service staff was also very friendly and courteous - definitely would re-visit in the future.

AN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience, staff is amazingly warm and the omakase menu is fantastic! Highly recommend

SF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The service was amazing and the atmosphere is great but the food was terrible. We were excited for an omakase experience and knew it was expensive going in - 3 courses were inedible they were so bizarre and the nigiri sushi was great but would have been the same at a restaurant 1/3 the price. Not worth the price!

SC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I am a frequent patron, love their fresh ingredients and the creativity on all the dishes. Service are always very professional.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and great food.

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I been waiting to go for a while and I can say I was not disappointed. For my birthday celebration I decided to go and it was great omakase. Totally recommend!

a
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal from start to finish. The service and food are top notch. Recommend sitting at the bar if possible.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was great! The service is excellent and the speed of serving food is marvelous. Some of the dishes were also very innovative! The only downside is not really related to the restaurant, but the challenge of finding a parking space nearby. Overall, I really love it! Thank you!

CN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wako is my go-to omakase place in SF. Chef Tomoharu is friendly and open to explaining any piece of nigiri. It's also wonderful to watch him craft each piece, something possible in the small, intimate space of Wako.

The nigiri is on point, the rice is consistently good, and the overall value is one of the best for omakase in SF. I've tried various Michelin starred omakase places in SF, but this is the one I find myself consistently going back to. Would highly recommend!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Overall it was good for food but service didn't meet the michelin starred expectation. The server couldn't answer my questions on their food. I separately ordered wagyu sushi but it was overcooked.

JC
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Each course of the Omakase was decorated beautifully and tasted delicious. The Stars were the seafood imported directly from the Toyosu Market.

r
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

素晴らしいお料理の数々
すっかり堪能させていただきました。
極上のウニに白子など、なかなかお目にかかれないものばかり。。。
丁寧な気配りでこのお味、サービスも全てが完璧です。

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CK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always superb food, the chef and his staff are very friendly and attentive. Wako is definitely on par with top class sushi places in Japan (I'm Japanese who goes back and forth between US and Japan), but better in some sense because he offers elaborate original cooked food as part of his set courses. Most high end sushi places in Japan traditionally stick to offering sushi, if they offer a set course they may offer small plates of cooked food but the amount is limited.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cute spot. Awesome food and simple clean decor - tucked away in a quiet neighborhood.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience, great food and service. Already planning a trip back.

B
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was very satisfied and impressed. The food quality, taste, and presentation was top notch, as was the service. Servers were never hovering but we never went more than a minute needing something. The price for the a la carte sushi and the sake felt way too high. If I went back I’d just get the omakase menu and drink water. Overall fantastic experience and memorable meal.

OT
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly chef for omakase.

o
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The best sushi I’ve ever had. No frills, simply outstanding food.

RV
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with a group of 4. Overall, lovely, delightful, and absolutely solid experience at this place. Well curated dishes paired well with each other. Enjoyed the service and walk through of each dish. Ambiance complimented the food and mood of my group. I recommend this place for anyone and will likely come back again.

m
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. One of the best dining experiences I have had. The food flavors were outstanding, the concept of umami really came out through the food. This place is a must- visit. Unpretentious ambience, spotless, quiet and very cosy.

VC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sushi is awesome, especially on the third flight. Recommend a full menu.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful omakase experience

JC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal and service. Authentic, classy, refined but unpretentious. Bravo

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is without a doubt the best Japanese restaurant I have ever been to. The food is exquisite and the service seamless. This is a very authentic experience: for example, each sushi is a delicacy and a whole world of flavors.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Spectacular as always

l
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A must visit. Great service, delicious food and nice ambiance.. keep in mind they only serve Omakase.

M
New York Area
192 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wako welcomes you into a serene Japanese atmosphere . Just relax and savor the excellent service and superb food

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has amazing sushi, and amazing service! Definitely sit at the sushi bar to get the best experience, and make sure to not be late or you’ll miss out!

GT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience, this was the best Japanese food we have ever eaten and was very memorable.
Highly recommended.
Thanks

DA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was a surprise experience, I have been to several sushi restaurants in the city and this one is one of the best. The food, service, experience are among the elite restaurants. They serve two menus of omakase sushi that are fairly priced, and sushi pieces are only available towards the end of it ( something to keep in mind for those individuals who like to order sushi pieces at random).

Overall this restaurant deserves to be among the best in San Francisco. The quality of food, service, and ambiance are well worth the price .

SF
San Francisco
17 reviews