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Wako Japanese Restaurant

4.8
4.8
661 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese
The seating capacity is 20 guests at a seating. We cannot accept reservation more than 4 guests.

Reservation is available for the next 14 days. Minimum charge of $60 per person.

At Wako we believe cooking with seasonality and the Japanese tradition in mind is our utmost priority. We strive to create visually striking dishes and serve our customers with confidence. We procure from carefully selected purveyors; our most basic ingredients straight from Japan, and locally source seafood and produce as much as possible. We welcome you to relax and enjoy this melding of Japanese and California cuisines, which the name of our restaurant represents.

Please let our servers know of any allergies or special requests.  We are also unable to accommodate vegetarian or vegan diet that does not include raw fish. We have limited items with soy-free options.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:15 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 682-4875

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Tomoharu Nakamura

  • Neighborhood

    Richmond District

  • Cross street

    3rd Avenue

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 661 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Japanese

  • San Francisco

    Japanese

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  1. W

    Wendi

    San Francisco

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    NOT TO BE MISSED!! Amazing food and service. I can't wait to come again.
  2. m

    middlemarch

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is an outstanding Japanese restaurant but it is very small, very expensive, hard to get a reservation, and difficult to find parking. Food is so good it almost makes up for the deficencies.
  3. SB

    StacyB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time here and we will be back again. Celebrated our wedding anniversary with delicious food in a simple, elegant setting. The nuanced flavors throughout the tasting menu didn’t disappoint.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Traditional and austere restaurant. Focus was on efficiency above experience. Sushi was superb.
  5. KA

    KeziahA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dine here if you want excellent sushi and great service.
  6. l

    luluh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    The sushi were a little bit sweet or sugary! I rather spend more at Nobu where sushi perfectly tasty! I’m disappointed! It’s below my expectation ! Sorry! I’m not a fan!
  7. HL

    HenryL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great! It’s our first time there. There is no more omakase after pandemics. We ordered Sushi Tasting instead for $98 per person. It was a great experience.
  8. A

    Amanda

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a wonderful dinner for a special occasion! The fish melted in my mouth and we loved our sushi chef.
  9. E

    Elliot

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Excellent food and very fast service. Some portions were on the small side and the staff continously tried to upsell us on more food which could be distracting.
  10. A

    Amiiii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience4
    The food tastes so good! But the portions were too small! We ordered the tasting menu plus a few other dishes. I went to another restaurant right after.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my boyfriend and I’s anniversary so we decided to get the omakase. Absolutely magnificent. The quality of the fish and the friendliness of the amazing chefs made the experience next level!!
  12. PS

    PSDiner19

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you have yet to try Wako, make a reservation to be blown away by the amazing and authentic Japanese food!!!
  13. s

    sicoii

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    i was expecting more of an omakase experience, but it wasn't. and i guess the menu tells it already - sushi tasting. food isn't filling - after 10pc of sushi we were like 30-40% full. I think i would rather pay more to have a real omakase experience rather than sushi tasting.
  14. OJ

    OmarJ

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Meh, not sure they deserve a michelin star. Sushi was ok but nothing extraordinary, they are very small so I left hungry. It's ok but I think there are better options around. At least the prices are reasonable, $250 for omakase for two, no drinks.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    I am not seeing why this place has a Michelin. Everything was woefully under seasoned and dry/under sauced. It was an awkward space. It was really hot in there. It was also too quiet. Not a pleasant experience, yet a very expensive one. Would not recommend.
  16. JG

    JamesG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is so fresh and the staff was efficient and friendly. Will definitely return.
  17. AL

    AliceL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As good as last experience! And considerate service! Will return again.
  18. D

    Deras

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing. My partner and I did the chefs tasting and we couldn’t be happier. Chef made everything right in front of us, explaining each dish and their region. After the ten piece tasting, they recommended everything we tried and we loved every single thing we had! It was a beautiful little restaurant with very lovely staff that treated us wonderfully. Will definitely be visiting Wako again and would recommend to any sushi lover.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best omakase I’ve ever had
  20. AM

    AndresM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A special spot off the usual SF restaurant area. But worth the trip. Delicious and innovative with great service.
  21. SP

    StevenP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the best sushi i've ever eaten, and i've had a lot. world-class!
  22. A

    Alex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding, and the chef was very skilled and knowledgeable about his work.
  23. M

    Mspiggy

    New York Area

    225 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    225 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff team is knowledgeable and welcoming .This is more than a dining experience : you are invited in to a special environment that teaches u how to savor the cuisine . Each dish is aesthetically beautiful and delicious presented on a perfect plate by a caring server. The restaurant is open and quiet so one can enjoy every aspect of the meal .
  24. CH

    CHARLEY

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed Tomo San our sushi chef and his careful execution of each piece of fish he prepared. Also enjoyed trying the hairy snow crab and sparkling sake which probably best over ice. Overall was my first visit and didn’t disappoint! Thank you to Tomo San and wait staff ! Caryl
  25. F

    Fishface

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious sushi omakase with wonderful accompanying dishes
  26. EC

    EnricoC

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing sushi experience with the chef and good sake
  27. BB

    BrianB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly Epicurean. Each piece from the tasting menu is a small work of art architected directly from the Japanese pallette, delivered in the Japanese aesthetic. Most Highly recommended.
  28. JG

    JaimieG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience—every bite was truly fantastic. Highly recommend!
  29. l

    lainie

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    food was delicious - especially toro and uni - top quality. however, portions were extremely small - smaller than most other michelin starred sushi restaurants in S.F. and New York City. sashimi portions were miniscule. service was a little brusque but efficient. we waited long time for tiny portions to arrive - didn't keep pace with other tables.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing best sushi in sf
  31. D

    Deem01

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    it's a nice small restaurant. sitting at the bar made it a great experience. food was great & our chef was very interactive and knowledgeable with the fish and balanced the meal greatly! i would recommend for sure, but it is on the pricer side so be prepared to throw down some money for this meal.
  32. PW

    PeterW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Both the food and staff were wonderful. Some very unique and delightful dishes
  33. L

    Lorenzo

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, very nice staff. Loved the experience, the place and the sushi. Thank you
  34. JH

    JacquelineH

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delightful dining experience. Fresh and creative sushi!
  35. JM

    JeffM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    TERRIBLE SERVICE, mediocre food, super hot inside (we were sweating during the whole meal, defeats the freshness of the fish especially for a sushi restaurant). Surprised this is even a 1 Michelin Star!!! The servers kept telling us to eat quickly for the next table after just 45 minutes of sitting down... They pressured us to keep ordering more food and hovered around our table pointing at the menu over 10 times. I'm never going back there again, such a terrible experience and horrible customer service for an expensive $200+ meal. DO NOT GO HERE!!!
  36. m

    markc

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    service lack luster (don’t check up on you, doesn’t fill your water unless asked, lack of energy servers), food was good but had fish with lining/sinew in it still,
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always best sushi in sf
  38. j

    jy2022

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Wako! Made a counter top reservation and had a wonderful time. Fresh and delicious food. The presenting of the plates are so beautiful. Tasting menu is absolutely worth it. Best uni ever :-D.
  39. MA

    MikeA

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wako is a quiet, cozy spot to have a romantic incredible sushi dinner. The service and the food were outstanding. I'd highly recommend this place for a dinner for two. The restaurant is quite intimate so not suited well for a large party of people. Reservations are a must. The food was off the charts good....Had to say that one more time.
  40. ML

    MatthewL

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderfully fresh fish with very simple & elegant presentation. We enjoyed sitting at the sushi bar & talking with the chef.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Wako Japanese Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 661 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today
Google Map for Wako Japanese Restaurant

211 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

Additional information

  • Cross street

    3rd Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Richmond District

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:15 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tomoharu Nakamura

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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