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Wako Japanese Restaurant

4.8
4.8
633 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese
Wako will be closed from July 3rd, 2022 to July 6th 2022.

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.

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.

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

8:00 PM


Booked 37 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 633 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
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Best Food

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Japanese

  • San Francisco

    Best Food

  • San Francisco

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  1. JG

    JaimieG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

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

    lainie

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 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.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing best sushi in sf
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. JH

    JacquelineH

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delightful dining experience. Fresh and creative sushi!
  7. 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!!!
  8. 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,
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always best sushi in sf
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. EF

    EllieFloquet

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing food. If you are in San Francisco you have to try this. Their tasting menu is sublime. The restaurant is very nice and the waiters and chefs even nicer. If you get the chance to eat there, I suggest asking to be seated at the sushi bar. Watching the chefs prepare the food is an invaluable experience in itself.
  14. TT

    TheT

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    We reserved online thinking we would get a seat at the sushi bar, but upon arrival, were informed that we could not sit at the sushi bar. The next couple that arrived after us thought the same thing and then could not sit at the sushi bar. This is misleading as we had expected a certain experience, especially for the price point. Moreover, we experienced the waiter as "hovering" over us, as the energy she gave off was impatience and/or anxious rather than attentive. This took away from our experience there, despite the food being decent. For an omakase experience, we would recommend going elsewhere.
  15. SC

    SamiChaz

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect for a special occasion or date night. Sit at the sushi counter if you can! The sushi tasting menu is amazing. Fresh and delicious sushi
  16. A

    Abigail

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AMAZING FOOD! Be prepared to drop a few hundred for two people, but the experience and sushi are worth it. I will be back!
  17. A

    Akqt

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    our fav dinner date spot! whenever the kids are occupied we go here whenever we can
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Honestly with 10 piece tasting, I was not that full. But food was delicious and staff was nice!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wako offers the best in sushi dining with the superior quality of the fish and the unique and delicious innovative sushi presentation. Tomo-San described every dish regarding where the fish was sourced and how each piece of sushi was prepared. The fish was delectably tender and very fresh. You absolutely get what you pay for! We look forward to returning for another wonderful meal.
  20. w

    willwork4food

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Some of the best sushi in SF (and I’ve lived in Tokyo).
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Wako!
  22. S

    Sophia

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The omakase was amazing! They are welcoming, kind, and the service is great. The best spot to sit is at the counter. Everything is so fresh. You pay for the food, freshness, quality of ingredients, and experience- it is expensive overall but worth it!! Thank you Wako, we will be back!
  23. LU

    LuckyU

    Edmonton

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow!! Amazing sushi! Everything was presented so elegantly. Every piece of sushi tasted better than the last. Very fresh and tasty. The server explained every serving and was very knowledgeable about each item. Thank you!!
  24. J

    John

    San Francisco

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been to Wako dozens of times over the years, but only recently have I started doing reviews seriously. Before, I had only one criticism of Wako and that was making a reservation for one, it could not be done online, but had to call in. Not that was bad, as you made a personal acquaintance with the staff, but still, we are now a people of hiding from the world by doing everything online, with the Great Panic of 2020 were even ordering sushi online and eating alone. That’s ended, but the internet dependent me now does appreciate being able to make reservations for one online. But now the food. Wako has a Michelin Star, so what can a humble online scribbler of food say that can convey about what the experts and gourmets at Michelin have already said and described? I’m just a gourmand, I enjoy eating delicious food and Wako has that, and a fantastic staff led by Chef Tomo-sama. What I can say is that every time I dine there, it is worthy of their Michelin Star. However, for this visit I want to bring your attention to one particular dish, awBi Juneau, fresh, very fresh, Japanese abalone. Abalone is a most difficult dish to prepare, most restaurants don’t get it right, usually it comes out tough and chewy. However, there’s a reason Tomo-Dana has has a star over the years, he consistently gets difficult dishes done perfectly, in this case tender and delicious. That’s what separates the experts from the others. My advice, go there often, especially now that abalone is in season. You won’t regret it.
  25. CC

    ConCon

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was a good experience of Omakase.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner ! Incredible sushi experience - the fish was so fresh and melts in your mouth! The chef made each piece so full of flavor!
  27. MJ

    MoodymaeJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Wako. The food, the service, the atmosphere. Everything is special including the after-dinner chocolate.
  28. D

    Deanna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was probably the best dinner I've had, hands down. The chef was engaged, energetic and enthusiastic. The food was exquisite.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most amazing food and to the highest of standards.
  30. HE

    HillE

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best omakase experience we’ve ever had. The chef was helpful and knowledgeable and every single bite was unbelievable.
  31. BP

    BruceP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The sushi was over the top and the chef carefully explained every dish in detail.
  32. AL

    AliceL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    every piece is fresh & tasty will definitely revisit
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    大変楽しく美味しく夕食をいただきました。日本からの友人夫婦も喜んでいました。
  34. H

    Howie

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding sushi. The staff was very welcoming and helpful with making some choices. The chef tasting menu is the best way to sample a lot of excellently prepared items. Had things I had never even heard of before and they were all delicious.
  35. LK

    LaurenK

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fish quality was as good an anything we’ve ever had. Excellent experience. Would recommend and return!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Corpus Christi

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The sushi was the best I have ever tested. Amazing service and a really cozy place.
  37. PY

    PaulaY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had a great experience in Wako. The staff are GREAT and the food is DELICIOUS!!!!!
  38. J

    Jonathans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience1
    The food is great , the service is so poor . The table is not yet ready even though I already late by 10 min and we have to wait by standing for another 15 min . The waitress is kind of rude and not polite. I will not recommend this restaurant
  39. P

    Private

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always consistent with the quality of their sushi. Never been disappointed with the food or service. It was still being run by the same chef when we first visited.
  40. SM

    SMAK

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Tomo's creations were simply amazing! Hearing the background of the ingredients was really interesting to hear and the taste was amazing! The 1hr massaged octopus was probably the highlight of the night. Had no idea you can even massage an octopus!

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
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

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

FAQs

Wako Japanese Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 633 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 37 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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