Wako Japanese Restaurant

4.8
279 reviews
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$50 and over
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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.

The seating capacity is 22 guests at a seating. We cannot accept reservation more than 4 guests.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 682-4875
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Tomo Nakamura
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
3rd Avenue
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 279 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience!! The food presentation was outstanding and the food was delicious!

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R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far, the best Japanese restaurant I have ever had in San Francisco. Excellent food quality, attentive service and cozy setting. Very pleasant experience and satisfied.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Was traveling from LA and wanted to try a nice Michelin Omakase. After doing some research, came across this place. The service and staff were amazing, however the food left much to be desired. I’ve had better sushi at random local places in LA that didn’t cost close to 135$ pp. The best thing on the menu was the dessert. To be honest, I’m not even sure how they are Michelin rated. Maybe the menu they had when the critics came in was way better than what they served us but I was disappointed and felt a bit ripped off when we left. I would hate this review to ruin their business in anyway but if you’re charging close to 150$ pp, you really need to step your game up.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tomo is the best!! Love him and everything about that fantastic evening.

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PP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had the $135 tasting menu. Not the best sushi I had in SF. But the food was good overall as is the service. Good value for the price.

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LH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very authentic Japanese dining. Feel guilty of indulging ourselves. What the hack, it's a Birthday dinner, once a year!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had our engagement here and lovely as always!!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, friendly chef

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing omakase experience with wonderful service. We’ll be back!

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KT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dinner. Really a special occasion for us. Definitely with return!

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GS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the omakase #2 and it was really good. Would definitely cine back.

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LL
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This review is 7 stars! Everything was first class. The omakase sushi selection literally melted in our mouths. Are ya salivating yet? :)

Highly recommend sitting at the counter to experience artistry at its best!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been explore Omakase in San Francisco, and choose this one to celebrate my birthday. I have to say the whole environment is not that noise and the chef Tomo (I don’t know if I spell right or not haha) is full of energy has smile on face all the time, so friendly and I will defiantly go back not only for special date. The food is over the value of what it is on the price tag!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could be the best sushi in San Francisco

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BW
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner. If you are looking for a quality, true sushi experience make sure to stop by Wako. Their Omakase is fantastic, fresh and quality ingredients. Simple, clean and amazing flavors. MUST TRY!

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TM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a hidden gem on Clement Street. Fantastic sushi, solid tasting menu, great atmosphere, friendly and personable staff. It was a night to remember and we will be going back! Highly recommend!

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h
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, delicious sushi, we had a great time

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P
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! It’s expensive, but you only live once. We had the less expensive omakase prim fixe, and it was great. The tuna was to die for. Would highly recommend this to folks interested in celebrating a special occasion.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love these guys!!

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JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Fresh ingredients and delicious food.

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L
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Honestly this last dining experience with Wako was such a disappointment! I used to love love love Wako when it first opened and have recommended it to so many friends.

The restaurant has drastically increased its price, which is not a major concern to us if the quality and service meet expectation. Unfortunately other than most of the nigiri, The hot dishes and desserts have became nothing but blanded taste. Sooooo disappointing as I have always looked forward to their creative hot dishes and the pannocotta dessert. This time the hot dishes were extremely fishy, pannocotta was nothing but a few pieces of fruits topped with lime shavings...barely any mouse on bottom.

Service, the tallest Chinese waitress was just too tired of her job. She has been with the restaurant since it begun. Not once she made us feel welcome. This time was even worse. She brought our dessert and said:”someone’s birthday?” We said “yes”. She the quickly sprinkled some birthday sparkles, said “happy birthday” then walked away like wind. OMG!!!! If it was sooo much of an obligation for you to say a heartless congrats...please don’t do it to ruined our mood!!!

One nice thing worth mention was there’s a Japanese waitress, we think she is new, and has always carried a very sweet smile each time she came to our table. Which was pleasant.

Value....totally not worth it like it used to be. $360 without any drinks for 2 with this type of service, and not so wow food, not worth it!

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NF
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are looking for some of the best and varied fish in SF this is your omakase spot
The price is high but good fish is expensive
There are so many omakase places in the city - I highly recommend this one if you’re interested in just sushi - there was no sashimi offered although you can add it on
The service is quiet, attentive yet subdued - sit at the bar of course - the sake pairings were hit and miss so I’d recommend you do your own pairings or get a bottle
This is a lovely low key and neighborhoody kind of high end experience

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MK
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is the kind of place to go when you’re tired of the ordinary. No ala carte here!! All meals are picked and prepared by thoughtful sushi chefs. Each course was both memorable and incredible. A serious don’t miss in San Francisco.

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MH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Cane here for Anniversary. Very disappointed. Very small thin pieces of raw fish over rice. Many of the pieces served were inexpensive fish. The Mackeral had a fishy taste. Money spend Not worth the value.

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MD
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Quality fish but no creativity....just nigiri sushi. In my opinion not what you look for in omakase

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DH
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences of my life! Every detail was thought of, and every dish is unforgettable.

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KG
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, innovative sashimi. Lovely service. Beautiful atmosphere.

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T
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Sushi is very good there. A great experience of Omakase. I hope the service there could be more patient. The restaurant is very small, so you can clearly hear people talking who are sitting around you. And tables are set closed.
Since it's a Michellin one star restaurant, so I set my expectation too high for Omakase before I went there. I would still recommend it for friends, because the food there is great, and creative. But I would say there is still some space between great and outstanding.

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S
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wako had amazing fish that was traditionally prepared. The ambience and service added to the omakase; the entire experience was zen and so enjoyable.

We had the $130 omakase and a $85 bottle of sake that was great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was good, perfect for special occasion like birthday or small friends gathering!

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding dining experience. Better then expected.

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MR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing sushi! I highly recommend getting the menu #2 for $135. This is a special place and it's not cheap but sitting at the sushi bar and hearing the chef explain every piece of fish is spectacular. Plush the sushi melts in your mouth amazing. I highly recommend this place and we plan on returning soon with my father in law who also enjoys great sushi.

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JF
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wako serves the best omakase in SF. The selections are thoughtful, fresh and beautifully presented. The service is attentive but not over-bearing. The menu is very well balanced between traditional and modern. If there is anything I would suggest it would be that the recorded music be selected to provide a better match for the setting. Music notwithstanding, Wako is a world-class destination for impeccable Japanese cuisine that is fit for Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly incredible dining experience with some of the most humble chefs, freshest seafood, and beautiful cultural immersion

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M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Went there with 2 other friends for birthday celebration. We ordered the $135 omasake. Food was good by not wowed. Service was subpar for a Michelin Star Restaurant. The lady didn’t even look into our eyes when she talked to us. We had to ask someone else what food she was mumbling when she put it down.

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I
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My husband and I were not impressed with the food. A lot of things seemed pre-made. The dishes were not memorable whatsoever. Some of the flavors were just not good. For the price we paid, we left feeling very disappointed. Service was great, but sadly we won’t be returning. Ebisu across the park is not as fancy but the food is SO much better.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, attentive, excellent food, dont feel rushed

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CL
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous. Excellent service without being pretentious, and scrumptious food all around. Like others, I’d recommend sitting at the bar, but the tables are nice too. Not cheap, but very worth the splurge.

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JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome omakase. Non-sushi items were a pleasant surprise -- so good! We also ordered a couple sushi items a la carte. Everything was done very well and the service was great. Next time I will definitely opt for sushi bar seating.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food taste so so nothing special in comparison to other fine dining Japanese omakase

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