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About Wako Japanese Restaurant
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.
San Francisco, CA 94118
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Wako Japanese Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Wako always delivers in terms of quality and experience. A new menu with focus on sushi, 15 pieces vs. 12 before, is exciting and much welcome. Service is warm and attentive without being overbearing. Sushi counter is still the best way to experience this gem of a place. Seasonally changed menu with seafood from Japan in this price range and consistency is hard to find. The sake pairing is a great value as well with generous pours of excellent sale or try their bottle selections. Highly recommend.
Amazing. The best sushi I've had outside of Japan - period. It was like being transported to Japan for 2 hours. But note that getting this quality outside of Japan also means you have to fly in the fresh fish within hours from remote locations and that's expensive... So be prepared to pay way way more than you'd be used to for locally sourced product in other places. It's expensive but you do get the real thing. It is so real I almost forget I was in San Francisco by the time we left the restaurant.
This was my first Omakase style meal and it exceeded my expectations. Wako has very traditional and authentic sushi among other small Japanese dishes. I was very pleased to have gotten to experience this for my first time at such a fine establishment! The white squid with uni, jalapeno soy marinated blue fin, and wagyu were unforgettable! The staff were very sweet and attentive as well.
The sushi was very fresh and of excellent quality. Having just returned from Japan and after eating at other omakase restaurants in the Bay Area(DeLage, Oakland) I found our dinner to be very ordinary and lacking in imagination. The service was cold and functional. We found Wako to be very overpriced for what you get.
I get why these guys are the only Michelin starred sushi restaurant in SF. Service was impeccable with a more traditional Japanese style. The food was fantastic, we went for the Omkase number 2. The Sake pairing was worth it, as they have a great selection. Definitely pricy, but worth it.
The sushi we had was phenomenal! The fish melted in your mouth it was so fresh! We really enjoyed our 11 course tasting. It was extremely expensive, but very tasty! The service was excellent. The bathroom was awesome too! It had a heated/self cleaning toilet that had a bidet! The toilet seat opened when you opened the door to the bathroom. Such a wonderful experience all the way around!
The chef would have done better if he had just kept it simple and fresh. Lots of Mackeral and barracuda type fish. A higher quality of more desirable fish would have been well received.
The innovation was not there. For example the roasted veggies were tossed in mayonaise, when a Miso Glaze or fresh rice wine vinegar marinade, even a citrus type toss would have been more complimentary.
$ 500 for 3 people and we all felt the food was sub prime and some items not particularly fresh.
I absolutely love sushi (been to Japan and all over the city searching for the best) and was disappointed by the quality and quantity of food for price $240 total for 9 course for 2 people. Don’t get me wrong the sushi was definitely solid quality, however there were pieces/dishes that were disappointing (this is all in ththe context of price for quality/quantity). There are few places in SF that I have paid > 200$ and walked away disappointed.
Wako was a terrific Omakase experience at a great price in SF. The service was amazingly attentive and we sat at the sushi bar, which allowed for great conversations with the talented head chef, who prepares and explains the 2 sushi courses personally (including the ages and localities of the fish). Most importantly, the food was fantastic from the appetizer courses, through the sashimi, sushi, miso soup, and dessert. Creative burst of flavors and unique texture combinations abounded. We were celebrating a birthday, so they made that special, too. All that said, the ambience was too brightly lit and the pace was a bit too fast to make it completely relaxing, even over the 2 hour culinary experience. So, it may be better for a great meal with family or friends, rather than an intimate romantic evening. We'll definitely be back!
The sushi and fish quality was spectacular. They had okay service but not Michelin star quality. The appetizers were sub par and rather boring and didn’t match with the rest of the omakase experience. The sushi chef was spectacular is explanation of each piece and location. The interior was nice but plain. The dishes used were nice but chopsticks could of been better quality!
Seating was tight and seat was not comfortable. The food was good, but some of the food was not authentically Japanese, no cream cheese please. I like Japanese food because it is no daily, so I was a bit surprised when cream cheese showed up--I am not sure I like the new style of cuisine. I do prefer traditional. The food was carefully prepared and good in general. Very good service.
I lived in Japan several years, and enjoyed it very much. Wako in San Francisco is among the best and more authentic manifestations of the [contemporary] Japanese culinary culture that I have encountered outside the cradle. Doumo arigatou gozaimasu.
Highly recommended...not easy to access but worth the effort.
Wako continue to keep up its high standards and provide value. While this is definitely a special occasion restaurant, you will feel like you got value for your hard-earned dollars in the food, in the service, and in the experience. Take your special someone there - they deserve it!!
Worth the price!
That tomato with a perfect balance among sweetness / sourness / juiciness combined with milky cheese is such an amazing piece of art!
They did very well on all these high quality fish: o toro, Aji, sea eel, belt fish, yellow tail, sweet shrimp are amazing, both in texture and tenderness! Their belt fish dish is marinated with Asian yellow wine (I'm pretty sure as it reminds me of the flavor of belt fish from my grandma, but they did not confirm haha), was so good.
I enjoyed the comfortable feeling of this place. It's a perfect place for a date night, birthday celebration, anniversary celebration, and other special occasion. The taste of the food was super fresh. Every bite left me with "wow" feeling. Service was well timed and friendly. Overall, I was very satisfy with the food and the environment of the place.
Wako is one of the best omakase in the area, chef is very knowledgeable and took the time to explain everything to us, making sure every one is happy with their food. Everything is so tasty that we wanted to order everything a la carte after the fix menu. Good sake paring too!
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