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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.

211 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
3rd Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

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

Phone Number:
(415) 682-4875

Website:
http://www.sushiwakosf.com/

Executive Chef:
Tomo Nakamura

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Wako Japanese Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (17)
Tasting Menu (17)
Fit for Foodies (16)
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Good for Anniversaries (14)
Authentic (14)
Healthy (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Good for a Date (12)
Cozy (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Romantic (11)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Fun (6)
Seasonal (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Business Meals (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Organic (2)
Casual (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

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.

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 (東京)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Bar Seating, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We will revisit again - the dinner was delicious & consistent to our previous experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Best fish since tokyo. Would say a better explanation of some dishes may be necessary but amazing nonetheless

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Very great food

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Amazing sushi, lots of food with the 11 courses tasking menu, not cheap

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Best Japanese cuisine In San Francisco👍👍👍 love ❤️ it

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Organic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Best & freshest sushi ever!! Awesome & extremely attentive staff. Everything is exceptional. Made my hubby very happy on his birthday. Will definitely come back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent as usual - a true gem!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Perfect place for a special occasion. It's consistently delicious, and service is perfect.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Always an amazing and unique experience. Go to Wako if you want to enjoy a dinner in the like you have never tasted before.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food wasn’t that great.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Went here for my sister's birthday and had a blast. Notably one of the best Sushi Restaurants in San Francisco. A well deserved Michelin Star.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The best sushi place in SF hands down. Thoroughly enjoyed the meal we had last Friday.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Authentic, Seasonal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

There is no place in SF that I would rather eat than Wako. It's the absolute best!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 29, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

By far the best Japanese restaurant in town!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Love the care and attention to detail for the food and service. Made for a very satisfying and memorable evening

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

great ambience, great services, top quality ingredients and great great food and wine.

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Good but pricey - will return again only for another special occasion / celebration!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I was dissapointed.The restaurant was too casual and I can't understand how they got michellin star.Never back to here.Don't go!

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Birthday dinner was great!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

The fact that it has a Michelin star led me with high expectations and I was a little disappointed. However considering the price and how easy the booking was, the overall experience was alright.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Very friendly staffs, great food and Awesome Chief

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (London)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Awesomeness

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Excellent service. Totally accommodated the event and beyond.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Best anniversary spent. Customer service, food, presentation, atmosphere,,, everything was just all perfect. Thank you for an unreal experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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