Wako Japanese Restaurant

4.8
296 reviews
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On Valentine’s Day, Wako offers a special menu for $150.00.

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.
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in the USA...We have traveled to Japan and Wako ranks right up there with the best sushi that we experienced during our travels. Highly recommended!

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RL
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was really good and unique. The sako pairing was also nice, although quite expensive. The only complaint is our waitress had really bad English and spoke with a very low volume, so we couldn't hear anything she said and missed out on all of the descriptions of the food

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s
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining here is like stepping into a cozy cabin, except that cabin is off the Pacific Ocean where you get the FRESHEST fish and seafood of your life. With a no frills menu, it gives you what you anticipate but the portions, flavors, and presentation bring color into the space. We celebrated a birthday here and the staff very super friendly. Definitely a worthwhile celebration and experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in the city hands down

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r
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

サンフランシスコでこのような寿司懐石が食べられると思っていませんでした。丁寧な接客に行き届いた気配り、料理長さんの素敵な笑顔で、なお一層、お食事が美味しく感じられました。お寿司もとても素晴らしかったですが、一品料理もそれぞれに凝っていて季節を感じられるものでした。
素晴らしいお料理をありがとうございました。

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XX
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

This restaurant used to be good back when they still have order menu. The set menu has become a waste of money. Especially for the sushi only menu, I feel that the fish are not fresh any more.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good value, very smiley and friendly staffs. Love it!

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1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding food. Every bite is a journey into so many surprisingly unique, delicious and balanced flavors, especially the nigiri.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always!!!

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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, especially the sushi. Nice, cozy atmosphere. Chefs are very personable as are the wait staff and front door staff. Definitely deserving of their Michelin star.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I’ve ever had, also the most expensive but it was for our 10 year anniversary. Having just 2 menu options will make the experience super easy for anyone new to Japanese cuisine. My wife and I both ordered #2 - it was a lot of food. I ended up eating a 2.5 combo :). If I did it again, the cheaper #1 (one less round of sushi) would be the perfect amount.

Even though it was fancy for us, it felt laid back and unintimidating.

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l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi and Japanese cuisine I've ever had. The fish was extremely fresh, and each nigiri was prepared with thoughtful, various embellishments in each bite. The tofu, homemade miso cream cheese, and eggplant appetizers (among others) were amazing. For a tasting menu, it left us feeling very satisfied; we were not bulging out of our waistbands, but happily filled with scrumptious fare that kept on coming at an even and lovely pace throughout the evening. The chefs are very friendly and the staff discreet and cheerful.

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MY
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! All the food were delicious.
We will be back!

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m
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

We have dined at Wako a number of times. It was a far better restaurant in the days one was able to order a la carte. Now one is obliged to take a multi-course omakase dinner. The portions are small and vary between good and unimpressive. Most of all, it is hugely overpriced. On this last visit our waitress was Mongolian rather than Japanese and we couldn't understand a word she was saying. In other words, it ain't what it used to be. We won't be back.

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HM
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my first omakase experience and it was a gem! Delectable, creative, and very friendly staff. A well deserved Michelin star.

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LB
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third time at wako, and I have yet to be disappointed. Food is incredible, service is friendly and pleasant, and ambiance is simple.
For the cost of a $95 tasting menu that includes 10 pieces of sushi from a Michelin star restaurant, this is a great value and wonderful experience. Will be returning!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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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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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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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
8 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
11 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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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
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall good

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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
15 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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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
9 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
23 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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