Wako Japanese Restaurant

4.8
448 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese
Effective 8/20/21, a proof of full vaccination is required for all guests. In order to enter our restaurant, you must have the original vaccination card or a copy of the vaccination card or proof of vaccination QR code.

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 15 guests at a seating. We cannot accept reservation more than 4 guests.

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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 temperature check required
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 448 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience and food was fantastic,

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vipSFDiner
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed eating inside with diners who were fully vaxed. Thanks to Wako staff for making everyone safe. We loved the sushi tasting menu - it was delicious and just the right amount of food. We also like the other menu options. Happy with that menu compared to more expensive omakase.

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Joenaka
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good service

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Traditional and delicious!!

The sushi tasting was done exquisitely. Everything was fresh, served one piece at a time, and waitstaff were in point with everything. I didn’t lift a finger other than to eat and was provided the opportunity to eat traditionally- by hand.

Covid precautions were on point from entry to departure and the washroom was maintained in pristine condition (and with a heated, electronic toilet).

Taste, timing, quality, and service were all devine. I’ll be back.

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Chanko
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Possibly the best Japanese in Sf at any price point.

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vipJustbehappy13
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

No birthday celebration or mention at all. Was a bit disappointed they didn’t make my partner feel special, like it was another table they were turning out.

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vipPSDiner19
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far, the best sushi bar in San Francisco and everywhere else outside of Japan!!!

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Oishii
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food quality and pricing cannot beat! We are from Japan and we are highly recommend Wako.

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FannyF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service.

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Baha
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a special occasion and we enjoyed the service and the food. Friendly and professional staff. Great quality food. Don't miss the tempura!!

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Bernard
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great staffs, wonderful food and its selections. My wife and I had a blast and tried almost everything on the Menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Sushi!! Great service!

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vipEpic
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Japanese I have been to

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambiance, spectacular service, and phenomenal food! Price point is a bit steep: $86 plus included 18% gratuity for 10 piece sampler which wasn’t super filling but each bite was amazing. Jin was so engaging, entertaining, and knowledgeable.

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foodislife222
New England
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Overall, expected more from a 1-star restaurant, especially one priced as such. The small cold/hot appetizers were good. The tasting menu’s nigiri would have been better if rice were a bit warmer. Our crab and ikura piece had crab shells — both mine and my partner’s. Black sesame dessert was good. Uni was fresh. Our bill of over $400 was not worth the meal unfortunately.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing omakase experience. A little light on the portions so we ordered extra after the tasting. The otoro was sooo good that we ordered seconds. The wagyu was also very good!

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Robert
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience. Very pleasant atmosphere. Delicious food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best sushi I’ve ever had, hands down. The service was impeccable as well. Even fish that I don’t normally like, such as octopus and mackerel, were amazing. I wish I could eat here everyday of my life. 10/10. I will definitely be back in the future!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Father son reunion

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MichikoS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was great, but I have to say I felt constantly interrupted by the serving staff. It was not a relaxing atmosphere, where in Japan, a restaurant of this caliber would respect the speed at which the customer would enjoy the entire experience at their speed.

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DanB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptional meal. One of the best I’ve ever had.

Layout a little crowded but very traditional

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Jonathanh
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great for there 2nd week of indoor dining the menu is mainly a la carte w/ a sushi chefs tasting 10pc

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The sushi was very good but I guess I am a Japanese food snob, compared to what you can get in Japan, it was nothing special, very small slices of fish and pre-seasoned.
The uni was very fresh. The toro could have been softer. The kakiage was very crispy and good..The chawanmushi was hot and good.
I would definitely go back by might not do omakase and order a la carte.

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CarlaO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and attention to details was exceptional. Freshest fish I had in a long time. The sushi chefs were friendly and super professional. Bravo!!!

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vipStan
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

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JewelH
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, experience, custom made service, and ambiance was amazing. We will be booking a reservation at Wako again soon.

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Calvin
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent sushi dining experience, especially at the bar with the chef working in front of you and serving. It was perfect from the moment we sat down to the moment we left.

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vipalex
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sushi as an art. Impeccable, amazing, outstanding, creative, fresh, delicious, beautiful, exciting, unmatched. One of the best sushi experiences of my life (and I have eaten a lot of sushi!) It is a small sushi restaurant, we sat at the bar. Our host/sushi chef was a true artisan and fun to interact with. Prix fix meal (omakase) was fantastic. Perfection.

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vipZakH
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best sushi that I have ever had. I can’t wait to go back!

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Akansh
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food for the price, given that Wako has a Michelin Star. Delectable pieces of seafood (scallops, tuna, snapper, mackerel, and amber jack come to mind, especially the seared ones) and great ambience in one of my favorite SF neighborhoods. The service was quick (a little too attentive at times but not too intrusive) and efficient.

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theredskins
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing in every way.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great as usual!

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Annie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Omakase. The service and the food was some of the best Japanese food we’ve had outside of Japan!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

birthday date. Just one candle, no big surprise

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ZhidaZ
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is interesting and the service is pretty much at the limit of what could be considered within reason. Pricey, but the experience is worth the price.

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PeterZ
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated at the sushi bar and was able to watch the chief make our sushi as we enjoyed our course - the ingredients were fresh, and preparation was done meticulously (not to mention great value). The chief was also very friendly and made us feel comfortable by talking with us while still preparing the dish with great efficiency and skills. The service staff was also very friendly and courteous - definitely would re-visit in the future.

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AnirN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience, staff is amazingly warm and the omakase menu is fantastic! Highly recommend

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vipSFfoodie
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The service was amazing and the atmosphere is great but the food was terrible. We were excited for an omakase experience and knew it was expensive going in - 3 courses were inedible they were so bizarre and the nigiri sushi was great but would have been the same at a restaurant 1/3 the price. Not worth the price!

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vipSamC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I am a frequent patron, love their fresh ingredients and the creativity on all the dishes. Service are always very professional.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and great food.

FAQs

Wako Japanese Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 448 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.