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About Yuubi Japanese Restaurant

Yuubi is a traditional Japanese restaurant that will wow you with many memorable dishes. If you are a sushi lover, choose from nearly 30 fresh seafood rolls. For example, the Romeo & Juliet roll is packed fresh scallops and salmon under a layer of tobiko and spicy mayo. Yuubi also offers fresh, high quality cooked seafood and delicious meats. Yuubi’s master chefs grill tender beef short ribs, lamb chops, and asparagus-wrapped beef, and succulent deep fired chicken is featured as the classic chicken katsu dish. Your meal can be paired with beer, wine or sake. Finish with a Japanese dessert like mochi from Japan, or a French crème brûlée or a decadent American cheesecake.

501 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
6th Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 386-2011

Website:
http://www.yuubisf.com/

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Yuubi Japanese Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.1

service

4.0

ambience

3.5

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

71% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Sushi was fine. Service was mediocre - slow, didn't know the English translation of the fish on the specials board; didn't know anything about the sake on offer.
We will go elsewhere next time.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Food was on par with average Japanese restaurant. Had reservations for 5:30 on Sun night but really didn’t need them. Reasonable since 2 of us had entree combo, 3rd person had udon w/ tempura & the 4th had poke bowl w/ couple of nigiri. We shared CA roll w/ real crab (very good) & dragon roll (ok). My entree combo was steak teriyaki and tempura. I was disappointed w/ the one piece of shrimp that was small and skinny. The poke bowl didn’t come w/ rice. Servers were attentive and did keep our water glasses and teacups filled. We were able to spend a quiet evening (2 hrs plus) talking & catching up. We had a $25 Groupon as well. In the end, we ordered a spider roll. Only one end had the fried legs instead of both ends. I would go again if in the neighborhood, but parking can be challenging.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Excellent gyoza. We had the pork katsu & beef teriyaki and both were good portions & delicious.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We had a great meal here! The red dragon roll was amazing! Everything we had was delicious. Service was spot on and friendly. Highly recommend this spot!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Fantastic good and wonderful service

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 (London)·Dined on August 6, 2017

A bit dark and dreary inside but food was good

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2017

We dined at Yuubi on a regular basis when they first opened a few years ago. The food
was quite good as well as being a good value for the quality and price. However, they made
changes menu a few years back which were not an improvement and we had not dined there
for a few years. We live in the neighborhood and had dinner last Sunday. Food not particularly
fresh or well prepared and definitely not good value. We went to another Japanese restaurant
last night near the Marina. What a difference fresh, well prepared food, great service, and
excellent value. Actually, paid a bit less person than at Yuubi. By the way, Yuubi was almost
empty at 6:30 PM while other restaurants on the street appeared to be busy.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 22, 2017

My husband and I tried this local sushi restaurant for our first time last week. We immediately saw friends, but we heard from family members who live close to the restaurant that it was a favorite spot of theirs. We sat at the bar. There was one TV with closed captioning and one larger screen with sound turned off. It was great to watch a game without the beer pub ambiance and noise, so it was easy to have a conversation. We enjoyed the Sashimi Set, and we delighted at the very generous slices of fresh fish that melted in your mouth. The appetizer of a bowl of plain edaname was perfectly satisfying with a couple of bowls of rice to accompany the sashimi. We would like to return to try the seafood soup and other luxurious looking treats. Looking forward to our next visit!

Tags: Casual, Great Beer, Bar Seating
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 1, 2017

While the outside of the restaurant made it seem like a joint leftover from the 1980s, once we stepped inside I could tell it was a nice place. Good and service were great. Will come back for sure!

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Hello,
We thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant. It was a quiet evening; excellent attentive wait staff; very accommodating. Food came quickly & my service of salmon was very generous.
Staff come by all the time with more tea & bring whatever you ask.
We highly recommend this spot for special events/ special occasions or just for an excellent dinner. They could accommodate a party of 10/15 with advance notice. There is also a sushi bar for single or those who prefer that area for dining.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 22, 2017

My favorite restaurant in San Francisco. Great food and a casual atmosphere.

Tags: Business Meals, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Love Yuubi! Ricky and Gloria are the best! Great food and service!

Tags: Outstanding Value, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Cozy
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Sushi is great. Alcohol not good. Nice seating and

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 6, 2015

Anything red snapper was great

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 26, 2015

Sashimi was fresh and well served, particularly the Ebi, scallops, and uni, all of which are difficult to get just right. Grilled octopus was tasty if slightly dry. The rolls were somewhat oversauced, even though we asked particularly for one that didn't have too much sauce, and the staff directed us to one that had "no sauce". Gee, I'm glad we didn't ask for one with lots of sauce!
Worth coming back to but not going to be a regular (weekly) place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2014

Wasn't too impressed with the uni. The fish wasn't as fresh as I like. Prices were reasonable; however, they could a lot better with their cuts and choice of fish.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2014

I'm so glad there's a true, full-menu sushi restaurant in the neighborhood--finally! Sticky rice is essential for nigiri-style sushi and other neighborhood (6th Ave/Balboa) restaurants have ignored or foregone this tradition. Yuubi's menu includes traditional sushi offerings at their best, yet it is also eclectic, extensive and allows for custom orders ... all beautifully presented. While they offer many great sushi roll combinations (favored by Western palates), I go here because the promise of real, traditional-style, elegantly presented and fresh sushi house offerings is guaranteed.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 26, 2014

Went with a group of 5. Food for each came out a different times. The dishes were okay, not bad but not memorable. Presentation of each dish was nice. The wait service was excellent. Not busy, but it was a rainy weekday evening, which helped with parking.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2014

This was my 2nd time dining here and both times we had good food and exceptional service. Our wait person had a smile and kept our water glasses filled all the time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2013

We wanted sushi in my daughter's neighborhood so after checking on Yelp, we thought we'd give Yuubi a try. We were delighted with the quality and originality of the sushi and we were surprised at the affordability. I had teriyaki salmon and it was perfectly prepared and came with miso soup and salad - what a tasty deal. The service was prompt and friendly. My only concern was that the restaurant itself lacked ambiance. The space was vacuous and cold and the tea and miso soup was already cold before we could finish it. Too bad because everything else about this restaurant was top notch!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2013

With a diverse menu and friendly staff, this simple Japanese restaurant is nothing short of a neighborhood gem. We braved the peak hour traffic to cross town and were pleasantly surprised by the whole meal. Our Omakase sashimi platter was really great value and made it worth the drive! The funky rolls were good too, although nothing special given everyone has spicy mayo and aioli in their rolls nowadays.

Their customer service also earn some points with the complimentary valet service. Truly a neighborhood gem!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2013

Been coming here since they opened and always have a good time. Sushi chefs know what they're doing and servers are attentive and on-point with recommendations. Do yourself a favor and take your girl/boyfriend, Friday night pre-party crew, family, whatever - you won't leave disappointed!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2013

I had a good time; great food and service

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2013

This was our first time dining here. The food was decent but what impressed us the most was the service. Please keep up the good work as we will be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 28, 2013

We went on a Saturday night. There was not that many people. They have a lot of interesting choice of sushi rolls which are good but not that special. The grill menu was good, like the shrimp grill. Price was reasonable. The location is really in a pretty quiet neighborhood.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2013

My girl friend just found out her guy was cheating on her, so I suggested we go to this restaurant to have a man hating dinner! The sake and food was good! Service was amazing and staff was very friendly. We closed the place down and staff never rushed us out! I will go back again soon!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2013

Happy to be back anytime.
To get 10% off, bring your UCSF ID card.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2013

Not your ordinary sushi menu (although they have basic rolls and sashimi too). Beautifully prepared and inventive dishes rarely disappoint. We'll be back again and again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 26, 2013

The service there deserved more than 5 stars. I can't describe what a great time I had at Yuubi. The food was exquisite and for once the waiter and chef didn't sound like they were reading off something they memorized earlier that day. They had real suggestions that went along with food I said I liked and didn't like. They really understood their menu inside and out and even went out of their way to customized certain dishes for me. The food was sublime. I tried so many new foods that day and all of them were plated beautifully and tasted like a little piece of fish heaven. The sushi chef ,Jason, is truly a genius when it comes to his food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2013

First time to this restaurant and we were pleasantly surprised. Over all ambiance was nice. The details to the food presentation was outstanding (especially the presentation of their sushi dishes). Overall taste of the dishes we had ordered was delicious. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 1, 2013

I purchased a pre-fixed menu dinner for this place and the food was underwhelming.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 24, 2013

Wanted to like this restaurant but the food was just barely passable. It didn't taste anywhere near authentic. Food was bland & lacked the main point of Japanese cuisine - letting the food speak for itself. The sushi was rubbery & too sweet. Ramen just slapped together & tempura not light & crisp. Won't be returning.

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 (Berlin)·Dined on April 20, 2013

The food is great, the service good, fish is fresh, and I love everything about this place except when there are families there. Somehow, almost every child that walks into this restaurant is a complete brat.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 19, 2013

Maitre'd and wait staffs were friendly and accomodating. Server was very enthusiastic on recommending signature dishes on menu. However, the sashimi were served slightly warmer than room temperature and the vinegar was too dominant in sushi rice. Though portions were generous, I cannot finish the sushi rolls for the reason stated. Wish the chefs have focused more on the quality and execution of the sushi/sashimi rather than trying too hard to be innovative.
Also disappointed in the home made broth and udon, a far cry from a simple Japanese noodle joint in Tokyo station. The tempura batter was thick and too brittle.
Could be a nieghborhood gem if the focus is re-aligned.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 12, 2013

The atmosphere is fun, and so is the food. There are different variations of sushi rolls to try, but don't limit yourself to that. I really love the eel fried rice!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 4, 2013

Food was well executed.
Our server needs more training in listening carefully (possibly English as a second language); a couple of errors for our hand roll--gave sesame soy instead of seaweed wrap; no tobiko--she even came back a 2nd time to confirm this item, and when we received the item, we even asked "this is seaweed?" and she said "yes". Finally asked the manager and told her the 2 items missing, which she confirmed that it was not seaweed. Manager was helpful and pleasant!
Menu needs to be less extensive; too many items.
Overall, we enjoyed our dining experience! We'd return to try more items.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2013

Maybe this was a Monday night when they were short on staff. We were not acknowledge at the door for five minutes as the two servers hustled passed us. One finally asked brusquely if we had reservations, which we did so she seated us. The evening was one of long wait time. We sat with water and menus for more than 15 minutes before our orders were taken. We had to ask for tea. Food service was very slow for the five of us. Two udon orders arrived, pause for 10 minutes, two more udon orders arrived, pause for 8 minutes, and finally the salmon arrived. Sushi we expected as appetizers came through out the dinner, one arriving after the main courses were served. Food was only fair, so we will probably not be making a return visit.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 3, 2013

This is beautiful sushi! I hope this restaurant survives. Love it.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 17, 2013

Yuubi is a must for sushi lovers across the city. It's become me and The Girl's favorite sushi place since they've opened!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 15, 2013

Super fresh sashimi. Great presentation. Loved the Hamachi and Albacore sashimi! I've already been here 3 times and will try to make it a point to come back once a week. Great Date night spot
Highly recommended!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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