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Americans unfortunately tend to associate fusion-y sushi trattorias with traditional Japanese cuisine, when the street-level izakaya is much closer to the soul of urban Japanese cuisine. Owners Tad... read more
Tiny, dare-we-say romantic sushi spot hidden away on a slightly random block off the Hayes Valley thoroughfare, grew a devoted following in a few short months after opening with soft, tender, burst... read more
Chef Gaston Acurio brings Peru to San Francisco (stopping along the way at Mexico, Chile and Costa Rica). Plates are grab-bags of delight - purple potatoes atop Ahi anyone? 12-cebiches and views of... read more
Despite taking its name from a children's card game, Cindy Pawlcyn's seafooder could be mistaken for a more serious place than it is. The mash-up between a classic oyster bar and a sushi joint toys... read more
Easily a top-10 SF sushi spot, beloved by locals and still relatively undiscovered. Bright, leafy front room belies a dark, sexy back room. Wildly fresh, colorful cuts, and beautifully simple prese... read more
Kaiseki is an ancient Japanese culinary concept slowly dawning on American diners, due to sublime restaurants in NYC, LA and this wonderful gem. A multi-course meal with ingredients determined by f... read more
Named for one of the ultimate foodie movies, churns out possibly the best Japanese-style ramen outside of, well, Japan. Odd space with a half-moon shaped bar is perpetually crammed with locals and ... read more
Perpetually crammed noodle slot a block off Union Square, beloved by students and Japanese tourists, the latter of whom can’t seem to go more than two days without foods from the homeland. Wh... read more
Silicon Valley may celebrate ethereal and critically-adored kaiseki and sushi spots, but izakaya or pub-style Japanese cuisine like Gochi's is set to take over. Chef/owner Masahiko Takei has recrea... read more
Akin to some of the fantastic sushi-yas found in outlying neighborhoods of Tokyo, quaint, authentic façade and clear bright interiors, emphasizing atmosphere and fresh cuts. Expensive, yes. ... read more
Another great South Bay restaurant hidden away in a totally non-descript, mundane shopping center. This one's on the second floor, no less, and has seen teppanyaki-style dining come in-and-out of v... read more
Yuppies complain about lack of bar space, but they don’t look too unhappy checking themselves out in the big mirrors while chowing down on $8 lunch combos. Back room lacks soul so wait for a seat a... read more
Everything Mr. Rogers would want in a neighborhood Japanese restaurant. Sparkling clean, pleasantly decorated and just plain nice. Nothing on the menu you haven’t seen before (shocker), but consist... read more
Marina sushi hotspot keeps every hour happy and kicks off bingo at 6:30. Meet Alex P. Keaton and friends after work for some Three Amigos or U2 rolls and a bowl of garlic edamame. Scope out the scu... read more
A Japanese restaurant with a Spanish word in its name? You were asking for it. Actress/model waitresses imported from L.A. serve up overpriced and undersized family-style nigiri and rolls for 24th-... read more
The Marina’s best sushi and worst kept secret. Don’t worry, the fish is much fresher than the 80s background music. Inventive rolls named after regulars, such as the Wild Schild and Butter Face. Be... read more
Hawaiian sushi? Hell, why not? We’ll even throw in some Polynesian schlock and a few dudes in Aloha shirts. Ecstasy Rolls—not just something to do in a club. In this case, a deep-fried sushi roll w... read more
Visions of Bubblicious dancing through your head. Sprocket-like sushi lovers beneath bubble-shaped lamps in spacey setting of Pop Art pastels and thumping trace beats. Tuna and salmon tartare with ... read more
Simple sushi on the cheap. Young Kirin/Nigori-swilling crowd, chaos-managing chefs, ice cold Kirin, sexy tatted waitresses, roll-you-out-the-door portions. Don’t count on best sashimi ever and disr... read more
As the gaudy sign outside describes, this is a combination of Persi...
Surreal cocktailing in SoMa. Heady mix of gothic and steampunk deco...
With just 18 seats (plus 12 bar seats), exposed brick, unglaze...
Hakkasan takes its Cantonese cuisine west with signature swanky sty...
The storied New Orleans venue named after the legendary band has ma...