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17 Excellent Sushi Restaurants in San Francisco

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise that so many of San Francisco’s top sushi spots come with a hefty price tag — after all this is a city that loves a tasting menu and boasts the highest concentration of three-Michelin-starred restaurants in the county. So, yes, if you’re looking to treat yourself with a many-coursed omakase experience here in San Francisco, you have a pretty impressive number of great options.

But that doesn’t mean those looking to keep their dinner under $200 have no options at all. This list includes a handful above-average neighborhood spots worth seeking out even if it means trekking across town. And some of the city’s worthwhile high-end sushi restaurants offer a la carte options too. No matter what mood you’re in, these restaurants promise some of the city’s freshest fish.

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Is this elegant FiDi omakase counter your next go-to spot for a simple nigiri fix? Probably not. But when you’re looking to splurge on an inventive Japanese meal that starts with delicate chawan-mushi before rolling into courses of seasonal sashimi, Kyoto-style sushi, and other plates, this is a great choice. Chef Mitsunori Kusakabe earned a reputation for elegant and thoughtful sushi while working at Sausalito’s Sushi Ran, opening this warm wood-wrapped dining room back in 2014. 

Yubu by The Shota

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The FiDi restaurant proper — one of the city’s swankier new omakase spots — is back to serving its Michelin-starred Edomae-style omakase sushi, otsumami, and sushiYa cuisine. The 15-course meal won’t come cheap (per Tock, you’re looking at $275-295 per person) but you can expect aged, cured, and marinated techniques on full glorious display.  

Akiko’s Restaurant & Sushi Bar

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Chef Ray Lee and the team are back in action serving lunch and dinner in downtown San Francisco. The well-loved Japanese restaurant offers a la carte items plus nigiri and sashimi tasting options — and if you want to go all in there’s always the choice to let chef take the reins for an omakase experience.

Nigiri from Akiko’s Akiko’s

Oma San Francisco Station

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A small sushi counter located at the end of a hallway in the Japan Center mall, Oma is back open and welcoming diners to belly up for an intimate omakase experience. The 90 minute meal enjoyed just steps from the bustling shopping corridors will cost anywhere from $95-165 with all menus including sashimi, nigiri, and both hot and cold plates from the chef.

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This Michelin-starred Clement Street sushi restaurant reopened for indoor dining in July 2021, when chefs Atsushi-san and Tomo-san debuted a new menu starring dishes like dashimaki filled with mentaiko and sansho pepper whipping cream, and chawanmushi with pike eel, shiitake, shrimp, sea urchin, and smoked trout roe.

Hakashi Japanese Sushi Bar & Grill

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Chef Julio Zapata opened this SoMa sushi spot in 2019 with the stated goal of making it an approachable option even for those not looking to spend a heap of money and several hours on an omakase experience – though the restaurant does offer the option. These days there’s a lengthy list of seasonal sashimi and nigiri, plus rolls of all types — from a spicy mayo smothered Lion King to a simple unagi-filled una kyu.

Hakashi

Chef Adam Tortosa's splashy, California-influenced omakase spot, which Eater SF critic Rachel Levin awarded three stars is once again serving a full omakase experience in Hayes Valley. Prices range from $99 to $199 and you can expect to see luxurious ingredients like A5 Wagyu beef, black truffle, and caviar on the menu alongside Santa Barbara uni and fatty tuna.

Tekka Japanese Restaurant

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Considering Tekka doesn’t have a working website and doesn’t take reservations or do takeout, it’ll take a bit of work just to get inside the door. But those who manage the feat tend to agree: this 10-seat mom-and-pop counter is well-worth it. Owners Yoshimi and Noboru Shimizu are known for giving regulars the special treatment and absolutely inundating all diners with generous spreads of sashimi, nigiri, and more. 

Geoffrey Lee’s Michelin-starred NoPa omakase spot is still only taking reservations for its heated outdoor parklet, and, as always, you can only get the full omakase experience here. It’ll be 14 courses for a cool $195 per person featuring primarily fish sourced from Japan’s famous Toyosu Market.

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This upscale, 14-seat sushi spot from co-owners Kash Feng and chef Jackson Yu earned a Michelin star for its Edomae-style sushi and hushed, intimate experience. Now that it's reopen for dine-in, the restaurant has resumed it usual offerings: a high-end omakase experience priced at $225 per person.

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Some of the 13 counter seats at SoMa’s Omakase.
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Sushi Shio

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One of newer sushi spots in the Mission is open daily from noon to 2 p.m. and 5–8:30 p.m. with a menu that makes quality sushi a little more affordable. A lunch set or chirashi combo will set you back just $35 while dinner sushi tasting start at just $39.

A table with bottles of wine in the background and plates of sushi in front. Sushi Shio/Facebook

Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar and Izakaya

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Though not San Francisco’s first or only sushi restaurant built entirely around plants, Shizen has perhaps perfected the art of elevating vegetables to centerstage-worthy preparations in sushi form. As a self-styled izakaya, the Mission restaurant specializes in both sushi and Japanese pub food so you can expect a plant-based version of karaage, plus avocado nigiri and rolls topped with pickled mango, shredded tofu, and ginger shoyu tomato.

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Ebisu Restaurant

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The family-owned Sunset District standby has been fueling the neighborhood with bento boxes, donburi, and, of course, sushi for some 30-plus years. These days it’s back open for lunch and dinner Sunday through Wednesday and if you opt to dine-in, count on seeing a steady flow of diners picking up online orders of generous sashimi platters and rolls.

Fenikkusu - Tapas and Omakase

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Prior to the pandemic, Fenikkusu was one of the hottest new restaurants in San Francisco — the rare Japanese restaurant in the city that does omakase-style sushi and izakaya small plates equally well. And good news: it’s back and hasn’t missed a beat, resuming its parade of small plates and sushi served with flair.

Blue shrimp nigiri topped with pine nuts Luke Tsai

Saru Sushi Bar

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This Noe Valley neighborhood favorite (with a sister location in Russian Hill) makes an affordable option for rolls and nigiri — assuming you can find a seat at either the small bar or in the dining room. The restaurant proudly offers three kinds of soy sauce and uses red vinegar to season its sushi rice. If you’re looking for takeout, you can place an order online.

Chīsai Sushi Club

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In terms of omakase options in the city, Chīsai Sushi Club keeps things relatively affordable offering 13 courses for $90, 17 courses for $120, plus a $70 vegetarian option. Chef and owner Erik Aplin worked at Ichi and brought an inventive approach to the restaurant’s former space – think, seared King salmon nigiri with nori butter, fat tuna and uni temaki, and, as a non-sushi supplement, creamy uni carbonara. 

The sushi bar at Chisai Sushi Club with wooden cubbies on the wall behind.

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You can get big trays of rolls at this relative newcomer on Ocean Avenue, but the restaurant’s main point of distinction is its wide selection of chirashi bowls: various assortments of sliced fish served over rice, in the perfect portion for the solo sushi eater. The restaurant is open for dine-in but you can call in or order online for takeout — and take advantage of a handful of promo codes and special offers.

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KUSAKABE

Is this elegant FiDi omakase counter your next go-to spot for a simple nigiri fix? Probably not. But when you’re looking to splurge on an inventive Japanese meal that starts with delicate chawan-mushi before rolling into courses of seasonal sashimi, Kyoto-style sushi, and other plates, this is a great choice. Chef Mitsunori Kusakabe earned a reputation for elegant and thoughtful sushi while working at Sausalito’s Sushi Ran, opening this warm wood-wrapped dining room back in 2014. 

Yubu by The Shota

The FiDi restaurant proper — one of the city’s swankier new omakase spots — is back to serving its Michelin-starred Edomae-style omakase sushi, otsumami, and sushiYa cuisine. The 15-course meal won’t come cheap (per Tock, you’re looking at $275-295 per person) but you can expect aged, cured, and marinated techniques on full glorious display.  

Akiko’s Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Nigiri from Akiko’s Akiko’s

Chef Ray Lee and the team are back in action serving lunch and dinner in downtown San Francisco. The well-loved Japanese restaurant offers a la carte items plus nigiri and sashimi tasting options — and if you want to go all in there’s always the choice to let chef take the reins for an omakase experience.

Nigiri from Akiko’s Akiko’s

Oma San Francisco Station

Japan Center Malls

A small sushi counter located at the end of a hallway in the Japan Center mall, Oma is back open and welcoming diners to belly up for an intimate omakase experience. The 90 minute meal enjoyed just steps from the bustling shopping corridors will cost anywhere from $95-165 with all menus including sashimi, nigiri, and both hot and cold plates from the chef.

Japan Center Malls

Wako

This Michelin-starred Clement Street sushi restaurant reopened for indoor dining in July 2021, when chefs Atsushi-san and Tomo-san debuted a new menu starring dishes like dashimaki filled with mentaiko and sansho pepper whipping cream, and chawanmushi with pike eel, shiitake, shrimp, sea urchin, and smoked trout roe.

Hakashi Japanese Sushi Bar & Grill

Hakashi

Chef Julio Zapata opened this SoMa sushi spot in 2019 with the stated goal of making it an approachable option even for those not looking to spend a heap of money and several hours on an omakase experience – though the restaurant does offer the option. These days there’s a lengthy list of seasonal sashimi and nigiri, plus rolls of all types — from a spicy mayo smothered Lion King to a simple unagi-filled una kyu.

Hakashi

Robin

Chef Adam Tortosa's splashy, California-influenced omakase spot, which Eater SF critic Rachel Levin awarded three stars is once again serving a full omakase experience in Hayes Valley. Prices range from $99 to $199 and you can expect to see luxurious ingredients like A5 Wagyu beef, black truffle, and caviar on the menu alongside Santa Barbara uni and fatty tuna.

Tekka Japanese Restaurant

Considering Tekka doesn’t have a working website and doesn’t take reservations or do takeout, it’ll take a bit of work just to get inside the door. But those who manage the feat tend to agree: this 10-seat mom-and-pop counter is well-worth it. Owners Yoshimi and Noboru Shimizu are known for giving regulars the special treatment and absolutely inundating all diners with generous spreads of sashimi, nigiri, and more. 

Ju-Ni

Ju-ni Ju-ni

Geoffrey Lee’s Michelin-starred NoPa omakase spot is still only taking reservations for its heated outdoor parklet, and, as always, you can only get the full omakase experience here. It’ll be 14 courses for a cool $195 per person featuring primarily fish sourced from Japan’s famous Toyosu Market.

Ju-ni Ju-ni

Omakase

Omakase
Some of the 13 counter seats at SoMa’s Omakase.
Omakase

This upscale, 14-seat sushi spot from co-owners Kash Feng and chef Jackson Yu earned a Michelin star for its Edomae-style sushi and hushed, intimate experience. Now that it's reopen for dine-in, the restaurant has resumed it usual offerings: a high-end omakase experience priced at $225 per person.

Omakase
Some of the 13 counter seats at SoMa’s Omakase.
Omakase

Sushi Shio

A table with bottles of wine in the background and plates of sushi in front. Sushi Shio/Facebook

One of newer sushi spots in the Mission is open daily from noon to 2 p.m. and 5–8:30 p.m. with a menu that makes quality sushi a little more affordable. A lunch set or chirashi combo will set you back just $35 while dinner sushi tasting start at just $39.

A table with bottles of wine in the background and plates of sushi in front. Sushi Shio/Facebook

Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar and Izakaya

Shizen

Though not San Francisco’s first or only sushi restaurant built entirely around plants, Shizen has perhaps perfected the art of elevating vegetables to centerstage-worthy preparations in sushi form. As a self-styled izakaya, the Mission restaurant specializes in both sushi and Japanese pub food so you can expect a plant-based version of karaage, plus avocado nigiri and rolls topped with pickled mango, shredded tofu, and ginger shoyu tomato.

Shizen

Ebisu Restaurant

The family-owned Sunset District standby has been fueling the neighborhood with bento boxes, donburi, and, of course, sushi for some 30-plus years. These days it’s back open for lunch and dinner Sunday through Wednesday and if you opt to dine-in, count on seeing a steady flow of diners picking up online orders of generous sashimi platters and rolls.

Fenikkusu - Tapas and Omakase

Blue shrimp nigiri topped with pine nuts Luke Tsai

Prior to the pandemic, Fenikkusu was one of the hottest new restaurants in San Francisco — the rare Japanese restaurant in the city that does omakase-style sushi and izakaya small plates equally well. And good news: it’s back and hasn’t missed a beat, resuming its parade of small plates and sushi served with flair.

Blue shrimp nigiri topped with pine nuts Luke Tsai

Saru Sushi Bar

This Noe Valley neighborhood favorite (with a sister location in Russian Hill) makes an affordable option for rolls and nigiri — assuming you can find a seat at either the small bar or in the dining room. The restaurant proudly offers three kinds of soy sauce and uses red vinegar to season its sushi rice. If you’re looking for takeout, you can place an order online.

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Chīsai Sushi Club