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The Rapid Expansion of Poke in the Bay Area, Mapped

Raw fish served here, there, and everywhere

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In the Bay Area, the poke trend has become a thing, spawning many new fast casual poke bars and appearance of the fish dish on various menus. Originally from Hawaii, the dish is classically comprised of raw fish with a variety of mix-ins, toppings, and sauces. According to Eater National, it's the next big fast casual push nationwide, though San Francisco's strong connections to Hawaii make it particularly apropos in this city. Plus, it's light and healthy (depending whether you go for the spicy mayo), and plays into SF's love of sushi.

Here are 15 places to indulge in a hamachi, albacore, ahi, octopus, or whatever floats your boat. Try mix-ins like pineapple, wasabi, ginger, nori, avocado, jalapeño or even strawberries, tossed with sauces like ponzu, spicy mayo, sesame shoyu, and more.

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Note: map points are listed alphabetically, not ranked.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. #POKI (Hashtag POKI)

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3075 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705
In the former Mokka Cafe space has arisen a raw fish palace, including selections like tako and wakame salad. Order a mini, regular, or large size with varying amounts of fresh fish; unagi and sashimi specialty bowls also available.
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2. Basa Seafood Express

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3064 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 550-2388
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A hidden gem in the Mission, Basa offers inexpensive boxes of no-frills, raw fish. For $9.99, grab a box of spicy salmon, rice, and seaweed with choice of coke or water.

3. Blue Hawaii Açaí Café

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2 Embarcadero Ctr
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 248-0011
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The Financial District seems to be ground zero for San Francisco poke, and Blue Hawaii Acai Cafe has been serving it up for a few years now, counter-service style, at Two Embarcadero Center, in addition to acai bowls.

4. Bowl'd Acai

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14 Mint Plz
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 770-7000
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Roving food truck Bowl d'Acai has added poke bowls to its offerings, giving 622 Sacramento St. and 14 Mint Plaza another raw fish option Thursday through Monday.

5. I'a Poke

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314 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 829-8030
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This counter-service spot lets you choose from signature bowls, or design your own poke bowls and sushi burritos. It's open seven days a week for raw fish feasting; hours vary.

6. Limu & Shoyu

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2815 California St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 757-0889
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Limu & Shoyu offers pre-determined options, or the ability to make your own for a $13 large bowl. They've got an eye on sustainability, and an additional menu of onigiri with fillings like spicy tuna and bean curd.

7. Ohana Poke Bar

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605 Kearny St
San Francisco, CA 94108
Choose proteins like hamachi and albacore, and mix-ins that include strawberry and mango at this Financial District poke place. It's fresh, and filled with worker bees hungry for the bounty of the sea.

8. Poke Bowl

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1250 Ocean Ave
San Francisco, CA 94112
Choose from 13 different protein options — including eel and scallop — at Poke Bowl. It's open daily from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. It also has a rather extensive crepe dessert menu, which follows raw fish quite nicely.

9. Poke Delish

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2175 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(628) 777-6772
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Within the multi-vendor food hall The Myriad is Poke Delish, a standard poke bar with fish and mix-in options. It’s open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and 7 p.m. on Sundays.

10. Pokeganda

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2575 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
Located within a shaved-ice store called Vampire Penguin on Telegraph, Pokeganda just opened serving standard poke bowls for $11.95 alongside teas, and icy desserts. No word on why a militant fish is the mascot.

11. Poki Time

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549 Irving St
San Francisco, CA
Grab a bowl topped with yellowtail, tuna, or crabmeat, and spicy Seoul sauce. It’s open daily from 11 a.m to 9 p.m. There's a second location on Lombard, occupying the former Taco Bell/KFC space.

12. Poké Bar

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1355 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 767-5130
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Located in the base of The Market on Market (aka the Twitter building), Poké Bar has the standard choose-your-own-adventure poke menu. Standout mix-ins include pineapple and crabmeat. Also check out other locations in Mountain View and San Jose (opening soon).

13. Sammy's Aloha

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Pier 33, the Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 864-8999
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Cruise down to the Embarcadero at Pier 33 for a bowl of ahi tuna poke with all the trimmings, including the option of a poached egg. If poke's not your thing (then immediately stop reading this map), grab a Hawaiian-flavored sandwich or rice bowl instead.

14. Ahipoki

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2123 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
The Southern California-based poke chain has opened its first location on Polk Street, serving bowls of raw fish to the masses. Like those that come before it, the standard options include protein options like tuna, salmon, and albacore, plus kimchi shrimp, atop salad or rice.
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15. Big Fish Little Fish

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121 Spear St
San Francisco, CA 94105
The newest addition to the poke scene is embedded in the outdoor plaza of the Rincon Center. It stands out from neighboring Eatsa and Organic Coup with glistening bowls of fish that is served in a bowl, or in a "pokerrito," a seaweed-wrapped tube of fish, shrimp, sukiyaki beef, or another protein. Order one of the involved-looking signature bowls, or create your own.
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1. #POKI (Hashtag POKI)

3075 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
Ellen Fort
In the former Mokka Cafe space has arisen a raw fish palace, including selections like tako and wakame salad. Order a mini, regular, or large size with varying amounts of fresh fish; unagi and sashimi specialty bowls also available.
3075 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705

2. Basa Seafood Express

3064 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
A hidden gem in the Mission, Basa offers inexpensive boxes of no-frills, raw fish. For $9.99, grab a box of spicy salmon, rice, and seaweed with choice of coke or water.
3064 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

3. Blue Hawaii Açaí Café

2 Embarcadero Ctr, San Francisco, CA 94111
The Financial District seems to be ground zero for San Francisco poke, and Blue Hawaii Acai Cafe has been serving it up for a few years now, counter-service style, at Two Embarcadero Center, in addition to acai bowls.
2 Embarcadero Ctr
San Francisco, CA 94111

4. Bowl'd Acai

14 Mint Plz, San Francisco, CA 94103
Roving food truck Bowl d'Acai has added poke bowls to its offerings, giving 622 Sacramento St. and 14 Mint Plaza another raw fish option Thursday through Monday.
14 Mint Plz
San Francisco, CA 94103

5. I'a Poke

314 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114
This counter-service spot lets you choose from signature bowls, or design your own poke bowls and sushi burritos. It's open seven days a week for raw fish feasting; hours vary.
314 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94114

6. Limu & Shoyu

2815 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115
Limu & Shoyu offers pre-determined options, or the ability to make your own for a $13 large bowl. They've got an eye on sustainability, and an additional menu of onigiri with fillings like spicy tuna and bean curd.
2815 California St
San Francisco, CA 94115

7. Ohana Poke Bar

605 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108
Choose proteins like hamachi and albacore, and mix-ins that include strawberry and mango at this Financial District poke place. It's fresh, and filled with worker bees hungry for the bounty of the sea.
605 Kearny St
San Francisco, CA 94108

8. Poke Bowl

1250 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112
Choose from 13 different protein options — including eel and scallop — at Poke Bowl. It's open daily from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. It also has a rather extensive crepe dessert menu, which follows raw fish quite nicely.
1250 Ocean Ave
San Francisco, CA 94112

9. Poke Delish

2175 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Within the multi-vendor food hall The Myriad is Poke Delish, a standard poke bar with fish and mix-in options. It’s open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and 7 p.m. on Sundays.
2175 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114

10. Pokeganda

2575 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
Located within a shaved-ice store called Vampire Penguin on Telegraph, Pokeganda just opened serving standard poke bowls for $11.95 alongside teas, and icy desserts. No word on why a militant fish is the mascot.
2575 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704

11. Poki Time

549 Irving St, San Francisco, CA
Grab a bowl topped with yellowtail, tuna, or crabmeat, and spicy Seoul sauce. It’s open daily from 11 a.m to 9 p.m. There's a second location on Lombard, occupying the former Taco Bell/KFC space.
549 Irving St
San Francisco, CA

12. Poké Bar

1355 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Located in the base of The Market on Market (aka the Twitter building), Poké Bar has the standard choose-your-own-adventure poke menu. Standout mix-ins include pineapple and crabmeat. Also check out other locations in Mountain View and San Jose (opening soon).
1355 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103

13. Sammy's Aloha

Pier 33, the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133
Cruise down to the Embarcadero at Pier 33 for a bowl of ahi tuna poke with all the trimmings, including the option of a poached egg. If poke's not your thing (then immediately stop reading this map), grab a Hawaiian-flavored sandwich or rice bowl instead.
Pier 33, the Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94133

14. Ahipoki

2123 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Ahipoki/Facebook
The Southern California-based poke chain has opened its first location on Polk Street, serving bowls of raw fish to the masses. Like those that come before it, the standard options include protein options like tuna, salmon, and albacore, plus kimchi shrimp, atop salad or rice.
2123 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

15. Big Fish Little Fish

121 Spear St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Big Fish Little Fish/Facebook
The newest addition to the poke scene is embedded in the outdoor plaza of the Rincon Center. It stands out from neighboring Eatsa and Organic Coup with glistening bowls of fish that is served in a bowl, or in a "pokerrito," a seaweed-wrapped tube of fish, shrimp, sukiyaki beef, or another protein. Order one of the involved-looking signature bowls, or create your own.
121 Spear St
San Francisco, CA 94105

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