Check out some of the best sushi restaurants in SF and pair your meal with world-class sake.
AKIKO’S RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR (FINANCIAL DISTRICT)
Akiko’s daily changing menu features raw, sustainable fish and hot dishes prepared with innovative techniques. Although the restaurant’s name means “bright and light” in Japanese, the interior channels a classic vibe, with rustic earth tones, imported rosewood floors and exposed brick walls.
KUSAKABE (FINANCIAL DISTRICT)
Kusakabe serves kaiseki-style sushi — a type of traditional Japanese multi-course dining comparable to Western haute cuisine. Chef Mitsunori Kusakabe crafts a market-driven, sushi-focused menu, complemented by sake, wine and beer. Diners can also enjoy an omakase prix fixe menu in the bright dining room, complete with blond wood and exposed brick.
At Maruya, Chef Shinichi Kawaguchi presents his interpretation of Edomae sushi in its classic form: fish slightly brushed with a modest amount of “shoyu” (Japanese for “soy sauce”). While the chef’s choice omakase menu is the cornerstone of the restaurant’s culinary offerings, an a la carte menu is also available. The clean, modern setting features black walnut tables and a handcrafted cyprus sushi bar.
WAKO (INNER RICHMOND)
Wako seamlessly melds Japanese and Californian cuisines in an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere. The striking dishes are composed of locally sourced seafood and produce, along with ingredients from carefully selected purveyors — with many coming straight from Japan. The simple, unpretentious dining room features modern plank-wood decor and serves as the perfect setting in which to enjoy the restaurant’s famed seven-course dinners.
PABU (FINANCIAL DISTRICT)
At Pabu, Chef Ken Tominaga brings his modern take to traditional Izakaya-style dining. An a la carte menu highlights seasonal small plates, while the eight-course omakase menu features over 16 types of fresh fish. Located inside the landmark 101 California space, the sleek restaurant combines rustic, old-world Japanese charm with modern, urban sophistication.
Ozumo dishes out creative sushi and boldly flavored, contemporary Japanese cuisine. Their monumental sake list is one of the largest anywhere in North America. With breathtaking bay views and an authentically modern Japanese design, this sleek and sophisticated space boasts a 30-person sushi bar, a traditional robata grill, and an alluring dining room and sake lounge.
Ryan Gray, Reserve SF