Published on March 2, 2016

5 Financial District Restaurants Locals Love

Looking to try a new restaurant near the Financial District? Here's a list of Financial District restaurants locals and critics love.

5 Financial District Restaurants Locals Love

1. Michael MinaAt Michael Mina's namesake restaurant, sweet, spicy and rich flavors compose the foundation of New American interpretations of classic dishes, available on standard or multi-course prix fixe menus. Along with creative cocktails, seasonal small plates are served up at the bar in the sleek, contemporary setting. The wine list features selections from both small, boutique American wineries and European vineyards.

2. 5A5 Steak Lounge

5A5 Steak Lounge offers both contemporary and retro takes on traditional steakhouse fare, with a mix of classic and modern appetizers and sides along with dry-aged and corn-fed steaks from the Midwest, free of added antibiotics and hormones. Menu portions range in size from light bites to hearty entrees, and vegetarian options are also available, inspired by local produce. An expansive wine list features unique, assorted vintages from around the world, and the full bar offers an array of creative cocktails and beers.

3. Pabu

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 and urban sophistication.

4. Akiko's Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Akiko is a boutique Japanese eatery in the Financial District. The daily changing menu features raw, sustainable fish and hot dishes prepared with innovative techniques and traditional flavors. Although the restaurant's name means "bright and light" in Japanese, the interior channels a more classic vibe, with rustic earth tones, imported rosewood floors and exposed brick walls.

5. Kusakabe

Kusakabe serve 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 selections. Diners can also enjoy an omakase prix fixe menu in the bright dining room, complete with blond wood and exposed brick.

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