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Sushi Restaurants in San Francisco

My Five Favorites in SF

There are dozens of sushi restaurants in San Francisco, but which are the best? Read on for my top five picks throughout the city. They range from local options in Nob Hill to one of my all time favorites near Alamo Square.

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Sushi Rapture

Address: 1400 Leavenworth Street
Neighborhood: Nob Hill
Price Range: $$

Sushi Rapture in Nob Hill is one of my favorite neighborhood sushi restaurants in San Francisco. The food is amazing and I love the local feel of the place.

Get here early, though, as there are only a handful of tables. You can also take a seat at the sushi bar and watch the chefs do their magic.

Not only is Sushi Rapture one of my favorite sushi restaurants, it's also one of my favorite overall restaurants in the city. Click here more details and a list of some of the best restaurants in San Francisco.


Address: 161 Steuart Street
Neighborhood: Embarcadero
Price Range: $$$

If you are looking for a great sushi restaurant near Union Square, then check out Ozumo on the Embarcadero. It has both sushi and other Japanese dishes, so you have a variety to choose from.

I usually head straight for the rolls. I'd recommend trying their Sumo Roll, a slight twist to the standard California Roll. I'd also recommend their Spider Roll.

Ozumo is also one of my favorite Sushi restaurants in San Francisco because it's right along the Embarcadero. The east side of the restaurant has views of the San Francisco Bay and the Bay Bridge.

This is a great option for those staying in and around Union Square. You can easily get to Ozumo from Union Square by either walking or taking one of the many Muni options down Market Street. You can also take a cab down to the Embarcadero for about $10.


Address: 619 Taylor Street
Neighborhood: Nob Hill
Price Range: $$

Ryoko's is a popular, colorful sushi bar in the Nob Hill neighborhood. The atmosphere is casual and fun, and gets more lively as the night goes on with a live DJ spinning music.

They have a large selection of fresh sashimi and sushi rolls, as well as other Japanese appetizers like yakitori and gyoza.

There is often a line to be seated, so try to get here early. Also, parking is tight in this district, so public transit is your best bet.

Another great feature of Ryoko's is that it's open late, from 6pm to 2am everyday. Just be aware that the sake and beer will be flowing in the late hours, and with the loud music the place tends to become more of a party scene.

Tsunami Sushi

Address: 1306 Fulton Street
Neighborhood: Alamo Square/NOPA
Price Range: $$$

Another one of my favorite sushi restaurants in San Francisco is Tsunami Sushi in the Alamo Square/NOPA area. It's a real hot spot, so you'll want to make reservations if you can.

I recommend trying one of their rolls, especially one with a creative spin on it. This restaurant also has a great selection of saki, so don't forget to add that to your experience!

Located on Fulton Street near Divisadero, Tsunami is a quick cab ride from Union Square. You can also take the 5 Fulton bus and get off at the McAllister and Divisadero Street stop, then walk one block south to Fulton.

Driving is another option, as you can usually find a parking spot within a few blocks of the restaurant.

Akiko's Restaurant

Address: 431 Bush Street
Neighborhood: Union Square
Price Range: $$

If you are staying in Union Square, you don't have to go far to find one of the best sushi restaurants in San Francisco. This affordable option offers some of the tastiest sashimi and nigiri in the area.

Don't get me wrong, I also love their rolls. However, the fish is so fresh here that I recommend heading straight for these other two options.

If you do prefer rolls, steer toward the fun options such as the Volcano or the Firecracker Rolls. You can also order other Japanese dishes such as salmon or chicken teriyaki.

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Irish Pubs: Do you love Irish pub food as much as me? If you do, you have to check out this list of the best in the city. You will find one of my favorites right in Union Square as well as in the Mission and the Outer Sunset.

Italian Restaurants: You will find a high concentration of Italian restaurants in North Beach, but there's actually great Italian food all over this city. On this page, you will find some of my favorites in several SF districts. They range from the higher-end North Beach Restaurant to a local place in Pacific Heights called Jackson Fillmore.

French Restaurants: I love, love, love French food, so this list was easy for me to pull together. It includes five of the best French restaurants in the city, from the popular Cafe Claude near Union Square to the small, local option, Zazzie, in Cole Valley.

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