There are dozens of sushi restaurants in San Francisco, but which are the best? You will find a large concentration of great places in Union Square as well as in the Financial District and in smaller neighborhoods around town.
My list includes high-end options that only serve a prix fixe menu to casual places where you can quickly grab some rolls to go.
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You will find a variety of great sushi restaurants in San Francisco in and near the Union Square district. These are a few of my favorite places and what you can expect from each one.
Akiko's Restaurant: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. 431 Bush Street
Sushi Toni: This tiny, local spot is a great place to grab sushi any night of the week. They offer the basics at a reasonable price. I usually order their rolls and have never been disappointed. It's the perfect place for a casual night out on the town or when you are looking for a quick place for takeout. 733 Bush Street
Hashiri: Another one of my favorite sushi restaurants in San Francisco is Hashiri. Their meals are Omakase style, which is when the Chef selects the best sushi and creates the dishes he thinks are best that evening. They offer a couple of different tasting menus each night and they are around $175 to $200 per person. 4 Mint Plaza
Ono Sushi: This casual spot is another great sushi restaurant in Union Square. It's small with an option kitchen and offers a variety of traditional Japanese dishes. Two of my favorite dishes here are the French Kiss roll and the Salmon Crunch roll. Head over for a quick bit to eat or grab it to go. 330 O'Farrell St
KUSAKABE: Steps from the Union Square district is another one of the top high-end sushi restaurants in San Francisco. They also serve prix fixe or Omakase style sushi dinners, so you can expect a different experience each time you eat. This one offers two options each night. The standard Omakase prix fixe option is around $100 per person. The Grand Omakase offers a larger portion size and is around $170 per person. Once you order one of these prix fixe options, you can add on more dishes from their menu. 584 Washington Street
You will also find some great deals for restaurants all around town on Groupon. It's a great place to look if you want to save a bit on your food budget while you are here. They have deals for sushi restaurants in San Francisco as well as for other cuisines.
How it works is you will buy a certain amount of dollars to spend at a specific restaurant. You will buy this at a discount so you are able to stretch your dollars. For example, you might be able to buy $50 worth of food for $25 or $30. Make sure to tell them you are using the deal before you order just in case there are any restrictions.
Ryoko's: 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. 619 Taylor Street
Sanraku: Another one of my favorite sushi restaurant in San Francisco is Sanraku. This small place is a happening spot as it's popular with locals and visitors. Their menu offers a variety of options including Sashimi, Nigiri, some standard rolls and Teriyaki. You will find it in the Lower Nob Hill district not too far from Union Square. They serve both lunch and dinner. 704 Sutter St
Tsubasa Sushi: This is a great spot for those in the Hayes Valley district or anyone heading to a performing arts show in the nearby Civic Center district. Tsubasa is a casual spot with moderate prices. Their S.T.A.S.H and Dragon rolls are two of my favorites. They also serve up fresh Nigiri and Sashimi. 429 Gough St
Sushi Zone: One of the top sushi restaurants in San Francisco in the Castro district is Sushi Zone. It's also a casual environment with a great selection of items. My two favorites here are the King California and the Rock N Roll rolls. You will also find a variety of vegetarian options. 1815 Market St
Sushi on North Beach - Katsu: My final recommendation for sushi restaurants in San Francisco is in North Beach. It's one of the few options in this district, so you will find that it's often busy. Some of my favorite items here include the Bincho Jalapeno Sashimi, Fire Balls, and the California Dinner (which includes rolls, Teriyaki, and a tempura dish). 745 Columbus Ave
Buena Vista Cafe: Historic Buena Vista Cafe in Fisherman's Wharf is the place that first introduced Irish coffee to cocktail lovers in the US. In addition, they serve up one of the heartiest breakfasts in town. My favorite is their crab benedict, but they also make some mean omelets and scrambles. Buena Vista Cafe serves lunch and dinner as well.
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.