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Akiko’s Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Sushi Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Downtown San Francisco-Union Square, San Francisco
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  • Dens
    DensFebruary 20, 2015
    The omakase here is insane. Maybe best sushi I've had in the USA. Be sure to ask to try all the diff types of uni & eat something that's been blowtorched. (pic = wagyu, btw)
  • Mike W.
    Mike WinstonNovember 20, 2014
    Go to Akiko's for incredibly high-quality sushi, sashimi, & rolls. They even import fish from Tsukiji Fish Market in Japan. Don't miss the Rainbow Roll and read all about it on WinstonWanders below!! Read more
  • Stas B.
    Stas Bandrovsky3 weeks ago
    This is one of the most amazing sushi places in SF. Such a great experience! The service was impeccable, the fish was amazingly fresh, and the sake was to die for. I really loved everything.
  • SFGate
    SFGateJanuary 21, 2015
    Even if you can get a reservation at Akiko, you may still be waiting a bit, but it will be worth it to eat your way through the nightly changing Nama menu. Ingredients are excellent. Read more
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 21
    You can’t go wrong, whether you opt for your favorite fish by the piece or go omakase and let the chef decide. Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Bauer calls it one of the best sushi joints in town. Read more
  • Paula K.
    Paula KimSeptember 16, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Must order: Ji-Kinmedai, Aka Mutsu, Russian uni, Ensui uni (unprocessed), Nama Hotate (next day aired, fresh, never frozen scallop, Kuruma ebi, Wagyu nigiri with truffle shavings
  • Wilson F.
    Blindly follow the omakase: beautifully fresh fish, lovely preparations, the right balance between tradition and creativity.
  • Cathy 🐳
    Cathy 🐳July 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Fresh, yummy sushi rolls. Great 4 piece nigiri, miso soup, katsu with rice combo for $19. Feels like you're in a small sushi bar in Tokyo. Great place for a date or catching up with a friend.
  • Natalie B.
    Natalie BauerNovember 12, 2013
    Fantastic restaurant! For evening dining you need a reservation, I was able to make a same day res. Food is incredible! Try the hamachi kama, fried ika, ebi ten, tako sashimi, shiro maguro, kaki.
  • Elaine L.
    Elaine LowJanuary 28, 2014
    Fresh fish flown in daily from Tsukiji market, Japan. I had the best hotate IN MY LIFE here—it just got in from Hokkaido and wasn't refrozen yet! Get the tasting menu—you will not be disappointed.
  • Jin R.
    Jin RickardJuly 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    As with any sushi restaurant sit at the bar. Familiar fair on the regular menu. If you want the best, order off the nama menu. Some of the best prepared fish and other dishes I've EVER eaten!
  • Jennifer Kjellgren ~.
    Absolutely incredible sushi! Best I have ever had. Most of what we ate was the chef's choose sashimi and sushi and it was the freshest, tastiest, melt-in-your mouth fish that I have experienced.
  • Salim M.
    Salim MithaDecember 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The spicy tuna roll was fantastic - probably the best I have had anywhere. High high quality tuna. The salmon was fine. The Hamachi was disappointing but sushi overall is clearly of the highest order
  • Eater
    EaterApril 12, 2016
    Our rec? Tell your server what kind of meal you're in the mood for and what price you'd like to pay, and just put yourself into the hands of those experienced chefs. Read more
  • Mel C.
    Mel COctober 26, 2011
    saba shio-yaki is to die for...if you like mackerel. whatever you decide to order, you can't go wrong at this place: the food, the service, and the ambience keep me coming back for more! :)
  • Anna T.
    Anna TranDecember 9, 2012
    Volcano Roll!! Salmon & avocado roll covered in a mound of fried spicy tempura bits and topped with crab. Very filling and delicious.
  • Kattia H.
    Kattia HernandezJanuary 6, 2016
    Please do begin the night with the superb kuromago (black tuna) nigiri. Just perfect. And then shima-aji (striped jack) sashimi. All is delicious.
  • Claude H.
    Claude HarrisonAugust 14, 2015
    Fish from all over the wotld. Just because it's maguro does not mean it's the same tuna... ask the chefs what's new in fish, and the waitstaff what new beers snd sake they have.
  • Diana G.
    Diana GilJanuary 4, 2015
    Everything, my favorite is spicy tuna roll and barracuda nigiri and the best sake is Junmai Daiginjo - Autum Elixer
  • Leway S.
    Leway ShihDecember 31, 2013
    Great sushi at an even greater price. Btw the edamame is ONLY $3!! Make a reservation and treat your palate to an amazing experience!
  • Holger L.
    Holger LuedorfFebruary 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The way to go is the Omakase.  Ask for their different types of uni & their flame-thrower treated nigiri cuts. Great crew behind the bar.
  • Danielle F.
    Danielle FNovember 6, 2012
    I am from NYC and came here with my two managers on a biz trip. Best sushi we have ever had. Get the Rainbow, Spider and Volcano. WOW!
  • April G.
    April GubatinaDecember 28, 2016
    The fish here was fresh and delicious. I especially loved the uni, which they source from different places and just melted in your mouth.
  • Russ A.
    Russ AllisonMay 2, 2013
    Get the Omakase! Ricky took care of me. Highlight was the Seared Red Snapper and Sous Vide Monk Fish Liver. Great Sake tasting.
  • Melon L.
    Melon LApril 15
    Omakase not bad, priced a la cadre but 🐟 is very fresh. Recommend the sashimi and wagyu
  • EM H.
    EM H.May 23
    Pricey sushi that's worth it! Double digit single pieces so go with a business account ;)
  • Pranay S.
    Pranay SethiDecember 3, 2014
    You really can't go wrong with any sushi that you order here. The place gets busy so make a reservation!
  • Rachel
    RachelNovember 3, 2015
    Make a reservation or go early for lunch to enjoy some of the best sushi/sashimi in the City.
  • James N.
    James NugentJanuary 10, 2015
    Simply incredible sushi. The best I've ever eaten. Reservations recommended. Try the amazing Wagu beef nigiri.
  • Shantanu J.
    Shantanu JoshiOctober 23, 2014
    Greta vibes great sushi. It's really hard to go wrong with akiko. Try and get there early it's a tiny place.
  • JoAnne K.
    JoAnne KaoFebruary 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Volcano Roll - Must have (spicy salmon, salmon skin, kani kama, avocado, crunchy tempura, scallion, toasted sesame)
  • Celeste T.
    Celeste ThayerAugust 17, 2014
    Came here for lunch one day. Excellent service, high quality local and imported fish, beautiful serveware, and A-OK sake selecting
  • Anne N.
    Anne NJune 10
    The sashimi platter was absolutely incredible!!! We also loved the cucumber salad and subbed the octopus for scallops 😍
  • Samihah A.
    Samihah AzimSeptember 21, 2014
    Omakase..also get the beef wagyu and uni. Their uni is some of the best I've ever had.
  • Chelsea P.
    Chelsea PrestoMay 21, 2016
    Easily the best sushi I've ever had. Everything was amazing but we especially loved the seared salmon.
  • BARTAdventures
    BARTAdventuresFebruary 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Vv roll and 49er roll are both excellent. Also, a big fan of the nabeyaki udon and finish the meal with some green tea ice cream.
  • Graham H.
    Graham HarbisonJanuary 29, 2016
    Amazing nigiri, plated beautifully. Just the right amount of wasabi. Warm rice. Perfection.
  • Charles H.
    Charles HudsonApril 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the omakase and save room for the A5 wagyu as the finisher. And ask for Allen!
  • Michael O.
    Michael OsborneMay 28, 2014
    Fantastic sushi. Sit at the sushi bar and enjoy whatever is fresh, no questions asked.
  • Evelyn R.
    Evelyn RusliJuly 9, 2013
    Get the omakase, wagyu w black winter truffle and the 49 roll. Love this place.
  • Eric M.
    Eric MeyerDecember 2, 2011
    The food is awesome and consistently good. Service is the only inconsistent thing. Get the 49er roll
  • Nick W.
    Nick WellerApril 26, 2013
    Look very close no sign outside. Spider roll and Ebi Ten roll are my favorites!
  • Jiafang J.
    Jiafang JiangNovember 6, 2016
    Omakase highlight: Hotate, Russian Uni, O-toro, Akami & A5 Wagyu
  • ૮( ⚈້͡ ໋͈ ૈ ꈊ ⚈້͡ ໋͈ ૈ)ა ..
    Sad. I have a major avocado allergy & halfway through I watched the chef make a roll, wipe the spoon on a towel, and wipe his hands and board with the same towel several times. Will not be back.
  • Michael C.
    Michael ChanNovember 2, 2012
    Just go for the Omakase. Be sure to try the awabi, kobe and ankimo sushi
  • Laika K.
    Laika KayaniJanuary 30, 2013
    Seared red snapper nigiri, best thing EVER! Comes in fresh Tuesday and Friday!
  • Derek v.
    Derek van VlietJune 14, 2013
    This is the best sushi I have ever had. The tip is: eat sushi here.
  • Anjanette B.
    Anjanette BrownAugust 19, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Going for lunch and pressed for time, sit at the bar. You'll get served much faster and conversation with the chef is an entertaining encounter!
  • Hana K.
    Hana KelleySeptember 9, 2012
    Try the udon and nigiri duo! It's delicious and only $20 for a lot of food.
  • Abby B.
    Abby BellareJuly 30, 2015
    The umimasu ( trout) and hats sake (salmon belly ) are my fave
  • JoAnne K.
    JoAnne KaoFebruary 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Spider Roll And Negitoro Roll - Loved it! Esp the Spider Roll
  • Christopher A.
    Christopher AuyeungDecember 4, 2013
    Best omakase experience I've ever had. Freshest fish in town.
  • Natalie S.
    Natalie SikaviNovember 11, 2012
    This is the best sushi I have ever eaten! Get the black tuna.
  • Léna Le Rolland
    Léna Le RollandSeptember 23, 2014
    The tempura w/ the salmon & lemon on it is pretty awesome !
  • Jason V.
    Jason VieraJanuary 31
    Lunch menu is super affordable, and worth the trip! Service was incredible.
  • alicetiara
    alicetiaraFebruary 10, 2014
    49er roll: tempura, avocado, salmon and LEMON! Delicious and unusual yum yum
  • Brigitte A.
    Brigitte A.April 5, 2015
    Best sushi in San Fran hands down. The quality of the fish is amazing!
  • Tom L.
    Tom LaiOctober 14, 2016
    I haven't tried it but the tekka rolls certainly looks good!
  • JoAnne K.
    JoAnne KaoFebruary 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Shiro Toro - Amazing. Melts in your mouth. (white tuna belly)
  • Pei 👻 W.
    Pei 👻 WenMarch 12, 2016
    Delicious and reasonably priced sushi rolls! Service was great too.
  • Chris K.
    Chris KoehlerApril 28, 2011
    Favorite sushi place so far in SF. They sometimes have a supplemental menu of exotic sushi
  • Jason Z.
    Jason ZSeptember 18, 2013
    Delicious and creative sushi. Not the biggest portions.
  • Sibel A.
    Sibel AkcekayaDecember 16, 2015
    Great yummy nigiri,sashimi and interesting rolls
  • Matt B.
    Matt BraniganFebruary 17, 2015
    The Sake and Haba Sake Nagiri are out of this world.
  • Vince L.
    Vince LawApril 26, 2010
    An unassuming store front hides a nice Japanese venue popular with the Financial District lunch crowd! Food is decently good, albeit a bit untraditional!
  • Chris A.
    Chris ArtusoJune 8, 2016
    Was overpriced and under delivered. Went for lunch...Snapper and Halibut were chewy. Otoro salvaged the meal but for $200 I expected either to be full or impressed with quality. I was neither.
  • Paolo T.
    Paolo TontiOctober 24, 2012
    Ask Ricky for the Nigiri tasting plate. His choice. You will not be disppointed.
  • Colm O.
    Colm O GradaDecember 5, 2016
    The soy cured tuna and negitoro is amazing.
  • Katherine L.
    Katherine LohJanuary 8, 2014
    Everything is great here. Love the agedashi tofu
  • Tom M.
    Tom MJanuary 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Always something different, expect a variety of extremely fresh items.
  • JoAnne K.
    JoAnne KaoJuly 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Beef Udon - Love! Bar udon in SF!
  • May L.
    May Lee1 week ago
    a bit overpriced (with very little serving) - but quality of sushi is promising!
  • JoAnne K.
    JoAnne KaoFebruary 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Beni Toro (Seared Salmon Belly) - Divine
  • Lars T.
    Lars TrieloffMay 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the few sushi places that has fresh wasabi. Highly recommended.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HoganMarch 24, 2015
    Excellent Uni. The Akiko roll is fabulous. Thanks for the tip @dens
  • Alex P.
    Alex PlutzerAugust 7, 2014
    Omakase is amazing. Tasting menu all the way
  • Amy G.
    Amy GoddardApril 14, 2014
    They changed their lunch menu to just be an all day dinner menu. The food was decent, but honestly value for money is not that great.
  • Andre F.
    Andre FrancoFebruary 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Best sushi in town! Same quality as Ozumo but half the price. All sushis are prepared by 'Joe', the japanese owner.
  • JoAnne K.
    JoAnne KaoApril 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Green Tea And Chocolate Mochi - My fav!
  • Matt J.
    Matt JacobsMarch 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The sushi was excellent. I recommend the 10 piece chef's choice. So good.
  • Sam S.
    Sam SpadeApril 10, 2014
    Monkfish liver is really all you need to know.
  • Paula K.
    Paula KimMay 19, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Sit at the bar and order omakase.
  • Shagun A.
    Shagun AulakhNovember 22, 2014
    Forty niner roll was so amazing, we ordered it twice in the same meal
  • Shelley
    ShelleyOctober 6, 2013
    Incredibly fresh sushi. A real find!
  • Cédric L.
    Cédric LignierJune 26, 2016
    Best Sushi in SF! Period.
  • David
    DavidApril 10
    Beautiful, small place. Superb food.
  • Dave C.
    Dave CummingsAugust 24, 2015
    Omakase is worth at least asking about
  • Aaron K.
    Aaron KOctober 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I think this is the best sushi in SF and very reasonably priced.
  • Shelly
    ShellyFebruary 1, 2013
    Had 530pm reservations. Was not allowed in till 540. Took a half hour to get the food we ordered. There are better and more affordable places elsewhere in the city. Overall, taste not bad.
  • Christian
    ChristianNovember 30, 2012
    some of the freshest fish in town and nicest staff!
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan DanielsFebruary 8, 2013
    Always order off the daily Nama selection.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RosenOctober 5, 2013
    Sit at the sushi bar and go omakase
  • JoAnne K.
    JoAnne KaoJuly 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Spider Roll - Must try
  • JoAnne K.
    JoAnne KaoJuly 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Green Tea Ice Cream - Fav!
  • Tommy
    TommyApril 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit at the bar and be amazed.
  • Ro B.
    Ro BorjaSeptember 12, 2012
    Sake nigiri 'melts like butter' good.
  • Aarron W.
    Aarron WalterFebruary 5, 2016
    Can't go wrong here. Fantastic sushi!
  • Paula K.
    Paula KimSeptember 16, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Order the Omakase--you won't regret it.
  • Tom W.
    Tom WilsonAugust 2, 2013
    Best Unagi on the City!
  • Ro B.
    Ro BorjaSeptember 12, 2012
    Sake nigiri is 'melts like butter' good!
  • Uzura S.
    Uzura SuzukiDecember 6, 2011
    全体的においしかったけどちょいちょい惜しい点がある。巻物はバラエティ豊富で、にんにくやホットソースの効たもの、表面が天ぷらのように揚げてあるものと色々。のりや薬味、ソースの塩梅がよかった。にぎりはしゃりが小さいのはよかったけど、もち米が入っているみたいでもちもちしてたのが残念。枝豆はちょいゆですぎだけど甘みがあって素材は凄くよかった。
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