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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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! :)
  • Eater
    EaterApril 12
    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
  • Kattia H.
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wilson F.
    Blindly follow the omakase: beautifully fresh fish, lovely preparations, the right balance between tradition and creativity.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Chelsea P.
    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
    Amazing nigiri, plated beautifully. Just the right amount of wasabi. Warm rice. Perfection.
  • Michael O.
    Michael OsborneMay 28, 2014
    Fantastic sushi. Sit at the sushi bar and enjoy whatever is fresh, no questions asked.
  • 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!
  • 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!
    Upvoted Oct 14
  • Eric M.
    Eric MeyerDecember 2, 2011
    The food is awesome and consistently good. Service is the only inconsistent thing. Get the 49er roll
  • Evelyn R.
    Evelyn RusliJuly 9, 2013
    Get the omakase, wagyu w black winter truffle and the 49 roll. Love this place.
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    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.
  • 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
    Omakase highlight: Hotate, Russian Uni, O-toro, Akami & A5 Wagyu
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • JoAnne K.
    JoAnne KaoFebruary 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Shiro Toro - Amazing. Melts in your mouth. (white tuna belly)
  • alicetiara
    alicetiaraFebruary 10, 2014
    49er roll: tempura, avocado, salmon and LEMON! Delicious and unusual yum yum
  • Léna Le Rolland
    Léna Le RollandSeptember 23, 2014
    The tempura w/ the salmon & lemon on it is pretty awesome !
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