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Sep 2, 2007 12:52 PM

Best Sushi for the price????

Where to find best sushi value in San Francisco?

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  1. Okina offers the best value, IMHO

    1. Price range?

      I think Sebo's prices are very reasonable for the quality.

      14 Replies
      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Interesting; what places are you comparing Sebo to? I went there recently and found it on the expensive side (ran $100 for food alone for 2 people)

        1. re: gemster

          It is expensive, but I believe Robert is writing that the quality is such that it is still a good value, not that it is comparatively inexpensive.

          1. re: ccbweb

            The quality at Sebo is impeccable, but I typically spend 2-3 times there what I do at Yo's. And 3-4 times what I spend at Okina.

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            517 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

            Yo's Sushi Club
            3369 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

            Okina Sushi
            776 Arguello Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

          2. re: gemster

            We did omakase and the food came to $60 for two. I've spent that much lots of places but Sebo's quality is higher.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Robert, I am quite curious what you had during Omakase, that totalled $60 for two people - at Sebo.

              1. re: osho

                sashimi: plaice, wild Hokkaido scallop, surf clam

                sunomono with big-fin reef squid

                nigiri: big-eye tuna, amberjack, striped jack, giant clam, horse mackerel, sardine

                monkfish liver etc. roll

                nigiri: blue-banded sprat

                Might have eaten more if we hadn't gone overboard with the sake. Another visit where we ordered a la carte we spent $100 for two on food.

                If we'd been there when they had real Kobe beef we might have spent a lot more than that.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  Clearly, the $60 tab was under special circumstances. I've not managed to leave Sebo, after paying less than $50 - $60 per person - food only.

                  1. re: osho

                    Wasn't anything special about it. I think you could probably stay in that price range any day if you told the chef your budget.

                  2. re: Robert Lauriston

                    $60 for all that? Impressive. I didn't get nearly as much for my $100...

            2. re: Robert Lauriston

              As much as I love Sebo, personally, I would not refer to the prices at Sebo as reasonable, by any stretch of imagination.

              Also, unless the OP specifies the price range, it's difficult to answer the above question.

              1. re: osho

                OP didn't ask for reasonably priced or cheap sushi but "best value".

                To me that means getting a better return on your money than average no matter how much you spend. That could be a $100 omakase where the food is world-class excellent or it could mean spending $20 bucks for a Sunday Sushi special at a bar that brings in a chef just for that day. Clearly the two meals would be very different but both could represent "value" within their class.

                1. re: larochelle

                  Fair enough. What would you recommend at either end of the spectrum?

            3. I'd have to suggest Yo's Sushi at Mission and 30th. Fresh and tasty sashimi. Inexpensive (it is a small basic place) and also a great value.

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              1. re: r.vacapinta

                Somehow I feel that prices at Yo's have gone up a bit. I went there with a friend recently, and had about 13 different pairs of nigiri's, two salads, and four glasses of sake. In the past this would cost a bit over $100, but this time it was $150.

                I also find it interesting that it seems like Sebo's omakase price has been creeping *down*.


                1. re: vincentlo

                  It's only been creeping down for Robert. Last time I was at Sebo for omakase two weeks ago, we spent $100 per person ($60 for fish before tax and tip and sake).

                  The increase in Yo's is I think they're charging more for the premium sakes ($8 a glass?) and he's figured out he was undercharging for toro. Still, the sakes at Sebo are more like $10-14 a glass. Excellent stuff--the uni I had at Sebo was the best I've ever eaten. Just a completely different price point.

                  1. re: Windy

                    When I ate there, Sebo's nigiri were priced from $5 to $8 and maki were $4 to $16. Bluefin nigiri, if they'd had them, would have been $14, and I think the Kobe beef nigiri are more than that. So the bill can vary dramatically depending on what you order.

                    I think it's a good value because the quality is the best but the prices are not the highest.

              2. I like Eiji, this tiny sushi bar in Noe Valley. They are a very "basic" sushi place - no crazy rolls or anything like that, they have good quality fish and great service. What they truly excel at is their housemade tofu, though.