HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >

Looking for great solo sushi dining experience...

weber75 May 30, 2008 07:57 AM

I’ll be in San Francisco for one evening for work. I would love to treat myself to some great sushi (price isn't an issue).. any ideas?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Robert Lauriston RE: weber75 May 30, 2008 08:11 AM

    If it's not Sunday or Monday, sit at the bar at Sebo.


    7 Replies
    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      weber75 RE: Robert Lauriston May 30, 2008 08:37 AM

      Thank you. It will actually be a Monday evening. Any other ideas? How about Tsunami Sushi Bar? I've read some good things..

      1. re: weber75
        Paul H RE: weber75 May 30, 2008 08:45 AM

        Here is a recent thread exploring the same topic. It contains links to other threads, and so on...


        1. re: weber75
          SteveG RE: weber75 May 30, 2008 12:11 PM

          Tsunami: absolutely not worth seeking out, though my last meal there was so bad I haven't been back in 3+ years so it could have improved. It's in my neighborhood, it was great for the first few years, then the owners shifted focus to a new venture, Nihon. Nihon emphasizes creative rolls and whiskey far more than it does quality fish.

          The way sushi is consumed in this town, a sushi chef has to really want to stick to simple quality preparations because the clamoring hordes want rolls and fushion twists. That, or they have to be autocratic Japanese to scare away the non-Japanese clientèle, and they close early (9 or so) to keep out the unwashed masses.

          1. re: SteveG
            Paul H RE: SteveG May 30, 2008 12:17 PM

            "autocratic Japanese" is a reasonable description of Ino-san. No rolls, no trays (counter presentation)! Not trendy in the slightest, but very traditional and very good.

            1. re: SteveG
              Melanie Wong RE: SteveG Jan 6, 2009 11:24 AM


              Tsunami Sushi Bar
              1306 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

            2. re: weber75
              singleguychef RE: weber75 May 30, 2008 01:53 PM

              Unfortuanately, I think a lot of good sushi places are closed Mondays because they're awaiting shipments of their fish at the start of the week. Otherwise, I would agree that Sebo is the best for solo bar experience because the two sushi chefs are super friendly and chatty.

              You might consider maybe going to a nice restaurant that has some raw seafood that's opened on Monday like Bar Crudo or Ame in the St. Regis.

              Bar Crudo
              655 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

              Ame Restaurant
              689 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

              1. re: weber75
                Robert Lauriston RE: weber75 May 30, 2008 03:51 PM

                Topic on Monday night sushi:


            3. w
              Waterboy RE: weber75 Jan 6, 2009 02:50 PM

              Or, head over the Golden Gate for Sushi Ran in Sausalito. Inventive, top drawer; widely hailed as 'best.'

              Show Hidden Posts