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Aug 10, 2010 10:29 PM

Sushi in San Francisco?

Hello there,

I am chomping at the bit for good sushi in San Francisco. I crave fresh fish and delicious rice: but everywhere I've been has been either on the pricy side (Eiji) or only mediocre (We Be Sushi). There must be better, but damned if I've found it. Please help!

Where do you go when the fish craving hits?


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  1. If you consider Eiji to be extremely expensive, this could be a long and difficult search

    5 Replies
    1. re: vulber

      I don't consider it to be extremely expensive, but I do consider it to be on the pricy side, particularly in regards to what I've had for quality/quantity elsewhere.

      1. re: SouthToTheLeft

        My favorite, closest to San Francisco is Sakae in Burlingame. In the City, Ino in Japantown.

        1. re: Dan Wodarcyk

          Ino is excellent, though not cheap. $58 or $68 for omakase when I was there a few weeks ago.

          Ino Restaurant
          25 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941

          1. re: carfeng

            22 to 25 pieces of nigiri (mostly singles, very few doubles) with no toro, no salmon belly, but almost everything else he has in house that you can and cannot see in the counter (if you choose the singles delivery in omakase), could hit north of $130.

            1. re: K K

              Japantown's Sushi Aka Tombo's $30 omakase sushi or sashimi is excellent (obvious just not as spectacular as Sebo's or Ino's) and includes more exotic items (uni, amaebi, etc.).

              517 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

              Ino Restaurant
              25 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941

              Sushi Aka Tombo
              1737 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94115

    2. Never had sushi at Eiji, but if you are only looking for nigiri sushi and have no problems with the bare bones basics (saba, ebi, maguro, hamachi, uni, salmon, unagi, hirame) then Okina Sushi will probably hit the spot for you. $30 omakase. Supreme value, but of course quality is not on par with the top places that are going to be way more expensive than Eiji. They have the very basic rolls I think, nothing fancier than California, tekka, kappa. Open Thurs - Sat dinner, make a reservation.

      Okina Sushi
      776 Arguello Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

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      1. re: K K

        I love Okina, although I've never made a reservation. (They have six seats at the bar and 2 or 3 tables.) I think the quality is fine. It's variety they lack. Very simple, very good. And a lot less hassle than Ino.

        I also like Koo (reserve if you want to sit at the bar) and had quite good sashimi recently at Skool.

        If someone else is buying, it's hard to beat the bar at Sebo. Also easy to spend $80+

        517 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

        1725 Alameda St, San Francisco, CA 94103

      2. I've never been to Eiji so I can't really compare, but Tataki is wonderful. Sustainable sushi means not just guilt-free sushi but something different from the same old sushi -- refreshing.

        1. every time i go to kabuto i am surprised by how good it is.

          if you want inexpensive, fresh sashimi for takeout then try yum yum fish in the sunset.

          1. Koo, if you sit at the bar and let Suzuki and Kyoshi select your fish. Not the "Omakse" as you will get a lot of overdone stuff. I guess you could call it Sashimi/Nigiri Omakase.