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Where can I find the best sushi in San Francisco?

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I am visiting San Francisco for the first time, and I would love to have some amazing sushi!

I am a NYC girl, and love Sushi Yasuda and Sushi of Gari.

I'd love some recommendations.

Thanks so much.

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  1. Sushi Aka Tombo

    Kiss

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

    1. This thread from a few months ago will give you plenty of ideas

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/798343

      1. Visiting San Francisco, wife and I ate at Ryoko just minutes from Union Square. Excellent place and food with hip atmosphere. Couple of local afficianados next to us said it was a keeper. But Better could be found apparently out of the city center

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        1. re: neilmcg

          Love Ryoko and Sebo but don't go expecting fat rolls, they are best at sashimi/nigiri. Neilmcg, I haven't heard of any places on the peninsula, east or north that are way better, so I wouldn't fret that you missed out.

        2. Warning - Sushi in SF is not as good as NY or LA. Not sure what's going on, but it feels like it's getting worse.

          In the past, I very much enjoyed Kabuto (which is pretty far out from the financial district/union square). Had good fish - I enjoyed Sashimi and Nigiri, and interesting combinations that I really liked to try. Haven't been there recently.

          I end up at Ozumo a lot due to others' preferences. It's very sleek kind of scene-y vibe, with good, overpriced sushi.

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          1. re: goldangl95

            I'm not sure I concur with better sushi in NY. You have to pay quite a bit more for the similar quality and fish is fresher here just bc we're closer to Japan. Kabuto no longer has Sachio Kojima at the helm. He is now at Hecho, a tequila and sushi joint, which might also be a worthwhile choice (but I haven't been).

            1. re: rubadubgdub

              I would love to hear your Sushi recs for SF that are comparable to NY or LA. (I am not joking). I have had a super difficult time finding really good fish with some creative items. Kabuto used to, but I haven't been in a long time as I no longer know people out that way. Sushi Sam's in San Mateo works in a pinch but I prefer my sushi a little less torched and saucy. Which is no knock on Sushi Sam's - which has avoided the downward slide to mediocrity.

              1. re: goldangl95

                ino
                sawa (sunnyvale)

                1. re: goldangl95

                  Kabuto hasn't been at the same level since Kojima left in 2006. no need to make a special trip . . . imo

                  1. re: drewskiSF

                    Hm. The last time I was there was 2010ish. Which, granted, is not now, but it was far later than 2006, and I would say at that time Kabuto still far exceeded the average mid to upper priced SF sushi place.

                    1. re: drewskiSF

                      I think Kabuto is still exceptional.

                      I'd also say Sushi Ran us better than any sushi restaurant in San Francisco.

                  2. re: rubadubgdub

                    Ino in Japantown. Strictly nigiri. Farther afield, Hana in Rohnert Park is my favorite as far as variety, cutting technique, rice prep. NY and SF sushi do not compare. Places like Yasuda and Gari, 15 East, are much better. LA has the best in my opinion, on the west coast, Zo in particular. When it was open, Sushi Sho in Albany. I prefer Sakai in Burlingame over Sam's.

                2. I haven't been in a while, but Sebo has served me some of the best sushi I have had in San Francisco.

                  1. Hands down, no question, Tekka. It's an unparalled experience. Run by an older couple, this place only has 11 seats, 2 seatings a night, no reservations. Phenomenally fresh sashimi/nigiri. No rolls. If you can't get in, try Sushi Bistro down the street (both in the Inner Richmond). Sushi B has an extensive menu of sushi/sashimi/rolls (more than just the standard fare) as well as great selections of other things (salads, tempura, teryaki).

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                    1. re: jdinsf

                      "Fresh" is a given, what cuts did they serve?

                      1. re: jdinsf

                        i haven't been to tekka in about three years but what i remember most was absurdly large pieces of very fresh fish. i think there is an omakase which you need to order in advance but it was very good.

                      2. went to akiko's the other night and really enjoyed it; not the best i've ever had, but definitely one of the better sushi spots i've been to in SF. prices were quite reasonable especially given the prime union square location. service was pretty lousy though.