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Jan 8, 2012 01:26 PM

Best Tuna Tartare in the East Bay or SF?

Hi all,

I've got a mean hankering for some tuna tartare. What's your favorite destination for this dish? East Bay spots preferred, but I'll take any recs to fill my craving.

If you don't mind, please include a link, and a general assessment of the cost vs. awesomeness factor - this is super helpful data.


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  1. The non-Japanese, non-Korean raw fish dishes I've liked the most were at Dopo and Mochica.

    4293 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

    937 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Thanks, I've never even heard of Mochica! Any dishes in particular that you like at either place?

      1. re: devoralie

        My favorite dish at Mochica is the halibut tiraditos. Dopo's menu changes daily so hard to pick a favorite since we don't get the same thing twice all that often.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          I finally went to Dopo and had their halibut crudo with little gems and citrus - it was absolutely to DIE FOR. So good. Thanks for the rec!

        2. re: devoralie

          Mochica is Peruvian. They also own Piqueo's in Bernal Heights and La Costanera on the ocean south of Pacifica. Both recommended.

          830 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110

          937 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

          La Costanera
          8150 Cabrillo Highway, Montara, CA 94037

          1. re: Windy

            they also own the Sanguchon Peruvian food truck

            1. re: drewskiSF

              Which I didn't like much the one time I tried it. What do you recommend from it?

              1. re: Windy

                i've been once as well, but i liked it.

                i had the Pan con Chicharron, the pork loin sandwich with fried yams and aioli. the bread was a little dense, but it holds up well compared to some rolls / buns.

                1. re: drewskiSF

                  That's what we had. I guess I'm not a fan of all food trucks being so focused on bacon and other fatty cuts of pork.

                  1. re: Windy

                    loin's not usually fatty. mine wasn't. maybe they change up how they're preparing the sandwich with different cuts of pork

                    1. re: drewskiSF

                      Ours was mostly tough. But it was one of several pork sandwiches at Off the Grid that night.

            2. re: Windy

              Thanks so much! I will have to add those to my list.

        3. Tuna tartare was one of Aqua's signature dishes back in the glory days of the 90s when Morrone and Mina were cooking. Michael Mina still has it on the menu as does Bourbon Steak. Pricey, of course, but a classic.

          I used to love Limon's Aqua inspired tuna tartare before the fire. After they reopened, I think it (and the food in general) has gone downhill, but at least it's not that pricey.

          Ozumo (SF and Oakland) has a tuna tartare appetizer called Dohyo that is quite good. Even without the blue-cheese flavored chips they used to have, it's one of my favorites among their signature dishes. (Hanabi is another one.

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          1. re: nocharge

            Thanks so much for the recs! I have been meaning to try Ozumo but always get put off by the oddly high price tag. Might go just for the tartare though, if it's that good.

            My own rec and the thing that started my craving - Picco's tuna tartare on crispy rice (Larkspur). Yum :)

            1. re: devoralie

              Zero Zero is owned by the same people as Picco. Their crudi might be worth trying.


              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                I've been to Zero Zero, which is lovely, but didn't remember that they had a raw selection. Thanks!

                1. re: devoralie

                  If you like Picco and Zero Zero, you may want to check out Bix as well -- another of Bruce Hill's restaurants that often has various forms of tartare on the menu.