Below is a list of the top and leading Japanese Restaurants in San Francisco. To help you find the best Japanese Restaurants located near you in San Francisco, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
San Francisco’s Best Japanese Restaurants:
The top rated Japanese Restaurants in San Francisco are:
- Ike’s Japanese Restaurant – serves authentic Japanese classic dishes with an extensive menu for sushi
- Sushi Hashiri – provides multi-course sushi and seasonal Japanese dishes
- Wako Japanese Restaurant – serves innovative Japanese small plates and sushi dishes
- Donburi Ya – serves authentic Japanese rice bowl dishes in San Francisco
- Sushi Ondo – serves in omakase-style the Korean and Japanese favorite dishes they prepare
Ike’s Japanese Kitchen
Ike’s Japanese Restaurant serves authentic Japanese classic dishes with an extensive menu for sushi. The chef uses the finest ingredients in preparing the dishes. The restaurant also employs accommodating staff that attends to the diners. They warmly welcome the diners and quickly serve their ordered food. Furthermore, their menu includes sashimi, veggie roll, and nigiri. They also serve Korean-style fried chicken and agedash tofu. Moreover, their specialty rolls include 8 pieces of inside out rolls per order. Their specialty platters include sushi, sashimi, and chirashi.
Japanese restaurant, sushi, sashimi
Address: 800 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109
”Recently picked up a couple of bags of frozen dumplings – pork & chives, chicken & corn. I haven’t eaten these dumplings since last year and suddenly had a yearning for them during this pandemic. Still on the salty side, so definitely no need to dip in soy sauce. Wish they would take it down a notch on the salt/seasoning!” – Atiyah A.
Sushi Hashiri provides multi-course sushi and seasonal Japanese dishes. They have been serving delectable dishes for more than 4 years. Moreover, it is a Michelin-star awarded restaurant. They replicate the re-evolving cuisine of Japan’s seasonal ingredients. Furthermore, their monthly tasting menu allows diners to discover the food culture of Japan. They carefully select the ingredients sued in preparing the dishes. The dishes also pay homage to the bountiful culinary history of Japan. Their services include a 5-course Kaiseki and sushi on the patio. They also offer a vegetarian menu with a week’s notice.
Japanese restaurant, sushi
Address: 4 Mint Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94103
”Wonderful staff and chef. The dishes were amazing and delicious and flavorful. I am not a big sushi person as I have not been to a really nice place. The fish here just melts in your mouth. It was soo good. Sat next to some other patrons who were regulars and it was wonderful how the staff remember them and catered to them. Had a wonderful first experience so will come back.” – Tina Davis
Wako Japanese Restaurant
Wako Japanese Restaurant serves innovative Japanese small plates and sushi dishes. They also serve the infamous sake with their delectable meals. Furthermore, the chef uses traditional Japanese recipes in preparing the food. The flavors are replicated in all of their dishes. They carefully select the ingredients and locally source seafood and provide. Moreover, they create visually-striking dishes. This increases the appetites of their dines. Their menu includes ankimo, Kyoto-style shrimp tempura, and fermented squid as specials. In addition, their lunch specials include various Bentos organized aesthetically.
Japanese restaurant, bento, stew, tempura
Address: 211 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118
”Amazing elegant sashimi box! During COVID they provide very simple menu, of course, the box is the best!! I really do miss sashimi, can not wait to order more and more !! The box filling with various sashimi and uni and roe, rice is good amount, I didn’t left much, and the rice itself is yummy too!” – Fayefei
Donburi Ya serves authentic Japanese rice bowl dishes in San Francisco. They aim to mainly serve good and healthy dishes. Furthermore, they added the flavors of Japan in their dishes. They also use the freshest ingredients and premium meats in preparing the food. There is no added MSG. Moreover, they have signature bowls with unique flavors. There is also an option to choose your own toppings for the rice bowls. Their bowls include pork cartilage, beef sukiyaki, and katsu chicken curry. They also serve Japan milk tea, asashi, and sapporo.
Japanese restaurant, rice bowl
Address: 764 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94107
”The waiter was very friendly, professional, and pleasant to me. I was truly entertained by his communicative skills.” – Dolores Crane
Sushi Ondo serves in omakase-style the Korean and Japanese favorite dishes they prepare. It may also be served as a la carte. The restaurant exudes a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. It is filled with Asian-inspired accents as home decor. Moreover, they serve omakase for people who want to witness the preparation of their dishes. They also provided a communal table for an engaging environment during dining. Furthermore, their menu includes a wide variation of sushi featuring Botan Ebi, citrus king salmon, and zuke toro. Lunch rice bowls like Chirashi rice bowl, Salmon Donburi rice bowl, and King Salmon Donburi rice bowl.
sushi, omakase, Japanese restaurant
Address: 1550 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103
”Amazingly fresh fish. I had a beautiful charashi don. Even though it was take out, the plating was beautiful and had a wide selection of fish, which was a 12 pc assortment. I will definitely be coming back and can’t wait for them to open up for dine out.” – Gabe R.
Jeanie Burford is a reporter for Kev’s Best. After graduating from UCLA, Amy got an internship at a local radio station and worked as a beat reporter and producer. Jeanie has also worked as a columnist for The Brookings Register. Amy covers economy and community events for Kev’s Best.