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The 9 Best Japanese Restaurants In San Francisco

Updated: October 6, 2021

Looking for the best sushi or tonkatsu in San Francisco? These are the top Japanese venues in town. To give you only the top Japanese options we scrutinized millions of reviews and top sites for this list. Indulge with chilled sake and delicious tempura at these fantastic Japanese gems in San Francisco.

Find the perfect Japanese restaurant

Akiko's Restaurant

Japanese, $$$, ChinatownJapanese, $$$San Francisco, Chinatown
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • TimeOut

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Roka Akor - San Francisco

Japanese, $$$$, Financial DistrictJapanese, $$$$San Francisco, Financial District
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

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  • Zagat

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Robin

Japanese, $$$, Van Ness - Civic CenterJapanese, $$$San Francisco, Van Ness - Civic Center
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0
  • TimeOut

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    TimeOut
  • Eater

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    Eater

Ebisu

Japanese, $$, Inner SunsetJapanese, $$San Francisco, Inner Sunset
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • USA Today

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  • TimeOut

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Saru Sushi Bar - Noe Valley

Japanese, $$$, Noe ValleyJapanese, $$$San Francisco, Noe Valley
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater

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    Eater
  • TimeOut

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Ozumo

Japanese, $$$, South BeachJapanese, $$$San Francisco, South Beach
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • USA Today

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    USA Today
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    Best Japanese Food in San Francisco/Bay Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

Live Sushi Bar

Japanese, $$, Potrero HillJapanese, $$San Francisco, Potrero Hill
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
  • SF Travel

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  • Eater

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An Japanese Restaurant

Japanese, $$$, Lower Pacific HeightsJapanese, $$$San Francisco, Lower Pacific Heights
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
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Elephant Sushi

Japanese, $$, Russian HillJapanese, $$San Francisco, Russian Hill
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • Infatuation

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How did we curate these results?

We know how time consuming it can be to find the best Japanese restaurants in San Francisco. We pored over ratings for 28808 restaurants on Yelp and Google, 3104661 restaurant reviews in San Francisco and 1901 top lists and articles. We paid extra attention to what Infatuation and Eater had to say, and applied our boam magic sauce. The spots that made the cut have been featured in Infatuation - 18 Restaurants That Are Actually Worth Waiting In Line For, Eater - The Best Places to Eat and Drink in Potrero Hill and Infatuation - SF’s Best Casual Neighborhood Sushi Spots. We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal no matter what. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so you can trust what you see and enjoy the city’s hidden gems. These ten options are sure to delight.

Drink pairing tips

  • A next-level match for Wagu beef

    Experts often pair Wagu beef with a glass of Chenin Blanc, a popular white wine.

  • Pair soba noodles with Sake

    For an elevated experience, pair your soba noodles with Sake. This combination works particularly well because this rice wine brings out the true flavors of the dish.


Parking in the area

We’ve all experienced the struggle of finding good parking near restaurants in San Francisco. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen Japanese spot.

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