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The 10 Best Japanese Restaurants in San Francisco

Updated: April 6, 2021

Did someone say Japanese food? We did the heavy lifting for you by assessing all the finest review sites to find the 10 best Japanese restaurants. Explore everything you need to know about the best Japanese restaurants below.

Find the perfect Japanese restaurant

Wako Japanese Restaurant

Japanese
San Francisco, Inner Richmond
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

Akiko’s Restaurant

Japanese · $17 avg. main dish
San Francisco, Chinatown
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Robin

Japanese
San Francisco, Van Ness - Civic Center
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0

Ebisu

Japanese · $18 avg. main dish
San Francisco, Inner Sunset
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Saru Sushi Bar - Noe Valley

Japanese · $20 avg. main dish
San Francisco, Noe Valley
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Ozumo

Japanese
San Francisco, South Beach
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Live Sushi Bar

Japanese
San Francisco, Potrero Hill
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

An Japanese Restaurant

Japanese · $7 avg. main dish
San Francisco, Lower Pacific Heights
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Sushi Ondo

Japanese
San Francisco, South of Market
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

Sushi Shio

Japanese
San Francisco, Mission
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

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 31320 restaurants on Yelp and Google, 1095134 restaurant reviews in San Francisco and 1539 top lists and articles. We paid extra attention to what Trip 101, Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life and USA Today had to say, and applied our Feastfox magic sauce. The spots that made the cut have been featured in Trip 101 - Best Japanese Restaurants In San Francisco, California, Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life - Best Japanese Food in San Francisco/Bay Area and USA Today - 10Best - The Original 'Foodies': 10 Best Japanese Restaurants in San Francisco. 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 Seattle’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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