Akiko's Restaurant & Sushi Bar

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1080 reviews
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The quality of our sushi is attributed to a one-of-a-kind combination of fresh ingredients, coupled with 26 years of experience and unique preparation techniques. "Akiko" means “autumn child; iris, bright and light” in Japanese. When entering our space guests will see rustic-earth tones, imported rosewood floors, exposed brick walls, and varied place settings on unique oak tables. The atmosphere ensures that our customers get a unique dining experience. Our charming, boutique restaurant is conveniently located in the Financial District in downtown San Francisco. We provide the Japanese staple in the area, serving modern, yet traditional Japanese fare.
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WW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in all respects, from food quality to presentation, the experience was memorable!

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CN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails. Absolutely the best sushi in the city! Wagyu beef was also melt in your mouth amazing.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fish is fantastic

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Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came here for my birthday, ordered Omakase with a couple extra nigiri. We overheard a table next to us scoff at the price of the Omakase, but I would absolutely go back! The combination of flavors and textures is so spot on and we loved everything that was given to us. We even lucked out and got a dish twice! Not sure if it was on purpose but it was very much appreciated. If you order omakase, wait till after to decide if you want anything else on the menu. My partner and I were happy-full after our meal.

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F
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing quality of fish, especially enjoy nama menu

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CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is some of the best nigiri I've ever had. We didn't do omakaze so we could choose the fish, we liked the fatty tuna so much we ordered it twice.

Great place, most of the rolls come with a nice sticky brown rice instead of white which is an interesting change, its surprisingly not that different but gives a slightly different texture.

We had some old toxic jerk older businessmen next to us talking about making out with chicks in Marin and generally being annoying but there's not much the restaurant can do about that.

The decor is super nice and its a really small and quiet restaurant in general.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Not the best sushi for the price. Glad I tried it but won't be back.

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CB
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best sushi restaurants I have tried for a long time🍣👍🏻😊

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FP
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and our server was extremely attentive. Sushi just melts in your mouth. Expensive for the amount of food that you get, so somewhere you would go for a special occasion.

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C
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

My wife and I last visited Akiko about 3 years ago for our anniversary and are back for another dinner because of the pleasant experience we had. However, our experience this time around was simply disappointing. Price has gone up, which we generally don't mind if the quality stays on par; that is unfortunately not the case. For the Omakase experience, there's no need to rush through the courses and served all the small bites at almost the same time. Given the pricing, one would expect a calmer experience that is a bit more slow-paced so one could take his/her time to enjoy each course. Hokkaido uni is no longer included as part of the Omakase (despite price increase), Russian uni was not available, and Wagyu beef was not included. What you get is a rush of 5-6 small bites and 8 pieces of nigiri that, based on my own perspective, were better than your average nigiri elsewhere but weren't anything unique. Outside of the subpar food experience, the host clearly did not read any of the notes we included for the reservation and brought us to a small table when there was another bigger table available. We asked our waiter if that was reserved for a bigger party and he kindly checked and moved us over. The service by our waiter was great, but unfortunately it was not enough to save the day. Given this experience, we will likely not return and will look to explore elsewhere. Thanks.

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E
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The fish is so fresh the sushi pieces are delicious. They have so many special pieces they offer. By far one of the best sushi spots in the country.

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San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fish was very good quality. Portions not very filling but that's ok.

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FA
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb sushi, simple and elegant place, great location.

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AL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Restaurant. Entire staff was awesome. Our server was outstanding, he made great recommendations and he put on a symphony of sushi.

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

This is a fabulous is restaurant. IF you can:
1. Ignore staff that is inattentive.
2. Overlook a wait staff and host who show little knowledge of the menu.
3. Accept a fast food vibe.

In short, the back of the house is been sabotaged by the front of the house.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I keep coming back for the super fresh food and amazing service.

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1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Self-imitation

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great setting, can be a bit loud right at lunch time but the food is simply amazing with great service!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best nigiri in town! Uni is awesome

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CJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just, delicious!!

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DT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a quaint little spot that serves really fresh food and offers an Omakase option as well. For the quality, the price is well worth it. Very unique flavors. Seating is limited and it can get crowded. Reservations recommended. Great for business meetings for a date night.

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j
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

What an absolute overrated restaurant. From the rushed service to the acceptable-to-fair food — I won’t be back. For a $500 tab, I would expect my expectations to have been exceeded in at least one category but nothing less can be said about the current chef or management of Akikos.

Absolute mediocre experience with an inflated price tag coasting off previous management. Our waitress could barely pronounce the fish we were eating as she rushed to get the introduction over with. Our sommelier couldn’t even be hassled to show us the bottle we were drinking. The only thing more t than the sushi we were eating was the incessant drum and bass background music filling the dining room.

Next.

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all have our favorites and claim these are the best in the city. San Francisco has many great sushi restaurants, but Akiko's stands above most. The quality and freshness of their fish is the number one reason why I love coming to Akiko's, and their style of dish completes the experience. This may not be the easiest place to get into, but well worth the wait when you do.

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JC
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully cut fish!

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KB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A little pricey but delicious and inventive.

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KE
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding, as close to tokyo as you can get. really delicious, nouveau style nigiri but not straying too far from traditional fish

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DL
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Quality is mediocre for the price you pay. One of the fishes was way too "fishy", although I usually handle the taste pretty well on other fishes. The service was a bit too slow for a Wednesday night. Our server wasn't very attentive to what we needed and interrupted our conversations when we didn't ask for him. He kept coming back only to touch our chopsticks to rearrange it. Now that I think about it, it may not have been very sanitary for him to do that. Took away our soy sauce/ginger plates because we didn't "need" them for the round of fishes we ordered. He didn't even ask if we would be ordering more after that. Overall, I'd say his service downgraded our experience at this restaurant and we will probably not be coming back.

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MJ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi lovers must have the omikase tasting menu!

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L
New England
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Don't get me wrong, the sushi is good, but I think there are better/cheaper place to get. Not worth the price tag.

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MG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been coming here every time I’m in San Francisco for the last several years. It’s the best!

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CM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. No really perfect.

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VI
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Good food, small dishes at extremely high price without great service

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M
Philadelphia
95 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great sashimi- super fresh

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JZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible meL

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F
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 3

Up scale sushi bar close to Union plaza, small bar seating and more on the back. Sushi and sashimi are very good quality for the fish a bit less for the rice, but i am picky and it is nicely executed. Sake menu is great and sommelier knowledgeable.The service is a bit cold and quiet slow. I would recommend if you want to spend a lot of cash. There are fine one star Michelin restaurants in the neighborhood with better quality/enjoyment/cost. I had 12 sushi, 3 sashimi, 2 glass of nice sake and a bottle of sparkling water for $200 without tip... probably the most expensive sushi place I ever visited... I think the chain SUGARFISH does better in term of taste and I pay $60 for omekaze and a few dollars for sake, a real bargain.

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E
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

High points: good selection of fish for sushi and nigiri. Appreciated being able to try the variety of different uni from Hokkaido. And an excellent hamachi kama.

But overall, the space is not very comfortable — we were seated in the front near the window, with hungry, waiting guests just milling around us.

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LA
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great choice of food and various ingredient
so much choice on the card that an helpfull team is always welcome to make the right choice

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious fresh fish with delicious drinks. Great spot!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent omakase. Very inventive and luxurious offerings. Exceeded expectations.

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Jacksonville
266 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really creative & unusual sushi at the height of freshness. Attentive service. Tiny space but totally outstanding.

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