Akiko's Restaurant & Sushi Bar

4.8
1051 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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MJ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi lovers must have the omikase tasting menu!

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San Francisco
2 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 8, 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
87 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 29, 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 27, 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
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious fresh fish with delicious drinks. Great spot!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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E
Jacksonville
261 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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LD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful and very fresh Nagiri and Raw sushi bar selection. However, you get very little for the price and we left somewhat hungry after quite a substantial bill. That being said all of the food we had was amazing and so fresh

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JM
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch! Freshest fish in the Bay Area. Fantastic service, excellent food! The waitress really knows what to recommend.
Can’t go wrong here. Was our 4th time dining here and will continue.

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RM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and environment. Highly recommended

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j
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a joy to eat here. Fresh ingredients expertly prepared and served.

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NH
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food! Just let the chef choose for you! Service was friendly and effective. Had a great time.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They are almost perfect.

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Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Over the Top best Sushi experience ever. Recommend the Chef’s Choice, it was Amazing.

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Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Akiko’s is an amazing restaurant if you’re looking for omakase style dining. While the prices are pretty high, the quality of the fish is incomparable. Skip everything and focus on the nigiri - the selection and craftsmanship is to die for!

Also - the sake collection is top notch.

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MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Great sushi. But don’t expect the great service from servers.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing omakase

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AS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I wish I knew the name of our sushi chef as he was extremely pleasant. This place is great for the price! We had the nigiri omakase and the fish tasted fresh with every single bite. Will definitely be coming back!

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ST
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The place is small and cozy but the food is loud with how well the sushi tastes and is put together. I'd skip the traditional appetizers of miso soup or edamame and go for one of their fresh salads and assortment of sushi specials.

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Mexico City
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La comida estuvo deliciosa y fresca!! Nuestro mesero fue súper amigable y nos enseño trucos para comer sushi, todo increíble!

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JR
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was awesome. Impressive quality and service. Expensive, though; but worth it.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Phenomenal. Sammy was the best.

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p
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The waitress could be more attentive for a restaurant at this level... little more omotenashi would be nice

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got the chef’s choice omakase and we absolutely enjoyed the experience of trying each piece of sushi. Without a doubt, each piece of sushi served was high quality. The customer service was excellent as well. A glass of water was never empty during the meal, and each time a plate came to the table, they would explain what each sushi was. Overall great experience.

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RT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing High Quality Fish and Meat. A bit pricey, but worth the experience.

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DK
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We read the excellent reviews on this quaint restaurant and had to check it out. We were not disappointed. The black cod was fantastic! Melt in your mouth, nice texture with the broiled flakes, squid dressing and ikura. My nigiri moriawase was the highlight..had to take a photo with the perfect accompaniment of Orion. Enjoyed lunch so much went back the next day. This place is worth the price. Service was excellent!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Omakase experience here.

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FF
Tokyo
210 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ランチで訪問。カウンターとテーブル席がありカウンター席で頂いた。かなり混んでいて予約無しで入れない方もいた。カウンターで握りを頂いた。シャリが赤くて驚いた。海外で赤酢というのも珍しい。香りよく日本のクオリティと近い。ネタは注文後に切り、切り置きしない模様。左利き用に左向きに鮨を置いて頂ける。ネタも日本のもののようで日本のようなクオリティ。ウニがサンタバーバラ産で、出張の者としては、現地の食材が出るとありがたい。

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FM
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Need an air solution ...too hot inside. No comfortable

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Waitresses are too busy

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun and delicious girls night out! The fish was fresh and prepared to perfection! If your considering sushi for date night or just for fun you should eat here!

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a
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I would say that Akiko's sushi was very fresh and we enjoyed the food very much. The service was good. Not superb. I'm Japanese and I'm very picky about where I eat my Sushi. It's a very small restaurant so do make reservations in advance. I would definitely recommend this Sushi joint if you are in San Francisco Bay Area.

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A
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's rare to find a sushi place in the city that pushes the envelope on edomae sushi. Akiko's uses a special seasoned rice and brings the gastropub feel to traditional sushi-making. Don't let that mislead you, their sushi is delicious. The fish is fresh and the chefs know their stuff. If you sit at the counter, you will be enticed by the chefs' blade work. Came for lunch, but I would love to try their dinner

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Good food, bad service from waiter on a bad mood

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 4

Screw all the overpriced “high end” sushi restaurants. They are trying to be like “Jiro dreams of sushi” and they are so off. I’m
Japanese from Japan. Americans are so fooled by ambiance. The food you guys!!! Are you full after leaving? Satisfied.
We left Akiko’s and went straight to another Japanese spot to actually get nourishment. Save your money. Don’t go

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