Akiko's Restaurant & Sushi Bar

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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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JM
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still some of the freshest tastiest fish in SF.
Excellent service, a great dining experience.
We try to eat here as often as possible.
Can’t miss!

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n
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best sushi I’ve had. Omakase or bust.

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Our favorite sushi place in tkwn

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CC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

For a restaurant trying to position itself as a high end sushi restaurant, this place fails with the most basic aspect. We sat at the counter and had omakase; unfortunately the food was inconsistent at best. Many warm dishes coming out lukewarm; the shari (the rice) of sushi temperature was inconsistent from cold to properly warm. At a restaurant like this at this price point, expecting consistency shouldn’t be an unreasonable request

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B
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best in the city. Well worth the investment. Sit at the bar and get the best the chefs have.

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MA
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 1

We ordered chawan mushi and its v v small maybe only 3 cm of chawan mushi in a small bowl and its a ripped off 12 usd dollar .. we ordered without the seafood and still charge for full.price for chawanmushi

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Attentive and friendly service, great food and environment!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was very good as the waitress made detailed explanations of the menu, which changed daily for the daily specials. The sashimi was fantastic - a real delicacy of halibut, king salmon, two types of tuna and sea bream.

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AP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it made our love stoenfer

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m
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

big fan.
one of the better sushi spots in the area.
Tucked in a hidden spot, good quality ingredients and available for lunch.
Will be going again

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MP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful quality and unbelievable taste cushion, excellent service plus servers made on point suggestions. Truly a memorable experience which well exceeded our expectations

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Miso soup, Otoro, Magura, yellowtail, salmon, snow crab, wagyu/truffle... try it all. 5* visit and experience every time.

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MW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Poor execution on the sushi rolls. Missing ingredients, unbalanced distribution, rolls were not tight. Also, not much variety in rolls on the menu; they all had about the same ingredients them.

For all they hype I expected this to be my new go-to. Nope.

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TM
London
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Expected much higher quality food and ambience for the kind of price they were charging. Had the $150 per pax Omakase for 16 dishes. 8 cooked small bites and 8 nigiri. Small bites were pretty disappointing while the nigiri was nothing to shout about (vinegar in the rice was overpowering). Service felt extremely rushed and everything was served non-stop (nigiris were 3 at one go rather than piece by piece) - unsure if this was because we weren't seated at the counter. Felt like we were being ushered out too quickly without proper time to enjoy the dining expetience.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and delicious food. Can’t believe it’s taken so long to find this gem!

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KB
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is unparalleled. The food, plating, timing...all top notch and high quality!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

I have been to the restaurant before but this time was so disappointing, the cod been over cooked and marinated. I ordered Salmon roll and 2 pieces only has avocado no salmon inside at all. Nigiri over salted couldn’t taste the fish at all.

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OG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality and level of the food and service were both top notch!!!!! I highly recommend this restaurant!

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite sushi place. I have been going for years. The owner and staff are wonderful.

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OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was exceptional.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Super Sushi. Teuer.

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n
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The chef was not serious about his sushi. He was drinking Jamba Juice while making sushi??? And he got some altitude I think. I will never come back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The quality of the food was simply outstanding. Best sushi restaurant I have been in years.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service/ sushi- super creative

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M
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really a top top top tier restaurant, everything is amazing: food, staff, service, intimate environment. Our 2nd meal and just relied on recommendations from our wait person. Already thinking about next visit.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was so amazing and delicious! Had the best nigiri sushi ever! As a constant traveller to Japan, this place totally equaled, if not succeeded, the nigiris there. I think the reason why they haven’t score a star is because their poor service. The waitress for our table were very cold and rude for no reason. Our waitress look like she was so mad for the 2 hours that we were there for. Thankfully, the servers were very nice and attentive. At the end, our bill was $480 for 2 people (we did order the omakase and some extra nigiris). Overall, I think this restaurant had great potential.

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L
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente la comida y el servicio. El espacio es algo reducido pero el ambiente es agradable.

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TI
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pole position at Akiko's for a late leisurely business lunch is always a treasured experience for me and my guests. One-on-one conversation punctuated by moments of culinary wonder always resets my humanity and punctuates the calendar. Simply no better way to express an emotional connection or commitment to another person. Love and appreciate your partner? Enjoy the sakuramasu together! Want to close that deal with your favorite client? Challenge them to the flight of three types of Uni! Want to broaden the horizons of your finicky teenager? Present them with a piece of Akimi! Free form Omakase only. Bring your trust fund.

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Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There’s nothing like their omakase menu. It’s pricey, but you won’t be disappointed.

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e
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Returned after several years hoping the service would have improved - 10 minutes between the arrival of my friends’ lunch and mine - they seemed not to notice or find this odd in any way

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g
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. The staff friendly and helpful. The location great. A real treasure. It’s expensive but worth it.

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F
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Akiko's is a a true gem. The menu features the best and freshest ingredients and everything is presented artistically. Delicious and delightful! A rare treat.

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AR
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Akiko's has the best sushi I've ever had. Hands down.

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VT
Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Omakase which was great and an Uni Tasting, espectacular.

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WK
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for lunch - very high quality sushi and sashimi - a little on the expensive side but worth it - highly recommend it!

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TZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at Akikos and I cannot wait to go back! I’ve never been an uni fan and my opinion is forever changed thanks to our waitress’ recommendation. The miso black cod was to die for! Best I’ve ever had from an upscale sushi restaurant. Overall phenomenal experience to start off a fun Friday night!

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M
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Amazing food. Server could have been a little more knowledgeable on menu and recommendations.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awsome and fresh sushi!

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s
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in SF! So glad to have a restaurant that does not require omakase and allows me to choose the fish I'd like to eat.

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WW
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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