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Sushi Bistro

(415) 933-7100 sanfrancisco.citysearch.com...

455 Balboa St, (@ 6th St)San Francisco, CA 94118 map it »

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Business overview

Traditional Japanese fare gets an inventive spin at an Inner Richmond eatery.

Located in Northern San Francisco in the Richmond District, Sushi Bistro serves innovative new rolls that can only be found here. Owner-operated, Sushi Bistro combines fast, friendly service with an intimate atmosphere, making it a great place to go for dinner.

Hours of Operation

  • MON
  • 5:00pm
  • 12:00pm
  • TUE
  • 5:00pm
  • 12:00pm
  • WED
  • 5:00pm
  • 12:00pm
  • THU
  • 5:00pm
  • 12:00pm
  • FRI
  • 5:00pm
  • 12:00pm
  • SAT
  • 5:00pm
  • 12:00pm
  • SUN
  • 5:00pm
  • 12:00pm

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I enjoyed this restaurant very much!, 10/11/2011

I like great Japanese food, and this is the place to go for sushi!


Favorite Sushi in the city, 12/19/2008

Excellent option for everyone. A little out of the way but well worth it. Love the tuna options. Great edamame and wasabi and sushi and cucumbers and everything.

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by Pierre01 at Citysearch

I enjoyed this restaurant very much!

I like great Japanese food, and this is the place to go for sushi!

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by sunvmatt at Citysearch

Favorite Sushi in the city

Excellent option for everyone. A little out of the way but well worth it. Love the tuna options. Great edamame and wasabi and sushi and cucumbers and everything.

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by knarf55 at Citysearch

Great sushi in SF

the sushi here is probably one of the best in SF for this price. Great atmosphere but it's in a very small place. Definitely worth checking out!

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by jsg221 at Citysearch

bigger ..not better

Not sure what the buzz is about. I am a food professional and eat in amazing sushi spots across the US and beyond (Tsukiji market is fish heaven) Sushi Bistro is comfortable and likeable but the fish was not. HUGE portions of poor quality sashimi is not what good sushi should be. The tuna was dyed. The rolls on the menu read well but the execution was not there...soggy and not balanced. Too bad because we wanted to really like SB. Prices are good and the service was friendly but that does not matter if the fish is not good....there is so much better bait in SF.

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by DavidSwain at Citysearch

Great local sushi

Lots of energy, always busy, always fast. It's a great mix of local people and is a popular scene with the USF crowd. We get take out every week or two and are always pleased with the quality. They have a lot of unique rolls that are worth trying.

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by classicchic at Citysearch

Awesome Sushi!

This is my favorite sushi place in SF. It can be hard to get a table some nights, but it is always worth it. My favorite is the Spicy Girl Tuna appetizer made with white tuna and macadamia sauce. The ""spring"" lettuce wrap is another fav. The fish has always been super fresh and perfectly prepared in my experience.

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by superkikim at Citysearch

Not good nigiris at all. Fish untasty and inflated with water

I do not agree with the good reviews here. We went there based on very good reviews here and on some other sites. We ordered 10 Nigiris each (combo), and one time 6 nigiries and 8 Californian rolls to be shared. \r\rThe rolls were good, wherever they were not like any other Californian Rolls we've eaten anywhere else. No nori. They were made of rice and sesame, with crab in the middle.\r\rThe Nigiris were awful. Steaks of fish over some grains of rice. The pieces of fish were far too big. An important component of good nigiris is rice. The rice here was not very tasty and almost absent. \r\rAbout the fish... It seemed full of water. Like if it had been \rinflated with water. It was fresh, but not tasty, and it was even farinaceous. A weird texture I never experienced eating sushis around the world. Maybe having big pieces of GOOD fish would have been great, but in that condition, I didn't enjoyed it at all.\r\rService was ok. We were sit at the bar. The sushis men were working very hard. The place was crowded.

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by mashrink at Citysearch

unbelievable sushi!!!

Went to San Francisco for vacation in February 2008. My husband and I did our research to find a great sushi place, and decided on Sushi Bistro. We loved it so much that we went back two nights later, when we had all of San Francisco's fine eatieries to choose from! We dreamt of ""Hot Love"" after our first experience, an appetizer that is a MUST TRY! We have eaten sushi in AZ, other parts of CA, FL, NC, Brazil, Hawaii, and Sushi Bistro ranks up there among the best for us!\r

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by sleepypanda1029 at Citysearch

Fresh Sashimi ever!

Their sashimi is so far the best on my list. It is fresh that requires not biting... it melts inisde your mouth,and thats what I called ""real"" japanese sushi/ sashimi. Prompt seating? They tried... but its a little unfair... they give the best seats to the Caucasians... if you are one, then congradulations. The Sushi chef was amazing... sitting in front of the sushi bar can make conversation with this young, talented, tall, patienced, taiwanese guy. Come here for the sushi, don't go for regular japanese food.

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by valdo at Citysearch

Shafted @ Bistro

On 09.15.07 Saturday evening we walked in and were told it will be 45 minutes. After 40 minutes walked in to check again, we were told that he was sitting reservations first and did not know how long it would be. My wife and I had our cousin and 7 year old nephew out of town who's nuts about sushi. We were looking forward to this meal all day and had bitter sushi at the end.\r\rNext time I would walk in, ask for phone number, call, make reservation in front of them and come back at the time I specified - it should be more reliable according to their rules. But I am never going back, probably better for both - them and us - we were to celebrate boy's early birthday, since we won't be there for the actual. \r\rI can't believe I am still bitter about it... usually I am not... sorry. I would not have said anything if it wasn't for my nephew.

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by medgrrl at Citysearch

Oh Yeah!!

I LOVE this place! The fish is consistently fresh and delicious. Picking the next roll to order is always difficult, as all choices are great, but the Spicy Crunchy is my No. 1. Can you say Macadamia nut crust!!! I thought you could! I appreciate that this is not your typical sushi joint, after all it's got ""bistro"" in its name for pete's sake and reggae on its soundsystem. But I like that it's not one of the Clorox-reeking ""authentic"" fish slab places that one can find on many a block here in the city. Sushi Bistro beats the heck out of authentic!

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by sfdmw at Citysearch

After looking for parking for this long I expected better

The sushi is ok, but I felt like i missed something. The parking situation was horrible. If you think sushi is about rolls than go to this place otherwise find someplace else.

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by alisondweck at Citysearch

best sushi in san francisco

This is my favorite sushi joint in the city! The spicy tuna is like butter and i highly recommend the watermelon man roll. Bring all your friends and make a reservation! Enjoy!

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by f8d at Citysearch

Not up to the hype

My first visit was when the restaurant first opened. Since there was such buzz among my sushi loving friends, I went back. Both visits were disappointing. Kudos to the menu writer as the descriptions sound amazing however the execution is poor. We ordered a yellow tail & sea bass special roll from the daily menu - to our disappointment - the fish was cooked! No where was it indicated nor mentioned that the fish would be cooked in a sushi roll. The nigiri sushi had slabs (larger than usual slices) of fish, however the flavor & texture was not the best & rice (the true art of sushi) was non-descript. Dinner (all sushi w/1 small sake) was $100 for 2. So if huge pieces of fish = great sushi this is the place for you.

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by marrkoss at Citysearch

Spectacular service and sushi . . . seriously, it was super

Been to this place a couple of times, but my most recent experience is what prompted me to compose this review.\r\rI went to Sushi Bistro with a group of 22 for my birthday (there are probably only 30 seats in the entire restaurant). From start to finish, the entire experience went flawlessly. My Girlfriend called for the reservation and was given no guff about the number of guests. The two of us arrived very early due to our combined nervousness about how the night would go, and we were seated at an empty table (just to wait) and offered drinks while we waited. We were seated (all 22 of us) within 10 minutes of our reservation time. Service at dinner was handled by one waiter who, despite it all, still managed to make everyone feel like they were being specially cared for. The food was spectacular although this is not the thrust of my review (if you haven't tried sushi bistro, do yourself a favor, and if you haven't had butterfish, do yourself another favor while your doing yourself the first favor). The waiter was fun and youthful, and even agreed to do a sake bomb with my group! Towards the end of our meal, the lights in the entire restaurant were dimmed while my complimentary green tea and vanilla/coconut ice cream with deep fried bananas dessert was brought out. I noticed that both the waiter and the owner were actively participating in the singing of the birthday song =). Afterwards, the bill came promptly and there were no hangups. All in All, a perfect 10 for service and experience (and seriously, the sushi is deeelicious).\r\rIf you live in the area (balboa and sixth) you probably already love this place. If you don't trust me that it is worth the trek out there. Try this place!!

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