Some of the best sushi I've had - really nice balance of fish and rice. The Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon rocked my world.
The only thing that was a little eh was that the music was loud and the clientele was...well, weird. It was like Jersey Shore did a road trip. Can't fault the restaurant with that. We'll come back and see how the people watching is another night.
I like great Japanese food, and this is the place to go for sushi!
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.
Pros: Unique Dishes
Cons: Wait when busy
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!
Pros: great sushi
Cons: small place
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.
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.
Pros: quality, portion
Cons: some rolls have too much going on
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.
Pros: unique delicious sushi in a simple atmosphere
Cons: hard to park in the neighborhood
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
The 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
The 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
About the fish... It seemed full of water. Like if it had been \r
inflated 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
Service was ok. We were sit at the bar. The sushis men were working very hard. The place was crowded.
Cons: Fish quality and taste
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
Pros: staff is friendly and efficient, fish is fresh, rolls are creative
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.
Pros: Fresh Sashimi, Cozy environment
Cons: Unfair services
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
Next 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
I 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.
Cons: Service, parking, long wait
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!
Pros: Fish is fresh, fun roll combos
Cons: Can be crowded
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.
Pros: good rolls
Cons: NO PARKING
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!
Pros: Best Sushi Ever!
Cons: Very small restaurant. Make a reservation!
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.
Pros: decent for location
Cons: not tasty
Been to this place a couple of times, but my most recent experience is what prompted me to compose this review.\r
I 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
If 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!!
Pros: great service, great fish, fun atmosphere, bargain,
Cons: it's kind of a hike to get out there
I've been coming here since I moved to the city, around 2 years ago. The food is always top notch and they keep the menu interesting. Sashimi fans will not be disappointed - the portions of fish are huge and they are the freshest I've ever had. I recommend the Tuna, Albacore, Yellowtail, and Aji. \r
The rolls are creative and flavorful. I recommend the Watermelon Man, 49er Roll, C-2, Yellowtail Basil, and Stinky Salmon. \r
The people here are awesome, Xin the chef keeps me sitting at the Bar. Debbie and Dave are attentive and helpful servers. I couldn't imagine a better neighborhood sushi bar that I can go to whenevs. Yay!
Hip and Trendy Sushi restaurant. Amazing food, great music, and good saki selection. Great place to eat sushi and drink saki with friends. Fun and lively atmosphere, 10+++.
Pros: Great sushi, saki, and music!!! Fun atmosphere!
I live in Orange County, Ca and was in San Francisco visiting family. I eat sushi about three times a week at home. While in San Francisco we stopped by Sushi Bistro. This was by far the best and most creative sushi restaurant I have ever eaten at. From the sashimi to the elaborate specialty rolls, everything melts in your mouth. The sushi and service was so good we ate there the next night as well. I had to get as much of sushi bistro as possible before I went home!\r
Needless to say I will be eating there every trip to SF!!!\r
Pros: Excellent sushi chef
I found Sushi Bistro on Citysearch when looking for a place to take my sister on her birthday. I must say the most disappointing aspect was finding a parking place; then again, I would do it all over again to dine at Sushi Bistro. I found it hard to believe there were open tables. \r
The flavor combinations were delightful and the presentation was lovely. The staff made us feel at home and were quite attentive. My sister, who eats sushi every Friday night with her husband in Fresno, took a to-go menu to show him the taste treats.
Pros: Food, service, availability of seating
Terrific, fresh sushi. Not the most exciting place visually, but the sushi rocked. So did the lettuce wraps and the few rolls we had. I would definitely go back.
This little place is the best in the city. Top two reasons: Really fresh fish and friendly chef and staff. They have a menu full of unique appetizers and rolls (Omega 3!), as well as the more traditional stuff. Like any good sushi place, it's not cheap but, large nigiri portions make it a pretty good value. Sushi Bistro also has a great premium sake list and Kirin on tap. Regulars at many of the Irving St. places are constantly converting so, it's a good idea to call ahead on weekend nights.
The sushi rolls are great, many new flavors and pairings. The Hawaiian and Aloha 101 are excellent, as well as the daily/weekly specials. It is just as pricey as most sushi restaurants so no bargains here but at least the food is worth the cost. The service is generally good with one or two nights exception recently when sitting at a table. The sushi bar service is always great!\r
When visiting I recommend opening up your palette and trying new things. The only roll I do not recommend is the veggie tempura roll...mostly just fried dough and mushy veg.
Pros: Specials, different flavors
What more could you ask for! The fish is super fresh, the rolls are amazing and inventive, the service is extremely attentive and friendly -- AND they play 80's and reggae all night long too -- great vibes great sushi.
Now a regular spot for us. The sushi is super-fresh, the rolls and appetizers are unique and are not only beautifully presented, but are delicious. The staff is very friendly and always attentive. Very resonably priced. A MUST for any sushi-fanatic.
Pros: Unique rolls, fresh fish, delicious!
Cons: Not a large restaurant.
This place is great. Where have you been all my life. Their rolls are one of a kind and their fish is of the highest quality.\r
I frequent sushi restaurants often. Sushi Bistro definetly is by far my favorite in California. I am a southern cal resident but I travel to SF once or twice a month. I have to make sure to eat at Sushi Bistro everytime I go. My favorite things to order is the cajun albacore, lettuce wraps, and the miso glazed sea bass. My clients and I always have a great time!
The Rolls are Ridiculous. Sushi no bushi!\r
Try the Watermelon Man. It's good stuff.\r
I definitely recommend Sushi Bistro.
Traveling throughout all my life, I have had a LOT of sushi. From the trendy New York bistros to the humble stands in Japan, Ive had it all. But I never knew what sushi was until I ate at sushi bistro. sf. Rolls like Watermelonman and African Spider are true winners--literally. I remember speaking to the sushi master, Sheen. Not only was he friendly but he makes a mean Caucasian Afro. These names are as creative and original as their taste. I highly recomend this restaurant. YUM!
Pros: freshest of fish, personal staff
Cons: not open for lunch =(
Sushi Bistro is the freshest tasting sushi in the city and the chef's special rolls are some of the most creative I've seen (and tasted). The food is meticulously prepared by the lone shushi chef, whoever he is. Despite the crappy parking and the seriously slow service, it's still my absolute favorite and I will continue to patron SB.
Pros: Innovative Rolls, Fresh Sushi, Uber Tasty!
Cons: Parking, Slow Service
We went at 7:30pm and despite the place being full were seated in 10 mins. The Baby Lobster roll was very good. The 8 piece nigiri sushi were excellent. My friend even had the Asahi Kuronoma(Black) beer that is hard to find. The bill came to $51 with 2 beers, very reasonable for good sushi and good drinks. I really liked this place and would recommend it highly.
Pros: good sushi, good service
Cons: parking difficult
Go to shushi all the time and this is as good as it gets. That simple.
I came for the first time since I saw some pretty good reviews of it. This place was so busy, I should have made reservations (even at 9pm on a thursday night). I was amazed at the number of rolls they had. The chef recommended the rolls, and they were so delicious. We also ordred the nigiri, the portions were huge. Food was great, and the staff was friendly. Parking was a little tough, but then again, its SF.
Pros: Food, Appetizers, Service
My expectations from this place was high, but was terribly disappointed by the abyssmal service we received. We were planning to head out once we got a rude attitude before we got seated, but we decided to stay to see if the food could make up for the rude service. We ordered a varied selection from the menu including specialty rolls, sashimi, and the sashimi salad. Though the food was fair, there were nothing interesting or unique about their food. This is the first negative review I ever wrote about a restaurant which I felt was warrented. You can find better food elsewhere and at a better price. The service was truly poor and embarassing...I've been treated better at most fast food places.
Cons: service, parking, pricey
Man, I haven't been this disappointed in a while. I guess because prior to my visit, Sushi Bistro was rated #1 sushi joint by BoC. What a letdown.
We ordered agedashi tofu, mango salad of some sort, chicken teriyaki with steamed vegetables. The agedashi tofu was pretty good, very lightly crusted. The salad was very interesting and had a very refreshing flavor. The chicken teriyaki was horribly dry.
The sushi came out like 20-30 minutes after the other items came out which to me is totally unacceptable. The sushi was pretty decent - also they have a lot of interesting veggie rolls too for those who don't eat seafood or meat.
I consider myself a pretty patient person, but man this place was just sooooooo slow.
It was very noisy inside and it took us about 15 minutes to find parking.
I don't think I'll be returning.
Pros: sushi, rolls
Cons: terrible service, parking, noise
I moved to the city in December and have been compulsively sampling sushi restaurants in every neighborhood to find ""The One."" Sushi Bistro had some of the freshest fish I have ever had, and their roll selection was a wonderful combination of old favorites (Spider, Dragon, Rainbow) with unique and tasty creations (must try the lobster rolls!) The service is great and the price is right. It's not a big place, so make reservations on a weekend.
Pros: freshness, service, price
I've lived in San Francisco all my life, and have been going to sushi restaurants all over town - west portal, sunset, marina, Richmond, etc. I've never enjoyed sushi more than at Sushi Bistro. The fish is fantastic, the service is great, and it's the only place that I have been to that has the correct balance of price vs. quality of food/service.
The fish is always fresh and the orders that they serve always surprise guests that I bring along because they have so much fish in them...this is a little hard to describe, but anyone who has ordered a tekka maki roll and received a ton of rice with a sliver of red tuna the width of a pencil will be pleasantly surprised when they get their orders here. Same goes for the nigiri orders as well.
Pros: Fresh Fish, Service
Cons: Location, Parking
Great, creative rolls! A lot of yummy, lobster combinations. Definitely going back!
Pros: Lobster rolls, creative rolls
Fake crab meat....
One more, they use the Chinese soy sauce.
Cons: Imitation crab meat, Soy Sauce
Most of the rolls have the same ingredients, but made differently and they're are very tasty. Service was good, but the only thing I didn't like was that the rolls came out one by one. We ordered 4 rolls. There was the three of us so we would get one roll, then wait then another came out. I was still hungry so we ordered chicken teriyaki to feel full, but the chicken is very dry. Next time I go there I'll request to bring out all the rolls at once. The appetizers and lettuce wraps are very good too, but they roll out one at a time.
Pros: rolls, lettuce wraps, ice cream
Cons: service of food, too slow
I am a ""Chowhound"". One who loves to eat and would not mind driving out of the way to satisfy an appetite. In my case, all the way from the OC. I highly recommend ""The Chowhound guide to San Francisco"" for all food lovers. Every 6 month, I have to meet my sushi need and I do not mind driving all the way there even Sushi Bistro is almost 500 miles away.
Most restaurants have pretty much the same old menu from the ""old school"". On the contrary sushi bistro invented creative and tasty sushi that I could not find in SoCal. I tried to describe them to the sushi chefs in SoCal and they think I am crazy. I even ask several chefs to go visit Sushi Bistro to steal the secret recipe. No luck what so ever.
Parking is tough but well worth the hassle.
Pros: Genuine smile, good attitude, Creative and tasty
Cons: Parking, Parking, Parking
My brother and I were in town from So. Cal and wanted sushi. We went on citysearch and decided on Sushi Bistro. While not in a very exciting part of town (north of GG Park, near UCSF) the sushi was pretty good! I ventured to try some sashimi and got gigantic servings of albacore--some of the most generous portions of fish I've ever seen. The quality was pretty good and the staff was friendly. I'd totally recommend it for most sushi diners. I really enjoyed my baby lobster roll and my brother got the spicy crispy roll, which was awesome! Still, for hard-core sushi connoisseurs, I'll always recommend my LA favs: The Hump and Echigo.
Pros: open late, wide variety of rolls
This is the kind of place you expect in San Francisco - quality, smaller place, excellent fish, neighborhood feeling. I've been at least 10 times now and have never gotten tired of the place. Even though I really do not care for tempura with my sushi, the tempura at this restaurant is excellent as well.
Pros: Fresh sushi, Tempura
Fish isn't fresh???...Slow Service???...What?!?!
I dont think these disparaging reviewers are eating at the same Sushi Bistro I visit weekly. Its like they come once; bash the place, then leave. Take it from a regularSushi Bistros fish is so fresh it might swim away! Check the specials board for things like Big-Eye Tuna and Wild Alaskan Salmon. The chef uses the regular fish to create unbelievably unique dishes and rolls. Dont believe me? Try the 7-Flavor Albacore, Sashimi Salad, African Spider, or Spicy Crunchy. Even the pickiest palate will find something on their vast menu.
Service is fantastic! The server(s) will give you genuine smiles that you can see in their eyes. Chilled beer glasses and overflowing sake pours are standard. These people are experienced professionals.
Lastly, take public transportation. It WILL get crowded on the weekends. Sushi not Bushi!!!
Pros: EAT MORE SUSHI!!, EAT IT NOW!!, EAT IT HERE!!
Cons: None, Nunca, Nada
I enjoyed my first visit to Sushi Bistro. I enjoyed the entire meal and was impressed by the efficient service our party received. I look forward to another visit and trying more of the delicious food.
been to this restaurant several times, food was great, very creative rolls, great presentation, really different from these traditional nigiris... and, fish's always fresh, melts in your mouth... besides these great rolls on the menu, don't forget to check out their specials on the blackborad... had a great time there... definitely gonna come back..^^
Finally, I have found a decent restaurant that is friendly to kids! I have two under the age of 5. and while I was the only one there that had kids, the owners made me feel completely welcome and were very helpful (even making my oldest a set of ""kiddly"" chopsticks!). The sushi was delicious, as were the noodles. If you have kids but also love delicious good, I would go here.
Pros: Service, Quality
I highly recommend Sushi Bistro. I live out in Contra Costa County and have been to all the sushi places out this way and none of them compare to Sushi Bistro. The Sushi Chef there is amazing and very personable. The fish is very fresh and the rolls that they have created there are one of a kind and very tasty! Everything that I have had there (appetizers, sushi rolls, udon, entrees) is delicious. Nice, cozy setting too. Very friendly staff, in fact the last two times that I have been there, almost everyone that walked through the door was greeted by their first name. There is a very strong regular customer base here.
Pros: Sushi Bar, Friendly Atmosphere, Fresh Fish
I consider myself pretty picky when it comes to restaurants, so I was pleasantly surprised by how fresh and delicious everything was, and the decor was darling. Thank you City Search, for picking another winner!!
Pros: Reasonable Prices, Great atmosphere, Good food!
After trying to get into another sushi place and waiting for 30 minutes, we decided to go into Sushi Bistro. Boy, were we glad that we did! Not only did we get seated right away, the sushi and cooked items were out of this world! I am now a loyal customer thanks to the delicious food and great service!
Pros: Quality, Good Portions, Affordable