Shimo Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 733 Taraval St

    San Francisco, CA 94116

    Cross street: at 17th Ave.

    Map & Directions
  • 415-564-8592

About Shimo Restaurant

Hours
Mon.-Thu. and Sat.-Sun. 5-10 p.m.; Tue.-Sun. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Fri. 5-11 p.m.

Food

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This place pawned off the most disgusting sashimi to me, just because they were able to get away with it because my order was for to-go. I spent over $60, excited that I'll finally be able to eat dinner, and when I got home I was so disappointed. My tongue started to itch as soon as the fish touched my tongue. So gross! I eat sushi every several weeks and this is the first time this has ever happened. Totally disgusting!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

This place pawned off the most disgusting sashimi to me, just because they were able to get away with it because my order was for to-go. I spent over $60, excited that I'll finally be able to eat dinner, and when I got home I was so disappointed. My tongue started to itch as soon as the fish touched my tongue. So gross! I eat sushi every several weeks and this is the first time this has ever happened. Totally disgusting!!!

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I was really excited about their menu, which had some interesting vegetarian rolls. I ordered their $11 veggie caterpillar role, which was supposed to have tempura yam, pickled gourd, cucumber, sesame seeds, and avocado. The roll I received had the avocado and yam, but nothing else. I pointed this out to the server, who said the pickled gourd was a typo. When I told him that the roll was still missing two ingredients, he neither apologized nor offered to give me a discount. Boo.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was really excited about their menu, which had some interesting vegetarian rolls. I ordered their $11 veggie caterpillar role, which was supposed to have tempura yam, pickled gourd, cucumber, sesame seeds, and avocado. The roll I received had the avocado and yam, but nothing else. I pointed this out to the server, who said the pickled gourd was a typo. When I told him that the roll was still missing two ingredients, he neither apologized nor offered to give me a discount. Boo.

Cons: service

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What a disappointment. The place was empty.
This is the worst dining experience that I have had in ten years living in San Francisco.
The beginning of the turn off started when all I could hear was Spanish being spoken between the two chiefs who were of no help.

The sake sashimi was horribly cut and prepared.
I dipped in soy and put it in my mouth and immediately looked at my girlfriend who had the same expression on her face-it was terrible!
The taste was kinda old and had a rubber texture. Yuck.
Absolutely horrible.
Worst Japanese food I have ever had in my life.

Sushi chief was Mexican guy. It was nasty and really rude.
His name was Deno.

Again, HORRIBLE!

If you want to eat real Japanese food, don't go there.

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★☆☆☆☆

What a disappointment. The place was empty.
This is the worst dining experience that I have had in ten years living in San Francisco.
The beginning of the turn off started when all I could hear was Spanish being spoken between the two chiefs who were of no help.

The sake sashimi was horribly cut and prepared.
I dipped in soy and put it in my mouth and immediately looked at my girlfriend who had the same expression on her face-it was terrible!
The taste was kinda old and had a rubber texture. Yuck.
Absolutely horrible.
Worst Japanese food I have ever had in my life.

Sushi chief was Mexican guy. It was nasty and really rude.
His name was Deno.

Again, HORRIBLE!

If you want to eat real Japanese food, don't go there.

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Wide variety of the freshest fish, and generous portions. You can't even fit one piece of fish in your mouth it's that big. The toro is to die for, salmon too (especially when it's wild king salmon and in season)--one of my friends didn't like it because they leave the skin on the salmon. I prefer it that way. They have something they call "Super White Tuna" which is fantastic. My fave: marinated baby octopus--I don't know what they do with it, but if you like octopus sashimi, you'll never go back after this. You can buy your own little saki cup, a strange wooden box you drink out of, and they'll put your name on it and then store it for you for next time. And their rolls are amazing (ask for the "Dino roll", not on the menu. Dino, ironically, hails from Mexico, but don't for a second think that means he doesn't know anything about sushi. Dino is wonderful, and after you get to know him, he throws in extras all the time, even a free roll on your birthday). The waitstaff remember little things, like whether you like lemon in your water, or what your favorite ice cream is (the red bean is fantastic). I really could go on and on. Most important? You can eat like a KING, a true ROCKSTAR, like the world is ending tomorrow, and the bill will be under a $100 bucks. Usually my bill is under $50 (for two people!) and believe me, I EAT!!!! I go there for some serious feasting. It's rare that you can go somewhere for sushi, eat til you're stuffed, and not break the bank. But here, it's like you've died and gone to heaven. They have totally spoiled me. I am always disappointed every time I venture anywhere else. It usually costs more and is just okay.

The only CON, negative thing, is that they're hard to get to. But on the upside, there's plenty of parking. OH, and once I ate in the dining area instead of at the bar--TOTALLY different experience... portions didn't seem as big... Same thing happened when I ordered it to go. EAT AT THE BAR and say hi to Dino!

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★★★★★

Wide variety of the freshest fish, and generous portions. You can't even fit one piece of fish in your mouth it's that big. The toro is to die for, salmon too (especially when it's wild king salmon and in season)--one of my friends didn't like it because they leave the skin on the salmon. I prefer it that way. They have something they call "Super White Tuna" which is fantastic. My fave: marinated baby octopus--I don't know what they do with it, but if you like octopus sashimi, you'll never go back after this. You can buy your own little saki cup, a strange wooden box you drink out of, and they'll put your name on it and then store it for you for next time. And their rolls are amazing (ask for the "Dino roll", not on the menu. Dino, ironically, hails from Mexico, but don't for a second think that means he doesn't know anything about sushi. Dino is wonderful, and after you get to know him, he throws in extras all the time, even a free roll on your birthday). The waitstaff remember little things, like whether you like lemon in your water, or what your favorite ice cream is (the red bean is fantastic). I really could go on and on. Most important? You can eat like a KING, a true ROCKSTAR, like the world is ending tomorrow, and the bill will be under a $100 bucks. Usually my bill is under $50 (for two people!) and believe me, I EAT!!!! I go there for some serious feasting. It's rare that you can go somewhere for sushi, eat til you're stuffed, and not break the bank. But here, it's like you've died and gone to heaven. They have totally spoiled me. I am always disappointed every time I venture anywhere else. It usually costs more and is just okay.

The only CON, negative thing, is that they're hard to get to. But on the upside, there's plenty of parking. OH, and once I ate in the dining area instead of at the bar--TOTALLY different experience... portions didn't seem as big... Same thing happened when I ordered it to go. EAT AT THE BAR and say hi to Dino!

Pros: Price, variety, quality and size of portions--need I say more??

Cons: Location

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Shimo's sushi is fresh and of very good quality. The slices of fish are thick with just the right amount of rice - unlike Ebisu with paper-thin slices or Okazuya with miniscule amount of rice. Non-sushi items, such as teriyaki and gyoza, are also very good. I lived in Japan for many years, and I think Shimo serves very good Japanese food. Note: It gets very busy on weekend nights, so I would recommend lunchtime or weekday evenings.

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★★★★★

Shimo's sushi is fresh and of very good quality. The slices of fish are thick with just the right amount of rice - unlike Ebisu with paper-thin slices or Okazuya with miniscule amount of rice. Non-sushi items, such as teriyaki and gyoza, are also very good. I lived in Japan for many years, and I think Shimo serves very good Japanese food. Note: It gets very busy on weekend nights, so I would recommend lunchtime or weekday evenings.

Pros: Fresh fish, Good non-sushi dishes, Reasonably priced

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Although the restaurant is modestly decorated, the food is great! The sushi is reasonably priced and he sashimi is always fresh. There is a wide assortment of sushi available.

PROS: great sushi
CONS: parking

4
★★★★☆

Although the restaurant is modestly decorated, the food is great! The sushi is reasonably priced and he sashimi is always fresh. There is a wide assortment of sushi available.

PROS: great sushi
CONS: parking

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This is an incredible deal. ambiance is not exceptional, but the Food is outstanding!!
I recommend that for smart-money savers food lovers...

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★★★★★

This is an incredible deal. ambiance is not exceptional, but the Food is outstanding!!
I recommend that for smart-money savers food lovers...

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Don't go to Shimo if you are looking for ambience. If you are looking for good sushi, though, this is definitely a place to check out. Huge, and I mean huge, pieces of fish adorn the nigiri, and the rolls are larger than average, too. I ordered as I usually might in other sushi restaurants, but couldn't even finish what we ordered. Overall, everything was very fresh and well-prepared. Good service, too!

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★★★★☆

Don't go to Shimo if you are looking for ambience. If you are looking for good sushi, though, this is definitely a place to check out. Huge, and I mean huge, pieces of fish adorn the nigiri, and the rolls are larger than average, too. I ordered as I usually might in other sushi restaurants, but couldn't even finish what we ordered. Overall, everything was very fresh and well-prepared. Good service, too!

 

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