Ryoko Restaurant & Bar

★★★★★
  • 619 Taylor St

    San Francisco, CA 94102

    Cross street: at Post

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  • 415-775-1028

About Ryoko Restaurant & Bar

Hours
Monday To Sunday From 06:00 PM To 02:00 AM

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First of all, THERE'S PEANUT BUTTER IN THE VOLCANO ROLL. And I, of course, had to try it. And, of course, it was delicious. Mainly, because anything with peanut butter in it is delicious. But in all seriousness, this roll was awesome.

Their Jumping Tuna roll (and I presume the other "Jumping" rolls) are alright.. they are apparently the most popular rolls ordered, but I thought they were pretty heavy and tasted like they were over-battered and fried. Very...doughy.

All in all, the sushi was ok, but I didn't really see what all the craze was about. I still maintain that Akiko's on Mason is the best sushi in San Francisco.

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★★★☆☆

First of all, THERE'S PEANUT BUTTER IN THE VOLCANO ROLL. And I, of course, had to try it. And, of course, it was delicious. Mainly, because anything with peanut butter in it is delicious. But in all seriousness, this roll was awesome.

Their Jumping Tuna roll (and I presume the other "Jumping" rolls) are alright.. they are apparently the most popular rolls ordered, but I thought they were pretty heavy and tasted like they were over-battered and fried. Very...doughy.

All in all, the sushi was ok, but I didn't really see what all the craze was about. I still maintain that Akiko's on Mason is the best sushi in San Francisco.

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The food was great, but the waitress was amazing!
We ordered an Omakase set meal, and were not disappointed. Soft shell crab tempura was excellent, and sushi was very good.

2
★★★★★

The food was great, but the waitress was amazing!
We ordered an Omakase set meal, and were not disappointed. Soft shell crab tempura was excellent, and sushi was very good.

Pros: food and service very good, reasonably priced

Cons: atmosphere relatively casual, a bit noisy

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This place is simply badass. It is a hole in the wall that serves the greatest sushi. The staff is friendly. With an eclectic interior it seems as if you are the only one who knows this hidden jewel. And they are also on the NWA dine and fly list. So you get FF miles to boot!

2
★★★★★

This place is simply badass. It is a hole in the wall that serves the greatest sushi. The staff is friendly. With an eclectic interior it seems as if you are the only one who knows this hidden jewel. And they are also on the NWA dine and fly list. So you get FF miles to boot!

Pros: great food

Cons: don't think they have AC and it was oddly warm for a bit when I was in SF

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Prices were a bit on the high end. A caterpillar roll was $20 bucks! We had some of their specials which were extremely fresh. Make sure you don't get the 2 person table next to the piano since that's the only path to the restrooms and the tables in the back of the place, way too much foot traffic. The atmosphere is pretty cool and the late hours are great. It's a bit of a trek up the hill if you're heading there from Market St on foot.

3
★★★☆☆

Prices were a bit on the high end. A caterpillar roll was $20 bucks! We had some of their specials which were extremely fresh. Make sure you don't get the 2 person table next to the piano since that's the only path to the restrooms and the tables in the back of the place, way too much foot traffic. The atmosphere is pretty cool and the late hours are great. It's a bit of a trek up the hill if you're heading there from Market St on foot.

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Where to start? My mother who has been to Japan numerous times discovered this place. I think she was initially attracted by the Noren hanging outside the door. We decended the stairs on Taylor street and proceeded to have all previous sushi experiences eclipsed. Ryoko's is the new gold standard...or should I say "toro" standard? As you begin to show up more than once, they remember your name, your favorite forms of sushi and as I just read in another review, a willingness to create food artistry if you let them. Reiko suggested that I try the clam miso soup after I simply ordered the miso soup. I'll never go back to regular miso soup there again. You get what you pay for. Fresh fish, healthy food, excellent service and attitude. I'm torn between trying to keep it a secret and telling the world. Do yourself a favor...

2
★★★★★

Where to start? My mother who has been to Japan numerous times discovered this place. I think she was initially attracted by the Noren hanging outside the door. We decended the stairs on Taylor street and proceeded to have all previous sushi experiences eclipsed. Ryoko's is the new gold standard...or should I say "toro" standard? As you begin to show up more than once, they remember your name, your favorite forms of sushi and as I just read in another review, a willingness to create food artistry if you let them. Reiko suggested that I try the clam miso soup after I simply ordered the miso soup. I'll never go back to regular miso soup there again. You get what you pay for. Fresh fish, healthy food, excellent service and attitude. I'm torn between trying to keep it a secret and telling the world. Do yourself a favor...

Pros: Great downtown location, late night hours, fabulous staff

Cons: Parking

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Good food, service and the atmosphere is great. The waitresses are attentive and food is fresh. Have fun.

2
★★★★★

Good food, service and the atmosphere is great. The waitresses are attentive and food is fresh. Have fun.

Pros: Nice lighting

Cons: Sometimes it can get really crowded

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My fiance and I met his coworker at Ryoko last week. It was a cute little hole-in-the-wall place with good sushi. I enjoyed dinner and the staff was very nice. The only con is that it's in a basement between Union Square and a not-so-nice area, so bring a friend, as you might have to park far away (BART is nearby, as well).

2
★★★★☆

My fiance and I met his coworker at Ryoko last week. It was a cute little hole-in-the-wall place with good sushi. I enjoyed dinner and the staff was very nice. The only con is that it's in a basement between Union Square and a not-so-nice area, so bring a friend, as you might have to park far away (BART is nearby, as well).

Pros: good sushi, friendly staff

Cons: basement atmosphere, difficulty parking

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Fresh sushi, made by the best sushi chefs in the bay. This is where the other sushi chefs in the city come to eat after they close. Fun, loud, dark, crowd of all ages. If you don't like loud, funky music, you can pass. The fish is very fresh, and the amount of rice used in their nigiri and rolls is perfect . Many of the other bay area sushi restaurants overpack the pieces with too much rice and not enough fish. No complaints - simply delicious fish.

2
★★★★★

Fresh sushi, made by the best sushi chefs in the bay. This is where the other sushi chefs in the city come to eat after they close. Fun, loud, dark, crowd of all ages. If you don't like loud, funky music, you can pass. The fish is very fresh, and the amount of rice used in their nigiri and rolls is perfect . Many of the other bay area sushi restaurants overpack the pieces with too much rice and not enough fish. No complaints - simply delicious fish.

Pros: Fish Quality, Sushi Quality & Taste, Fun Atmosphere

Cons: Loud Music, Dark Room

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This is a great undiscovered restaurant. It's a little eclectic in it's decor and atmosphere, but the staff are great and very friendly and the food is consistently great. There is a lot of pretense associated with many of the sushi restaurants in SF. This place probably wont cut it with the Marina crowd, but most of the rest of the population will love it!

2
★★★★★

This is a great undiscovered restaurant. It's a little eclectic in it's decor and atmosphere, but the staff are great and very friendly and the food is consistently great. There is a lot of pretense associated with many of the sushi restaurants in SF. This place probably wont cut it with the Marina crowd, but most of the rest of the population will love it!

Pros: Great Food, Service and Price

Cons: Parking

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Incredible food, friendly staff, and hip atmosphere make this a must visit sushi bar in the city. Parking is a bit of a hassle and there's no real waiting area (the steps are sometimes full), but the food is worth the wait (they accept reservations too). Very very fresh sushi and free edimame while you relax at your table. Service is excellent and the wide selection of rolls will keep you coming back for more!

2
★★★★★

Incredible food, friendly staff, and hip atmosphere make this a must visit sushi bar in the city. Parking is a bit of a hassle and there's no real waiting area (the steps are sometimes full), but the food is worth the wait (they accept reservations too). Very very fresh sushi and free edimame while you relax at your table. Service is excellent and the wide selection of rolls will keep you coming back for more!

Pros: Food & Service

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This is a great affordable sushi place and so much more. Great for dinner before going out on the town. Loved the fried tuna rolls, caterpiller, albacore sushi. Everything's fresh. Full bar including sake. The waiters are very friendly and helpful. The atmosphere is great for hanging out with friends before heading to a bar. It's underground and has dark lighting. I will be back.

2
★★★★★

This is a great affordable sushi place and so much more. Great for dinner before going out on the town. Loved the fried tuna rolls, caterpiller, albacore sushi. Everything's fresh. Full bar including sake. The waiters are very friendly and helpful. The atmosphere is great for hanging out with friends before heading to a bar. It's underground and has dark lighting. I will be back.

Pros: full bar, great atmosphere, fresh fish

Cons: n/a

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Lots of great things to say about Ryoko's so I'll start with my favorite thing about them which is eating at the sushi bar! Sitting at the bar is part of the whole "Ryoko's experience" besides the fact that it's underground. Eating at the bar is where you will get the best sushi and you will be able to see what's on their "Specials" menu. Ordering items from the "Specials" is highly recommended. You will have a chance to have a really unique sushi tasting experience. Each item is seasonal which is reflective of genuine Japanese cuisine. Of course they serve the year round available tuna and salmon sushi, but the real treat is that every fish and special item on that menu is fresh! And because it's fresh equates too being very flavorful. They don't serve you that "flash frozen" and icy cold - flavorless maguro (tuna). So when the fatty tuna is in season, that means you can expect an incredibly rich, dynamic and unique flavor from that piece of sushi. A delight for the taste buds! This is what great sushi should be. Also the menu has Japanese menu items that you don't usually find at most local japanese restaurants. Items like the "fried cheese", Agedashi Tofu and Nato. The sushi bar chefs are great guys, the food's great, the service is good. Yeah, it can get a little crowded and littly noisy sometimes... yet that hasn't persuaded me from not eating there since I discovered this little spot over 3 years ago.

2
★★★★★

Lots of great things to say about Ryoko's so I'll start with my favorite thing about them which is eating at the sushi bar! Sitting at the bar is part of the whole "Ryoko's experience" besides the fact that it's underground. Eating at the bar is where you will get the best sushi and you will be able to see what's on their "Specials" menu. Ordering items from the "Specials" is highly recommended. You will have a chance to have a really unique sushi tasting experience. Each item is seasonal which is reflective of genuine Japanese cuisine. Of course they serve the year round available tuna and salmon sushi, but the real treat is that every fish and special item on that menu is fresh! And because it's fresh equates too being very flavorful. They don't serve you that "flash frozen" and icy cold - flavorless maguro (tuna). So when the fatty tuna is in season, that means you can expect an incredibly rich, dynamic and unique flavor from that piece of sushi. A delight for the taste buds! This is what great sushi should be. Also the menu has Japanese menu items that you don't usually find at most local japanese restaurants. Items like the "fried cheese", Agedashi Tofu and Nato. The sushi bar chefs are great guys, the food's great, the service is good. Yeah, it can get a little crowded and littly noisy sometimes... yet that hasn't persuaded me from not eating there since I discovered this little spot over 3 years ago.

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super fun atmosphere. incredible staff. amazing fish. great chefs. no pretentious attitudes. my favorite sushi place by far.

2
★★★★★

super fun atmosphere. incredible staff. amazing fish. great chefs. no pretentious attitudes. my favorite sushi place by far.

Pros: great fish, great staff, great chefs

Cons: if you don't like loud techno music :)

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The woman who wrote that scathing review is on something. She honestly is on some form of drugas. I have eaten at Ryoko at like 5 times and every time has been fantastic. It doesn't smell like vinegar and the staff and chef are totally nice. The fish is fresh and the sushi is excellent. And I don't think you have to be Japanese to enjoy good fish.

2
★★★★★

The woman who wrote that scathing review is on something. She honestly is on some form of drugas. I have eaten at Ryoko at like 5 times and every time has been fantastic. It doesn't smell like vinegar and the staff and chef are totally nice. The fish is fresh and the sushi is excellent. And I don't think you have to be Japanese to enjoy good fish.

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This place is pretty interesting. You walk downstairs into a basement, and the space was obviously a standard bar previously -- very long bar counter top, shelves behind, etc. But now it's a very fun sushi joint. The minute the staff see your shoes coming down the stairs, they greet you in Japanese. No windows, quite dark, subdued lighting, and always great chillout/downtempo/electronica music playing...it gets very packed on weekend nights. Their rolls are wacky -- one has peanut butter and jalepenos, for example -- and everything tastes good. There are many sushi joints in the city with better food, without question, but this place is much more fun and entertaining, especially if you are in a festive mood. Opens at 6pm, and stays open till *3am*?? Now that rocks. Service is friendly, and generally fast. I've been several times and have always had a great time!

2
★★★★☆

This place is pretty interesting. You walk downstairs into a basement, and the space was obviously a standard bar previously -- very long bar counter top, shelves behind, etc. But now it's a very fun sushi joint. The minute the staff see your shoes coming down the stairs, they greet you in Japanese. No windows, quite dark, subdued lighting, and always great chillout/downtempo/electronica music playing...it gets very packed on weekend nights. Their rolls are wacky -- one has peanut butter and jalepenos, for example -- and everything tastes good. There are many sushi joints in the city with better food, without question, but this place is much more fun and entertaining, especially if you are in a festive mood. Opens at 6pm, and stays open till *3am*?? Now that rocks. Service is friendly, and generally fast. I've been several times and have always had a great time!

Pros: Atmosphere, hours, unusual rolls

Cons: Some menu items are mediocre

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This place is fantastic! I have yet to meet anyone in the city that knows about it, but it is incredible food, in an unassuming unpretentious environment. The staff are great and friendly for the most part, provided you don't get the chatty skateboarder!! Fast service, great prices and always satisfies. Discover it for yourself!

2
★★★★★

This place is fantastic! I have yet to meet anyone in the city that knows about it, but it is incredible food, in an unassuming unpretentious environment. The staff are great and friendly for the most part, provided you don't get the chatty skateboarder!! Fast service, great prices and always satisfies. Discover it for yourself!

Pros: Cheap, Service, Choice on menu

Cons: Parking

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So, a friend was visiting from out of town and we took the suggestion of a broke college roommate who frequents Ryoko's... and we were blown away! Not only was it casual and cozy, but the music was hip and unintrusive. The food... well, what can I say the chef was right about everything! The bluefin was like butter... smooth, silky and practically melted in your mouth! I'd never had a "jumping" roll before and it knocked my sox off! And the spicy rolls were perfectly seasoned... normally you just feel the burn, but here you could actally taste the fish! :) Oh, and the green tea is not to be missed, piping hot and wonderfully nutty! It's a great date place & fun to chill with friends. We went late and it was perfect for people watching and conversation.

2
★★★★★

So, a friend was visiting from out of town and we took the suggestion of a broke college roommate who frequents Ryoko's... and we were blown away! Not only was it casual and cozy, but the music was hip and unintrusive. The food... well, what can I say the chef was right about everything! The bluefin was like butter... smooth, silky and practically melted in your mouth! I'd never had a "jumping" roll before and it knocked my sox off! And the spicy rolls were perfectly seasoned... normally you just feel the burn, but here you could actally taste the fish! :) Oh, and the green tea is not to be missed, piping hot and wonderfully nutty! It's a great date place & fun to chill with friends. We went late and it was perfect for people watching and conversation.

Pros: Creative Chef, Inexpensive, Open Late

Cons: No reservations for 2

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This place is awesome. It's ambienance reveals itself through the descention of a stairwell and the greetings of the one and only Ryoko, a classic SF character! It's genuinely hospitable and kitchy without the smarmy pretense. For example, I am not a fan of DJ culture, but somehow the dj here is a great touch just doing his thing behind the turntables and not trying to overwhelm the place with his found sounds. Oh yeah, and the sushi... ask the chef to make you what he's feeling that evening and you won't be dissappointed.

2
★★★★★

This place is awesome. It's ambienance reveals itself through the descention of a stairwell and the greetings of the one and only Ryoko, a classic SF character! It's genuinely hospitable and kitchy without the smarmy pretense. For example, I am not a fan of DJ culture, but somehow the dj here is a great touch just doing his thing behind the turntables and not trying to overwhelm the place with his found sounds. Oh yeah, and the sushi... ask the chef to make you what he's feeling that evening and you won't be dissappointed.

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so the other day the sushi chef says to me, "Logan - everyone orders the same stuff - I'm an artist let me create something for you" And I let him do it and it was good. For the adventerous try the jumping sushi and the tuna wraps - for the daring hand over your credit card and tell them to go wild. It's an exquisite japanese culinary rollercoster that will take your tongue for a wid ride...

2
★★★★★

so the other day the sushi chef says to me, "Logan - everyone orders the same stuff - I'm an artist let me create something for you" And I let him do it and it was good. For the adventerous try the jumping sushi and the tuna wraps - for the daring hand over your credit card and tell them to go wild. It's an exquisite japanese culinary rollercoster that will take your tongue for a wid ride...

Pros: Great Food, Funky Ambience, Warm Staff

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Where everyone knows your name (if you've visited more than once)...great food...good vibes...great music...a place to hang out and enjoy...I recommend the blue fin tuna...YUM....

2
★★★★★

Where everyone knows your name (if you've visited more than once)...great food...good vibes...great music...a place to hang out and enjoy...I recommend the blue fin tuna...YUM....

Pros: variety , great food

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Smiling, straightfoward, unpretentious, warm, inviting. Fresh fish, expert chef, incredibly friendly and helpful staff. This place deserves only the nicest of people to patronize it. Truly. Because it has such a generous, family type feel. I've seen them help you out the door if you've had to much to drink, send you home with a little hangover cure for the morning, recommend only what's the freshest that day... Ryoko is a very special place.

2
★★★★★

Smiling, straightfoward, unpretentious, warm, inviting. Fresh fish, expert chef, incredibly friendly and helpful staff. This place deserves only the nicest of people to patronize it. Truly. Because it has such a generous, family type feel. I've seen them help you out the door if you've had to much to drink, send you home with a little hangover cure for the morning, recommend only what's the freshest that day... Ryoko is a very special place.

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this jazzy kind of nightclub is filled with true japanese cooks and waitstaff. great music and ambience fill this cozy setting.

2
★★★★★

this jazzy kind of nightclub is filled with true japanese cooks and waitstaff. great music and ambience fill this cozy setting.

Pros: yummy, cool, wide variety

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Ryoko's is a great place to go, especially for late-night sushi as they're open until 1 or 2ish nightly. Super-friendly service, great prices for the yummy food, and a cool atmosphere to boot make it one of my favorite spots. There's live jazz occasionally; if not they've always got some ultra-hip tunes playing in the background. The one night my friends and I got there too late (they'd just closed their doors), the awesome owner Yoshi brought us out some free edamame. Arigato!!

2
★★★★★

Ryoko's is a great place to go, especially for late-night sushi as they're open until 1 or 2ish nightly. Super-friendly service, great prices for the yummy food, and a cool atmosphere to boot make it one of my favorite spots. There's live jazz occasionally; if not they've always got some ultra-hip tunes playing in the background. The one night my friends and I got there too late (they'd just closed their doors), the awesome owner Yoshi brought us out some free edamame. Arigato!!

Pros: food, service, atmosphere

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This late-night dining destination has achieved hidden-gem status with many a local sushi supplicant thanks to its low-key vibe and fresh fish. Patrons duck past a bamboo awning and descend stairs into the main dining…

 

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