The 11 Best Sushi Restaurants In San Francisco

The 11 Best Sushi Restaurants In San Francisco

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Our favorite sushi joints in the city--some of them highbrow, some of them lowbrow, all of them delicious and special on their own way.

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    There’s a lengthy and impressive sake selection, and you’re not going to walk out of here for less than $60 a person. Also, pro tip: If you want nab a seat at the 6-seat sushi bar, you need to get there early.
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    So good, the walls at ICHI tell you how to eat Chef Tim Archuleta's gems of the sea. (Also, it wins awards every year, critics rave, yada yada. You get it.)
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    With only a few seats at the bar and a few tables, it's an intimate setting to say the least. You know what's not so intimate? The attitude. You can get yelled at for simply dipping your nigiri rice-side down. And you would deserve it!
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    Arguably the best Japanese in the Richmond (in my stellar opinion, anyway), this place is all about sashimi when it comes to sushi. Expect some unique and gorgeous sashimi presentations, often involving the whole fish, artfully used as a serving vessel.
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    I recommend paying extra for the sushi course on the decadent tasting menu. It's worth the few pennies for the presentation and bevy of fish.
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    If you're for rolls made with brown rice, welcome home. I'm neither vegan nor gf, but I still think about Minako's fried veggie eel when I should be paying attention to work and stuff. And that tempura? Laura's right, it's amazing.
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    If you want a totally veggie sushi experience, there's no better place to go than Cha-Ya. Caveats apply: they're cash only, the wait can be long, and the fight to get to the "sign up to wait" clipboard can be arduous.
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    Like a Shinjuku dive, Sushi Time's subterranean bubble crams a lot of character into a tiny space. Go during happy hour, sit at the tiny, low bar and amuse yourself when the waiter lets you pick your own sake glass from their mismatched collection.
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    This cozy neighborhood spot walks the fine line between character and clubbiness that plagues so many sushi spots. The classic California-style rolls fit the bill, with many of them half-off during happy hour.
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    For a high-end, contemporary sushi experience on par with Sushi Ran, check out this recently revamped Union Square spot. All the sushi is incredibly fresh, and there is also a nightly changing menu of non-sushi items including pork tonkotsu ramen.
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    Yes, this is a birthday place. And kind of a bridge-and-tunnel/tourist place. And it’s been on TV shows like Midnight Munchies because they serve until 1:30 a.m., and it’s been around for over 25 years.
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    Definitely one of the most cult-followed sushi spots in the city, Tekka is a place you have to arrive at really early if you don’t want to be waiting outside for an hour or more. In fact, if you miss the first seating at 7 p.m.
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