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10 8 Oma San Francisco Station

Address: 1737 Post St #337, San Francisco, CA 94115
Oma San Francisco Station
$$$$ Top 10 Recommended New Editor's Pick Private Room
In Japan, Omakase (お任せ) “entrust the chef” is a popular style of dining, where the guests entrust the chef with the meal selection. As this is a great honor, the chef in turn vows to use the freshest ingredients, masterful techniques and bursts of innovation, to create a truly memorable dining experience. Oma San Francisco Station is proud to present this simple, yet elegant way of dining to all of our guests.

10 8 Sawa Sushi

Address: 1042 East El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Sawa Sushi
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Unlike other sushi places that offer generic imitation rolls, Sawa Sushi goes above and beyond all expectations. Nestled in a strip mall, the exterior features a sparten décor. However, once diners walk inside, they find themselves lost in an in-depth exploration of seafood and sake. Named one of Forbes Top 100 U.S. restaurants, Sawa Sushi prides itself on practicing “Omakase” or “trust the chef” service. Head chef Steve creates a selection of sushi focusing solely on high-end ingredients and presentation exclusively for each table. Highlights include Steamed Monkfish Liver, Uni, and Salmon Sashimi, in addition to non-seafood options such as ...

10 8 Ame

Address: 689 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Ame
$$$$ Top 10
Located a few streets away from the busy Union Square area, Ame provides a relaxing and elegant getaway and a delectable dining experience. Ame is decorated in a chic and intimate Asian style, with a signature red table that seats eight. Ame offers a New American cuisine that is widely influenced by Japanese creations. The menu provides raw treatments from the sashimi bar as well as various appetizers and entrée plates. Creative dishes like Tai Snapper Sashimi “Kombu Jime” with seaweed, crab and cucumber sauce come from the Sashimi bar. For an appealing main course, Grilled Veal T-bone Steak on ...

10 8 Ozumo

Address: 161 Steuart Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Ozumo
$$$$ Top 10 Recommended
Ozumo is nestled into the heart of San Francisco’s Embarcadero District. This restaurant serves modern Japanese cuisine in a serene and sophisticated environment. Guests can choose to to sit in a variety of rooms that each offer a unique dining experience and ambience. The Robata Grill features unique small plates of a variety of meat and vegetables that are cooked over traditional robata charcoal grills. For private dining, Ozumo offers sake tasting in their exclusive, glass-enclosed Sake Tasting Room. Those seeking a more traditional and exotic experience than the golden hued main dining room can be seated on zabuton cusions ...

10 8 Kiss Seafood

Address: 1700 Laguna Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Kiss Seafood
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The interior of Kiss Seafood is characterized by clean white walls and delicate floral decorations. Upon entering, diners have the choice of sitting in the dining room or at the bar, where they can watch experienced sushi chefs prepare their meal. While this restaurant has many sushi and sashimi dishes to offer hungry patrons, its name makes it clear even to newcomers that their true specialty is seafood. As an appetizer, diners can try the Mushi-Uni and Japanese Green Shira-Ae, steamed sea urchin and green vegetables, or the Tai and Tofu Kabura-Mushi, a small dish featuring tai-snapper fish and tofu. ...

10 8 Yoshi's Oakland

Address: 510 Embarcadero West, , Oakland, CA 94607
Yoshi's Oakland
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Yoshi’s San Francisco, the jazz club and Japanese restaurant, has a new location in Oakland. About Yoshi's: Chef Shotaro Kamio has brought the best of his experience as an apprentice to top chefs in Tokyo to his own work here stateside with Yoshi's. Finding the perfect balance between using traditional Japanese cooking methods, seasonal ingredients, and authentic spices, Chef Kamio uses three words to describe his cuisine: Seasonal, Simple, and Surprise. Try the Maple Leap Duck Takaki (with summer vegetables, a Saikyo miso vinaigrette, and Welsh vanilla sea salt) or the Tsukiji Sashimi Selection (five varieties of seasonal fish from ...

10 8 Chambers Eat + Drink

Address: 601 Eddy Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Chambers Eat + Drink
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Chambers Eat + Drink is a restaurant and lounge inside San Francisco’s iconic rock n’ roll hotel, the Phoenix, and provides a menu, décor, and ambiance that is both chic and full of substance. Executive Chef Trevor Ogden—formerly from Mission Beach Café and Umami—has constructed a menu that is laden with seasonal entrees derived from California with influences from Japan, the Mediterranean and France. Examples are the Sizzling Kobe Tri-Tip and the Lamb Saddle—English peas, Israeli couscous, baby white carrots, chard leeks, pea tendrils and lamb jus. The menu complements the aesthetics, providing scenery that is modern with two indoor ...

10 8 Azuma Japanese Cuisine

Address: 19645 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Cupertino, CA 95014
Azuma Japanese Cuisine
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Azuma Japanese Cuisine, located on Stevens Creek Boulevard and North Portal Street, is a restaurant that stays true to Japanese traditions. The restaurant is a far cry from those flashy sushi bars serving Dragon or Philadelphia rolls. At Azuma, guests can be sure to find dishes that are staples of Japanese home-cooking. Deep fried Chicken Karaage and Alaskan Black Cod Kasuzuke are menu favorites, but Azuma’s most ordered menu item is the Agedashi Tofu. This fried tofu preparation is a dish of few ingredients, but is prepared using a technique that Azuma’s chefs have perfected. The Agedashi appetizer is served ...

10 8 House of Genji

Address: 1335 North 1st Street, San Francisco, CA 95112
House of Genji
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The House of Genji provides San Jose residents both dinner and a show. Serving teppan-yaki style Japanese cuisine, the House of Genji prepares a selection of chicken, beef, and seafood right before diners' eyes. The menu highlights specialty combinations, one including prawns and a choice of Filet Mignon or New York Steak. These meaty entrees include soup, shrimp appetizer, steamed rice, vegetables, and Ginger tea for a complete Japanese experience. The chefs arrive at the table ready to entertain guests with their showmanship skills of grilling and slicing while teasing the senses with the sights and smells of the readying ...

10 8 Kyoto Palace

Address: 1875 South Bascom Avenue Suite 2500, Campbell, CA 95008
Kyoto Palace
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At the Kyoto Palace, the wall between the table and kitchen disappears, immersing diners in a theatrical show of culinary delights. Located in Campbell, guests sit around a large grill, watching in amazement as the chef juggles, spins, and slices the ingredients in an agile but elaborate way. Offering a selection of beef, chicken, seafood, or vegetables, guests choose an entrée to be grilled before their eyes, ending with the chef flipping the final product straight from the grill to the plates. Dinner specials include Soup, Salad, Shrimp Appetizer, Hibachi Vegetables, Steamed Rice and hot Green Tea. A more lavish ...

10 8 Bobateani

Address: 630 Blossom Hill Rd, Suite 50, San Jose, CA 95123

10 8 Range

Address: 842 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Range
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Nestled in the heart of the Mission District is Range, an intimate bistro-inspired restaurant run by the husband and wife team Phil and Cameron West. Amid the profusion of hip, trendy bars and restaurants, Range stands out with its sophisticated industrial atmosphere and commitment to superior drinks and food. Imaginative cocktails feature components like agave, saffron, and pluots, making the most out of the restaurant’s resolution to use market fresh ingredients. The modest, contemporary menu changes frequently based on the availability of products making every visit an opportunity to experience another dimension of this dynamic duo’s culinary prowess.

10 8 Chaya Brasserie

Address: 132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105
Chaya Brasserie
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Known for its remarkable views that sweep from the Ferry Building to the Bay Bridge, CHAYA Brasserie is named for the casual, salon-like gathering spots in France and Japan. CHAYA Brasserie combines Japanese hospitality, French savoir-faire, and both countries’ traditions of culinary artistry and excellence. Two distinct atmospheres are offered in the restaurant with a lively bar and a more serene, intimate setting in the main dining room. Patio dining is available in the front of the restaurant, where you can take in the “All Night, Every Night” happy hour. Transform your elegant dining experience into something truly memorable by ...

10 8 Oyaji

Address: 3123 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94121
Oyaji
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Located in the Richmond district of San Francisco, Oyaji is a cozy and traditional Japanese restaurant that serves sushi and sashimi as well as Izakaya-style plates. These dishes are small, and guests can order many from the varied menu so that they may split the plunder amongst themselves in order to try a variety of the Japanese tastings. Many guests have raved about the Butano-Kakuni, or stewed pork belly meat, as well as their Sakanano-Arani, or braised fish of the day. Other specials are available on a daily basis, allowing for a refreshing and slightly different menu with every visit. ...

10 8 Sakana Sushi & Grill

Address: 605 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Sakana Sushi & Grill
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Located on busy Post Street, Sakana Sushi and Grill consistently lures guests in with the promise of fresh fish on their plethora of sushi rolls. The restaurant’s décor is simple and classy, lending a modest feel to a comfortable dining room. Cherry blossom decorations help keep this restaurant grounded in its Japanese culture. The sushi menu is full of special rolls such as the Spider Roll, a deep fried crab roll with vegetables, and the Vegetarian Roll, which features asparagus, gobo, and avocado. These rolls come in addition to the seasonal rolls that are available at market price only when ...

10 8 Kabuto

Address: 5121 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94118
Kabuto
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Inside Kabuto, the bustling atmosphere is centered around the sushi bar where lucky diners can watch their sushi rolls being made. Kabuto is known for some unusual spins on traditional sushi, such as the Foie Gras Roll, which places goose liver in the context of conventional sushi. Although the restaurant specializes in this traditional Japanese dish, there are also many options for those not interested in sushi. Kabuto’s dinner menu includes entrees that are grilled, fried, and even some that are best served cold. Special rice and noodle dishes such as the Tamago Zousul, a soup filled with egg and ...

10 8 Akiko's Restaurant

Address: 431 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Akiko's Restaurant
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Meaning autumn child; iris, bright, and light in Japanese, Akikos Restaurant serves authentic Japanese cuisine from the heat of Downtown San Francsico. This family owned and operated establishment has provided unique and classic Japanese cuisine for over 26 years and prides themselves in giving the best quality in everything they do. Their charming setting gives off a warm and inviting atmosphere while their entrees are made with only the finest ingredients to make delicious creations like Oyako and Tonkatsu. Akikos Restaurant covers all aspects for guest to enjoy a great night in Downtown SF while dining on Japanese cuisine.

10 8 Sushi Hunter

Address: 1701 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
Sushi Hunter
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North Beach in San Francisco is famous for the prevalence of Italian influences, but Sushi Hunter provides those in search of something different a nice change of pace. With an All You Can Eat menu that features sushi made to order, as well as appetizers, tempura, and grilled entrées, Sushi Hunter is a great place for hungry diners to get more than their fill of Japanese fare. A la carte menu items feature extensive sushi and sashimi as well as traditional Japanese entrees, bento box, appetizers, and salads. Happy Hour, which runs from 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through ...

10 8 Sanraku

Address: 704 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Sanraku
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Sanraku is a quaint restaurant offering guest the most authentic Japanese cuisine in SF. Their menu consists of appetizers, sushi and sashimi, donburi, and main dishes that are created with only the freshest ingredients, spices, and herbs. For guests that want a little bit of everything, Sanraku has a combination dinner box, bento box, which offers an arrangement that highlights popular dishes in Japanese cuisine. Let Sanraku on Sutter take care of you and your guest with delicious Japanese dishes in a peaceful environment.

10 8 Minako

Address: 2154 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Minako
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Minako Restaurant of the Mission district prides itself on using only organic ingredients to create tasty and healthy sushi rolls and other Japanese plates. This restaurant is definitely a family affair, with the friendly and perpetually smiling owner and her mother in the restaurant most days. The dynamic duo not only welcomes guests but also expertly prepares the food. A hand written and hand drawn menu captures the essence of this quaint restaurant. Minako is not only known for being organic, however. It has also gained a reputation for offering a long list of vegetarian, vegan, and even gluten free ...