Akiko's Restaurant & Sushi Bar

4.8
1069 reviews
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The quality of our sushi is attributed to a one-of-a-kind combination of fresh ingredients, coupled with 26 years of experience and unique preparation techniques. "Akiko" means “autumn child; iris, bright and light” in Japanese. When entering our space guests will see rustic-earth tones, imported rosewood floors, exposed brick walls, and varied place settings on unique oak tables. The atmosphere ensures that our customers get a unique dining experience. Our charming, boutique restaurant is conveniently located in the Financial District in downtown San Francisco. We provide the Japanese staple in the area, serving modern, yet traditional Japanese fare.
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San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fish was very good quality. Portions not very filling but that's ok.

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FA
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb sushi, simple and elegant place, great location.

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AL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Restaurant. Entire staff was awesome. Our server was outstanding, he made great recommendations and he put on a symphony of sushi.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

This is a fabulous is restaurant. IF you can:
1. Ignore staff that is inattentive.
2. Overlook a wait staff and host who show little knowledge of the menu.
3. Accept a fast food vibe.

In short, the back of the house is been sabotaged by the front of the house.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I keep coming back for the super fresh food and amazing service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Self-imitation

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great setting, can be a bit loud right at lunch time but the food is simply amazing with great service!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best nigiri in town! Uni is awesome

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CJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just, delicious!!

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DT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a quaint little spot that serves really fresh food and offers an Omakase option as well. For the quality, the price is well worth it. Very unique flavors. Seating is limited and it can get crowded. Reservations recommended. Great for business meetings for a date night.

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j
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

What an absolute overrated restaurant. From the rushed service to the acceptable-to-fair food — I won’t be back. For a $500 tab, I would expect my expectations to have been exceeded in at least one category but nothing less can be said about the current chef or management of Akikos.

Absolute mediocre experience with an inflated price tag coasting off previous management. Our waitress could barely pronounce the fish we were eating as she rushed to get the introduction over with. Our sommelier couldn’t even be hassled to show us the bottle we were drinking. The only thing more tasteless than the sushi we were eating was the incessant drum and bass background music filling the dining room.

Next.

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all have our favorites and claim these are the best in the city. San Francisco has many great sushi restaurants, but Akiko's stands above most. The quality and freshness of their fish is the number one reason why I love coming to Akiko's, and their style of dish completes the experience. This may not be the easiest place to get into, but well worth the wait when you do.

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JC
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully cut fish!

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KB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A little pricey but delicious and inventive.

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KE
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding, as close to tokyo as you can get. really delicious, nouveau style nigiri but not straying too far from traditional fish

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DL
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Quality is mediocre for the price you pay. One of the fishes was way too "fishy", although I usually handle the taste pretty well on other fishes. The service was a bit too slow for a Wednesday night. Our server wasn't very attentive to what we needed and interrupted our conversations when we didn't ask for him. He kept coming back only to touch our chopsticks to rearrange it. Now that I think about it, it may not have been very sanitary for him to do that. Took away our soy sauce/ginger plates because we didn't "need" them for the round of fishes we ordered. He didn't even ask if we would be ordering more after that. Overall, I'd say his service downgraded our experience at this restaurant and we will probably not be coming back.

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MJ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi lovers must have the omikase tasting menu!

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L
New England
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Don't get me wrong, the sushi is good, but I think there are better/cheaper place to get. Not worth the price tag.

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MG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been coming here every time I’m in San Francisco for the last several years. It’s the best!

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CM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. No really perfect.

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VI
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Good food, small dishes at extremely high price without great service

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M
Philadelphia
95 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great sashimi- super fresh

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JZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible meL

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F
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 3

Up scale sushi bar close to Union plaza, small bar seating and more on the back. Sushi and sashimi are very good quality for the fish a bit less for the rice, but i am picky and it is nicely executed. Sake menu is great and sommelier knowledgeable.The service is a bit cold and quiet slow. I would recommend if you want to spend a lot of cash. There are fine one star Michelin restaurants in the neighborhood with better quality/enjoyment/cost. I had 12 sushi, 3 sashimi, 2 glass of nice sake and a bottle of sparkling water for $200 without tip... probably the most expensive sushi place I ever visited... I think the chain SUGARFISH does better in term of taste and I pay $60 for omekaze and a few dollars for sake, a real bargain.

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E
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

High points: good selection of fish for sushi and nigiri. Appreciated being able to try the variety of different uni from Hokkaido. And an excellent hamachi kama.

But overall, the space is not very comfortable — we were seated in the front near the window, with hungry, waiting guests just milling around us.

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LA
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great choice of food and various ingredient
so much choice on the card that an helpfull team is always welcome to make the right choice

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious fresh fish with delicious drinks. Great spot!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent omakase. Very inventive and luxurious offerings. Exceeded expectations.

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OT
Jacksonville
265 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really creative & unusual sushi at the height of freshness. Attentive service. Tiny space but totally outstanding.

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LD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful and very fresh Nagiri and Raw sushi bar selection. However, you get very little for the price and we left somewhat hungry after quite a substantial bill. That being said all of the food we had was amazing and so fresh

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JM
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch! Freshest fish in the Bay Area. Fantastic service, excellent food! The waitress really knows what to recommend.
Can’t go wrong here. Was our 4th time dining here and will continue.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The attentiveness and knowledge of the servers was wonderful. The food even more so. Not particular budget-friendly but also worth the splurge if you can afford it. Will definitely be returning the next time I have something to celebrate!

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RM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and environment. Highly recommended

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j
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a joy to eat here. Fresh ingredients expertly prepared and served.

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NH
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food! Just let the chef choose for you! Service was friendly and effective. Had a great time.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They are almost perfect.

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Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Over the Top best Sushi experience ever. Recommend the Chef’s Choice, it was Amazing.

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Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Akiko’s is an amazing restaurant if you’re looking for omakase style dining. While the prices are pretty high, the quality of the fish is incomparable. Skip everything and focus on the nigiri - the selection and craftsmanship is to die for!

Also - the sake collection is top notch.

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MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Great sushi. But don’t expect the great service from servers.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing omakase

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