Akiko's Restaurant & Sushi Bar

4.8
1156 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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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is incredible and worth every penny! Linda made our experience a memorable one. She knew the menu and specialties very well!! Definitely will be thinking about this meal for a while and highly recommend everyone to stop there and enjoy.

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Average sushi.
Rolls were well below average.
For the price they charge, the food should be better

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional variety of fish

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi at a whole now level. Sublime

M
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, worth a visit. They had sushi that were not on menus at other restaurants.

S
London
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sit at the sushi bar and give the omakase a go. It’s absolutely worth it - even for lunch!

j
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to visit this fine restaurant. The food and presentation are superb and the service is excellent.

AE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience. We had the omakase and it was absolutely worth the cost

M
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omakase is very special here

B
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent. Each dish presented nicely. Service was polite and very good. Always predictably very good place to lunch.

OT
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service were both good. No acknowledgement of our anniversary was a bit of a disappointment, but still a functional meal.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Omakase and service!

I
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have gone to this restaurant over several years. It started out more traditional Japanese menu but now is focused more on Sushi and Sashimi. Delicious and fresh. It feels much more like special and memorable dining experience.

TN
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been coming here for decades, and it never disappoints. Some of the best sushi in San Francisco.

RG
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food here is outstanding and I highly recommend going. Only a few issues, our service was not great for the price, I expect better service for what we paid. Second, the place is small. Come for the food and and sit at the sushi bar if you can. Get the raw wagyu.

H
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Really ninice food, unfortunately we had to wait 30 mins for our table even though we arrived on time for our booking. A complimentary drink would have been appreciated.

m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Good food but service was honestly too much. Cleared the plates before we were done. The tables were so close to each other that we had a hard time having a conversation above the people next to us. Food was good but overpriced. Everything felt like such a big fuss. Why is it so difficult to get good Japanese food without all the pretentiousness in SF?

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Linda was awesome and really knowledgeable about the food! Everything was delicious, highly recommend!

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice ambiance. Food was good, except one plate we took. Weird smell in the whole place. Waiters were polite and respectful.

ES
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm lucky that Akiko's is close by my office, it is consistently exceptional

S
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

If you get stuck by the door you’ll be cold and if you ask them to close the door, they will tell you they can’t because back is warm.

OT
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience, service was great and food superb!

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely I would recommend this restaurant. Fabulous food. So fresh. So innovative. And a lovely ambiance. Great sake. I wish I lived closer I would definitely do there again when I can. The house roll was excellent and one of the specials of the day was salmon with truffles. Excellent!

DJ
London
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best rolls and sashimi I've ever had -- and I've had very good sushi before! Akiko's takes you to an entirely different level and it's all exceptional. The staff is helpful, warm and always smiling. You feel welcomed the very moment you walk into Akiko's. And when it comes time to leave, you will only want to come right back. Request a table up front or at the bar for the best experience. And definitely make a reservation! The restaurant was packed on Monday night at 7 PM and many folks without reservations had to be turned away. If you are in San Francisco and you want to enjoy a superb sushi experience, Akiko's is the best place to go.

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

I have been coming to Akiko’s since 1998. I always order sashimi and it is the best I have ever had, in the US. This time I introduced my children to sushi. But they eat nigiri and I was unaware that the sushi chef put a dash of Wasabi under the fish. My kids were surprised by this and it made for a difficult evening trying to get them to trust me when ordering. I was unaware that this was the practice because the fish is the best.

They liked the sushi. I still love the place.

OT
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could be one of the best meals I've ever had. Omakase is a splurge but worth it!

p
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was such a pleasant experience sitting at the bar, talking with our sushi chef and the plater, preparing the dishes coming out of the kitchen. The fish is so super fresh and top-quality - it simply melts in your mouth. I've eaten a lot of sushi and this is easily one of the best...

P
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing fish, very cool dishes, service extremely attentive, overall a great experience. The only thing I would say is that it is expensive, but then again they're getting the fish directly from Japan. Definitely worth a try.

f
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, great service, unusual selection of sashimi -- very fresh. My favorite sushi restaurant in San Francisco. Expensive -- but the value is definitely there!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered Omakase or chef's choice and it was amazing. We asked for no sea urchin and that request was honored. Delicious sushi in beautiful arrangements. Very pleased with our 2nd time there.

OT
Montreal
20 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very discrete resto that has been shared from a foodie friend. If you are 2 dinning, definitely eat at the sushi bar, as the experice is more fun than at a regular table, you will get your sushi freshly done and ready to eat right in front of you. Also, experience a nice bottle of Sake to embrace the full experience. The staff is very knowledgeable, they will recommend the best related to your taste.

TH
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, interesting, and fresh fish. Absolutely wonderful service. A real gem.

M
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They always make you feel so welcome
THE BEST SZuSHI in San Francisco for sure!

JM
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still some of the freshest tastiest fish in SF.
Excellent service, a great dining experience.
We try to eat here as often as possible.
Can’t miss!

n
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best sushi I’ve had. Omakase or bust.

C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Our favorite sushi place in tkwn

CC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

For a restaurant trying to position itself as a high end sushi restaurant, this place fails with the most basic aspect. We sat at the counter and had omakase; unfortunately the food was inconsistent at best. Many warm dishes coming out lukewarm; the shari (the rice) of sushi temperature was inconsistent from cold to properly warm. At a restaurant like this at this price point, expecting consistency shouldn’t be an unreasonable request

B
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best in the city. Well worth the investment. Sit at the bar and get the best the chefs have.

MA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 1

We ordered chawan mushi and its v v small maybe only 3 cm of chawan mushi in a small bowl and its a ripped off 12 usd dollar .. we ordered without the seafood and still charge for full.price for chawanmushi

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Attentive and friendly service, great food and environment!

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