Wako Japanese Restaurant

4.8
310 reviews
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Japanese
On Valentine’s Day, Wako offers a special menu for $150.00.

Wako offers two sets Tasting Menu. Both of our Tasting Menu featuring seasonal ingredients are used and are prepared in ways that aim to enhance their flavor and taste.

The seating capacity is 22 guests at a seating. We cannot accept reservation more than 4 guests.
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j
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding quality -- food, drink, service, setting

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NL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Top service experience from staffs and chef. Every course is a piece of art. Quality is exceptional. Highly recommended.

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OT
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Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was absolutely amazing!

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VT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

My mom and i got the second menu option, which is three courses of a long list of items. A lot of the items were hit or miss. Some were good, like the butterfish nigiri, hamachi nigiri, and cherry blossom dessert. But some were items i was not familiar with and maybe perhaps thats why i didnt enjoy them. The two that specifically come to mind was a piece of sushi made with Japanese mountain pepper. The flavor i would honestly compare to the taste of being maced 😂. The second item i did not enjoy was a piece of raw tuna (nigiri style) that was marinated in jalopeno that i did not enjoy as well. Overall, i feel like the menu items let me down and I was disappointed. I would not reccomend this to a friend.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Celebrating birthday and the food is good. This one of our favorite Sushi to go and dine.

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DK
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

We made a reservation but couldn't get a bar seat somehow. I don't get why they call it Omakase if they give you a table and serve dishes at once. Overall sushi quality was okay but not worth to be the price. I feel like it's def overpriced. Quality of fish was okay that I couldn't taste much difference. Quality of rice was okay but formed badly. Some sushi rices broke down into pieces. Portion of fish and rice was also not good.

I've tried other Omakase restaurants in SF but I'd put Wako into low scored place in my list. I'd never revisit the place unless they lower price or improve quality.

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New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were extremely pleased at having found this sushi restaurant in San Francisco. We like trying new places whenever we’re in town, and this place is on our return list. First, the decor was lovely: pristine, simple, and elegant. The service was impeccable. The noise level was perfect, allowing us to have a nice conversation between ourselves and with the sushi chef. But let’s not forget why we went, which was to eat. We ordered the Option 2 because we wanted to sample everything. From the first bite to the last, the restaurant delivered. We ate fish that we never would’ve thought or known to order on our own. All was delicately prepared and presented one by one for us to savor. That was the advantage of sitting at the sushi counter. I think that diners at tables got their sushi on a platter instead of one by one. I’m already looking forward to returning here on our next trip.

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AZ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High quality, well-presented food. Efficient and warm service. Strongly recommend.

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

My boyfriend and I visited Wako for his birthday, and the staff was extremely accommodating and moved us to the Sushi bar upon arrival after we requested it. We ordered the long Omakase menu and a bottle of Dassai 23, and the experience was truly incredible. There were so many beautifully crafted pieces of sushi and flavors were delicately balanced in every bite. The night was unforgettable, and we will definitely be back again to enjoy the chef’s creations. Apparently the menu is changed out about 6 or 7 times per year, so I am sure that next time will be another incredible night, but looking forward to the next menu!

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L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Tomo-san offers a creative yet unpretentious interpretation of a traditional omakase sushi dinner in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Outstanding!

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ED
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superior sushi based omakase. The offering oof seven little bites early in the courses was a revelation.

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r
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

いつ来ても常に最高のお寿司を出して頂けます。全て完璧です!
予約が取りにくいのは仕方ないですね。
ご馳走さまでした。本当に美味しかったです。

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We went in with high expectations but were generally underwhelmed. Fish flavor was muted, not much in way of enhancing the taste on most dishes and fish quality was average.

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RA
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Magnificent food - quality, taste, presentation are top-notch. Great food - the chef used different ingredients to bring out great tastes (but never overpowering) without dipping sauces. Wonderful experience.

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in the USA...We have traveled to Japan and Wako ranks right up there with the best sushi that we experienced during our travels. Highly recommended!

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RL
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was really good and unique. The sako pairing was also nice, although quite expensive. The only complaint is our waitress had really bad English and spoke with a very low volume, so we couldn't hear anything she said and missed out on all of the descriptions of the food

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s
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining here is like stepping into a cozy cabin, except that cabin is off the Pacific Ocean where you get the FRESHEST fish and seafood of your life. With a no frills menu, it gives you what you anticipate but the portions, flavors, and presentation bring color into the space. We celebrated a birthday here and the staff very super friendly. Definitely a worthwhile celebration and experience.

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

Best sushi in the city hands down

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r
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

サンフランシスコでこのような寿司懐石が食べられると思っていませんでした。丁寧な接客に行き届いた気配り、料理長さんの素敵な笑顔で、なお一層、お食事が美味しく感じられました。お寿司もとても素晴らしかったですが、一品料理もそれぞれに凝っていて季節を感じられるものでした。
素晴らしいお料理をありがとうございました。

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XX
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

This restaurant used to be good back when they still have order menu. The set menu has become a waste of money. Especially for the sushi only menu, I feel that the fish are not fresh any more.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good value, very smiley and friendly staffs. Love it!

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D
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding food. Every bite is a journey into so many surprisingly unique, delicious and balanced flavors, especially the nigiri.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always!!!

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o
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, especially the sushi. Nice, cozy atmosphere. Chefs are very personable as are the wait staff and front door staff. Definitely deserving of their Michelin star.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I’ve ever had, also the most expensive but it was for our 10 year anniversary. Having just 2 menu options will make the experience super easy for anyone new to Japanese cuisine. My wife and I both ordered #2 - it was a lot of food. I ended up eating a 2.5 combo :). If I did it again, the cheaper #1 (one less round of sushi) would be the perfect amount.

Even though it was fancy for us, it felt laid back and unintimidating.

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l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi and Japanese cuisine I've ever had. The fish was extremely fresh, and each nigiri was prepared with thoughtful, various embellishments in each bite. The tofu, homemade miso cream cheese, and eggplant appetizers (among others) were amazing. For a tasting menu, it left us feeling very satisfied; we were not bulging out of our waistbands, but happily filled with scrumptious fare that kept on coming at an even and lovely pace throughout the evening. The chefs are very friendly and the staff discreet and cheerful.

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MY
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! All the food were delicious.
We will be back!

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m
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

We have dined at Wako a number of times. It was a far better restaurant in the days one was able to order a la carte. Now one is obliged to take a multi-course omakase dinner. The portions are small and vary between good and unimpressive. Most of all, it is hugely overpriced. On this last visit our waitress was Mongolian rather than Japanese and we couldn't understand a word she was saying. In other words, it ain't what it used to be. We won't be back.

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HM
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my first omakase experience and it was a gem! Delectable, creative, and very friendly staff. A well deserved Michelin star.

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LB
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third time at wako, and I have yet to be disappointed. Food is incredible, service is friendly and pleasant, and ambiance is simple.
For the cost of a $95 tasting menu that includes 10 pieces of sushi from a Michelin star restaurant, this is a great value and wonderful experience. Will be returning!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience!! The food presentation was outstanding and the food was delicious!

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R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far, the best Japanese restaurant I have ever had in San Francisco. Excellent food quality, attentive service and cozy setting. Very pleasant experience and satisfied.

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Was traveling from LA and wanted to try a nice Michelin Omakase. After doing some research, came across this place. The service and staff were amazing, however the food left much to be desired. I’ve had better sushi at random local places in LA that didn’t cost close to 135$ pp. The best thing on the menu was the dessert. To be honest, I’m not even sure how they are Michelin rated. Maybe the menu they had when the critics came in was way better than what they served us but I was disappointed and felt a bit ripped off when we left. I would hate this review to ruin their business in anyway but if you’re charging close to 150$ pp, you really need to step your game up.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tomo is the best!! Love him and everything about that fantastic evening.

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PP
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had the $135 tasting menu. Not the best sushi I had in SF. But the food was good overall as is the service. Good value for the price.

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LH
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very authentic Japanese dining. Feel guilty of indulging ourselves. What the hack, it's a Birthday dinner, once a year!

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

Had our engagement here and lovely as always!!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall good

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

Great service, friendly chef

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing omakase experience with wonderful service. We’ll be back!

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