Akiko’s Restaurant, San Francisco

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Akiko's Restaurant and Sushi Bar

431 Bush St

San Francisco, CA 94108

415-397-3218

Akiko's Restaurant and Sushi Bar Website

Akikos San Francisco exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Akiko’s Restaurant is a small Japanese restaurant that has been on our list for a while. They are known for serving fresh fish but now have a lots of competition from newcomers. (Kusakabe, Yoshizumi, Juni, An, etc) The restaurant is stealth, without a sign in the front. It is located below the irish bar sign. They had a chef change from Ricky Yap to Geoffrey Lee in 2014.

Akikos San Francisco interior decor

Insider Tip – Make reservations, lunch is cheaper

Cuisine – Japanese
Location – San Francisco Financial District
Opened – 2005

Service – Akiko’s Restaurant had decent service but with so few servers covering a range of tables, there were pauses. The folks are friendly and helpful though.
Verdict – Akiko’s Restaurant is a very good Japanese restaurant, serving excellent fresh fish. While the food is very good, the restaurant is ranked in the realm below the top places like Kusakabe ($150 Omakase) and Sushi Yoshizumi of San Mateo. This restaurant does have the advantage of having a menu to select items from, where the other serious places are omakase only. Not good if you have a carnivore, vegetarian, or allergy in your group.

If you are on a budget, eat here during lunch.

Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes 30 minute? Maybe 1 Hour? Maybe

Akiko’s Restaurant Signature Dishes – Omakase, Sashimi, Sushi

Akiko’s Restaurant’s Menu has a good variety of Japanese dishes including a daily updated menu with the latest seafood and where it came from. They had 4 kinds of uni! Their lunch menu includes lower cost items like combination dishes.

Website Akiko’s Restaurant Menu

Akiko’s Restaurant Food Picks:

Akikos San Francisco Agedashi Tofu

Agedashi Tofu

Akikos San Francisco Omakase (1)

Akikos San Francisco Omakase (4)

Akikos San Francisco Omakase (3)

Akikos San Francisco Omakase (2)

Omakase (Roughly $100-110) took about an hour for 13 items plus Agedashi Tofu. A very good omakase with quality ingredients, some of which were not on the menu.

Akikos San Francisco A5 Wagyu Sushi

A5 Miyazaki Wagyu

Included were: Katsuo Sashimi, Shima Aji Sashimi (Striped Jack white Trevalley – Hokkaido) , Umimasu Sashimi, Madai Sashimi.
Mirugai Nigiri (Giant Clam – Washington), Nama Uni Nigiri (Sea urchin – Hokkaido), Zuwai Gani Nigiri, Kamasu Nigiri, Tsuri Aji Nigiri, Aka Mutsu Nigiri (red fish deep grouper – Wakayama), Kinmedai Nigiri, Anago Nigiri, A5 Miyazaki Wagyu (Japanese Black Cattle – Hokkaido). (A $12.50 bite!)

Akikos San Francisco Sashimi Tasting

Sashimi Tasting ($34) was a nice plate full of fresh fish cut just right. A varied assortment of the less expensive items.

Ohitashi – Spinach Salad ($4) was beautiful and hit the mark.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)

Akikos San Francisco Gyu Yakimono

Gyu Yakimono ($30) had good quality beef, but was drowned in an overly sweet sauce.

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
Miso Soup ($3) A bit salty

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

Akiko's Restaurant and Sushi Bar Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Very Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Attire:Dressy
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes

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