Akiko's Restaurant and Sushi Bar
431 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94108
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.
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.
Akiko’s Restaurant Food Picks:
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.
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!)
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)
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?