61 Division St
San Francisco, CA 94103
Why did we dine here? – Niku Steakhouse is a high end Steakhouse focuses on high quality meats including expensive A5 Wagyu from Japan. They have a high end butcher shop next door.
The folks running this restaurant are serious enough to get A5 tatoos! Executive Chef Steve Brown and the team from Omakase Restaurant Group (Omakase, Udon Time, Dumpling Time) has created a unique experience. Niku has an in-house butcher, Guy Crims, who also oversees the nose-to-tail butcher program at The Butcher Shop by Niku.
We came for some high end meat gluttony.
Check out our review of A5 Wagyu temple: Don’s de la Nature in Tokyo, Japan.
Insider Tip – They have a bar and a couple tables for walk ins.
Cuisine – Steakhouse, Japanese
Location – Design District
Opened – 2019
Service – Niku Steakhouse had very good service that faded as the place filled up. They are clearly trying to set a high bar.
Verdict – Niku Steakhouse is a high end Steakhouse focuses on high quality meats including expensive A5 Wagyu from Japan. The place is expensive, easily over $100 a person. A great treat for meat fans. Alexander’s Steakhouse San Francisco also has A4, A5 Wagyu.
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Maybe.
Niku Steakhouse Signature Dishes – Steak, A5 Wagyu
Niku Steakhouse’s Menu is fairly short with a good selection of appetizers. The large plates highlite the meats with the cheapest steak for 1, hanger steak at $45. The steaks for 2 start at $110. Ouch.
Tasting menu available.
Niku Steakhouse Food Picks:
Complimentary brioche bun with Wagyu fat butter hit the spot.
japanese A5 wagyu jerkey flight ($20) was an interesting starter with 3 types of wagyu seasoned differently. Fun to try once.
Kicking bull farms, charred, raw, pickled & preserved ($16) is a fancy veggie plate recommended by our server. Beautiful, good for vegetarians and not plentiful in quantity. Seems out of place in a strong meat den.
A5 ono Strip (4oz $100) is expensive but a must try at least once in your life. Very fatty, almost like foie gras. This is enough for 3 people to share. After a couple pieces you start gagging. You can cut this with a spoon.
40 day dry aged prime bone-in ribeye ($130) was a meat lovers cut. Tender presliced cuts along with a meaty bone. More than enough for 2. Nice crust, binchotan charcoal aroma. Side acommpanyments of kimchi, wasabi, bordelaise. Perfect medium rare.
Nitro potatoes, creme fraiche ($13) are great sides. Crispy friend potatoes with a nice crust. A Must.
Chocolate Miso ($16) Wagyu Fat Brownie w/ miso “dipping” dots, pineapple bubbles, wagyu caramel is a fancy dessert with nice balance of chocolate flavors. Keep space.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
True Romance Cocktail ($18) was fair and not balanced.
Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?