Niku Steakhouse, San Francisco Review


Niku Steakhouse

61 Division St

San Francisco, CA 94103


Niku Steakhouse Website

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.

Niku steakhouse San Francisco interior decor

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.

Website Niku Steakhouse Menu

Niku Steakhouse Food Picks:
Complimentary brioche bun with Wagyu fat butter hit the spot.

Niku steakhouse San Francisco japanese A5 wagyu jerky flight

japanese A5 wagyu jerkey flight ($20) was an interesting starter with 3 types of wagyu seasoned differently. Fun to try once.

Niku steakhouse San Francisco kicking bull farms vegetables

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.

Niku steakhouse San Francisco A5 Wagyu

Niku steakhouse San Francisco A5 ono ny strip 4oz

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.

Niku steakhouse San Francisco 40 day dry aged prime bonein ribeye

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.

Niku steakhouse San Francisco nitro potatoes

Nitro potatoes, creme fraiche ($13) are great sides. Crispy friend potatoes with a nice crust. A Must.

Niku steakhouse San Francisco Chocolate Miso Dessert

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?

Restaurant Map:

Niku Steakhouse Overall Rating: (Excellent 3)

Come Back?

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

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

Alcohol:Full Bar

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