445 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94118
Bike Parking: No
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Caterers, Sushi
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
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07/12/2005Provided by Citysearch -
This place was a nice surprise. The sushi is very fresh and the pieces are pretty large. We weren't headed for here, but went in when another restaurant left us sitting there for 15 minutes without as much as a hello, so we went here. Have been back a few times. Very gracious service. And as for the rolls, everybody is right, they are delicious.
07/14/2005Provided by Citysearch -
How is this place is rated so high???? There are much better places that get lower ratings than this place. I don't understand the reviews here that say it's the best sushi and I really think they have ever eaten good sushi. I don't think you can call this kind of food sushi.... \n\nHonestly the only good thing here were the hot appetizers. But they came in tiny quantities and cost like around $10. The Hot Love and the Lava flow were good and pricey and small.\n\nI went here about three times and I have to say if you like fresh fish, and good quality don't come here. Everything else I ate here was pretty bland and tasteless. I ordered the sashimi combo, supposedly the best fish of the day, and it was pretty bad. The tuna tasted frozen, and the Snapper was for sure frozen. The cuts were overly large (some people think it is a good thing) which isnt so good when the fish isn't so good.\n\nI can't recommend this as Japanese food, or a good place for fresh fish. If you have to come here get the cooked stuff. If you want rolls with random things in it that hide the freshness of the fish then this is the place for you. Definately over-rated.
07/22/2005Provided by Citysearch -
Sushi Bistro is currently ranked #1 for Best Of Sushi on Citysearch for 2005 so we went to check it out. There are SO many good rolls to choose from! The nigiri sushi was fresh also. I even liked the rolls that had mango in them. It sounds strange but it works! Definitely going to go back and try some of the other rolls.
03/02/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I've been coming here since I moved to the city, around 2 years ago. The food is always top notch and they keep the menu interesting. Sashimi fans will not be disappointed - the portions of fish are huge and they are the freshest I've ever had. I recommend the Tuna, Albacore, Yellowtail, and Aji. \n\nThe rolls are creative and flavorful. I recommend the Watermelon Man, 49er Roll, C-2, Yellowtail Basil, and Stinky Salmon. \n\nThe people here are awesome, Xin the chef keeps me sitting at the Bar. Debbie and Dave are attentive and helpful servers. I couldn't imagine a better neighborhood sushi bar that I can go to whenevs. Yay!
03/09/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Been to this place a couple of times, but my most recent experience is what prompted me to compose this review.\n\nI went to Sushi Bistro with a group of 22 for my birthday (there are probably only 30 seats in the entire restaurant). From start to finish, the entire experience went flawlessly. My Girlfriend called for the reservation and was given no guff about the number of guests. The two of us arrived very early due to our combined nervousness about how the night would go, and we were seated at an empty table (just to wait) and offered drinks while we waited. We were seated (all 22 of us) within 10 minutes of our reservation time. Service at dinner was handled by one waiter who, despite it all, still managed to make everyone feel like they were being specially cared for. The food was spectacular although this is not the thrust of my review (if you haven't tried sushi bistro, do yourself a favor, and if you haven't had butterfish, do yourself another favor while your doing yourself the first favor). The waiter was fun and youthful, and even agreed to do a sake bomb with my group! Towards the end of our meal, the lights in the entire restaurant were dimmed while my complimentary green tea and vanilla/coconut ice cream with deep fried bananas dessert was brought out. I noticed that both the waiter and the owner were actively participating in the singing of the birthday song =). Afterwards, the bill came promptly and there were no hangups. All in All, a perfect 10 for service and experience (and seriously, the sushi is deeelicious).\n\nIf you live in the area (balboa and sixth) you probably already love this place. If you don't trust me that it is worth the trek out there. Try this place!!
03/10/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My first visit was when the restaurant first opened. Since there was such buzz among my sushi loving friends, I went back. Both visits were disappointing. Kudos to the menu writer as the descriptions sound amazing however the execution is poor. We ordered a yellow tail & sea bass special roll from the daily menu - to our disappointment - the fish was cooked! No where was it indicated nor mentioned that the fish would be cooked in a sushi roll. The nigiri sushi had slabs (larger than usual slices) of fish, however the flavor & texture was not the best & rice (the true art of sushi) was non-descript. Dinner (all sushi w/1 small sake) was $100 for 2. So if huge pieces of fish = great sushi this is the place for you.
07/14/2004Provided by Citysearch -
... I walked past Bistro and I saw Xin walking out with a box of fish. I said, ""Hey, aren't the fish supposed to come IN in boxes and go OUT in bellies?"" He replied, ""I don't like this one, so I'm sending it back."" I had found my sushi place... \n -- P.S. Get full on sushi at lunch for $7 -- \nI don't eat sushi anywhere besides Bistro because there's no point; Xinwei & Debbie serve up the freshest fish at the best prices. Sumptous specials change daily, heavenly Hawaiian rolls and appetizers are unique and unbelievable, flavor and texture combinations delight the most discriminating palate, and the not-so-bold will enjoy the huge selection of standard Japanese fare is anything but. This owner-operated gem is well worth the trip! MUST TRY: Spicy Crunch Roll, Lava Flow, Ahi Tartar, Baby Lobster Salad, daily specials, Jonas Roll.
04/28/2004Provided by Citysearch -
Eating at Sushi Bistro is like being on vacation in Hawaii! This place has everything-excellent food, friendly service and a lively atmosphere! I have enjoyed lots of delicious traditional sushi favorites like the tempura, spicy tuna hand rolls, Caterpillar roll and Rainbow rolls. But it was the new items and different types of fish that really make me want to go back for more. Sushi Bistro's must tries are the Baby lobster hand rolls, Pompano and/or Kampachi sushi, Tuna Carpaccio and the awesome Waikiki roll! Best of all the Bistro's owners welcomed me like friends which made dining there a truly excellent sushi experience!
07/24/2004Provided by Citysearch -
I love Sushi Bistro!! I am a huge fan of sushi, and this is the place that keeps me coming back. \n\nThe Unagi melts in your mouth, the Salmon makes you moan, and the Baby Lobster handrolls take all of your troubles away.\n\nThe place is very chill. The chef, Xin, is such a great guy. You'll want to hang out with him at the bar. Debbie, will serve you everything with a genuine smile. \n\nSimultaneously, you will feel like you are removed from the daily grind and right where you're supposed to be. Definitely give it a try. You'll be back for more!!\n\nhappy times\n\n\n\n