For locals and visitors to the San Francisco Bay Area alike, sushi is a popular cuisine choice that the coastal Bay Area caters widely to. The expansive sushi dining options throughout the San Francisco Bay Area range from cheap, on-the-go bites to authentic Omakase-style fine dining. In addition, the Bay Area’s geographic and cultural diversity lends itself to several types of sushi dining experiences and settings to choose from.

Fine Dining

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area looking for a traditional, fine dining sushi experience for your next celebration or special dinner in the city, look no further than San Francisco’s Kusakabe. Kusakabe, located downtown on Washington Street, is distinguished on Zagat’s “Best Japanese Restaurants in San Francisco” and coveted “50 Best Restaurants in San Francisco” awards pages among others for its high quality fish, exemplary service, and intimate atmosphere. Kusakabe is a Kaiseki-style restaurant, where multiple courses are served in a seasonal prix-fixe sushi meal in harmony with one another. Reviewing Bay Area customers on Yelp, Zagat, and Open Table all especially praised Kusakabe’s intimate setting and enjoyable personal interactions with the chefs and staff throughout their meal. For an inside look at Kusakabe’s example menu and precise food styling, check out their Eater 60-second Tasting Menu video! For your next great high-end, traditional sushi experience in the Bay Area, visit Kusakabe on 584 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94111.

Worth the Drive

North of San Francisco lies a Japanese-Pacific Fusion treasure: Sushi Ran in Sausalito, CA. Though a ferry ride and drive away from the city, the trip is well worth it according to reviewing customers and numerous awards on Zagat and Gayot. Sushi Ran is praised for its fresh fish, friendly staff, and creative sushi preparation and presentation. The impressive sake selection and Omakase-style dining option to watch the master chef prepare a prix-fixe meal frequently draw customers to the sushi bar area of the restaurant, where many applaud the chefs’ performances and exuberant personalities. Another popular choice is the restaurant’s outdoor seating, where many enjoy a beautiful view of Sausalito.   sushiran-sausalitoNext time you’re in Marin County and hoping for unforgettable Japanese cuisine, try Sushi Ran on 107 Caledonia St, Sausalito CA 94965.


Convenience (and Creativity!)

If you are craving high quality sushi, but are hoping not to make too big a dent in either your wallet or free time, Sushiritto has your solution. Rather than slicing sushi into traditional bite size, Sushiritto founder Peter Yen was inspired to blend Japanese and Latin American cuisine by creating a sushi burrito. Originating in downtown San Francisco, Sushiritto has expanded to six locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and two in New York City, where you can enjoy your burrito-sized sushi roll sitting down or on-the-go. The flavor selections often blend traditional Japanese ingredients with Latin American elements like peppers and guacamole. The sushi burrito has become a popular trend for its convenience and affordable prices, and has especially won over the hearts (and Instagram profiles) of young Bay Area food lovers looking for a creative twist on traditional sushi.   sushirritoTo mix up your sushi experience next time you’re looking for food on the go, visit Sushiritto at any of its six San Francisco and two New York City locations.

Thinking of Opening a Sushi Restaurant?

If you are looking to open a Japanese restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area or take your sushi restaurant to the next level, contact Piedmont Avenue Consulting at at 510-761-5895 to schedule a free consultation with Restaurant Expert David Mitroff, and visit our website to learn about our philosophy.  

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