Japanese Restaurants in Tamalpais-Homestead Valley

Nihon Whisky Lounge – Up to 40% Off

Nihon Whisky Lounge

San Francisco

$50 $30

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Izakaya-style small plates, sashimi, and sushi with a contemporary twist; choose from 500 single-malt whiskeys to store in a private locker

30% Off at Sakesan Sushi & Bistro

Sakesan Sushi & Bistro

San Francisco

$40 $28

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At this sushi-focused spot, munch on a variety of fresh rolls, including vegetarian options, or try a hot pot or donburi

Up to 42% Off Japanese Small Plates at Izakaya Roku

Izakaya Roku

Mission Dolores

$30 $18

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Sharable snacks inspired by Japanese gastropubs, such as ramen salad, baked oysters, and avocado tempura, served with sake and imported beer

Sushi Rock – 40% Off Meal for Two

Sushi Rock

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

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Nigiri, sashimi, and maki rolls, as well as teriyaki entrees and special tempura house rolls

46% Off Chef's Tasting Menu at Barracuda Japanese Restaurant

Barracuda Japanese Restaurant

Castro

$72 $39

Chef's tasting menu rotates based on fresh catches, but includes miso soup, edamame, tempura, cucumber salad, sushi roll, & sashimi sampling

40% Off Japanese Food at Oolong Noodles

Oolong Noodles

Financial District

$30 $18

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Udon noodles made from scratch and flavored with miso, curry, and soy sauce; raw and cooked sushi rolls

Half Off at Japanese and Korean Cuisine at Sudachi Sushi

Sudachi Sushi

Civic Center

$24 $12

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Eclectic sushi rolls share menu space with teriyaki and udon dishes as well as Korean steak burgers

Up to 51% Off Sushi Meal at Taki Sushi

Taki Sushi

Richmond Annex

$28 $14

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Sushi chefs with more than 30 years combined experience compose a menu that includes sashimi and nearly 20 special rolls

Up to Half Off at Takara Japanese Ramen and Cuisine

Takara Japanese Ramen and Cuisine

El Camino

$20 $11

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Steamy bowls of the eatery's signature ramen come topped with a soft-boiled egg, and are available in six different flavor profiles

50% Off Japanese Cuisine at Kitcho

Kitcho

San Mateo

$30 $15

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Expertly plated Japanese cuisine including teriyaki bowls, sushi, and seafood sourced from Japan's famous Tsukiji Market

Up to 43% Off Japanese Food at Hamachi Restaurant and Lounge

Hamachi Restaurant and Lounge

Downtown Walnut Creek

$46 $29

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Brunch dishes such as coconut tuna ceviche alongside sushi rolls and Japanese dinners such as teriyaki beef and chicken katsu

Half Off at Jojo Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Jojo Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Santa Rosa

$30 $15

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Chefs artistically plate specialty rolls with colorful roe & torch-seared sauces

Up to 44% Off Japanese Food at Mikado

Mikado

North Los Altos

$24 $14

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Hibachi-grilled shrimp and filet mignon, stir-fried yakisoba noodles, and more than 85 types of sushi

35% Off Teriyaki at Happi House

Happi House

Multiple Locations

$20 $13

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Chicken, pork, and beef in a signature teriyaki sauce, served alongside tempura plates, noodle bowls, and the popular Asian chicken salad

Up to 48% Off at Infused Sushi & Bar

Infused Sushi & Bar

Sunnyvale

$25 $13

Servers pair glasses of wine, sake, or Japanese beer with sushi, bento boxes, and Asian appetizers such as eggrolls, crab rangoon, and gyoza

40% Off Japanese Cuisine at Sushi Blvd

Sushi Blvd

Sunnyvale

$25 $15

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Guests clink glasses of sake over dinners of tuna, salmon, and shrimp sushi rolls, salted edamame, yakitori chicken, and pot stickers

Up to 35% Off Traditional Japanese Cuisine at Hachi Ju Hachi

Hachi Ju Hachi

Madronia Historic

$60 $39

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Innovative eatery that earned Michelin nods for Best Value and Charming Restaurant serves up dishes such as pork-belly stew and sushi

Up to 40% Off at Sushi Boat Town

Sushi Boat Town

San Jose

$20 $12

Rolls of tuna, salmon, and squid emerge from the sushi bar on a wooden boat, served alongside entrees such as chicken and beef teriyaki

40% Off Dinner at Yamamori Sushi & Grill

Yamamori Sushi & Grill

Scotts Valley

$25 $15

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Along with sashimi, nigiri sushi, and a variety of rolls, Yamamori also has choices for vegetarians and those without a palate for raw fish

Select Local Merchants

Acclaimed restaurateur Yoshi Tome came to America for a teacher-exchange program, but he used his degree more in teaching Americans how to truly enjoy sushi. Today he owns the restaurant Sushi Ran, where his chefs craft entrees with fresh fish from local purveyors or from the Tsukiji market in Tokyo. Executive chef Scott Whitman has a plate for every taste—vegetarian options, seafood, and meaty entrees including slow-cooked duck breast and Vietnamese shaking beef. Meanwhile, executive sushi chef Nori Kusakabe rolls soft-shell crab, vegetables, and spicy tuna at the sushi bar. Wine director Gabriel Alamilla helps diners navigate the 300-bottle wine list and explore the collection of 30 small-production wines by the glass. He matches rieslings with raw fish and chardonnays with Japanese entrees. He can also recommend a selection from 30 different sakes, which are separated into four categories: fragrant, light/smooth, rich, and aged.

107 Caledonia St
Sausalito,
CA
US

Roy Lui and Chanel Liu, expert fish purveyors and Tsukiji Sushi Bar & Restaurant's proprietors, place veteran chef Haruo Komatsu at the helm of a kitchen stocked with fresh fish and tender Koshihikari rice. Sourced from the enormous Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, sushi staples including albacore tuna, salmon, and eel curl up in sleeping bags of salty rice and seaweed alongside more exotic offerings such as sea urchin, flying-fish roe, giant clam, and lightly grilled submarine. At the sushi bar, chef Komatsu awes onlookers in seven nearby seats as he deftly slices rolls and doles them out for immediate consumption.

24 Sunnyside Ave
Mill Valley,
CA
US

Sushi Taka: A User’s Guide

Build-Your-Own Maki | Signature Rolls | Creative Catering

Build-Your-Own Menu

  • Protein: chicken teriyaki, tuna, or unagi
  • Garnish: avocado, tobiko, kimchi, or marinated jalapeño
  • Sauce: mild miso, chili, or mayo

    Inside Tip: Though customizable rolls are the top seller, you can also opt for signature selections such as the miso sushi roll with salmon, tuna, fish cake, seaweed salad, and pickled radish.

    Vocab Lesson
    Kimchi: a spicy-and-sour mix of fermented veggies such as cabbage, radish, and cucumber that’s popular in Korea
    Tobiko: flying fish roe; its red-orange color and crunchy texture make it a popular garnish for sushi

    While You’re in the Neighborhood: After dinner, sip a drink while listening to a live DJ at EZ5 (684 Commerical Street).

600 Kearny St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Taste the face-melting guitar solos a single sushi on Ace's menu can pull off with one grain of rice tied behind its back. Octopus nigiri ($3.50), scallop sashimi ($8.50), and chicken teriykai skewers ($7.80) crescendo appetites into the main course. Try Ace's signature mango lobster specialty roll with cilantro, spicy mayo, and macadamia nuts ($9). Creative rolls such as the Scorpion (crunchy rock shrimp, scallop, and caramelized pecans wrapped with mango and avocado, $11.50) and the Ozzy (tempura shrimp wrapped with crab, avocado, jalapenos, tobiko, and spicy mayo, $12.50) along with more traditional tastes such as a California roll ($5.25) and dragon roll ($13.50) satisfy any sushi ace.

3339 Steiner St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Live Sushi Bar, Live Sushi Bistro, and Live Sushi Mission blend tradition with innovation in the rice-wrapped fish arts at all three of its welcoming restaurants, including the newest Live Sushi outpost in the Mission. All three distinct locations share lunch, dinner, and drink menus, as well as experienced staff and sushi chefs who demonstrate their skills at a sushi bar outfitted with seats for dining spectators. Here, the chefs carefully assemble nigiri and complex rolls such as the deep-fried california roll topped with bonito and the Romeo and Juliet roll that tells a love story in three acts of hamachi, shrimp tempura, and spicy unagi sauce. A live scallop entree showcases the mollusk’s culinary range by serving it nigiri style and tempura-fried, and horse mackerel comes lightly seared and dressed in a special sauce. Live Sushi’s drink menu lists 25 premium sakes, including junmai, ginjo, daigingo, and honjonzo varieties, to accompany the seafaring fare.

4808 Mission St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Asian food is a familiar part of California's culinary scene, but Nombe Restaurant’s Japanese-style tapas and brunch still manage to surprise. At dinner, parties can share small plates of deep-fried brussels sprouts with oranges and fish sauce, or they can indulge in a seven-course Kaiseki meal. The brunch menu hits sweeter notes; beignets with chocolate-orange sauce, and nori and wasabi hollandaise color a Japanese-style benedict.

Nombe actually translates to “someone who likes to drink heartily,” so of course the restaurant features a thoughtful selection of libations. In addition to 90 kinds of sake and 8 Japanese beers, patrons can sip on blood-orange mimosas and bloody marys spiced with shichimi togarashi. Onsite sake classes help diners avoid an embarrassing mix-up between rice wine and rice vinegar, and traditional Japanese sushi-making/team-building classes give them a turn inside the kitchen.

2491 Mission St
San Francisco,
CA
US