Fish used to be served folded over, and rice was served woven into a basket before sushi proved how delightful rolled-up food could be. For $25, today's Groupon gets you $55 worth of inspired sushi creations at Ace Wasabi's Rock 'n' Roll Sushi. Ace is the Marina's top spot for high-quality sushi with rock 'n' roll spirit; it's "like Hard Rock Cafe with sushi—excellent sushi," according to SF Weekly.
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.
Sushi is a celebration of bold ingredients brought together in one small rice room where anything can happen and the cameras are always on. Frommer’s calls Ace's rice room "young" and "hip," and the San Francisco Chronicle says the best seats are in the back, where bare brick walls and red and black tables make a casual vibe. Be sure to call ahead to make a reservation, and mention your Groupon.
Not valid toward the Tuesday-night special or happy-hour pricing.
- What differentiates this Marina hot spot from the usual sushi spots around town are the unique combinations, the varied menu, and the young, hip atmosphere. – Frommer’s
- Ace Wasabi keeps on improving on a classic – Robin Davis, San Francisco Chronicle
- The rolls, despite cutesy names (49er, Steiner), are splendidly imaginative, especially the crawfish roll and the Flying Kamikaze Roll. Traditional sushi dishes are also flawless. Everything's fresh, and nothing's too expensive. – SF Weekly
- We LOVE the food (scorpion roll, scallop tempura, lobster hand rolls, some kirin and some nigori), not to mention the wondeful [sic] staff…I give them and A+ on customer service. – cjudylopez, Citysearch