Big beautiful rolls and a lovely selection of sake.
In all honesty, this is not a sushi lover's sushi joint: the nigiri and sashimi are not going to make you swoon. BUT! If you want fun rolls, great apps, and good sake, this is your spot. The rolls are creative and jam-packed, totally at home in California. Well worth the visit if your standards aren't through the roof!
Worst Service in the City. If I could give a zero stars rating I would do it. The wait staff at this restaruant is totally unprofessional and appears to be drunk and high. Get a clue and stay away from this terrible place!! There are too many other good restaurants in San Francisco to waste your time here.
Amazing Sushi, great atmosphere. I went to Tsunami for the first time tonight and was very pleased with my experience. Firstly, and most importantly, the sushi was incredible. The sashimi was fresh and had great texture; the rolls were large and delicious (spider roll and the mama san). Although I do agree with many of the reviews about the inattentive waitstaff, I must say that the absolute opposite was true of the sushi chefs. We sat at the sushi bar and had a wonderful experience being waited on by the sushi chefs, who were friendly, attentive, and very knowledgeable. The icing on the cake was the fun and trendy atmosphere, which I felt was not pretentious as I had heard.
Zagat Review Is Correct Somehow.
I always enjoy reading Zagat before going to places to eat. On this one Zagat underrated them but were close. Fish is amazingly super fresh with very pretty presentations... Sachimi is out of this world. I was there Wed when they offered a selection of fish I never heard off that was flown to them from Japan .. Very good.
Design is very nice but I have to dissagree with one of the reviews saying all energy went there.. I'm a designer.. this place is done very tastefully but does not seem to have cost too much.. I will not take away from it.. great feel.. Service was very good. My server explained sake bottles to me and helped me pick one.
One Star ... maybe. From all the amazing reviews, I thought this would be the best sushi in the city. Wrong, wrong, wrong. I went last night w a friend. It's trendy, I guess, and they def squeeze as many tables in there as possible. The service was s-l-o-w and our waitress in particular kind of hung around the table waiting for us to order more food even when we'd say 'so, I think that's all for now'. Odd. The fish is fresh, I'll give them that, but the rolls are totally small for the price and I highly recommend staying away from their Hawaiian Pokki Salad. Hawaiian Pokki is DICED tuna; this tuna has been pounded to the point where it looks like a sheet of mica. You can barely even see it given the super dark atmosphere and the fact that it's so thin. It ends up being warm - less density = gets warmer quicker - which doesn't help w it settling all that well. Overall, if you're looking for a marina-esque sushi place in the western addition - this is your place. If you want an amazing sushi experience for half the price, head over to Zushi Puzzle on Lombard. Fish is fresh, rolls are CREATIVE and big, and the staff is amazing!
WHAT, YOU HAVEN'T HEARD?. NOT IMPRESSED @ ALL. DEFINATELY FELT LIKE AN OUTSIDER IN THIS HIPSTER HAVEN. SUSHI IS PAR @ BEST, AND THE STAFF SEEMED TO BE WAY MORE INTERESTED IN THE INDIE ROCK BAND PLAYING LATER THAT NIGHT THAN THE MEAL I WAS ORDERING. I FREQUENT MANY SUSHI RESTAURANTS IN THE CITY THAT HAVE A GOOD BUZZ ABOUT THEM, BUT THIS ONE WAS WAY OVERRATED. LOWER YOUR PRICES, AND LEARN TO APPRECIATE YOUR CUSTOMERS. SERVICE IS WHAT ATTRACTS SOMEONE TO A RESTAURANT AND THE FOOD IS WHAT KEEPS THEM COMING BACK. AT THIS POINT THE FOOD IS DECENT, WHICH MEANS TSUNAMI HAS SOME WORK TO DO.
I have been here two times and I was struck by how relaxed the setting is it be sitting at the bar or lounge area although the lounge felt a bit tight at least the table we got. the place has a great energy about it with very cute servers who realy knew their product and very fun cute chefs working the bar.
We had sake bottle on both visits and both times the recommendation was excellent with way cheaper prices than I had at ozumo for example and much better list.
Tsunami only draw back is that there is no parking which caused us to be late both times. hostess first time was better then the second time which was on Wed & they were very busy & maybe thats why... Anyhows, I recoomend you order sake' with your food, get sachimi "chefs choice' oh my god, sushi made in heavon.
Great fish, but kinda pretentious. First of all, no qualms with the sushi. It was very tasty and fresh. The problem is that there are probably a dozen other sushi places with as good or better fish. In this competitive market, it is imperative for waitstaff to make each and every customer feel comfortable and wanted. I left tsunami feeling that I was neither welcomed nor wanted. I should elaborate, it wasn't that I was affirmatively mistreated, just that I felt like a leper. It seemed that the waitstaff was more concerned with themselves than with serving me. It was like being served by the "cool kid" in high-school who hasn't the time nor energy to acknowledge your presence. So next time, I'm going to Koo or Sushi Bistro or Sushi Groove or Kabuto . . . .
Loud and expensive mediocre sushi..
My wife and I have eaten at many sushi restaurants in the city. We have our favorites, but we also like to branch out and try new ones. Last night we took a friend to Tsunami and I was really dissapointed. I can't believe this place got a rating of 9.8!
The portions are very small, the prices are WAY above average.
Most of the sushi was just OK. Some sushi was really good, and one was really bad. The Ikura I ordered was showing signs of age - they eggs loose there firmness and start to get a "slimy" texture.
The music volume was WAY to high to have a conversation. Why was this spot marked as "romantic"? It must be because of the low cushion seating at one side which they try to push on you. Yes, they were cute, but I really just prefer tables.
The plus side is they have some really unusal offerings and the Sake list is huge. If you want to eat in a loud club-like setting with cutsie ambiance, this could be fun (but expensive).
But if you're going out for the food and conversation... I wouldn't recommend it.
Excellent. This place is gourgous in design and seems to offer the best sushi in the city. Fish is super fresh with emphasis on presentation. The chefs wear funky street clothes and they are all young and act very fun behind sushi bar. Now the killer in this place is the sake list that I dont think exists anywhere in this city .. we sampled couple of diffrent sakes then got a nice Junmai sake bottle that was excellent. All in all, this place is great but for those who are on "budgets" probably not the best spot for them.. it is not super expensive but not cheap either..
Not worth your money!!!. Cocktails are tasty, get in for happy hour if you can. Rolls are crazy expensive and small portioned. Menu is also pretty limited. Fish is fine, but not spectacular, and esp for the price. Service is friendly, middle tables are a bit cramped and close to one another. Total was $120 for two people incl 2 drinks each (one at happy hour) and we definitely WERE NOT full.
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