Best Sushi in town. EXCELLENT Sashimi! The place is casual (we sat at the sushi bar), unpretentious and the price was right. Service was good as well. We will be back for the Hamachi, Sake, Albacore, Tuna, and Waloo Sashimi. Wonderful!
Avoid at lunch hour.
When I visited San Francisco the one thing I told my boyfriend I wanted was good sushi. Now, being from Chicago we have some tasty sushi here, but I thought San Francisco would be even better. I have a feeling I'm right, but it was not proven at this restaurant.
We were walking around the neighborhood looking for a late lunch (it was 3 pm) and stumbled across this restaurant. They looked relatively empty, which we attributed to the time we visited. When we walked in they looked at us like they were close, even though the door was open and the open sign was there.
They informed us that they just started serving lunch a few days ago, and it was clear they were working out some kinks. The server gave us a very small menu without any of the interesting maki rolls on the regular menu. Our choices were pretty much California and Spicy Tuna. Since I was starving and craving sushi, I went ahead and ordered what they had. My boyfriend stuck with a chicken dish.
The server seemed a little new. When asked about a couple rolls on the menu he could not tell me what they were made of. When he brought out the miso soup he didn't give us anything to eat it with (spoons are helpful).
Overall I thought my food was, well, disgusting. The spicy tuna roll was bland and the california roll tasted like crab salad. The chicken my boyfriend had was far better than my food. For a moment I blamed it on myself for choosing sushi at that time of the day, but then I remembered my favorite restaurant in Chicago has AWESOME sushi from the minute they open at lunchtime.
From the other reviews it seems that the dinner hour is better than their new lunch hour. I would not recommend going there for lunch, or at least let them work out the kinks first.
Good sushi, wonderful service, above-and-beyond effort from staff.
Unlike other reviewers, I experienced fantastic service on my visit. My hotel (Ritz Carlton) concierge TOTALLY screwed up the reservation, booking my party in to the restaurant 10 minutes before they stop serving food, even though the restaurant told them this. When we arrived, Mike (our server) was very hospitable, bending over backwards to make sure we got our dinner order in, and that we didn't feel rushed. He even brought by a couple items on the house for us to try out. Throughout the entire experience I felt very well taken care of.
We sat at the bar, and avoided the kitchen entrance as suggested by another reviewer. :-) The sushi was OK. I'm from Seattle so we steered clear of the obviously-farmed salmon. The uni was OK-to-good: this was the first time I'd had it sans nori. Hamachi was OK: a little tough. We had Hawaiian butter fish and it was really good; a lovely preparation. Ama ebi was very good: this was the first restaurant where I've had it served with lime and it was REALLY tasty. The toro was very good, though a little stringy (as it can be). Mike's recommendations for sake were dead on.
We talked with the sushi chef (young but gregarious and helpful). He mentioned that he orders the fish from the wholesaler and takes what he's given. In the best sushi places I've been to the chef hand selects the fish, and that's what makes them the best. Even so, the preparations were good, the fish were OK, and the overall quality was good. I felt that I got my money's worth. We had about 12 orders of sushi, two carafes of sake and the order came to just over $100. Not outrageous compared to other places I've been.
Perhaps when the restaurant is busy the service suffers, but my experience was of a restaurant who didn't make a single mistake, yet doing their best to make up for a bad situation their customer was in. I appreciated it, and will definitely visit again on future trips to the Bay Area.
Great Food, Not so great service.
Every time I go here, I have some sort of issue. On our first visit, we made a reservation then arrived on time, only to stand in the entryway for 15 minutes. We were actually debating leaving when a gentlemen seated us without even an apology-we were later told he was the owner. On our next visit, we made reservations on the same day but when we got to the restaurant, they had no record of it. One last visit, we were seated promptly and thought this was going to be our lucky day-but soon realized that there appeared to be one waitress working the whole room. After eating spicy rolls, not one of us had a drop of water in our glasses yet we couldn't find our waitress. She finally showed up asking if we wanted more sake, not noticing empty water glasses....
The food is superb though so we'll probably just keep going back....
Good sushi, decent service, great atmosphere. The lighting is warm, dim, and inviting. The fish is pretty good; their roll selection is decent. Their cooked meals are good too. This is one of the most crowded restaurants on Chestnut St on a Saturday night; reservations are suggested. The bar is very very small so most people sit at mini-tables. I've heard there are better places but this was convinient for me and I ate there often when I lived in the area. I much prefer certain SoCal bars for sashimi but for a group where some might not eat fish, this works well.
Very Romantic With Tasty rolls. My girlfriend and i decided to go out for sushi and enjoying trying all of the different sushi spots in town, but we had great time at this restaurant. The Rolls were Delicious! I am not one to leave and rolls behind but they were great AND filling. Cant wait to go back.
fun place. I came here with a large group and definitely had a good time. They had a great sake menu. The rolls were slightly above average, but the atmosphere, service and sake made up for a great dining experience.
Creative rolls. I'd heard good things about Nakedfish and finally got to try it. I'm not sure that it completely lived up the the expectations, but it was very good. We tried a few spicy tuna creations and liked every one of them. Their Sake menu was impressive and they had a very large menu for people that don't like sushi which is not so typical at sushi places that I usually like. The service was nice too. Will be returning.
Expensive sushi in a trendy spot.
This place has good sushi, don't get me wrong. The roll selection isn't as varied as I would like, but the food is solid. What isn't solid is: 1) the price of the rolls - ridiculous for the taste; 2) music - usually the techno is bumping so loud you can't think; and 3) the scene - very trendy and marina-esque. more people are there to be seen than to enjoy a nice dinner.
I think if they added some items to the menu and made their rolls a little bigger (i.e. bigger portions) this place would be worth the money. But if you want good sushi at a better price and a less annoying atmosphere, Zushi Puzzle on lombard is just around the corner and a better expenditure of your money.
Understaffed??. The sushi here was decent, not bad, but not great either, just average. I think they are understaffed though, it took about 15 minutes before our order was taken. After our order was taken, it took another 20-25 mintues before our dishes came out. For the price I was paying for my food, I'd expect a lot better service.
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