No. Just no..
Please don't eat here. Please. While the all-you-can-eat here is a reasonable $19.95, the service is just lousy. The food took more than 20 minutes to come to our table and when that was finished, it took our server another 10 minutes to come by and check on us. And she never once refilled my water. Also, most of our nigiri sushi looked old and dried out. Not to mention, it appeared they used the cheapest, most unattractive cuts of fish. The dining area is a mess. One of the tables next to us was stacked high with napkins and cutlery. This, mind you, was at 7:30pm, which is prime dinner service time. The decorations were blah and for some reason they have a huge filthy projection screen in one corner of the restaurant. If you're going to eat sushi in this area, you might as well go across the street to Sushi Rock, which is far superior.
Good food, bad service.
I heard about they have $20 all you can eat on Wed/Sun nights so I went and tried it, I have to say I'm pretty impressed with the food. But the service was just horrible, after I ordered my first round the staff pretty much ignored us, they're afraid that we'll order again since it's all you can eat. But I'll still go back for the food.
Good Japanese Food in a Spare Environment.
Good Japanese food done simply. A nice little restaurant tucked away in Russian Hill - the place is small, so it's not for a large party, but great for a moderately-priced dinner with the significant other or best friend after work, or on a low-key weekend evening. The movie projections serve as conversation starters.
It grew on me.
I first went to nara in the fall of 2005 and must say that I was rather disappointed. So much time having passed, it is impossible for me to remember why. Upon returning, I have to question my prior assessment. Either something has drastically changed, or I was dead wrong. Nara is excellent, centrally located, and inexpensive. The fish was very good (and when given a premium for the low price, was superb). The atmosphere is somewhat less than romantic, but this does not detract much from the experience. The kicker is the price. I dine at some of the more expensive sushi restaurants in the city (sushi groove) where my bills have been as much as $130 for two people. Nara has never been over $35. Try it.
One of our Favorite Sushi Places in town.
Good size (large) pieces, great quality, highly recommended. Not over priced. great atmosphere, good for groups, Like the japanese anomation playing on the wall. Great take out.
worst sushi place in the SF.
DO NOT EAT AT NARA!! Sub average fish and the worst service you money can buy. It took them 30 mins after I ordered to bring out the miso soup. 2 of us (a non packed crowd) on Sunday night...messed up our simple order, finally walked out after 45 mins.
They're actually Japanese!.
I'm sad to discover that many Japanese restaurants in SF are operated by other Asians. There's usually a difference in flavor that I can tell. Thankfully, the people at Nara are actually Japanese. Whenever you go into an actual Japanese restaurant, it's custom for them to greet you in Japanese. I like the dishes here and I go often enough for them to recognize me. I'll agree with the other reviewers that the service is not always the best, but as far as taste and value, this is one of my favorites.
a local chimes in.
i also live within stumbling distance of nara and have to agree about the sub-standard service there. the fish is decent and the prices are fair, but the service is always painfully slow. this is not a good place to go if you're in a hurry, but otherwise it's a fine place to grab some sushi. bonus points for the atmospheric drum n' bass they have been playing lately. if the service was as progressive as the music, i'd eat at nara every week.
AMAZING PRICE FOR AN AMAZING APPETITE.
The food is terrific! It is delicious, fantastic, and definitely affordable! The chefs and the waitresses are entertaining and kind. The people and the place can make one feel warm and definitely welcome. The Wednesday and Sunday deals are unbeatable! Come on! All you can eat deal for great food??? What more can one ask for? They rock Polk street when it comes to great Japanese food! Once you try it, you can plan on coming back... keep up the good work guys!