Don't waste your time with sushi here; Ramen is where it's at. If you're unsure of how to order it, I recommend the #12 (Katanaya Ramen), with miso broth, and I like it extra spicy. You get a nice array of goodies atop your noodles, from egg, to potstickers, to good old fried chicken. There may be a line out front, but trust me: it's worth the wait.
You can enjoy good Ramen compare favorably with Tokyo's one.
I am Japanese. I visited SF from Tokyo. I strongly recommend Miso Ramen of Katanaya. That is the one of best Ramen in the outside of Japan. I can't comment other food because I ate only Ramen in there. It is worth visiting this restaurant for especially Japanese who want and yearn for Ramen.
BTW, the map on the site was wrong. This restaurant is in Geary street, between Taylor st. and Mason st..
Awesome sushi and ramen in the heart of Union Square, San Francisco. This is a very non-pretentious, small, but clean sushi restaurant that focuses on what's really important - quality sushi and really hearty ramens and udon noodle soups. I love this place. The prices are reasonable, yet, they offer a wide variety of creative sushi rolls, fresh nigiri and sashimi that melts in your mouth, and very true authentic Japanese cuisine. I am a sushi freak and expert. I've been to many, many sushi restaurants all over the Bay Area, and this place, by far, beats a lot of the restaurants even in Japan Town, Richmond and Sunset Districts in SF. Trust when I say that this place is well worth your while to have lunch and dinner. I highly recommend getting there between 5:30pm and 6:15pm to avoid the dinner rush (it literally packs up by 6:15pm and then a line forms right about that time), or after 8:00pm. You won't be sorry you waited though if you get stuck in line. Enjoy!
A bustling closet-sized downtown restaurant said to serve up some of the best ramen this side of Japantown.. Fans of the steaming bowls of noodle soup found on the cheap in Japan and China have a hard time finding slurp-worthy comparisons stateside, particularly in San Francisco. Katana-ya has found a cult-like clientele by specializing in the giant bowls of Asian comfort food, topped with everything from the popular barbecue pork called char siu to a simple sprinkling of green onions and nori flakes. The menu, which differs only slightly from lunch to dinner, features a few choice rolls and some standard nigiri options, but it's obvious in a glance around the small dining room that the ramen (and its noodle brethren, udon and soba) is where it's at. To wash it down--particularly the spicy broth variety that warrants an extinguisher--opt for a shochu rather than the standard sake.
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