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Moki's Sushi & Pacific Grill

615 Cortland Ave (at at Moultrie)
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 970-9336
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Moki's Sushi & Pacific Grill - San Francisco, CA


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I've been eating sushi for over 20 years and I have to say I gotten a little bored with precious, completely authentic and generally overpriced sushi. Food, like art, is not stati...


Moki's mediocre sushi doesn't live up to the hype. Decent quality, kinda fresh, but nothing extroardinary to justify the long wait. Their fusion-y rolls fell victim to excess: a...

Avoid Sushi 11/26/2007

Please have at least one Japanese chef who knows about Sushi. Pros: location Cons: sushi more

good rolls, good crowd 7/2/2007

Moki's moved down the street to a larger location, it's a local gem of the Bernal Heights area. The rolls are more innovative than usual - take the Drum Roll with mango or the Moki Special with jalepeno - you might thnk it's strange but both are delicious. We weren't wowed by the ribs appetizer but enjoyed the fried calamari. The new place is more completely decorated and allows more of its eccetic and loyal patrons to dine, it has a low-key yet hip vibe. During peak dining expect to wait. Pros: Good service and food more

Go for the Grill not the sushi! 4/12/2007

Sadly, yet once again my hopes for a great sushi restaurant find in noe/mission/bernal neighborhood have been thwarted. We had two maki rolls (something that claimed to have eel and the other that if viewed through a microscope would have revealed salmon), but all I tasted was rice. The 3 seaweed salad was good. But the items from the grill were definitely better than the so called ""sushi"" dishes. We had the shrimp which was a little mild and lacking but the 2 items I liked were the baby back ribs with wasabi mash potatoes and the chicken satay. Good authentic pacific flavors there. I enjoyed their saki selection and personable service. Next time I am going to go for their fish entrees. I think this place has potential, so going to give it another chance. Pros: Grill, fresh items, sake selection Cons: Sushi, Pricey more

Very good sushi, if not ""authentic"" 11/21/2006

I've been eating sushi for over 20 years and I have to say I gotten a little bored with precious, completely authentic and generally overpriced sushi. Food, like art, is not static and it's great to try the innovative/funky combinations here. Love. more

My Favorite 11/17/2006

Not only are the prices resonable and the sushi innovative but it is consistently fresh and delicious. The staff is friendly and hip but not too hip. For those of you who prefer a more traditional sushi experience this may not be the place for you. But if you like your sushi with mango, macadamie nuts or perhaps some jalapeno then go for it. They also have a wide selection of other non sushi non traditional dishes as well as some great vegan treats on occasion. The new place gets a little noisy so we try and go early and avoid the crowds. But mokis, hands down, is my favorite sushi place in the city. more

i dont understand the hype 11/1/2006

there are many sushi places to eat but this place is fancy sushi, that is not worth it. it fushion and it's different, but for my buck i rather go to jimisan.. which is different, bigger and a lot more tasty! Pros: near my house more

Everything fresh and delicious/ great neighborhood spot! 9/26/2006

Last Tuesday, my friend took me for my first time at Moki's new location on Cortland. Everything we had was so good. The blue cheese pear salad was excellent as was the delicious drum roll which is crab mix, mango and mint. Also enjoyed the fresh hamachi nigiri and the sake sashimi in the shape of a beautiful big flower. Everything the chefs put out is creative and tastes so good. Dessert was a delicious Persian lime tart. more

Great New Space, Same Fab Food 9/23/2006

Heard to believe previous user review - we've eaten at Moki's at least ten times in the last six months and haven't had anything less than a GREAT meal...EVER. LOVE their new space: the burnt red and gold walls give it a warm, cozy feel, much like their previous location (miss the patio, but hear their landlord at the old place forced them out). The fish is SUPER fresh and generously portioned, the rolls are creative and stuffed with wonderfully different ingredients like arugula, cilantro, mango, etc. Our vegetarian friends always find plenty on the menu to eat, also things like salads and grilled foods as well for people who don't like sushi. Our current favorite rolls include the Ecstasy (mmm), Salmon Ceviche maki, Stop Drop and Roll (spicy hotate and veggies). Girlfriend LOVES the Pear and Blue Cheese Salad and the Chocolate Decadence dessert (awesome). The place has quieted down considerably since they've added special ceiling tiles, and the service has also gotten WAAAY better than old location had. We love to go there and people watch, as the place is full of funky SF locals. Really, you can't miss with this place - definitely our FAVORITE sushi-plus place. Pros: Tasty and consistently good food, cute servers and sushi chefs Cons: Often crowded, but worth the wait more

Stick to the cooked food - look elsewhere for good sushi 8/14/2006

I love sushi and this place was so far below average, it's not even worth a shot. I went with a group so we sampled a pretty good % of the menu, and there was nothing good to report. The mango/ahi spring rolls tasted like bitter cabbage and the mango was crunchy! How do you serve that? And, the sushi... There was too much rice in the nigiri and the fish portions were very small. Also, the toro is supposed to melt in your mouth, not cause you to gag because you can't chew through it! And, the rolls, don't get me started. I'm a big fan of blowfish and other places where the rolls actually have flavor. The only exception was the spicy tuna roll which has ginger in - pretty tasty. Overall: BUYER BEWARE - DO NOT TRY THE SUSHI HERE. I will admit the edamame and spareribs were pretty damn tasty, but honestly, they were the ONLY good things we had besides the sake and beer. This place has potential - cute atmosphere and good desserts, but please do something about the buyer and sushi chef. Pros: easy parking, good desserts Cons: bad tasting sushi, if-y service more

Excellent fish, slow service 6/15/2006

I have had sushi here close to 20 times and while the fish is the best, the service is severely lacking. Last night I waited 20 minutes for the server to even come to the table and then another 45 to order desert. Sure it is busy but not enough (ever) to ignore customers. We complained and she did not even apologize. C'mon, be better, your customers are loyal, be loyal back. Pros: Fish Cons: Bad service more

Good sushi place for vegetarians 6/8/2006

This is a great sushi place if you don't eat fish. They have many varieties of veggie nigiri and maki, including several unusual specialty rolls. However, it is an outstanding sushi place for meat-eaters as well. I've never tried anything that hasn't been totally good. They also have a decent dessert menu. Pros: Vegetarian selection, great quality and variety Cons: Can be pretty busy more

Loving the fish and sexy servers here 3/15/2006

Woa, this place has a gorgeous staff and amazing food - the pear and blue cheese salad was inspiring, and the ecstasy, riptide and bernal rolls really ripped. Everyone in our group loved the mix of small plates and super fresh sushi - will definitely come back. LOTS and LOTS of vegetarian sushi, too - really the best selection I've ever seen at a sushi bar- we will be definitely return for more! Pros: veggie sushi, rolls, helpful servers more

I am Japanese and this place sux 2/3/2006

I don't want to bore anyone with my experiences eating sushi in San Francisco or compare Moki's to better sushi restaurants (ie the sushi at the food court in Stonestown Galleria is better). I want to say this: the reason the fish is fresh is that there are only four choices. The crab is imitation. The ""creative"" rolls involve waxy, fatty flavors and little fish. Since when is sushi improved by a hawaiian flavor? I say, only when the sushi chefs have first mastered basic sushi making skills. more

best roll ever 9/29/2005

My friend and I agreed that the Moki roll is the best we've ever had - macadamias and jalapeno bits were a brilliant combo. The waitress was friendly both times, once we got to our table, but we were offered no service while waiting on the patio. Pros: high quality rolls, fun atmosphere more

A great sushi place! 9/19/2005

City search had Moki listed as one of the top places for sushi. They were right about Moki. I am normally not a fan of miso, but the miso here was not too salty. Ithad great flavor thanks to the tofu and mushrooms in it. We had the california roll, spicy tunna roll, and the outrigger roll. All were fabulous. The california roll had wonderful cavier, the spicy tuna actually tasted like sashimi should, and the outrigger roll, made of shrimp tempura, had a delicious crunch in the form rice rolll. This place is great and I would definately go again. A lady eating there had the fried banana and ice cream dessert and said it was amazing. That is the next thing I will try. Pros: Great Food, Great sushi, Great saki Cons: Slow Servers more

SUPER FRESH FISH, ots of vegetarian options 8/15/2005

My partner and I have been to Moki's a zillion times and to other SF sushi bars, but at Moki's I ALWAYS come away thinking, ""that's gotta be the best fish ever!! Iit can get crowded, but that means they go thru tons of fish and its always super fresh. LOVE the Kyoto roll and the Chocolate Decadence--amazing, really. My partner is vegan and finds lots of options on the menu to eat. The back patio's quieter then the front and better for dates -- everyone I've taken to Moki's has absolutely loved it! Pros: Vegetarian items, fresh fish, reasonable prices Cons: Can get crowded more

Ewwww 7/29/2005

The food was awful it was nasty!!!! the food didnt make the wait worth it at all. more

On the top of my list 11/12/2004

This place serves extremely fresh and creative sushi dishes. The ecstasy roll is so fresh it melts in your mouth. On top of that, the prices are very reasonable. Overall, one of my top choices for sushi in the City. The only negative to the whole experience was the slow service, but for sushi this good, it's something that I can overlook. Pros: quality of fish, vaule more

We think it's the best in SF 11/6/2004

We have tried sushi all over the city, and we consistently love Moki! The fish is fresh and the creations are original. We love the Hawaiian feel to the place. If you haven't been, definitely give it a try. The ectasy roll is FABULOUS. more

Best Sushi Around 8/13/2004

Seriously, there's a lot of hype over blowfish and ebisu. Good I'll grant you. But Moki's is the BEST sushi joint in the bay area. The sushi is unique and delicious. The service is friendly. The atmosphere welcoming. Awesome that I can walk to it from my house in Bernal. But really, it's without a doubt my favorite regular day restaurant. Go there. Eat. Be full and happy. Pros: Excellent Food, Easy Parking, Friendly Staff more
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  • Bernal Heights favorite moves into its new location with the same island-inspired menu of sushi and South Pacific small plates.

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Additional information

  • Hours:

    Serving dinner from 5:30 p.m. 7 days a week.
  • Payments:

    Visa, American Express, Discover, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Bernal Heights, Central East

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