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Ozumo

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161 Steuart St (at Howard Street)
San Francisco, CA 94111
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(415) 882-1333
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Ozumo - San Francisco, CA
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Wow what a dinner! I went to Ozumo last night with a friend for a complimentary meal I had won by being a Citysearch Dictator. It was AMAZING! We ordered the Hanabi (halibut) a...

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I've been here three times now and have been disappointed all three times. I love sushi, love love love it, but not from here. I've lived in Japan and Hawaii and have had some o...

Mindblowing Japanese! 3/18/2010

Wow what a dinner! I went to Ozumo last night with a friend for a complimentary meal I had won by being a Citysearch Dictator. It was AMAZING! We ordered the Hanabi (halibut) and Dohyo (ahi tuna) small plates as well as the Gindara (black cod) and Burikama (roasted yellowtail). Everything was absolutely delicious. They paired our meal with a variety of unique wines and sakes. The manager, Hiro, and our waitress were extremely knowledgeable about the food and how it was prepared. We started to tease the manager that he had a story for everything. His most boring story, he said, was about edamame. It was a great experience! Pros: Authentic Japanese, great service, yummy food more

Orgasm-Inspiring Offerings 3/16/2010

Carve the most perfect bite of the most perfect steak, and swish your fork around your plate to pick up just right amount of mushrooms. Nothing better right? Wrong. The orgasim-inspiring Gyu Filet at Ozumo ($32), is about six of these bites delicately topped with tuna-tender steak. This is just one example of the fusion -style fare offered by head chef Mike Yakura at Ozumo. Although the extensive and well-vetted sake list suggests a more strict adherence to traditional Japanese ingredients, the introduction of western and south-Asian flavors make Ozumo a non-threatening option for any of the three or four people left in the world who are still squeemish about sushi. If, like me, you balk at peanut sauce near (but not actually touching) your spicy tuna roll, rest assured that it is worth learning what parmesean cheese can do for tofu (Three-Layered Dohyo $14) and having access to sake like Masumi ""Arabashiri"" ($12/gl., $80/bo.(750ml)). My advice: skip the Lobster roll (a little dry), have your server recommend a different sake to be paired with every dish, and take time before or after your meal to linger in the dimly-lit atmo of the lounge in front --especially if you're hoping to take advantage of the aforementioned inspirationtional qualities of the cuisine. Pros: Sake Lounge more

Great food but watch your bill 9/9/2009

Went to Ozumo for dinner while in SF on business. Dinner was very good, but not quite as impressive as Morimoto. Very good sushi, some great dishes. Pros: Best course was sushi, excellent sake selection Cons: Overcharged us for meal more

Sushi + a scene 12/30/2008

Great food and crowd, always a good time. I like that there is a fun lounge area in addition to the more brightly lit restaurant area. Pros: good sushi and sake, DJ, convenient location Cons: can be over the top if you just want a quiet night more

Want Excellent Sushi With a Great Scene? Ozumo 10/27/2008

Ozumo Sushi is the total package for a night out. From an after work happy hour to a romantic evening with that special someone, Ozumo's ambiance certainly caters to San Fransisco's finest. There is a vibe in the air which promotes good times. Pros: Excellent Sushi, Customer Service, Ambiance more

Try the Kaisen Nuta 10/5/2008

I'm happy to report that I was not disappointed at all in Ozumo. The online reviews and the Open Table reservation option made it win my vote. My husband and I went there for a romantic dinner to begin a romantic weekend in San Francisco, and it set the tone. The food was delicious. The variety they offer, including sushi, small plates, entrees, local produce specials, salads and appetizers was wonderful. We decided we deserved a splurge since we're coming from the suburbs and thus tried things from most of the ""genres."" The best dish I had was the Kaisen Nuta, a plate of 5 mini sunomono salads covered with one of 5 types of sashimi, from hamachi to tako. My husband was pleasantly surprised to find that his favorite dish was the tuna nigiri; two pieces and he wanted more. more

Fabulous Sushi Experience! 8/26/2008

Ozumo's is the best place for sushi - hands down! The food is amazing, the ambiance is hip, trendy, and sheek, and the service is unparalled. Ozumo's is the place to go if you want good sushi, variety, good saki selection. I've been there on dates and on girls night out, and also good sushi after a movie. My experiences have been nothing but perfect! more

Don't Dine with David... 8/6/2008

From the moment I walked into this exquisitely humble restaraunt I was greeted with a ""hello"", a head nod, a ""welcome"", or a japanese phrase by every single employee I crossed whether they were at a table or not. The staff has a way of making you feel very VIP from the valet to the manager retrieving our coat check. I've been a server in the Napa Valley for many years and have just moved to SF to continue in this industry. Restaraunts are a second nature to me, a home away from home. Being taken care of without knowing anyone to ""hook it up"" is exceptional and comforting. Pros: Ambience, Sushi, Cocktails Cons: David the server! more

Great place for a first date 6/26/2008

This is the place where I met my husband for the very first time! It has a very nice ambiance, great food and service. I highly recommend it to people who want a place that has a varied menu. They also have private rooms available and they will help with small gatherings. Pros: Nice atmosphere, large variety of food. Cons: Parking can be challenging. more

I kind of felt like I was some sort big shot in Japan at this place. 5/12/2008

This is a great place to dine at. I don?t really care much eat around The Embarcadero, but I?m glad I tried this place out. When you first walk into Ozumo the hostess greets you by saying welcome in Japanese. Just as if you were in a regular restaurant in Japan. And it didn?t stop there. From the time I walked through the door to the time I got to my seat, every person that worked there welcomed me to the restaurant. I couldn?t nod my head fast enough to acknowledge them let alone say ?Hi? to all of them. And when I got to my seat, the waitress I had was really cool. Not only was she very attentive to my needs, but also she was cool enough to answer personal questions I asked her. Nothing like if she had a boyfriend or anything like that. Just questions about her heritage and where she learned her Japanese. I first had to order some Sushi while I was there. And the Sushi I got was pretty good considering I'm not too big on seafood. The Octopus had great flavor and texture to it. And the vegetables that surrounded it were nice and fresh. As for my main course I had what is called ""Gyu Don."" Which is a New York Steak with brown rice and 3 different dipping sauces. I couldn't find one bad thing about this dish. The steak was one of the top ones I have ever had, and each of the 3 sauces went well with it. And for as fast as they cooked the brown rice, which normally takes awhile to cook, it was pretty good. It didn't even cross my mind to put any seasoning on it until I was done. By the time I was done I felt like taking a nap right there on the table. And to make things even better for me, the waitress I had even took a picture with me for a school paper I was doing on restaurant experiences. If I were to say anything bad about this place, it would be to tell you to make sure you have some money to spend. Other than that I had a great time. If you're planning to go to this place, let me just say, ""Gambatei kudasai!"" more

Don't go here. EVER. 2/4/2008

This is a lousy restaurant. Inside its pretty exterior is an ugly heart of nasty sushi and bad service. I was here for a pre-bachlorette party dinner and the waiter was rude, rude, rude. It is overpriced and overrated. The $15 Dragon Roll tasted like I bought it for $2 and even the miso soup, (How do you mess up miso soup and then charge $5 for it?!?) was disgusting; it was chalky and salty. I eat sushi all the time (3 to 4 times a week) and I have never minded paying sometimes up to $80 worth of sushi. I make $9 an hour people. But I love sushi and I will pay for quality. This place robbed me. Robbed me of a good dinner (I could have eaten more and enjoyed the food more at a freakin' FRIDAYS it was so bad) and of my hard earned money. I will say that perhaps we were getting treated the way we were because of our ages (as we were all under 21) but that is no excuse for the poor treatment and definitely not an excuse for bad food. Stay away from this place. Pros: It looks very pretty. Cons: EVERYTHING ELSE. more

Fabulous food, great service, open late 10/30/2007

Arriving late on Friday night I didn't expect we'd get reservations anywhere, but our concierge @ the Hyatt was able to get us one within 10min of our request (9:45pm). Its a 5 minute stroll (2 blocks) from the Hyatt/Ferry building and fairly safe. Upon arrival the hostess apologized as the party before us, still had not vacated the table as expected. We had a drink in the bar before being seated ~15min after our arrival. ATMOSPHERE: Dark and uber-cool. I felt like I was back in a Vegas ultra lounge. The bar was loud (they have a DJ) and packed with beautiful people. Drinks were strong and prompt. The Dining area is in the back and is very classy, modern, minimal design- Clean & tables were close together, but not uncomfortable. SERVICE: Our server was prompt and friendly and had great recommendations - but I don't remember his name. FOOD: We ordered the softshell crab roll and asked for cream cheese to be added - turned out to be one of the best we've ever had. We ordered a dragon roll also that we loved. I forget the 3rd roll we ordered, but everything was top notch. This had to be the best/freshest/tastiest sushi we've ever had. PRICE: I can't speak to this as I didn't handle the bill, but this is a high-end restaurant and one of the best sushi places in the city. (Great selection of Sake!!) Checkout their website for the menu. PARKING: We walked so we didn't use the valet out front, but its more affordable ($~20) than some other options (Hyatt parking is $55/night - no in/out) OVERALL: A most outstanding experience and a great way to kick off a romantic weekend. After a long trip, the loud bar was a little jarring, but it looked like a great place to hang out under different circumstances. Pros: Best sushi, Great service, strong drinks, romantic Cons: Pricey, crowded, loud bar not for weary travellers more

Yummy food 10/29/2007

Loved the food, hated the crowd (too many Paris-Hilton-wannabes for me). Get lots of appetizers/small plates and share! more

Best non-sushi dishes I have had in the U.S!! 9/26/2007

First, I must say that Japanese food is my most knowledgeable sector. I am full japanese, have lived in japan, and have relatives that own pretty well known places in japan. I have worked at japanese restaurants, and eat out Japanese all the time. So here it is: Pros: try their dishes! diverge from sushi, it is great here. (sushi is good too but things like gindara is amazing) Cons: wagyu-beef, loud in the restaurant. more

Overpriced, Quick Service, Weak drinks 9/17/2007

I've been here three times now and have been disappointed all three times. I love sushi, love love love it, but not from here. I've lived in Japan and Hawaii and have had some of the best sushi in the world including from Tsukiji Market in Tokyo. Pros: Quick service, Friendly bartenders, Nice ambiance Cons: Overpriced, Food lacking in quality and presentation, Weak drinks more

always a great time! 9/12/2007

bar is awesome the food is great and everyone working there are very nice and helpful. i ditched half a wedding cuz it was right next door to ozumo! more

Amazing Sushi 8/14/2007

I love, love, love Ozumo! It is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. They have excellent, fresh sushi and a variety of drinks to choose from. It is a bit expensive but it is soooo worth it! Cons: Expensive more

Great view, really good fish, nice atmosphere... 7/4/2007

Had dinner there with 2 work friends based on recommendation by the W hotel concierge. Pros: Bay Bridge view, Sushi, Sake selection, Ambiance Cons: Slight wait despite reservation more

cool vibe..good sushi... A little expensive but a good d... 7/4/2007

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cool vibe..good sushi... A little expensive but a good dinner w/ amazing sake list. Great bar out front.... more

Gorgeous Restaurant * Hotspot bar 6/27/2007

With its dimly lit atmosphere and trendy decor, Ozumo is definitely a great spot for young hipster crowds. This trendy restaurant does charge an arm and a leg for its small delicate dishes, but if you order the right stuff- it's worth it. Almost. Until you have to pay those car payments + insurance. And rent. Anyway, if you're about to make the jump of throwing $200-300 on a meal for two, the restaurant offers a nice array of sushi make (rolls) as well as an even larger selection of nigiri sushi (sashimi). Usually, trendy + high priced does not always equal fresh + high quality, but in this case, Ozumo definitely has it all: high priced fresh high quality fish/beef housed in a whole lotta trendy :o) One of my favorite dishes is the ""Sakura beef"" (beef carpaccio). Freshest beef carpaccio ever. My boyfriend and I were having dinner there one night, and as we were leaving we ran into some acquaintances of ours occupying the kotatsu room. After saying our quick hello while having a peek into the room, I saw that this space was cozy and private- an ideal area for a gathering place for close friends. Try out this restaurant for the atmosphere, but make sure you're not dipping into your rent money to do it. If you're planning to visit sans dinner, the restaurant's stylish bar is also a great place to conversate and mingle, while still enjoying the gorgeous decor. :o) Pros: Stylish Decor, Beautiful Lighting/ Atmosphere, Delicious Food !! Cons: Pricey and Pricey. more
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  • Recently achieving the SF Chronicles coveted 3- star rating, Ozumo has maintained its status as the Bay Areas chicest, most progressive Japanese restaurant since it first opened in May 2001. Heralded as one of the most exciting, innovative renditions...

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  • The Scene
    The dining room of this upscale destination has granite walls, blond-wood furniture and a prominent sushi bar, all of which evoke understated Japanese-style luxury. Soft...

  • 7/12/2005 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Mon-Wed 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-10pm Thu-Fri 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm Sat 5:30pm-11pm Sun 5:30pm-10pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Master Card, Visa, Diner's Club, Discover
  • Neighborhoods:

    Central East, South Beach

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