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Live Sushi Bar - 27 Reviews - 2001 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94103-5012, San Francisco, CA - Japanese Restaurants Reviews - Phone (415) 861-8610

Live Sushi Bar

2001 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94103-5012 (at Kansas Street)
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 861-8610
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Live Sushi Bar - San Francisco, CA
Live Sushi Bar - San Francisco, CA
Live Sushi Bar - San Francisco, CA



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Good as usual (1) Black Cod Grilled: <none> (2) Romeo and Juliet Roll: <none> (3) Bergschneider Roll:...


It wasnt this place, just my first time tasting sushi. I will never do that again, but my friends are saying its the restaurant and not me, should i give it another try?

Good as usual 11/3/2012

Good as usual (1) Black Cod Grilled: <none> (2) Romeo and Juliet Roll: <none> (3) Bergschneider Roll:... more

Good as usual 11/3/2012

jshapiro Provided by Partner
Good as usual more

Editorial review from Citysearch 8/6/2012

Friendly staff, good service, delicious sushi, and fair prices. Great lunch spot. more

Food Poison Central 3/15/2011

I was food poisoned here before... had to call in sick to work the next day because I was too busy in the bathroom all night more

Worse Sushi place ever 3/15/2011

High quality and freshness was not the case at Live Sushi. Food was not fresh. This can be seen in the discoloration and flatness of the fish. I was very disappointed and very mad at Live sushi. After eating here, I ended up in the emergency room because of food poisoning. I spent the night getting my system flushed out. I would never go back or recommend anyone here more

Not great 6/2/2009

I've been here twice, lunch and dinner, both times were not great - the sushi was not very tasty. It's a shame as I live and work very close and love sushi. more

never again 1/30/2009

It wasnt this place, just my first time tasting sushi. I will never do that again, but my friends are saying its the restaurant and not me, should i give it another try? more

Excellent 1/28/2009

I live millbrae the sushi is very fresh.Excellent service and excellent roll .good sushi chef Jackson! Pros: Fresh sushi. Good fusion creations more

Good experience; try the chef roll for a unique taste! 1/1/2009

The place was very casual. Food was good, not great, not bad. The staff was very friendly. Spicy tuna was not fresh, but the rest of our sushi was good. The Chef Roll was very unique. At first I didn't like it, but was glad I tried it. It is made of kobe beef and foie gras. It's an interesting dish for those who want to try something more interesting. I still don't know how to explain the taste, but it was quite different. Reminded me of something they would eat on Bizarre Foods or that other food show on the travel channel. I would go there again. Pros: thumbs up for the chef roll - something different Cons: ambience very casual more

Great food- friendly place 7/4/2008

No weird attitude- just a nice place with good sushi and rolls and - HELLO- they are FRIENDLY too. More californians in the service business ought to learn how to do that. Pros: fresh, friendly more

Rude and understaffed 5/30/2008

I tried to order a personalized sushi platter for a small office party. I was ignored for about 10 minutes upon entering the restaurant (there were maybe 2 parties in the dining room), and when I explained what I wanted, the waiter stared blankly at me. I was then rather rudely told that I would have to come back later because they were too busy. I told them I would wait. After another 30 minutes of being ignored I left with no sushi and very ticked off. They lost a $300 + order and several devoted customers. Everyone has their off days but this was ridiculous. The staff was very rude. They need to consider hiring more staff... but they should do a personality check before hiring. I once relied on this place as my go-to sushi spot for lunch. I will probably never return. NOT RECOMMENDED! more

I love live sushi. great food, sushi, sake and staff! 4/12/2008

The sushi here is one of the best around! The prices are typical good sushi prices. The quality of the sushi and sashimi is always fresh and they taste really good. The service is great even when they are busy (I always sit at the sushi bar) and they are very attentive. I became hooked on Live Sushi, they had me at 'Hello!' Pros: friendly staff, great sushi and sashimi, easy parking more

Need Bait?! 2/16/2008

My japanese boyfriend decided to take me to sushi tonight. So we went here and LEFT DURING the meal very dissapointed.. It was a slow night (on sat) should of been the first clue.. We ordered live scallop and the chef or should I say korean due to their dialect didn't know what part of the world it was from.. It clearly wasnt live Im not sure how old it was.. We ordered ground diakon which was bad and got spi t out at the first taste.. The guy next to us ordered live uni and it was clearly already dead.. We cancelled the rest of our order and didn't even finish our beer.. We left with such a sour taste (well literally) Do not recommend this place at all! The two behind the sushi bar couldnt have been japanese due to the lack of quality in their fish.. Pros: Web page design Cons: false advertisement more

Ebisu's Clone 11/20/2007

Not bad, not great, just average. i'm a big sushi lover, but i'm sad to see that there's no originality at this restaurant. upon hearing one of my favorite chefs from ebisu restaurant opened up his own place, i was eager to try out the new place. i looked at the menu and realized that 80% of the menu was straight out of ebisu's. everything from the 49er roll and even the 29 roll. the 29 roll had significant history at ebisu, even named after the chef. i can't believe that they would keep the same name of the roll when it has no significance to Live. other than that, the dragon, rainbow, etc are all replicas from ebisu. Pros: parking is easy to find, it's never too busy, jackson is great Cons: food is off and on, service is slow, mixed ambiance more

Great Sushi Chefs: Jackson, Panda & Andy, Friendly Wait Staff- Great Food! 11/7/2007

I don?t know who these people are writing negative reviews, I eat at Live at least once a week, sometimes twice and I have NEVER had a bad experience. The sushi is fantastic. They have a very creative large menu so you could try something new every time. I am picky about my sashimi and with the relationship I have formed with this restaurant, all I got to do is ask, ""Jackson, what?s good tonight?"" --never have I been disappointed. The place is usually very busy, you don?t need a reservation, but if it wasn?t good, people wouldn?t be eating there! GO LIVE! Pros: Staff, food, Sake, easy Parking, private room for large groups more

Seriously Mediocre 11/6/2007

Despite the last less than appealing review, I thought I?d give this place a try after doing some errands in the neighborhood at lunch time. It does have a weird smell ? somewhere between cleanser and aquarium. The rest of the place is fine ? nothing fancy, but generally clean and bright. The waitstaff was friendly and attentive. I ordered the sushi deluxe and my lunch partner, the combo bento box with tempura, cali roll and beef teriyaki. The sushi, however decently priced, was seriously mediocre ? and there is nothing worse than mediocre sushi. The hamachi was like none I?d ever had before, completely tasteless. The tuna was thin and stringy. The California roll had crab salad instead of crab. The green salad came with unappealing pink salad dressing. Even the rice in the bento box wasn?t very good. We both agreed that the best part of the meal was the miso soup, which if you like miso with a strong onion flavor, you will enjoy. Pros: maybe the noodles are good Cons: sushi more

Disappointing and Toxic 10/26/2007

I was so excited to see a sushi restaurant near my home. But upon getting into the restaurant, I became less and less excited. firstly, I don't know what kind of chemicals they use to clean, but the place reeks of windex, or ajax, or something toxic, which i had to smell the whole time I was eating. The service was very slow, and I've had better sushi from 7-11 than the Bento box that I ordered there. I eat at quite a few Sushi places in the city, and though the prices here are affordable, I'm willing to pay more money for better quality fish, better ambiance, and a place that does not smell like Windex. Pros: location, parking Cons: smell of chemicals, bad fish, dirty tables, ambiance more

Fun sushi on the hill! 8/26/2007

How excited was I to walk in and see my very favorite sushi chef in SF at the bar! Jackson is the best, his new place is fun and he is a fantastic sushi chef! The staff were so friendly and worked so hard to please. I am looking forward to going every week. My new favorite sushi bar! Pros: Fun , good parking, awesome sushi chef more

The ""Sloppy Joes"" of Sushi Resturants 8/17/2007

Are the owners writing their own reviews? I can't believe that a restaurant that uses mushy long grain rice for sushi deserves five stars! I have never written a review before but I felt that people should be warned about this ""restaurant"" My family was served a salmon and avocado roll in which every slice of avocado was spotted with throughly unhealthy looking black blotches. When I brought it to the attention of the owner/chef, he said he had scraped the inedible parts out and was slicing it for the next diner. With this lack of attention, I question the cleanliness and safety of the fish. We came hoping for a nice new place on the Hill, but it seems the owners have no regard for our safety, or our palate. Avoid this restaurant, there are several significantly better sushi restaurants within a few short blocks of this location. Cons: Black splotches on food more

Best sushi in the HILL 8/17/2007

Live Sushi Bar is the best inexpensive sushi restaurant in the portrero hill. Pros: Great service, inexpensive food more
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Urban sushi bar hosts fans of modern rolls in deepest Potrero.


  • Cozy tables, a sleek sushi bar and strung fishing line are juxtaposed to create a fusion atmosphere. Both common and unusual nigiri (kobe beef, anyone?) sits alongside comfort-food noodles and...

  • 9/3/2008 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Daily 11am-3pm, 5pm-late night
  • Payments:

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

    Central East, Potrero