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Namu - 22 Reviews - 439 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94118, San Francisco, CA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (415) 386-8332

Namu

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Best

Hands down the best Korean-fusion in the City. Location is quite random, but the space is beautifully decorated in sleek, modern furniture, the vibe is laid back and the tunes are...

Worst

I really wanted to like this restaurant and have given it several chances since it's in my neighboorhood, but after last night I wan't go back.. The food is creatively prepared an...

Korean-fusion Heaven 2/16/2010

Hands down the best Korean-fusion in the City. Location is quite random, but the space is beautifully decorated in sleek, modern furniture, the vibe is laid back and the tunes are set to hip-hop. Besides the obvious free food Monday nights (complete with DJ), literally everything about this place is amazing. The burger (yes, a burger at a Korean joint) is one of the best any of us have ever had. The ramen was to die for, and don't even get me started on the seaweed-wrapped tacos or the tempura. Another plus, our waitress made sure that we didn't order too much. So thoughtful. If she would have let us, we probably would have ordered the entire menu. Pros: Everything Cons: Nothing more

Best kept secret fo sho. My favortie restaurant in SF 6/2/2009

The best burger in the city($12)!! Also try Kumamoto oysters, crudo, panko halibut with creamed leeks, Korean chili marinated pork ribs and shitake dumplings in dashi broth, just to name a few. Small share plates allow you to try 8-12 dishes for a table of four. Every dish was soooo delicious and creative. Extremely fresh ingredients. Seasonal menu that focuses on local and organic. Extensive premium sake selection. The executive chef owns the restaurant with his two brothers. Beautifully designed contemporary minamilist and great ambiance. The bathroom sink is rad! I hear they have tasty brunch on the weekends and late night/happy hour drinks and food wed-sat 11-1am. My new favorite place in SF! Pros: knowledgable servers, amazing food and memorable experience Cons: parking can be a drag but worth it. ride bike or cab it more

Is that a burger on the menu? 3/21/2009

Tasty but somewhat overpriced west meets east (yes, there's a burger on the menu) fusion out in the Inner Richmond. Sleek and modern decor is a bit of a surprise on this unassuming block on Balboa, and a mismatch with the clientele, both older (t65+) and younger (families with toddlers), even on a Friday night. Verdict: SF is still in need of a great Korean restaurant. Pros: Open kitchen design, decor Cons: Overpriced, poor table/seating layout more

Refined Asian Food at its Best! 12/30/2008

Refined, sophisticated and calculated. A perfect 5 star place. Everything is executed here with precision.... more

Refined Asian Food at its Best! 12/30/2008

Refined, sophisticated and calculated. A perfect 5 star place. Everything is executed here with precision.... more

Refined Asian Food at its Best! 12/30/2008

Yuka Provided by Partner
Refined, sophisticated and calculated. A perfect 5 star place. Everything is executed here with precision. It was a great way to end the restaurant... more

Refined Asian Food at its Best! 12/30/2008

Yuka Provided by Partner
Refined, sophisticated and calculated. A perfect 5 star place. Everything is executed here with precision. It was a great way to end the restaurant... more

Avoid at all cost!!! 6/12/2008

I chose this place because it was on Dine About Town, boy did I made a bad decision. I gave a one star review not because of the food but because I felt cheated and mis-informed by how they lured people in with Dine About Town and telling that between the two of you, you can only choose one dish per course.......if my partner didn't order a glass of wine I would of just walked out. We end up no ordering from the pre-fix menu, we order from the regular menu here's what we order: bi bim kooksoo salad: it was clearly the soba noodle was cooked ahead and OVER COOKED, the dressing was a water down Gochujang . tombo tataki: This was probably the highlight of our dinner which is very sad cause it was still mediocre. spicy pork ribs: there were FOUR ribs and it was extremely salty, I guess all the salt they didn't use on the other item they used it on this dish. the burger: the only reason I made my partner order cause I knew everything will be small and this will probably filled him up. Nothing special and if I wanted a burger this would be the last place I would go for a burger. I'm really sick and tired of all these restaurant serving small plates to share, I mean I like the concept of small plate and sharing what I don't care is paying full price for half of the food. I mean it's very cleaver for all these restaurant charge the same price, with a lot smaller portion and blasting house music to make it seem trendy so pretentious yuppies will pay big bucks for VERY MEDIOCRE FOOD. Pros: Nothing Cons: Everything more

Super-fresh and creative seafood 4/30/2008

Before you head to Namu for a creative dishes of super-fresh seafood, make a reservation. Though hostess is one of the most friendliest creatures in the world, she might not be able to accommodate you b/c this cute little restaurant has limited space. Nevertheless, go to Namu at least once and it will become a regular trip to Richmond. Pros: Food, service. Cons: Smallish place, but not really a con more

Worst Korean/Japanese Food 4/15/2008

Server was excellent, but the place was bad and overpriced. We have to go somewhere else afterward. Small plates and lots of fired food, not a heathy place to eat. And, don't seat by the windows, we have lots of thing flying at us and found a big spider by our table. Not real Korean or Japanese food. Pros: Easy Parking Cons: Overpriced and too much fried selections more

SF's BEST KEPT SECRET 3/28/2008

Service, atmosphere, attention to detail... all incredible. But what makes me come back time and time again is the delicious food. Must haves: Miso Caesar, Kona Kampachi (sometimes on the menu), Daikon Medallions, Tempura, Broccolini, Kobe Skirt Steak... Pros: Food and service more

Can't wait to go back... 2/13/2008

every small plate was exquisite...the four of us are still talking about Namu a week later and wish it was our neighborhood restaurant!!! Our waitress suggested choosing two plates per person but we ordered a couple extra because they sounded so good. Every selection was perfect...not only delicious but with great presentation. The four of us shared and there was plenty of food... think we had 10-11 plates in all, each different . Order whatever sounds good to you and try something new like I did...you won't be disappointed! more

mediocre food for SF, good presentation, expenisve overall.... horrible parking 2/11/2008

I was expecting little more from this restaurant after reading the review. I was slightly dissapointed with the selection of the food and how small portions are. They recommand ordering two to three plates for each person with the average price being around ten dollars. That's expensive for a four small slices of a raw fish on a bed of thinly sliced vegitable rounds and a three pieces of ribs... Most of dishes were more like small appetizers with almost non existant fillers such as starches or vegitables. Taste was mediocre with somehwhat good presentation. Well... We had to order bowl of rice for each person yet nothing really matched with a plain rice. We paid over two hundred for three people and still felt incompete when we left the restaurant. This was our first time so I'll give them another try before I abandon the place. more

Awesome Small Plates 1/8/2008

The food is so good here! I don't usually like small plates places cause you still feel hungry and the food usually isn't that good. The food here is worth it, everything has so much flavor! I loved the dumplings and the steak is great too!! The food comes out in a steady stream! Everyone is friendly! I'll be going back for sure!! more

Food decent...but glass is half empty 10/22/2007

I really wanted to like this restaurant and have given it several chances since it's in my neighboorhood, but after last night I wan't go back.. The food is creatively prepared and tasty, but the main problem is in the overall attitude of the establishment . There's a big screen that plays continuous graphic Ninja movies where heads are getting lopped off and hearts ripped out, but my wife and I could just turn away from that. One thing that's hard to turn away from is the lack of generousity and very measured way of portioning the food and drink...in other words, it's a lot of money for a little bit. I don't mind ordering more food since that seems to be the way of Namu, but I take issue when I pay full price for a glass of wine that's poured very skimpily as if the establishment is trying to get 6-7 glasses out of a bottle. Last night, when the same "half empty" scenario occured at my 2nd glass, I brought it up with my waitress and even offered to pay for a slight "top off" on the glass to make it look respectable. She had a pow wow with the manager and reported back that each glass was measured and she couldn't do anything about it. The bill came to $80.00 (and my wife wasn't drinking), and I had to ask myself, what kind of management would risk losing a customer so they could save a few cents? This restaurant might fare better in LA, but it's not a San Francisco neighborhood joint for sure. Places like Clement St. Bar and Grill have thrived for decades because they make a gallant effort to treat the customer with generousity and respect...and their food and service reflect that. The Richmond district deserves nothing less from a restaurant that attracts a fairly affluent clientele. Pros: Food is creative and tastey Cons: skimpy portions including wine glasses more

Not impressed, each dish had a problem. 8/26/2007

A guest and I went because of its "best of the bay" rating. First off, cold reception at the door. We were asked if we had reservations in a empty restaurant, late in the evening. When we said we did not, hostess acted like she was doing us a favor by giving us the lone/worst table in the middle of the room right by the door. The waitress was nice, she gave the due warning that the plates were small. Small was an understatement. We picked out 6 plates at about $7-9 each. The first plate comes, its the scallop carpaccio. On the plate was one..., count em one scallop thinly sliced on a thinly sliced cucumber. A little drizzle of an uninteresting yuzu vinaigrette and finely diced tomatoes. The next dish was probably the best of the night, the shitake dumplings. The fish broth as good, nice and rich finished with butter. But the dumplings were undercooked at the tips. Next Mung Bean Cakes, boring, flavorless... We finished with three of the grilled options. The grill flavor was nice, not bad, but very very small plates. I like the idea of tapas/small plates, but I believe that each one should be executed flawlessly and each should explode with character. Not the case with any of the dishes we had. Will not be returning. Pros: We were warned that the plates were small Cons: Parking is difficult to impossible, Uninteresting flavors more

BAD KOREAN FOOD..NOT AUTHENTIC 7/4/2007

I went to Namu expecting great korean food and was very dissappointed The food was bland and unoriginal like another review I read in the San Francisco Chronicle re: Namu. PArkign was a pain and the service wasnt good. They messed up my order 2 times and when they got it right, the food wasnt even good. If you want good Korean food go down geary street and you'll find some great food. If you are looking for great japanese food head voer to sakan on post street. This food isnt worth it. more

Original taste! 6/9/2007

Normally I dont take the time to write restaurant reviews but I must give my kudos to this new dig. What can I say, the food was amazing. Grilled asparagus and artichoke hearts were phenomenal. The bbq meat dishes were so tender and flavorful. Their version of the caesar salad had a great kick. And the infused soju with mango is to die for. A must try!! Pros: food and service Cons: give yourself plenty of time for parking more

korean tapas anyone? 4/11/2007

It was so good. The flank steak melted in my mouth and the cod was sweet and flaky. I wasn't disappointed with any of the dishes that came out. It has a really cozy atmosphere and the service staff was very friendly, helpful and attentive. I'm very familiar with Korean cuisine and I was impressed and delighted to find Korean cuisine served like tapas. What a great idea. Pros: food, service, atmosphere Cons: parking is a bit difficult in the area more

Great food, day or night! 3/10/2007

Great food, the steak was melt in your mouth goodness, hamburger was one the best I've ever had, the pan di mie buns are a great compliment to the burger! Great people, wonderful place! AWESOME BATHROOM, HAHAHA! A nice, quiet place whether it be for a first date, anniversary, whatever the occasion! I will definitely return, a customer for life! Pros: Great food and SERVICE, what more can you ask for!?!? more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    White lights outline the windows of this single-room neighborhood haunt. An open kitchen is visible behind a rustic wooden counter-top, and is the focus of the grey-green dining...

  • 4/12/2007 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Sunday To Tuesday From 05:30 PM To 10:30 PM
  • Payments:

    Master Card, Visa, American Express
  • Neighborhoods:

    Northwest, Inner Richmond
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