Tataki Sushi and Sake Bar
Open Hours:Monday - Thursday: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm (Last seating at 10:00 pm); Friday: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm (Last seating at 10:30 pm); Saturday: Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm (Last seating at 10:30 pm); Su
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Member Reviews (6)
- Tataki Sushi and Sake BarOct 07, 2012
Tataki is a better-than-average sushi place that's still somewhat average. You've been here before, but there's nothing wrong with that. The atmosphere is very cute, though - it's all bamboo-colored and wooden, including the utensils and some of the plates. It's probably a nice place to take a date for a casual evening.
- Tataki Sushi and Sake BarMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Jul 05, 2012
I used to live 2 blocks from this restaurant on California and Scott. So when I was in the neighborhood again, I was looking forward to eating here, because I had heard/read some decent reviews, and in the past there really wasn't that many good sushi places within 8 blocks of here.
So we came just in time on a weekend night, early enough to beat the crowds. The place is quite small, and it can be a very long wait to get a table, as they do not take reservations. Come on a Friday or Saturday night at 7 pm and you may starve before you eat. Maybe that is why all the reviews are so good, because people were famished?
Yes, they try to offer sustainable seafood. That is admirable in environmentally PC conscious SF. From their website:
"Our Mission at Tataki is simple: to showcase the beauty and delicacy of Japanese cuisine while respecting the sanctity and fragility of our environment. If we are to preserve the art of sushi, we must also safeguard the health and biodiversity of our oceans. With this in mind, we strive everyday to integrate the concept of sustainable dining into our menu options."
This is marvelous and admirable. In fact, they were excited to offer a new seafood that night because it was new to them (did it just get released to the sustainability list?)
But as far as the total restaurant dining experience, I was underwhelmed. I really can't put my finger on it. Maybe I have been in really good sushi-ya in Japan and had too high expectations. Maybe the lack of Japanese service staff didn't make it feel authentic, although our waitress was very good. Maybe it was the slower than expected service. Or cramped tables. I don't know what I would have thougth if I had waited an hour like several people did, watching us through the window, waiting.
The Chefs and co-owners are Chinese from Hong Kong, Raymond Ho and Kin Lui, with Casson Trenor, their "sustainability guru".
We orderd Edamame, which was a lot, and we finished it all well before the next dishes came. We also ordered sake, which they have a decent selection. The sushi was also pretty good, but not exceptional in my book. In fact my dining mate, an Italian American who hasn't had half the sushi experiences I have had, didn't think it was that wonderful either.
For me, a 5 star Sushi-ya,and I have rated many at that level on Yelp, so it is not that I am stingy or a complete snob, needs to have a certain "kimochi"....or .feeling about it, a certain je ne c'est quoi, where everything fits together as authentically Japanese, with really good sushi. It doesn't have to have fancy decor, fancy sake, expensive and unique creations, just a certain feeling. Maybe it is a feeling locked in my earlier memories, when my grandparents in Japan owned a sushi restaurant, or my mother's memories as she grew up surrounded by sushi..
Tataki is good, you can try it if you can wait your turn to eat.
But for me, it just doesn't quite excel for me personally. You decide for yourself
- Tataki Sushi and Sake BarJul 04, 2012
Sustainable sushi is the number one priority of Tataki sushi. They are one of a few places that only serve fish that are not under threat of extinction, and they make it taste great! With only a few tables there can be a wait, so get there early. They even have an entire vegetarian section on the menu!Recommended for:Vegetarian
- Tataki Sushi and Sake BarMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersGreen Travelers+ 1Jul 04, 2012
Sustainable and savory. I highly recommend Tataki when looking for sushi in San Francisco. Our ocean's are facing unprecedented challenges and an uncertain future. Tataki is leading the way in providing alternatives that are good both for the taste buds and the planet.