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- 51%Family Travelers
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Member Reviews (11)
- Zushi-PuzzleMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Feb 26, 2014
Rated in Zagat and the Michelin Guide. Zushi Puzzle has some of the best sushi in the Marina District. Try the albacore and yellow tail hamachi, or any of the specialty roles. The atmosphere is simple and unassuming, but the food is great.
- Zushi-PuzzleMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 8Oct 14, 2013
This was a great place to stop for sushi while in the Bay area on business. Referred by a local who frequents the place as their favorite sushi, we took a group of 6 and tried a variety of sushi, all of which was outstanding. The bill for 6 people, $250, but the service was great and the food was really good. We'd go back!
- Zushi-PuzzleMember ofFamily TravelersSep 22, 2013
It doesn't get better. You must sit at the bar if you were smart enough to get reservations. Roger is a sushi genius although very cheeky. Will throw down a lot of money if you let him take command. But worth every penny.
- Zushi-PuzzleJan 04, 2013
Given its terrible name, I would have never imagined that I would be eating here. My friend, however, convinced me to try it out since it's the "best sushi in the Marina". So I tried it.
After walking in and noticing its horrifically-cheesy decor, I was expecting the worst. Good sushi could not possibly be served at a restaurant with a full wall's length burgundy booth seat that looks like it was made for a stereotypical 1980's Chinese restaurant used in a Tarantino film or two.
And then the worst omen of all: rolls. Rolls everywhere, at every table. Sauce-covered, multi-colored concoctions carefully-constructed to cover up subpar fish. And if everybody's eating rolls, then that means the fish probably sucks. I came here for sushi, not "sushi" (with an American accent).
Then I see the whiteboard of fish, served nigiri or sashimi-style, apparently flown from all over the Pacific. Now we're talking.
Here's the rundown of what we ordered, from best to worst:
Albacore = Excellent. I loved their Albacore. Probably the tastiest and freshest fish I tried here.
Albacore Belly = Excellent. The Albacore belly is much better than the Tuna Belly here.
New Zealand Salmon = Excellent. Had a nice fatty texture that the Toro should have had. Very flavorful.
Miso-glazed Seabass = Excellent. Although it's a pretty small piece, Zushi Puzzle definitely gets this one right.
Golden-eye Red Snapper = Good, but nothing out of this world.
Unagi = Good. Comparable to most sushi restaurants.
Japanese Mackerel = Good flavor and texture.
Live scallop = Pretty decent, but for $16.95 not really worth it.
Shima aji = It's okay here. I've had way better at Kabuto & Koo.
Ankimo (Monkfish Liver) = Meh. The Ankimo here isn't as fatty as it should be. I've had way better at Ino Sushi and Kabuto.
Toro = Meh. The Toro here isn't fatty and flavorful enough.
All in all, it was a decent sushi joint, but definitely not even close to being the best and freshest sushi in SF. I didn't have any sushi rolls, but if you like rolls, then it looks like all the other customers were enjoying them. As far as the fish-quality and nigiri sushi experience goes, however, Zushi Puzzle is good, but easily forgettable.
- Zushi-PuzzleJul 04, 2012
My favorite sushi spot in the city. The decor isn't fancy, but who cares when the food is this good. If you're a normal joe, you are sitting in the dining room. But if you're cool, you are sitting at the tiny sushi bar in the back (I'm not cool, so I have no clue how people get those seats). The LA roll, salesforce roll and live scallops are some of my favorites.
And one last thing if you're still not sold on this place: it's Michelin rated.
- Zushi-PuzzleJul 04, 2012
this place is talked about alot and on many lists of "top" sushi in SF. the one and only time i'll ever go we had fish that tasted funky, like the kind you expect to get in a dive sushi train type establishment. needless to say, spent some time in the restroom that evening at home clearing out my system. when it comes to sushi, i won't go back to place where i've gotten food poisoning. also, we waited over 1 hour for a table on a fri night, another reason not to go back.