731 Bush St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410837.789964 -122.409493
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Northeast
A big disappointment and mistake – My friends and I had tried many different Japanese restaurants in the bay area and other areas as well because we love Jaanese food. Sushi man was the worst Japanese restaurant ever..... I don?t recommend anyone to dine in this restaurant. Don't waste your $$$...not worth? for that quality and quantity?.you will be disappointed. Slow service (at least a 40 mins wait after ordered), the food is awful, overpriced ( for that quality and quantity), they even charge $1.50 for a small cup of green tea that taste fishy (usually Japanese restaurant doesn?t charge for tea) ? x _ x ?
You won't be disappointed – My son and I stumbled upon this place as it was near our hotel. We both love sushi, and agreed the food was delicious and so fresh. Sorry to disagree with previous reviewer, but our California roll was great, as was the eel and tuna. We too were surprised at the $1.50 charge for green tea, but, hey, it's San Francisco, and everything is pricey. Owner was nice and friendly, and we'll definitely be back on our next trip.
Fantastic Fresh Fish – To reiterate what others have said here, if California rolls are your thing, well, this isn't the place for you. Sushi man is about serving wonderful, fresh pieces of fish, not tricked out rolls that make you forget you are eating raw fish. Not that there's anything wrong with those tricked-out rolls; sometimes that's what I'm in the mood for. Sushi Man just isn't the place for it. Ryo's salmon, toro, and scallop are the best I've ever had.
Greatest sushi for trained tongues – i love japanese food to death and have tried many many places in the city. sushiman has sushi of best taste ever in san francisco, and i always go back. i do understand the reivew about california rows since Ryo-san, the chef don't really care about the kinda food created here to fool most Americans. I'd say you can tell the subtle difference between the taste and texture of the rice as well as the freshness of the fish only if you have experienced the real sushi. in my case, i used to travel to japan quite often and learned how to taste real sushi. his specialties i'd recommend is Kanpachi, Toro, Aji, and Mirugai. Just order them and I bet that you will go "wow, I didn't know sushi can taste this gooood." By the way, most sushi places don't even carry this high end stuff.
Also, you must try their sautéed eggplant, shiokara, and monkfish liver. Those dishes balance salty, sweet, sour, and miso flavors well. These are the best appetizers fit the great sake selection they have.
I agree sushi man is not cheap. That's why you should leave the cheap stuff and only order the real sushi. Just try to learn about real sushi and ask the chef to lead you.
You Will NOT Regret It.
Best nigiri, friendly chef, authentic food – Sushi Man is probably has the most authentic Japanese food in the city. I know because my family owns a restaurant in Japan. To the previous post, if you even eat california rolls, you should not write a review on a Japanese restaurant, you are not qualified. I can tell you that Ryo San really knows his fish, the way I see it, if you go to Sushi Man you should sit at the bar and just say o-ma-ka-se, and you tell Ryo San what you dont eat, and hell bring out his best stuff to serve you. This place is only for people that knows, if you are going to order caterpillar rolls and other gimmicky sushi, then go to those non-japanese Japanese restaurants.
:-P food – please save your money and dont go there...
the food is really bad=too much rice and not enough fillings. if they dont know how to make a california roll then dont bother going there!!
too expensive for what you pay for!!! 10.95 for a catapillar roll that looks/taste like a cal. roll.
they round up cents to dollars there so look out for your check.
sushi man only talks to touists and not locals!
I can't understand why this store can exist. – I can not believe why other city search users recommend this restaurant. I think they have never been to another Japanese restaurant. First of all, the atmosphere is very bad. We can seat promptly, but that's becuase of few customers. Food is awful. I ordered vegetable croquettes, and I surprised the quality and quantity. It is about $9 without rice and soup, but there only two small croquettes are on dish. And, they are the frozen food which are sold in Japanese super market in San Francisco. And, I was surprised when I got check. At a sushi restaurant, hot green tea is usually free, but they charge $1.50. I have more to say, but this is too little space to discribe this awful restaurant, but anyway, I really don't recommend this restaurant.
Neighborhood Sushi Gem – One of the few SF sushi chefs trained in a Japanese academy, Sushi-man has quietly been providing the city's best sushi to the Nob Hill neighborhood for 24 years. Don't expect the ambience of ancient Edo, however; the small restaurant is very stylish, more typical of the modern sushi houses of Japan.
The best way to treat yourself to a great meal here is to get a seat at the bar and ask chef/owner Ryo Yoshioka to make you whatever he feels like. The unique appetizers are also stellar. Try one of the chilled sakes, served in a martini glass, as a stylish way to wash down your meal.
The bar at Sushi-man is a great place to come as a solo diner, as well. On quiet nights, Yoshioka-san will keep you entertained with stories of his travels. On busier nights, you'll meet locals and tourists from around the world.
Wouldn't go anywhere else – Ryo is the friendliest sushi master we know. I recommend sitting at the bar and allowing him to choose the best sushi for you. Be prepared to pay a bit more for that, but the flavors will blow your mind away. We haven't had anything we don't like yet.
Sushiman IS the "Man" – As good as the sushi served up at this lost-in-the-80's-decor restaurant is the man doing the serving. The owner, whom I fondly refer to as "sushiman" because after two years I've yet to learn his real name, is a wonderful host. Whethyer you're new to sushi or very familiar with the cuisine he'll recommend something that will most likely become a new favorite. Sushiman is chatty and witty but doesn't beleaguer. AND, the miso is consistently great (a big one for us). Also, I love his green tea ice cream.
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