Sebo

(415) 864-2181 | View Website

517 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA | Directions   94102

37.776626 -122.425016

Open Hours

Tuesday To Saturday From 06:00 PM To 10:00 PM Sunday From 06:00 PM To 11:00 PM

 
Restaurants, Sushi, Japanese  more

Price: $$

Tags: Date Spot, Dine At The Bar, Hidden Find, Local Favorite, Special Occasion Dining

Payment Methods: Cash, MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: Central North, Hayes Valley

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Reviews for Sebo

Sebo
Recommends

One of the better sushi spots in the city--very exacting sourcing, with sustainability as a priority. Best seat in the house is at the counter--feels like sitting at your friend's kitchen counter. Omakase is the way to go if your wallet agrees. Have tasted some extraordinary seafood here.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Unique sushi, price is outrageous, good quality – They had some hard-to-find sushi that you don't normally see in most sushi restaurants. The one that we liked the most was "Aji." We had several kinds of nigiri and sashimi. Everything was very fresh and tasty. However, the rice part of the nigiri is too small. Not that I like large chunks of rice, but it was really, really small.

The price was a little rediculous though. Nigiri ranged from $7 - $9 for 2 pcs. I think the sashimi was 5 pcs for $12.

The alcohol selection is limited to sake, a single beer, Orion, and I think some red & white wine. I suppose they're trying to avoid being like every other Japanese restaurant that carries Asahi & Sapporo. Orion is OK, but not that great. It reminded me a little of that Korean beer, OB. I prefer Kirin on tap for Japanese beers. Maybe they'll consider carrying that one day.

The service was very good. The waitress was very attentative and even poured my beer for me each time. The 2 sushi chefs were also very nice.

I wish they would drop the prices just a little. It's probably more pshchological, but I feel weird spending $9 for 2 pcs of nigiri.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

absolutely delicious~ – we have been looking for a local sushi place to satisfy our cravings and we definitely found in here! we ordered only nigiri and loved everything we ordered (wish other restaurants would use fresh wasabi). we ate at the bar and the owner/chef described their philosophy on fish and pointed out some fish (and other sashimi) we have never tried before. all of his suggestions were perfect! it is a tad on the expensive side but well worth it. i have yet to find a sushi place like this since kabuto. (i also am a big fan of kiss sushi). i thought the service was fantastic as well. maybe its because we sat at the bar *shrug*.

Recommends
4.5
over a year ago

A modern, stylish choice for discerning sushi purists. – The Scene
Lovers of "Americanized" sushi dining (sake bombs and California rolls) might choose another venue; this elegant Hayes Valley raw fish bar and restaurant adheres to strict authenticity, despite all-American chef/owners Michael Black and Daniel Dunham. The low-lit space features rich mahogany tables, subtle avocado walls, backlit Japanese screens and clean, geometric lines throughout. A seven-seat sushi bar is superbly helmed by the owners at the back.

The Food
The limited, seasonal menu of specialty sashimi and nigiri (big eye maguro, honmaguro ootoro, shirauo) sets the bar for freshness, quality and presentation, and comes only sparingly--and exquisitely--garnished. The chefs ask that diners resist "drowning" their premium offerings in soy sauce, which, along with fresh ginger, is available only by request or recommendation. And for good reason: this fish is the real, eye-popping deal. Choosing from the small list of maki (rolls) seems almost a shame.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

not for anyone serious about sushi – i was so excited to try this place, b/c the reviews made it sound like it was a good place for serious sushi lovers (i.e. no rolls, teriyaki, etc.). i don't mind paying a premium for really good sushi, but not only was this place outrageously priced (i.e. $9 for regular tuna nigiri), but it tasted horrible. presentation was sloppy, service was slow, and fish was mediocre.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great new spot in Hayes Valley – I'm hesitant to write a great review because I don't want to have to fight the crowds that will go... Simply put, it's a great environment - very intimate and the fish is arguably the best you'll find in SF. The service was gracious, even when I mistakenly requested more soy sauce in which I drowned my fish, they didn't bat an eye... A closer look at the menu revealed the advice to not drown the food... Honestly, I can't even remember the edemame or miso, but if you're looking for more americanized creations, go to Sushi Rock, Blowfish or Ace... This is a great meal and experience.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Wow...Sushi, Service and Personality – My friend had read about this restaurant...I have to say, I don't read the reviews and the magazine articles....but this place was great. The owners are wonderful, kind and knowledgable men that really know how to serve great Sushi. The selection of fish was great. The sake menu was broad and the entire dining experience was one of the best I have had in the city. While I hate to recommend it, the sushi bar is the best place to sit in the place...then you not only get the benefit of the great food, but also the great personalities of the owners Michael and Danny.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

A msut try – Great spot if you like to enjoy your sushi in a quiet relaxing sophisticated setting. Sitting at the sushi bar is the best part watching great chefs make their food. Thsushi no doubt is the freshest around. Atmosphere is relaxing and not overbearing. great spot for a relaxed quiet date... Ill be back

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Disappointing..... – We live right around the corner, and I am huge sushi fan so I was really looking forward to this place joining the neigborhood. Unfortunately, I will not go back, wouldn't even do it on someone else's dime. The sushi was not bad, but it wasn't that good either, and the service stunk.

The menu does not tell you that they serve miso soup or edamame, but they do. By the way, skip the miso - it is very salty, and the edamame is very mediocre. Those items are suppose to get your pallet ready, not make you sour faced.

I write this review in hopes that the place either gets better or gets out. I know that may sound harsh, but I think they can do better and I really want them to because they are so close to me!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Rare and delicious – My first experience at Sebo was unexpectedly magnificent. Owners Michael and Dan served up varieties of fish rare to San Francisco, using preparations I had never tasted before (thats rightthey are the sushi chefs behind the bar). And then there was the sake. Sebos carefully curated sake list features brews hardly available anywhere else (they are supplied by True Sake across the street). Try this place before it becomes packed with those eager to get in on the ground floor of one of the Citys best sushi spots. And dont forget to sit at the bar, where Michael and Dan will give you plenty of backstory for every bite you enjoy.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

pretentious – I went to Sebo the second night they were open.

Every item on the menu required translation

The kind waitress encouraged me to try an amazing glass of sake- when the bill arrived i was shocked to see that it cost $24!!!!! I should have been warned.

THe decor is stark.

The fish is delicious and fresh but REALLY expensive.

The owners claimed that they wanted to open a nice place for the people of the neighborhood. They obviously don't know the hood that well - this place definitely caters to the wealthy shoppers of Hayes. It's a destination point for the wealthy!

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