Sushi >Live Sushi Bar
2001 17th St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410337.764682 -122.403632
Daily 11am-3pm, 5pm-late night
Neighborhoods: Central East, Potrero
I love live sushi. great food, sushi, sake and staff! – The sushi here is one of the best around! The prices are typical good sushi prices. The quality of the sushi and sashimi is always fresh and they taste really good. The service is great even when they are busy (I always sit at the sushi bar) and they are very attentive. I became hooked on Live Sushi, they had me at 'Hello!'
Need Bait?! – My japanese boyfriend decided to take me to sushi tonight. So we went here and LEFT DURING the meal very dissapointed.. It was a slow night (on sat) should of been the first clue.. We ordered live scallop and the chef or should I say korean due to their dialect didn't know what part of the world it was from.. It clearly wasnt live Im not sure how old it was.. We ordered ground diakon which was bad and got spi t out at the first taste.. The guy next to us ordered live uni and it was clearly already dead.. We cancelled the rest of our order and didn't even finish our beer.. We left with such a sour taste (well literally) Do not recommend this place at all! The two behind the sushi bar couldnt have been japanese due to the lack of quality in their fish..
Ebisu's Clone – Not bad, not great, just average. i'm a big sushi lover, but i'm sad to see that there's no originality at this restaurant. upon hearing one of my favorite chefs from ebisu restaurant opened up his own place, i was eager to try out the new place. i looked at the menu and realized that 80% of the menu was straight out of ebisu's. everything from the 49er roll and even the 29 roll. the 29 roll had significant history at ebisu, even named after the chef. i can't believe that they would keep the same name of the roll when it has no significance to Live. other than that, the dragon, rainbow, etc are all replicas from ebisu.
service was okay. when i was there, there seemed to be a lot of drinking by the owners/managers which seemed pretty unprofessional to me, other than my buddy jackson, i don't think there should have been drinking by the wait staff and such.
jackson is a great chef, knows what he's doing, but i wish there was more effort on the owners part to make sure their menu didn't look like ebisu's.
Great Sushi Chefs: Jackson, Panda & Andy, Friendly Wait Staff- Great Food! – I don?t know who these people are writing negative reviews, I eat at Live at least once a week, sometimes twice and I have NEVER had a bad experience. The sushi is fantastic. They have a very creative large menu so you could try something new every time. I am picky about my sashimi and with the relationship I have formed with this restaurant, all I got to do is ask, "Jackson, what?s good tonight?" --never have I been disappointed. The place is usually very busy, you don?t need a reservation, but if it wasn?t good, people wouldn?t be eating there! GO LIVE!
Seriously Mediocre – Despite the last less than appealing review, I thought I?d give this place a try after doing some errands in the neighborhood at lunch time. It does have a weird smell ? somewhere between cleanser and aquarium. The rest of the place is fine ? nothing fancy, but generally clean and bright. The waitstaff was friendly and attentive. I ordered the sushi deluxe and my lunch partner, the combo bento box with tempura, cali roll and beef teriyaki. The sushi, however decently priced, was seriously mediocre ? and there is nothing worse than mediocre sushi. The hamachi was like none I?d ever had before, completely tasteless. The tuna was thin and stringy. The California roll had crab salad instead of crab. The green salad came with unappealing pink salad dressing. Even the rice in the bento box wasn?t very good. We both agreed that the best part of the meal was the miso soup, which if you like miso with a strong onion flavor, you will enjoy.
Disappointing and Toxic – I was so excited to see a sushi restaurant near my home. But upon getting into the restaurant, I became less and less excited. firstly, I don't know what kind of chemicals they use to clean, but the place reeks of windex, or ajax, or something toxic, which i had to smell the whole time I was eating. The service was very slow, and I've had better sushi from 7-11 than the Bento box that I ordered there. I eat at quite a few Sushi places in the city, and though the prices here are affordable, I'm willing to pay more money for better quality fish, better ambiance, and a place that does not smell like Windex.
Fun sushi on the hill! – How excited was I to walk in and see my very favorite sushi chef in SF at the bar! Jackson is the best, his new place is fun and he is a fantastic sushi chef! The staff were so friendly and worked so hard to please. I am looking forward to going every week. My new favorite sushi bar!
The "Sloppy Joes" of Sushi Resturants – Are the owners writing their own reviews? I can't believe that a restaurant that uses mushy long grain rice for sushi deserves five stars! I have never written a review before but I felt that people should be warned about this "restaurant" My family was served a salmon and avocado roll in which every slice of avocado was spotted with throughly unhealthy looking black blotches. When I brought it to the attention of the owner/chef, he said he had scraped the inedible parts out and was slicing it for the next diner. With this lack of attention, I question the cleanliness and safety of the fish. We came hoping for a nice new place on the Hill, but it seems the owners have no regard for our safety, or our palate. Avoid this restaurant, there are several significantly better sushi restaurants within a few short blocks of this location.
Best sushi in the HILL – Live Sushi Bar is the best inexpensive sushi restaurant in the portrero hill.
I go there almost once a week.
Service is friendly, owner is nice.
Bento boxes are excellent if you don't eat raw fish.
I am a picky sushi eater and they're fish is great.
Let the chefs make you their specialty!
it's worth it =)
Great Value! – I think Live sushi is a great addition to the Hill. I came just to try it out during the "soft opening" and it had some slow service. But I gave it a chance and tried it out again. The service and wait staff has turned it around. I came just for a some albacore and eel sushi but stayed for a coupla rolls a Chicken Katsu and a WHOLE lot of sake. The sushi chef Jackson introduced me to a few new things. I remember the oyster shooter the most. Wow, you gotta ask for that one. Its got the vibe of Blowfish without the price.
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