161 Steuart St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411137.792674 -122.392281
Mon-Wed 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-10pm
Thu-Fri 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm
Neighborhoods: Central East, South Beach
Don't go here. EVER. – This is a lousy restaurant. Inside its pretty exterior is an ugly heart of nasty sushi and bad service. I was here for a pre-bachlorette party dinner and the waiter was rude, rude, rude. It is overpriced and overrated. The $15 Dragon Roll tasted like I bought it for $2 and even the miso soup, (How do you mess up miso soup and then charge $5 for it?!?) was disgusting; it was chalky and salty. I eat sushi all the time (3 to 4 times a week) and I have never minded paying sometimes up to $80 worth of sushi. I make $9 an hour people. But I love sushi and I will pay for quality. This place robbed me. Robbed me of a good dinner (I could have eaten more and enjoyed the food more at a freakin' FRIDAYS it was so bad) and of my hard earned money. I will say that perhaps we were getting treated the way we were because of our ages (as we were all under 21) but that is no excuse for the poor treatment and definitely not an excuse for bad food. Stay away from this place.
Fabulous food, great service, open late – Arriving late on Friday night I didn't expect we'd get reservations anywhere, but our concierge @ the Hyatt was able to get us one within 10min of our request (9:45pm). Its a 5 minute stroll (2 blocks) from the Hyatt/Ferry building and fairly safe. Upon arrival the hostess apologized as the party before us, still had not vacated the table as expected. We had a drink in the bar before being seated ~15min after our arrival. ATMOSPHERE: Dark and uber-cool. I felt like I was back in a Vegas ultra lounge. The bar was loud (they have a DJ) and packed with beautiful people. Drinks were strong and prompt. The Dining area is in the back and is very classy, modern, minimal design- Clean & tables were close together, but not uncomfortable. SERVICE: Our server was prompt and friendly and had great recommendations - but I don't remember his name. FOOD: We ordered the softshell crab roll and asked for cream cheese to be added - turned out to be one of the best we've ever had. We ordered a dragon roll also that we loved. I forget the 3rd roll we ordered, but everything was top notch. This had to be the best/freshest/tastiest sushi we've ever had. PRICE: I can't speak to this as I didn't handle the bill, but this is a high-end restaurant and one of the best sushi places in the city. (Great selection of Sake!!) Checkout their website for the menu. PARKING: We walked so we didn't use the valet out front, but its more affordable ($~20) than some other options (Hyatt parking is $55/night - no in/out) OVERALL: A most outstanding experience and a great way to kick off a romantic weekend. After a long trip, the loud bar was a little jarring, but it looked like a great place to hang out under different circumstances.
Yummy food – Loved the food, hated the crowd (too many Paris-Hilton-wannabes for me). Get lots of appetizers/small plates and share!
Best non-sushi dishes I have had in the U.S!! – First, I must say that Japanese food is my most knowledgeable sector. I am full japanese, have lived in japan, and have relatives that own pretty well known places in japan. I have worked at japanese restaurants, and eat out Japanese all the time. So here it is:
My first encounter with this restaurant was with 3 of my girlfriends for a birthday. The waitress was Very knowledgeable with the menu, sake pairings, and cocktails. The wait for the food was normal; being it a busy weekend. Soybeans- much more flavorful than any other restaurants in the U.S. People, soybeans are supossed to have FLAVOR, not just a humdrum plate on your table. The squash soup was okay, and the rolls of sushi were okay. The Futago was excellent. eggplant on bottom, spinach, then a slice of filet on top with a sesame sauce dribbled. the Black cod (gindara) was also excellent. the melts-in-your mouth meat with the light taste which does not over power the fish was DELICIOUS. We also got the gyu filet. cooked just as we asked, delightful presentation and taste with sauce.
When my boyfriend and I went, we ordered the same two( futago and gindara), but also ordered the hanabi. This is a dish with hamachi and avocado slices that is truly decedent. The ankimo was also good, although I wish they had an option to sautee it. ( will ask next time). The kobe-style beef was the only thing that has upset me here. Asked for medium rare, it was more rare. the meet wasn't of quality (i have had kobe beef many times) and both my boyfriend and i agreed that we would have much rather gotten the futago (appetizer meat dish) 3 more times instead for the same price. I had even enjoyed the gyu filet better ( knowing that you're not paying as much and not expecting the best) much more.
all in all, very enjoyable.
Try dishes at japanese restaurants instead of sushi sometime! (this is the perfect place)
hanabi, futago, and gindara. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Overpriced, Quick Service, Weak drinks – I've been here three times now and have been disappointed all three times. I love sushi, love love love it, but not from here. I've lived in Japan and Hawaii and have had some of the best sushi in the world including from Tsukiji Market in Tokyo.
Ozumo's fish seems just okay in quality, and rolls are always a sloppy mess and seem quite generic, nothing original. The spicy scallop roll was not spicy at all, and all rolls we had were very rice-heavy, fish-light. This last time I had the hamachi carpaccio. Three small discs of hamachi, oodles and oodles of browned avocado (left out a little too long?), and one tiny tomato = $15. Sashimi and nigiri can also be a bit sloppy looking and inconsistent, and forget the nice garnishes, I think they sacrifice presentation for speed.
Now I dig the scene here. Very cool bar, cocktails sound interesting, but the drinks are usually quite weak and again overpriced. The bartender was very cool. While she didn't seem to know much about their sake, she was friendly and personable. 2 people, 3 cocktails, 1 glass of sake, 2 rolls, hamachi carpaccio, a few orders of sushi, one order of sashimi and 2 desserts = $220 including tip. And we left hungry.
always a great time! – bar is awesome the food is great and everyone working there are very nice and helpful. i ditched half a wedding cuz it was right next door to ozumo!
Amazing Sushi – I love, love, love Ozumo! It is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. They have excellent, fresh sushi and a variety of drinks to choose from. It is a bit expensive but it is soooo worth it!
Great view, really good fish, nice atmosphere... – Had dinner there with 2 work friends based on recommendation by the W hotel concierge.
We showed up a little early and were told we will have to wait for our reservation time to be sitting so we decided to grab a drink at their bar. They have interestingly sounding cocktails but my friend was a little disappointed at the taste. It turned out to be a lot less exotic than he expected.
We were offered a great table. The very back of the rest has tall windows looking out the bay. Our table was on the far-right corner of the restaurant delivering a fantastic view of the Bay Bridge (great feature). While the location might throw you off at first, the view is definitely worth it.
I would recommend the Seaweed salad and the Sushi since that's what we ordered. Have not tried the rest of the menu but for certain we were not disappointed by the fish we ordered.
The Ambiance is very nice, the staff was helpful yet discreet and the light was just the right level. Your visit to their bathroom will teach you a few sentences in Japanese.
When: Dinner on July, 3rd 2007
Gorgeous Restaurant * Hotspot bar – With its dimly lit atmosphere and trendy decor, Ozumo is definitely a great spot for young hipster crowds. This trendy restaurant does charge an arm and a leg for its small delicate dishes, but if you order the right stuff- it's worth it. Almost. Until you have to pay those car payments + insurance. And rent. Anyway, if you're about to make the jump of throwing $200-300 on a meal for two, the restaurant offers a nice array of sushi make (rolls) as well as an even larger selection of nigiri sushi (sashimi). Usually, trendy + high priced does not always equal fresh + high quality, but in this case, Ozumo definitely has it all: high priced fresh high quality fish/beef housed in a whole lotta trendy :o) One of my favorite dishes is the "Sakura beef" (beef carpaccio). Freshest beef carpaccio ever. My boyfriend and I were having dinner there one night, and as we were leaving we ran into some acquaintances of ours occupying the kotatsu room. After saying our quick hello while having a peek into the room, I saw that this space was cozy and private- an ideal area for a gathering place for close friends. Try out this restaurant for the atmosphere, but make sure you're not dipping into your rent money to do it. If you're planning to visit sans dinner, the restaurant's stylish bar is also a great place to conversate and mingle, while still enjoying the gorgeous decor. :o)
Ozumo – Great location, fantastic fresh fish, and great selection of sake. Unfortunately, our server, Kate S. was patronizing and stand-offish. She needs to be schooled in manners and understand that the customer comes first. Also, I noticed a lot of the staff having conversations with each other and not focused on the tables. Otherwise, the place was great but the poor/snotty service prevent me from giving it a Highly Recommended.
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