22 Peace Plz Ste 510, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411537.785360 -122.429118
Neighborhoods: Western Addition, Central North
Most Embarrassing Moment in a Restaurant – I have been to Ino Sushi once before. I had a wonderful time on a Tuesday evening with my boyfriend. The sushi was good and the place was packed. We ordered Saki and a lot of sushi. The bill came to over $100 and the waitress loved us. Well today I went there for an early dinner and sat outside before they opened.
I was so excited to eat there again. I even recommended the place to a group walking by that was looking for great sushi. We all walked in around 5pm. The same lady that served me last time was there, the owner. This time she seemed less than amused to serve me, I was dressed down since I was coming from the gym so maybe that's why but I also heard her and her husband yelling when I walked in. I sat down and she told me quickly that I needed to spend $20 in order to sit at the bar. I said I was fine with that. I ordered green tea, a seaweed salad, tuna and salmon nigiri and a spicy tuna roll. That came to over $20. When I was finished I asked for the bill. The old man that made my sushi looked at me and said, "No more sushi for you?" I said, "No thank you". He started yelling at his wife, my server, in Japanese. She came over and said I needed to order more. Then he started yelling at me in broken English that I needed to eat more. I said, "My bill is a few dollars over $20 so I will not be ordering more." The sushi man said, "No, drink and salad don't count so the bill is only $15.50. I will be charging you $20!" I was so embarrassed that I asked them to quickly get my bill and I even waited in the wait area because I was so embarrassed to be in there any more especially since I had recommended the place to the people sitting next to me. They made the situation so uncomfortable and I think it was because of the way I looked, funny thing is I was carrying a $500 hand bag so I definitely have enough money to spend. I will never ever go back there and this is unfortunate because I thought it was such a cute sushi bar.
Small, simple and authentic Japanese sushi bar and restaurant. – In Short
This tiny, bright box of a sushi restaurant is hidden well inside the Miyako Mall section of Japantown--and for good reason: With only 10 seats at the sushi bar and four tables inside the spare, miniscule space, this is no rock-and-roll sushi tourist trap. Chef Ino and his wife maintain an atmosphere of decorum and excellence, and Japanese natives and local fans claim the fresh fish preparations here are among the best in town.
Best Sushi in SF hands down – Serious, real sushi. The very best I've had ever since moving to San Francisco. One of three "Sushi only" Japanese restaurants in the Bay area, all the sushi is "just like it is in Japan" as the chef would say. No gimmicks just real good sushi
good, but not stellar – A tiny Japanese sushi bar in JTown that serves no nonsense sushi. It's back to basics at this place. They serve traditional maki rolls, nigiri, and sashimi with fresh ingredients. Their tuna is even low-grade toro, which makes it a step above most Japanese places. Unfortunately I wished they served a little more unique items, like bluefin tuna or fresh scallops. Overall a pleasure to come here, but wish there was a little more to their menu.
a little jewel in japantown – I've been a sushi aficionado for only 6-7 years right here is SF and eat sushi at least once a week. This is an awesome restaurant, right in Japantown, which I've avoided mostly because of the tourism aspect. Reviews from the other 5 fans were actually also very accurate, and I wholly support all they're written. A most fantastic unagi, great sea bass and yes just about everything was good. Cute couple. Unpretentious. Small restaurant. Though, on this Tuesday night that I went, I was glad I made reservations! I almost hesitated writing this review lest it contributes to making the restaurant a freak show, thus creating long lines... but it's hard not to share this one. Thankfully, there are so many, many other good sushi restaurants out there.
Sushi for fish lovers – If you like caterpillar rolls and other Cal fusion sushi, stop reading as you will not like Ino. Ino is about simple authentic Tokyo style sushi. Ino San is a master of monkfish liver and salmon roe, but just ask him what he likes best. The hidden location means no crowds and their is also a good selection of premium sakes.
Best Sushi – It's very good place for authentic & traditional sushi. The sushi is very fresh but a bit pricy. The unagi sushi is very good, fresh from the grill, warm & crispy. I also like hamachi, ankimo & uni. Actually, every thing is good. It's just a small restaurant, but makes you feel very comfortable. The chef is very nice although he doesn't speak much. You'll definitely like it. They are closed on Sunday (I'm not sure about Monday).
Not the trendiest spot in town, but.... – Their sushi is fresh, exquisitely prepared, and authentic- they really do the real thing, and they do it well. If you're lucky, they will have 'chawan-mushi' (steamed seafood custard) available- not on the menu, but they have it- and it's quite a treat.
They are open only for dinner (closed Mondays I think) so check the calendar if you do go- service is great (it is run by a husband/wife team) and the sushi there is top-notch. Definitely worth a try!
Simple and Serious Sushi – Small venue in Japantown next to Takara. Simple menu of only the freshest nigiri, sashimi, and basic maki rolls. Nigiri is served without a plate, placed directly on the clean sushi bar. No wasabi on the side, it's already in the sushi. Verbal instructions on some items to not use soy sauce. Great sake selection. Not cheap, but very good.
Very Japanese – Certainly, this is not a cheap place. However, if you have some sashimi and sushi (don't order combination), you will be satisfied. When you have money and if you taste Japanese sushi bar, go there with your friends.
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