108 Carl St Ste B, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411737.765755 -122.450265
Tuesday To Sunday From 05:00 PM To 09:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Ashbury Heights, Central
DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME and MONEY – Overpriced - and extremely rude. Though I wanted to be nice since an elderly Japanese couple own the restaurant, it was BY FAR the WORST service and experience we have ever had in ANY restaurant. They act like the Sushi-Nazi and their awful personalities should be banned from such a wonderful neighborhood like Cole Valley.
Quaint but overpriced – I've been to nearly every good sushi restaurant in the city (hamako, ebisu, ozumo, sushi groove, kabuto, tanuki, tokyo go-go, etc.) and have to say that unfortunately I can't count Hama-ko among them. The staff is friendly, and fogiving of bad japanese, but the fish is mediocre and on the high end of the price range. I've had better quality at We Be Sushi, and for the money, I'd eat there any day.
Good, not great – Maybe if I hadn't gotten my sushi education at Murasaki this place would wow me. It's good, it's fresh, the service is prompt and friendly. Quite possibly the second best sushi place I've been to in SF, but I'm failing a compelling reason to go back.
Cole Valley Hype – We checked this place out because of all the hype. Were we ever disappointed. After the long wait, we got some old fish that tasted like We Be Sushi but unfortunately wasn't priced that way. It's cute and I want to like it, but it's just not good. Even Grandeho's on Cole is better.
Home cooking – The best sushi I've had in the Bay area (not saying much but still searching for that perfect one). This is a no nonsense straight up sushi place with none of the trendy roll creations that seem to blight the really expensive japanese restaurants. It was like dining at a japanese friends house with their mother and father serving you. Not appropriate for all but perfect for some.
I don't want you to know this – but Hama-Ko is without a doubt my favorite sashimi spot of all time. I don't want you to know because it's small and I don't want it to get too hard to get a table. But of course, I want Hama-Ko to be successful so that I can enjoy visiting there for the rest of my life. I love it THAT much.
Oiishiii – Best Sushi, hands down. None of this fusion crap here, just sushi the way it was meant to be served. The fish is fresh, the rice is right and the meal is a delight. Sure it is small here and can get crowded, but c'mon it is well worth it. There are few places in the Bay area let alone any of the major cities in the US that serve sushi as authentic as Hamako. Kudos to not breaking down and serving what some of the modern food snobs expect is sushi.
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