211 Clement St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411837.782998 -122.461574
Monday To Saturday From 05:00 PM To 12:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Inner Richmond, Northwest
Editorial Review – Born and trained in Japan, the owner-chef prepares authentic sushi rolls, including tempura, eel, yellow tail and more.
BEST of the best sushi – Spent over 2 years finding good sushi restaurants in Bay Area - this is "IT". All my friends (and my 3 year old) love the food here!
Mr. Sasaki manages the whole "sushi process", from picking the fresh fish at the market to slicing them into delicious sushi! He is a very friendly and funny man. Mr. Sasaki will also recommend the freshest fish to you .
Recommended sushi and cooked food:
Yellow Tail, Uni, Giant Clam, Toro, Fresh Salmon, Katsuo, Unagi, Salmon Skin handroll (request extra crispy)! Unagi Donburi, he serves it with some really great sauce. Try some of his traditional japanese seafood soup (serves in a teapot), very nice during those cold foggy night!
For California Roll, he uses REAL crab meat - not fake crab meat which ruins the taste and texture of the roll!
Moreover, this place opens till MIDNIGHT!
It was 3 years ago I wrote the above comments and this is an update base on my almost bi-weekly visit to Murasaki over this past 3 years with my now 7 years old and 4 years old. My little ones would not eat sushi any where else except Murasaki.
Yes, I am a loyal customer and you can say I am bias - all because it is the best sushi in town.
Most recently, I had special ordered lobster sashimi (just call a few days ahead of time and the fresh live lobsters will be ordered for you), he would cut up the live lobster right in front of you and as for the taste - well, try for yourself... The second time I ordered the lobster sashimi, I ordered 2 lobsters!
It's amazing that the high standard quality of all the food remains consistent over the years.
And as far as I can tell, most of the customers are locals in the area and a number of them are Japanese. To my knowledge, some of the customers include employees and crews of JAL and ANA airlines, enough said.
Close Your Eyes- Just like Japan – Murasaki serves up some of the most authentic sushi in the city. No frills here so forget the 4 eyed caterpillar roll or the wasabi-infused triple decker yellowtail handroll. This place is bare bones, traditional sushi and it kicks ass. The rice is cooked to perfection and the fish is as fresh as it gets. Haven't had a bad experience here yet. Definitely a bit on the pricey side but if you want a treat, you won't be disappointed.
Best sushi. Ever. – One of three restaurants I always choose for a special meal -- yes, anniversary or birthday requests, etc. Although there are more fashionable, far more expensive, you name it ... I leave it to the fabulous sushi-master to serve me whatever he likes that day. I have never been disappointed. And I'm picky.
(also wonderful for non-special occasions AND take-out, if you just have to get home)
Iron Chef class – I don't know if this will work for anyone who's not a regular, but I usually don't bother with the menu at this place. I let Sasaki-san work his magic with whatever ingredients are best that day and he never fails to amaze me. Amazing sashimi creations with lots of surprises.
Fresh – Murasaki is hands down, the best sushi bar in town. The owner/sushi chef is extraordinary and doesn't recommend let alone serve anything that he doesn't deem fresh. Sake selection is very good as well. What puts this place over the top are their hours. Sushi this good at 11:30 PM? Awesome baby!
best sushi this side of the Pacific – Japan Airlines crews, embassy staff and expatriate Japanese company employees can't all be wrong - this is the best sushi restaurant this side of the Pacific!
The classical varieties of sushi and sashimi is offered at an unusually high level of quality - freshness, texture of rice, proportions, even the angle of the cut (not surprising since Chef Sasaki trained for seven years at some of Tokyo's finest restaurants). But if you leave the menu to him, he will offer an extraordinary experience of sushi and mouth-watering small seasonal dishes the likes of which I have not seen except in Japan (phoning ahead helps).
Some of us would prefer to keep this island of culinary delight a secret ... but what the heck, the more people sampling such fare, the higher the level of Japanese food will rise in our fair city.
Good Sushi – This place has possibly the best sushi in town next to Kiss Sushi in J town. I also like the friendly service and the relax atmosphere. This place frequented by Japanese and other asians which is always a good sign.
Ahh... – Five words would express it all:
I would kill for this Uni!
The freshest sushi – The sake nigri are the best in the city.
This place is where off duty sushi chefs flock.
IT's very good.
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