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“OMFG What just happened?” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sebo - CLOSED

Sebo
517 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4213 (Hayes Valley)
415-864-2181
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Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi
Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
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Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
Mount Juliet
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“OMFG What just happened?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Be prepared to forget all your previous sushi experiences. This one will reset the bar... and it will be VERY high. best sushi i've ever had by far!!!

Visited October 2012
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  • English first
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English first
So. California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Fresh-highest quality sushi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012 via mobile

This little sushi place is amazing in the level of fresh fish-really out of the world amazIng! They also have some very nice cold saki to accompany your delicious meal.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cairo, New York
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Sebo: It's all about raw seafood”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2011

Sebo at 517 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Tuesday-Sunday from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm

Sebo was featured on one of Anthony Bordain’s “No Reservations” shows on Travel Channel. We built our entire SFO business trip on Anthony’s recommendations.
Sebo imports most of its fish from Japan, so there is a great variety of fish that one may never see here stateside. They specialize in in the traditional edomae style. Everything from the rice and vinegar, to the selections of Sake’ are premium.
We always sit at the bar, to see the workmanship and the knife skills close-up. Many of you on TripAdvisor.com should consider doing the same. You learn a lot by talking to the Chef and just admiring the skill required to slice wafer-thin scallops, mackerel, and even the cucumber for fresh Uni or sea urchin (my favorite). Get up close and personal with your Chef and with your food. Witness the creations. Savor the taste and please, please, please… try something unknown to you. Preconceptions are best left at the door.
Sebo was a nice Saturday night and a short cab ride from Embarcadero.
We always do edamame, grab a bottle of dry Jingo or Dai Jingo sake’, and slurp down as much raw fish as required to supplement our Amino-3 fatty acids! Sebo does offer a small assortment of cooked dishes, but Sebo is all about the raw element. No cooking required. Just add skill. Sushi/sashimi is an art and takes plenty of practice.
At the bar we admired their skill and every succulent piece was a work of art and had taste not even known to most who visit a Japanese restaurant of this quality.

Sebo’s Sake’ list was impressive. Never, ever, have Sake’ warm, unless you’re in Alaska in an igloo and there is nothing else to sip! Nice and dry, fruity and floral. Try many kinds as I mentioned above.

One last line from Sebo:
Don’t drown your fish…
Meaning: lay off the soy or any other sauce. Enjoy it au natural, the way Mother Nature intended.

-David Allen

For the menu, visit:
http://www.sebosf.com/site/home.html

  • Visited May 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Better places elsewhere”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2011

Sebo has a reputation as being a sushi connoisseur's restaurant, but it comes off as self-important and over-priced. It's also not very much fun. The interior is sedate and lovely, but the service is glacial. And an insistence that the sushi should only be enjoyed as-is (rather than seasoning it according to your own tastes) smacks of elitism.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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“Skip it”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2009

Sebo is supposed to have great nigiri and be cool. Well the service is pretty terrible so if you can do without the cool, skip it.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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