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317 Sanchez St, San Francisco, CA 94114-1615
11:30 am - 1:45 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Sun 11:30 am - 1:45 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016 via mobile

A tiny venue, sparsely decorated hides fantastic food. Everyone has said it, but I'd heartily recommend the fresh tofu- exquisite! The only complaint was the dodgy vibe given off by the owner/head chef... In contrast to his staff he was stern and unwelcoming. I'd like to believe he was having a bad day, but it seems others on here have... More 

Thank JacketPotatoes
Seattle, Washington
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39 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

When I lived in San Francisco this was a once a week treat. I haven't been back in 4 years. Everything is as good as I remember. There homemade Donburi tofu is legendary. Their sushi is so fresh. The strawberry Mochi dessert is out of this world and sells out quickly. The service is wonderful and very authentic Japanese. I... More 

Thank Mark C
Sao Paulo, SP
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134 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015 via mobile

It looks like a small Japanese restaurant one would find in a narrow street in Kyoto. Very few tables and, if going for a booking, be punctual or they might pass it on to the next in the line. The food is great - certainly one of the best Japanese restaurants I have eaten recently. I can only recommend it!

Thank oviajador
Sydney, Australia
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25 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

It was so good we went back the next night to eat there again. I love this place! We tried the house made tofu, fried eggplant and various types of sushi. It was all fantastic and so fresh. Lovely service as well. I only wish we had this place at home.

Thank ErikaH100
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I lived in japan for 7 years and my boyfriend is Japanese. We absolutely loved this place. Small and very authentic. Home made tofu and oboro dofu were delicious. Grilled eggplant with miso paste was really good. Don't expect a heaping of food (sorry, this isn't Texas) and you need a delicate palate to appreciate Japanese food but if you... More 

1 Thank Tzankster
Pune, India
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39 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

It probably seats no more than 30 people at a time. But, it has a feel of a small, family, Japanese restaurant. Service- very quick and attentive. Food- very good- must try the black cod broiled in sake- hiso- excellent. The strawberry Mochi was delicious (tried to order an extra one and was told that they have a policy of... More 

Thank SchnTkkr
Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013 via mobile

We had dinner at Eiji with friends during a stay in SF. The place was recommended and booked by a regular visitor to Eiji. Despite this fact we started on the wrong foot: We were late and called just about the time of our initial booking. The waiter didn't accept our appology and wanted to give away our table. Nevertheless,... More 

Thank tg81
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

Tiny local restaurant with a few tables. They did not want to take a phone reservation for a party of three but encouraged us to try as a walk in. We didn't mind a reasonable wait so we thought what the heck, we would still try. It was nice weather and night so a wait was not a big deal.... More 

2 Thank Shersei
San Francisco, California
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75 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

This place is a great place to go for a nice sushi dinner in a small relaxed traditional Japanese atmosphere. The food is stellar, they make their own tofu, which sounds odd to most, but all will love, either hot or cold. Do not come here if you like being a loud Sake bomb dropping, loudmouth. Do come here to... More 

1 Thank MickD415
San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

Great tofu, so perfect, so tasty and so delicious. Sushi here is fresh, well served & excellent. Peaceful dining , an SF treat!

Thank William M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
11:30 am - 1:45 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:45 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:45 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:45 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:45 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:45 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 317 Sanchez St, San Francisco, CA 94114-1615
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Castro
  • Neighborhood: The Castro
  • Phone Number: 415-558-8149

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in The Castro

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The Castro
A flourishing commercial area that acts as San Francisco's LGBT community center and cultural heart, the Castro is a neighborhood welcome to everyone. As one of the first predominantly LGBT neighborhoods in the United States and currently its largest, it remains one of the epicenters of activism in the nation. Grand theaters and glitzy shops now compete with bars and fashionable eateries for attention, drawing visitors from around the world to the bright rainbow flag acting as its beacon.
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