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PABU Izakaya

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner
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Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

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Experience Ken Tominaga, of the famed Hana Japanese Restaurant in Sonoma County, brings forth a modern take on traditional Izakaya-style dining with PABU San Francisco. In partnership with Michael Mina and Mina Group, this modern izakaya and sushi bar in downtown San Francisco is a dream brought to life for Tominaga and Mina. Located at the landmark 101 California space in San Francisco's Financial District, PABU combines rustic, old-world Japanese charm with modern, urban sophistication to create a dynamic, social dining experience. Cuisine: PABU presents a modern take on traditional Izakaya-style dining. An À La Carte Menu is available in the izakaya and dining room highlighting seasonal small
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My son and his fiancé treated us to dinner at PABU Izakaya. The bar was already packed when we arrived for an early dinner. Fortunately, we were seated in a quieter sun room area. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed the experience quite as...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank gnancy2011
Reviewed June 13, 2019 via mobile

Order was served relatively quickly given the crowd. Their sushi was good, but I am not sure the taste was worth the price paid, however, it was good.

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank JLowry3402
Reviewed May 25, 2019 via mobile

Their Omakase here is $120 with 3 small dishes, 12 pieces of nigiri and a dessert. You can add 4 pieces of "luxury" nigiri for $38, which I do recommend you get. Otherwise you won't feel full. The luxury includes barracuda, uni, A5 wagyu beef...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank priscilla-rie
Reviewed May 24, 2019 via mobile

Drake, our bartender, did an outstanding job introducing us to his cocktail selection. He really knew his business and was very helpful in explaining the techniques and the process of mixing outstanding cocktails. We spent about three hours with him and tried far too many...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank waynej2013
Reviewed May 5, 2019

Four of use shared many small plates and a small saki for lunch. A very civilized way to celebrate a colleague's work anniversary.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Robert C
Reviewed May 4, 2019 via mobile

Positives absolutely need to be acknowledged: - food was good and some dishes even unique - good variety of choices - presentation was very good as well - high energy vibe, packed by 30something well dressed crowd Now .....the rest of the story: - service...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank JVDZ7
Reviewed March 24, 2019

Food was very good, and the service was very dedicated. We enjoyed our lunch very much while tasting sushi and some main dishes

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Aureius-TLV
Reviewed February 3, 2019

Ordered their famed omakase, three people in our party. The service was incredibly slow. I understand that the meal has a pace about it, but 20-25 mins in between some courses is not good. We were told they had many people having omakase that evening?...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank GM433
Reviewed February 2, 2019 via mobile

A nice enteral place Asian Japanese, good service, good value, v good food, busy and buzzing, not too noisy although full...

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank WiltonL1999
Reviewed September 22, 2018

The food was fresh and delicious. The service was very personal but not invasive. The chicken thighs were very good but the flank steak was by far the best I have ever had. The fish was cooked to perfection and the presentation was great -...More

Date of visit: September 2018
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