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Nara Sushi

$$ - $$$
Nob Hill
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1515 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
11:30 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Toronto, Canada
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277 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

We wanted to go to San's next door but the line was very long. We went to Nara next door and had some sushi instead. It was mediocre at best. While it was definitely fresh, it was prepared without any imagination, a bit bland. Portions are small. Decor is uninviting. In a pinch, it is an OK place to go... More 

Thank QueenStreetLaw
San Francisco, California
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211 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

Family likes this place because it's cheaper than other sushi spots in this area. I'm not too keen because the food is very average. Rolls are sloppily assembled and falls apart easily. Ingredients like beef in the donburi was sliced sloppily too. The miso soup is also sloppily made. Really salty. I'm not a fan. Just tagging along because everyone... More 

Thank Avrilx
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2015 via mobile

Ordered my favorite tempura dish and had an initial shock when I first bit into it. I've had really delicious tempura before and this just did not match it. It had a weird kind of zing to it. We also ordered the salmon teriyaki which we didn't finish either but the crunch roll was good!

1 Thank Cecilia S
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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2015

This is the second place my gf google before we left home. She wanted to have a great experience & good food. This place is located in Nob Hill, easy to find and very busy. The waitresses are very welcoming & quick to serve you. We spent 1.5hrs & it was a good experience. The service was awesome, the place... More 

Thank Gerald M
San Francisco, California
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44 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2015

You can probably find a some better sushi for a higher price elsewhere by looking at the top restaurant lists. This used to be a neighborhood gem because it used to serve hearty-sized special rolls. I probably have not been in to dine for a couple of years, but I returned to find that they reduced the special rolls to... More 

2 Thank ObsidianSnow
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2015

Terrific food, beautiful presentation and excellent service! Our server even brought, with no prompting on our part, a different brand saké that was much better suited to the sashimi. Overall a terrific experience, with my only (very minor) complaint being that the music played a little too loudly for my taste.

2 Thank Tomer G
Bucharest, Romania
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54 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2015

The sushi rolls were very good, too bad we didn't understand what many of the other menu items were, as not all of them had pictures. The service was very fast and efficient. Overall a nice and not so pricey experience. When you're looking to get some sushi for dinner and you're on a budget, this place is the right... More 

Thank Tiberius S
Morioka, Japan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2014

I have eaten here a few times liking a menu that offered a small meal for a fair price, under 15 dollars. I was disappointed in the manner in which a taste concern was handled at the restaurant. Admittedly I am not a sushi expert, but when sushi (raw fish) does not taste fresh I would expect more concern from... More 

3 Thank rogermann64
Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2014

Price value here at this place was really good and the sushi was high quality. Staff was super friendly. We were seated at the bar where we could actually watch how the sushi was being prepared for us. Would recommend to people to go there, however the atmosphere is not the nicest...

Thank Swiss_Miss89
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I enjoy sushi very much and didn't want to return to ny without having sushi her in san francisco- we rode the trolley to the end at van Ness walked down the hill and was delighted to have one the best sushi lunches ever - the fish was delish - and simply amazing - the rice was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $12
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1515 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Nob Hill
  • Neighborhood: Nob Hill
  • Phone Number: 415-567-1515

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Nob Hill

Neighborhood Profile
Nob Hill
Swanky and stylish, Nob Hill sits in the heart of the city and is home to amazing architecture and views. The hike to the top can be a challenging workout for those who forego a cable car ride, but they will be rewarded with some of the city’s most beautiful architecture adorning its peak. Originally populated with mansions after the Gold Rush, most if not all were devastated in the 1906 earthquake and fire that followed. Luckily all is not lost; storied hotels and Grace Cathedral surround Huntington Park. Having a drink or dinner while taking in the sunset and views at the "top of the Mark" is tough to beat.
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