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“More Than Just Excellent Sushi”
Review of Sushi Ran

Sushi Ran
Ranked #4 of 79 Restaurants in Sausalito
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Sushi, Asian, Japanese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Turney & Pine
San Francisco, California
Level 6 Contributor
207 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“More Than Just Excellent Sushi”
Reviewed February 14, 2014

I live in Sausalito and visit Sushi Ran a couple of times every year. I have been to Japan more than a dozen times, and know great sushi. Sushi Ran has better sushi and sashimi than 98% of Japanese restaurants in the US, but falls slightly below the level of the top sushi bars in Japan. Maybe the variety of ultra-fresh fish is just not available here as it is in Japan.

Where Sushi Ran really shines is with the rest of its menu, which on the surface looks ordinary. The seaweed salad is excellent. The grilled squid is different and better than any I have ever tasted, with smoked citrus sabayon and pepper powder. The miso glazed black cod mixes freshness and subtle flavors in a profound way. The Hawaiian Ahi Poke is reliable delicious. Last evening we tried the curry spaghetti squash and spiced roasted cauliflower sides. Both showed combinations of flavors and complexity that one usually does not associate with sides. Check out the list of rolls, like the kaisen futo-maki roll, or the negihama roll, for something different and really tasty.

The wine list is fine and the sake list is even better. Sushi Ran is always crowded and often noisy. (I have been there when "Happy Birthday" was sung 5 times for different tables.) There are several separate seating areas, including a sushi bar and an outdoor plastic-enclosed patio. The service can be a bit slow and inattentive at times, and the order in which plates arrive may be a bit random.

Is it good enough to take the ferry across from San Francisco for dinner? Yes, even if you have to pay for a taxi back after the ferries stop.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank David W
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Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The best Japanese Restaurant”
Reviewed January 15, 2014 via mobile

Everything in this restaurant is a must try. I give their staffs 2 thumbs up for their fast and efficient service. I will surely eat here next time I am in Sausalito.

Thank pinkaliciousph
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Excellent Quality & Fun Sushi with Friends”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

Went here with a few friends based on recommendations of other friends. It is in a beautiful location and the staff was very friendly when making reservations. Our table was ready and the staff was friendly and helpful when we arrived. The menu is pretty expansive and features lots of options for both fish and non-fish eaters. They also have a very nice selection of sake. We were able to taste 3 sakes, free of charge, before we ordered ours (nice touch).

The food was great! Very creatively done and yummy. The vegetarian options were flavorful and filling and there were plenty to choose from (the mushrooms were wonderful and rich!). The sake was also high quality and well recommended by the waiter. Desserts were a pleasant surprise and very creative and tasty!

I'd love to return and try more options! If you go, definitely get a reservation as it was quite busy.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank P S
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Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Creative Japanese Cuisine”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

They have an interesting menu which included a very delicious house roll. There were set meals too. The sashimi was fresh and well presented. Reservations are highly recommended.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank JeanTay
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Louisville, KY
Level 6 Contributor
112 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“a quick trip across the bay.....”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Sushi Ran is an excellent restaurant in an area full of wonderful restaurants. The sushi is great, but the entire menu is outstanding. The restaurant is on a busy street about a ten minute walk from the ferry. It's a nice excuse to take the ferry across the bay from either the Ferry Building or Fisherman's Wharf; unfortunately the last ferry returns to San Francisco fairly early if you are eating dinner late.....nothing wrong with a cab ride back across the Golden Gate Bridge!! Overall, a great excuse to visit Sausalito.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank MFHLouisville_KY
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