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“So Serene”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of ANZU

ANZU
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Ranked #367 of 5,642 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $80
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Union Square
Cross street: O'Farrell
Transit: The hotel is located on the corner of O'Farrell and Mason Streets. One block from the Powell Street BART station.
Description: The elegant and intimate Restaurant ANZU, located on the second level of Hotel Nikko,specializes in Asian inspired California Cuisine. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, cocktails and dinner. The ANZU bar serves innovative and classic cocktails in an upscale setting.Both the restaurant and bar are also available for private and semi private events.
Pleasant Hill, California
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62 reviews
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“So Serene”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

another great place for food; located inside the Hotel Nikko. you can even get a true japanese brunch! great fun

Visited September 2012
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Thank HAPPY2GO30
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NikkoGal, Marketing Coordinator at ANZU, responded to this review, October 3, 2012
Dear HAPPY2GO30,
Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the fine delicacies in Anzu. We look forward to serving you again.
Like us on facebook.com/hotelnikko

Best,
Marcia Striffeler
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California
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“Great for dinner, but spotty for breakfast”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2012

First meal, after a long day, a late dinner -- they close at 10. I ordered the "Rock" -- no clue what it was but what a pleasant surprise. A superheated river rock on a plate of rock salt, accompanied by delicately fileted slices of beef. You cook it yourself !! Interactive meal, each slice taking just a few seconds. Three different kinds of dipping sauce. The server, Katy, was a joy. But breakfast the next day was a bit off. We skipped the buffet and ordered from the menu. For some reason, that doesn't work in some SF hotels -- one of our worst meals ever occurred at the Hilton. The eggs and such at the Anzu were OK, but my companion's toast and my English muffin arrived uncooked -- like they'd been scooped off the buffet table while on the fly. And the coffee cups are designed for right handers, unless you like to nuzzle hot coffee cups in two hands. I complained online, got an apology and a promise of a left-hander's cup next time. What ultimately happened, is we returned for another spendid dinner, and got comped a glass of wine.

  • Visited September 2012
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1 Thank Coastguy
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NikkoGal, Marketing Coordinator at ANZU, responded to this review, October 3, 2012
Dear Coastguy,
Thank you for your recent review. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed the "Rock" experience; it's definitely one of our most popular items. We apologize for the hiccups at breakfast and have passed on this review to Anzu so it doesn't occur again.
We appreciate the time you took to write a review and look forward to serving you again.
Feel free to keep in touch with us on facebook.com/hotelnikko

Warm regards,
Marcia Striffeler
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Southport, CT
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“Great sushi in a Japanese hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2012

We were searching for a good sushi place in SFO as a couple in our party love sushi, but do not have access to it when they are at home in Switzerland. This restaurant located in the Hotel Nikko was a great choice. First of all, Japanese business people like to eat Japanese when they are away and knowing the standard of the Nikko chain, there already was one stamp of approval.
There is not a huge selection of fish, but cerainly enouvht to keep in interesting. The standard rolls were excellent, the fish was fresh, and the presentation was beautiful. The tempura shrimp was nice and light. Desserts are western with interesting names and also very good. Noise level is very acceptable allowing for good conversation. Wine selection was interesting and allowed us to try some winners from wineries/varieties not previously sampled..

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank elaine3Southport
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NikkoGal, Marketing Coordinator at ANZU, responded to this review, September 14, 2012
Dear elaine3Southport,
Thank you so much for your recent review. We’re pleased to hear that Anzu was able to satisfy your taste buds as well as those of your friends from Switzerland. Were you aware that Chef Philippe is a native of Switzerland? In addition to sushi the restaurant also appeals to those guests seeking California Cuisine and outstand steaks. On your next visit make sure you try The Rock appetizer. It’s a great conversation starter and something a lot of our guest’s devour.
Thank you and we look forward to serving you again.
Regards,
Marcia Striffeler
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San Francisco
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567 reviews
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“Great Service, Presentation & Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

Anzu is a smallish Japanese restaurant located in San Francisco’s Hotel Nikko. The location is a huge benefit because the Hotel Nikko is an elegant hotel so if you are trying to impress someone the walk through the hotel lobby area to the restaurant makes a great first impression. We visited Anzu twice in the last six days and I have decided to break my review into two parts: (1) Service and (2) food.

Service

It is clear that from the top down an emphasis on service is reinforced daily. Our first server was Chris who was a real pro. He explains a menu as if he wrote it and freely offers suggestions throughout the meal. He was personable yet professional and his attention to detail was especially noteworthy. His helper (for lack of a better term) was David. If James Brown was the hardest working man in show business, David is the hardest working man at Anzu. Our second server was Stina. Stina has a warm smile, a great accent and a personality to match. Her right-hand man was Kay, a real cheerful man from Macau. There is no way you will go without water or Anzu’s great bread if Kay is around. I also noticed that everyone helps. The employees here are not territorial at all. If something needs to be done the first available person gets to it.

The Food

Chef Laurent Berthon really understands how to present food so bring your camera. For starters you absolutely will not go wrong with the kampachi carpaccio, the ebi, or the hamachi crudo. Do not, I repeat, do not leave this restaurant without trying the baked cherry stone clams. If I were a girl I would say “they were to die for,” since I am not I will simply say the presentation was excellent and they were “off the hook!”

To my mind, the choice of a main course starts and ends with the wagyu beef onglet (pronounced “on lay”). This dish is akin to Japan’s Kobe Beef and it was some of the most succulent beef I have ever smacked my lips on. The presentation is awesome and I would suggest that you get it rare. The side dishes were served family style. I would get the truffle mac ‘n’ cheese and the garlic noodles. The menu advertises the spinach as spicy. I thought it was good but it clearly was not spicy. I would try the roasted marble potatoes and although the label “blue lake green beans” sounds exotic, I would probably shy away from them because mine were bland. Finally, take my advice and forgo the dessert menu. You will not need it. Just order “the fog” a wonderful chocolate dessert presented with dry ice that will make the heads at the surrounding tables turn.

I had a terrific time at Anzu and this is a great place to eat prior to going to the Rrazz Room.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank CHOCOOLATE
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NikkoGal, Marketing Coordinator at ANZU, responded to this review, August 30, 2012
Dear Iceler
WOW! Thank you for your comments regarding your experience in ANZU. Our staff will appreciate you mentioning them by name so positively. As a Top Contributor on TripAdvisor your comments are extremely meaningful.
Thank you and please return soon!
Best regards,
Nikko Gal
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Pleasant Hill, California
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“Average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

Staying at the Hilton next door, didn't make a reservation on a Saturday night around 8pm. Called around, couldn't find a decent place to eat. Concierge recommended ANZU, we got right in. The ambiance was decent, the food was very tasty, good presentation, good wait staff and the price was ok for what you get. This isn't high end by any means.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank Dave R
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