We got there about 6:30pm Fri. and thought we'd be in for a wait since this place is small and very popular. We were totally surprised that there were 2 spaces left at the sushi counter and the main dining area was completely empty!
So we got the 2 counter space and it's Awesome sitting so close to the 2 guys. We got the Hapa one (didn't ask his name..he told us his mom is Japanese). The other guy has tatoos on both arms.
Free tap water in glass bottle & edamame (soy beans) right after being seated.
I had a list of the nigiri I wanted to try:
uni (sea urchin from Santa Barbara) $9- I wanted Hokkaido uni but they didn't have it. The uni we got was very yummy. Even if u think u don't like uni, get theirs.
Kanpachi (amberjack) $7
ankimo (monkfish liver from Boston) $8
Honmaguro (Bluefin tuna) $10 - they only get a small amount on Fri..so go on Fri!
Kanburi (winter yellowtail) $9-only available in the winter, so hurry if u want to try it.
tai (sea bream) $7
saba (mackerel) $8
kohada (shad) $8
hotategai (scallop) $8
Did enjoy all the nigiri, Two complaints: RICE wasn't that good and fell apart from the fish too easily. AND: didn't like the music, it gets too Loud in there!
I wanted maguro maki ($10) w/ Kaiware, avocado, lemon, sesame oil & sea salt..but he probably didn't hear us, and we were getting kinda full so didn't get it..though others next to us seemed to like it and it looked yummy.
Our total was $80.29 before tip for 9 kinds of nigiri. So if you got bank & want fresh sushi go here.
Red seedless grapes given free w/ bill.
One unisex bathroom in the front, credit cards taken. Closest Bart stop: Civic Center and just walk about 7 blocks and you're there. Next to Patxi Pizza, no Sebo sign except on the window. Read they don't take reservation & the wait can be long.
Hrs: Tue-Sat 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
517 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102