Top 5 Sushi Counters in San Francisco

There’s some extraordinary sushi to be found in San Francisco, but only if you know where to look…


For a city that prides itself so much on its culinary prowess, San Francisco has had quite the Achilles heel for some time: its serious lack of a strong sushi game. The vast majority of sushi bars in the city remain oddly focused on quantity (and creating wacky maki rolls) rather than quality. And when there’s a place that rises above murky maguro mediocrity, many sushi aficionados tend to keep it to themselves. But keeping those kinds of secrets doesn’t improve the city’s sushi situation (or reputation) one bit, so we’re here to tell you about five sushi counters that really elevate the scene. 

Marcia Gagliardi is the founder of the weekly tablehopper e-column, covering the San Francisco dining and drinking scene (and beyond); subscribe for food news and gossip at Follow her on Twitter: @tablehopper.