Written byTaylor Abrams & Lani Conway
Everyone in San Francisco needs a neighborhood sushi spot. It’s like having a dry cleaner or a gym or a pickup truck that sells succulents out of the back. You just need one around. Ideally it’s a place you can go wearing gym clothes, after work, or on a Sunday night and always know you’re in for a good meal. In Hayes Valley, Domo is that place.
We keep coming back for the fresh fish, creative rolls, and quick and friendly service. The menu is small and concise, which is a gift at a sushi spot these days. The special rolls are the main draw here, and a few really stand out, which we’ll get to later.
As for the set up, the space is pretty small and almost exclusively bar seating, and we have zero complaints about that. Bar seats are the best seats, and we won’t be swayed from that position. Provided you go with two to three people, the wait is never too long. The space keeps it casual, and with small candles all around, there’s a nice warmth to it that’s missing at a lot of neighborhood sushi joints.
Even if you don’t live in Hayes Valley, Domo is worth a trip to for the all-around great sushi and happy-place vibes. And if you do live in Hayes Valley, even better. You can stop in on your way home from yoga/work/Biergarten.
This is essentially a baked California roll topped with scallops, spicy mayo, unagi glaze, and tobiko and scallions. It's creamy and well-sauced, but not in an overwhelming way. For a baked sushi roll, the Domo is perfectly done.
Hot Tuna Roll
Another standout specialty roll. Spicy tuna tempura, Sriracha mayo, avocado, tobiko, and unagi soy. It's fried, and warm, creamy but still crunchy. Order this.
Tuna Poke Taco
The tuna poke is superb, which is why we have no probably getting it as a side. But Domo also serves it tostada-style on top of the airiest tempura nori ever. Get this.
The nigiri here is bright, fresh, and presented with all the usual toppings and sauces, like zingy yuzu paste and ginger.
The real move is to go with the chef’s choice shashimi plate and let your Type A self go for an hour. It will all work out.