SFReview

Ebisu review image
8.0

Ebisu

$$$$(415) 566-1770
Hours:SATURDAY5:00PM to 11:00PM

In a city overflowing with casual sushi spots, Ebisu stands out. This place has been in the Inner Sunset for over thirty years, and is still packed with people here for straightforward rolls, nigiri, and handrolls, and superb appetizers, like miso-glazed eggplant and agedashi tofu. Things here also run smoothly: Even though Ebisu is loud and the tables are somewhat cramped, the service is quick and the people running it are always checking in on you. Post up at the sushi counter where things feel less chaotic, stick to the rolls, and pay extra attention to the specials on the board, like half-shell oysters. 

Food Rundown

Miso Glazed Eggplant

Thick miso sauce topped with toasted sesame makes this dish. It’s spread over two eggplant slices and is melt-in-your-mouth creamy. Sriracha comes on the side, but you won’t really need it.

Behind The Green Door

We’re into just about anything topped with maui onions, so we love Behind The Green Door. For the seafood, shrimp tempura on the inside, and bonito on top. The whole thing is slathered with an aioli.

Nigiri

We stick to the specialty rolls at Ebisu, but turn to the specials behind the long sushi counter if we’re looking for straight fish. The nigiri is simple and solid—just don’t go in expecting any gold foil or caviar treatment.

Krescent Carasso

Ebisu review image

Featured in

.
22 Great Walk-In Only Restaurants For When You Didn’t Make A Reservation guide image
Guide
22 Great Walk-In Only Restaurants For When You Didn’t Make A Reservation

Forgot to book a table for tonight? Try one of these great spots that don’t take reservations anyway.

The Best Sushi Restaurants In San Francisco guide image
Guide
The Best Sushi Restaurants In San Francisco

Where you should go for incredible a la carte sushi meals and bucket-list omakase.

Where To Eat Near Golden Gate Park guide image
Guide
Where To Eat Near Golden Gate Park

Our 20 favorite places to grab a meal nearby.

21 Great SF Restaurants For Dining Solo guide image
Guide
21 Great SF Restaurants For Dining Solo

Eating alone? Here are the best spots in San Francisco to do it.

Suggested Reading

.
Robin review image
8.3
Review
Robin

Head to Robin in Hayes Valley for excellent omakase and a choose-your-own-adventure price range.

Otoro Sushi review image
Review
Otoro Sushi

A very neighborhoody sushi spot in Hayes, with high-quality fish at reasonable prices.

Tataki review image
Review
Tataki

Tataki does great, sustainably-sourced sushi in Pacific Heights.

13 Great San Francisco Neighborhood Restaurants guide image
Guide
13 Great San Francisco Neighborhood Restaurants

13 of our favorite neighborhood establishments across San Francisco.