Some neighborhood sushi spots play great music, others are fun scenes, and some just have fairly solid sushi, but Saru Sushi Bar is in a league of its own. All of the fish here is high quality and decently priced, but we especially like the kelp-cured halibut nigiri, anything with scallops, and the fatty tuna tartare tasting spoon. This place is pretty small, but it’s perfect for a nicer weeknight date.
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La Med does a serious takeout operation, but the Noe location is a good option if you actually want a place to sit and eat as well.
Noe Valley Bakery
There’s usually a line for bread and pastries at Noe Valley Bakery, and for good reason.
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Nojo is a great example of our favorite type of restaurant: excellent food and easy to get into.
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Head to Robin in Hayes Valley for excellent omakase that doesn’t involve burning all your money.
Elephant Sushi in Russian Hill usually has a bit of a wait, so try to head there on the early side (they open at 6).
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