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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The Little Chihuahua
The Little Chihuahua in Noe Valley is fast-casual Mexican we can actually get behind.
La Ciccia is a Sardinian restaurant in Noe Valley with excellent pasta. Be sure to make a reservation.
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Onsen is a Japanese restaurant attached to a communal bathhouse in the Tenderloin. And it’s definitely better than it sounds.
The Shota is one of the more expensive omakase spots in the city, but it’s absolutely worth the high price of admission.
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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