Otoro is a very neighborhoody sushi spot in Hayes, and while everyone and their rich mother is is concerned with omakase, sometimes it’s nice to choose your own adventure. Otoro’s fish is high quality without being preposterously priced, and you can pretty much always walk in and grab a table. Get some of the sake butteryaki (salmon with butter sauce) along with some rolls.
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Head to Robin in Hayes Valley for excellent omakase that doesn’t involve burning all your money.
Barcino, a Spanish spot in Hayes Valley, serves tasty but expensive tapas. Come for drinks and a snack, but probably not dinner.
RT Rotisserie, with a short menu starring roast chicken and cauliflower, is our new favorite spot for a casual dinner in Hayes Valley.
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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.
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).
A fairly corporate Financial District Japanese spot that's perfectly suited to dinner with your boss.
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Serious quality sushi, provided you're willing to pay. Akiko's Restaurant will even serve you up a baby barracuda.
Hook Fish Co.
Hook Fish Co. is a tiny spot serving fresh, delicious seafood in the Outer Sunset.
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