There are two things I love and one thing I wish they can do at Hinata Sushi. First, the quality of food at the price point for their omakase. You can’t find a new sushi restaurant focused on quality without charging you over $120, but this place does. And they do it without cutting corners. Just look at that fish below. Next, the atmosphere. When you first walk in and see the space, you’ll wonder why they don’t try and cram more tables in like every other place trying to survive their lease. Nope, not here. There’s the sushi bar and a few tables off to the side. And what a better way to experience everything than to be closer to the lively sushi chefs. You guessed it, they are talkative and they do liven up the place. This made for a wonderful night.
So what’s the thing I wish they could change? Well, it’s really out of their control and more of user error. It’s the fact that they are right next to another sushi place with a similar name. I thought it was the place and had me worried that I sent all my friends to the wrong address. Yeah, I didn’t see the big blacked out door with the sign on it. I can’t complain. User error.
Hinata has only two seatings, one at 6:00pm and another at 8:30pm. Reservations ahead of time is a must and do read their cancellation policy.
Once we got seated and acquainted with our friendly chef and staff, we noticed the refinements of the establishment. Like the self-selection of sake glasses and the wet nap, in case you wanted to eat with your hands. Then there was the prep work which was done in front of you. Letting you see the precision of each chef and the dish they were preparing. We got their omakase for $78 which included appetizers, twelve pieces of nigiri, soup, and dessert. Nice price huh?
This is chef Gavin. If you happen to get him, you’re in for a treat. Always glad to explain things to you, switch up any items you’re allergic to, and of course, have a celebratory drink. Gavin, we’re still waiting for you to stop by Yamasho for some karaoke!
Overall the food and people were great. This is definitely the type of establishment I would go to over and over again. Block out two hours for dinner and be prepared for a fun night.
810 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94109
+1 (415) 829-8291
Verdict: I highly recommend this place for the great sushi and atmosphere.