Blowfish Sushi

Bar / Japanese Restaurant
Blowfish Sushi Blowfish Sushi in the SF Mission is a trendy restaurant with creative sushi and cocktails. Wrap yourself in seaweed and head over to Party Earth San Francisco. San Francisco United States 37.759567 -122.409928
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Blowfish Sushi - Bar | Japanese Restaurant in San Francisco.
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Party Earth Review Although the place is loud and parts of the menu would make a sushi purist commit hara-kiri, Blowfish Sushi continues to be a chic Mission hotspot where the trendy set fuels up before a night out. Split in two by a small... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Restaurant: M–Tu 11:30am–2:30pm, 5:30–10pm, W–Th 11:30am–2:30pm, 5:30pm–10:30pm, F 11:30am–2:30pm, 5:30–11pm, Sa–Su 5:30–11pm
    Bar: opens at 5pm nightly

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Blowfish Sushi Review

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Blowfish Sushi in the SF Mission is a trendy restaurant with creative sushi and cocktails. Wrap yourself in seaweed and head over to Party Earth San Francisco.

Although the place is loud and parts of the menu would make a sushi purist commit hara-kiri, Blowfish Sushi continues to be a chic Mission hotspot where the trendy set fuels up before a night out.

Split in two by a small wall of bamboo and white orchids, the dimly lit venue features a dining area where the stylish regulars enjoy pyramids of tartare along with their traditional bento, and a slick bar that’s home to lots of specialty cocktails, sake, and plum wine.

Acai strawberry martinis in hand, moneyed loft owners and fashionable ladies – pretending they’re not going to order that green tea cheesecake like they always do – chat and flirt with the tatted staff, as the hectic chefs dole out mountains of tuna, salmon, and avocado (Thanks California!), all served with house-made potato chips.

A modern décor of textured walls, IKEA-style chairs, and symmetrical ceiling panels give the space a minimalist look, a simplicity that’s counterbalanced by rows of framed anime prints and a fair share of boobies.

Several flat-screens randomly play anime movies to go with the artwork, while DJs usually spin a conversation-unfriendly mix of funk, soul, throwback, and Top 40 to go with all the teriyaki.

Busy every night, Blowfish Sushi is a colorful combination of creative cuisine, intriguing cocktails, and a party atmosphere that patrons won’t mind blowing a paycheck on.

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Tip from Adriana:

Picky about your drinks? If nothing on the cocktail menu appeals to you, tell one of the seasoned bartenders what kind of taste you’re looking for, and he’ll personally whip up something to your liking. The staff is always trying to make up some new concoction to add to the already impressive cocktail menu.

  • Crowd

    Yuppies, trendy ladies, tech types, hipsters with an expense account, birthday groups, first dates, soccer moms, and lots of pre-clubbers on the weekends, mid-20s to mid-30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient or loud DJ-spun funk, soul, oldies, throwback, and techno almost every night at 7pm, with Tuesdays favoring R&B, funk, and soul. Several flat-screens play random anime movies.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Large menu of traditional and creative modern twists on Japanese cuisine, including sushi, bento boxes, specialty rolls, and salads. Happy Hour M–F 5–7pm.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $2–$14, entrées $8–$20, desserts $5–$8.

    Beer $5–$9.50, plum and regular wine $5–$12/glass or $29–$42/bottle, cocktails $9–$13.50, sake $6–$100+, champagne $10–$11/glass or $38–$75/bottle.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Trendy casual to club wear: button-downs, graphic t-shirts, designer jeans, sports jackets, designer dresses, heels, matching accessories.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for a packed house full of young partiers getting ready to venture to the Mission or SoMa bars and clubs.

  • Close By

    Circolo Cocktail Lounge (500 Florida Street) is a chic and romantic restaurant and lounge with creative Californian cuisine, an extensive cocktail menu with selections like a white chocolate martini, and a dining room that often gets cleared by 11pm to make way for DJs and dancing.

Blowfish Sushi User Reviews

Average rating:
Great sushi!
Gor G. Jun 8, 2013
If you want your sushi to be made with love and creativity, Blowfish is the place to eat, One of the great contributors of Blowfish is the location. I am an SF native and there are too many sushi spots located in overwhelmingly busy areas. Not Blowfish. Parking may be a slight issue, so arrive a little bit early. Despite that, the area is mellow and filled with the Mission culture. Definitely in the "cuts" but thats what makes this place such a GEM. The staff are very kind and offer the best of their assistance. The waitress's that served my table were so helpful and patient.... And they SMILE. As a "former" waitress and host, I've noticed that patient and beautiful customer service in a restaurant is rare to come by nowadays. Anyways, this place is amazing and my table brought our own Champagne with a corkage fee of $15, which is really not that bad in San Francisco. The seaweed salad, the desserts, and the sushi's were all delicious and we were definitely satisfied. Thank you Blowfish!!
Awesome Sushi
Gerard Nash G. Jun 8, 2013
My friend took me up to this place when I visited him at Berkeley for his birthday, and I am not going to lie but this place probably has some of the best sushi I've ever had. The food was filling yet tasty and the service couldn't have been better; one of the waiters even joined in to sing "Happy Birthday" to my friend while we surprised my friend with his cake and gifts. The desserts, particularly the chocolate creme brule, was to die for. The place is also conveniently located and the venue is beautiful, although the parking is just a bit difficult. Definitely come out to this place if you're ever in S.F. and are looking for a delicious sushi place.
A favorite place to get started
Bryan S. May 13, 2013
If you're a sushi purist, or averse to the trendy yupster vibe, you might blow off Blowfish in favor of something a little less frenetic. However, the food and cocktails are worth the trip, and the electric atmosphere is perfect if you're using dinner to launch a night on the town. The Asian-fusion menu is diverse and experimental, so it lends itself to first dates and/or small groups with diverse palettes. The bar also makes some sweet concoctions, and keeps a great selection of beer and wine. The Pyramid of Tartare and Japanese Ceviche make great starters, and your party can select from hot dinner dishes or a variety of sushi rolls. While I was in the mood for some simple sashimi, I really enjoyed the Seared Hamchi, with yellowtail, asparagus, mango-cilantro salsa & fried leeks. We also sampled the Super Spicy Tuna Roll topped with hot peppers, and the pork belly - both of which were quite tasty. Perhaps most importantly, a few Hitachino IPA's (my new favorite), had me more than ready tackle the clubs! Can't wait to go back for the live DJ on Sunday!!
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