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
2170 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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
Mission, 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.
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.
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+.
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.
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.
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.
Trendy casual to club wear: button-downs, graphic t-shirts, designer jeans, sports jackets, designer dresses, heels, matching accessories.
Friday and Saturday nights for a packed house full of young partiers getting ready to venture to the Mission or SoMa bars and clubs.
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.