About Live Sushi Bar

2001 17th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Nestled in the heart of Potrero Hill you'll find Live Sushi Bar a "come as you are", comfortable and inviting neighborhood sushi bar; serving both lunch and dinner. Come enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of our casual dining room or grab a seat at the bar and have some fun with our professional and creative sushi chefs. Live Sushi brings a fresh spin to your sushi favorites, offering unique interpretations and creative live specialties including live scallop, live uni, fresh oyster and spanish mackerel. From our specialty rolls to our authentic appetizer, there's something for everyone.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Sushi, Japanese, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm.

Cross Street:
Kansas Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 861-8610

Website:
http://www.livesushibar.com/

Catering:
Live Sushi is the premiere sushi caterer in the Bay Area for all of your sushi needs. Our experienced chefs, combined with a phenomenal menu, can create and present unparalleled sushi for your next special event. No event is too large or small for you and your guests to enjoy the highest quality sushi and service available. From sushi platters to on-site sushi bars, we offer the very best of everything sushi.

http://livesushibar.com/catering.html

Parking Details:
Easy parking right out side the restaurant

Public Transit:
Bus Routes 22 27 9

Executive Chef:
Jackson Yu

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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Uni
Live Uni
Hotategai Nigiri
Scallops
The Live Sushi
Scallop Sliders
Hamachi Kama
Gomae
Nigiri
49er roll
Maguro Sashimi
Romeo & Juliet Roll
Ikura With Quail Egg Nigiri
Uni Nigiri
Gyoza
Tamago Nigiri
Hotate and Sake Nigiri
Sushi
Amaebi
Lobster
Trumpet Fish
Sashimi
Eel
ankimo
Octopus
Hotate Nigiri, Walu Nigiri, Sake Nigiri
fried shrimp heads
Sake Nigiri
Crunchy Tuna Roll
Crazy Monkey Roll
Nemo
Amaebi Nigiri
Chicken Karage
Hirame Nigiri
Viper Roll
D J Roll
Sushi party
Sushi Platter
Potrero Hill Hand Roll
Dj Roll
Sunrise
The Roll
assorted sashimi
Seasonal Specials Platter
Ice Cream Mochi
Hamachi Passion
grilled black cod
Live Uni (Sea Urchin)
Dragon Roll, Dj Roll & Rainbow Roll
Nigiri Sushi
Family Affair Roll
Sake Sampler
Tuna tataki
Charashi (Mixed Sushi Bowl)

Live Sushi Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.0

value

4.2

noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (11)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
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Good for Groups (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Worth the Drive (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Romantic (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Casual (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Fun (1)
Cozy (1)
Authentic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Open Kitchen (1)
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We had reservations and had to wait abou ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined 5 days ago

We had reservations and had to wait about 15 minutes longer but definitely worth the wait. The seafood was super fresh and very good!

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Service wasn't great. Had to ask multipl ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined 6 days ago

Service wasn't great. Had to ask multiple servers multiple times to bring by items.

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Based on the reviews I had read, I expec ...

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on September 20, 2016

Based on the reviews I had read, I expected a truly excellent experience. We had been searching for a really good sushi restaurant for a long time. This is not it. Aside from excellent service and a very good salmon belly sashimi, the meal was mediocre. The restaurant ambiance is not what I would expect to find in a Japanese restaurant. I can't say that the restaurant wasn't clean, but it didn't feel clean to us and it is somewhat shabby in appearance. The fish in several sushi dishes were watery. At first I thought it was the rice, but my wife assured me it was the fish. The bar b que eel was barely warm. While I can't complain about the tastes of the dishes, except for the salmon something seemed off on all the others. Bottom line is I cannot understand why people think this place is good.

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Always a great time. The sushi is soli ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on September 17, 2016

Always a great time. The sushi is solid, often with specials from Tsukiji.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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This is a go-to lunch spot for me in the ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on September 15, 2016

This is a go-to lunch spot for me in the neighborhood. The live uni hand roll is a personal favorite.

Tags: Casual
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Everything was very fresh and tasty, but ...

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on September 13, 2016

Everything was very fresh and tasty, but the sushi rice was definitely not to standard.

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always a great place to go. the staff i ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on September 10, 2016

always a great place to go. the staff is amazing and it really is a good quality sushi restaurant. the fish is always fresh and they have a great team.

if you're by yourself, sit at the sushi bar and just ask them to put together some food for you. they get creative and it's always something a bit special.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Fun, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)
·Dined on August 27, 2016

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Live Sushi is a neighborhood gem. The qu ...

vip
 (New England)
·Dined on August 14, 2016

Live Sushi is a neighborhood gem. The quality of the sushi is superb, the service just as good and the busy ambiance reminds me of a Tokyo side alleys dinner place. I never get tired of going back again and again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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Very fresh Sushi & the live uni was amaz ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on August 13, 2016

Very fresh Sushi & the live uni was amazing!!! Service was quick & very friendly. There was a birthday party at the other table so it was a pretty lively bunch. The rolls were also very good as always.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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Always the best! We come here everytime ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on August 11, 2016

Always the best! We come here everytime we are in the area. They have the best quality and selection of sushi and the staff are very attentive (and understanding of my fish allergy).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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We love this Live Sushi Bar, but it was ...

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on August 3, 2016

We love this Live Sushi Bar, but it was even better than usual tonight! The specials from Tsukiji were so delicious!

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Plenty of choices from the menu, the com ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 19, 2016

Plenty of choices from the menu, the combos are good if you can't decide which ones you want. Everything we ordered were really good, the rolls were really good and the miso salmon cheeks appetisers was delicious! The ambience is perfect for casual dinners. The servers were knowledgeable and service was fast. The hostess though was not very warm - wish she could manage even just one warm smile to greet you when you enter the restaurant. Overall, pretty happy with Live Sushi and would definitely come again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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Live Sushi Bar is the perfect neighborho ...

vip
 (New England)
·Dined on July 17, 2016

Live Sushi Bar is the perfect neighborhood gem for sushi lovers! The service is excellent, the collections of sake superb and the food 3+

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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Love this place!! Great food!!!

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on June 30, 2016

Love this place!! Great food!!!

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The service was outstanding taking care ...

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on June 25, 2016

The service was outstanding taking care of and actually anticipating all needs. Staff is very knowledgeable about menu and daily sushi specials. The preparation, presentation and quality of the sushi is the best is SF. If you are looking for the best sushi in SF then Live Sushi Bar is the place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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The place is very simple. We enjoyed ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on June 20, 2016

The place is very simple. We enjoyed the very fresh fish served and soups were amazing.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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If you're going for the sashimi plate, g ...

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on June 5, 2016

If you're going for the sashimi plate, get the seasonal. It's pretty amazing and worth the additional cost.

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Great neighborhood Japanese restaurant

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on May 9, 2016

Overall solid value bentos. Fresh delicious selection of special sushi. Great attentive staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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Fresh to death!

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on May 8, 2016

I've been coming here for quite some time now. From dates to get togethers with friends and coworkers. Always one of my top recommendations for sushi spots in SF. A pleasure to dine here. Great quick service and fresh ingredients.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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Fresh fresh fish! No complaints beside t ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on May 5, 2016

Fresh fresh fish! No complaints beside the decor being a little tired.

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over priced, food is okay

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on May 4, 2016

Used to like the tempura ramen and set lunch. Delicious with fair value. With the increase, most likely not return to the restaurant.

Server only take the order and deliver food. Never check back.

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Decent sushi for reasonable price

 
 (Minneapolis)
·Dined on April 25, 2016

Met up with group of friends here. Friendly staff who were helpful in explaining the different sushi rolls to the friends that were less familiar. Decent price, decent sushi.

Tags: Good for Groups
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Not worth the price

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on April 10, 2016

It's quite pricy based in the quality of sushi. Just average.

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Never fails to please!

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on April 1, 2016

From the Yaki Ika to the special rolls, this place never fails to impress and please!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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Great sushi.

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on March 4, 2016

We love it. It's always busy, so make a reservation. The food and the service are excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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Great sushi, great sake, great price

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on February 28, 2016

Overall we loved live sushi, only one downside one group members starter was delayed and with that all her dishes came with a 20min delay from all others. Besides that we had a great time, loved the sake collection and the overall price was much lower than we would have paid at comparable restaurants in the city. Absolute recommend it

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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Noisy/okay service/great food

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on February 27, 2016

Very noisy and busy on a Friday night. Asked days ahead of time for a quiet table and wasn't accommodated. Server didn't bring out some of our nigiri until we reminded her twice. That being said, the sushi was top notch, great wine list, and it's an area with easy parking. I'd go back for the food, but have low expectations for service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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The chef's special

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on February 21, 2016

The chef's special

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Exceeded expectations… As usual.

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on February 19, 2016

Exceeded expectations… As usual.

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My daughter is vomiting and writhing in ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on February 18, 2016

My daughter is vomiting and writhing in pain after a dinner here. I'm feeling a little uneasy myself!

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Everything was decent but I was expectin ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on February 15, 2016

Everything was decent but I was expecting better quality sushi. Everything was really soft and fell apart easily.

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Over of the best sushi experiences ever. ...

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on February 7, 2016

Over of the best sushi experiences ever. Excellent quality and unique variety, and all really delicious

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Very relaxed setting, better than decent ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on February 7, 2016

Very relaxed setting, better than decent sushi , and solid service

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I had such a good time here! Be sure to ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on January 30, 2016

I had such a good time here! Be sure to make reservations, as it gets packed soon. It's tucked away in a very chill neighborhood, pretty easy to get to, and easy to find parking. The ONLY reason I didn't give it a full 5 star rating was because there was no dessert...and I have a sweet tooth always, especially after rolls on rolls on rolls.

Service: excellent!!! The server was very friendly. Our server was awesome as well, genuinely friendly and helpful, and attentive to us, from cheating empty dishes to refilling our sake glasses. She was sure to share with us her best suggestions on meal choices. Entrees and beverages arrived quickly, never leaving us waiting too long not crowding the table. Loved her professional and friendly service.

Atmosphere: nestled in a very chill neighborhood, it was mixed with families, young professionals, Locals, to new people stumbling in to try this place. Enough room to talk with your company. When waiting, staff is so awesome and asks if you'd like something to drink while waiting for your table. Again, make reservations ahead of time, especially on weekends. I truly enjoyed dining here on a date, but could be versatile for casual get together a, big groups or just take out!

Food: I was swimming in FRESHNESS! We ordered the Crazy Monkey Roll, which was delicious. We went outside the box a bit and ordered the Behind The Green Door roll (it was ehhhh ok), and the #1 Hand Roll (with quail egg it was a burst of big flavor wrapped in seaweed!). My favorite was the 16pc assorted sashimi....our server suggested getting the "fatty fish", and she did not disappoint, because the "fatty fish" sashimi was to-die-for. I could've devoured the entire plate....so freaking fresh!

A friend suggested to sit at the sushi bar, so can't wait to try again and sit at the sushi bar!

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Divine Dining!

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on January 8, 2016

I don't want to skew this restaurant's ratings, having reviewed it in the past, but this is my favorite sushi place. Always great!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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bday dinner

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on December 13, 2015

i love this place! fresh sushi,great service. Been coming here for a few years and it's always a great experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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This is s fantastic place. One of the 2 ...

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on December 6, 2015

This is s fantastic place. One of the 2 best Sushi restaurants in the Bay Area !

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Great sushi in a low key place

 
 (Los Angeles)
·Dined on November 28, 2015

A must go for me every time I make it to the City, found it by pure luck one day sitting in traffic and hungry. the Live Uni is amazing as well as their fresh Japanese fish selections on Fridays. The restaurant is very unassuming, people are always friendly and staff is fast. Great sake and fish selections.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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Very fresh sushi

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on November 22, 2015

The nigiri was excellent - outstanding and very fresh. The roll was very good too. Miso cod was meh. Eat at the sushi bar - great experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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