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About Live Sushi Bar

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.

2001 17th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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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

Live Sushi Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.1

ambience

3.9

value

4.1

noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (11)
Casual (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
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Authentic (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Fun (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Romantic (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Seasonal (2)
Cozy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Business Meals (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Spicy (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Even though it may not seem like much from the outside or when you first get in, it is definitely a gem to find. It was a nice (almost hole in the wall type feel) that allows you get the freshest ingredients placed in front of you. We had the live uni, the chef's special oysters/ uni shooters, and the lover's boat that was upgraded with fish that was imported directly from Japan's seas. The food was also accompanied by some Sapporo and House Sake. They have a big selection of sakes and sake flights that you can try, but since I am just fine with the house sake, I didn't dive into those selections. From the menu, they also had ramen, udon, tempura, edamame, and bento boxes that you can choose from during dinner.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Healthy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fun, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Spicy, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

I've been to live sushi many times. This is the second time we've gone having reservations and have had to wait in excess of 20 minutes for a table to open up(the last time is was over 45). This can't really be blamed on the restaurant as they don't want to literally kick people who are done with their meal out of the restaurant but it still isn't ideal. Especially when you're really hungry.
The server took about 10 minutes to get to our table which is annoying after waiting for a table for 20mins with a reservation. After she came over things got better.
The food is decent but some of the fish seemed a little watery/bloated. My gf and I eat sushi at least once a week so this was something I hadn't experienced before.
The Chu toro was the best of the night and of course the most expensive. Not sure if we'll go back as there are many other better spots with better service and better fish.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Always a good meal and friendly service. My son and I go here a lot - he loves the sushi rolls.

Tags: Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2017

I've been here quite a few times and got excited that it's near my new job. They are very consistent and the fish is very fresh. Delicious oysters! And I am a big fan of special rolls which they have. There can be quite a wait on weekends for dinner and also there aren't any dessert options besides mochi. Would recommend !

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

We made reservations through open table for 8:45 PM and wasn't seated until 9:45 PM! Not only did they not honer the reservation time but service was extremely rude. I've been going here since 2011 and I will not be going back. The hostess did try to apologize when we asked about our table multiple times but our waitress was beyond rude. She didn't even acknowledge the wait nor was she friendly. I would have expected bare minimal someone to come by to apologize or give us a free app or something! Never will we be coming back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

This experience was great. We (three of us) were seated right away after mentioning the reservation. We wanted to try uni for the first time, and our waitress was very knowledgeable of what varieties available that day (Uni is only available on the weekend). The nigiri and sushi rolls came out in waves (as expected), and the service was awesome - asked how we were doing and refilled my water ~ 5 times. We would definitely come back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Healthy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Made reservations but it didn't matter. They offered bar and didn't save tables for those who reserved

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Great place to eat and the quality of the fish was very tasty. I've passed by this place frequently and this was one of the first times I've been here. I will be coming back more often since I live so close by!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Great food and friendly service

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 (Yosemite)·Dined on June 29, 2017

The staff is courteous and thoughtful. Our order was taken quickly and delivered quickly. The waitress was attentive but not too attentive. Meal was excellent. I had one of the box entrees.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Nice blue fin.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 27, 2017

One word, AMAZING! Love the food, happy staff and always great to be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

I am a regular customer, and the restaurant is just down my street, but I must admit that the service at "Live Sushi" is getting worse and worse. I may look around for a new Sushi restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Some fish was great (i.e. salmon belly) and some could have been fresher (scallop). Pretty expensive for what you get though mostly tasty.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

This remains my favorite sushi restaurant. Food is consistently fresh and delicious. Staff Members are warm, welcoming and helpful. The atmosphere is casual and always busy with appreciative customers.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

That's our favorite sushi in a town we've been going there for over two years.
The place is quiet ,the food is great and a service is very good!
Try their specials you will not be disappointed!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Second time here and the food is very good. We both had the Bento boxes with 2 choices: spicy tuna & tonkatsu & teriyaki beef & tempura veggies. Both came with miso soup/rice & a good portioned salad. The restauarant setting feels like you are dining at someones home. The Only thing that didn't fit was the club music playing quite loudly over the speakers. Some nice Japanese music would have made it a perfect dining experience! Our server was very attentive and pleasant.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

My husbands birthday

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Maybe because it was a Special Occasion being that it was Mother's Day, so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, and even though they were very friendly, the service was terrible. Not once, twice, but at least three times they told us the food was on the way and at least 40 minutes went by after the first time they told us and this was after they brought out the one dish for my daughter. She waited for us, but didn't care that her Udon noodle soup was likely a whole lot cooler than when they first brought it out. So, first faux pais . . . if you're going to have the other orders late, then don't bring out the one, especially if it is a hot dish; second, don't keep telling us it's on the way and have us believing that it is truly on the way when it isn't. They brought out a "free" dish of edamame for our wait, but it would have been a bit more considerate if they gave us a discount off our food for our very long wait. And we didn't even order anything big or complicated for the other orders.

The food was good once it arrived, but nothing to write home about; certainly not to make up for the very long wait.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Sushi is excellent. Extremely fresh.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2017

My go to place for sushi. As always, delicious fresh fish with great service staff and casual neighborhood ambience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 3, 2017

LIVE never fails to deliver impeccable food and service to match. I finally branched away from my typical order and tried something new this time. And I can honestly say that it exceeded my expectations. Excellent, fresh food with upbeat, friendly and doting staff make for a fine dining experience without the fine dining $$$$$.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Always a great easy experience, super friendly staff. I've came in many times with out a reservation and with my baby, they are always welcome! The sushi speaks for itself!

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 21, 2017

The services provided by waitresses Naomi and Mai was professional, kind, and exceptional. The food was great and the environment was cozy and welcoming. Will highly recommend to friends and family.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Don't go here if you want an enjoyable dinner. They're eager to kick you out before you even finish eating.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Thanks we will be back. It is close by, reasonable prices. The sashimi was very good and fresh.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 3, 2017

By far and always my favorite Japanese restaurant in the Bay Area. Freshest fish, good sized portions, fair prices, excellent service. Nothing compares. We go every chance we get!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Tasty but fairly chaotic

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 18, 2017

I love coming here. They always have such fresh fish, and it just feels like the perfect cozy neighborhood sushi spot. It takes the craft seriously without being pretentious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Incredible food and service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 7, 2017

The Sweet Potato Roll and the Vegie Temp Roll were very tasty. The flight of saki called Earth was crisp, light, and lovely. The DJ Roll was great. Best in Potrero Hill.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Very fresh seafood.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 22, 2017

We ordered grilled squid as an appetizer, it was fantastic. The Toro nigiri was great too but expensive at $19 per order, it was worth it though. Would have given it five stars but yellowfish was a bit disappointing. Good mochi too

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 19, 2017

The sashimi was amazing. Tempura light and crispy. A few dishes were missed - the short rib appetizer was very fatty. Not my favorite. But overall a fun place to try things and good service. Up and coming neighborhood so there was parking on a Friday at 8:30!! Huge plus.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Overall, my friend and I really enjoyed Live Sushi. I would definitely go back and recommend to friends and family. They were friendly and accommodated us (earlier in the day I made a reservation via OpenTable, but when we arrived there was no reservation under my name via OpenTable). How was my reservation on OpenTable missed? This was the first time this happened to me. How can I ensure this will not happen with future reservations? I really like using OpenTable for recommendations and to see what's new. Thank you!

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Outstanding Value, Authentic, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 15, 2017

The double Hamachi Roll was deliciously fresh. Tripled down on Hamachi and ordered the Kama, also. It was well-seasoned and cooked just right. Stay away from the tempura. The batter was soggy and lacked flavor. But it's not called "Live Tempura", now is it!? I'd definitely return and stick to the sushi and sashimi. Service was meh. We were the second party to walk in at lunch so it was not busy yet--not sure why servers was inattentive. Servers were very nice, but didn't fill our tea cups, forgot our miso soup and didn't bring a salad we ordered. I'd still go back!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2017

We chose Live Sushi based on the numerous reviews on Yelp and Opentable. We were not disappointed! There was a wide variety of dishes, but we only had sushi. The fish was very fresh and delicious. I would definitely recommend this place! It is VERY loud though, so be ready for that. The service was very rushed as well, but the food was great.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Casual, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Happy Hour
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2017

We made a reservation for a table at 7:15 (which was when we arrived) but were asked at 7:40 to sit at the corner of the sushi bar
What's the point of accepting reservations if walk-ins and those with reservations get seated with the same priority?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2017

I've been going to Live Sushi for years. I have never been disappointed with their food or their service. On busy nights, it could get quite loud because of the small venue. But, there is a lot of energy that you can feed on when it is busy. Service is great. The staff always has a smile and more than willing to help you with your meal. Overall, you need to try this spot.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2017

amazing food and great service

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