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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

3.8

value

4.0

noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 19, 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.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Good for Groups
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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 13, 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 4, 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!

Dining Occasion:Date
Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 2, 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.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 28, 2017

My husbands birthday

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 15, 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.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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food3
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Sushi is excellent. Extremely fresh.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

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

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 4, 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 $$$$$.

Dining Occasion:Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 24, 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!

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 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.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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 22, 2017

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

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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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.

Dining Occasion:Business Meal
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!

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 29, 2017

Tasty but fairly chaotic

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 19, 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.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Good for a Date, Open Kitchen, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Incredible food and service

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 8, 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.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Very fresh seafood.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Local Ingredients, Open Kitchen, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 23, 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

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 20, 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.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 16, 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!

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Outstanding Value, Authentic, Sunday Lunch
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food5
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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!

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 12, 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.

Dining Occasion:Date
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 28, 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?

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 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.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2017

amazing food and great service

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Used to go there couple times a month but haven't been back in a few months. Fish is nowhere near what it used to be and for a Sat night the restaurant was not even full. Spent over $500 for 6 people for a birthday dinner . Not sure we will be back.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Family Style, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Consistently good sushi and service, but frequently too crowded and noisy. It's best to get there early, like we did tonight.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2017

The Tiger Prawns, Black Cod and all the sushi rolls were really good, well presented, clean and tasteful. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone who enjoys really good food and different tastes.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Power roll all the way

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Best spot in Potrero for sushi.

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·Dined on January 4, 2017

Great sushi! We loved the assorted sashimi and not so typical appetizer options. My boyfriend who is experienced in eating sushi from all over (even Japan) said this was some of the best sushi he's had in the US! We're so excited because we live right up the hill- so happy we finally tried this place!

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Open Kitchen, Family Style, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Looking in yelp and Open TableLive Sushi received good/great reviews with a few bad reviews in between.

The place is a dive. Upon Sebring seated they didn't have plates or forks Because they were being washed.

The food was just ok. The roll everyone talked about the SF?? Roll was the best one we had there but even that was mediocre. The most basic of basic the edamami were even tasteless as was the miso cod.

I would not recommend this place.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 25, 2016

They were awesome. We allowed waitress to bring us her favorites - tried stuff we've never had. Every dish was better than the last!!

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 23, 2016

I had a table reserved for a group of former colleagues during lunch for a special occasion. Location is convenient, a lot of parking spots nearby as well as close to bus stop. The service is generally decent, depending on which waitress/waiter you get. The first waitress for our table wasn't really attentive and seemed impatient, but the second one was great. That was the only comment I had. Overall, great food, ambiance, and decent service. I wasn't disappointed.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2016

Love it. Best sushi in SF. We go there almost every week. Staff is great, food is great

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2016

For starters we were greeted warmly by the lovely hostess and was seated promptly to a very nice table overlooking the bustling sushi bar- with three sushi chefs. I loved the colorful Fresh Menu creatively displayed on a chalkboard . The decor is tastefully decorated shabby chic which gives a real casual feel that validates you're dining in one of the best of the best Japanese cuisine restaurants in SF.

We ordered Asahi beer - and although it s Winter I'm always down for an ice cold beer. The best part? We were served our beer in chilled glasses!! So nice! by our friendly waitress whom was very attentive throughout our dining experience , that I loved!

The Ahi poke was oh so fresh- next best poke from HAWAII . I am coming back - Live Sushi is da bomb! Parking is off street where there's plenty of spaces available. Compai🍻🍣!

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 31, 2016

This was one of the best sushi meals that I have ever had! Next time I am in SF I will definitely return here.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 24, 2016

Food was amazing. Server was a bit aggressive with grabbing plates before completely being finished and pushing the check when we wanted to order more food.

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