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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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Uni
Live Uni
Hotategai Nigiri
Scallops
Scallop Sliders
The Live Sushi
Hamachi Kama
49er roll
Nigiri
Gomae
Romeo & Juliet Roll
Ikura With Quail Egg Nigiri
Maguro Sashimi
Uni Nigiri
Tamago Nigiri
Gyoza
Hotate and Sake Nigiri
Lobster
Trumpet Fish
Amaebi
Sushi
Octopus
Eel
Sashimi
ankimo
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
Hamachi Passion
Ice Cream Mochi
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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Loved For

Sushi
San Francisco Bay Area
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romantic (4)
kid-friendly (2)
notable wine list (2)
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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 ...

 
 (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, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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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, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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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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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, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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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, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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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, neighborhood gem, hot spot, 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: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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This is s fantastic place. One of the 2 ...

 
 (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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Interesting Specials

vip
 (New York Area)
·Dined on November 22, 2015

We found different combinations of fishes than you normally see on sushi menus which was fun. The fish was fresh and we enjoyed our first time here.

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Extremely fresh. Best sushi in SF

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on October 30, 2015

Extremely fresh. Best sushi in SF

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Love it!!

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on October 8, 2015

Great service, staff had great recommendations and suggestions. We anticipated a quick dinner but turned out to be best dinner from the grilled squid appetizer, sashimi, sushi, noodles, tempura, salmon and dont forget sake. Best sushi in the city.

Tags: neighborhood gem
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Superb! Food was outstanding and our wai ...

vip
 (New Orleans)
·Dined on September 27, 2015

Superb! Food was outstanding and our waitress was incredible.

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Awesome

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on September 21, 2015

Always have a great experience!! We come here at least every 2 weeks

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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Good, affordable sushi in a cute restaurant

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on September 1, 2015

Went to Live on a Monday night with two friends. It was very busy, but they honored our reservation right away. Service was friendly and efficient all night. We shared a delicious seaweed salad and each ordered our own dinners (two bento boxes and a bowl of udon). All of the food was good. Not EXCELLENT, but good. Definitely great for the price. I look forward to returning to Live in the near future.

Tags: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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Sushi Lover

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on August 18, 2015

I have written a review in the past, and Live Sushi remains the "go to" place for my sushi cravings.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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Outstanding!

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 31, 2015

For a few years I have thought Live Sushi Bar serves the best sushi/sashimi around. My lunch this week reconfirmed and did not disappoint. My fave is the Chirashi Bowl. It is ALL RAW and over-flowing with fresh delicious fish. If I lived in the City I would probably be dining at LSB twice per week!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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The food was good. The rolls are a bit s ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 22, 2015

The food was good. The rolls are a bit smaller than other sushi restaurants. I had a reservation for 8 but wasn't seated until 8:10. The hostess was pleasant about it and offered to get us a drink. The service was quick. We had the SFPD Roll, The Roll and another (I don't remember the name); they were all delicious. Overall a pleasant experience.

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Great sushi at a great price!

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 5, 2015

Live Sushi Bar is a gem tucked in the corner of 17th and Kansas. The four rolls we had were absolutely delicious, and we thought for the price they were definitely affordable. Service was very attentive and the food came out quickly. Overall a great experience, will definitely come again.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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Fantastic food. The Roll and black cod w ...

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 2, 2015

Fantastic food. The Roll and black cod were excellent

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My favorite sushi spot

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on June 30, 2015

Fish is always fresh. Good menu choices. Servers are attentive. It's a "go to place".

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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Awesome

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on June 28, 2015

Fresh food, great staff, never a complaint. Can't resist there Tempura and the Chef's special rolls.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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