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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Live Sushi Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

3.9

noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

neighborhood gem (14)
fit for foodies (12)
romantic (5)
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late-night find (5)
hot spot (4)
special occasion (3)
good for groups (3)
kid-friendly (2)
great for lunch (2)
vibrant bar scene (1)
notable wine list (1)
great for brunch (1)
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food3
ambience3
service3
value1

Not worth the price

Dined on April 10, 2016

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

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Never fails to please!

vip
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
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great sushi.

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
food5
ambience5
service3
value5

Great sushi, great sake, great price

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
food5
ambience3
service3
value5

Noisy/okay service/great food

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
food5
ambience2
service3

The chef's special

Dined on February 21, 2016

The chef's special

food5
ambience5
service5

Exceeded expectations… As usual.

vip
Dined on February 19, 2016

Exceeded expectations… As usual.

food1
ambience2
service2

My daughter is vomiting and writhing in ...

Dined on February 18, 2016

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

food3
ambience4
service4

Everything was decent but I was expectin ...

Dined on February 15, 2016

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

food5
ambience4
service4

Over of the best sushi experiences ever. ...

vip
Dined on February 7, 2016

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

food4
ambience5
service4

Very relaxed setting, better than decent ...

Dined on February 7, 2016

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

food4
ambience5
service5

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

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!

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Divine Dining!

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
food5
ambience5
service5

bday dinner

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
food5
ambience5
service5

This is s fantastic place. One of the 2 ...

Dined on December 6, 2015

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

food5
ambience4
service5

Great sushi in a low key place

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
food4
ambience3
service4

Very fresh sushi

vip
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
food4
ambience4
service5

Interesting Specials

vip
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.

food5
ambience4
service4

Extremely fresh. Best sushi in SF

vip
Dined on October 30, 2015

Extremely fresh. Best sushi in SF

food5
ambience5
service5

Love it!!

vip
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
food5
ambience5
service5

Superb! Food was outstanding and our wai ...

vip
Dined on September 27, 2015

Superb! Food was outstanding and our waitress was incredible.

food5
ambience5
service5

Awesome

vip
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
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

Good, affordable sushi in a cute restaurant

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
food4
ambience4
service4

Sushi Lover

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
food5
ambience5
service5

Outstanding!

vip
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
food4
ambience4
service3

The food was good. The rolls are a bit s ...

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.

food5
ambience5
service5

Great sushi at a great price!

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
food5
ambience4
service5

Fantastic food. The Roll and black cod w ...

vip
Dined on July 2, 2015

Fantastic food. The Roll and black cod were excellent

food4
ambience4
service4

My favorite sushi spot

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
food5
ambience5
service5

Awesome

vip
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
food3
ambience2
service3

Great first experience, the second time ...

Dined on June 17, 2015

Great first experience, the second time went down hill a bit on the freshness of fish choices. Good place for date as the place is a little small to begin with.

food4
ambience4
service4

The 32-piece sashimi Chef's choice is am ...

Dined on May 16, 2015

The 32-piece sashimi Chef's choice is amazing. If you want to experience the taste of different selections of fish, this is the best way to go!! You can upgrade to the seasonal one which we did. Yummy!! It was well worth the upgrade!

food4
ambience3
service4

Good sushi, plain room

vip
Dined on May 13, 2015

Be ready for a pretty plain room - this is not fancy dining. And there were "loud talkers" at the next table.. not much you can do about that kinda luck... What we ordered was all very tasty - we were in the mood for small plates - and warm food. A number of items were cold apps though seemed like they'd usually be warm - with some guidance we found what we wanted. Several dishes were very good - some just good. We were plenty full when we left and fair prices on all. I'd go back especially given the ample on street parking too. And of note - all of the servers were attentive, friendly and fast.

food5
ambience5
service5

Super Fresh

vip
Dined on May 2, 2015

Outstanding service, really friendly wait staff and magnificent sushi chefs.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food3
ambience3
service3

Loud Foods okay If there is no way go fo ...

vip
Dined on April 19, 2015

Loud Foods okay If there is no way go for it otherwise....

food4
ambience3
service2

Good food. Weird experience.

Dined on April 7, 2015

While the fish tasted very fresh, buttery, and delightful, our server put a weird damper on our night out here. She was overly invested in our meal and experience, showing up repeatedly to make various comments about our dinner, even stopping in at one point to tell my boyfriend to eat his hand roll now or it will get soggy. She pretty much made us feel rushed throughout the meal and strangely uncomfortable. It is hard to describe, but we both just looked at each other and said, that was weird! We won't go back because of the weird service, but the food was deece.

food5
ambience5
service5

Awesome Food & Great Service

Dined on April 6, 2015

A must place for sushi, soba soups and delicious Sake. Enjoy!!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4

Omakase is amazing. Bring an appetite if ...

Dined on March 31, 2015

Omakase is amazing. Bring an appetite if you're going to order this. Keep it coming!

food4
ambience4
service4

Great food, ambiance, and customer service!

Dined on March 16, 2015

Food was delicious and fresh! Definitely a neighborhood gem!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

Best Sushi in San Francisco!! Love it!

vip
Dined on March 16, 2015

We eat at Live Sushi Bar any chance we get (we live in Marin). The fish is so fresh, portions generous and prices reasonable. Love it!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem

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