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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4.3

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4.2

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Used to go there couple times a month bu ...

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.

Tags: Family Style, Cozy
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Consistently good sushi and service, but ...

 
 (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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The Tiger Prawns, Black Cod and all the ...

 
 (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.

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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Power roll all the way

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Power roll all the way

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Best spot in Potrero for sushi.

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Best spot in Potrero for sushi.

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Great sushi! We loved the assorted sashi ...

 
·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!

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Open Kitchen, Family Style, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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Looking in yelp and Open TableLive Sushi ...

 
 (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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They were awesome. We allowed waitress t ...

 
 (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!!

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I had a table reserved for a group of fo ...

 
 (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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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Love it. Best sushi in SF. We go there a ...

 
 (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

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For starters we were greeted warmly by t ...

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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This was one of the best sushi meals tha ...

 
 (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.

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Food was amazing. Server was a bit aggre ...

 
 (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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Food was good, and the menu had some int ...

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Food was good, and the menu had some interesting twists. Fresh seafood from Japan was very good. However, the noise level was off the hook, where my ears hurt a little bit by the end of the meal. Servers were nice, with the exception of one woman who was a little rough with placing and taking away the dishes, and even her demeanor was a little rough - she could have used more training, and learn to serve with a little more grace; considering that the menu is not inexpensive, and they charge 18% when there are six or more in the party. It's one of my pet peeves when I go to 5 star restaurants with impeccable service, and the set service charge is 17% or 18%, and I go to a restaurant that has two or three star service, but expects just as much tip because your party is a little larger. Six people are not even a large party, in my opinion.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Quick Bite
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The food is excellent and the entire sta ...

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2016

The food is excellent and the entire staff is always friendly and accommodating.

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Great food, quick service, friendly staf ...

 
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 7, 2016

Great food, quick service, friendly staff!!

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All floor employees work as a team. I wa ...

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2016

All floor employees work as a team. I was particularly impressed by our server and the hostess. Both are very nice, prompt and alert to everyone's needs.

Kudos!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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We had reservations and had to wait abou ...

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2016

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 on September 24, 2016

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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p good p goodp goodp goodp goodp good

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2016

p good p goodp goodp goodp goodp good

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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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