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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

5
4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

4.3

noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (16)
Casual (14)
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Authentic (9)
Good for a Date (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Fun (7)
Good for Groups (5)
Business Meals (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Healthy (4)
Open Kitchen (3)
Family Style (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Cozy (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Outstanding Value (2)
Spicy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
People Watching (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Modern Decor (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Molecular Gastronomy (1)
Great Beer (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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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.

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

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 (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.

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

Very fresh seafood.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Open Kitchen, Fit for Foodies
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 (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

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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.

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!

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 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.

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?

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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.

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

amazing food and great service

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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.

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.

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!

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!!

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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.

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

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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.

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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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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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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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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 7, 2016

Great food, quick service, friendly staff!!

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 (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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 (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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 (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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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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 (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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 (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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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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 (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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2016

p good p goodp goodp goodp goodp good

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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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 (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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 (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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