San Francisco, CA 94103
Maruya offers Edomae interpretation of traditional Japanese sushi and served through our omakase (selected by the Chef).
After the SF Restaurant Week 2017 (SFRW), Maruya will add a new weekday menu (Tues, Wed & Thurs) only. We will offer this menu beginning February 1, 2017.
The menu will almost be similar to the SFRW menu and it will be offered at 75. However, this menu will not be offered on Feb 14, 2017.
Other omakase menu are available throughout the week and the weekend with the exception of February 14, 2017.
We are now taking reservations for February 14, 2017. We will offer two different special omakase menu on Valentine's Day.
Executive Chef Tonai continues to adhere to traditional Japanese dining experience by presenting the sushi and the dishes in a well-thought-out manner.
Chef Tonai curates the fish from Tsukiji Market, Tokyo.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesdays - Fridays 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm.
Saturday: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm.
Last Seating is 8:30 pm on weekdays and 9:30 pm on weekends.
We strive our best to have your table available at the time of your arrival. Please allow 2 hours when dining with us.
Request for sushi bar seating is not guaranteed; however, we will do our best to accommodate.
Consumer Advisory: Consuming raw or undercooked seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness. Please provide advance notice if you have any food allergies.
South Van Ness
$50 and over
Maruya opens on Tuesdays thru Saturdays from 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Dinner: Tuesdays - Saturdays 5:30pm - 9:30pm
*Omakase: Last Seating is 9:30 pm.
Bart Station (16th Street), Mission / 16th Street.
Muni Bus Line #22 #46 #47 drops you a block from Maruya at 16th & Mission.
Private Party Facilities:
For a large party (from 6 to 9 people), our private room is available.
Diners are welcome to order from the a la carte menu after the omakase has ran its course.
Corkage fee is $35 per 750ml bottle. (1 bottle per party).
Service charge is automatically added to a party of 5 or more.
Private Party Contact:
Manager: (415) 503-0702
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Maruya is available for a buy-out.
Maruya Ratings and Reviews
In general , Maruya is above average in terms of the taste for Japanese sushi restaurants. We had the tasting menu for the SF restaurant week and I was hoping the omakase style where the chief makes the sushi in front of you and give you one by one. However, the sushi and sashimi we had was still chief selected but they were served all together in a box. Also the amount of the food was not enough unless your appetite is really small. All the tables next to us including us ordered extra food outside the tasting menu.
The price for the tasting menu is lower than what they would charged normally I guess but having to order extra food is definitely not what we wanted.
The food was small in portions. My date and I came here for restaurant week and we were still hungry afterwards. The bill came out to $190 with an order of tea on the side. Even the green tea tiramisu, which looked yummy was subpar and lackluster. I have personally made tiramisu that tasted better than what they served. I will not return again, since they also made us change the reservation time that we originally had set up.
Went the day after disastrous national election results to commiserate with my wife - once again, a great meal lifted our spirits (inspired resistance to follow). Definitely worth the price for amazingly fresh, perfectly prepared fish and other Japanese delicacies. This place deserves 2 Michelin stars!
Im sorry to leave this review, but also pretty sorry about the experience I had.
I had been to this restaurant almost 2 years ago, and that first time was so exceptional that I was waiting for the right celebratory occasion to return.
Something dramatic has happened since I was there last. While the service and presentation was great, the food was very mediocre, and the bill was breathtaking - possibly the highest amount Ive paid for a dinner for 2, and I've eaten all around SF and the Mission.
Textures and flavors were bland to poor, truly shocking for a $150 per person chef's meal. I hope we caught them on an off night - but I also hope I can save you from a disappointing celebration of your own.
This is the greatest sushi I have ever tasted and the chefs did an incredible job of presenting the food in interesting and delicious ways. It was very expensive so this is something I would probably only experience a couple times in my life, but it was totally worth it. The blue fin tuna was the star of the meal and it literally melted in my mouth. I knew omakase sushi was a unique and treasured tradition, but I was not expecting to be transported to heaven through the food.
This was my second time to Maruya.
The first time I went there a couple of years ago, before their Michelin star it was a great overall experience. At the time the chef's [Hide's] omakase was about $100 and I left full, but not stuffed and relishing the overall experience as the fish was some of the best I had since being in Japan. The restaurant was full and there was a nice overall energy in an intimate setting.
The second time I went there recently and arrived on the early side, there was nobody else there, although it did fill up to about 60% of capacity by the end of the meal. Quality wise the food was just as good as before, but this time around the chef's omakase was $150, and the overall meal was about 60% of the food from the previous visit. For me this unfortunately crossed the line into a food-as-art-meal where if one doesn't have a snack before the meal you're hungry throughout which is a bit frustrating when your final bill with tip is over $200 per person. In general I love Japanese food and this meal was trying to be like a kaiseki meal, but with individual portions of sushi served in intervals of 7 to 10 minutes, which doesn't work well.
I'm a bit torn about this review as I love the food, but the overall experience wasn't as good the second time around. Basically the current chef's omakase meal would need to include at least 5 to 6 more pieces of sushi for it to be more of a complete meal at a $150 price point. - AL
I had high expectations going in (Michelin Star Rated) and they were all met and exceeded. Presentation was a joy to behold, and the service (including the sushi chefs) were gracious and friendly. And the flavor, my word. Every course was a new adventure. Price is surprisingly reasonable as well.
Brought a friend here for her birthday and we had a great time.
We had the Chefs choice Omakase and its hard to pick a favorite. The staff was great. Very attentive and friendly. The Chefs did a great job, the presentation was excellent and the timing between courses was perfect.
The courses before the Nigiri were fantastic, we all enjoyed everything that they put in front of us.
The Nigiri was also very very good. I was worried that I was not going to be able to eat everything but it all worked out.
I am also very appreciative of the fact that they brought out some Green Tea Tiramisu for my friend as a birthday dessert and did not make a spectacle of the whole thing.
I would absolutely recommend this place to anyone looking for Omakase.
I've been to Maruya on 3 separate occasions. On the 1st visit, I had their standard omakase and was impressed by the quality of food and I thought the price was fair ($92/person). On the 2nd visit, my wife had the standard omakase while I had the chef's offering which is listed as MP. The price for the chef's offering was roughly $130. Again, I was satisfied with my meal and I found the prices to be acceptable.
However, on my 3rd visit, my entire table opted to have the chef's omakase. The menu still lists the price for this course as MP. When the bill came, we were shocked to see the total for each person's set course was $172 each. Not only was there no expectation there would be a $80 difference in price, but as someone who has had both types of omakase at Maruya I know first hand there is nothing that could justify that cost difference.
At the end of the meal, we wanted to take a closer look at the prices. We attempted to take the receipt that included the cost breakdown per fish, we were told harshly that we couldn't take that. The staff member reluctantly said he would photocopy the receipt, and then handed me an envelope. Upon getting home, I realized the staff member had only provided a copy of the summary receipt and not the page with individual prices of fish.
I will not be going back to Maruya. While I know not every restaurant that serves omakase provides a specific price on the menu, most restaurants I've been to that specialize in this whether in San Francisco or Tokyo do provide a cost. The way Maruya handled the pricing and the failure to provide the requested itemized receipt made me feel like we were taken advantage of, and while the food was good there are better restaurants in San Francisco that believe in price transparency.
Good food. Same as many other omakase menus around. But at about double the price. Dinner for two around $260. Which is not unreasonable, so long as the food is exceptional.
Just falls short here. Great staff. Exceedingly attentive. But overpriced.
It was our first time here, and I must say that our experience at Maruya was excellent all around. From the moment we walked in we were greeted very kindly by the host and immediately we felt like we were home. We were fortunate enough to sit at the sushi bar (which I highly recommend and is a must), where we were introduced to Chef Tonai. Chef Tonai is an absolute pleasure, and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience watching him go to work, speaking with him about sushi and life experience, and providing us with a delectable, aesthetically pleasing, and engaging omakase. That along with one of the sake bottles from the Winter Sake List, and our meal became one of the most memorable sushi experiences we have had in SF. We tried both the Maruya and the Chef omakase, and both were very satisfying in both appearance and taste. I also like that after the omakase you can order a la carte, which is what a lot of fine dining sushi restaurants are doing nowadays. Our server Yuri was excellent as well, she was very attentive, professional, and provided great recommendations on the sake menu. An excellent experience all around, and again, we wanted to emphasize that Chef Tonai is one of the most pleasant, engaging, personable, humorous, masterful sushi chefs I have ever met, and we will definitely return. Domo arigato Tonai-san!
Great place for a special occasion or just for great food. Terrific sake list - some of the best I've ever had. They really pay attention to detail. Sushi, sashimi and small plates were all delicious. Strongly recommend and will go back. My 2nd time already.
Habiamos leido algunas buenas criticas y fuimosmcon grandes expectativas a este restaurante. Hacia mucho tiempo que no comiantan mal. Me parece una estafa. Carisimo, con una carta de vinos también carisima y con solo 4 vinosmtintos, pero lo peor la comida. Varias entradas que o bien no decian nada o directamente estaban malisimas y te las dejabas. El sushi no valia nada y el sashimi, casi lo único que se podia comer, muy escaso y nada del otro mundo, mas bien flojo. Ni se osmocurra ir.
Food was good but doesn't worth $92 for omakase set dinner that we had tried ! Tea was charge $10 per person and they refilled 3 times and take away the tea cup ! Beer was $8 a glass and dessert was also $10 each and I think they are over price ! Three of us ordered omakase set dinner $92 per person and ordered two beers, one hot tea and three desserts and our check at the end was total of $420 including tips ....... I think I can get better sashimi and sushi at another nice Japanese restaurants!!!!!
My second time there while traveling to SF on business. This place is a little out of the way from the financial district but well worth the trip. The omakase is absolutely amazing. They also have Asahi on draft, which might be more common in SF but I always opt for that because it's usually not available. It is a bit expensive ($200 total but I ordered the most expensive omakase) but well worth it.
The food is different from the previous owner, but it is very good in it's own way. However, the place has lost its elegance and sophistication. The chefs, while being friendly, are a fraction of what Masa is in terms of both skill and knowledge. Sushi requires attention to presentation, and this is a major problem for the current owner. Porcelain/ceramics have been replaced by aluminum, and it detracts from the experience. The first course was done in a fashion similar to the original owners, but that was the highlight.
The plate ware was excellent. The textures, visual presentations and pairing were worthy
Of a Michelin Star. Unfortunately the service was subpar. We had a inexperienced server
who didn't open the champagne bottle properly. Overpoured the glass and incorrectly
Described the dishes we were served. She corrected them during the course of the particular
Dish. Overall you get what is advertised but the execution is a distraction.
I made a last minute reservation and was missed my SF train from the East Bay. I ended up having to drive in to the city. I called and asked if I can move up to a later time, they accommodated me and still gave us the whole omakase service without feeling rushed. Definitely deserving of a Michelin star rating.
I was bit hesitant with the one and two star reviews on yelp. But I'd decided to give it a shot anyway. It was an amazing omakase experience with chef Kawaguchi. We did the Maruya Omasake and everything was delicious and beautifully plated from the truffle tofu at the beginning to the nigiri towards the end. The ambiance was cozy and intimate so overall I was very pleased with my decision.
Food is definitely good but not exceptionally good. This was not the great experience we were expecting. Or that we had with other Omakase.
Totally over priced for what you get.
With a $92 Omakase it would have been nice to get a desert even if it was a scoop of green tea ice cream. A little something beside a miso soup!
Came here to celebrate our one year anniversary. We ordered the chefs special, shared a bottle of sake, and sat at the bar. The service and exquisite food rivalled and surpassed nearly all my fine dining experiences in Tokyo. Each and every nigiri sushi was fresh and melt in your mouth. Would highly recommend.
-We were made to wait outside at 16th and capp because the restaurant was not ready to open at our reservation time. This is a street corner you really don't want your guests waiting outside for 15 minutes.
-Cuts of fish were mediocre and prep was sloppy. This was take-out quality sushi at 10x the price (was $400 for 2 people w/ wine).
-Many other better places in SF with much higher quality fish at substantially lower prices
Now, before you do attempt to make a reservation at this slight exclusive restaurant... Please look at the menu. The food was fantastic, the amount of food one person should eat is ridiculous. As a tourist here in San Francisco, I was unaware of this restaurant, as well as the prices that went along with it. Now, if you are up for a delicious meal at a princely cost, go, go, go! Fantastic for a small group (less than 4) or a special occasion. Very much enjoyed it
Amazing food and experience. But they they told us we were not allowed to order anything else and we had to be done in 45 minutes. They pace of the meal was very slow so we did not feel rushed till the very end. To spend almost $600 and be told to leave is unacceptable.
We don't know what's coming next, so their OMAKASE menu is perfect for a special occasion. (less time spent on menu) The only complain is for their service staff's sake,the #1 sushi chef needs to smile more. In Japan, he is consedered a typical GANKO OYAJI, but in the US, he is just another unfriendly sushi chef. He is the key person to upgrade or downgrade the ambience of the restaurant.
I am very surprised Maruya has a michelin star rating (reason for our visit). The omakase was so so, nothing spectacular. Too much fusion with Western taste - parmesan and gorgonzola cheese unfortunately would be too strong to use in a dishes served in omakase... sushi was alright, definitely had tasted better, even though without Michelin star rating, hence questioning the Michelin star process?? Also, surprised there was no dessert included in omakase (first time excluded from omakase menu).
If you are looking for high-end traditional nigiri sushi, this is a place you must try in the heart of San Francisco. Each slice of the fish is carefully cut and put into freezer to increase the freshness before it is made into nigiri. They serve some of the rare type of fish that you will not get in other places. If you sit at the sushi bar, you will get the chef's 100% attention to prepare your sushi in perfection. My experience was very pleasant. Will definitely come again.
We had a late reservation at 9:00 on a Tuesday night and ordered the Chef Omikaze and A La Carte Sushi. Things were going fine except we were not eating as fast as our sushi chef would have liked. He was very rude in asking "aren't you going to eat that" when we were just taking our time. Additionally, we had ordered the special Wasabe, but he told us it wasn't available with the A La Cart Nigiri that my wife had ordered. Which is funny, because she had ordered the Sashimi! The server was pleasant enough, but I would avoid a later reservation as the Sushi Chefs definitely have a schedule as to when they want to be out of there by. We won't be back.
Maruya is a traditional Japanese restaurant in a rough neighborhood of SF. This is not the place for sushi rolls with jalapeño or habanero sauce, but for sushi made with very fresh fish and simple ingredients. Maruya does an excellent job within this limited style. If someone wishes to have the best cuts of the freshest fish served nigiri style, Maruya is a great option. The restaurant is quiet and offers privacy. Service is attentive. The sushi chefs clearly take great pride in offering the highest quality sushi to their customers.
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