Maruya offers Edomae interpretation of traditional Japanese sushi.
We offer three different omakase : Chef's Omakase, Nigiri Omakase and Otsukuri Omakase.
Maruya is pleased to announce our new Executive Chef, Akifusa Tonai. He was formerly a Sushi Chef at Kyoya, located at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. He has won several medals from the CA Rice Commission.
With Chef Tonai's at Maruya's helm, he continues to adhere to traditional Japanese dining experience crafted with modern standards.
The dishes will reflect the changes of the season. Chef Tonai curates the fish from Tsukiji Market, Tokyo.
If you happen to seat at the sushi bar with Chef Tonai, one will notice his welcoming smile, low-key demeanor and his adeptness to both his sushi skills as well as his customer service skills.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesdays - Fridays 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm.
Saturday: 5:30 pm - 10:00 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.
*There is a 95 minimum per person, excluding alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
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 - 10:00pm.
Dinner: Tuesdays - Saturdays 5:30pm - 10:00pm.
*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), we have a private room. The menu is *Maruya Omakase only. 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).
Private Party Contact:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Maruya is available for a buy-out.
Maruya Ratings and Reviews
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.
Unfair Pricing on 3rd and Final Visit to Maruya
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!
Maruya is an amazing place for foodies.
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.
Food was good but doesn't worth $92 for ...
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 ...
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.
Not what it was...
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!
An exquisite experience
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.
Well below average for upscale Japanese.
-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
The Very Expensive "Hidden" Gem
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 th ...
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.
authentic EDOMAE SUSHI restaurant
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.
not worth a Michelin Star
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.
Disappointing attitude from the Sushi Chef
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.
Authentic but limited
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.
Delicious sushi (an a bilingual bonus?)
Sushi was pristine and delicious, and our server Yuri was attentive, knowledgeable, and friendly. The sushi chefs need to watch out though- if you complain loudly in Japanese about your patrons making orders too late in the night, be aware that there may be customers in the restaurant who can understand you loud and clear!
Great sushi. The rest is only ok.
The sushi is very good. Good quality fish, creative combinations. Service is paced slowly but it somehow suits the food. Very attentive and precise. The starters and non sushi dishes are nothing special and id probably avoid them next time.
I actually forgot my wallet and they were very helpful and friendly.
Overpriced for what it is!
I visited Maruya recently and order omakase menu. The food was generally good, but I spotted certain issues with it. In nigiris, I thought the proportion between rice and fish was wrong: they need to decrease the rice grains in each nigiri slightly. Also, I thought that their desserts were subpar.
The atmosphere was really nice and the noise level was minimal.
The major issue that I had there was with the chef. When he asked whether I needed more sushi, I said I was alright. After 5 minutes, he started to give me a couple more nigiris. Of course, it is difficult to realise whether they were part of the omakase menu or not. It turns out that they were extra. Maruya is an overpriced restaurant for what it is and this sort of communication issues make it even more disproprotionate to what they offer.
I will wait and see whether they take such criticisms seriously or not.
Manage your expectations
Was a good experience over-all.
Some of the appetizers could have been better.
Nigiri pieces were good and omakase selection was well thought-out,
but I was expecting something better.
Price-point wasn't terrible for amount of food.
Service was very good. Informative and attentive staff.
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