Welcome: Hinata, A Great New Addition To The SF Sushi Scene

  Posted by - April 30, 2017 - $$$ (50-100), $$$$ (100+)

This isn’t your typical Omakase restaurant.

The sushi chefs are young, the decor is sleek + modern, the vibes are laid-back, and they’re playing “Gangsta’s Paradise” in the background.

Most high-end sushi restaurants in the city costs 150+ per person. As much as I’d love to be spending that much to feed my sushi addiction- times are tough- ya feel me?

And most traditional sushi restaurants are super stuffy. Like, where the sushi chefs yell at you when you snap a photo and take too long to eat the nigiri (story of my life).

Hinata goes against the grain. They’ve only been open a few months and they’re killing it. Their Omakase starts at $78 (cheap by SF standards), and the quality of fish is comparable to any high-end sushi joint in the city. Not to mention, my palate is refined since I just came back from a month long sushi bender in Japan.

The Deets:

The menu features 18 courses: 3 different appetizers, 13 nigiri, 1 soup, 1 dessert.

There are only 12 seats at the bar with two seatings a night: 5:30pm and 8:30pm. They have a few tables, but definitely ask to be seated at the bar so you can watch the chefs prepare your dinner a piece at the time.

Menu highlights:

Since the menu changes every night, I won’t bore you with too many details of my meal. Some menu highlights include: crystal sea salt and lemon zest on Hotate (scallops), Spanish mackerel- smoked in house, Ocean trout- poached in hot water for a few seconds to lightly cook the outside.

To sum it all up:

If you’re looking for a fun date night spot, Hinata does a great job by adding a modern vibe to Omakase, yet still keeping traditional Japanese roots. The quality of fish is on-par with other high caliber restaurants in SF, at a very affordable price (for now). Be sure to make a reservation before their prices go up.

Here are more pics from the meal:


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  • Khanh Nguyen August 12, 2017 - 1:58 am Reply

    I am following in your footsteps. Totally agree with the price point of this place which makes it one of my favorites in the city. Pretty interesting that they’ve changed up the menu a little bit since your post. But hey, that keeps us coming back. Great pics!

  • Perry Eats May 8, 2017 - 7:14 pm Reply

    Have you been to ijji sushi?? They’re also very good, but the cost is a little higher. Im curious to see how Hinata compares in terms of quality and price.

    • CynEats May 9, 2017 - 10:34 am Reply

      I haven’t been, but I also heard great things about Ijji. I’ll definitely go check them out soon and report back :)

  • Denise May 4, 2017 - 4:29 pm Reply

    Your photos are amazing :)

  • Jasmine May 1, 2017 - 9:59 am Reply

    Soooo excitedddd to try this place! We just made our reservations for this week!

    • CynEats May 3, 2017 - 4:02 pm Reply

      Enjoy :)

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