Omakase at Wako is less expensive, and just as impressive!!

  Posted by - August 24, 2015 - $$$ (50-100), Restaurants, San Francisco

Let’s talk OMAKASE-!!

Yes, this is another sushi post. (you guys know that I’m obsessed)

But this place is different. Ya’ll trust me, right?

Different in the sense that it’s CHEAPER and more authentic than anything else you’ll find in the city for this type of quality.

And by “in the city,” I actually mean in “Inner Richmond.”

So let me introduce you to Wako, a super legit and authentic sushi restaurant that won’t let you down.

The best part of all?

The omakase menu costs only $76 bucks per person!

Let me just compare that to other restaurants of this caliber in the city:

Pabu $110, Omakase $150,  Kusakabe (1 Michelin Star) $95

I’d say this place is top 3 sushi restaurants in SF–> in my very personal opinion.

So anyways.

For $76 a person, you get a delicious 7-course omakase meal in the following order:

A starter, sashimi course, warm/cooked course, tempura course, 8-piece nigiri, miso soup and dessert.

Here are the stand outs

Wako SF

Starter: Each component on this plate is meant to be eaten individually. See the three fried things on the bottom left?

I forgot what it’s called- so I’m calling them fish chips. They’re the BEST chips ever and a total party in my mouth- crunchy, salty, crispy, deliciousness.


Sashimi: Blue fin tuna & Hamachi. You could probably tell from this photo that all four pieces were great quality. You could also guess that I wished there was more (drooollssss). 


The third course is a steamed cod with veggies. It’s a bold move by the Chef to stay away from grilled or seared cod (that’s what most restaurants have), so this is a very unique and a signature cooked dish at Wako. But while this was delicious, I prefer my fish raw (insert: that’s what she said).


The tempura course was PHENOMENAL. Maybe because anything fried is amazing? Every piece had just the right amount of breading (fried corn, veggies, fish). 

Wako makes sure you can taste the freshness of the ingredients while staying true to what tempura is all about.

Wako SF

The next series is a course of 8 pieces of nigiri.

All the nigiri was a hit, with just the right amount of sauce as they didn’t overpower the freshness and flavor of the fish. Here are a few pics:


Golden eye snapper


Seared hotate (scallop)




Stripe jack


And of course- fatty tuna (toro)

You don’t have to remember all this, just eat what the chef’s put in front of you and you’ll be more than satisfied.


And lastly, the dessert is a delicious pudding with hidden fruits and textures inside. It’s not too sweet and very refreshing- a nice way to end the meal.

Wako SF

So to sum it all up:

If you’re looking for something less expensive, but just as impressive… Go to Wako.

You can add a la carte at the end of omakase (which we totally did, and at very reasonable a la carte prices).

Fun Fact: for those of you who are crazy sushi connoisseurs and can taste the difference in seaweed, they use the highest grade seaweed possible. It’s the same grade seaweed used at Jiro or Sushi Nakasawa in New York.

Tip: You HAVE to make your reservations in advance. It’s a small space with only ~20 seats. Get the bar seats.

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  • http://www./ November 24, 2016 - 6:06 am Reply

    I’m not quite sure how to say this; you made it extremely easy for me!

  • http://www./ November 13, 2016 - 11:32 am Reply

    I was right! When Matt mentioned 10mm, I opened the ammo safe. Damn! 10mm, .40 caliber,Aaaannnnddd.357 sigI guess if Matt G comes up to this close to the Canadian border, I can spot him a couple of boxes.

  • April 28, 2016 - 8:43 am Reply

    Har rotat runt i mina fotoarkiv i flera timmar nu och slutligen kom jag fram till att tre bilder från dagens utflykt får lov att representera temat tillsammans.Tack för en rolig utmaning och ha nu en riktig god jul och ett gott nytt år!

  • April 6, 2016 - 8:02 am Reply

    This is an article that makes you think “never thought of that!”

  • Bambang February 13, 2016 - 6:32 pm Reply

    The tamago in your sushi box looks good! That is prboably the least special item in the box, but I am always a sucker for good tamago, especially when it has a nice, deep yellow-orange color to it. You know me…eggs and I, have a special relationship. Haha.Nice!

  • […] and I had read about the restaurant’s omakase (chef’s choice) dinner on the beautiful CynEats food blog. My sister was in town during the Labor Day weekend, and she’s a sushi fan too, so I made […]

  • Jason T. September 2, 2015 - 11:17 am Reply

    I also read your post on Kusakabe, which place do you like better??

  • Donna M. August 27, 2015 - 1:01 pm Reply

    This place is awesome! Loving all your photos cyneats!

    • CynEats August 30, 2015 - 10:42 pm Reply

      Thank you! :)

  • Candace August 25, 2015 - 2:50 pm Reply

    UGhhhhh whyyyyyyyyy. Now you made my favorite restaurant even harder to get reservations at!

    • CynEats August 30, 2015 - 10:42 pm Reply

      Sorry! Had to do it :)

  • Ben @Focus:Snap:Eat August 24, 2015 - 3:59 pm Reply

    Someone else mentioned this recently too! Now seeing your pictures, I have to make a reservations!

    • CynEats August 24, 2015 - 4:26 pm Reply

      Yes, this place is a must! I think you’d really love it here, the chef is awesome to talk to too!

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