The worst part of being Mapplr’s Editor is having to give away my secret places to eat out in San Francisco, Amsterdam and other cities. Before you know it, you’ll can never get a table again.
Recently I had very good sushi at Okina in the Inner Richmond neighborhood. In fact, the sushi here is much better than at other Japanese restaurants I have tried and the prices are lower. It is far away from any shopping areas or tourist hangouts, so at least, it won’t be mobbed anytime soon. Okina definitely makes it to my list of favorite “ethnic dives”, although since it’s Japanese, it is very clean and orderly, unlike your typical ethnic dive.
- Vibe: tiny Japanese sushi restaurant with an eccentric sushi chef; feels like you are in a Japanese living room; no adornments on the walls, very basic decor.
- Pros: people come here for the freshness of the sushi and the good prices; no loud sake-drinking mobs.
- Cons: very limited sake list; the restaurants is a bit difficult to find and parking is a question of luck; there’s nothing around it so if you want to go out for drinks before or after, you need to drive (or bike, or take your chances on San Francisco’s mercurial Muni bus system).
776 Arguello Blvd
(between Cabrillo St. and Golden Gate Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94118
+1 415 387 8882
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