Rika Reconnaissance. My friend and I hiked up the hills of SF to go have good sushi that was highly rated by other reviewers on citysearch, but to our dismay we were extremely let down. It was a cold rainy day and the restaurant had no heat (we were told that by the waiter and Sushi Chef.), the sushi rice was hard as if it had been sitting in the kitchen fridge for a few days and the fish, although fresh seeming had no depth of flavor which was also a sign to me that the fish may have been fresh on Tuesday but was only okay on Thursday and was served anyway.
Totally Mediocre. My boyfriend and I are big sushi-a-holics. Since we were going to a show at the Masonic Center this evening, this restaurant?s proximity was ideal and the rating, a Citysearch 9, this must be a good place!, was enticing. What a let down! The rolls are creative looking I grant you, but the fish was completely average, and all the crab was cut with mayonnaise (If the menu had hinted at their mayonnaise propensity, I would have steered clear of those rolls). We also had a cucumber salad that tasted off and some agedashi tofu that was dressed with copious amounts of raw ginger. I love ginger, but it was hidden under a mound of bonito flakes. Getting a mouthful of raw ginger when you weren't expecting it is just flat out gross. All in all, I would be impressed with this restaurant if it were in the middle of nowhere, but San Francisco has far superior sushi establishments on offer. No need to patronize a totally mediocre one.
Editorial Review. Large groups and couples alike can enjoy Japanese cuisine, including sushi, teriyaki, tempura and more with wine, sake and beer.
perfect for late nights. pretty good sushi, a huge variety of rolls and house specials. the best thing about this place is that they are open until 2 am on weekends!
Great sushi, good value, good service. My girlfriend and I were frequently eating at Tempura House on Powell, never really noticing Sushi Rika a mere 2 blocks away. But now that we've tried it, we won't go anywhere else in the area for sushi. The rolls are excellent, and there are so many good ones to choose from. Prices are reasonable, and considering the quality it's a great value. We especially like the Swabble roll, and the Mountain Fuji is quite tasty as well. And as another reviewer pointed out, the seared tuna salad is worth trying. You can see their whole menu at their website, sushirika dot net (I guess CS doesn't let you put in websites?). Sake and beer are standard prices, the shochu cocktails are pretty good. In the three times we've been here, we've had consistently good service. The only disappointment is some of the cooked food. We ordered a dinner platter for two, and most of the cooked stuff was just not good. Other reviewers have noted this too: just come here for the sushi! About the free parking: you have to look for a sign on the corner of Bus(h) (CS finds a lot of words inappropriate!) and Taylor, call the number and have them open it. Kind of a pain, but still it's nice to have free parking.
Artsy Sushi. The house special roles have complex flavors and are great if you're looking for something different. I would stick with the roles in general, as the rest of the food is not as good. If you're alone, sitting at the bar gets you fst friendly service. Nice down tempo music, ambient lighting, and friendly service. Not cheap, but worth the price.
GREAT ROLLS!. Whenever my boyfriend is in town we have to go to Sushi Rika. They have great creative rolls! I recommend eating directly at the sushi bar.
creativity and flavor. this is my favorite sushi restaurant in the nob hill area. it's not the closest to me, but it's the best. creative rolls, fair prices, nice house music... all these things make it worth the walk up the hills on bush street! there is a seared tuna salad that is also awesome. good, well-priced sake as well. friendly staff. there is enough variety on the menu for anyone to eat there regularly and not get bored. nice work!
Good Rolls bad tempura. We went there twice, from Japanese point of view, Tempura and Yakitori are horrible! but we liked the sushi rolls, especially the one Unagi is inside. for other sushi was so-so. We'll go back there because it has parking and open late but never order other than sushi rolls.
Horrible Service and Too Much Rice on the Rolls!. My friends and I decided to come here after reading all the positive reviews. We were highly disappointed. First of all, where's the fish?!?! The sushi rolls we ordered had little fish. If you love to eat rice, then you're ok. It's pretty sad when the taste of rice overpowers the taste of the sushi... Next up, the service. We had horrible service. We ordered a total of 8 rolls. We received only 6. When we inquired about the final two, the waitress informed us that she forgot to write it down and that it would take 5 minutes for them to come in. After 15 minutes, we still had no sushi. We cancelled the remaining 2 orders and asked for the check. They made no attempts to make amends. All she could say was that she was sorry... well, I'm sorry that I ate at this place... HORRIBLE!
Fantastic. Went to Rika last night for the first time after moving into the neighborhood. Great, casual atmosphere and friendly staff. The difference is the sushi was fresh, presented well and they had good music playing. I would definitely recommend to anyone and imagine it would be a great place for a large group of people. (FREE PARKING!!)
Simply Awesome. My girlfriend recently moved across the street from "The Rika". We've become regulars and it's not just out of convenience. The sushi is fresh, delicious, creative, and reasonably priced. The atmosphere is also clean and hip. She regularly gets, and loves, the dragon and caterpillar rolls. I'm a big fan of the sashimi, which is consistently fresher and more flavorful than any other I've had. I can't say enough good things about the sashimi. We've tried several other items: last time it was the 49er roll - terrific. We've also gorged on half the appetizers which are always great, and once had the scrumptious tempura ice cream desert! Other than spotty service on one visit, I can't think of a single bad thing to say. They even have free parking.
Excellent Food and Service. Very personable and comfortable atmosphere. Excellent food and service. They are open late. Walking distance from China Town, Cathedral and actually, most of SF. Was recommended to me by a local shop owner. He was right. I returned several times in the week I was there and will again. Their prices should be slightly lower, but still reasonable when you consider the local cost of living.
Really, really good. I've eaten there thrice. Each time the food has been terrific: fresh tasty fish, creative rolls, and great presentation. The atmoshphere is cool: bare cement floors, tastful white "Christmas" lights, and a DJ playing at a reasonable volume. Eating there last night I had the best sashimi of my life. The guys behind the counter kick ass in personality and service. One table waitress was nice but forgot to place our dessert order, and probably forgot to place one appetizer order (after 20 minutes we canceled it, at which time she said it was almost ready - but it was just edamame). The waitress' errors were more than made for by everything else. This is my new go-to sushi joint in SF. They also have free parking, reasonable prices, and are open late on weeknights and super late on weekends. I predict this place will catch on slowly but surely.
Delicious, unique, inexpensive sushi.. I happened upon this place in town for a job interview, and I'm thrilled I did. Literally dozens of original house special rolls that I've never seen anywhere else. I had the "Dynamite Roll" and the "Tiger Roll," and both were great. The "Dynamite," especially, was one of the most original and memorable maki sushi inventions I've found. Prices were extremely reasonable, and the ambience is classy but unpretentious. The food came quickly and servers were attentive, but the check was slow to come. Still, I would come back in a heartbeat.
Try it!. It was a gem to find Sushi Rika. I was getting tired of the same Japanese food all over the city. They offer fresh, wide-randing food choices at great value. Service is prompt, and although the place is large, sitting near the large side windows and skylight offers romantic ambience. I'd recommend it for both romantic dinner and large group (in a separate divided section of the restaurant).
Excellent!. Some of the best sushi I've had in a long time. Their menu artistically displays each sushi roll in photograph format, so you know just what to expect. The price is very reasonable and the sushi is fresh and delicious!
Won't Go Back. The first time I ever went here it was okay, but I've had back-to-back sub-par experiences and now won't be returning. The waitstaff seems like they are in the weeds when the place is only about 1/4 full. Appetizers arrive when you are halfway done with your main course, and when you inquire about a missing item, they inform you that they don't have it...well after you've ordered it and are sitting there waiting for food. I can say that they are pretty liberal about taking things off your bill if you aren't satisfied. They did so for us and the table next to us, who was also unhappy with the service. The fish is soso and the portions are on the skimpy side. They do have some creative dishes, but it would be much better with fresher fish.
lovely late night dinning. With the overabundant amount of late night dinner style greasy spoons that we all know and love, this little sushi spot is an oasis in the desert. Not a mirage, I mean the type of oasis where you set up camp and enjoy all it has to offer. From the wonderful service at the moment you walk in the door to the amazing twist they have put on the traditional maki that you are use to. I'm just saying if you want sushi with a flare for those hippster friends or totally tradional style japanese to impress your ancestors this oasis is for you. Oh yeah don't forget to try the house specials.
great food. after an unpleasant meal at a restaurant named sanraku. i decided to eat at sushi rika. they had great free parking and the food was delicious. they have great waitors, especially the young korean guy. the price was very reasonable, and i was allowed to request special sushi made for me! sushi rika was the best restaurant i've ever eaten at.
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