After a very expensive build-out, Hayes Valley’s Robin opened as one of the best omakase restaurants in San Francisco in 2017. If you love sushi and are up for trying something new, we’d highly recommend this unique dining experience.
We’ve dined at other Michelin-starred omakase restaurants in San Francisco, but Robin offers a totally different experience. Robin’s hip dining room features exposed brick walls, comfortable leather chairs, and just the right amount of hip-hop music in the background. Lest you think this is all for show, it’s Californian-fusion sushi is some of the best we’ve ever had.
Robin exclusively offers an omakase menu, with dishes hand-selected by the chef coming out one-by-one. A limited beverage menu ensures that everything on the list will pair nicely with any of the dishes. The most unique aspect of the dining experience is that you choose the price of your menu — from $89 to $189.
We ordered a bottle of sake, some sparkling water, and after the server explained the menu, asked to keep our tasting to less than $100 per person. Every dish we had was as beautiful as it was delicious. The uni was one of our personal favorites, and to be honest, we would not have been able to eat more than what we were served.
We loved Robin and would highly recommend it. It fills the space between premium, fancy sushi like Roka Akor and the Michelin star level nicely. An $89 tasting is about half the price of the least expensive menu at Omakase, and the atmosphere is sophisticated yet fun. With Robin’s unique pricing, if you’re in the mood for a huge splurge, you can do that too. Thank you to Alaska Airlines for sponsoring this story.
Robin, 620 Gough St, San Francisco, CA