Sushi Lunch in San Francisco

It’s hard to find a really great sushi restaurant that is open for lunch! This weekend was Clayton’s birthday, so he took the day off on Friday to do some fun things around town. He really wanted sushi for lunch, so we spent quite a bit of time looking for recommendations online. Most of the places that stood out to us were dinner-only. Then we came across Saru Sushi Bar in Noe Valley, San Francisco. It had great reviews (it’s Michelin Guide Recommended) and opens at noon.

The Taste SF trying Tasting Spoon appetizers halibut tartar Saru Sushi Bar in Noe Valley San Francisco
Saru Sushi Bar in Noe Valley 's Omasaki

A lot of the reviews mentioned that Saru is tiny and often has a line, so we got ready quickly and headed out the door. We pulled up just in time to grab a table outside (and found parking in front of the restaurant – a birthday miracle!).

Sashimi Omasaki from Saru Sushi Bar in Noe Valley San Francisco

This is not your average sushi bar. Everything we tried was outstanding, and beautifully presented. We mostly order rolls when we get sushi, so we decided to try something different and ordered the omakase.

Ocean Mackerel Sashimi Saru Sushi Bar in Noe Valley
The Taste SF eats sushi rolls at Saru Sushi Bar in Noe Valley 's Omasaki

The server assured us the omakase would include only special fish (not used otherwise on the menu), and offered a great wine pairing. It was by far our favorite thing we had, clearly prepared with great attention to detail. It came with premium soy sauce reserved just for sashimi, as well as real, freshly grated wasabi. We also highly recommend the halibut tartare with grated lime, yuzu juice, sea salt, and salted kelp. We will definitely be back here for dinner soon!

Omnivore Bookstore the best place to get cookbooks in San Francisco
Celia Sack's Omnivore Books on Food where The Taste SF goes for Cookbooks rare and new in San Francisco

No visit to Noe Valley would be complete without a stop at one of our favorite book shops, Omnivore Books on Food. If you’re in San Francisco you must stop in. They have everything! We ran into Lisa Fetterman, the author of Sous Vide at Home. It just came out and you can pick up a signed copy at the store. If you’re not local, you can get it here. We don’t have an immersion circulator, but if we did, you can bet we’d be trying her sous vide cocktails.


  1. Hi Lisa, We haven’t personally tried any, but you may want to check out Shizen Vegan Sushi or Cha-Ya in San Francisco. Let us know if you find something you love!! Best, Sarah

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