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Elephant Sushi

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Russian Hill
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1916 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109-2038
+1 415-440-1905
18:00 - 22:00
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is excellent sushi! Only downside is the inability to get a reservation. You need to be there at 6pm (or 10 minutes earlier) to be sure and secure a table. They really can't accommodate parties over 4 comfortably. They have one table under a set of stairs for parties of 5 or more. Go if you have 2 people... More 

Thank Ann M
Pasco, Washington
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222 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The title of my review says it all. Order this roll, and wait for it to blow your mind. Other rolls I tried were very good. Not the best I've ever had, but up there. Service is prompt, place is small and noisy, prices are reasonable. Just get the Flaming Seabass.

Thank myklrl
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a little off the beaten track away from the main tourist areas - and we're so glad we stumbled across it. It's small and buzzy and served some of the best sushi we've had with the dishes having a modern take on the traditional. Red & Yellow and Red Dragon and Spicy Hamachi are our recommendations!

Thank Lesley B
Aliso Viejo
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66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not a huge sushi lover but I enjoy it. This place was the best I have ever had! It's tiny so get there early or expect to wait but it is so worthy of the wait. We had the spicy tuna roll and the salmon roll with crisp onion and it was divine. You could tell it was super... More 

Thank Squirrel75
Reston, Virginia
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99 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Really Good....I mean REALLY. We were 5 which is very difficult in this small restaurant. The sushi and service was very good. Our favorites were Flaming Seabass, Ya Man Roll, and Red Dragon. Coming early was a must for a group more than 2. Usually a line is out the door. Well worth the wait and the troubles finding a... More 

Thank JR115
Atlanta, Georgia
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114 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Elephant is tiny but we walked right in and were seated. A popular place, a line formed within a few minutes of our being seated and people were willing to wait in the rain to get in. The sushi was very fresh and very good, among the best we've had anywhere. Reasonably priced and simply great.

Thank Bradley A
Toronto, Canada
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488 reviews
328 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

A long walk from our place but a short wait, and seated quickly. Very pleasant polite knowledgable service all throughout. Food was fun, tasty and very fresh. A great little neighbourhood gem. $$$

Thank PeterBruceG
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47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Being an European I am kind of bored when people in the US use "awesome" almost any given moment. Ususally I discount a few excitements-levels to map it to my scale of pleasure. At Elefant Sushi I even would forgive the food not catching up with this hip and cool place; but it does. Compliment. Young asian people, not necessarily... More 

Thank vg6s
Jakarta, Indonesia
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Craving for sushi for dinner since my last visit to SF to Shizen, a veggie sushi kiosk, was a disappointment. Got best review on yelp for the area and we would give it a try. The place is really small and to my seeing only accomodates 15 people max. It was packed that night and since its the best in... More 

Thank Ainel F
Phoenix, Arizona
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52 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Let me start out by saying that I'm not a huge sushi fan. I enjoy sushi but was dining with a real sushi aficionado. I let my dining partner order three rolls which were all amazing. Of course, we had to try the Flaming Sea Bass, which was awesome (cooked in tin foil over a flame right at your table).... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1916 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109-2038
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Russian Hill
  • Neighbourhood: Russian Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-440-1905

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Russian Hill

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Russian Hill
Russian Hill has evolved into a chic residential neighborhood with outstanding views from every corner. Combined with several great cafes, restaurants, antique shops and boutiques, it’s easy to see why any visitor would gladly leave their heart in San Francisco. Cars line up day after day to drive down Lombard Street, the “crookedest” street in the world, and make the slow creep downhill past charming period homes. Polk Street is the main drag in this neighborhood, where you will find trendy bars, cafes and shops populated with locals, but for one of the most charming rides in the city, grab a cable car heading up and down Hyde Street.
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