This Inner Sunset stalwart has been going strong for more than 30 years—a locals favorite for creative sushi and festive atmosphere. The inevitable wait for a table passes quickly with a drink from the bar. Then settle in for signature elaborate specialty rolls such as the Caterpillar (eel, cucumber, avocado), Behind the Green Door (skipjack, shrimp tempura, Maui onions, tobiko), and whatever the chef is concocting as a nightly special. Those who don't want sushi won't be disappointed; there's a good selection of cooked items from teriyaki and tempura to sukiyaki.
1283 9th Ave
|Cross street:||between Irving St and Lincoln Way|
|Opening hours:||Tue–Thur 11:30am–2pm, 5–10pm; Fri 11:30am–2:30pm, 5–11pm; Sat noon–2:30pm, 5–11pm; Sun noon–2:30pm, 5–10pm|
|Transport:||Metro to Judah & 9th/bus 16X, 44, 71|
|Price:||Main courses: $12–$20; sushi: $5–$15|