Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 53 reviews )
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370 14th St (at Valencia, Mission District), San Francisco, California, USA, 94103

Vegan sushi bar and izakaya, opened Jan 2015. Offers sushi and Japanese food in small plates in a unique dining set-up with matching wood beams and tables. Open Mon-Thu 5:00pm-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 5:00pm-10:30pm, Sun 5:00pm-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Japanese, Take-out

53 Reviews

First Review by AshleyLorden

ABSOLUTELY A MUST - Edit

Amazingly fast service, very delicious offerings, and a beautifully designed environment.

Pros: Small Plates/Shareable, Variety of Sake

Cons: Exclusive, Hard to get in if you’re late

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Good food - Edit

I went on a Sunday night and had a considerable waiting line. It was worth it, because the food was very delicious. I advise you to search for the dishes first, since the menu is quite large. Great experience, though a bit pricey. Nice food.

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amazing - Edit

Delicious! Went with my Japanese friend who is not vegan and very picky. We both enjoyed the asparagus, croquettes, assorted mushrooms, veggie curry with rice and the fried banana ice cream dessert. Highly recommend!

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I wish I could give 6 stars! - Edit

Phenomenal restaurant, the must try vegan restaurant in San Francisco!

Our wait was 2 hours... only downside is it was hard to find something to do in the neighborhood.
We were sat at the sushi bar, which was amazing!! We got to see all the rolls and the sushi chefs were incredibly friendly and helpful.
We got the shoyu ramen; which included such amazing meat substitutes. There is a pork that is smoky and sweet, exactly how I imagine pork to take.
Next we got two rolls and two nigiris. Both were out of this world. My meat eating boyfriend said it’s the best sushi he’s ever had!
Overall, one of the best meals. Every single part was outstanding and I hope to be back as soon as I can!

Pros: outstanding menu, amazing food, fun atmosphere

Cons: the wait - but well worth it!

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I Could Eat Here a Lot - Edit

Good thing we’re just visiting or we’d be regulars.

We arrived just after five on a Thursday with our whole party and were seated immediately! We were honestly expecting to wait a while after reading other reviews.

The food was so delicious! We wanted to try a little of everything and the flavors were on point. I haven’t enjoyed Japanese vegan food so much!

I loved how creative the specialty sushi rolls were, something we are lacking in our hometown. It was exciting. If we didn’t have other places on our “try it” list, we’d keep coming back for the remainder of our trip. Also, I will say that it’s a bit out of the way of typical tourist spots. As tourists, we bussed and walked there, but it took a while. On our way back, we caught a Lyft—our kids we’re too tired by then! Not a big deal, though, and it was well worth the commute.

Pros: great Japanese flavors

Cons: a little far from where tourists generally stay

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Worth the Hassle - Edit

Before you even consider going to Shizen, you have to be ready to wait. They don't take reservations and in my experience it typically takes at least an hour to get seated. That being said, this is some of the best food I've ever eaten as a vegan or otherwise. I've never regretted waiting to eat here, just know that it's something you should plan for. Every item on the menu is unique and creative. Aside from their sushi I recommend trying their potstickers and their ramen. Their specialty rolls are a lot of fun for a group. I'd recommend picking out at least one of those to share.

Pros: Some of the best vegan food in the area, Large menu with many unique options

Cons: Very long wait, Very few hours, No reservations

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Oh yeah - Edit

Shizen is hands down my favorite vegan restaurant in the bay area. The food is to die for. So many options - I can never decide. My go to restaurant for special occasions. Very nice atmosphere. Get there early - the wait is killer.

Pros: Vegan. Sushi.

Cons: Not enough seating, Only open 5 hours/day, Pricey

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Great sushi (and more) restaurant - Edit

This place is considered as the best sushi place in San Francisco, so we had the chance to go. You need to be patient since there is a long waiting.

The ramen were extraordinary!
The sushis were good also!
We had a great night :)
This was a little bit expensive, but it was expected for a popular San Francisco restaurant.

Pros: Great ramen, Good sushis, Great ambiance

Cons: Long wait, A little expensive

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honestly, I wasn't impressed - Edit

we waited for way too long and the food was ok.. we ordered one of the specialty rolls, it was tasty but i've had better vegan sushi (if you want to have really good vegan sushi go to beyond sushi in NYC).. the dumplings were fine..
I think there are better vegan options in san francisco that aren't this expensive. We spent way too much for what it was, considering parking near there was $15 as well.. and a glass of wine was $14..
However, the place is very nice and simple..I enjoyed the modern design and atmosphere..if you are looking for a kinda fancy, kinda pretentious atmosphere this place will be great for you. Maybe i didn't order the right things?

Updated from previous review on 2018-01-02

Pros: fancy, good design, ok food

Cons: overpriced, waited too long

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Best Sushi I've Ever Had - Edit

Shizen is absolutely incredible with the creative home made vegan sushi and ramen! I took some non-veg family here and they said it was the best sushi they had had as well. We got spicy garlic ramen, a couple specialty rolls, and a honeydew sorbet for dessert, everything was so delicious and hand prepared.

An unexpected pro was we showed up on a busy Friday night and they were able to seat the three of us right away - awesome! The atmosphere is really nice as well. A little pricey, but definitely worth it! Highly recommend!

Pros: The best sushi ever, Ambiance is beautiful

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Best vegan Sushi in the world - Edit

Best sushi. GORGEOUS presentation. Amazing flavors. Chic yet cozy atmosphere. Fabulous place to take a date! Loooooove everything about it!

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superb - Edit

Amazing food and great ambiance. Truly delicious!

Pros: extensive selection

Cons: none!

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Very tasty - Edit

A bit out of my usual price range, but you definitely get what you pay for. Creative, pretty and tasty vegan sushi options!

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Fancy AF vegan sushi - Edit

Amazing vegan sushi, super nice presentation, friendly staff! My favourites were the gyoza and the Body&Soul. Dessert was super good as well.

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I'm a vegan sushi believer!!! - Edit

If you order ramen, seaweed salad, and pretty much any kind of roll on the menu, you will be very very happy with your meal. Even non vegans love this place (as long as they have taste buds).

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Top Notch Cuisine!!! - Edit

The fiancé and I save this one for special occasions (we don't really GO to San Francisco that much) and we always talk about going more frequently. The ramen is very tasty, but the rolls are where this place really shines! They're beautiful, flavorful and full of texture! This place gets BUSY, even if you get there shortly before they open. So plan accordingly. No real parking to speak of, so Uber from wherever for maximum ease. Save room for dessert!!!

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Amazing - Edit

Have now been a handful of times, and am impressed every time. I came here on my birthday with a number of skeptical omnivores, and all of them left stuffed and satisfied. The quality of ingredients is high, and the presentation is beautiful. I always get the gyoza and the Shizen shiitake mushrooms because they're so amazing. Just be prepared to wait.

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Good but not worth the wait - Edit

After reading all the amazing HappyCow reviews I was disappointed to find out the food, although nice, was nothing extraordinary. I mean, Japanese food is my favourite and I have been to (way) better vegan Japanese places in other cities.
I have read about the no reservation policy and the long wait at the door before I visited, so I arrived 15min before the opening (at 4:45). By 5pm the queue was so long not everyone was seated.
My favourite dish was the "hidden agenda" maki, but all the other things i tried were just ok, with the nigiris being on the boring side. They only had 1 dessert option, lychee icecream, which I didn't order.

Pros: wonderful venue/deco, good service

Cons: long waiting time, dull flavours

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Wonderful! - Edit

Fantastic, tasty, creative. Kind of expensive ($37 each, with tip), but worth the splurge. Also, usually very crowded, but if you come at 6pm, you can get a table without waiting (otherwise, it can be up to 45 minutes to get seated, and they don't take reservations). Kinda loud, but you don't need to shout to have a conversation.

Pros: Great food -- all vegan , Nice presentation

Cons: Expensive , Somewhat loud, Crowded at later hours

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Fantastic! - Edit

A few omni friends and myself came here over the weekend and it was phenomenal. Loved the atmosphere, and the food was wonderful! We had the gyoza, and three specialty rolls: plot twist, the colonel's pipe, and the hidden agenda roll. A tad more expensive than I'm used to but I would definitely go back, so I guess that makes it worth it right? :)

Only downside is that they are always packed. Great for them but makes for a long wait sometimes. Tried going the week before and it was an hour and a half wait for a table...!

Pros: Great food, Great atmosphere

Cons: Always busy, Rather expensive

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A treat! - Edit

This place is perfect for a special treat or dining out with friends (vegans or omni). Everything is meant to be shared, so in a larger group you get to taste more of their sushi and small plates. From my experience 2 sushi plates per person are the right amount and will not leave you feeling hungry.
Their specialty sushi rolls are the best. My favorite are Body & Soul, Secret Weapon, Colone's Pipe.

I always get the tempura which is fresh and delicious.

Their soy ramen is not to miss. Spicy ramen is really spicy!

The downside of this place is that they don't take reservations. After 6:30 during the weekend wait time is about 1 hour. They won't seat you unless the whole group is present so you need to keep this in mind.

Updated from previous review on 2017-05-15

Pros: Delicious

Cons: No reservation system. 1h Wait time, Street parking hard to find

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Absolutely Loved It! - Edit

Just beautiful. Everything from the taste to the presentation to the atmosphere and service. I highly recommend anyone visiting SF to put this on your "must go to" list.

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fantastic - Edit

Innovative vegan variants of sushi/Japanese food. Very tasty and high quality meals. Highly recommended.

Loses 1 star for the fact that it's unusual to have to wait for a table for less than an hour, and they take no bookings.

Pros: Fantastic food, Good atmosphere.

Cons: Super long wait getting a table.

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Worth the hype - Edit

It was highly hyped, yet didn't disappoint! We had the tofuna rolls, eggplant/avocado/miso rolls and tempura/mango rolls - all superb! Plus dessert which was coconut-lychee ice cream with deep fried banana - yum! Lychee is an amazing flavour and needs more love in desserts :) Also plum wine which is gorgeous. All this was enough to feed 2 people, although I could have had an extra dish I think.

The wait was around 15 mins at 6PM on a Monday night. Just enough time to finish reading the menu. You wouldn't want to come any later though - the queue looked pretty impressive later on!

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SOOOO GOOD!!!! - Edit

We all LOVED the food and service at this restaurant. It's worth a trip to San Francisco just to eat here. I read some reviews and found some great recommendations for dishes and they we all great. The other dishes to order are the gyoza and the Brussels sprouts (they were the best Brussels sprouts we have ever had).

Pros: great food, friendly service

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Incredible! - Edit

The restaurant has a cool - albeit a bit cramped - layout. There were so many choices that sounded good, so we let out waiter surprise us. He did not disappoint! We brought a wide variety of items, and there wasn’t a single dud in the bunch. Not only was the food delicious, but also the presentation was truly artistic. Such care had gone into the presentation that almost seemed a shame to eat everything. But, eat it all we did! To top it all off, everything is vegan. So, what’s not to love? I suppose the prices could be a bit lower, but we are paying for more than just a basic meal here.

Pros: Presentation, Delicious food, Excellent service

Cons: A bit cramped

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Fantastic luxury vegan food - Edit

A great vegan fine dining restaurant for special occasions.

Our waiter recommended the shizen shiitake and it was delicious. The ramen is some of the best I've ever had.

We ate at Shizen at 5pm on a Tuesday and it filled up within an hour, so I would recommend arriving before 6pm.

My only teeny complaint is that they played top 40 music the whole evening. It really didn't match the vibe of the place or the quality of the food.

Pros: Delicious food, Excellent ambiance

Cons: Expensive- hard to eat there every day :(, Bad music

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