Now that the sweltering heat has finally passed and the cooler weather is kicking in, it’s time to enjoy some socially-distanced outdoor dining! Japantown boasts some of the best multicultural dining experiences in San Francisco, which means there are plenty of options for whatever you feel like eating. Each of the dining locations rigorously follows San Francisco City’s health and safety protocols, so you’re sure to enjoy a safe and delicious meal. 

Here is a list of the outdoor dining locations open in Japantown. Hours are subject to vary so please check with the restaurant for current hours and reservations:

1. Doobu Korean Restaurant

Traditional Korean food like warm tofu soup, bibimbap, and bulgogi
1723 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Buchanan St Mall)
(415) 292-6002

Sun-Thu 11:30AM – 9:30PM
Fri-Sat 11:30AM – 10PM

2. Hikari Kaiten Train Sushi & Bar

Tons of delicious Japanese food options available like sushi, udon, and donburi
1734 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 872-9116

Mon-Thu 11:30AM – 4PM, 5PM – 9:30PM
Fri-Sun 11:30AM – 9:30PM

3. Hinodeya Ramen Bar

Delicious ramen, including house ramen, Hamaguri (clam) ramen, and vegan ramen
Order first inside the restaurant and then find a seat (indoor option available too)
1737 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 9411 (Buchanan St Mall)
(415) 216-5011

Open everyday 11AM – 10PM

4. Hoshinoya

Japanese and Thai food options like chicken teriyaki bento and pad thai
1740 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Buchanan St Mall)
(415) 610-3929

Mon – Fri 12PM – 4PM, 5PM – 9PM
Sat – Sun 11:30 AM – 9PM

5. Izumi Kaiten Sushi

Sushi and chirashi don
1737 Post St #355, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Japan Center Mall, West)
(415) 872-9545

Mon-Sun 12PM – 7PM

6. Jitlada Thai Cuisine

October 2020 promotion: Lunch special with Thai tea boba

Rich and homey Thai food including satay chicken, curry, and refreshing salads
1826 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 292-9027

Tues-Sun 11:30AM – 9PM
Closed Monday

Photo by Jitlada Thai Cuisine, IG @jitlada_thai_cuisine_sf

7. Kippu Sushi

Sushi, sashimi, chicken teriyaki bento, and more
1707 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Buchanan St Mall)
(415) 346-1212

Open everyday 11AM – 9PM

8. Mari’s Mogura

Takoyaki, karaage, calamari sticks, onigiri, and more
Outdoor dining on Post St, next to Pa’ina
Indoor dining on 1581 Webster St #241, San Francisco 94115
(415) 673-1103

Thu-Sun 4PM – 9PM, Closed Mon-Wed (outdoor dining)
Open everyday 4PM – 10PM by reservation only (indoor dining) 

Photo by Mari’s Mogura, IG @marismogura

9. Nari

Serving contemporary Thai food and voted “2019 Best New Restaurants” by SF Chronicle, GQ, and Esquire
1625 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Hotel Kabuki)
(415) 868-6274

Wed-Sun 5PM – 8PM
Closed Mon-Tues
Reservations recommended

10. Pa’ina Restaurant and Lounge

Hawaiian cuisine like loco moco, Kalua pig poutine, and garlic butter shrimp
1865 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115 (next to AMC Kabuki 8)
(415) 829-2642

Tues-Thurs 5PM – 10PM
Fri 5PM – 12AM
Sat 11AM – 12AM
Sun 11AM – 9PM
Closed Monday

Photo by Pa’ina Restaurant and Lounge, IG @painasf

11. Ramen Yamadaya

Yamada-ya ramen, Kakuni ramen, and spicy ramen (vegan options too)
1728 Buchanan St, Floor 2, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Buchanan St Mall)
(415) 795-4164

Wed-Sun 12PM – 2:30PM, 6PM – 8PM
Closed Mon-Tues

12. San Wang Restaurant

Chinese-Korean cuisine, including Mongolian beef and seafood dishes like walnut shrimp and San Wang clam 
1682 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 921-1453

Open everyday except Weds 11AM – 9:30PM

13. Sanppo Restaurant

Sushi and bento specials like tempura, seafood bentos
1702 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 346-3486

Mon-Tues 11:30AM – 2:30PM, 4:30PM – 10PM 
Wed-Thu 4:30PM – 10PM
Fri 4:30PM – 11PM
Sat 11:30AM – 11PM
Sun 12PM – 10PM

Photo by Samuel Huang, IG @samversionone

14. YakiniQ Cafe

Specialty drinks like matcha yuzu-ade and black sesame latte, and sweets like macarons and scones
1640 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 441-9291

Sun-Thu 9AM – 9PM
Fri-Sat 9AM – 10PM

**Please make sure to observe all health and safety protocols by wearing a mask and helping to keep 6 feet apart from other diners.**

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