Updated on February 16, 2021

As the days get longer and warmer, what better time to enjoy some socially-distanced outdoor dining? Japantown boasts some of the best multicultural dining experiences in San Francisco, offering something that will please everyone. Each dining location rigorously follows San Francisco City’s health and safety protocols, so you know your meal will be both safe and delicious. 

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

1. Doobu Korean Restaurant

Doobu Korean Restaurant Outdoor Dining

Warm your stomach and your soul with Doobu’s yummy 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

Hikari combines technology and art to offer delicious Japanese food options like sushi (via bullet train!), udon, and donburi. You can order online from their website for pickup!
1734 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 872-9116

Open everyday 11:30AM – 7:45PM

3. Hinodeya Ramen Bar

Choose a delicious ramen using whole wheat noodles such as Hamaguri clam and Tori Paitan chicken ramen, and try their vegan spinach noodle ramen.
Dine in their outdoor seating, order online ahead of time for pickup, or call their To Go Order Hotline!
1737 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 9411
(Buchanan St Mall)
(415) 216-5011

Open everyday 11AM – 10PM

4. Hoshinoya

Can’t decide between Japanese or Thai food? Hoshinoya offers both, like chicken teriyaki bento, short ribs, ramen, pad thai, pad see you, curry, and more!
1740 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94115
(Buchanan St Mall)
(415) 610-3929

Tues-Thurs 11:30AM – 4PM, 5PM – 8PM
Fri 11:30AM – 4PM, 5PM – 9PM
Sat 11AM – 9PM, Sun 11AM – 8PM
Closed Monday

5. Izumi Kaiten Sushi

This conveyor belt sushi restaurant was conceptually-inspired by Kaiten sushi restaurants in Japan, high-speed train travel, and the elegance of Japanese art and dining, bringing you fresh sushi and seafood.
1737 Post St #355, San Francisco, CA 94115
(Japan Center Mall, West)
(415) 872-9545

Open everyday 12PM – 7PM

6. Kinokuniya Mall

Kinokuniya Mall Outdoor Dining

An outdoor dining space is open next to Kinokuniya Mall. Pick up and enjoy takeout from nearby restaurants: Beque Korean Grill, Marufuku Ramen, Matcha Cafe Maiko, On The Bridge, Sophie’s Crepes, Suzu, Tan Tan Coffee Shop, Tenroku Sushi, Udon Mugizo
On Post St & Webster St
(415) 440-1171

Outdoor dining space is open everyday 11AM – 6PM
Kinokuniya Mall is open everyday 8:30AM – 9PM

7. Kippu Sushi

In the mood for some unique rolls, or sashimi, chicken teriyaki bento, and more? Kippu has it all for you! You can dine outdoors or pick up takeout, call ahead to order or order directly from their website.
1707 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94115
(Buchanan St Mall)
(415) 346-1212

Open everyday 11AM – 9PM

8. Mari’s Mogura

In pre-COVID times, Mari’s Mogura was known for karaoke as well as their takoyaki, karaage, calamari skewers, onigiri, cocktails, and sake. You can text (415) 378-0175 to order pick-up food or drink. 
Outdoor dining on Post St, b/t Webster & Fillmore St, next to Pa’ina
(415) 673-5636

Thu-Sun 4PM – 9:30PM, Closed Mon-Wed

9. Pa’ina Restaurant and Lounge

Pa'ina Outdoor Dining

Great spot for Asian-American comfort food and Hawaiian cuisine like Loco Moco, Kalua pig poutine, and garlic butter shrimp, Pa’ina also offers Happy Hours, Taco Tuesdays, and Wing Wednesdays (25 cent wings, sign me up!), unique cocktails, and more. They have ample outdoor seating with heat lamps, or if you’re feeling takeout, you can order via phone or on their website.
1865 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115
(near Fillmore St, next to AMC Kabuki 8)
(415) 829-2642

Mon-Fri 5PM – 9PM
Sat-Sun 12PM – 9PM

10. Ramen Yamadaya

Ramen Yamadaya Outdoor Dining

Explore different ramen options such as Yamada-ya sea salt ramen, Kakuni soy sauce ramen, spicy ramen, and vegan ramen, as well as other Japanese comfort food. This ramen hotspot has you covered for a nourishing meal!
1728 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94115
(Buchanan St Mall)
(415) 795-4164

Wed-Sun 11:30AM – 2:30PM, 5:30PM – 8PM
Closed Mon-Tues

11. San Wang Restaurant

San Wang Restaurant Outdoor Dining

Family-owned since 1988, San Wang offers Chinese-Korean cuisine, including a wide variety of noodle dishes as well as Mongolian beef and seafood options like walnut shrimp and San Wang clams, and more!
1682 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 921-1453

Open everyday except Wed 11AM – 9:30PM

12. Sanppo Restaurant

Sanppo Restaurant Outdoor Dining

Sanppo offers unique rolls as well as bento specials, tempura, seafood like fried oysters and nigiri, and more! You can order online ahead of time for outdoor dining in their parklet or for takeout.
1702 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 346-3486

Sun-Thurs 11AM – 8:30PM 
Fri-Sat 11AM – 9:30 PM

13. YakiniQ Cafe

Perhaps best known for their sweet potato latte, YakiniQ also offers a variety of specialty drinks such as matcha yuzu-ade, jujube honey tea and black sesame latte, as well as sweets like macarons, scones, and lemon meringue, and sandwiches and salads!
1640 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 441-9291

Tues-Sat 11AM – 5PM
Closed Sun-Mon

Thank you for visiting Japantown to support our restaurants! Please observe all health and safety protocols by wearing a mask and helping to keep 6 feet apart from other diners.

Face coverings are required when you are:
– Waiting to be seated at an outdoor dining area
– Seated at an outdoor dining area and whenever you leave your table, including when staff approach you (you can take off your mask when actively eating and drinking)

Learn more at sf.gov/coronavirus