Ryoko's Japanese Restaurant & Bar
Ryoko's, on the border of Nob Hill and Tenderloin, is a lively basement sushi spot helmed by high-skilled Japanese chefs. The sake and Sapporo flow like water, and on weekend nights, a live DJ turns up the party factor considerably. Last call for food and drink isn't until 1:30am, making it an awesome spot to hit when you're out late with a group of friends, or if your drinks date unexpectedly turns into dinner.
Ryoko’s is probably the most controversial addition to this list, but when you’re looking for late-night sushi in a lively space that feels more like a bar/club than a restaurant (there’s a piano player some nights and a DJ others), this is the place to go in SF. The subterranean (aka fancy basement) restaurant stays open late (Considering the times, that means until 11:30 pm Monday through Saturday, and until 10:30 pm on Sunday) and, as a result, draws in a mix of tourists and industry folks looking for legitimately good sushi that’s not too expensive. There’s almost always a line at peak hours, but the hostess will bring you drinks while you wait. There are plenty of over-the-top Frankenrolls with lots of ingredients, but the fish is fresh, so don’t shy away from the nigiri and sashimi.
How to order: Walk-ins only.