This sleek Japanese spot was once a go-to for Financial District diners with expense accounts, but don’t let the words “Financial District” and “expense account” put you off of this Michael Mina and Ken Tominaga (Hana Japanese Restaurant in Sonoma County) concept that consistently puts out delicious and high-quality sushi and sashimi, as well as grilled skewers and steaks. There’s also an omakase tasting menu (of course) and a really good happy hour with great prices and quality cocktails (especially if you enjoy Japanese whisky). Go for the latter when you’re paying and the former when it’s on someone’s company dime. Whichever it is, you’ll find that Pabu is actually more affordable than some of SF’s most high-end sushi places and is nearly, if not equally, as delicious.
How to book: Make reservations via SevenRooms or order takeout online.