Hama-Ko Sushi has some of the best fish in San Francisco. Hidden treasure in Cole Valley

Hama-Ko Sushi is ridiculously good. After a couple of St Patrick’s Day beers in Cole Valley, we wandered around for food. Yelp led us to Hama-Ko Sushi, and Yelp did *very* well. We found the tiny, sign free restaurant in just a couple minutes.

We walked in wearing all green, and maybe a little loud for the crowd. The elderly husband and wife team knew we did not belong. But the 8 table restaurant was busy so we knew we had to try the food.

The guy behind the bar wasted no time to tell us we might have wandered into the wrong spot. “There are no rolls or fancy mixes here, just sushi!” No problem. After we were seated, the guys wife confirmed “This is authentic japanese sushi, is that ok?” Of course. You can’t beat some good, solid Sake nigiri.

The food was phenomenal. Some of the best fish I’ve ever had. Definitely rivals my other favorite sushi joint, Jewel Bako in New York. Just as good for a third of the price.

Hama-Ko, we will be back, and this time we won’t be wearing bright green tshirts. I hope you remember us!



  1. that looks awesome, will have to try it out the next time i’m in town. did you ever try kuruma zushi in nyc? it has my vote for best sushi.

  2. <html><body style="word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space; ">Hey Matt, I didn’t. I’m in nyc now. will see if i can get to it :)<div><div><div></div></div></div></body></html>

  3. The real deal looks a lot different from what i call Sushi. Maybe one day i would be brave enough. Any tips on dealing with the rubbery feel in my mouth?

  4. <html><body style="word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space; ">Georgia, i think the difference between bad sushi and great sushi is exactly what you’ve called out: good sushi is NOT rubbery and it doesn’t smell fishy. Great sushi melts in your mouth like butter. No teethe needed<div><div><div></div></div></div></body></html>

  5. Good spot. It’s especially fun that there is no sign outside or posted hours but the place has survived for 15+ years. Stealth restaurant

  6. oh yes! this place is amazing. I lived in cole valley for a year before stumbling upon this place. It’s next to Creeps on cole.

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