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Posted in best restaurant in SF, japanese restaurant san francisco, sushi san francisco, on 15 April 2017, by , 0 Comments

It’s hard to believe but true.  Ebisu has been located in the Sunset District and been owned by our family for over 30 years.  Recently, while looking at SF Gate and the other local food blogs we have noticed that there are sections completely dedicated to new restaurants and restaurants that have closed.  This is not an easy business as anyone in the industry will tell you.  Not only is it tough work day-to-day, working in a kitchen and making sure customers are happy, but it is a costly business.

 

For example, as a restaurant known for our fresh seafood, the cost to purchase fresh fish from around the globe is crazy.  Also, due to weather and what is happening in our globes oceans, finding the right kind of fish is not easy and often times not available.  Throw in the cost of employment taxes as well as all the other operational costs such as rents, health insurance, etc. etc.  this is not an easy business.  What is really sad is when we see good restaurants close.  There is a genuine love, something deep rooted in people’s souls when they open a restaurant.  There is a connection.  A connection to food and to working with people.  Most sane people would never own a restaurant as it is a 12-18 hour a day job and only a small percentage make a good profit margin.

 

However, there is something to be said about successful restaurants.  Sometimes it is about luck.  Being in the right place at the right time.  Mostly it is about consistency of quality and service.  For us it is about that and also family.  Ebisu is a rarity.  For over 30 years we have been a family owned and operated restaurant and now our second generation (Eric and Charlie) are full time working, managing and taking care of our customers, as they have been ever since they were kids.  How many family owned and operated restaurants do you know who have made it in San Francisco for over 30 years?  Probably not that many.

 

While we really do work hard for our customers, we also know we are very lucky as we have a very kind and loyal customer base who come to visit our restaurant from around the Bay area.  On a crowded weekend night, because we are small, the wait for a table can be an hour.  And don’t think for a moment that is lost on us.  We appreciate our customers more than you might know.  While it takes a lot of hard work and dedication, it also takes heart to run a good restaurant.  Usually you will always see one or two or all of us on the floor greeting and talking to customers.  Whether it is Koko greeting and managing the front of the house, or Eric making awesome creations with his special Omakase or Charlie working on the floor or Steve coming out from the kitchen to say hello to everyone…we never once forget how much we appreciate our customers and also how much we enjoy what we get to do every day.

 

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Posted in best restaurant in SF, catering san francisco, golden gate park, sushi san francisco, on 1 August 2016, by , 0 Comments

So excited to change and update our gallery with great images from Steven Gregory Photography.  When asked, “When was the last time you had family pictures taken?”, Steve reached into his wallet and showed a picture of he and his wife when his children were very small.  Today, this family owned and operated business continues to grow as the Fujii’s now have two grandchildren.  Eric Fujii and Charlie Fujii work everyday alongside their parents, Steve and Koko.

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Posted in best restaurant in SF, event planning san francisco, gift card, on 1 April 2016, by , 0 Comments

We are really excited to launch our new website. Our new site is now Responsive and looks awesome on all devices from desktop to mobile.  Our online ordering has now been updated and is more efficient, we are adding in to our Gallery and we will now be able to better inform you of upcoming features and events.

Take a moment to play on the site…we know we have some kinks to work out like any new site, but let us know what you think.

As always, thank you for visiting us online and in the Sunset.

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Posted in best restaurant in SF, craft beer, gift card, golden gate park, japanese restaurant san francisco, seafood restaurant, sushi san francisco, on 9 March 2015, by , 0 Comments

blog-beer-03-15Feeling a little WABI-SABI? The Baird Beer Company’s WASABI-GREEN TEA BEER is now at Ebisu and Customers are loving it.

“Wabi-Sabi is a uniquely Japanese and hybrid version of the craft beer world’s two most popular styles: Pale Ale and IPA. Local Japanese wasabi and green tea are combined deftly with several varieties of herbal-character hops. The flavor is bold, yet underpinned by a ‘quiet simplicity and subdued refinement.”

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Posted in best restaurant in SF, catering san francisco, golden gate park, japanese restaurant san francisco, seafood restaurant, sushi san francisco, on 3 September 2014, by , 0 Comments

hotei-exterior-shotWe want to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal customers for their many years of patronage at our beloved neighborhood eatery.

For over 15 years, the Fujii family has sincerely enjoyed being a part of the Sunset restaurant community with Hotei, serving their signature ramen, udon, somen and soba dishes as well as delicious sushi.

Don’t forget, while Hotei is now gone, Ebisu both in the Sunset district (directly across the street from the Hotei location) and at SFO International Terminal G will remain open. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Posted in best restaurant in SF, golden gate park, japanese restaurant san francisco, Uncategorized, on 8 July 2014, by , 0 Comments

hotei-closing-fb-postIt is with both sadness and joy that we will be saying goodbye to our beloved restaurant, Hotei, in the Sunset District on August 31, 2014.  For over 15 years, the Fujii family have sincerely enjoyed being a part of the Sunset restaurant community with Hotei, serving their signature ramen, udon, somen and soba dishes as well as delicious sushi.

According to Steve Fujii, “After 30 years of owning restaurants, at this stage in my life, I am looking forward to scaling down my operations a little and spending more time with my children, grandchildren and friends.”

While Hotei will be closing, Ebisu both in the Sunset district and at SFO International Terminal G will remain open.

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Posted in best restaurant in SF, catering san francisco, event planning san francisco, golden gate park, holiday party catering, japanese restaurant san francisco, seafood restaurant, sushi san francisco, Uncategorized, on 25 June 2014, by , 0 Comments

Rainbow 3 - edit - FB boostCelebrate Pride at Ebisu With Our Fabulous Rainbow Roll! San Francisco’s favorite sushi restaurant gets in the spirit of Gay Pride Week with fantastic, colorful rolls — like our gorgeous Caterpillar Roll, Dragon Roll and tasty Tootsie Roll — perfect for couples and groups.

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Posted in best restaurant in SF, catering san francisco, gift card, golden gate park, japanese restaurant san francisco, ramen san francisco, seafood restaurant, sushi san francisco, Uncategorized, on 21 May 2014, by , 0 Comments

clam-sushiThis weekend we will be offering the rare red clam sushi (fresh from Mexico). We will also be serving a very special fish and chips – fresh smelt cooked  with a beer batter, seasoned with ginger, garlic, salt and pepper, and paired with our own sweet yam chips!

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