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Your Guide to Getting Sushi&Sashimi Quality Fish in San Francisco Bay Area


Yet another popular question I get from past class guests and clients. When I tell them that we get fish from wholesale fish company such as ABS Seafood and Monterey Fish Company, most of them seem upset because they are unable to get the same fish from those companies unless they start a sushi restaurant. I realize that what they are asking me is the retail stores and markets where they can get the fish now.

So, I decided to put together a list for those who are looking to enjoy sushi and sahimi at home. Here is your guide to Sushi quality fish in San Francisco Bay Area. Always call to check to find out what they have on the day you are shopping, as the fish supply changes daily.


Tokyo Fish Market
1220 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94706
(510) 524-7243

I think it is the best retail Japanese market to get sushi grade fish and all the ingredients you need to make sushi. When in season, fresh local albacore is my absolute favorite.(late summer, call to check the availability) It’s fabulous. Saturday is a good day to go since many people come and visit them to buy fish for dinner and they stock more variety of fish than other days.

Type of fish: Tuna (yellowfin, big eye, blue fin), Toro, Hirame (Halibut), Tai (Red Snapper), Hamachi (Yellow Tail), Hiramasa, Kanpachi, Sockeye Salmon, Uni (Sea Urchin), Scallops, Oysters (Point Rays, Kumamoto, Miyagi), Ebi (Shrimp), Tobiko (Flying fish roe), Ikura (Salmon Roe), Unagi (Fresh Water Eel, Frozen)


Nijiya Market

1737 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94115

Japan town, San Francisco and several locations in Bay Area

If you are cooking Japanese food, this would be the market to go. Lately, quality of sashimi and sushi fish got lot better.

Type of fish: Tuna (yellow fin, blue fin), Toro, Hirame (Halibut), Tai (Red Snapper), Hamachi (Yellow Tail), Kanpachi, Salmon, Uni (Sea Urchin), Scallops, Ankimo (Monk Fish Liver, both raw and cooked), Ebi (Shrimp), Tobiko (Flying fish roe), Ikura (Salmon Roe), Unagi (Fresh Water Eel, Frozen), Saba (Japanese Mackerel), Aji (Spanish Mackerel)


Monterey Fish Market

1582 Hopkins St. Berkeley, CA 94707

(510) 525-5600

Excellent sushi grade fish all caught in sustainable way.


Type of fish: Oysters, Tuna, Tombo, Crab, Shrimp


Mitsuwa Market Place

675 Saratoga Ave.,

San Jose, CA 95129

TEL: (408) 255-6699

The biggest Japanese Grocery Store in US. Call to check their availability.


Super Mira Market

1790 Sutter St
(between Buchanan St & Laguna St)
San Francisco, CA 94115

Small family owned super market in Japan town. They have small amount of sushi quality fish.

Type of fish: Tuna, Tai (Red Snapper), Unagi, Saba(Japanese Mackarel)


Whole Foods Market

Throughout Bay Area

Whole Foods? Yes, they do have some ingredients you can use to make sushi including vacume packed Tuna and Salmon, thought the quality is inferior to the ones at Tokyo Fish or Nijiya. It is worth checking out.

Type of fish: Tuna, Salmon, Shrimp (Cooked, frozen), Scallops, Smoked Salmon, Crab Meat, Imitation Crab Meat


Trader Joe’s

Throughout Bay Area

Sushi quality fish at trader joe’s? Well, let me tell you a secret. Here, you can find what I think is the best priced the best quality crab meat you can get. Go to a refrigerated section right next to smoked salmon. You will see crab meat in a can. They are by Chicken of the Sea. Yes, the same folks that make Tuna in a can make this and it is great. This crabmeat contain blue crab and when you mix with mayo to make California roll, it is the best tasting California Roll, we think. Give a try and let us know what you think.


Have we missed any market you know? If so, please share with us in the comment section.


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