Onigilly specializes in Japanese rice balls with lots of different filling options. A single rice ball costs between $2.75 and $3.50, and for lunch, you’ll probably want three. (If you order an edamame set - three rice balls plus edamame - you can walk out with lunch for under $12, even if you get the most expensive fillings.) We particularly like the teriyaki chicken, the salmon, and the tarako (pollock roe spread). You can also get your meal served to you in bowl form with mixed greens added for under $13.
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The Vault in the Financial District has great small plates and cocktails - come here after work with a few friends or some clients.
Verjus is a wine bar and bottle shop in the Financial District perfect for an after-work date and drinks before dinner.
Irish Times in the Financial District is an Irish sports bar that serves standard bar food. Outside TVs are great for watching a game in nice weather.
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Aburaya in Downtown Oakland is a punk-inspired space serving excellent Japanese fried chicken.
Head to Robin in Hayes Valley for excellent omakase that doesn’t involve burning all your money.
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Serious quality sushi, provided you're willing to pay. Akiko's Restaurant will even serve you up a baby barracuda.
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