While it may seem that San Francisco’s restaurant scene is inundated with trendy fusions and craft cocktails galore, KAIYŌ proudly holds its own as Cow Hollow’s hottest addition. The latest project of John Park, co-founder of the popular spots Whitechapel and Novela, KAIYŌ serves up a blend of Japanese and Peruvian cuisines– a centuries-old fusion called Nikkei.

Dishes like the Hokkaido scallop tiradito, smoked duck breast sashimi with shaved foie gras torcho, and lobster paella are guaranteed to beckon you back again and again. What’s more? KAIYŌ focuses on using local ingredients to bring you the freshest of the fresh.

For a perfectly well-rounded experience, KAIYŌ’s drink menu features delicious Peruvian pisco and Japanese whiskeys in such anime-inspired cocktails as the Cowboy Bebop (with pisco porton acholado, maiz cream, honey, lime angostura bitters), Kill Bill Vol. 1 (with suntory toki, aperol, matcha, sarsaparilla and sparkling water), and Dark Side of Cloud Strife (with togouchi Japanese whisky, cherry heering, amontillado, Montenegro, absinthe and amargo chuncho).

Stop in seven days a week for a drink or a bite (or both), and stay for the unique integration of cultures.


1838 Union Street, San Francisco, California


Sunday–Wednesday 4 p.m.–midnight

Thursday–Saturday 4 p.m.–2 a.m.