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Published on April 21, 2024
Peruvian-Nikkei Flavors Arrive at New KAIYŌ Restaurant & Bar in San FranciscoSource: Google Street View

San Francisco's gastronomic landscape has gained a new player with the opening of KAIYŌ Restaurant & Bar's latest outpost. Located on the ground floor of the Hyatt Place Hotel at 701 3rd St, this fresh addition claims to offer patrons a unique Peruvian-Nikkei fusion that marries Japanese tradition with Peruvian zest, according to a report.

Adjacent to Oracle Park, KAIYŌ brings a new flavor to town despite its roots already entrenched in Cow Hollow and a neighboring rooftop bar on the Hyatt Place's crest. For those wandering in search of a culinary adventure, the menu is a treasure trove that ranges from Anticucho de Lomo Fino to an extravagant A5 Wagyu Sando with Caviar - a concoction of Tonkatsu A5 Miyazaki wagyu, toasted Japanese milk bread, paired with caramelized onions, rocoto aioli, Kaluga caviar, and house-made pickles, as described on KAIYŌ's Facebook post.

John Park, the managing partner of KAIYŌ, expressed enthusiasm for the venue's expanded presence. "For the first time since the restaurant’s debut in 2018, I’m excited to share the complete KAIYŌ experience, with a new ground floor restaurant added to the beautiful rooftop bar, and an all-new menu that truly captures the essence of Peruvian Nikkei dining experience," Park told

The new KAIYŌ site also boasts an intimate sushi bar helmed by Executive Sushi Chef Kenji Sawada. Sawada, who has honed his sushi skills at premier restaurants like PABU Izakaya and Ozumo, will now offer a la carte sashimi and nigiri options that sit side by side with a curated cocktail list by bar director Danny Louie. According to the Eater San Francisco, drinks are a particular highlight, with an emphasis on Japanese whisky, rum, gin, and Pisco, making a potable splash alongside a selection of sake, wine, and domestic and Japanese beers.

For those looking to dine at the new Nikkei hotspot, KAIYŌ's Cow Hollow location is set to transition to a hand-roll concept later this spring. Reservations, which are highly recommended during peak times, can be made through Resy, offering future guests a savory slice of Japanese-Peruvian culture - just minutes away from the ballpark energy.