Shiki Bistro

Mon-Thu, 11:30AM-2:30PM, 4PM-9PM | Fri,11:30AM-2:30PM, 4PM-9:30PM | Sat, 1:30AM-9:30PM | Sun, 11:30AM-9PM
825 Laurel Street, San Carlos, California 94070
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Shiki Bistro: the Hot Spot for the Best Sushi in town

With its downtown San Carlos location, Shiki Bistro has quickly become a customer favorite by integrating a full bar into its metro modern Japanese atmosphere and sending traditional Japanese cuisine into altogether new territory.

Not satisfied to rest on prior achievements, Shiki strives to push the limits of what people have come to expect from a restaurant by sending traditional Japanese cuisine into altogether new territory. Stay on the cusp of fine dining with our Chef’s Specials menu, constantly refined and revised by customer responses and our chef’s newest brilliant creations.

Nestled in the friendly Laurel Street shopping area, Shiki Bistro is proud to host the community’s business meetings, celebrations, and daily dining.

Our Chef and Staff

Shiki chefs constantly challenge themselves to prepare only the best possible dishes using fresh fish from delectable spices and sauces with truly inspiring techniques. We invites you to share its appreciation for vibrant Japaneses flavors at any of our locations, or via convenient take-out to enjoy at home. The best sushi restaurants in peninsula.

Special Events and Catering

Our restaurant is available for private events: weddings, business lunches, dinners, cocktail receptions, and more. We would love to discuss how to be a part of your next event.

Seasonal and Local

We refuse to compromise on quality in our restaurant. That’s why we source our fresh ingredients from local farmers’ markets.

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Top Reviews

Frances S. | Yelp
My second visit! Brought my girlfriend fir her birthday lunch. We sat in the lovely outdoor dining area and we were not disappointed! The wait staff was so sweet, they must have overheard that it was my friend’s birthday and they gifted her the mochi ice cream dessert with a candle and singing! I’ll be back!


Angie H. | Yelp
Shiki Bistro Japanese restaurant on Laurel St. in San Carlos has been our go to for Sushi for couple years. Without a question the best fresh quality sashimi & nigiri on the menu!! Plus the best talent sushi chef Stanley always have secret menu for us!! I called it Angie’s special!!!

Recently, they have the Japanese Grade A – Uni!! Wow!! Super fresh & delicious!! We are so happy to see our friend Paul (manager) coming back!! Him & his friendly staff always provide a great service to us!! Another secret ~ Paul is a great bartender & his margarita must try!!


Gennady Y. | Yelp
We used to come here with kids every week on Friday for their happy hour and live music prior to the pandemic, and with them being open now we are excited to continue our tradition.

This is a great casual spot, with friendly staff and great sushi. I would definitely recommend Shiki Bistro as I am sure you will enjoy it.


Bill W. | Yelp
Shiki Bistro on Laurel St in San Carlos is a MUST GO HOT SPOT for SUSHI! We have several choices and after our time surveying the area, this is our go to place. Without question – the best quality of FRESH sushi and a great variety of items on the menu. The itamae (Sushi Chefs) are side by side and very creative! The servings are full servings, not small plates. I messed up an order to go – the order ended up at the Shiki Bistro in San Mateo. I was so mad at myself!

Paul (The Manager) came to the rescue! He called and took charge of moving the order to San Carlos and canceling the other order. Paul and every employee in Shiki Bistro are so kind and courteous. I’m also surprised at how fast the orders come out. Best of all – Best Sushi I can find is at Shiki Bistro in San Carlos. Oh – and they have a full bar service and some live music when I was there last night!!


Jacey P. | Yelp
One of my favorite sushi places! I’ve loved all the rolls and apps I’ve tried, and the sake is the best I’ve had! Not only that, the service is amazing!


Yohan A. | Yelp
Hello! Two days ago me and my friend came to Shiki Bistro. I’m passionate about customer Service and always expect the best. This place did not disappoint at all. Friendly Service and very attentive. The food was good for the price. And you don’t have to wait a long time to get the food.


Owen F. | Yelp
The best sushi I have ever had. Snow Dragon roll, honey crunch roll are two of my favorites. I go all the time with my family. We all love it.


Alicia C. | Yelp
WOW! I contacted the restaurant for their menu. Cindy responded very quickly, advised that we can make our company order in an email and we can even pay through a link in an email! The food was wonderful, fresh and large portions. I will definitely eat here again. Thank you Cindy for your exceptional customer service. Alicia C.


M. L. | Yelp
We’ve been coming here for years and this has always been our go to sushi spot. At the beginning of Covid, we didn’t think Shiki was delivering so tried a couple of other places, but tonight realized that they were offering delivery so gave them a try. So glad we did.

The sushi here is so much fresher and more generous in portion size than the other places we tried. And the takeout menu offered offered a lot of options from sushi, to rolls, to udon. Yum!


Elle G. | Yelp
My go to place for sushi and chicken ramen ! It’s honestly just delicious here. I have tried almost everything on the menu and there is no bad options in my opinion. The service is great the food is great and it’s in a perfect location nice calm neighborhood of downtown San Carlos.


Maricar B. | Yelp
This is one of my favorite Japanese restaurants to go to. We had the vegetable & shrimp tempura, pork katsu, Lion King roll, & California roll. As for drinks, we had the warm sake, lychee martini, & Moscow mule – which got us tipsy lol! Our server was super nice and friendly & he took care of us. Everything was so delicious & we look forward to going back!


Robert T. | Yelp
Shiki Bistro is a big, well-lit, cheerful sushi restaurant right in the middle of San Carlos’ restaurant row: Laurel St. When you can dine indoors, it has spacious booths. During COVID it has an outdoor dining space with plenty of space and tables and heaters, and the staff take masks and safety very seriously.

Last time I went it was for take-out. They’re open a little later than other sushi resto in town (9:30pm midweek when I went in October). They know their menu well, so could make recommendations. The service was quick and the food was fresh and tasty and good value for money. A hearty recommendation, COVID or not.


Amy K. | Yelp
My favorite sushi spot in San Carlos. They had outdoor seating, went on a Saturday night. No reservations but we got a table within 10 mins. They were super accommodating, when we asked for real crab and other nitpicking things. The price was reasonable and service was excellent. Will repeat.


Daniella K. | Yelp
I really like the sushi here and it has a great bar if you’re dining alone. The tuna is really fresh and they have some creativity in the menu that I really enjoy. If you like sake, they have you covered 🙂


Mike D. | Yelp
Shiki is my families favorite sushi. The food is always fresh. We have never had a bad meal in 10 years,


Cerise K. | Yelp
First time here! We were hesitant because of the low review level. But we were pleasantly surprised. The food was great, service was decent, and atmosphere was also enjoyable. They had recent music playing, the game on the tv muted and overall pleasant atmosphere. It was crowded but didn’t seem loud.

We ordered the chicken udon which was massive! We ordered a few rolls, the honey crunch was amazing!!! I like the booths they have. It has a private feeling to it. Overall I am very happy with this Restaurant and will be back very soon. I’m happy to have a place closer to home to get my sushi fix 🙂


Lori B. | Yelp
Shiki Bistro is definitely our new favorite restaurant in San Carlos. It’s a hidden gem, being a short distance away from the cluster of busy restaurants on Laurel Street in downtown San Carlos.

The outside of the Shiki Bistro is simple and understated, almost easy to miss if you’re walking or driving by. However, the inside of Shiki Bistro is beautiful, modern and classy.

My husband and I had their Shiki brunch plate (I think that’s what it’s called) and mango ice cream with banana tempura, and we enjoyed every bite.

All in all, this is a lovely place to dine in San Carlos. Looking forward to our next visit. Thank you to Paul and his staff at Shiki Bistro!


Beijo L. | Yelp
Came here with my coworkers for lunch on Friday noon, the place had plenty of seats available. Service was great in getting us water, drinks, and taking our order.

The lunch menu is great and has a lot of options for a good price! I ordered the salmon teriyaki with a spicy tuna roll (4 pieces). The salmon was flavorful and wasn’t dry. The portions were perfect for me! (I tend to eat less than normal people though)

They have their own small parking lot next to the restaurant but there’s plenty of free 2 hour parking on the streets around the place. Would definitely come back to try it again!


Brianna S. | Yelp
10/10 recommend. If I could eat here everyday I would. I always go for the snow dragon. It’s incredibly tasty and I crave it almost everyday. I just think the prices for special rolls are overpriced. Putting that aside, this place serves amazing sushi and food


Tammy P. | Yelp
The restaurant is on the very busy Laurel St area. There is a small parking lot along the side to park. Our friend likes this place so thought we would try it.

We sat in a booth close to the sushi bar. The staff were very attentive. They have a great selection of cocktails and sake. I ordered the premium sake sampler. It is interesting to try several side by side to pick up the different nuances of each one.

We decided to order several rolls to try. We ordered the Fuji Mountain, Shrimp Tempura and the Caterpillar. All were great. Fresh fish and perfect spice.

I tried their Peach Bourbon specialty cocktail. Very refreshing. There is a nice sushi bar area and and TVs to watch your favorite sports. We will definitely be back.


Pam B. | Yelp
Best sushi around. Bert and I haven’t had this good of sushi since Miyake closed (due to the owner passing) a few years back. We will miss coming here when we move to the Delta.

BUT . . . we’ll be back often. Paul is a great boss and really enjoys talking with his customers. We really do enjoy coming for the Happy Hour Menu. Prices on this menu are about half the price of the regular menu. Happy hour is 7 days a week from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM.


Bert M. | Yelp
This is our ‘new’ favorite sushi restaurant. Friendly, very friendly staff; very tasty and delicious sushi; many choices on the Happy Hour Menu; and most excellent atmosphere. And for those of you who like to see sports with your meal, they have sports on their big screen televisions. My girlfriend and I come here once a week, at least.


Cristina F. | Yelp
Very professional service at the sushi bar. It was like watching artists painting on their culinary pallets created to cater to my palate. The sushi was so fresh, visually, stimulating and just plain awesome! I highly recommend this place for a nice relaxing evening!

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