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True Sake
Wine Store$$
Today 12:00 – 7:00 pm
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560 Hayes St San Francisco, CA 94102, United States
560 Hayes StreetUSCaliforniaSan Francisco94102
(415) 355-9555truesake.com
$$Wine StoreToday 12:00 – 7:00 pm
Monday 12:00 – 6:00 pmTuesday 12:00 – 7:00 pmWednesday 12:00 – 7:00 pmThursday 12:00 – 7:00 pmFriday 12:00 – 7:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 7:00 pmSunday 12:00 – 6:00 pm
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America's First Sake Store. Over 200 imported Japanese Sake.
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Intimate bottle shop sells a range of high-end, imported Japanese sakes & barware in a modern space.- Google
"If you love sake or are even curious, this is the store for you!"
3 reviewers
"Seimai buai isn't just the determining factor between a ginjo and a daiginjo."
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Michelle G
a year ago
If you love sake or are even curious, this is the store for you! They have a fantastic selection with new additions every month. The owner and staff are incredibly knowledgeable and they are always happy and willing to explain and answer questions. Almost every bottle has a description that rates the sake, food pairings and compares them to beer and/or wine to help you choose. They also hold great events throughout the year! Get their newsletter...each month there is special pricing on selected bottles but you must know the secret word!
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A Google User
7 years ago
I went to True Sake hoping to come back and give it 5 stars. Instead, I'm giving it 3, and each is only awarded for effort. This is very much an AMERICAN sake shop. There is nothing Japanese about it, it just happens to sell a decent selection of a Japanese alcoholic beverage. Let me qualify my listing of the store's faults by saying that I've purchased five to ten thousand dollars worth of sake in the last two years. That said, here we go: Some sake was stored on its side. I've never seen that outside of a bargain bin. Even seeing sake on its side makes me feel uneasy, the way I feel when I see wine stored upright. The layout of the store is circular, and there is no perceptible division of sake by quality or region. I was literally walking in circles. Seimai buai is not listed anywhere. This is just lazy. Seimai buai isn't just the determining factor between a ginjo and a daiginjo. I've found over the years that anything below 35% is just trying to impress and loses its flavor, while anything between 45 and 50 is trying to get into the more prestigious daiginjo categorization. It's absolutely necessary to know those numbers. Also a suspiciously high number of labels with English all over them. Those usually seem more geared towards foreign visitors to Japan. English speakers in Japan cost money, and you're the one that's going to pay that money. I ended up buying a $72.00, 750mL bottle of "Sword" sake. Seimai buai was nowhere to be seen, but it was expensive, and the absolute truth in Japan is that more expensive sake is better. When I got home, I looked it up. It's 37%, which is almost too close the the aforementioned 35, but I'll take it. Yahoo in Japan offers the 1.8L bottle of "Sword" for 7350 yen. For those keeping track, that's retail on a bottle twice as big as what I bought costing less than what I paid. So here I am with an over-priced bottle of sake from a slightly questionable store. And I'm happy. My complaints are valid, but this is the first sake shop I've been to in this country. My rule: Having sake is better than not having sake. I've only been in two sake shops in Japan that I was satisfied with, and they both closed within a year of my finding them. Let's hope the same doesn't happen to True Sake.
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A Google User
2 years ago
Sake!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Eric Vasallo
a year ago
Fantastic selection and great knowledge on product. Sake-it to me!!
A Google User
6 years ago
This is the place to go get some killer sake especially with the holidays coming up. Be different & bring a bottle of sake! I promise you everyone else will be bringing a bottle of wine...
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Max Davis
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4 years ago

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