Onigilly / San Francisco

343 Kearny St San Francisco 94108
Opening Hours
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 11:00 - 16:00

Onigilly is a traditional Japanese fast food known as onigiri, or rice balls, that dates back over 2,300 years. Samurai carried these rice balls with them during war for a quick meal. Made with pressed rice and a savory filling wrapped up in seaweed, onigiri is a staple of the modern Japanese diet, more popular in fact than sushi. Handy and fast, “Onigilly” can be eaten anytime and anywhere, as a snack or as a full meal. Onigilly focuses on fusing healthy California style eating with the traditional Japanese onigiri. Promoting healthy and sustainable practices, our rice balls are made with California-grown, 100% organic brown rice and loaded with nutritious ingredients. Our mission is to provide delicious, healthy, and convenient food, and to help contribute to better eating habits nationwide. We started this business in 2007 with the goal to bring onigiri, Japan's favorite comfort food, to America. We created ONIGILLY based on the motto "handy, delicious, and healthy." After entering the incubation program at La Cocina in 2009, we started running a street food cart in 2010. Finally, in September 2012, we opened our first restaurant. Come in and enjoy some delicious food with us!

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Tips from the Net @ Onigilly
Edwina Duenas en
One of my favorite lunch spots in the area! I mainly go to the Embarcadero location now, but like how Kearny has seating. Come early for a quieter lunch (11-11:30) if you want to dine in. Otherwise, the line does get long and the space is small so it'll get packed. However, the food comes out fast. My favorites are the shrimp, spicy bacon, and salmon. Prices are affordable for the area, and you can get a filling meal if you get 2-3 onigiri plus edamame or other greens! GooglePlace - October 2017
Samantha Degges en
I got the wakame set with a grilled salmon onigrilly and a spicy shrimp onigrilly. The salmon was not grilled, it was flaked steamed salmon, like the kind that comes in a can. I took one bite of the shrimp one and threw it away. It tasted like dirty tap water, with a lot of metallic tastes. Not very spicy which is fine. The side seaweed salad is a very faded yellowy green instead of fresh dark green. Not sure why. It tasted very lemony but I am afraid it's not fresh, like the shrimp, and can't eat it. I guess I shouldn't have expected such low quality shrimp for only a few dollars. GooglePlace - October 2017
Hillary Hamblen en
Great for a quick lunch; food came out super fast GooglePlace - October 2017
Marty Strauss en
Somewhat heartbreaking to pay 3 dollars for a rice ball, but they're made well and very tasty. Kara age (fried chicken) was delicious as well. GooglePlace - August 2017
Leonard Pak en
I love this place and the food, but seriously, screw you guys for automatically adding a $1 tip when I didn't intend to leave a tip for what basically amounts to fast food takeout. It's deceptive because I never agreed to it or signed off on it and on top of that my receipt doesn't show the tip, yet in my credit card bill there's a happy extra dollar being charged out of nowhere. UPDATE: Over a year after this incident, a new manager reached out to apologize. Onigilly has also opened a few new locations and are making efforts to improve how their company is being run. Hopefully this wouldn't happen again! GooglePlace - July 2017