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Jeremy Umland’s familiarity with Japanese cuisine began in 1979 when he attended Seinan Gakuin University as an exchange student and baseball player.  After relocating to San Francisco in 1998 he began to develop the Ozumo concept based on his experiences while in Japan and his passion for Japanese food, hospitality and design.  Driven by a commitment to quality and authenticity, Jeremy launched Ozumo inside Kimpton’s Harbor Court Hotel in 2001 and created a one-of-a-kind restaurant experience that pays tribute to Japanese culture and to a new dining experience waiting to be discovered in the U.S.   


Ozumo San Francisco was the first U.S. restaurant designed by Japan’s renowned Super Potato Design.  It was one of the first large-scale (approx 5,500 sf), high-end Japanese dining experience in U.S. offering sushi, robata grill and the largest premium imported sake list in the U.S. all under one roof including a Sake Lounge venue component.  It has been awarded 3-stars and Top 100 restaurants by the San Francisco Chronicle and continues to rank as one of the top restaurants in the San Francisco fine dining segment market.


In May of 2021 Ozumo San Francisco will celebrate its 20 year anniversary of crafting and delivering for all who walk through our doors the art of the Japanese cuisine and experience. Please look forward to announcements of our festivities to mark this accomplishment.

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