Chotto
Chotto

Chotto

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chottosf.com/
  • Phone: 4154412223
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:


    Nightly: 5:30pm - 11:00pm


    Late Night Fridays & Saturdays

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Armando Justo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lombard Street
  • Public Transit: You may access Chotto through various municipal transit lines.
    Muni line 43: Exit Lombard @ Pierce - Muni line 45: Exit Union @ Fillmore - Muni line 30: Exit Chestnut @ Fillmore - Muni line 28: Exit Lombard @ Fillmore - Muni line 22: Exit Fillmore @ Lombard.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: In addition to available street parking, two public parking garages are within one block. One is in the Wells Fargo parking lot off Lombard Street, between Steiner and Fillmore, and the other is located on Pierce Street, between Lombard and Chestnut.
A word from Chotto
In Japanese, "chotto" indicates a small unit of measure. An informal term used in a wide variety of casual situations among friends, chotto can mean "a little," "for a moment," "excuse me," or to soften the sound of a request.

Chotto's small, shareable plates are crafted using a combination of Japanese staple ingredients and fresh products from local farms, ranches, and fish markets, prepared using Japanese techniques and cooking methods.

Our beverage program is similar to our cuisine in that we will have a selection of "chotto" by the glass drinks. We will feature fresh, unique cocktails made with Japanese sake and shochu, as well as an international selection of wine and beer.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Chotto reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (23)neighborhood gem (18)special occasion (10)romantic (9)hot spot (8)good for groups (7)great for lunch (3)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)notable wine list (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Small but impressive
    RajivM
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had an early dinner here, so it was quiet, however the long bar area seems to suggest a vibrant scene. The preparations were excellent - extremely well made, packed with flavor and excellent quality. Portion size for the price was quiet good as well. We had the spicy tuna and Japonica roll’s – excellent and nothing like what you would expect. The ramen bowl is a great way to get a huge portion and savor the flavor’s. Good selection of Sake, wine and beer…
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food = Awesome...Diners = Annoying
    IEatNemo
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Long story short our experience was extremely impacted due to an annoying party of about 7 or 8. They were all the way on the other side of the restaurant and they were so loud that it sounded as if they were right next to us. You're drinking, and you have a big party...I get it, but come on, I'm sure they were clueless on how loud and obnoxious they were being. We asked one of the people that worked at the restaurant if he could ask them to tone it down a little but he said he couldn't do anything about it. He was nice and everything but I'm sure they could enforce a "please don't speak louder than a PA System". The food was excellent though. Bacon mochi and the traditional ramen were at the top of my list!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excelllent Izakaya in the Marina
    datspeedVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We been to Chotto a number of times and the quality of the food remains excellent. The only complaint is the service which can be on the slow side. We like the tasting menu - it always seems to have balance between the courses and there is always new offerings. They also have an extensive sake and shochu list. On this trip the tasting menu included uni crostini, oyster shooters, beet salad, shirataki carbonara, tofu gelee and wagyu steak & Hokkaido scallops. We also had the yuzu ponzu calamari, saba & kamo. Don't miss the bacon mocha.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening
    foodie428
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Took my girlfriend out for dinner - she had never tried izakaya style Japanese food before and we both loved it. Very low-key, delicious food, great ambiance. The staff was friendly, though not quite as attentive as I might hope. I'll admit my standards are very high and we had a lovely time. I'm probably being knit-picky. Highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GirlonthehighwayVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    the Spicy ramen and grilled beef tounge are outstanding!
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  • Great food
    AbbyVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We had a number of items, plus all the specials and everything was delicious. This sounds lame but they make the best gyozo I've ever had. One drunk group in the corner was screaming, otherwise the ambiance was great.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorite restaurants
    Drh2dine
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Great Food, Good Service, very nice atmosphere - a very nice experience in San Francisco/Marina
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    RezziechickVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    We were seated and just sat there for over 15 minutes before our grumpy waitress finally came by to ask if we wanted a drink. The service was bad and the food was boring and bland. It was both of our 2nd time trying the restaurant and we won't ever be coming back.
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  • Excellent snacks / tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Food has greatly improved since my first visit when they newly opened a few years ago. We order about 2-3 little plates per person and ended with a ramen to share. The soup for the ramen was ok but the noodle was too soft. Don't think I'd order again. Bacon mochi was delicious! I'd love to eat an order by myself next time. Great specialty cocktails but too light on alcohol.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was delicious!
    JillC
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My husband loves sushi. I do not. So Chotto was the perfect place for us to both get what we wanted. We both left full, happy, and vowing to return.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    went for the gilt city 6 course menu. Nothing on the main menu was on the special menu. The oysters were not tasty. They served a silken tofu gelee. when i asked what it was I got the response " i don't know, some kind of tofu". The pasta would have been good except it was smothered in a heavy bechemel sauce. The last course was good. It was seared scallops and beautifully prepared beef. When the bill came, I was shocked to see the tip and tax on the original price. I know to tip on the original price, but was shocked that they taxed the original price. When you buy something for sale, you don't get taxed on the original price. overall i will not be returning to this establishment.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 235 reviews are from the Chotto reviews archive.
  • Fabulous!
    SFeats
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Not a false note-I lived in Japan for 2 years and love traditional Japanese food- I typically don't like modern interpretations or "fusion" but Chotto got it just right. Every small plate was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented - our party of 6 would all come again!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was yummy. Very good
    Opt1VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Food was yummy. Very good selection of cocktail, wine and sake. My favorite dishes are the Bacon Mochi, Beef Tongue (very tender & juicy), Duck Breast yakitori (very juicy and tasty). The spicy miso Ramen was just right, not too spicy and overpowering.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Chotto
    NageVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Always so friendly and food is delicious...service is very good....we will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marvelous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I visited the restaurant with my Japanese colleagues and everyone was really satisfied with food and atmosphere. It is a little the arranged Japanese food and stroke a good balance between the tradition and creativity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Arrived for an early dinner
    DJ77
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Arrived for an early dinner so there were not many people yet. Sat at the bar and got quick, professional service. There are some great happy hour specials on food and drinks. Food was very tasty but it was only me so I did not really get the chance to taste many things. Overall, the place has potential for me, but I need to go back with friends to get a better sense of the place and food.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Fun experience for group
    junglemanVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We love coming here. One of the places we miss the most from the city since we moved out. We had a group of six in the booth in the back and felt like we had a private party. We must have tried 12 dishes amongst the group. The ramen is one of the best in the city. Other highlights are the crudos and the tempura banana dessert.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • have gone early both times
    dinner4griff
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    so I can't comment on a lot of the categories under the heading, What do you recommend this restaurant for?
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good!
    SenorLyle
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This has been my go to place for a great night out. The food is brought out in an order that compliments the flow of the meal and have never ordered something that has not stimulated my taste buds and left me wanting more.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • flawed but enjoyed it
    amoshobbs
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We ate here on a recent visit to San Fran. Chose this place because we have nothing like it in Oklahoma. I enjoyed it a lot. The Cuisine is sort of a Japanese tapas style. The 2 of us split 6 dishes. We had some some hits and misses, but the fried tuna roll was a home run and the seasonal mushrooms were a triple.
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    fit for foodies
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  • one of the best dinners in sf
    fidelioVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    by far, one of the best spots in sf! amazing short ribs, incredible garlic fried rice, succulent pork belly and the dessert... doughnut holes with black sesame ice cream was insane.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • interesting
    Twii
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    I don't go out dining much but this was my second time going to Chotto's. I was kind of disappointed because originally I had gotten a baby calamari with aoili before like a salad but this time it was in tempura, tasted good but not the same. In fact the calamari itself could not be tasted strongly under the taste of the batter and aoili mayonnaise, which made me mistake it as the tempura dish that is right above it on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, scenic view, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique and different food!
    notcalvin
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Chotto was recommended to me by my brother, who has already gone here several times. The bacon wrapped mochi was different, but supposedly the things to try are the uni pasta (if you like uni) and the steak. Our party of 4 got many other dishes, including the pork belly, beef tongue, salad, calamari (cooked in strips, not the usual fried calamari) ... and a few more dishes. The ramen was a bit salty, but everything else was very tasty! Would love to come back. Service was really good too.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • Wonderful izakaya!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    We love this place and try to eat here every time we are in San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and good service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Great food and good service, definitely worth a visit!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Food Needs Work
    roadwarrior
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    I saw a lot of good reviews for this place online so I thought I would give it a try. The food was awful, and at the end of the day that's all I care about. I tried the bacon wrapped mochi because that's what everyone was raving about online. It is really nothing special and if you don't eat it within 5 minutes, they become cold bacon cookies. The butterfish crudo was very good - tender and tasty. The spicy tuna roll was fishy. The meat skewer sampler wasn't good (stay away from the pork jowls). Service was very good. Ambience was nice but rather empty for a Saturday night.
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  • Delicious "Japanese Tapas".
    GayleBoVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Delicious "Japanese Tapas". Our table of 7 really enjoyed everything we ordered especially the warm frisee and Japanese mushroom salad as well as the butterfish crudo.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Delicious Izakaya
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Chotto has a nice selection of sashimi and other raw items, some crowd pleasers like gyoza, and some excellent charcoal grilled items. Chotto uses really nice ingredients. The spicy ramen is great and a very filling end to the meal. An izakaya should be a place to drink as much as a place to eat and they have a nice selection of sake and helpful staff if you need some direction. (I do, but I also pretty much stick with beer.) Not sure why this place hasn't really taken off but it's a great choice for something a little different. Go there.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    jetli777
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Food was great - must try dishes are the bacon wrapped mochi, uni hamachi and the pork belly.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Place
    munchy
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    This is a fairly small restaurant seating maybe 40. Bar and cocktail area in front was noisy after 8 pm on Saturday.. Tables for 2-4 on side are close to noise. One table for 6 in rear is secluded and fairly quiet. Reasonable price, good food, service was a little slow at times. Unique because they serve small plates so a group can order many different items and have it served family style so everyone can taste a variety of dishes. No sushi here but plenty of other sushi places in SF. Parking can be challenging in this area just off Chestnut Street where there are many restaurants and shops clustered together.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bar like
    toms
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Good food. It was really hard to get any service. We spent a lot of time trying to wait the server down. My beer took 20 minutes to arrive. I think they forgot about an appetizer and I had to ask for it 3 times. It Didn't come into we ate all our food already. The slow service turned our dinner time into 2 hours instead of a normal 1 hour dinner.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Get the spicy ramen and bacon
    GloriaVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Get the spicy ramen and bacon wrapped mochi! Beef tongue was chewy and other dishes were lackluster.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Japanese American largely uninspire
    Lovetoeat
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    The soba was quite good. The fish was meh. Did not sample any of the meat dishes. Grilled mushrooms and salad salad also only fair. Service mediocre and uninspired.
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  • Broad Menu- Well Executed
    cwilsonVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Excellent food with OK service. Our waiter was fine but even though I had a reservation the hostess, who is always unfriendly, gave us a tall bar-type table. OK it's tolerable but would have preferred a regular table. Sake was OK- nothing memorable but the food is consistently good, flavorful with attention to texture and presentation. Theirs is my favorite spicy tuna roll in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Japanese cuisine
    Happ
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Very native taste Japanese cuisine! Cold glass with beer, and local shochu and sake!! Awesome!! I am going back for sure!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • Great experience
    NageVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Menu is very creative, food is delicious and the service was excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's all that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    What an experience . Will definitely be back. Thanks for the great experience thanks Cheryl and Dean
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    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Comfort Food
    Alohaboy
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    Chotto was the perfect evening spot for the 5 of us that wanted to catch up....Great selection of appetizer and small plates...bacon mochi, onigiri, chicken livers, and black cod was especially ono!!! Service was right on!!!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meat lovers rejoice
    limabeanVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    Almost everything we had here was outstanding. The calamari was meh, but the bacon mochi, kakuni, crudo, ramen, short ribs, etc etc were all amazing. Beer was fresh and reasonably-priced too. Very very highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    meatlover
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    I recommend the bacon wrapped mochi, charcoal grilled kurobuta pork belly, and miso tonkatsu ramen with egg and kimchi.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.