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Nihon Whisky Lounge
Nihon Whisky Lounge

Nihon Whisky Lounge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.dajanigroup.net/establishments/nihon-whisky-lounge/
  • Email: nihonsf@aol.com
  • Phone: (415) 552-4400
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner:
    Tuesday-Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
    Friday and Saturday 5:30-12midnight
    Closed Sunday & Monday for private events
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Adachi Hiroyuki
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a private room that can accommodate up to 20 dinner guests in a formal setting and up to 30 guests in an informal cocktail style reception setting.
  • Private Party Contact: Romina (415) 552-4400
  • Entertainment: DJ's play Friday & Saturday from 8pm-1am.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 14th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Nihon Whisky Lounge
Nihon offers contemporary Japanese cuisine with a sophisticated twist on the traditional Japanese Izakaya (Japanese version of tapas). The cuisine also offers a wide array of fresh sashimi and sushi rolls. If you are a whisky lover, Nihon also offers the largest single malt selection found on the west coast with over 400 selections all available through bottle purchase. All bottles purchased can be stored in a private locker in the premises for future visits. Nihon is renowned for amazing house made creative whisky and champagne cocktails.Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "If you like sushi and whiskey, this is the perfect place for you. The sushi rolls and other Japanese food items are unique, and the whiskey selection is amazing. The service was friendly and helpful in our selection of whiskey. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The waiter was rude, pushed a $200 sake on us... brought the wrong food and pretty much ignored a table of 6 the entire time. I recommended to my friends that we try it. Their reaction was... "What's so great about this place?" I was embarrassed. I would not go back"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Sushi rolls were fantastic, everything else we ordered was good, not great. Drinks were probably overpriced but delicious. Pretty sure it was just luck of the draw but we ended up seated upstairs on couches rather than normal tables which was pretty cool. Definitely worth going w/ my groupon, may not be so thrilled if i was paying full price"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Sushi and scotch? Yes. Please. Pleeeeeeease! Sit upstairs if you need to have a conversation. With a big enough group, you can book the room upstairs, too. Brought two potential partners here to talk shop and shoot the sht. Fantastic quality food: Hamachi jalapeño, Unit spoons, karaage, and other fishes were fantastic. Watch your tab though, it can add up fast as the whiskey flows."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "This place is great in every other aspect. Good food, good service, nice ambience. However, my girlfriend and I were not impressed at being charged $6 a pop the 500ml (small) bottles of sparkling water that we ordered. The price may have been buried in the menu somewhere; but it was not immediately apparent. And it was not disclosed when our server nonchalantly offered us, "tap water or sparkling", like they were virtually the same thing. Pricing for everything else was fine for a restaurant at this level - The whisky cocktails at $13 a piece were tasty. And some of their cocktails are half price at happy hour if you order at the bar. :)"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I went here with my girlfriend for dinner on a Thursday evening. The dining room is situated on the second floor above the bar with a lovely view of the wall of whiskey below. The bar was crowded for happy hour, but the upstairs was quiet and we were the only ones dining for about half an hour. The food was delicious and well prepared. It was small plates, Japanese tapas style. The two of us shared 6 or 7 dishes and were satisfied. I particularly enjoyed the "torch my belly" and the grilled mackerel. My girlfriend loved the "uni on the spoon" and the "sesame salmon go" maki. I was very pleased with the whiskey that I sampled. I would definitely recommend this place for happy hour drinks. The whiskey cocktails looked intriguing."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Went Sat. night, place had a cool vibe, but the mngr at reception didn't smile or make eye contact w. us. We went upstairs where a server explained the diffs. btwn some of the whiskies & we asked him to recco. one which he did. A Japanese whiskey served in a high ball with some sparkling water. it was flavourful. When we aked for the bill his recco costed $30 a drink! We were quite surprised (and willing to pay $18 avg for a drink) it was a cheesey move and he apologized and said he would speak to the lovely, smiling manager (NOT). she refused to do anything, in fact she spoke to the server at his station which was steps away and did not even come over to our table. she then grabbed her purse, put on her jacket and left for the night...."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Interior design and cocktail menu add more to the experience and fill in for what the food lacks in consistency."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the dining here. Great whiskey selection, sushi tasted fresh. Well priced, as for an establishment like this - it will be pricey. But it packs a punch, and would definitely go again."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "It's not a good sign when edamame is the best tasting thing on your menu... Service was poor when two friends and I ate dinner there on a not very busy Saturday night. At least the whisky was delicious."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Every visit here is an exciting experience. Reason for this is their extensive whisky menu. I recommend ordering a series of whisky tastings. It makes for a more interesting and dynamic tasting experience, and helps you pace your alcoholic intake. We do this and by the time we leave, we've tried at least 7 or 8 different whiskys -- most of which are difficult to come by at your regular bar. Aside from the whisky, the food was tasty and paired well with the whisky!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Really great bar for drinks with friends. The menu was varied and the drinks were delicious. The wait for drinks at the bar seemed excessive, despite the fact it was a busy Friday night. Would go again and recommend to others."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "7 friends and I shared a wonderful birthday dinner in the upstairs back room, which is cozy and beautifully lit by a wall of shoji screens. We felt like we had our own special space, and it turned out that our waitress was an old friend of someone in our group! The music from the live DJ downstairs (another acquaintance) was also just right to set the mood. The only downside was that we had to wait about 25 mins past our reservation time for our table to be ready."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "First time at this place. Went with my son for his birthday. He had been before. The service was very good, the food was very good and fresh and the ambiance was nice. Overall a good experience."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "The service and drink list was wonderful. However the food was much to be desired. It was not up to the quality I expected especially for the price."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "I went for the whiskey selection so my expectations ended there. I was not disappointed as they had premium whiskey from around the world. Service was friendly and mostly knowledgable. The sashimi was very good but I couldn't eat much else as I am allergic to gluten and they premaranade much of the rolls and batter them which not typical of a high end sushi bar. They weren't even sure if they had Tamari (GF soy sauce) The sausages were great as we're a few other items I could eat but for a sushi bar to not be able to accommodate for gluten allergies this day and age is out dated and odd. I will go back but for my sushi cravings stick with more accommodating choices."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Perfect venue in every way for a belated birthday celebration ,menu was very appetising,the crab salad and the miso pork were amazing as the rest of the food ,the subdued lighting ,cosy atmosphere were letting conversations flow easily ...perfect setting and ambiance for savouring my newly found favourite whisky ...you might have guessed already ....it was the scappa ,my husband was adventurous enough to choose it for me amongst hundreds,the most impressive list I have seen so far .a night and venue to remember"
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "Great food and drink selection. Seating upstairs can get uncomfortably hot due to lack of air conditioning. Other than that this place is great."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Food and drink were delicious! Love the cocktail menu and variety of drinks available. Even love the water bottle (very classy to use an old whiskey bottle). The service was very friendly and our waitress gave us great suggestions and we enjoyed each dish except for one which was super spicy. But she did warn us. Prices are on the high side. Love the ambiance. Rolls were tasty, this is a good place to go with friends who enjoy interesting cocktails!"
    Dined on 9/12/2013
  • "Didn't know what to expect, a whiskey bar that serves omakase. What a pleasant surprise. Great cocktails and food. The sliced octopus was amazing (dr. octopus). Very hot. The hamachi stuffed tempura shiitakes were delicious. Everything we tried was great. Small, upstairs dining room, bar downstairs. Nice ambience."
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "The sushi is okay. I would have given it 3 stars, but the whiskey spread is 6 stars.. been here 2-3 times, and the waitress recalls me each time. That kind of memory is appreciated. She also knew her whiskey's and had some great reccomendations for each member of the party."
    Dined on 8/8/2013