super fresh, delicious sushi.
super fresh, delicious sushi. small plates were also fantastic -- good flavors and combinations
3/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a 6:30 reservation,
We had a 6:30 reservation, so the noise level was fine. This was my first visit, and I suspect that the noise would be intolerable for me a little later. That said, I'd brave it to order the spicy hamada again. Outstanding.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fantastic Flavor and great service
Great service! Outstanding specialty rolls. Not a traditional sushi menu but all their offerings were unique and creative. Tons of flavor! Will definitely return.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect Japanese Izakaya.
Perfect Japanese Izakaya. Amazing food, really helpful bar staff, perfect spot for a date night or dinner with friends. Make sure you get the Karaage with Japanese mayonnaise, and the beef yakitori! Yum!
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
A hidden gem....
The food at Chotto (all spectrums of the very interesting menu) is creative, delicious and above and beyond the local marina japanese restaurants. The modern interior and good music creates a great ambiance. They are constantly adding new items to their menu, and I urge you to step out of your shell and try something new--chances are that it will be extraordinary.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very fresh, creative food
Very fresh, creative food beautifully presented. Finally found a Japanese restaurant
that does not include avocado in every sushi dish.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
good as always
Wish they would have more variations on their menu, but always delicious, and different takes on food i know.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious Izakaya Food
I came to try out their tasting menu. I thought the food was pretty tasty. I would love to return to try some of their "bites" as well as their ramen. Definitely a nice, neighborhood find. Look forward to coming back in the near future!!!!
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was awesome and service
Food was awesome and service was good. Food was brought to our table very quickly, maybe because our reservation as at 5:30, not crowded at that time. Its on the expensive side and dishes are small but we expected that reading from other reviews.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We're going back
Amazing spot. Best ramen I've ever had. The bacon wrapped mocci was amazing. Bar tender went out of his way to show our group a great time. We will definitely be going back again.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chotto takes normal izakaya portions sizes and gets creative. There are many delicious dishes with minor to major modern touches. The place is pretty pricy, but it's worth it to go have a nice, varied dinner occasionally.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious and Unique Japanese Fare
4 People had the 6 course tasting menu w/ desert. Every dish was wonderful and well presented.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
incredible food and service
every item we had was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. we had the butterfish crudo (melted in our mouths), yuzu ponzu calamari (we could have licked the plate clean), hamachi kama, the special of the day - uni with razor clams and mentaimo.
additionally, the chef comped us with seared maguro sashimi.
we had arrived earlier than our reservation to an empty restaurant. i was so glad to see it filling up as we left.
i really hope more people discover this.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Cuisine and Presentation
We enjoyed the tasting menu - the chef's selections really showcased the varied menu. We also added the Hamachi Kama which was excellent. The portions were jsut right. The calamari salad and bacon mochi 2 items we really liked. The sake list is impressive. The 3 tasting flights paried well with the tasting menu. Service was friendly and not rushed. However, for some, it might be a little slow. Overall a very nice Izakaya. We'll be back soon.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
The ramen was great!
The ramen was great!
Crudo needed more flavor.
Bacon mochi was perfect.
Service pulled everything together well.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
exceptional japanese dining
we enjoy chotto for its fine food and beautiful presentations
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent. We went on a double date, and all of us got to taste a nice variety of flavors, topped with delicious, not too sweet dessert in the end. The service was excellent. The only reason why we didn't give it 5 stars, was that I guess I think it's not that kind of place (like Gary Denko, or something along those lines.) Excellent Japanese bar food, just lovely. We're totally going again!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
My boyfriend & I were nicely
My boyfriend & I were nicely greeted and seated right away & presented with the drink & dinner menus. First off I noticed the ambience was super cool.The old barn wood with lighting behind it, warmed up the place. We ordered a Chotto style "Manhatten" to start, a Saki based drink. Nice..followed by 5 small plates which was plenty of food. My boyfriend, who is a bit staunch about what he eats and I, loved everything we ordered, with an asterisk on the short ribs. We usually do not order desserts but I wanted to try everything here. The waitress pointed out the dessert that they are known for, Black sesame ice cream with sweet potato donuts. REALLY wonderful. Music was not loud, so we could talk. We'll be back.....Love Chotto!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been here many times and it's always good, authentic Izakaya!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The pork here is amazing. Bacon mochi. Kakuni. Tontoro. All awesome. Chicken meatballs were good. Spicy ramen was excellent. The dessert was sweet potato donut balls with black sesame ice cream which was similarly excellent. Very very enjoyable.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
The dishes are very original
The dishes are very original and so delicious and fresh. The service was super fast but very pleasant. This is definitely a repeat for us.
9/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great for catching up with friends
Was late for our reservation by about 20 minutes and they sat us immediately with no problem and no questions asked. They were very helpful when describing sake flights and dishes. Shared 4 dishes among 3 friends: hamachi ceviche special with a quail egg (not on the menu, daily special), ramen, bacon wrapped mochi, and the sampler skewers. The food was tasty and the place got busier toward the end of our meal around 9pm. Great location with tons of bars nearby.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I recommend the bacon wrapped mochi, charcoal grilled kurobuta pork belly, and miso tonkatsu ramen with egg and kimchi.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Meat lovers rejoice
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.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious Comfort Food
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!!!!
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Menu is very creative, food is delicious and the service was excellent
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's all that
What an experience . Will definitely be back. Thanks for the great experience thanks Cheryl and Dean
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome Japanese cuisine
Very native taste Japanese cuisine! Cold glass with beer, and local shochu and sake!! Awesome!! I am going back for sure!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Broad Menu- Well Executed
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.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
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.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM