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
31 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (21)neighborhood gem (17)special occasion (12)romantic (10)hot spot (7)good for groups (6)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (1)great for lunch (1)scenic view (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Delicious Bites
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/22/2011
    The food was surprisingly delicious. Loved it! Creative with nice touches of Japanese izakaya authenticity.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good, authentic izakaya food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/17/2011
    Chotto has very good, authentic Japanese food. Having lived in Japan for several years, agedashidofu and ankimo are among the dishes I grew to love, but found myself routinely disappointed when encountering them in the Japanese restaurants here. Chotto's version of those and other traditional izakaya fare were quite successful. Though the service was pleasant and the room quiet enough to have an adult conversation, the ambience seems off somehow: as though the employees are still learning their way around Japanese food and presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chotto was a great culinary
    jsyenVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2011
    Chotto was a great culinary experience. It's a beautifully laid out izakaya that isn't too pretentious, but wonderfully warm and inviting. The food was phenomenal. We loved the crab korrake and the grilled vegetables. The Bacon Mochi is to die for!!! Everything was done to perfection. The only thing I would say was lacking was the dessert menu. I was so excited about all the food there that I wished they had as intricate a dessert menu, but it wouldn't prevent me from going again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • On a whim, we tried Chotto
    Molly
    Dined on 1/5/2011
    On a whim, we tried Chotto and were very very pleasantly surprised. There was an interesting variety of Japanese-y dishes, including successful cross-cultural mixes. Every course we had was very well-executed and very tasty. Service was exceptionally attentive and a lot of care was taken about whether we were having a good experience. The sole downside was desserts, which as they currently stand, aren't recommended. Even fresh fruit or regular old mochi would have been preferable. But given the quality of all the rest, this is really a tiny problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfectly prepared small Japanese
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/29/2010
    perfectly prepared small Japanese inspired dishes and grilled items. The best sashimi I have had in a long time. Wonderful, warm service. Beautiful, elegant, stark interior.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sad to hear they closed this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/26/2010
    sad to hear they closed this location. looking forward to visiting them at the palo alto locale.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have been here a few times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/23/2010
    Have been here a few times for dinner. Food was not authentic Viet but the fusion style is tasty and fresh. It's a cute and trendy place in the Marina. Service is decent. It can get a little loud when the place is full. I definitely would dine here again and recommend to foodie friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was quite bad.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/16/2010
    The service was quite bad. We didn't get our food for a while and when we got it, it was cold. The food wasn't even good. I have had better Vietnamese/Pan-Asian food elsewhere in San Francisco. The ambiance was bad as well. It was cold and uninviting. They kept leaving the front door open and the draft from outside made the inside freezing. The floors were freezing which didn't help any either.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my all time favorites.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/21/2009
    One of my all time favorites. So glad they expanded to a bigger space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • one of my favorite restaurants
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 7/4/2009
    one of my favorite restaurants in SF. i'm in love with their spring rolls, and they have so many different kinds! i'm also a big fan of the fried tofu dish and garlic noodles. the staff is accomodating, and reservations are recommended for groups more than 5 or 6. this is a place i go to again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate