Nobuo at Teeter House
Nobuo at Teeter House

Nobuo at Teeter House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nobuofukuda.com/
  • Phone: 6022540600x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm -10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Chef Nobuo Fukuda
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Teeter House has 2 separate dining rooms, each with the capability of seating up to 16 guests as well as a lounge which seats up to 6. A "room buyout" is perfect for a smaller party comprised of 8-16 guests. A dining room or the lounge may be reserved as a "room buyout" for a 1/2 or full night. A 1/2 night minimum in a dining room is $500, a full night $1000. A 1/2 night minimum in the lounge is $300, a full night $600. All food and beverage is included in this minimum, 9.3% tax and a %20 gratuity are additional.

    A full restaurant buyout option for private parties of 16-40 maximum is also available. A full buyout includes rental of the Teeter House and its patio, a special menu designed specifically for your event, and a full waitstaff for the evening. Full restaurant buyouts begin at $5000 from Sunday to Thursday and $7000 on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Private Party Contact: Sarah Fukuda 6022540600x
  • Entertainment: Live music on the patio during special events only.
  • Special Events: Restaurant Week: May 17-26th, Menu available at: http://arizonarestaurantweek.com/participating-restaurants/

    Prix Fixe tasting menu available every Fri. and Sat. night, $80 per person-please call for details and to make your reservation.

    Sunday Bento Box Brunch available by reservation only, $50 per person includes one wine pairing.

    A credit card is required to secure a reservation for Prix Fixe menu, Bento Box Brunch, and parties of 5 or more guests.

    We respectfully ask that if you must cancel, please do so 24 hours in advance or a charge of $25 per guest may be applied to your credit card.

    For parties larger than 8, please call to inquire about making a room reservation.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th St. and Monroe
  • Public Transit: The nearest light rail stop is 3rd St. and Washington.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated parking is available in the Heritage Square Parking garage on 5th St. and Monroe. Entrances to the garage are located on 5th St. or Monroe.

    Metered street parking also available on Monroe.
A word from Nobuo at Teeter House
Refined Asian-style teahouse by day, funky izakaya by night: Nobuo at Teeter House reflects the fascinating duality of Nobuo Fukuda.

The setting — a turn-of-the-century, wood-floored bungalow, awash in earth tones — emulates the relaxed intimacy of Japan’s izakaya, where friends and business associates gather to eat Japanese-style tapas, drink beer and have fun. Nobuo elevates the custom while staying true to its low brow roots, offering rustic Japanese classics with modern American inflections.

During the day, a short lunch menu is offered, as are exotic, aromatic teas, meant to be sipped and savored over quiet conversation.

In the evening, Nobuo creates"5-Star" cuisine, bringing a Western sensibility to Japanese sushi traditions while combining seasonal ingredients in exciting, inventive ways.

If we can assist you in any way, we welcome your phone calls!
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Nobuo at Teeter House reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (43)special occasion (31)romantic (25)neighborhood gem (17)hot spot (8)good for groups (7)notable wine list (6)great for lunch (6)great for outdoor dining (4)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • This place is amazing. Remember
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/13/2012
    This place is amazing. Remember its small plates and fabulous. My wife and I shared five dishes and it was enough. Each one seemed to top the previous, which is hard to come by. Oh, and please do not bring your infant child, this is not the place for that, not only does anyone want to hear a child crying, Nobou is not creating masterpieces of his culinary skill for kids. The couple that did was amazed Nobuo did not serve sides of rice ..haha... come on. You get what you pay for, and you do pay a lot, but completely worth it.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • Fantastic Japanese food! The
    mango1VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2012
    Fantastic Japanese food! The menu has something for everyone!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Great food but people need
    Luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2012
    Great food but people need to be well aware this is Tapas Japanese food and the prices are incredibly high for portion size, even though the food is fabulous!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost as good as Sea Saw
    TexmexVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2012
    Almost as good as Sea Saw but much more affordable!!!!
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    fit for foodies
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  • The sauces on each of the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/27/2012
    The sauces on each of the dishes was exceptional. The menu was very limited but the food was delicious.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • The Chef is exceptionally
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/25/2012
    The Chef is exceptionally skilled. The service was prompt, attentive, and friendly.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My wife and each had the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/23/2012
    My wife and each had the tasting menu and were not disapponted in the least. Each course had excellent presentation, varied textures and unique flavors, subtle yet distinctive. This is definitely not a traditional Japanese restaurant but incorporates ingredients yielding a blend of western contemporary /Japanese fusion which was unexpected. The tasting menu was well constructed but it was surprising that rice in any form (with a Nobuo twist) was not included. In addition to the tasting menu we split a foie gras which was a wonderful course just before the chef's desert plate. We will definitely return during our next visit to Phoenix.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Chef Nobuo always has wonderful
    rydog
    Dined on 3/22/2012
    Chef Nobuo always has wonderful surprises on his menu. Quaint yet elegant for any special occasion. Excellent service.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant is like dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2012
    This restaurant is like dining at the iron chef show. We love visiting Phoenix, and we make sure we stop here for great food, they don't have the conventional sushi, so don't go here if you are looking for "california roll". But if you are into great adventure when it comes to sushi, and other main dishes, you have to give it a try!
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    fit for foodies
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  • We had such a delicious dinner.
    marytVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2012
    We had such a delicious dinner. The tofu tater tots were so good I could eat them every day. We ate a See Saw many years ago and I was so happy that I found Nobuo at Teeter House.
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    fit for foodies
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  • well prepared food with a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/9/2012
    well prepared food with a unique take on japanese cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Wonderful but not for everyone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/4/2012
    Four of us shared 8 dishes and 2 desserts. Everything was delicious, the quality and freshness was superb, and the service was also excellent. The small, intimate venue is a most welcome change from all the big-format, noisy restaurants in the valley. We especially appreciated the absence of forks/knives on the table. One caveat: Some people will be turned off by the small serving sizes, which are comparable to tapas and wine bar offerings. One should expect to pay a minimum of $40 per person, excluding liquor, and feel a little bit hungry later. Still, we are delighted to have such a restaurant in the valley and wish there were more like it.
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  • Chocolate tofu dessert was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/2/2012
    Chocolate tofu dessert was terrific; I enjoyed the pork sandwich. Soft-shell crab sandwich was bland and would have benefited from a sauce.
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  • Food was amazing! Very unique.
    Lauren
    Dined on 2/28/2012
    Food was amazing! Very unique. Perfect for foodies!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Death-row dining. If ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/24/2012
    Death-row dining. If ever I have to pick a last meal, it will be courtesy of Nobou.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Meal of the Year
    PaleOneVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    UNBELIEVABLY GOOD. Long ago I had what I considered to be the best meal of my life at Chez Panisse in Berkley, California. My meal at Nobuo last week rivaled that meal. We went on Valentine's Day for the chef's tasting menu, and we were not disappointed. Every bite of everything we had was just right--great, fresh flavors. Fresh raw fish shooters? check. Crispy fried fish bones? check. Soy marinated fried chicken? check. I'm not certain I would have picked any of these dishes off the menu, but I would have missed out on some amazing food. To top it off, service was impeccable. I'm still thinking about this meal, five days later.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Disappointingly unprofessional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/12/2012
    Highly disappointed. Hostess refused to move us to a different table. They have two poorly located tables in the foyer in front of the hostess station. Another couple came after us, were seated at the second table in the foyer and asked to be moved, and were moved. How can they refuse to move us and then move another couple who came after us? That is just plain rude and unprofessional. The food was just OK, not as good as See Saw and clearly not at James Beard award levels. Chef was in the house, so I don't understand why the service was so poor and food was only OK. NOT the fine dining experience I expected and paid for!
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  • Sophisticated and Fun Downtown
    gitlawVIP
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    This was a second visit to Nobuo at Teeter House and, as before, the food and presentation are flawless and original. Tofu "Teeter Tots!" Tempura fish bones with a Japanese white fish! Service is tag team, so the person taking your order, bringing and removing plates, pouring your wine (or sake) keeps changing, which is a good thing. The Teeter House is, well, a house, so dining is in small, intimate rooms. We dined in the main entry room which was a little awkward since that was where some folks waited for their tables in other parts of the house. Our only gripe was that Chef Nobuo was in the house and visited just about every table but ours to say hello and we're not sure why he ignored us, particularly as return customers on Open Table.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great flavors, limited veg options
    lovinsunshineVIP
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    Nobou delivers small plates that pack a big punch. Flavors are complex and layered. There are lots of surprises for the palate. Cocktails are incredible. My main criticism of this restaurant is that options for vegetarian diners are slim to none. The only entree option is a cold tofu salad--which comes from the lunch menu. This puzzles me. The restaurant grills a mean tofu, demonstrates its ability to create fabulous flavors, and has all the fresh ingredients to make an impressive hot vegetarian entree. I don't understand what is stopping them... Until then, I give this restaurant a 3 star overall rating.
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    fit for foodies
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  • As always, Nobuo serves fabulous
    Reggie53
    Dined on 2/4/2012
    As always, Nobuo serves fabulous small plates of high quality seafood with innovative ingredient pairings.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Bonding through culinary adventure
    norahVIP
    Dined on 1/22/2012
    We had an amazing dinner, and an amzing experience. Our waitress skillfully guided us through the menu and never steered us wrong. We were conducting business with clients we didn't kniw well and by the end of the meal we were all good friends, bonded by our culinary adventure.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Terrific and such unexpected
    Gerrie97VIP
    Dined on 1/12/2012
    Terrific and such unexpected tastes! This was my first time there and it lived up to all the buzz. I brought a friend from out of town who is a serious foodie and she loved it.
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  • Just simply amazing. Can
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/7/2012
    Just simply amazing. Can certain see if becoming very expensive if you partake in all the sake, but for three people it was under 100 before tip. Not too bad for a high end restaurant. Need to bring adventurous people. Octopus, tomato & mozzarella is delicious, but not so much for the food squeamish.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • A dinner of too many appetizers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/28/2011
    Overall I was disappointed and I think it has more to do with the entire concept. The food was excellent -- perfectly prepared but it helped me discover why I don't like the small-plates concept. We essentially ate a string of appetizers so every dish had to "pop" or have some element that put it over the top. The result, for me, was indigestion from too much. It's too bad because clearly the chef is insanely talented. But I would prefer a standout entree. Hated the old house, too. It was NOISY and had that "old house" smell. Ughh!
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  • Anticlimax
    CountTonguela
    Dined on 12/27/2011
    A disappointment. Had not eaten all day in anticipation (#1 for food in all of Arizona, per Zagat guide, usually fairly trustworthy,) and hungry. Ordered fried tofu appetizer: bland, dry and somewhat unpleasant with a sauce reminiscent of peanut butter having a very bad day. Despite very small portion, my wife, the fan of tofu left hers. Ordered 4 additional small plates, two based on yellowtail, each consisting of 4 Japanese soup spoons holding a piece of fish and accoutrements, all of which were delicious but pricey. Ordered soft shell crab sandwich and pork belly bun, the former dry, bitter (!) and unpleasant. The pork bun was good but nothing special. Then gave up & left, $100 poorer, hungry & wishing we went to Pizzeria Bianco
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  • We had a phenomenal meal here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/24/2011
    We had a phenomenal meal here on christmas eve, absolutely everything from the drinks to each plate were outstanding! The service was excellent as well, knowledgeable and helpful but not at all pushy.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Very creative dishes that
    Steve
    Dined on 12/23/2011
    Very creative dishes that have truly unigue flavors. Not anything Japanese I have had before. Great wine and sake list and the atmosphere is very relaxing and enjoyable. Highly Recommended!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • I loved the atmosphere in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/23/2011
    I loved the atmosphere in this restaurant. I had a lovely pot of herbal green tea as it was so chilly out that night. It set a wonderful mood. If it isn't too cold, they have a nice outdoors area with fires and lots of seating. We had very high expectations for the food being that a James Beard chef opened the place. We ordered a variety of cold and hot small plates. The portions are meant to be small and shared and you are supposed to order 5-6 dishes for 2 people. Our food all tasted good, but nothing was memorable enough to justify the high prices and small plate theme. Nothing left me speechless or gave a lasting impression. I think I just had high expectations compared to other restaurants of this caliber. Food was one note in flavor.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Food was fantastic. The yellowtail
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/18/2011
    Food was fantastic. The yellowtail ceviche was spectacular with flavors that exploded in my mouth! A wonderful experience. Even the tofu teeter tots were delicious with the sweet, yet savory miso sauce. Only downfall of the evening was the smell that came from the next table. Whatever they had I hope I don't make the mistake of ordering. We had to leave the room! We will be back, though - and take our chances!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • We had a wonderful meal and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 12/15/2011
    We had a wonderful meal and I would recommend to friends
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The experience was amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/9/2011
    The experience was amazing in all respects. We had great service and the food was amazing. Between two of us, we had five dishes each of which was fantastic. I was a visitor to Phoenix, and this dinner was a highlight of the entire trip.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • I'd been to Nobuo once for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/4/2011
    I'd been to Nobuo once for dinner, and I brought my dad for lunch. We had a 12:30pm reservation on a Sunday; I expected it to be full of the Sunday brunch crowd. It was empty, we were the only ones there. Sort of spooky. The menu was much more limited for lunch than for dinner, with many of the more unique dishes unavailable. We got three plates to share, which was more than enough food. We enjoyed the pork belly buns. The pork tankatsu sandwich was recommended by our server. The porkchop was thicker and drier than I expected, coupled with the brioche bread, it was very dry. The seafood and pork pancake was not good - too much cabbage filling to be crunchy, and too many sauces on top that made it look gross and taste confusing.
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  • Nobuo serves re-imagined izakaya
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/1/2011
    Nobuo serves re-imagined izakaya fare. The portions are small, but the fresh ingredients make it all very tasty. I started with an appetizer of oysters and uni with a hint of wasabi. Their okonomiyaki is very good, but I wish they would serve it piping hot or make it at table side like they do in Japan. They serve pastries from Arai Bakery in Tempe! Be sure to ask for the edamame crepe for dessert - Yummy!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • Nobou at Terrter House
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/11/2011
    The 750 character review limitation is not enough to do justice for Nobuo at Teeter House. This venue contains both a personal and comfortable atmosphere as well as a diverse menu of food offerings that should please any palate. Nobuo at Teeter House provides an introduction to new pairing concepts not found in many other establishments. It is also quite the location should you find yourself being indecisive about what kind of meal to sit down to. Pick and choose (or order 1 of everything if you like) from their offerings to create your own multi-course dining experience. At the end of the wonderful meal you'll always remember, on a night you'll never forget, don't be surprised if you find yourself thinking "when can I come back for more?".
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Experience exquisite food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/10/2011
    This is a rare opportunity for the common folk to interact with a master chef. Come with an open mind and seize the opportunity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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