Nihon Whisky Lounge
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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.
Tuesday-Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Closed Sunday & Monday for private events
Great food and super nice Service.
Careful when ordering whiskey
Always a great time at Nihon. Superb selection of liquor and premium cuts of fish and meat. Happy Hour is amazing as well.
Awesome experience! Johnny was our server and he was the perfect host. We will be back!!!
Another lovely night at Nihon! Great drinks and really good modern Japanese in a hip atmosphere.
My son (24) thought it was the best meal he had ever eaten. It was my first experience of Japanese whiskies and I really enjoyed tasting some and the breadth of the selection.
Amazing selection of single malt Scotch, imaginative and well prepared cooked items. Service was pleasant and friendly, although plates were whisked away too quickly.
Pretty average. Nothing special.
Delicious food. Great drinks. Loved it. Great happy hour prices. Unusual location and unexpected interior. Unique. It does not fit any mold.
Overpriced whisky. Be aware, the first column is a tasting, the second a single shot and the 3rd a bottle.
Don't be fooled into thinking the 1st column get you a full pour.
Nihon Whiskey Lounge is a cute place but the food and cocktails are nothing special. It wasn't bad, but given the prices and previous reviews I really expected more.
Great Whiskey Selection! Knowledgeable staff! Steak was awesome, and great rolls
The food was amazing, and they sat us in a private area. Whiskey tasting was unbelievable.
Incredible selection of whisky, whiskey and bourbon. Sushi is average and expensive. I'd say go here for drinks but dine elsewhere
The staff at Nihon Whiskey Lounge was really thoughtful and made a perfect gesture for the special occasion. The food was delicious and super fresh. We had a wonderful time!
Nihon never dissapoints with the Whiskey selection. We were also able to get happy hour food prices upstairs with our reservation. Service is super attentive and the food is fantastic. I would recommend!
Food was good, but pricey. The cocktails were delicious and the wine pours generous. This is definitely a good place for drinks, but not really for the food.
With the right attitude and budget, you can really enjoy this special spot.
If you're going to come, be prepared to spend a dime and not worry about the price to get the best experience. My favorite whiskey - recommended by our very knowledgeable and super amazing server, was $110 for a pour; you can spend from $35 up to $1000 for one, or try a flight. We mostly followed our server/guide's recommendations, which was easy given his charisma, and a good choice, as everything we got was amazing - the red snapper sushi special was some of the best we've ever tasted. At $475 for 2 (4 whiskey pours, 2 sashimi, tempura, 2 small plates, and 1 roll), it would have been difficult to follow the on-point and personalized recommendations and be thrifty. So - for us- it was great as a special occasion (thanks ETH!). And on Thursday at 8 was decently quiet in the back room - ask if that's your preference; we had it all to ourselves for half the night.
[I will say - the Remi Martin promotional shot and photo handed out by two flappers and a pushy gentleman was a bit tacky, though well-timed at the end of our meal.]
The food is excellent as are the drinks, both in respect to range and taste. The interior is really well designed in a contemporary Japanese/lofthouse kind of space. The only drawback is that the drinks and food are very expensive.
It was awesome! our waiter was amazing and extremely knowledgeable. He also described the dishes really well so you know if you going to like it or not.
Had a great meal and lived all the whiskey and cocktail options. Really nice for a special occasion or a date.
The food and drinks were great. However, the service was not great. We ordered family-style food and a drink each. We had finished the food before our first round of drinks ever came around. I saw this same trend in Yelp reviews from other users. The service for drinks has to be sped up... otherwise people get antsy.
The best sushi I have had in years! I appreciated the intricate flavors and complexity of the rolls without being overly worked.
Nihon is one of the greatest whisky bars anywhere in the world. What I didn't expect - the food is fantastic! Japanese bar-food that was authentic and out-of-this-world good. The service is excellent, too, very knowledgeable and attentive. Not super-pricey but a bit spendy. Worth a splurge. Take friends, it's great for groups to share menu items and whisky tasters.
Service across the board was disappointing. The hostess was rude from the moment we walked in, and our waiter was both slow, inattentive, and snarky (i.e. when we each ordered 1-2 items he said "that's all you're getting? guess it's going to be a light night") as if we were a waste of a table. I couldn't believe how long it took to get the check etc. Good whiskey (mostly scotch) selection if that's your thing, so I'd go for a drink at the bar, but otherwise overrated.
I've had countless recommendations to go to the Nihon Whiskey Lounge and it was well worth it. One of if not the best whiskey selection in SF, amazing atmosphere, super friendly staff, and tasty (though small servings) food. And of course, the whiskey selections were top flight. I brought a group of my friends there and we've all decided to make it a regular destination.
Great atmosphere, not my favorite Japanese mall I've ever had, especially for the price, but I would come back again.
They have a wide selection of whiskey and whiskey cocktails, and the food was delicious. However, the service was subpar compared to the other $$ restaurants in the city. Our food order took over 50 minutes to arrive, even though it was a sushi roll. They probably forgot the order, but made no accommodations and weren't even apologetic.
Overall, it was a unique experience dining in a Japanese whiskey bar. But if you're in the $$ price range, I expected a more attentive staff.
Well-crafted drinks and good, shareable food.
Food was excellent. Presentation and taste top quality. The service is fantastic. Highly recommended !!!!
I've been there many times but last Saturday was disappointing. Four of us ordered and the food came sporadically. We didnt get to eat together. We had to leave by 10:30 for a show and I received my meal at 10:25 pm. Not sure if I'll go again.
Really enjoyed dining at Nihon this visit and on previous occasions. I recommend getting a bottle of sake for the non-whisky drinkers to share or in addition to drinks from the bar. The baby mackerel was delicious and everything had excellent presentation. The sushi platter with 24 pieces was just the right amount of food for two in addition to the baby mackerel and the crudo special of the day. Our host was swift, our server was attentive and knowledgeable, and our dinner was delightful. We will definitely be back for another date night.
Food was soso, drinks were expensive. But good energy tho
The best Albacore Tuna you can get. Great cocktails. It gets a little cold, bring a jacket.
Great food but too expensive. Wish there was some cheaper food and drink options.
The duck was fantastic, as was the whiskey list and the service.
A loud crowd was in the main floor, and it was very loud throughout that room. However, we were in the offset dining room, which was very quiet and cozy!
One of the best, serious (but not-too-serious) whiskey bars in town with serious sushi too. Truly authentic. A great spot to educate oneself on the full range of whiskey and scotch varieties. Enjoy!
Well, I am going to be super clear. If you're looking for whisky, this is a great place. If you're looking for Japanese food, this is in the lower decile, and on top of it, it's expensive. You have so many great choices in SF, just stay away from Nihon if you're planning on getting good Japanese food.
Food was good but quite overpriced for what we got ($110 per person). Service was wonderful.
Came to San Francisco for a quick weekend trip and pleasantly surprised to have been recommended this place! Love it!