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About 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.

1779 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Japanese Speciality

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Tuesday-Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Closed Sunday & Monday for private events

Cross Street:
14th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 552-4400

Website:
http://www.dajanigroup.net/establishments/nihon-whisky-lounge/

Entertainment:
DJ's play Friday & Saturday from 8pm-1am.

Executive Chef:
Yohei Sugihara

Private Party Facilities:
We offer a private room that can accommodate up to 20 guests. The whole venue can be booked accommodating up to 100 guests.

Private Party Contact:
Angel: (415) 552-4400

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Nihon Whisky Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (4)
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Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
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People Watching (1)
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Vegan (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Pretty average. Nothing special.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Delicious food. Great drinks. Loved it. Great happy hour prices. Unusual location and unexpected interior. Unique. It does not fit any mold.

Tags: People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great Whiskey Selection! Knowledgeable staff! Steak was awesome, and great rolls

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The food was amazing, and they sat us in a private area. Whiskey tasting was unbelievable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

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!

Tags: Healthy, Vegan, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 28, 2017

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!

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 1, 2017

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.]

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Late-night Find
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vip
 (London)·Dined on June 1, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 26, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 19, 2017

Had a great meal and lived all the whiskey and cocktail options. Really nice for a special occasion or a date.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2017

The best sushi I have had in years! I appreciated the intricate flavors and complexity of the rolls without being overly worked.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Tapas, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2016

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.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 26, 2016

Great atmosphere, not my favorite Japanese mall I've ever had, especially for the price, but I would come back again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2016

Well-crafted drinks and good, shareable food.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 21, 2016

Food was excellent. Presentation and taste top quality. The service is fantastic. Highly recommended !!!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2016

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2016

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2016

Food was soso, drinks were expensive. But good energy tho

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2016

The best Albacore Tuna you can get. Great cocktails. It gets a little cold, bring a jacket.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2016

Great food but too expensive. Wish there was some cheaper food and drink options.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 9, 2016

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 8, 2016

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!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2016

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2016

Food was good but quite overpriced for what we got ($110 per person). Service was wonderful.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 9, 2016

Came to San Francisco for a quick weekend trip and pleasantly surprised to have been recommended this place! Love it!

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 (New England)·Dined on March 30, 2016

Large Whiskey selection

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2016

Came here based on the recommendation of a friend who works in the whisky industry who told me this was the best spot to find a stellar whisky selection in San Francisco. He was right! The selection is AMAZING. Really top notch. The bar is beautiful, the service is impeccable, and the cocktails are pretty darn good as well (if straight scotch isn't your thing).

The only aspect of the meal that wasn't absolutely perfect was the food itself. Some of the dishes were great, including the Mars Attacks (deep fried octopus), shrimp and bacon skewers, and sashimi. The pork belly was tough ( literally couldn't swallow a piece without choking unless it was chewed intensely) and the grilled veggies were undercooked.

If you're looking for a place to drink some scotch, this is the place for you!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 5, 2016

I think this place is a must for whisky lovers. Its a great spot to get a drink and some appetizers. Or a late night snack. Great service. Mediocre sushi. Presented well but didn't wow me flavor wise.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 5, 2016

Love the selections of whiskey, great food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2016

Excellent food and very good service. Will definitely come back !

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2016

I waited well over an hour for my food. The others got their food in 15 and about 40 minutes. The first dish was cold and the second was overseasoned. My food was great, but I don't know if that was because I waited so long for it. There were barely any other people dining there. I loved the ambience, but I'm never paying that much to wait that long for low quality food. Not even an apology for the wait.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2016

Atmosphere is the best part of Nihon. Great date spot if you like a more modern atmosphere w/ cool lighting and electro music background that's at a great background volume (ie. dont go here for a quiet candelit romance) and nice little bar area for happy hours. Food is decent, but definitely overpriced even by SF standards. In a vacuum, the sushi is good not great but in the context of SF, it is not the place to go for good sushi. The drinks list is decent, usually prepared pretty well but mostly on the smaller side, and even more overpriced than the food, even by SF standards. Great whiskey list, had some really great Japanese and traditional scotch when we were there, but again, its pretty pricey.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2016

If you love rare Scotch whiskies, this place is a must-try. The prices are steep, even for the more common whiskies, so it's better for a special occasion. The maki we ate was delicious. There are better spots in the city for Japanese food, but for whisky selection, Nihon can't be beat.

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