Permanently Closed - Nobuo at Teeter House

4.6
825 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese

About

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.

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Mimi
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed this experience! Our server was well versed in the menu, sake, and wine. Food was absolutely delicious! Host took time to explain to us how the menu worked and how much would be enough for us. My only feedback to make sure the room temp is comfortable as it was a little warm when we arrived but cooled off as the evening went on, hire a busser cause it's too much work for one server with 4 tables all needing the same detailed attention. Finally, this was not my server but another server had awful BO. Said server only came to our table once because he was helping but It's really hard to enjoy beautiful food when someone is smelly.

Overall wonderful!

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vip1billinsf
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I have never been here and only heard a few things about it online. But after going in and having a pretty amazing meal. I am a fan and can’t wait to go back. The dishes were a little extraordinary, bold, well flavored and pretty well-balanced. Everything else was tiptop as well. Our server was very nice and informative and friendly. She explained the menu and orchestrated the service well.

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Eric
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Exceptional flavors

Exceptional creativity

What a wonderful find in a landscape full of culinary mediocrity - a real gem

Arigato for a wonderful experience

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AnnaK
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

The tasting menu was great up until dessert. The cake was truly not good. This would have been fine if I weren't paying $100 per meal plus tip. It's a shame when I can get better cake for $7-10 elsewhere. Our waiter also wasn't the most attentive. For $240 for two people, I was a bit disappointed. It was a good one time experience, but for that price, I wouldn't go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Unbelievable. Don't go unless everyone in the party is into raw meat, bad service with eye rolls and unbathed servers.

When my wife found lamb chops on the menu, she was told that they are served rare. We asked if they could be grilled to Medium and were told no because the chef insists that it's his way or the highway. We took the highway-- across the street to Pizzeria Bianco--which was awesome. The couple of things we ordered were good, as in okay. Nothing special. Lots of snobbery for just okay. And prices that are not justified for the dining experience.

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vipPdaspit
Phoenix
218 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We opted for $80.00 per person chef’s selection. It was almost too much to eat. Each selection was outstanding. Highly recommend. Just remember Nobu is now open in Scottsdale and there can be some confusion as the two names are very similar.

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KhristopherA
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing staff, and talented chef.

Value is always in the eyes of the beholder, but $80 a person for this tasting menu was phenomenal. Seven artfully crafted dishes, I was happy to be a part of the experience.

A must have, and a must return.

JO
vipJavierO
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

We ordered the tasting menu. The food was OK but I was expecting something better for the price. The oysters weren’t fresh. Everything else was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was great and answered all of our questions, including checking with the kitchen to figure out what foods I could consider in view all of my food allergies.

JP
vipJoePM
Phoenix
33 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our top 5 dinner houses in the greater Phoenix AZ area. Quality food and attentive service a unique experience.

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niko
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful culinary experience. Shiromi carpaccio was a great and pleasant surprise. Saikyo yaki was nicely executed that can meet the level of the restaurant my home town Kyoto, Japan.
The volume of each plate is light. You can order several entries. They also have $100, $80 courses.
Serving staff were friendly, calm and knowledgeable.
The historical house that the restaurant is located gives nice quiet atmosphere.
You can use valet parking by the pizza restaurant.

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RAS09
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true Phoenix gem. This is food as art. There are no bad dishes and Nobuo is a true artist.

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vip42Potatoes
Phoenix
61 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places. The service is always exemplary as is the food. It’s a great entertaining place to go.

DD
DanielD
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food on Saturday lunch menu. In-laws were impressed.

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vipAaronB
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was excellent as always, although very rich and somewhat monochromatic in flavors. Services was incredibly confused, with nobody knowing anything about their own wine list, flashes of continuing bothering and then disappearance, and a rush at the end to get us out without offering dessert. Noise level is high and the spot odd.

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NancyH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Nobuo. In our party of 4, each person couldn't say enough good things about the food we so greatly enjoyed. It was fresh, interesting, and delicious. We were celebrating two birthdays, and enjoyed every minute of our celebration. Thank you.

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JamesJ
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a great date night out at Nobuo and enjoyed every minute of it. The food is fantastic, it's very intimate and quiet and the servers are knowledgeable and kind. It's definitely not inexpensive, but the quality of the food makes the value very worthwhile. I definitely recommend it for anyone who is interested in trying ingredients and dishes that you don't find often in the Phoenix area but without the attitude and pomp and circumstance that comes with most inventive and trendy places.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The snobby waiter
No words

Very pricey- and sort of worth it
Desert was great

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LauraF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely incredible! Chef Fukuda took great lengths to customize an amazing menu for us. The quality of the ingredients is spectacular and I highly recommend Nobuo.

JD
vipJohnD
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place is always amazing.

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vipAnnielicious
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nobou never disappoints. We had the curried lamb chops. They were outstanding. Love the clams and mushrooms also. Persimmon and pear pie was a new taste sensation.

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vipUktamA
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super nice food and service

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vipMicheleC
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED the meal, the experience and the FOOD!!!!!! FANTASTIC!!! Will definitely be back. Delightful!

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GaryS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nobuo is an absolutely unique dining experience. My brother - a true foodie - was visiting from Boston, and his take was, that not only was the food and service outstanding, but it feels with each course, that the Chef's are cooking only for you - it's that personal and intimate an experience. Every course, and we had twelve of them, was fantastic. I've been to Nobuo three times a year for the last nine years, and all I can say, is this tradition will continue. I've never been disappointed. I just hope Phoenix, in general, doesn't lose sight of what a gem this restaurant truly is. It's not just a place to eat - it's a vision.

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vipJorgeG
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting menu at $80. Nice set up. Very good service. Black Code was perfect.

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vipSMalik
Richmond
48 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

I was not at all impressed with the food here. I had the duck salad. Duck was chewy and lacked flavor. Greens were grilled, but very little of them. This was more like an appetizer portion. Soft shell crab sandwich was ok. No options for sides or extra food. The waiter forgot to bring me a sample I asked for. Beef choices good. Would suggest a kid's menu. It is right outside the Science Museum, after all.

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JulieK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I would advice to get all the sashimi on the menu, they’re amazing! The tasting menu is also good, but the sashimi are the best!

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Bobo
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Reserved as Birthday celebration for 2, but was not acknowledged. No special dessert for Birthday people.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

A ridiculously overrated place. Unbelievably expensive for tiny scraps of mediocre food. They were even stingy with bread! One of the worst examples of pretentious nonsense I have ever experienced.

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Rhonda
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've dined here several times and it does not disappoint. My favorite menu item is the Hamachi...it's just excellent. It's also nice to be greeted warmly by the staff and Nobuo as well.

PB
PeterB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The historic home is charming. The service was excellent. The tasting menu was exquisitely plated, served elegantly and at a leisurely pace... and seductively delicious.

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AndE
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous meal at Nobuo - highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Quality ingredients, creative, expertly prepared and attractively presented. Great, knowledgeable service.

JR
vipJanetR
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and outstanding service. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb experience all around! Top notch food, impeccable service and intimate ambiance. Will definitely treat ourselves and others again.

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James
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and service. The food is outstanding

WM
vipWendyM
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to Nobuo first time during restaurant week. The three course meal was incredible, I highly recommend the add-on appetizers offered and the gin sour cocktail.

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WhyMakeReservations
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went for Restaurant Week. Though everything was great, including service and food, we had a much better meal when we visited previously (not a limited menu).

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vipDAVIDC
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoy the healthy, yet always delicious and surprising food from chef Nobuo.

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vipNAMS
Phoenix
87 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

We use restaurant week to try out new restaurants to see if they will be regulars on our list, or if we will bring or recommend guests. This restaurant gets a lot of hype; what a disappointment. From the dry hostess to the dry chocolate brownie. Honestly, everything in both of our Bento boxes tasted and appeared to come out of chafing dishes in a buffet. Sad to have to write this review, we had high hopes.

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Permanently Closed - Nobuo at Teeter House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (602) 254-0600.

Permanently Closed - Nobuo at Teeter House is rated 4.6 stars by 825 OpenTable diners.