Nobuo at Teeter House

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Japanese
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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OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SM
Richmond
46 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.

JK
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!

B
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.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
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.

R
Phoenix
9 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
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.

AE
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous meal at Nobuo - highly recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JR
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and outstanding service. Highly recommend.

J
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and service. The food is outstanding

WM
Phoenix
4 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.

WM
Phoenix
14 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).

DA
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

N
San Francisco
44 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.

AC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for an anniversary dinner on 9/7 and a birthday lunch on 9/12 and had a lovely time! The Tasting Menu was diverse and flavorful, and the lunch menu was just as delicious and filling as the dinner. The atmosphere was quiet and calm, perfect for a small celebration. We highly recommend this restaurant for a wonderful experience and amazing food!

OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is fabulous. I have spent time me in Japan and the cuisine is equal to some of the finest restaurants in Kyoto and Tokyo.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience1

Great service, but the food was bland and the restaurant had no ambience for a Friday night at 8pm.

PM
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to Nobuo’s many times and consistency never waivers. We rate it the BEST dining establishment in Phoenix. We were there last when they offered a fixed menu of 6-7 items with ability to add on a few more items. It was excellent and gave us a chance to try a variety of items. Taste was superb as well as presentation. Service was excellent as always. Ambiance wonderful. Can’t wait to return!

TF
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

First visit to the restaurant. Very surprised to find two floor fans within 15’ of our table to attempt to cool patrons. Thank goodness I wasn’t wearing a jacket. We were uncomfortably hot, the service and food was mediocre at best, and the environment and ambiance was poor. Will not be returning or recommending. We were looking forward to the experience, but were deeply disappointed.

OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve ever had.

DS
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My wife and I had limited experience with Japanese quinine but the waitress was very willing and helpful to help us with our order. A fun experience.

MI
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I was very disappointed because I had hoped to really like this place. They were out of the two dishes I found interesting on their website. I found the food very overpriced compared with its quality. The cured salmon was leathery and tasteless. It was quite off-putting. I don't like writing a negative review but unless they improve substantially, I would save my money and go elsewhere.

RC
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant. Food was incredible and imaginative

PB
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Japanese style dining but several steps above a regular sushi restaurant. Highly unique and a very quaint setting. We go back for special occasions when we can.

JD
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience all around

GC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We heard a lot of good complement for Fukuda-san. This summer special demonstrated his talent on creativity and ingredient balance. well done!

DM
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was not our first time at Nobuo. We were excited to see the August Thursday night special. As always the food was great and the value was as well. Chef Nobuo never dissappoints with his wonderful presentaions and the high quality of his delicious food.

RT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We tried another Japanese Restaurant in Scottsdale (two words starting with "R" and A") and there was a huge difference in quality. Nobuo was truly "authentic" Japanese and we did not have a single bad dish. The ambiance is not as fancy and the A/C was not the best, but it was tolerable and the food more than made up for the environment. The valet at the pizza place will accommodate you if you ask nicely; otherwise, parking is in the back in some garage.

FG
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with excellent staff and service. My ONLY complaint is that they are always out of at least one thing on the menu.

t
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Teeter House just feels like an old house .... I was kinda hoping for more tourist traditional Japanese service with lots of hai dozos. The FOOD was fabulous and therefore I will return for a dinner service in the future... for me, it's really all about the food..

JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible. We absolutely loved the dishes we ordered. We opted to order a la carte rather than the tasting menu, only because wanted more raw options than what was on the tasting menu that night. We will also likely book a personalized omakase tasting at some point in the future, but this needs to be done in advance. Otherwise, the tasting menu they had looked great. I highly recommend this as a date night or special occasion, as it might be a little pricey for an every day meal. Also, I doubt it would be a kid favorite. The atmosphere was also excellent being that it is in an old historical home converted into a restaurant, similar to many other downtown Phoenix establishments. We absolutely loved it, and we will be back!

GH
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was outstanding! Best dinner ever eaten in Phoenix. Just very loud and the appetizer fork we were given to eat our apple dessert wasn't appropriate. Cheers for the food, though.

AK
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoughtful & delicious flavor profiles & combinations of textures. Tastebuds were so happy they drove my dreams of the chefs choice antipasto platter all night long.

A
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a delightful surprise next to Arizona Science Center on a quick trip to Phoenix. The food was amazing. After the semi-warm/passive aggressive welcome, the waitress and food exceeded expectations all around.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great lunch spot. Not crowded

N
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and unique tasting menu, beautiful presentations, excellent pacing between dishes, discrete, friendly and knowledgeable service... just wow!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for my boyfriends birthday and let me tell you this place was amazing. We ordered 5 plates and were both pretty full at the end of the meal. Such a cute place and the food was spot on. More on the expensive side but you get what you pay for and it was perfect.

VP
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to dinner for my husbands birthday, and had a great experience. Loved everything we ordered. My favorite was the soft shell crab salad, and the wine list is amazing too.

JP
Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

One of our favorite special dinning places in Phoenix. The food is excellent one of maybe 5 restaurants in Phoenix you should not miss.