Nobuo at Teeter House

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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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MK
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful tasting menu and wonderful service.

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MM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Expensive for the experience and the Tapas menu was not spelled out clearly in the advertising. We thought we were going out for Sushi and instead this was expensive small plate Tapas

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C
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the our dining experience! It was our date night and we planned for an 1.5 hour meal prior to attending the symphony. We ordered the Tasting option, 6 courses with dessert, which is normally done in a 2 hour time frame. They were able to accommodate our timeline and we finished the meal before we left for the symphony. Honestly, you could just make a date night with the tasting. The service and food were the absolute best, it was that awesome!

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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MG
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time here, but definitely not the last!! The food was exceptional and the service was amazing. You must add this to your list of must experience.

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d
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

our of this world food, a bit eclectic, but delicious. good wine, though . the selection is not large. service was iffy. Bought a glass of wine, served in the wrong wine glass. then bought an expensive bottle of the same type of wine wine (pinot noir) which was served in the right wine glass. when we asked why the original glass of wine was not served in the correct wine glass, the server told us it was her decision and she elected not to use the correct wine glass since it was only one glass of wine (seriously?). Also the wine list showed the vintage to be 2014 and we were served a 2016 vintage. Indifferent service, lack of attention - good food matched with poor service..

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JD
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu selection and tasting options a provide excellent options.
Everything that came out to our table was amazing. Great flavors, creative combinations and beautifully presented.
The staff was attentive and knowledgeable, and they went above and beyond, providing and unforgettable experience.
Thank you

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B
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always so delicious.

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MJ
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience, Chris our waiter was awesome and everyone at this place was just amazing! Love the creative cuisine!

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MH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We don't know why it took us so long to dine here, but it was one of the most amazing dining experiences we've ever had. By far the best Japanese food in the State. We look forward to going back often!

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am not easily impressed, so to say that this place knocked my socks off is a huge statement. If you’re looking for not the average Asian cuisine this is the place for you. Don’t come here looking for sushi rolls or Benihana. This is high end Asian cuisine with amazingly fresh seafood. Add in a great crafted cocktail list, cute location and great service and it’s a winner all around. If you’re in Phoenix go there for a special experience!

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S
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was amazing, put together a chefs tasting that was incredible. Everything I wanted and more!

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BM
Berlin
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oustanding cuisine: Original dishes and delicious food. This is no ordinary Japanese restaurant! Plates are presented like little pieces of art. Wine pairing was excellent. Service above par. Very pleasant experience. Highly recommended.

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GG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Would love to try tasting menu next time. The Arizona Sake is a must!

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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent small plates — sashimi was so fresh and the layering of flavors in each dish outstanding. Great ambiance in a former boarding house.

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JA
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What an adventure! All the items were so so tasty. The crab, octopus, ceveche and hamachi Very very good and taste buds just danced.

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HH
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here...outstanding! Very unique menu, all very fresh & inviting. Will be back.

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SB
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

This was a beautiful and well presented meal. Flavorful and innovative Japanese dishes. Actually loved the vegetable appetizer plate. It was a perfect place to have a lovely meal before heading to the symphony.

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l
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing! Grapefruit Hamachi is super delicious and was the winner for us.

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b
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Ambiance, location and service were great. Food was disappointing overall. One dish was good, forgot the name, it was a fish yaki. The pork belly was very dry, although the rice was good. Chicken was tasty, but nothing special. The soft shell crab salad was drowned in fish sauce, so it was a bit sour/salty. The tako balls were so salty we had to return them.

We have Japanese food weekly, coming from SoCal. Poor value, this would be about 30% less for what were used to. Given all the reviews, maybe it was an off day or a chef trainee.

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JG
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the food and the ambience!!
Had the $80 tasting with the $40 wine pairing.. worth every penny!
We’ll be back for sure!

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JS
Chicago
173 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very interesting and delectable food that is out of the ordinary.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Amazing service. Great atmosphere. Knowledgeable staff. Can't wait to go back. Wish I lived in PHX!

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BJ
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Had a great meal. Everything from service to food was amazing.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience with an incredible variety of food pairings...refreshing saki...and eclectic selection of Japanese wines. Greg and his colleagues were extraordinarily helpful in assembling a fantastic variety of tapas for our diverse party— domo arrigato!

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V
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant. Service excellent in a beautiful restored home from the 19th century. The food was spectacular. Really a special place.

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D
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was simply outstanding. The acoustics were horrid.

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MG
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food is everything. Stunning presentation and wonderful flavor experience. Service is just “meh”. Seriously. I don’t need a grand flourish, but like servers who seem to care they are there. It was a shame.
Additionally, hostesses need to find a better way of discussing the menu and small plates . They almost sound as though they are discouraging people from eating there.
I think front of the house needs a good overhaul so that service and intro to the restaurant matches the care to which the food is made.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Conscientious service. Handy to downtown events.

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D
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch and it was not very busy so we were able to spend time enjoying the calm atmosphere and pleasant attention from the server. It's in an older small house in the Science Center area and the tables are in separate rooms so you have some degree of privacy. I had the duck salad which was dressed in a wonderful soy and zinfandel sauce. My husband had the Okonomiyaki which was a pork dish also very good and very pretty. The very good food and excellent service makes us want to come back for dinner next time.

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B
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was very good, there was no ambiance to the space and the service was really lacking. For interesting food that is fun, this is a good choice. The lunch menu could use some more items. Excellent proximity to the Children’s and Science museums.

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a
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

A bit disappointing. Some food quality was definitely lacking. Chicken dish on tasting menu was terrible. Lamb chops were tough and improperly prepared. Best course was the sashimi sampler, which was excellent. Paired wines were very good

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LW
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was expensive and the portions were small. The food took a long time to come. We wanted a slice of pizza after we ate

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nobu is a very rare experience, always a fantastic meal. I have had fine meals at many restaurants but what sets this apart , always have a meal that would rate as a 10 never has an off night!

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JB
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered the tapas style plates and were not disappointed. Sake was good, a little expensive, but worth trying. Soft shell crab salad was delicious, all plates were yummy. Ambience was a decided plus.

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RB
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

In a casual and historic 1899 setting we were delighted by unique, impeccably prepared and presented sashimi, lamb, duck; outstanding wine, sake, beer, tea list; perfect service. Then menu is eclectic and varied and definitely not the usual sushi/sashimi fare. We were intrigued by, but did not order, the short ribs, softshell crab salad, chicken or cod. Next time.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the tasting menu ($80-$100/person) with wine pairing ($40/person) and everything was excellent. It was a bit of a longer experience (around 2 hours start to finish) because there were 7 courses in total. Definitely more of a special occasion place due to the price but it was worth it in our opinion. This is a must try if you are looking for fine dining in Phoenix.

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ME
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tastes, innovative and presentation. We have dined at Nobuo at Teeter House ever since Nobuo moved from See Saw years ago. Never disappoints!

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R
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food in Phoenix with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

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S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 5

Lovely setting but very dissapointing dinner. Pretentious and limited menu items with super tiny portions. We ordered 8 tapas items as suggested, but the four of us left hungry. Each of the eight different dishes contained interesting ingredients, but they were no more than a tiny bite. The exception was the delicious duck salad and lamp chop plates - both were nice size but did not make up for the other 6 tiny plates. Expensive for what we received. Even the dessert, which featured chocolate gnashe had only a smear of chocolate on the plate !! When we asked for additional choclate we were first told that she didn’t think the chef would do that !!! Good for a before dinner appetizer, but we wont be back for dinner.

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