Nobuo at Teeter House

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683 reviews
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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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New England
55 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the creative menu. Stopped for lunch and cannot wait to go back for dinner.

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St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a unique and worthwhile dining experience! Although the service was a little awkward, the food was prepared with a lot of care. The ingredients were fresh and of high quality. We chose to stick to the cold side of the menu save for one dish and did not regret it at all. The table next to us went with the tasting menu and our bill was only slightly higher than it would have been if we had done the tasting but we had much more flexibility and enjoyed some dishes so much we ordered a second round!

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New England
55 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By my books the best in Phoenix, and competitive with excellent restaurants in Japan. Might just get a star if Michelin ever does Phoenix.

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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an extra delight to treat our son to such a wonderful last night before his return to NYC. Each bite superb and visually beautiful as always. Attentive and informative service.

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JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dinner presented with knowledgeable and discreet service. Charming atmosphere that unique among fine dining establishments in Phoenix.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eveything about this place is great. Small, intimate setting. Courteous and helpful staff. Delicious drinks. And the food is out of this world.

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Phoenix
64 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

First visit for lunch. Server seemed overwhelmed and scattered though only one other table seated. All five dining thought food needed more flavor - salt. Just ok experience and not worth the money. Long ago visited for dinner. At the time, food was pricey for very small portions though delicious and unique. I am not inclined to visit again.

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IM
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience ...staff, the food, Amazing. Only knock is it is not for the “faint of wallet”

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BS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best bites in Phoenix, with an extensive “tapas” style dining experience or guided coursing menu. Knowledgeable staff, amazing beverage list, and overall the perfect dinner.

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RN
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food preparation and presentation at this restaurant are nothing short of superb. The chef crafts traditional Japanese food into contemporary dishes that are both artistic and delicious. We have lived and dined on both the East and West coasts and have not experienced anything quite like this. In fact, we literally travel from out of state to Phoenix for the sole purpose of enjoying a meal at Nobuo at Teeter House.

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RL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I've had in Phoenix hands down.

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NT
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always; by far and bar none, the best and most creative food in Phoenix!

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MH
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FANTASTIC FOOD, GREAT DRINKS, WILL BE BACK! Recommended to many friends

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were the first to arrive, a few minutes after 5:00 pm for a 5:45 reservation. The person who greeted us seemed a bit “frazzled”, but gave us a great table next to a window in a small room in the front of Teeter House. We were helped by a delightful woman after being seated. She helped with wine and beer selections and food story and selections, as well. We were there quite awhile...The food is delectable, but very expensive for just a bite of each item. I think four people are two, to many, for this style of dining. We ordered 10 items and 2 desserts and we were not full, at all. The bill was astronomical! But it was an “experience”...But not one that I’m in a hurry to repeat.

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XC
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food

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MM
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was unbelievable and the staff informative and friendly.

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Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sublime! Again every bite a wonder! Attentive and knowledgeable service with great wine pairings. Even got to meet toe talented and very kind chef to complete our evening.

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CK
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Spectacular as always. This place is an incredible combination of authenticity, innovation, and execution. Incredible flavors at every turn, great service, and actually a very good value. I always look forward to my next experience here.

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r
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

You need to be educated about what you were going to eat. This tapas style Japanese influence cuisine. tuna is very expensive , yes it’s $28 for four small spoons. For two people you will spend $175. That’s just for food. If you want to play you’re going to pay. This is the best in the Phoenix cuisine scene for this style of food. You want to complain about pricing get an a jet and go to New York. Chef Nobu
Is creating for you right there, 5 stars, Brussel sprouts amazing!
Duck Salad “Stupid Good”

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m
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, fresh, creative food. Great service and very knowledgeable servers. Great wine list too! One of our favorite restaurants in the Valley!

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M
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really like the creative cooking of the chef. This is like Japanese tapas, with small portions that are delicately and surprisingly seasoned. Each is presented as a small work of art. Although the individual plates are somewhat on the pricey side, the high quality of the ingredients warrants the expense. For the best value you could try the tasting menu. This is truly a special occasion kind of place, and it’s close enough that you could walk to the symphony or opera. The feeling I had is that this is a chef who loves to experiment and who enjoys sharing his discoveries with his guests.

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PZ
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place is really a gem. Im slightly mad at the man in the mirror for not going to the place sooner. Really. great dining experience. Food is off the charts unique and you can tell that the chefs prepare what you order in the perfect order to fully enjoy your food. The hibachi was some of the best of ever had in AZ. Really unique items that perfect for any foodie. Just a 5 star place. The server and I though didn't get along 100%. Kinda an alternative personality type. Would have some someone else serve me next time. Still left her a good tip thought

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menus are amazing

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Phoenix
51 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful meal in a quaint, cute old house in Heritage Square. Each menu item is a beautiful picture and tastes as good as it looks. Go here quickly!

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ES
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! We decided to go for the tasting menu. Loved everything on the menu. Food tasted great and presentation was nice. Service was fine after the hostess seated us at a table that has not yet been cleaned off and put our menus in the water that was left behind by the previous diners. One thing to note: if anyone at the table chooses to go with the tasting menu, everyone must choose that.

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j
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Fantastic authentic chef. Great ambiance. Cool young vibe. Off the grid hidden location.

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u
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Food courses came out too quickly
Just finished one next was brought out
Less than hour to eat 4 dishes one after the other
For high priced restaurant totally inappropriate especially when enjoying a good bottle of wine

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J
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic evening! In town for work and came across this highly rated restaurant. Food was amazing. We followed our waitor Zack's recommendations, without fail. You won't be disappointed. I highly recommend Nobuo! I'll be back on my next visit to Phoenix.

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KB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were excellent. Food is creative but not over the top with too many flavors. I’m not a big Japanese fan or sushi lover but I do love gourmet dishes and Nobuo didn’t disappoint. My wife who does luv sushi LOVED IT! My one complaint, the restaurant was quite warm and I was wearing linen.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals i have ever had and i have had some good meals. Thank you.

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place with delicious and unique Japanese food.

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GS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and staff never disappoint. This was my 10th time at this restaurant, and the consistency of quality and innovation keeps me coming back for more. Love Nobuo.

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Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Date night before a show; the food and service were outstanding

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KS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nobuo at Teeter House is a wonderful dining experience with a night of perfect bites. Chris does an amazing job with recommendations, pairings and service.

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Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was nothing short of fabulous. Our server, Zach, knows his stuff and does a great job of conveying Nobu's intent. We went for restaurant and got a tremendous variety of the most delicious food. Four different bite sized appetizers to start, including the best Brussel sprouts I've ever had. Then onto a seafood bento box with three different seafood presentations, including softshell crab, clams and an exquisite sashimi.
I added on an order of tempura squash blossoms. My dessert was a yuzu tartlette.
This restaurant is one of my favorites in Phoenix.

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Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The bento box lunch was superb. An excellent way to sample offerings by Noburo. Will make you want to go back for lunch and dinner

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Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service from our waiter Zack was excellent. We enjoyed the Daiginjo sake too.

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FL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great waitress/server. Chef/owner came out a few times to explain food

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was amazing. The service was fast, friendly and courteous.

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PM
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just another fabulous experience with superb food and excellent service.

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