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Nobuo at Teeter House

4.6
584 reviews
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$50 and over
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Japanese
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  • Fit for Foodies
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  • Tasting Menu
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.

If we can assist you in any way, we welcome your phone calls!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates, Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am -2:00pm,
Saturday & Sunday 11am-2pm

Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm -Close
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Phone number
(602) 254-0600
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Nobuo Fukuda
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Private party facilities
Teeter House has 2 separate dining rooms, each with the capability of seating up to 16 guests as well as a lounge which seats up to 6. A "room buyout" is perfect for a smaller party comprised of 8-16 guests. A dining room or the lounge may be reserved as a "room buyout" for a 1/2 or full night.

A full restaurant buyout option for private parties of 16-40 maximum is also available. Please contact the restaurant to book your party.
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Private party contact
Sarah Fukuda: (602) 254-0600
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
7th St. and Monroe
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Parking details
Validated parking is available in the Heritage Square Parking garage on 5th St. and Monroe. Entrances to the garage are located on 5th St. or Monroe.

Metered street parking also available on Monroe.
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Public transit
The nearest light rail stop is 3rd St. and Washington.
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Entertainment
Live music on the patio during special events only.
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Special events & promotions

Prix Fixe tasting menu available every Fri. and Sat. night by reservation only.

We respectfully ask that if you must cancel, please do so 24 hours in advance or a charge of $25 per guest may be applied to your credit card.

For parties larger than 8, please call to inquire about making a room reservation.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 584 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined on September 6, 2015

Pretty expensive. And portions are very small. The food was very good though. I would recommend for foodies, but it's a little much for just a normal dinner.

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5.0Dined on September 5, 2015

While we were at first upset that we had to wait 15 minutes for a table to be ready despite our reservation, Nobuo quickly recovered and the rest of our dining experience was fantastic! Located in a renovated charming historic house, it is a beautifully decorated and intimate restaurant. The cocktail, wine and beer lists are extensive and there is sure to be something to please everyone in your party! But the food is by far the reason that this place is worth every penny!! We picked multiple dishes to sample and share as a group of 4 people and each was incredibly spectacular, flavorful, and beautifully presented! This place is a foodie paradise - there wasn't a single dish I wouldn't eat again. Our favorites were definitely the seafood dishes - the fish is exquisitely fresh and the flavor profiles are so unique and variable!! Our servers were attentive and knowledgable! We will definitely be back for our next special night out!

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2015

Nobuo never disappoints. The food is excellent every time. My favorite bite of all time has to be the Hamachi here. Try it for lunch--it's never crowded and they have okonomiyaki (I think I spelled that right) on the menu. It's only on the lunch menu. It's sort of like a seafood/pork/cabbage pancake of deliciousness. Yum!

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3.0Dined on August 29, 2015

The place is quite charming. After i sit down the waiter accidently drop water all over me and the broken glasses were everywhere. My $400 Gocci eye glasses was also broken during the incidence. I ordered a $65 sampling dish and my friend order two other small dishes. A few minutes later the chief came out and looked angry. He insisted he only can do two sampling dishes instead since this is such high end restaurant. They can not split a dish. We didn't want make a scene and agreed to order one $65 and one $85 sampling dishes. Actually half of sampling dishes were very good. They did bring us two drink on the house at the end.

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2015

Very good "Japanese style tapas" joint. On hot Phoenix summer days I am typically not very hungry and prefer light meals. The food at Nobuo was the perfect dinner on a hot August night - light, tasty and very interesting. The cocktails here are also very good and refreshing. I will definetly be back next time I am in Phoenix.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2015

The lamb with coconut curry was to die for! I can't wait to come back and have it again. My second favorite was the Uni oysters....expensive but definitely worth trying!

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2015

I've had wonderful meals at Nobuo many times. This time we tried the larger tasting meal and it was sublime. Every bite was perfect from the vegetables, the nigiri, crab salad, fried chicken with egg salad, my all time favorite lamb chops and then a silken tofu with homemade caramel for dessert. The dessert sounds strange but it is now my all-time favorite and best dessert ever! Not too sweet, melt in your mouth little bit of heaven on a plate. You just have to try it.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2015

Great innovative food , attentive service, can't ask for better.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2015

Food Amazing, service was quick and friendly.

Tasting plates that offer unique items that just amazes your taste buds !

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2015

Excellent food

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2015

We were visiting Phoenix on vacation and chose Nobuo with no recommendation, so we weren't sure what we would find. We were thrilled to find a cozy and intimate dinner spot with fantastic service and even better food! Every dish we tried (and we tried quite a few) was delicious and presented beautifully - we could not have asked for a better experience to end our vacation.

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2.0Dined on June 26, 2015

my husband and i were disappointed in our first and i think will be our only visit....in particular the tuna was tough and flavorless, zucchini flowers were attractively prepared but they also were tasteless without using the wisp of flavored salt on the dish. in general five or six of our selections were all less than great including dessert, again, all nicely presented, but better to photograph than eat....service was attentive and pleasant.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2015

I love Nobuo at Teeter House. I come here whenever I can. The food is original and every bite is exquisite. I love the attention do detail he has in all of his dishes. Great for lunch as they open early. Fantastic service and rarely wall to wall busy.

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3.0Dined on June 13, 2015

We believe we have fairly experienced and open minded palates when it comes to Japanese and or Japanese meets West cuisine. We had read the rave reviews and were excited visiting this restaurant for the first time. We liked the atmosphere and service was good, but we left feeling 'one and done'. For appetizers we ordered the tofu teeter tots which had a nice consistency and flavor; the pricey house cured salmon was very disappointing - 4-5 paper thin sliced pieces of salmon with minimal flavor and substance. For entrees we ordered the katsu and curry which was enjoyed ;but the okonomiyaki seemed undercooked and bland tasting; and the ebi salad was overly pickled and uninteresting.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2015

Truly tapas-style restaurant using high quality ingredients... thought food and service were wonderful in the unique, unpretentious environment. My wife and I will undoubtedly return.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2015

a rare gift in every bite, the presentation and the service! so appreciated the ease of making reservations by using open table. thank you!

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2015

As usual Mr. Nobuo's food is unique and a fantastic treat for the palate...nothing mundane about the flavors he is able to coax from his ingredients.
The squash flower appetizer is a gem --to be savored by any gourmet anywhere in the world....

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2015

Stopped in by myself on a business trip. I was seated at the bar and was given a generous tasting menu for $80.00. The staff was very friendly and kept my company the whole night as they weren't super busy. All the dishes were explained in great detail and the chef even came out and spoke to me after the meal. Well worth the price and look forward to having the opportunity to go again. You really cant beat the gorgeous location in Heritage Square

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2015

Nobuo is simply one of the top restaurants in the Southwest and truly unique. I have never had a bad dish here.

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2015

Walked over to this restaurant while in town for a conference. It was one of the only places open downtown on a Sunday afternoon where we could get a reservation. The area was pretty empty, but we could see that it must be really bustling during peak times. This was a nice little place and we went back a second time. Really interesting food. I liked it a lot.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2015

We had been to Nobuo at Teeter House before, and it was amazing. This visit was the same, perhaps even better. We had the tasting menu, and it blew our minds as usual. One especially noteworthy part of the meal was a sea bass dish which was, quite literally, the best fish meal I have ever had in my entire life, and that is saying a lot. I couldn't believe it.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2015

Amazing food! Every single item we ordered was excellent. I will definitely come back whenever I will be visiting Phoenix again. Can't go wrong with this place. The only thing negative is that when I asked for more dipping sauce, the server said that she can't give me anymore because they are limited....

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2015

Simply wonderful, creative food. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and made some great recommendations. Loved that this restaurant is in an old house. Very charming. A bit on the pricy side, but we will be back for special occasions, for sure.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2015

Four of us had lunch here midweek. For several minutes, we were the only guests present in the cute little house. The server was warm and welcoming and very knowledgeable about the food and the chef's intentions and experience.

Each course was delightful...teeter totos, ahi tuna tartare, okonomiyaki was the most fascinating mix of flavors and textures. All four of us were delighted and vowed to return.

Being the only guests is a little sad. We like the buzz of a busy place...and hope Nobuo is busier for evenings. Go! It is very, very good foor and service!

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2015

We had a lunch reservation. There were about 8 other diners during our visit. Since thedining rooms

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2015

I was disappointed with the food, as a goodie and with the ratings I expected a lot more for the $200 bill. They never mentioned you need to make advanced reservations for the tasting, so we just made a regular reservation. They were out of food gras. 16 for two oysters was overpriced. The drinks were good and the service was great. The waitress was knowledgeable about sake and the menu. Overall I would not return.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2015

Best restaurant I've been to so far! Everything from the moment you walk in, till the moment you leave is perfect. Food was so well thought out and plated, I was completely in love! Drinks were innovative and strong. Service was exceptional, and ambience is understated and warm, perfect!

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2015

I was expecting more from the Teeter House, but it just didn't seem to connote Japanese fine dining. To be honest, I only had the appetizer dish of uni with tomato water. It was very good, but there is definitely a hidden kick from the wasabi oil. Unlike wasabi paste which is green, the oil is clear and I forgot it was there. Sip the tomato water and it will ease the wasabi kick. The uni was denser than I am used to tasting, but flavorful.

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2015

Different kind of Japanese dining experience. The servings are small plates meant to be shared for a tasting dinner. Fish was very fresh but menu selection was somewhat limited. They validate parking so best to park in the Heritage Square parking garage.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2015

What struck us most about Nabuo at Teeter House, other than their excellent service and personal attention to our exact needs, was the very modern spin that the restaurant places on sushi/sashimi and the related experience. We had an incredible five course meal, and nowhere in sight was there a grain of sticky white rice. Our meal was paired with excellent sake, served very non-traditionally in regular wine glasses.

Everything about the dining experience was top-notch, and I would recommend Nabuo at Teeter House to any lover of high-end food.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2015

The subtle combinaion of flavors and textures is pure bliss!

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2015

Really enjoyed lunch at Nobuo. Food and service was great.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2015

We had the ceviche, pork belly, yellowtail sashimi, and curried lamb chops.

Meats were overcooked, and the fish, though seemingly fresh, seemed to lack flavor. Presentation was fantastic, service tremendous, however not up to par considering the praise bestowed on this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2015

Best used for a romantic lunch/dinner place. The food is good and flavorful but you'll have to expect to share and the portions are small. Overall, nice and inviting.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2015

I visited Phoenix to join the company event from Japan for the first time.
I think Nobuo is the best restaurant that has the most Japanese of stylish atmosphere in Phoenix.
There are some Sushi Bar in Phoenix, but they are not real Japanese.
Atmosphere of Nobuo is upscale Japanese tavern "Izakaua".
If you like Japannes "Izakaya" and wanted to eat Japanese cuisine in Phoenix, you should come Nobuo.

I reccomend, don't order Japanes Branded Sake, Shochu and other alcohole drinks. They are too expensive ! You have to drink usual drinks.

And for Japanes, good Japanes guy is working at Nobuo.
He will give us excellent time in Japanese.

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2015

Went here with my client earlier this year. Paid way over $200 for two people and felt the price tag was too high compared to quality of food and service.

I don't remember much good food aside from sake.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2015

This is the most innovative Japanese Resteraunt I have ever eaten at. Texture , flavor and warm friendly , knowledgable staff. Great dinner. Makes me want to come back to pheonix

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2015

I came here for my birthday, having previously experienced Nobuo's excellent creations, and was not disappointed. The small menu contains a wide variety, and the wine and sake lists are extensive. We chose a small appetizer and a lunch selection, and everything was excellent. Portion size is just right. The decor - Teeter House is a historic building refurbished for this restaurant - was worth the visit alone, just to see how each room has been designed. Service was attentive but unobtrusive. Overall it was a great experience and we will return.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2015

My hubby and I are BIG foodies and this is our favorite meal EVER. Every bite was perfection. But pricey but worth it!!! The service is great too.

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4.0Dined on January 10, 2015

The oysters with uni and caviar were some of the best oyters we have had in a long time.

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