Nobuo at Teeter House

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773 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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GC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

RT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great lunch spot. Not crowded

N
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
25 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

PT
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A comfortable, elegantly simple, superb cuisine, with knowledgable service. I do not hesitate to recommend Nobuo.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I had a lovely meal. We had 5 dishes and each one was quite different but they blended together into a cohesive dining experience.

EL
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service. We’ll definitely be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Left hungry after ordering the $100 tasting menu. I’m not a big eater but for the price one should not walk away hungry.

HL
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fixed course dinner for Father's Day. There were six courses including dessert. The sashimi and the fish and chips were excellent with beautiful presentation. There were two meat courses with duck and short rib. The service was very good with prompt refill of water and ice tea. The cost was $50.00 per person. We'll come back!

S
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I reserved a table for two for the fathers day event and when I called to confirm they told me we'd only be getting the lunch menu, which was not stated on the website or email. So we didn't go.

OT
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great meal, understaffed

j
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing and loved the restaurant. I think the only thing we said to each other was the portion could be slightly bigger. It was awesome trying so many dishes and really the food was to die for!

AN
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual! We're regulars as we live in downtown Phoenix. This is the best restaurant in Phoenix, bar none! Foodies of all sorts would love to have a meal here!

J
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you believe yourself a gourmand or foodie, you must eat here. It is one of the best meals I’ve had in Arizona, and I mean this sincerely. The best single bite I have had in a long time goes to the black cod, which melted in my mouth. The amount of flavor from a single bite is noteworthy. All of the dishes seem simple, but there is depth to the flavors. I had to close my eyes to better appreciate the flavors in my mouth. The grapefruit hamachi and carpaccio were tied for first place, and then I had a bite of the cod. It is impossible to describe the experience of tasting the cod for the first time. This restaurant is one of the best in Arizona, and they are not at all pretentious. I will make regular visits to this restaurant.

B
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our server had long hair that wasn't managed very well, it hung down on each side of her face. My suggestion is that people with long should have it neatly pulled back into a pony tail or some other style.

S
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nobuo offers a dining experience you just can't get anywhere else in the Phoenix area. There are a wealth of traditional Japanese/ sushi joints in the valley, and other traditional Asian cuisines can be found as well. However, outside of Nobuo's Teeter House you would be hard pressed to find an upscale Asian fusion eatery. They just don't exist here like they do in other major markets. If Nobuo were to leave the Phoenix area it would be a real loss for the local food scene.

Let's start with the ambience. An appropriately decorated turn of the century home left with alot of its original charm in the heart of downtown. It gives off a casual vibe that also hints at high expectations. Prepare to be blown out of your flip flops.

Service staff was dressed down in casual attire. They were prompt and hospitable, water glass always full. They had an, "I'll just stay out of your way. " approach to their job. This may just be a personal preference but they could have been more directly friendly. They didn't seem happy to be there. Could be that it was just a slow Wednesday evening and they were bored.

Food was creative, inspired, beautiful, and very tasty. Highly recommend the hamachi and grapefruit and the foie gras with seasonal fruit. The $80.00 tasting menu option is the way to go provided all members of your party are down! The wine list is small but well curated to include common staples and adventurous of the beaten path options. Lots of good food wines on the list and wines that will pair well with the style of cuisine. Note: the sommelier has an obvious infatuation with Manfred Krankl.

Phoenix needs this place and if you haven't been, you need to go.

L
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazingly delicious! Service impeccable...

PO
Phoenix
82 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Terrific and inventive food in a historic location. The hamachi and grapefruit is one of my favorite single bites ever. Will return!

c
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had an AMAZING dinner and time last week celebrating our one year anniversary at Nobuo. If you like great food and don't mind paying a little extra for quality, Nobuo hits the spot every time.

MN
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch. Terrific food. Friendly, attentive service. Beautiful location.

W
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location for any type of mature gathering - whether it be a family dinner, date night, or celebration. This is NOT a place to go eat sushi and drink.
Vegetables were excellent, the tea was excellent, the tuna was flawless, and the meat options were excellent. However, the fried crab was not even close to being up to par with the rest of options, so I'd recommend leaning towards a fried crab-less dish.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The Arizona Restaurant week menu was a great deal and the food was delicious. I love that we got to try many of their staple items on their menu in a bento box! The ambiance is unique as it basically feels like you’re eating in someone’s house in Heritage Square. They may want to rethink the hostess stand and the seating around it. We were sat at one of the two tables when you first walk in and were distracted by the conversations at the hostess stand. It wouldn’t normally be terrible, but at one point an argument broke out between the wait staff about the reservations. This included loud yelling and even cussing. It was not the fine dining experience we were expecting.

RO
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Overall staff very nice and informative. Food was outstanding and different from the usual Japanese restaurant. However we sat in a small room with two other tables. The noise level was so high that we had to speak quite loudly to be heard. The acoustics of the room made every comment and laugh from the other tables seem much louder. Will certainly return in spite of this.

MD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is simply amazing. So many flavors that just make your taste buds happy.

MD
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fair prices for outstanding food and service. I felt like I was visiting a close friend more than a restaurant. Can't wait to try everything else in the lunch menu.

T
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our meal was excellent, Nobuo is a James Bread recipient and it shows in his food and presentation. Will definable go back. If your not a foodie you will probable not find value here. This is for the gourmand totally.

GB
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite omakase style sushi as well as hot tapas. Mind blowing experience. Hats off to the Chef!

K
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, creative cocktails, beautifully presented in a converted home so each area only holds a few tables. I would recommend sticking with fish dishes because they are so spectacular. Dessert was great too!

CR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of us had food allergies and the staff was extremely helpful in denoting which menu items were available for our safe consumption.

n
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

This is unique dining, a different culinary experience orchestrated by an extremely innovative chef.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect.

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