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For 2
7:00 PM
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Booked 12 times today


396 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Casual (4)
  • Tapas (4)
  • Good for a Date (4)
In Japanese, "chotto" indicates a small unit of measure. An informal term used in a wide variety of casual situations among friends, chotto can mean "a little," "for a moment," "excuse me," or to soften the sound of a request.

Chotto's small, shareable plates are crafted using a combination of Japanese staple ingredients and fresh products from local farms, ranches, and fish markets, prepared using Japanese techniques and cooking methods.

Our beverage program is similar to our cuisine in that we will have a selection of "chotto" by the glass drinks. We will feature fresh, unique cocktails made with Japanese sake and shochu, as well as an international selection of wine and beer.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation

Nightly: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

Late Night Fridays & Saturdays

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Phone number
(415) 441-2223
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Armando Justo
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Cross street
Lombard Street
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Parking details
In addition to available street parking, two public parking garages are within one block. One is in the Wells Fargo parking lot off Lombard Street, between Steiner and Fillmore, and the other is located on Pierce Street, between Lombard and Chestnut.
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Public transit
You may access Chotto through various municipal transit lines.
Muni line 43: Exit Lombard @ Pierce - Muni line 45: Exit Union @ Fillmore - Muni line 30: Exit Chestnut @ Fillmore - Muni line 28: Exit Lombard @ Fillmore - Muni line 22: Exit Fillmore @ Lombard.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 396 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Birthday Dinner, brought new people to one of our favorite spots, always enjoyable!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Been enjoying this restaurant for 5 years but this last experience was not great. We usually order the Uni risotto which we love but this time it had no flavor . Very Bland. I ordered the spinach and green beans appetizer. Both greens were ice cold that tasted like frozen.
We were sitting on the banquet. The fabric seats were very soiled and stained. I have to say we are totally disappointed with flavorless dinner this time. Will not be back.

vipJanepaled (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

The food is awesome! Pork cheeks and ramen were outstanding. The drinks are good. Sushi is fresh. Wait staff were not rude but inattentive. Would come again for the food, but probably only when sitting at the sushi bar where you can get quick service.

WallaceG (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Our family enjoyed a great time, wonderful food and service.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Food was good. Restaurant is very noisy and it is difficult to have a conversation. Menu had changed as compared to photos of food on other review sites but there was still a lot to choose from. Slight mix of authentic Japanese food and fusion entrees. Would recommend.

Parking available nearby at two pay lots or on street (limited). Neighborhood is lively. Popular restaurant - reservations are recommended.

vipWineLover (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Chotto was awesome. There was 6 of us and we had a great table! We ordered several dishes but the Butterfish was simply amazing. The rolls were really good too, light and bright and not laden with mayo sauces like you see at other places. Wine options were good too! We will absolutely be putting this on our list of favs and visiting again soon!

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Bacon mochi is a must! Loved the hamachi crudo and would definitely order again. The skirt steak was AMAZING! So much flavor and cooked perfectly.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 28, 2017

The bacon wrapped mochi and spicy ramen were amazing. Service could be improved - our server was very nice and attentive but she forgot one of our orders despite having repeated it back to us what we ordered.

Ambiance was very nice - not too dark and not too lit.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

The Brussels sprouts were not good. Overall, the food was okay, not the best.

LaGourmande (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 5, 2017

Fan-freakin'-tastic as usual. Paradise is butterfish crudo every night with a shochu cocktail.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 24, 2017

I love the food here. Everything, but the 3 times I have come the service is really slow and the bathrooms are dirty.

The thing with small plates is you often need things, and so waiting around is hard when you are hungry!

BUT...every time I have come the servers are polite and that is worth the slowness...but a little more attention and communication about the plates would make it perfect!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 19, 2017

everything is good, but definitely try the bacon-wrapped mochi.

also great service :)

Leah (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 17, 2017

Great food. I always try something new and end up loving it.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

Amazing food! Love the bacon mochi and hamachi

PoeSlacker (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 9, 2017

The ramen was excellent, as was the poke. The service was top notch -- friendly without being overbearing. It was quiet enough to have good conversation. The ramen is sipcy in a good way. The poke was extremely fresh and well sauced.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 11, 2017

Great food, especially the bacon mochi. Only things not worth it are the calamari.
Good cocktails and great plum wine.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 1, 2017

We made a reservation for 4 the day of and when we arrived they gave us a secluded back booth, which we loved! We had our own area and private curtain which made for a special experience. The waitstaff immediately let us know they only had one server that night for the entire restaurant, and the place was full. The staff still provided excellent service and even threw in a couple extra dishes. We did not feel neglected at all! The food was also delicious - my favorites being the sashimi options. Definitely our new neighborhood favorite and our family from out of town loved it too! Price point isn't too bad either - more affordable then another sushi place we love.

LaGourmande (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

Trekked across town via Muni for the butterfish. Only my second time at Chotto but the staff is so cool, the shochu cocktails so pleasingly buzzy, and the sashimi so melt-in-your-mouth that this is my new favorite Japanese restaurant. And on both visits I've marveled at the relatively reasonable prices for the quality of food and overall experience. Looking forward to my next meal here.

BenC (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 27, 2017

Great fusion menu with amazing variety of things to try. Definitely the kind of place you want to come back to so you can try more of the outlandish things they have on the menu. And the bacon mochi is a must, obviously.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on July 8, 2017

This is my second visit to Chotto. The food is absolutely delicious as well as the drinks. Service was a bit lacking on this visit, but was excellent the time prior.