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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.
San Francisco, CA 94123
Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Nightly: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Late Night Fridays & Saturdays
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
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
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Chotto Ratings and Reviews
Cute restaurant, good service. Unique eats such as Bacon Mochi, Butterfish crudo and Kinoko (tempura mushroom) were all excellent. Akasaka sarada salad was also tasty. Unfortunately, the Ibodai (butterfish skewer) was fishy and the Tsukune (chicken) was dry. Gohan (rice) was not cooked well (not enough water). Overall, price was reasonable for the dishes.
Not your run-of-the-mill Japanese restaurant. Everything was delicious. Something for everyone's palate. My husband loved the chicken liver skewers. It was not on the menu that evening but the chef prepared it anyway. 5 stars for service. Our friend really enjoyed the pork belly. My favorite was the black cod. Melt in your mouth! The bacon mochi was also a bit hit.
For dessert we had the tempura banana. The fried banana was like a pudding encased in a crunchy coating which was paired with coconut almond ice cream. Overall - it was a wonderful dining experience. We will definitely be back.
The food was delicious and our waitress was outstanding. The Shisho Hot cocktail was so tasty. We did have to wait for a long time, but we went on a Friday and it was extremely busy, so it was to be expected. However, our waitress was incredibly accommodating and more than made up for our wait with her terrific efforts to ensure we had a terrific experience. Overall great food and great service- we will definitely go back!
Cozy neighborhood spot, great food but service was only okay. She was nice but food came out slow and drinks took 15 min as well and it wasn't that busy. Had sake tasting which they have a good selection of and really liked. The bacon mochi was awesome! Ramen was good, skewers were also good, I liked the ribeye and duck best. The sushi is fresh and really liked the Hapa roll. The fried crab croquettes weren't as good as the other plates, probably my least favorite. I actually liked the food so much that I brought some friends there the following night. A great little Izakaya spot that is moderately expensive. The two of us had- 2 sake flights, a half caraf of the one we liked best, and 1 roll, ramen, skewers, and a couple plates for $160 for 2 people with tip.
Dinner here on a Saturday.night was an overwhelmingly deafening experience, Food was okay overall. I would say the yakitori were quite good, while the sushi rolls were fair. Plain white rice was awful--I'm not sure it was even Japanese (short grain) rice. Servers were nice but very stressed out. A couple of dishes we ordered were missed and we had to ask for them after waiting for 20-30 minutes. Overall, too much chaos.
I love the idea of Japanese (and related) small plates, and most of the small plates we ordered were delicious. The highlight was the butterfish sashimi, which was melt-in-your mouth wonderful. The dessert was not great, but that was a minor issue. Service was pleasant and helpful, although there were some longish stretches when we did not see our server, for which she apologized. Overall we really enjoyed our dinner at Chotto.
We ordered basically 1/2 of the small plates for 4 of us and everything that came to the table was great. The only thing we wouldn't re-order would be the mushroom skewers, they were delicious, but were overshadowed by all of the other amazing things we ordered.
Also- the sake selection is expansive and well curated. I wish I could remember which option we ended the night on because it was delicious.... guess I'll have to go back and try them all again.
The last two times I have come here they have forgotten half the food, forgotten drink orders, and billed us incorrectly. It's been different staff each time, so appears to be an overall service issue rather than related to an individual server. They appeared understaffed and it was difficult to get anyone's attention when something was wrong. Too bad, because the food is great, but probably won't be coming back.
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