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About Chotto

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.

3317 Steiner Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:


Nightly: 5:30pm - 11:00pm


Late Night Fridays & Saturdays

Cross Street:
Lombard Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 441-2223

Website:
http://www.chottosf.com/

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Armando Justo

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.2

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4.3

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4.3

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89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
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Creative Cuisine (6)
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Fun (3)
Business Meals (2)
Healthy (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Romantic (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Authentic (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Great Beer (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 13, 2016

Food was fabulous but waitress was very rude

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2016

I don't like the food there

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2016

We live down the street and come here for many things, but mainly a good neighborhood ramen. Sometimes it's nice to avoid the hype of traveling for "the best ever" ramen and just walk outside your door a few blocks to have a nice meal

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Went here for an Anniversary dinner. Enjoyed the food. Definitely try the bacon mochi, that was my favorite dish. Japanese approved. We'll definitely be back. :-)

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Tapas
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2016

We eat here frequently. I strongly recommend the bacon mochi , the beef tongue, the fried salmon roll, the uni risotto and the frizee salad. The only restaurant in San Francisco that actually makes Asian fusion food work!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2016

Very poor and over priced food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2016

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Wide range of tapas from the menu. Love the lemony Brussels sprouts and the uni risotto.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2016

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2016

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!

Tags: Hot Spot, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2016

Wait staff was attentive, food was delicious, cocktails and tea were quickly consumed :). Items I would reorder are the bacon mochi, butterfish, and ribs. Half of our group had visited chotto previously, and we would all happily return. Thank you!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2016

Seemed like they were down a few servers but otherwise great. I love this place.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2016

Great place, but loud and with slow service (even without being at capacity).

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2016

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.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on July 13, 2016

The food was very good. The fish "special" was incredible, even though our waitress told us the "special" had been running for 6 months. A variety of delicious food. Definitely recommend the skewers.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2016

Great food, great service! Love this place for business dinners or get togetherness with friends

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 3, 2016

Food is great. Just the right portion for us.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 20, 2016

Good value Japanese small plates. Ambience was ok-chipped paint walls and stained seats could use an update. Waitress knowledgable and friendly-she let us try beef tongue on the house. Recommend getting many dishes and sharing.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 9, 2016

Great food and service. We sat at the table in the back. Jamie waited on us and was very pleasant . The ramen was delicious. The bacon wrapped mochi is definitely a unique and tasty dish.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2016

Get the bacon mochi. You won't be disappointed. Actually, everything was good here. You really can't go wrong.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 21, 2016

This is our 2nd time there and is still good food. Love the Sea Urchin with scallop, so so good and their garlic fried rice. Good Sake too

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 26, 2016

The service was excellent and Alex was very pleasant. We were visiting San Francisco and he gave us some tips on places to visit and was very nice. Food was excellent and restaurant was very cozy. Will definitely visit again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 21, 2016

uni hotate and hamachi crudo a must try! A little pricey for dishes. Wonderfully done skewers served piping hot and tasty.

Tags: Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 8, 2016

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 6, 2016

I went there with full expectation of a good quality and service.
The waiter was extremely rude and service was aweful.
I would not ever go there in my life.
Not to mention, the price is overpriced for the poor services and food.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 3, 2016

Delicious food, great atmosphere. Will definitely go back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 2, 2016

Authentic Japanese food, prepared perfectly. Friendly service.
Perfect setting for groups, families, friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 1, 2016

If you don't know Chotto yet but love Japanese food this restaurant is for you! Everything is absolutely delicisous

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 24, 2016

Best "Wakami Salad" ever!! At 6:30 the place was empty and the music was too loud yet it def filled-up fast after 7p ... then the ambience was better because the 'amped', young and good-looking wait staff finally had something to perform.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Delicious food and great vibes!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2016

Tasty food from an interesting Japanese inspired menu and great service. Not many vegetarian options would be my only watchout.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on January 30, 2016

Chotto is a perfect date spot with moderate priced meals, blentiful drinks and good service.

Tags: Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2015

We recently ate at Chotto and found the sushi items limited but the rolls they did offer were interesting and very tasty. The ramen soup was ok. The service was friendly and accommodating but it seemed they were out of every other item we ask for.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2015

Love this place. Always a great experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2015

The food here is excellent (bacon mochi is a must) and the ambiance is also great. This time around, they were quite short-staffed and our waiter was quite busy attending to a bunch of different things at once so not ideal service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2015

The best sashimi scallop and sea urchin we ever had, I am not a sea urchin person but this was so good had to ordered 2nd round. Good selection of sake and everthing else we order was good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 12, 2015

We ordered the chicken wings, Korean bar-b-q ribs, garlic fried rice, house salad, and ramen noodle soup. Each dish was delicious. This was our second time

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2015

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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