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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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
The food and service were outstanding. My companion ordered a second glass of wine, and mine was going to be empty soon - I had not decided whether to order a second. The waiter, unsolicited, refilled my glass and said "Oh I just want to be fair." To me, that means he's getting a great tip for giving me a free glass. But it was on the bill! I did not order it and got charged for it! Again, the food was amazing and the bill was still reasonable, but that really left a bad impression!
This was my first time at Chotto, The ambience was wonderful, the food was very tasty, and the service was perfect. I love small plates so it was fun to try a variety of things. My only disappointment was that several dishes that were on the website menu were not on the current menu, and some of the missing dishes were a driver in our decision to dine there. Having said that I will go back, Chotto has a lot of endearing qualities!
Ahi tuna poke was great
Fried chicken thighs no wow factor and fatty dark meat
Ramen soup was supposed to have pork substituted fried chicken thighs was gross
Mochi bacon was gross
Hamachi crude lime sauce tasted fermented
Overall seems like a chef that needs more experience
I love being able to order small plates that we can share. Chotto's provides plenty of these, and there is a nice variety. We ordered the chicken liver poppers, a couple of beef skewers, and the vegetarian dumplings. They were all great. To finish we shared a bowl of ramen. It turns out that bowl was a lot! So in future we will probably just have the ramen or add one more small plate to share between the two of us. Service was outstanding and our waitperson Mugi helpful in helping with the sake. Fortunately we went on a quiet evening so the noise level wasn't unbearable but I can see how it would be a problem when the restaurant is full. Altogether a nice experience and we'll be back
The food was really good! didnt get to try the bacon mochi but everything we ordered tasted great! the small plates were good enough size to split between 2 and the presentation was really nice. overall the restaurant is solid but I can see why people complain about the noise level. To be fair chotto is a smaller spot so dont expect a quiet and intimite dining experience. The server was attentive, food was great, and the sake was good so overall we had an awesome time! I heard the bacon mochi is a must try so we will be back for it!
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