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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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4.4

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4.2

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4.1

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88% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (4)
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Tapas (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Authentic (1)
Business Meals (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Fun (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

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

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 (San Francisco)·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.

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 (Raleigh)·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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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

Tags: Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·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.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·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!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

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

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Tapas, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2017

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

also great service :)

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Authentic, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Amazing food! Love the bacon mochi and hamachi

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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Spicy, Authentic, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Tapas, Fun, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Fun, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Amazing! Delicious Japanese menu. I could have the butterfish sashimi every day of my life. Very welcoming. Great low alcohol cocktails, too.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2017

This is a place we go very often, sometimes ordering the same dishes... Great flavors and a great variety.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Really nice food and very imaginative. Both times we visited we tried different dishes and they were all superb. Definitely would visit again.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Cool place, good food with a lot of creativity. Service could be improved but really good overall.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

All the food was very good and our waiter was especially charming. We appreciated his attentiveness.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Tapas
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Excellent food, beautifully presented. Terrible service, overall lazy impression of service personnel.
Could be a true gem if they improved the service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

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!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 9, 2017

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!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Great food! Reasonable price !! Good service, sushi take long time but other dishes is ok.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on April 13, 2017

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

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Really good, clean food. Interesting drinks available. Not a ton of sushi/raw options, but a variety of Japanese staples.

Tags: People Watching, Healthy, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Food is very salty. Mostly grilled and the sauce they use to marinate meat is very salty and can't adjust. Nice place, great service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Last minute decision to grab some sushi that was new to us. Celebrating a birthday and wanted to possibly go out after dinner near the restaurant. Would recommend to everyone. Price point was spot on as well!

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Casual, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 27, 2017

Definitely try the Karaage (fried chicken marinated for 2 days)!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 26, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on February 24, 2017

They were very difficult in accommodating my food allergies and charged me for the most expensive item on the menu then added a substitution fee with mentioning any of this. Very disappointed. Will not return

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 19, 2017

No regular sushi here. Odd. They should tell people in advance.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Casual, Outstanding Value, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Quick Bite, Fun
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 31, 2017

Very good sake (nihonshu and shochu) selection. Excellent variety of dishes. Feels like I'm sitting in a modern Izakaya in Tokyo with some modern dishes and some traditional. Very friendly staff. I'm definitely going again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2017

The food was amazing! This was our fourth time and the food was just as awesome as our first time. The only downside, we were celebrating a birthday and they don't have candles.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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