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Chotto

4.6
408 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
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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Cuisines
Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Dinner:


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 408 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent service and food! Loved it Will go back for sure!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

My husband and I shared the gyu grilled skewers, gyoza, bacon mochi, and japonica roll. I had a flight of sake and he had a cocktail. The food was interesting and excellent! All dishes came with a little pile of hot spices on the plate, which could be used to fire things up a bit if you like. We didn't find it necessary as we found the flavors perfect for our taste. Very attractive place and really nice to be able to walk across the street from our hotel, the Cow Hollow. Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

I love this restaurant, I've been coming here since it opened and the quality has remained high. The spicy ramen and bacon mochi are a must but I haven't had one bad thing on that menu and I've tried most of it.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Love Chotto. Super tasty, reliable neighborhood joint for stellar ramen (only two types/styles, but when they're this solid you don't need more - I dig the miso-based broth with lots of fixins the standout of which is the smoky, perfectly grilled piece of pork/belly), innovative sushi and rolls.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Fabulous as always. This has become one of my favorite dining spots in the city.

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Appetizers were divine, we had the bacon mochi, agedashi tofu, and the gyoza. The gyoza was probably my favorite. On the other hand, the ramen was just average. They ran out of pork and kim chi at 7pm. The broth itself was not mindblowing or anything, but it was still decent.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Nice izakaya, a few dishes are hit and miss.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Superb any day of the week. You can’t go wrong. Entire menu is 100% top-notch. Great sake selection too.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Went to Chotto with a big group of friends who were visiting from out of town and everyone was so impressed with the food and the atmosphere. Over conversation a lot was said about the incredible scene in San Francisco!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Food is always consistent and service is awesome. Been going there for a few years now and its still wonderful.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Loved the steak! Brussels sprouts and Tuna rol and Ramen were great! Desert with fried banana phenomenal! Brought a bottle of wine and didn’t get charged for a fee. Really nice!

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2.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The server was not very attentive and our food came out late. We were already paying the bill when our last dish came out. They also did not offer anything for this poor service.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

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

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on October 7, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2017

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

also great service :)

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 15, 2017

Amazing food! Love the bacon mochi and hamachi

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on June 3, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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!

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