Keiko à Nob Hill

4.7
540 reviews
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$50 and over
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French

Executive chef Keiko Takahashi, 2010 - 2019 Michelin star awarded.
Please join us for the 2018 Tasting Menu for $165 per person, by using 'the finest' food material such as seasonal top end Tsukiji market fish, A5 Wagyu Beef.
Keiko à Nob Hill boasts a 5,000 bottle vintage wine list and an extensive wine by the glass program as well as superb wine pairing program to compliment your dining experience.

*On Dec 21, 22, 23, 24, 31, Holiday Holiday Tasting menu is $195 per person.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Japanese
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Tuesday - Sunday
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Phone number
(415) 829-7141
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Keiko Takahashi
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Private party facilities
We have 2 dining rooms, the Bar area and a private room.
Any of dining rooms can be converted to private party use depending of the size of the party.
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Private party contact
Seigo Takei: (415) 829-7141
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Clay St.
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Parking details
The closest: Public lot 1 block away from the restaurant is located on 1320 Washington St
The biggest: 2 blocks away from the restaurant, Masonic Center on 1111 California st
Additional
Banquet, Private Room, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Happy Holidays from Keiko!
2018 Christmas menu is $195 per person.
*The Open Table slot will open Dec 4(Tue) at noon.

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Happy Holidays from Keiko!
2018 New Year's Eve menu is $195 per person
*Open Table slot will open Dec 9 (Sun) at noon

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 540 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I took my husband there for his birthday. We had never been there before, and I was very excited to celebrate his special day there. However, it was a rather disappointing dining experience in regards to both food and service.

Food: Average, if not quite disappointing, for a Michelin one-star restaurant. The best dishes were A5 Wagyu steak and uni. The rest of the plates were unremarkable, especially the ebi (Japanese scampi) dish, which was subpar and tasted like a heavy starch ball. The food quality was worth neither 4.5 stars on Yelp nor the hefty price (almost $500 for two with 1 drink and 1 tea).

Service: stretched over 4 hours to complete a 10-course meal. The dinner started nearly an hour late at 7:20pm, albeit a staff called a few days ahead to confirm our 6:30pm reservation and asked us to be there early because they would like to start serving everyone punctually at 6:30pm. Then each course was only a bite or two, but took 20 minutes to prepare. The speed they serve food to only 4 tables in the room was painstakingly long. You can tell that the guests were getting increasingly bored in the awkwardly quiet dining room; I even overheard our neighbors started arguing. I had to extend my parking to 5 hours and had the last dessert plate (served at the table at 10:10pm) to go.

This is my first and last time dining at Keiko. I will not come back.

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1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I went to Keiko for dinner, as our annual SF holiday date night. Very nice restaurant, with everything meeting the expectation that one would have with a restaurant of this caliber. I was skeptical in reading some of the other reviews on this restaurant, but went into it with an optimism. HOWEVER, all of these reviews have valid points. The primary issue we walked away with was the duration of the meal - 3.5 hours. It was ridiculous. We’ve been to restaurants like this before and they don’t take 3.5 hours to get through. And don’t get me wrong, my wife and I had a very nice conversation, and a nice time, but we were exhausted by the end of it.
The meal itself

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VS
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What a delicious place for my husbands birthday. The chef/co-owner did a stupendous job of having delicious and beautiful tasting menu items. Loved that it was quiet enough to have a conversation. Will definitely be back. And especially nice that the optional shaved truffle was so reasonably priced.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday
Excellent service. A5 Wagyu Beef was melting in my mouth and the espresso foie gras was the best dish I had in many years. Thanks for an unforgettable birthday experience!

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m
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food with a dinner duration a little bit too long. A little bit too much food. Overall it is worthy

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We must have visited on an off night as this is the worst fine dining experience I've ever had. I was looking forward to treating my guest to a birthday dinner and we disliked the experience so much that we left before the last 3 courses were served.

The food was either unremarkable or disappointing. The service was appalling - confusing, rude, and awkward. We were left alone for at least 20 minutes between courses and I could see the other guests becoming bored and diving into their smartphones while waiting. A few of the staff acted as though they wanted us to be unhappy and leave, yet they fawned over two regular guests who were 45 minutes for the prix fixe dinner that is served to all guest at once and supposedly "promptly at 7pm".

Exhausted and frustrated by waiting nearly 3 hours for half of the dinner and distraught about the poor service, my guest and I suffered from indigestion so much that we couldn’t enjoy or finish the wagyu steak and left after having paid over $500. Never again.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect date night spot! Our fave!

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SC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

At over $370 per person including wine pairing, gratuity, and water (without the $45 white truffle shavings) this was the most expensive meal any of my guests has ever had. We all agreed that the food was a wonderful adventure through the fusion of French and Japanese cuisine. The leisurely pace of the meal allowed time for reflection on each course, but at 3 1/2 hours felt tedious through the denouement of cheese course, dessert, and then mignardises.

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FF
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Remember this is a one seating tasting menu....of the highest quality ingredients, heavy on the seafood, with an Asian flair. Every course was delicious, including the cheese course which was really a super delicate “cheesecake”. The portions are also delicate so if you are expecting to leave as you would the Thanksgiving table, this is not the place for you. Service by phone, even before the event, was also impeccable....making sure all food allergies are handled perfectly. The wine steward was most helpful. This is a very expensive evening so expect that.....

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a small private wedding dinner here and the food and ambiance were all lovely.

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MW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The superb dining experience at this 1 Star Michelin restaurant is unparalleled. They have only 1 seating per night where all the courses are served at the same time, so you will have to time your visit. The food is obviously delicious, but the atmosphere and the experience is what made it unique. They have a romantic setting to that is great for couples and also host larger groups up to 12 for special events. It's a local get that shouldn't be overlooked. I'd highly recommend it.

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AJ
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even better than ever. Every course was interesting, beautiful, and delicious. More than enough food. Worth every penny!! What a meal. This is a hidden gem in SF.

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RR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall food was a hit or miss. Service is great and attentive with a few hiccups here and there. Like mistakenly serving an A5 Wagyu to another guest who doesn't eat meat. Or someone from the back yelling, "NAPKIN!!!" It was funny and made me and boyfriend laugh. Ambience is very nice, calm, and intimate. No dress code because two tables wore jeans and a couple wore hoodies. Gratuity is automatically billed at 18% with the option of giving more. For a $450 dinner (wine pairing not included,) we expected more of mind blowing food and flawless service. It fell a tad short of expectations. For now, we're giving it four stars.

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KH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Not worth the price point.
- Smelly water glass and wine glass
- Dessert pastries taste cheap
- Couch a bit uncomfy to sit for 3 hours
- Charged $8 for sparkle water
- Charged $8 for cheap tasting coffee

Uni w/ caviar, A5 Wagyu, foie gras, and overall service were excellent!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

First off, the good part. A few dishes of the menu were delicious, such as the desert and the toro-course.

Sadly though, the place is old, dusty and tries to keep up a facade of a 80s high-end restaurant with little to show in return. The foie gras was chewy, as was the wagyu. When we found a hair in the Tsukiji course, the appetite for more was gone. The staff was snobby and acted like they were forced to serve and projected that attitude to their guests.

Will never be back.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolutely fantastic meal at Keiko. Food was wonderful, the wine pairing was brilliant and the service was exceptional. A very intimate dining experience. I highly recommend

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic! We love everything ! One thing to note is that they start service at the same time for all the guest in the room. So even if your early you can’t start

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MA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience for food tasting, would recommend everyone to try at least once

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VC
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience with impeccable and friendly service. It’s definitely a special occasion place and expensive but the food was outstanding. There is only one seating a night so the dinner is paced well and very relaxing. We enjoyed each and every course. Everything is delicious and beautifully plated/présentes. Parking is challenging so consider taking a taxi/uber/lyft or planning in advance where to park. The restaurant is very helpful in suggesting nearby parking garages.

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FA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second time in Keikò and I love it!. I would come back again! It’s the food and ambience. Service are great and wine selections are great.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic birthday dinner!

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DR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special occasion was a promotion to new role. Great experience; staff is very friendly, knowledgeable, attentive, and very professional.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Presentation was excellent but value was disappointing. One small slice of waygu was ridiculous for the price.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

We had high expectations for this restaurant. However, we were very disappointed with food and service. This is a very small restaurant. Everyone started at 7:00 pm. You don’t get a particular server. They provided 10 course prefix menu. Only three of the courses (uni, foie gras, and wagyu beef dishes) were good. The rest of the courses were just okay. They served you at the restaurant’s own pace which means waiting for everyone to finishing then starting the next course. Wine menu was very limited as well. Average over &300 per person - $165 plus wine and tips. If we paid that kind of money, I expected everything to be perfect. We should served at the customer’s own pace. Since there was no appointed server, service was fair. If you want high dining experience, do not go there. Horrible experience. You had to wait a long time for the next course and you didn’t feel hungry anymore. They added too much foam/foam to some of dishes they served. Overwhelming and totally destroyed the original taste of the protein. Sometimes Less is good. The worst prefix meal I ever had. I want my money back!!!

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AG
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, best place in San Francisco worth every dollar.

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WC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Over all it was good. Great ingredients but uninspiring culinary experience. Serive was nice but not very professional. We did wine pairing but most time wine was pre-poured that we found strange. Worst part was even though I called and told allergy situation, it was not considered AT ALL! Wow, really?

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JP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience. Great food!

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w
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic good, especially the wagyu! Love everything, excellent service and atmosphere

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RB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

very special restaurant.............................................................................!

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DE
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing place. Wonderful ambience and service. The sommelier was especially knowledgeable and friendly.

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A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at Keiko's celebrating my birthday. We had a 10 course meal with wine pairings. The owner acts as the superbly knowledgeable sommelier who introduces each wine selection with interesting anecdotes and information. All the courses were great, and some startlingly unique in the most delightful ways. I cannot say that I ever had a more enjoyable meal, and plan to go there many more times.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. However food taste is average. The peach dessert tasted amazing though, but the rest of dishes were just ok taste wise. The presentation of the dishes are beautiful and looked amazing.

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BT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Great food, great service ! 5 stars

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service, deserve Michelin 1 star!

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ES
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Foie Gras was fresh and tasty, unlike those just being fatty at some French restaurants. Wagyu was the best quality I had had in the USA. Those were my favorite two dishes. The rest from the set menu was all fish with expected good flavor and presentation.

They did not use any dairy products in the sauce. That is a good thing for my Asian stomach.

I am a fan now and will return soon.

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D
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is very impressive ,very fresh and Creative ,
Japanese French food always best choice to eat

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

When I made the reservation over the phone, the meal was supposed to be 11 courses. We ended up getting 8 courses. Chef was supposed to come out and meet us, no chef showed up.

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GM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The money centered wine pairing descriptions turned us off. Beautiful platings.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful place for special occasions. Food was great except the A5 waygu beef was a bit chewy. The wine selection was just right. You can randomly pick a wine and it will matched the food very well. I recommend this place if you can handle the price.

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San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection. Keiko à Nob Hill is the best restaurant in San Francisco every night it is open. Truly an extraordinary treat.

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