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Date
Tue, 6/19
Time
9:00 PM
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Nomica

4.7
139 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
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Modern Japanese cuisine & drinking house Nomica is a fresh, contemporary take on Japanese cuisine, set in the vibrant Upper Market neighborhood of San Francisco. A sister to the highly awarded Sushi Ran in Sausalito, Nomica puts an urban twist on innovative Japanese food. Nomica’s name (Noe-Mission-Castro), a nod to our vibrant neighborhood, by happy coincidence, also means “drinking house” in Japanese. Our full bar features creative cocktails and a selection of hard to find awamori, a traditional Okinawan spirit.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, French / Japanese
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 655-3280
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Hiroo Nagahara
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Private party facilities
Join us for a family style meal at our beautiful walnut slab table, seats up to 12 guests in a private room. Custom tasting menus or a la carte dining are also options.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sanchez
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Public transit
Between the Castro/Market and Church/Market MUNI stops.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.4

Japanese fusion that doesn’t suck at Nomica in the Castro. And some traditional stuff too.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 139 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Delicate and tasty food. Large selection os sakes. Excellent service by knowledgeable servers.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Love trying new dishes here, but will always come back for the dashi #1 potatoes and kaisen donabe rice!

Fun & delicious cocktails too!

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1.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I wanted to like this restaurant since I first read the eclectic menu. Unfortunately, this was the worse meal I had in a while. Beet salad was fresh, but pretty standard for the Bay Area. The stuffed chicken wings seemed like a concept borrowed from Cambodian cuisine. The wings had skin on, battered, then fried and served with a General Tso sauce. Unlike the Cambodian version where skin is fried crispy, this version had gelatinous skin under batter so oily that had to spit it out.
Miso cod was sickly sweet, not crispy and did not go well with mushy cheese polenta. The duck leg was OK, but the “fried rice” was swimming in duck fat. On paper these dishes sounded amazing, but IRL they tasted muddled and heavy-handed.
The best dish of the night was the coconut parfait. It was light and fresh, a saving grace after three courses glazed with fat.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Foods was too sweet
I couldn’t eat one of chef special food.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

One of the best meals I have ever had. We did the chef's tasting and it was phenomenal. My girlfriend and I were blown away by everything from service to the food. Absolutely outstanding. Can't wait to come back!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

As usual, the food was outstanding and the service incredibly professional. The oysters were amazing..perhaps the best I have ever had. I will definitely be going back soon!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We’ve eaten there 5 or 6 times and every time has been great. Every dish is special, delicious and unique.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Amazing flavors. Wanted to try everything on the menu. Was a bit pricey for two ($200), but we both enjoyed the dinner immensely.

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3.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Terrible service. Took us 30 minutes just to get our drinks served. Waitress ignored us and socializing with her friends all night who were seated nearby

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Had a great time here! When I asked about a cocktail that was no longer on the menu, bartender went out of his way to whip-up two different off the menu cocktails just for us!

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Great environment and food! Hostess was very accommodating when we requested to move to a different table. The brussel sprouts were my favorite!

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Very awkward menu with items which are trying to put a special twist on an older, much better version. Food was very salty and prices were way above the food quality.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

This is our third time at Nomica and it didn't disappoint! Great food, awesome atmosphere. I would recommend the chef tasting menu ($69 pp) -- you get a lot of food and the dishes don't disappoint. If you pick and choose off the menu you pretty much can't go wrong either. Definitely recommend! Yum!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

THE BRIOCHE CHICKEN IS AMAZING. The whole ambiance is incredible with so much attention to all the small details To collectively create a beautiful warm environment

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Great food, ambiance and service. We went for the tasting menu - happy not to have choices to make. Food was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

EXCELLENT food and service, a very original and well prepared menu, beautifully presented.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

What happened???This was our 2nd time here, 1st time was amazing, but this time was anything but. We arrived early, plenty of tables, but were not seated until 25 minutes after reservation. Instead of apologizing, host gave us attitude. The food was mediocre to bad. Sushi/Sashimi tasted like cheap next day fish, and entrees were over-salted, over-oiled, and over-sauced. Seriously, we were here last month and it was great, WHAT HAPPENED???

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Anniversary

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The food was lacking when considering flavor. Meet was too fatty so we each had a two bites. While the server was nice we waited a long time to ask for our bill. In a City with so many choices this will never be a repeat.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

OMG! Such good and tastefully prepared food. Get the chicken brioche!! SO AMAZING. Cocktails were good, too, and so was the service. Overall, very impressed and can't wait to revisit.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Being a fan of Sushi Ran's, I had high expectations for this Castro District outpost and I was not disappointed. First of all, this is NOT a sushi restaurant by any stretch of the imagination. What it is, is a restaurant that serves delicsious creative Japanese inspired cuisine with delicious and inventive cocktails. The sashimi of yellowtail was impeccably fresh with vibrant flavors as was the agadashi tofu. The "dashi" was so delicious, I savored very last drop, and the tofu was a hearty mixture of flavorful ingredients. The nabe featured ahi belly and the rice was the ultimate expression of "umami". Service was warm and informed. All in all, a wonderful dining experience that was long overdue.

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Great food, great staff, kind of pricey, but their portions are not bad! Very creative and tasty dishes if you like an Asian twist on your food.

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Tried family style dinner because we wanted to try a variety of dishes. The food was beautifully plated & delicious! Portions were generous & we had leftovers to enjoy later. Service was good & so was the timing between dishes. Very attractive decor! Tad noisy since we were seated near the bar, but people were having a good time eating & drinking. Favorite dishes were fried brussels, stuffed chicken wings, kurobuta pork belly, chocolate mousse & sorbet & coconut parfait. Will be back soon to try more food!

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

The food was all amazing and very different. We got the chef’s menu and the only plate that wasn’t that great seemed to be there for people with big appetites because both of us were already pretty full and it came with a lot of rice. A fusion meal of seafood, salad, and chicken in all sorts of delicious sauces that I wouldn’t be able to describe accurately. Even the desert was different and complex in a way that didn’t seem like it was trying too hard. Cocktails were great too!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

One of the best eating experiences in town: low key, well paced, high-quality food source, artistic presentation, a beautiful setting, all in one. The chef's extreme attention to details is palpable (visually and on your palate).

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Great bar manager and great sake selection. The food was delicious and the service was great. Thank you to a great team!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Had to wait a bit for our table, got a sake tasting from the owner at the bar 👌🏻

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2.0Dined on April 19, 2018

This is certainly progressive, contemporary Japanes food, which is not for everybody. We selected various appetizers and small dishes. Overall food quality was ok to good, which is not good enough for the prices. Service was ok. 2 of the appetizers came out before we even got a drink, then after quite a long wait, the other 2 appetizers arrived. Overall experience only mediocre.

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I had high hopes for this place, but it was only OK. The brussel sprouts were tasty, but not much different than they are at any other decent restaurant. The salmon was way undercooked, the duck was way overcooked, the asparagus was flavorless, and the lettuce cups were boring. The cocktails were quite good, so I would recommend coming to the bar and skipping the food.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Excellent food! Love the salmon belly and agadashi tofu! Great drinks as well.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Hostess was really great. Service was some of the best I’ve ever had including the bartender, owner, hostess and server.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

A nice find close to where we are staying. The waitress suggested the chef’s selection tasting menu and we paired it with some sake and a bottle of Sonoma Pinot Noir.

It’s a bit more on the fusion side of Japanese, but still beautifully prepared nonetheless. The service was also fantastic as well.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

A singular restaurant in a world of foodie spots. This was my fourth visit in 6 months, so I have eaten almost the entire menu and have no fault to find with any of it. The servers are special people who are allowed to converse with customers. This creates a better atmosphere for eating. This time a chef from LA came with me. It exceeded their expectations. It is easy to eat in this place, also. Comfy and the food offerings are interesting but verysatisfying. Each individual item has something that makes it sing! Just the best sort of place. If you are undecided, go and eat the family dinner which is an enormous display of menu items. Just delish

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Attending the SFIFF in the Castro, we needed a dining spot after the show. Reserved for 8pm and got good seating. We arrived about 10 minutes early and although our table was actually ready, they refused seating until the exact time (a little anal I think). Other than that the food options were good, service attentive and atmosphere good. Not a cheap place so expect to take out a loan to pay but good value for money though. Their sound baffling architecture made the sound level OK for a boisterous place. Good thought went into the design of the place. Definitely a good people watching place as well.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Michelin should put this place on their radar. Service, Cocktails, Cuisine, Ambience (5 Stars)

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

First time at Nomica. We started with a signature cocktails...all of them were delicious. Well done. We didn't order ahead for the Brioche Chicken, but we still enjoyed a fabulous meal with friends. Sashimi, short ribs, miso cod, Brussel sprouts...all delicious. Enjoy!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The food here was incredible with beautiful presentation, and the service was great too. I have a number of food allergies, and they were very accommodating. The cocktails were also delicious.

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2.0Dined on March 14, 2018

This restaurant shows the perils of trying to cook Japanese themed food without the necessary skill or training. The chef clearly has no clue what the cuisine is about or what he is doing.

Every dish had serious flaws, some dishes totally bland, others greasy. Japanese food is about perfect ingredients and technique and it is unforgiving.

The high ratings on the app can only mean that either the restaurant owners rigged it with shill reviews or that the San Francisco public know nothing about Japanese food and have stunningly low standards or some combination of the two.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Unique & delicious. Good to look & become familiar with the menu before going. Service is great & very knowledgeable of each dish. Don't pass on dessert!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Favorite restaurant in the Castro! Great foo, good drinks and amazing service! (Perfect ice cubes)

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