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About Nomica

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.

2223 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, French / Japanese

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Sanchez

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 655-3280

Website:
http://www.nomicasf.com/

Public Transit:
Between the Castro/Market and Church/Market MUNI stops.

Executive Chef:
Hiroo Nagahara

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.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Nomica Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (22)
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Special Occasion (12)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Casual (6)
Fun (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Romantic (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Authentic (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Business Meals (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Seasonal (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Cozy (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
People Watching (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Tapas (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

My friend was visiting from out of town and we picked this place last minute after our reservation at another restaurant was canceled. I've never been so grateful for a change of plans! We tried the "four" course tasting menu, which was really more like an eight course menu (no complaints here) at a four course price. Each dish as artfully prepared and made with incredibly fresh and flavorful ingredients. The staff was also incredibly professional and polite, from the hostess to our waitress to the busser. Each plate was memorable and the meal altogether was perfectly balanced. Very excited to take more friends here in the future, it's a sure way to impress visitors, dates, and food snobs alike.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

excellent pristine sashimi appetizers. Skip the bucl legs entree unless you like ery dried ot duck leg meat. The rib entree was delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Incredibly creative and well sourced Japanese. Surprising how much butter used so ask - they great about skipper neg once we did to my fremirbd having ms

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

The food was fun, creative and delicious. Our server Alicia was amazing - honest & gave great recommendations.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The brioche chicken was excellent. You have to order it at least 24 hours in advance and there a a limited number per day, but it’s worth it. It serves 4, is $100. A server brings it your table, opens the brioche and cuts up the chicken while explaining how it’s prepared then places it in the center of the table.
The Bork belly app was to die for.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Service was slow and one of the servers gave us attitude. None of the food was good. Not good value at all for price. Will not return

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great quality raw fish, well done plating, and reasonable prices!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

My boyfriend and I had a reservation and still had to wait 15 minutes before we received our table. Besides, a sorry for the wait, we were not offered anything. Additionally, there was one group who had a laptop on their table and I'm not sure what kind of establishment this represents but it makes the ambiance undesirable. Distracting and classless especially if plates are $30 dollars plus. Once we ordered our meal, we then received our appetizers with no share plates. I had to flag down my server after 10 mins. The food was okay..edible. The food was heavy on the sodium. We could have definitely gone to another Asian fusion restaurant with better service and ambiance.

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 25, 2018

On paper, the items may sound a little humble compared to other locations in a similar price range, but the execution and quality of the ingredients is what made this place so special. Even a side as simple as mushrooms and zucchini was packed with flavor and I’ve never had a piece of fish with crispier skin. Service was attentive without being intrusive and the cocktails were all imaginative, delicious, and presented with their own unique look. Had a wonderful time and would love to come back for that whole chicken inside a brioche loaf ordered by the table next to us.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Amazing way to celebrate our anniversary. Chefs tasting option was worth the value and tons of food. All of which were amazing. Susie our server was great and helped explain everything so well. I highly recommend Nomica.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

The food was amazing, with each bite full of gourmet flavors. I recommend the Karaage Chicken & Waffles - unlike anything I've tastes before.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 24, 2018

GREAT.MEAL and DESSERT. Was so happy with the quality of the food, service and ambiance - will def come back and try more of the food - though dessert was the best part!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Gyoza stuffed chicken wings were one of the most unique and tasty dishes I’ve had in a long time. Their Restaurant Week offer is a really nice value.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Had a great experience there for restaurant. Their Sashimi pieces were very generous and thick. Loved the Tuna Poke on a rice cracker that does not crumble. Main dish was their fish in squid ink and chicken and waffles -the most elegant chicken and waffles plus matcha butter. Even the dessert was creative and well thought out. The details, creativity and taste were all spectacular!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Finally, a place at 2223 Market street that i would go back to and recommend to others.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

The service was excellent. We loved everything. From the ginger shrub to the oysters and to our entrees. Food and style was known to us but we all done in such a way it felt new and interesting. We ate nor drank anything we did not like.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Food was creative, most was delicious but the fish with squid ink was lacking, service was a bit much, could use some more privacy

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

A SPIN-OFF FROM SAUSALITO'S GREAT SUSHI-RAN AND EVERY BIT AS GOOD.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We had wanted to visit Nomica for a long time and we weren’t disappointed! Our waitress was super friendly and recommended the chefs choice which was a 6 course plus dessert for $69 a person. It touched on a little of everything from the menu and it was all amazing! Tuna poke, pork belly, and the coconut and peanut brittle shaved ice were all mind blowing! New favorite restaurant!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Unusual, great food and comfortable, well-designed space

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Very pleasantly surprised by the entire experience - especially the food. Interesting menu and every item ordered was delicious and bursting with flavor. Although it was a busy night, our server was friendly, attentive and offered helpful suggestions on what to order. Will definitely return and recommend to others!

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We arrived at 645 and sat at bar for a drink and were promptly seated at our r3servation time—700pm.
Table service was excellent but the amount of time between appetizer and entre was about 45 minute#. The waiter brought us a complimentary side dish as an apology. My
Miso cod plate looked like everything ha$ been heaped on the small plate. My dining companion was not happy about his sea bass.
I would like to repeat rhapsody the bar service and table servic3 was excellent.
All in all- we shall not return

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I never review but....ate here twice in one week in SF. Best dining experiences of 2017. Tangy and delicious carefully crafted food and drink. A must!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Everything was exceptional

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Highly recommend the Chef's choice. You can't go wrong.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Service was great but the food fell flat. It was also expensive for we we had. Great cocktails and staff!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

We had an incredible dinner at Nomica. We had the tasting menu of 2, absolute worth the price and abundant amount of food 3 entrees + 3 main dishes + 1 dessert.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

This restaurant is very good, if you eat meat (or at least fish). If you are vegetarian though, it is very difficult to find anything that you can eat. Even things that seem like they should be fine (the tofu appetizer, the brussels sprout side dish) are all made with fish sauce and some can't even be made vegetarian upon request. We could only order vegetable two side dishes from the menu for my boss, both of which had to be specially made to not include fish sauce. We had scoped the menu previously to see if there were things he could eat, but many of these dishes failed to disclose that fish sauce was included.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Cooking quality not as perfect as last times...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

After reading so many great reviews on various websites, we found the food very disappointing. We even ordered the ballyhooed “chicken cooked in brioche”, which had to be ordered 24 hours in advance. We were also told that the dish actually took 5 days to make. It’s very large and impressive, but also quite salty and very, very garlicky. The brioche was fluffy and good, but the miso butter sauce was overwhelming and coarse. The dashi mashed potatoes were ok, but I’m pretty sure there was fat in there and not everyone will like the unfamiliarity of bonito-flavored potatoes. We are in Japan a lot so I suppose we have different tastes, but overall the food here was way too forward for us.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I took my significant other here for his birthday.

We opted for the family meal, which was the way to go. It's everything that is normally on the menu, just chosen by the chef. It was a ton of food, all very tasty. It doesn't taste authentically Japanese, but the flavors and smells definitely reminded us of being in Japan.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Everything was great except the music was loud and didn’t fit the setting hearing will Smith’s summer time in a Japanese restaurant unless I missed the memo that people of Japanese decent love him

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

I gave a "quiet" rating because where we sat in the dining room provided good acoustics for very normal conversation, which greatly added to our enjoyment of the food and overall experience. I'm not sure what being seated elsewhere might be like. I'm sure if you ask for a quiet table, they can provide one. Enough acoustics! The food is amazing -- imaginative and well executed. The menu may look small, but it's really big when you consider the options for various combinations + special dishes, e.g. the chicken in brioche (24 hour notice).

The bar also provides a good option for a couple or solo dining.

Shout out to Ross and Corey behind the bar. Great skill and terrific presence.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great, knowledgeable service. Lovely decor and most important, fabulous food! Coming back!

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal, Cozy, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Basically everything was slightly over seasoned. The miso dressing overpowered the salad ingredients. Duck leg was over cooked & rose water for the rice+beans became a bit too much. The same for the lettuce cup - nice texture but too much soy sauce.
I’d prefer more subtle seasoning but they may be fine for people not familiar with authentic Japanese dishes as in those served in Japan. Sake is definitely overpriced.
We desperately need a regular neighborhood place to go to & wished Nomica to be one. Since this is our third try, we probably will not return after this.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I was amazed at how good this was. Not cheap though...

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

amazing food and service! love the ambiance as well

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Really amazing, creative, and playful dishes without too much overselling of flavors and ingredients on the menu vs the actual food.

Service and ambiance were lovely.

Will definitely return and recommend to anyone!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was outstanding. Location convenient. Good service.

Tags: Tapas
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Food was a bit bland. Service is phenomenal.

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