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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.
San Francisco, CA 94114
Japanese, French / Japanese
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Between the Castro/Market and Church/Market MUNI stops.
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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Nomica Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 $69 a person. It touched on a little of everything from the menu and it was all amazing! Tuna poke, pork belly, and the coconut and peanut brittle shaved ice were all mind blowing! New favorite restaurant!
Very pleasantly surprised by the entire experience - especially the food. Interesting menu and every item ordered was delicious and bursting with flavor. Although it was a busy night, our server was friendly, attentive and offered helpful suggestions on what to order. Will definitely return and recommend to others!
We arrived at 645 and sat at bar for a drink and were promptly seated at our r3servation time—700pm.
Table service was excellent but the amount of time between appetizer and entre was about 45 minute#. The waiter brought us a complimentary side dish as an apology. My
Miso cod plate looked like everything ha$ 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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