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Nojo Restaurant
Japanese Restaurant$$
Today 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30 – 10:00 pm
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231 Franklin St San Francisco, CA 94102
231 Franklin StUSCASan Francisco94102
$$Japanese Restaurant, Asian Restaurant
Japanese Restaurant
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Today 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30 – 10:00 pm
Monday 5:30 – 10:00 pmTuesday ClosedWednesday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30 – 10:00 pmThursday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30 – 10:00 pmFriday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30 – 10:00 pmSaturday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30 – 10:00 pmSunday 5:00 – 10:00 pm
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Japanese-style pub food specialist serving yakitori skewers & other nibbles in an airy atmosphere.- Google
People talk about black sesame ice cream, small plates, chicken skewers, chawan mushi and white miso glazed trout
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Liz Chaddock
reviewed 7 months ago
This place is pretty nice and upscale, and my veggie tempura and chicken dishes were very tasty. I do not eat fish so their were not very many things that I could eat on the menu, and if I were to go back I would probably have to order the same thing.
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L Olivares
reviewed 11 months ago
Different dining experience. Go here to get out of the usual ho-hum New American fare. Small but excellent wine list.
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Alice Lin
reviewed 9 months ago
Tiny restaurant so shouldn't go with a group larger than three people. Reasonable prices and great service.
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t jason anderson
reviewed 9 months ago
I've been to Nojo a variety of times for full dinners, lighter snacks, just dessert and drinks, and occasionally even for 'second dinner'. It has never disappointed and I am always eager to dine at Nojo, especially as the menu changes frequently and I've never had a dish I didn't like. The aesthetics of place are quite minimalist which melds very well with the food and the overall atmosphere. The palette of just a few materials translates in a mellow experience that allows you to focus on the lovely food and sake. If you are going to Nojo for the first time, I highly recommend aiming for a seat at the bar and watching Greg Dunmore grill up some perfect yakitori to compliment the other izakaya dishes. Don't be shy, the waitstaff and the chefs can usually direct you towards some exquisite dishes that you might be a bit too tame to try on your own! The best recommendation I can offer is from my visiting friends from New York, who came to meet me for a few nibbles after they had already eaten dinner with another friend. I ordered a number of skewers (including chicken liver, skin and hearts, as well as beef tongue, bacon wrapped mochi and pork jowl). Soon after our Chawanmushi arrived along with a few other other non-stick plates. After a few little nibbles, my skinny NYC friends couldn't say no, and they ended up turning the 'nibbles' invitation into a glorious 'second dinner' or 'savory dessert'. Truly a high compliment from these visiting foodies from the east coast!
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Jerome Fried
reviewed a year ago
SUPERB EXAMPLE OF IZAKAYA IN SF _____________________________________________________________ Nojo is on my 'Best of SF' list, even for being as young a restaurant as they are. Situated in Hayes Valley, around the corner from the Opera House, Nojo is a modern take on Japanese Izakaya cuisine. All of the dishes are prepared in a kitchen in plain view of the restaurant, which is modernly decorated in step with the neighborhood. The atmosphere is somewhat loud, mainly due to the group-oriented nature of the dining space. The chef/owners are in attendance at all times, constantly checking on the food cooking process, the product, as well as the diner's opinions. Very friendly and passionate about what they do - really good, simple Japanese pub grub. The best feature of this restaurant, however, is the exotic side of the menu, which includes things like chicken heart, liver, and other uniquely Nojo dishes. Of course, the standard 'chicken on a stick' is available for the feint of heart, but for a foodie, the menu is a challenge. In particular, they serve PORK JOWEL on a stick - which is like a blast of concentrated bacon, in a bite. In a word - amazing, and a must try. Also recently featured on the menu (as of the date of this review) - FRIED PIG TAIL. Needless to say, this had my NAME written all over it. If I liked the pork jowel, I *loved* the fried pig tails. The best way to describe this dish is to liken it to a bacon lollipop. Concentrated bacon flavor on a bone. Another amazing dish, and one well worth trying. Overall, I give this place a five-out-of-five stars. Amazing food, amazing passion, amazing service = an amazing experience, and one not to be missed while in SF.
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Benna Wise
reviewed a year ago
This place was recommended to me by a few people, and I was really disappointed. The best thing I can come up with is that it tasted like Japanese food that someone had rinsed off. Everything lacked flavor. Our chicken skewers were undercooked but still weirdly dry, and I spoke to two other friends after who said they recently had the same experience. The consensus is that it's gone downhill. We also had the scallops (bland), asparagus (this was good, but small), bacon-wrapped scallions (decent, but it was bacon, so duh), and nojo sunday (good, but unmemorable). Luckily we weren't very hungy because if you came here hungry, you would walk away unsatisfied and broke.
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