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NIHON

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1779 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3711 (14th Street)
+1 415-552-4400
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Hours:
Tue 17:30 - 01:30
Sat 17:30 - 01:30
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London
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

Good atmosphere, cool bar and whiskey display. Great people watching place. The service was ok and so was the food but overall it's eye wateringly over-priced!

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Thank helentr
Mdina, Malta
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

This lounge is situated in a not so popular area of San Fran (a couple of blocks away from Tenderloin). The place is quite cool with a large selection of whiskeys and other drinks. Food was good, even though the service left much to be desired. Even though its expected to have music in a whisky bar, I felt that... More 

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Thank Gilbert C
San Francisco, California
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70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

Visited after hearing about this place from friends. Full name was Nihon Whisky Lounge but I think it's s little confused between food or whisky. The whisky range was definitely good by typical bar standards. However expect only the typical popular selections. They had a handful library bottles but those were clearly for display and no single pours available. Food... More 

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Astoria, New York
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

We went there with friends because they have pretty good happy hours deals. They have some meals and drinks on happy hour discount what is a pretty good deal. We didn't know that the beer is not included in HH and we ended up paying $12 for a small light beer. That's totally overpriced. They have great selection of whiskey... More 

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Thank id M
Austin, Texas
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48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

The best whisky selection in West US for sure! Got to taste Lonach 43!!! Although to taste Lonach 43 cost $70 (it was not listed on the menu) but it was worth every penny! I think it's good to eat first and go to Nihon Whisky Lounge.

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Thank MrsHMeyer
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016 via mobile

Great atmosphere, two levels, awesome whiskey display and certain yummy items, but the maki were lackluster and the service was slow.

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Thank Kristan N
Hong Kong
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2015

Compared to your other options in SF, Nihon has one of the better whiskey selections but pricing is outrageous... especially if you plan on drinking popular Japanese whiskeys or buying a bottle -- highly recommend googling prices and don't trust the bartenders. Food, both sashimi and grilled foods, are only ok.

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Thank Pat C
Fremont, California
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63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2015

Interesting menu, not your typical dishes, enjoyed most of them. Huge selection of whiskies and cocktails.. fun bar to hang out at and a quieter loft like space above. Enjoyed our evening, went with a groupon and saved some $$.

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Thank Dl0vestotravel
Greenfield MA
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165 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2015

What a delightful, and busy place to have a drink and an light dinner snack this was....We were visiting relatives in the area, and they only had an hour to spend chatting. We met here, and sat in the first floor bar/lounge area. The interior decoration is really different and pleasant (stone floor under your feet). ALthough we are not... More 

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Houston, Texas
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2015 via mobile

We tried a lot of different things from the menu: sashimi, Nihon fries, bacon wrapped shrimp, + others. Everything was excellent. The whiskey and malt selection was terrific also.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Cuisine
Japanese, Bar, Sushi, Asian, Pub
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Open Hours
Tuesday
17:30 - 01:30
Saturday
17:30 - 01:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1779 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3711
    (14th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Mission District
  • Neighbourhood: Mission District
  • Phone Number: +1 415-552-4400

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Mission District

Neighbourhood Profile
Mission District
From burritos to bicyclists, the Mission is the foundation for all things hip in the city. Cultural attractions, an independent arts community, sumptuous street murals and a high density of bars and cafes make this neighbourhood a magnet for young people. While terrific inexpensive food is abundant, its top-of-the-line restaurants now compete with the city’s best for fashionable diners. Indulge as the locals do by heading to Mission Dolores Park, buy some ice cream, and savor one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in the country.
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