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Nobuo at Teeter House

622 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004-2351
602-254-0600
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Ranked #185 of 2,565 restaurants in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $50
Cuisines: Asian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 7th St. and Monroe
Transit: The nearest light rail stop is 3rd St. and Washington.
Description: Refined Asian-style teahouse by day, funky izakaya by night: Nobuo at Teeter House reflects the fascinating duality of Nobuo Fukuda. The setting — a turn-of-the-century, wood-floored bungalow, awash in earth tones — emulates the relaxed intimacy of Japan’s izakaya, where friends and business associates gather to eat Japanese-style tapas, drink beer and have fun. Nobuo elevates the custom while staying true to its low brow roots, offering rustic Japanese classics with modern American inflections. During the day, a short lunch menu is offered, as are exotic, aromatic teas, meant to be sipped and savored over quiet conversation. In the evening, Nobuo creates"5-Star" cuisine, bringing a Western sensibility to Japanese sushi traditions while combining seasonal ingredients in exciting, inventive ways. If we can assist you in any way, we welcome your phone calls!
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Albany, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

My friend and I visited Nobuo during restaurant week on 5/20/14 and the experience was a mixed bag. First, we weren't allowed to order anything off the regular menu even though it was presented to us along with the night's prix fixe menu. I have never been to a restaurant of this supposed level of quality that did such a... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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63 reviews 63 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

The presentation is spectacular at Nobuo, so are the small plates to share. Lovely atmosphere and attentive service. Delicious and sometimes a fusion of flavors. The Big-Eye Tuna was briefly seared and had a roasted beet puree, The Sashimi was delicious, however I thought it had a precious price attached to too tiny a portion. Soft Shell Crab and salad... More

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Kansas City, Kansas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Wow, the food was terrific! Look beyond what you would normally eat and try new things....totally worth it!!! It's great if you can go as a group or are willing to do a number of small plates so that you can try a lot of new things and split the price. If you are dining alone it would be quite... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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393 reviews 393 reviews
269 restaurant reviews
258 helpful votes 258 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

My friend and I dined at this restaurant last year during restaurant week and really enjoyed our experience. We loved the atmosphere, it is so nice and unique for Phoenix. We also loved the food and the service we received. Everyone was very nice and courteous. We will both definitely go back.

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Phoenix
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Wow! What has happened to us that we are now willing to accept paying ridiculous prices for minuscule amounts of, admittedly good, food. My wife and I had dinner at Nobuo. Quaint environment but nothing to do with Japan. We had 6 different dishes, three cold , two hot and dessert. All the food was very good with unique flavors... More

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phienix
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Disappointing culinary experience – from service to flavor. The after-taste was scant too. The pizza we found an hour later was delicious and enlivening.

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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We (2 people) went on a Thursday night at 7p.m., we were seated immediately. The restaurant was just filled enough that it wasn't too loud in 1 of the many small, very quaint, simple but elegantly decorated rooms. Service was outstanding. We indulged in the specialty cocktail menu which was excellent. We proceeded to work our way through the menu:... More

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Stayton, Oregon
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5 reviews 5 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

We had New Year's Eve dinner at Nobuo, very last minute, and were lucky to get a reservation. We ended up being seated in their waiting lounge in front of the kitchen, but liked the ambiance so much that we decided to stay there, rather than transfer to our table when it became available. The ENTIRE staff was amazingly attentive,... More

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DianaCA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Don't pay attention to the review of Wendy2223 who ate at Nobuo's in October 2013. First of all, Nobuo's is not a fusion restaurant. It is Chef Nobuo Fukuda's interpretation of a traditional Japanese restaurant that serves small plates and drinks. Secondly, we have been going to Nobuo's restaurants for many years (Sea Saw before Nobuo) and have never been... More

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Calgary, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

When a restaurant serves tiny portions with high price tags it generally means they feel the food quality is one step above their competitors – but NOT at Nobuo. Our dining experience the last week of October was honestly some of the worst food I have eaten in years. Just because you serve raw fish and soya sauce doesn’t make... More

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