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Nobuo at Teeter House

622 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004-2351
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Ranked #170 of 2,535 restaurants in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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81% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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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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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
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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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
69 helpful votes 69 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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Pasadena, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

A thoroughly enjoyable meal. The ambiance--in an 1898 bungalow in downtown Phoenix' Heritage Square--was just about perfect. The warm and historic home, with its several rooms with 4-6 tables each, afforded a homey and quiet environment in which to enjoy the innovative, delicious dishes, made with quality ingredients. Julienned cucumber with rice noodles was the perfect pairing with the panko-coated... More

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Gold Canyon, Arizona
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Where to begin - every single dish was a new experience, was delicious and memorable! Most everything on the menu is shareable, and we shared five dishes and a bottle of wine and we were in heaven! We love good food, but are not very experienced with Japanese dishes. That didn't matter at all! The tempura style squash blossom, filled... More

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Gilbert, Arizona, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

A dinner here is always such a wonderful adventure! We've been multiple times, trying to work our way through the entire menu. It keeps changing, so we are eating as fast as we can to catch up. There are, however, some staples that have to be ordered each time, such as the sea bass cooked inside the paper bag, creating... More

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Kyoto, Japan
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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

We all miss Chef Nobou's fine dining restaurant in Scottsdale (Sea Saw), but Teeter house is a close second. Casual and fun Japanese food that goes well beyond sushi. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the downtown area

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