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1779 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3711 (14th Street)
+1 415-552-4400
17:30 - 01:30
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San Francisco, California
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23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to Nihon to meet a friend/business acquaintance for a drink. I am by no means a whisky drinker so upon arriving I felt a bit disappointed & unsure of what to order. To my surprise the bartenders were extremely knowledgeable about all types of Whiskey's & Scotch's and walked me thru different flavors and scents until I found... More 

Thank Nicole A
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117 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

If you happen to like whiskey or scotch, this should be on your "must visit" list when in San Fransisco. Walking in you will notice an entire wall filled with whiskey and scotches from all over the world. While it can be a little overwhelming, our waiter was able to guide me to some fine Japanese scotch based on my... More 

Thank Staff61
San Francisco, California
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately paying more than you should has become a way of life in San Francisco. Somehow Nihon takes that proposition to an entirely different level. As many of the other reviews indicate, Nihon is wildly overpriced, with bottles of Sake starting at $80 (and soaring from there) and most of their whisky "tastes" in the $20-$40 range. The food, while... More 

Thank David M
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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!

Thank helentr
Mdina, Malta
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44 reviews
31 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 

Thank Gilbert C
San Francisco, California
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132 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 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 

Thank SometimesFlyer
Astoria, New York
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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 

Thank id M
Austin, Texas
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48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 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.

Thank MrsHMeyer
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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.

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 19 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.

Thank Pat C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Sushi, Japanese, Asian, Pub
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Open Hours
17:30 - 01:30
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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