About Nobuo at Teeter House
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.
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Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates, Asian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am -2:00pm,
Saturday & Sunday 11am-4pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm -Close
7th St. and Monroe
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live music on the patio during special events only.
Validated parking is available in the Heritage Square Parking garage on 5th St. and Monroe. Entrances to the garage are located on 5th St. or Monroe.
Metered street parking also available on Monroe.
The nearest light rail stop is 3rd St. and Washington.
Chef Nobuo Fukuda
Private Party Facilities:
Teeter House has 2 separate dining rooms, each with the capability of seating up to 16 guests as well as a lounge which seats up to 6. A "room buyout" is perfect for a smaller party comprised of 8-16 guests. A dining room or the lounge may be reserved as a "room buyout" for a 1/2 or full night.
A full restaurant buyout option for private parties of 16-40 maximum is also available. Please contact the restaurant to book your party.
Private Party Contact:
Sarah Fukuda: 6022540600x
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Prix Fixe tasting menu available every Fri. and Sat. night by reservation only.
We respectfully ask that if you must cancel, please do so 24 hours in advance or a charge of $25 per guest may be applied to your credit card.
For parties larger than 8, please call to inquire about making a room reservation.
Nobuo at Teeter House Ratings and Reviews
Tonkatsu sandwich description was deceptive. I am sensitive to wasabi or horseradish - the taste. I can eat hot chili so heat is not the issue. The Panko breading was flavored with wasabi. I tried to eat the sandwich/bread. I just could not force myself. I ended up putting aside the bread and eating everything else. I ordered a specific tea and was told they were out. Tell me before I peruse the menu so I don't feel like I have to settle. Food was good, drink was fine, service was fine. Would' go back.
It was amazing!!
It was amazing!!
More than food
Eating at Nobuo's is an experience you won't forget. Food and presentation is excellent. Unique dishes. Well worth the price
I enjoyed many of the dishes, but especially liked the clams with mushrooms. I liked the taste of the soft shelled shrimp, but my digestive system didn't like the shells. No details needed -- only to say the word "soft" was how it came out. Maybe I ate too many of them, two orders.
Unbelievably good food
Evverything at this restaurant was phenomenal. The food was some of the best I've ever eaten and the service was perfect. Myself and some friends drove from Tucson just to eat here and I'm already planning my next trip out
The food way very good. Server was flipp ...
The food way very good. Server was flippen, I'm sure the management would not like that. I won't be back.
Lunch at Nobuo
Had a delicious lunch with a friend at Nobuo. It's a charming restaurant in a historic district serving delicious and unusual food. We always enjoy going there.
While the quality of the fish was excell ...
While the quality of the fish was excellent, the preparation of many of the cold dishes was heavy handed -- the wasabi oil in particular was much too sharp and destroyed any chance the uni had of standing out. In contrast, the cooked dishes really stood out and were very well prepared and balanced.
Incredible Food in Phoenix
Nobuo was simply fantastic! The sophisticated "indie" Japanese-infused "Asian tapas" concept worked for me. I visited the other night while visiting Phoenix on business, and found this gem. Creative use of sushi and other seafood, excellent salads, and a fairly deep sake list. I'll be back the next time I'm visiting.
The Chef's $65 course had good dishes like the grapefruit hamachi, banana leaf pork belly, and especially the Saikyo yaki which unfortunately came after our stomaches were roiling from the sequence of acidic dishes like kimchi and pickles from the start. If we come again, we'll select the dishes ourselves interspersing mellow and tart. Loved the unusually intense matcha mousse.
Outstanding, unique Phoenix experience. ...
Outstanding, unique Phoenix experience. Awesome food, nice music selection too.
Stick to the drinks and the more sushi l ...
Stick to the drinks and the more sushi like items. Those were standouts, however, the main (larger entrees) and the poached egg truffles were a complete miss. Our group ordered the shrimp uni special, soft crab salad, clams, lamb curry and chicken and only the soft shell crab stood out. Everything else didn't even seem to fit with the delicious hamachi, yellowtail and octopus we started with. O Portion sizes, although tapas style are still in the smaller side as well. Overall not a terrible meal saved by some great drinks and starters.
Great food in a quaint environment! Felt like I was back in Portland eating at an incredible restaurant.
The Best Japanese
A small brick house that is home to a terrific chef. Our server Daniel and others were very pleasant, knowledgeable and timely. All items we ordered arrived in a spectacular but simple presentation and the only description necessary is DELICIOUS ! Chef took time from behind the bar for us. You gotta go.
Amazing food! Great for special occasion. The grapefruit hamachi and crab salad were some of the best food I have ever had in all my travels! But we were given flan for desert on a tasting menu. I was very confused and disappointed by this. Flan is a Mexican desert (from what I understand) and if I had any idea I would be served Flan I would have asked for anything else! But overall a wonderful restaurant. It was a very special location and service was great. Drinks were very pricey but very good.
The service was great, it was a nice atmosphere, and awesome food!
The food was fantastic.
The food was fantastic.
Unique, creative, wonderful flavors
We finally got around to visiting Nobuo and despite spending nearly $350 for two people, we're really glad we did. The food here is terrific. The menu is eclectic, ingredients are super fresh, presentation is creative but not overblown. I cannot say enough about how the food flavors are clean and wonderful without an overabundance of seasoning. Cold Plates: I would recommend anything made with Yellowtail tuna. The Grapefruit YT is spectacular here as is the YT Ceviche. YT is a bellwether for me on how good a Japanese restaurant is. This is some of the best I've ever had. It starts to melt on your tongue the second it lands there. I'd also recommend the Shiromi Carpaccio. Wow! The hot sesame oil poured by your server cooks the thinly sliced fish on the spot -- and then you soak it up with a crispy outside, moist inside focaccia bread that was so good, we asked for more. Hot Plates: I'd recommend the Pork belly Wrapped in Banana Leaf. It was outstanding. Not too fatty, but just enough for flavor. The banana leaf added a terrific rustic flavor that cannot be overstated. Also the Coconut Curry Lamb was aromatic and delicious. Four tender shanks of cooked medium-rare lamb are coated with a light curry that really accentuated the flavor of the meat. Again, not over-seasoned here, so if you're thinking this is a heavy Thai or Indian sauce, it's not. Last but not least was the Foie Gras. If you love Foie Gras, this is as good as it gets. Sweet, unctuous, seared perfectly. Enough said. Wine: We chose a Gruner Veltliner made in Santa Ynez, CA and it was the perfect pairing with our food. The wine list is ample and well curated. Prices are a bit steep, but that's true for everything at Nobuo. Service: Our server was super-knowledgable, friendly and probably the best up-seller of any server I've ever had. Atmosphere: Loved the old Teeter House across the walk from Pizza Bianco. Such as neat part of town. Small rooms make for cozy, intimate dining.
My new favorite restaurant in Phoenix
Everything about Nobuo was fantastic! The tasting menu was phenomenal. Every single dish brought to the table was beyond words. I wished they would have kept bringing plates, because it just kept getting better and better. The building itself, the Teeter House, has such beautiful character, it only further enhanced our dining experience. One of our best dining experiences nationally and by far our best in Arizona.
wonderful dining experience
Fabulous place with wonderful service and the best sushi I have had. The soft shell crab was also wonderful
Quiet birthday celebration
We went to Nobuo for a quiet birthday lunch celebration and found it was absolutely perfect. Our server was gracious and friendly. She was very helpful in explaining the menu and the selections. We were prepared to enjoy the food but were absolutely wonderfully delighted. My husband and I split 5 plates which was enough for lunch. We don't generally care for tofu, but the Teeter Tots were surprisingly delicious. The Hamachi and grapefruit, a pretty presentation in 4 spoons which you eat in one bite like a shooter, were a mouth delight! Next was the house cured salmon with a basil oil and almond, a very tasty combination. The warm duck salad with mixed greens was yummy. We finished with the Okonomiyaki, a seafood and pork pancake. The waitress had informed us to watch the bonito flakes. They seemed to dance as they melted on the warm pancake. Altogether the lunch was an extremely enjoyable experience and a perfect way to celebrate a birthday, special occasion, or just any time you feel like treating yourself!
First time visit
A dear friend had dines here a few previous times and recommended we go here. In short, it was a fantastic. Our server, Daniel, was very helpful and accommodating for us during the evening. We shared five dishes, including the Grapefruit and Hamachi, Shiromi Carpaccio, baked clams and mushrooms, warm duck salad, and Foie Gras. We then finished it, thanks to Daniels recommendation, an incredible purple potato cake for dessert. I look forward to going there again for a wonderful occasion.
The food and presentation were outstanding. Relaxed atmosphere with very friendly staff. Thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant which reminded me of Japan.
Incredible food and courteous staff.
I am not in any way a foodie and I usually wolf my food down wherever we go out to eat. This is the kind of food that you take one small bite at a time, close your eyes and experience the flavors as they slowly wash over your tongue. It is an experience of the senses. This is my wife and I's favorite restaurant.
Excellent. Went for a party of 6 and it' ...
Excellent. Went for a party of 6 and it's never disappointing, every plate was perfectly prepared and the service was perfect. The waiters do a very good job, at everything. Very impressed.. I come here all the time and this was one of the best experiences I've had.
Puzzling venue and menu
We booked Nobu on a whim and none of we're pleased with the atmosphere or the food. While the sashimi seemed fresh, the minimalism of the whole meal was boring. The service was ok, the food was ok and all for $300 for 4 people, no drinks...no a recipe for a repeat. Not recommending this restaurant for, well, anything.
AFTER A $250 BILL - WE WENT TO IN n OUT BURGER
Not your typical Japanese cuisine. This is Japanese Contemporary. The food was artful and interesting, and it was definitely an 'experience' - but we won't be back. We took our two daughters, age 17 and 15 - big mistake! They couldn't find anything appealing to them on the menu and they are pretty adventurous eaters. We ordered several items, including the sashimi, which was mackerel, and it was VERY FISHY. Our entire family loves sashimi and we couldn't get it down. I also have a medical gluten allergy, and told our server (she was super friendly, and wonderful!) who guided me through the menu and I ended up spending the rest of the night with severe cramps and nausea. If you have a gluten allergy (or any other food allergy) I would not recommend this restaurant.
A small surprise waits for you hidden among the big and industrial arts buildings in downtown phoenix. With a menu that provides a foodie a bit of heaven, this couture and creative gem is stashed away in a house turned restaurant. With excellent service and old school ambiance the scene is unpretentious, classy and unique. Greeted with a drink list, the resident chef was quick to explain that our 15 minute late arrival had sacrificed our table...although he would place us as quickly as possible. Don't be late! This is a hotspot, and hard to get in. After enjoying an amazing duo of classical guitar and cello on the patio, we moved inside to the candlelit table and well prepared table. A zen stone, and unique presentation added to the overall recommendations from the chef. He pleasantly explained the menu, and we opted that he prepare our evening selections. It was a good decision, as each tapas came in perfect order - creating a complimentary experience in elegant cuisine. And by the way...the drinks are awesome! You can't go wrong, but go with an open mind. This isn't a place to grab dinner...it's an experience.
An amazing perspective of Japanese culinary art
When I booked this place for a small colleague meeting for three people, I wanted a non pervasive, comfortable environment for three people to sit down, have a great food experience as well as conversation of substance pertaining to business as well as getting to know you meeting. This restaurant have met these criteria and then some. Amazing ambience Excellent service Delicious cuisine that touches taste, sight, touch and hearing all at the same time. Albeit, the food is expensive...however for the experience, it is WELL WORTH and for those who can afford, I am sure is willing to be repeat clients over and over again. Best of success to the Nobou team. Thank you for a lovely evening!
I loved the ceviche!
I loved the ceviche!
Check this off your bucket list
I was a bit nervous to try Nubuo--I'm not as adventurous as the other 3 in our party. But I'm so glad I did! Every bite was a new experience (when shared, you only get 1-2 bites of each dish!). Yes, portions could be a bit bigger given the prices. Waiter could use a smidge more training on the menu. And table could be a bit larger to accommodate all the dishes (restaurant is quite intimate, so that's really not an option). Nobuo made for a memorable meal and lovely evening out.
The food was delicious, the service was slow
The food was delicious, the service was ok and the spacing of the tapas courses was way too slow. After an hour and 20 minutes we still hadn't received one of the items that we ordered so we had to leave before getting it as we were going to a show downtown. I would like to go back but only if we don't need to be anywhere within 2 hours.
Cute and delicious
Had dinner with friends here. We did the tasting menu and had a great time trying different things. Highly recommend the yellowtail ceviche. That was delish!
The food and the service were both excel ...
The food and the service were both excellent. This was our second visit. It is within walking distance of our residence, so this is a plus. The dishes were imaginative and tasty.
Great on many levels- casual atmosphere with serious food- fresh and creative!
Arigato gozaimasu, Nobuo!
Some put this restaurant into the category of izakaya, the kind of Japanese bar that also serves food. That is the reverse of Nobuo -- food is absolutely the centerpiece there, and is it good! We're long-time fans of Japanese restaurants and have been to Japan and eaten in premier sushi places in the U.S. We've *never* experienced taste combinations as we did at Nobuo. For example, the yellow tail ceviche was presented in four Japanese soup spoons. My wife put one into her mouth, got an incredible look on her face, and declared it to be possibly the finest taste experience of her life. What the restaurant says in the "Our Story" page of its website is true. If you like Japanese cuisine, you're missing something if you haven't tried this place. (BTW, the layout, protocols, and food are not what you think of as strictly Japanese -- it's in an old mansion with small rooms, several tables per room, no sushi bar (that we could see) or tatami mats; there are no hot towels at the beginning of the meal; and the food has evolved WAY above and beyond what you expect in a Japanese restaurant.) Our service was just okay, noise was a little loud (small rooms), but those things didn't matter. It's the food that makes this place incredible. Arigato gozaimasu, Nobuo!
We were in a hurry and the staff was ver ...
We were in a hurry and the staff was very accommodating. Wonderful cocktails.
Unique & Really Good
Are the portions small? Yep. Are the prices a bit high on some items? Yep. Are most of the dishes unique? Very much. Would you return? Yep. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Nobuo - had several different ones. Loved the presentations & the variations of flavors on every dish. Will take friends &/or family when they visit Phoenix.
Food very tasty but small portions. At t ...
Food very tasty but small portions. At the price, the chopsticks (cheapest wood) were out of place. Chicken dish was particularly memorable as was warm duck salad.
My wife and I have been to Nobuo a few times. The food is always incredible! We usually make 4 - 5 selections from the menu, always trying something new, we haven't been disappointed yet! One of my wife's favorite restaurants and an outstanding dining experience. Highly recommend!
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