Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Nojo

231 Franklin St. (Linden St.) Send to Phone
415-896-4587
Head to Hayes Valley for Nojo's flavor-packed Japanese-style pub food.

Cuisine
Open
Dinner Wed.-Mon., Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Features
  • Dress code: Casual

* Click here for rating key

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Nojo Restaurant Review

: This Hayes Valley restaurant’s name means “farm” in Japanese, and though the modern interior seems about as far away as you can get from pond and pasture, when your plate arrives you'll understand. Nojo's menu is built around fresh produce and farm fresh meats. Skewers are the specialty, so much so that the menu is divided into "on a stick" and "not on a stick." Get adventurous with your sticks: chicken heart with lemon and sansho or beef tongue with tare and shishito are simple yet effective opportunities to enjoy these uncommon parts. Try vegetable-heavy sides such as asparagus, french breakfast radishes and tama miso --- a light complement to the meaty skewers. Ask for help pairing dishes with a saké, wine or beer --- most choices come from small producers, all feature flavor profiles that work well with Japanese-inspired food. And don't forget the Nojo sundae at the end of your meal --- it's a signature item, boasting black sesame ice cream, candied kumquats, crispy rice and peanutty crackers.
Discover new San Francisco restaurants
New & Hip Restaurants in San Francisco

Find all the new San Francisco restaurants that have opened recently with GAYOT's round-up.



RESTAURANT AWARDS

GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards honor America's best chefs, as well as promising newcomers and a top restaurateur.