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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Nombe

2491 Mission St. (21st St.) Send to Phone
415-681-7150
Saké, beer and izakaya-style eats on Mission Street.
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Local Deals: 120 * 90

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Open
Lunch Fri., Dinner Tues.-Sun., Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Open late Wed.-Sun.
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  • Dress code: Casual
  • Reservations suggested

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Nombe Restaurant Review

: The beer-friendly fried small plates, grilled skewers, salads, pickles, and daily specials at this izakaya taste largely fully realized --- particularly the salty tsukune meatball with egg, a wooden spike of brittle chicken skin, and a warm yet refreshing cauliflower salad with cucumbers. But the effect conjured by such a procession of delights wilts like over-cooked cabbage in the face of strange, disorienting service. Servers, for example, won't advertise the specials unless a diner notices the very small board and asks about them. If one orders a saké that is momentarily unavailable, the bartender may not pipe up, but simply send over another variety without explanation. Ostensibly fusion-esque in spirit food-wise, Nombe actually riffs on traditional Japanese izakaya fare most of the time, turning out individual dishes guaranteed to make Japanese expatriates a little bit homesick. The daily sashimi specials aren't worth ordering (tuna, for example, was mealy and tasteless on one visit), but the unique late-night street food window and snack counter beg special mention. Look for chef Nori Sugie's ramen menu.

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