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Nihon Whisky Lounge



1779 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103

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(415) 552-4400

  • Sun - Mon Closed;
  • Tue - Sat 5:30pm - 1:30am

Cuisine: Japanese Restaurants

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4.8 of 5.0 from 113 reviews


price range:$26 to $50

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Nihon Whisky Lounge Reviews

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  • 板津 魁.Nice place nice fusion Japanese dishes. Toro avocado tartare, Kumamoto oysters and grilled cod filet were good.

    55555 by 板津 魁.


  • Tim B.Tasty but pricey: they seem to serve doubles by default which when you're talking about $18 for a single (like this Suntory Chita) can get unexpectedly expensive quickly.

    55555 by Tim B.


  • Patricia L.Awesome whiskey selection and good takoyaki. I wouldn't eat dinner here given the great option next door. Only complaint is they were out of several of the whiskies we tried to order.

    55555 by Patricia L.


  • Josh W.Crazily wide selection of whisky, but terrible service from bartenders that don't pour what you order, mishear your food orders, and charge you incorrectly (and don't fix the bill properly when asked)

    22222 by Josh W.


  • Benson K.What a selection!

    55555 by Benson K.


  • Max SExpect to pay about 50%-75% more for almost everything but the sheer size of the spirits collection might make up for that.

    55555 by Max S


  • Wayne P.Endless selection of whiskey

    55555 by Wayne P.


  • KenIf there's a non-trivial sum of money burning a hole in your wallet, then a) lucky you, and b) consider purchasing a bottle, which can be stored in the locker upstairs and enjoyed later. Kanpai!

    33333 by Ken


  • KenAlthough the whisk(e)y selection is staggering in size and quality, this is one of the few places where you can get Suntory beer poured from a Japanese-style tap, complete with a velvety-smooth head.

    55555 by Ken


  • JT ALots of whiskey selections obviously. Bartenders will kind of help you pick if you don't know what you're doing

    55555 by JT A


  • Michael P.Whiskey, atmosphere except when dj is playing (Fri sat?)

    55555 by Michael P.


  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila CThe Easter colors reflect in a Margarita mixed with Pueblo Viejo. Get yours here at Nihon Whiskey Lounge!

    55555 by Pueblo Viejo Tequila C


  • Jess BGreat Manhattan

    55555 by Jess B


  • Eli HickoxGreat whiskey selection, particularly scotch

    55555 by Eli Hickox


  • Chloe DGreat lounge area- try samplers if you're unsure what to get!

    55555 by Chloe D


  • KenThe aged belevardier is a great alt. to a negroni, and is often served with a "sculpted" piece of ice. Top notch service and drinks.

    55555 by Ken


  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila CIf you are in Nihon Whisky Lounge, try a Margarita with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.

    55555 by Pueblo Viejo Tequila C


  • Eric P.Go for happy hour for half off some items but know that HH is only does raids

    33333 by Eric P.


  • ClareThe hamachi appetizer is great

    55555 by Clare


  • Mike D.Go for happy hour for half off solid Japanese cocktails and great appetizers.

    55555 by Mike D.


  • Kirk H.Of course, it's an amazing whisky selection, but the food is great, too! The pork belly skewers, sashimi and kurobuta sausages were standouts!

    55555 by Kirk H.


  • Nima HalfmoonBest Japanese whiskey menu in town.

    55555 by Nima Halfmoon


  • Amy B.Nice decor and a great happy hour.

    55555 by Amy B.


  • Frank D.Dark exposed wood, dual-level interior with a robust menu. Ask about the whisky specials on the small board by the bar

    55555 by Frank D.


  • Joshua HaftelGreat food and cocktails

    55555 by Joshua Haftel


  • Kevin WVery knowledgeable staff, get the hakushu heavily peated

    55555 by Kevin W


  • Nancy KJapanese whiskeys for date night.

    55555 by Nancy K


  • Ben D.Whiskey heaven

    55555 by Ben D.


  • Brendan CurranGood bar, but service can often be painfully slow.

    55555 by Brendan Curran


  • Phoenix 💥💥💥Over 400 whiskeys here

    55555 by Phoenix 💥💥💥


  • Caroline JackLively & heaps of ambience. Have to shout at each other if it's busy :) Soft-shell crab roll and the tempura sweet potato fries need to be on your order list.

    55555 by Caroline Jack


  • heidi harmanAmazing sashimi and heavely water sake. Weekdays are better than weekends in termos of getting tables.

    55555 by heidi harman


  • Alex NClosest thing San Francisco has to a whisky library.

    55555 by Alex N


  • Jeshua B.Favorite whisky bar in the city.

    55555 by Jeshua B.


  • rich m.Octopus and all sushi is a+. Great cocktails

    55555 by rich m.


  • Emma SunMasculine with a feminine touch. Perfectly balanced.

    55555 by Emma Sun


  • Devananda v.One of my favorite bars in SF. Great food and very friendly staff. If you're not in the mood for one of the hundred or so whiskeys, the mixed drinks are awesome too. Can't recommend it highly enough!

    55555 by Devananda v.


  • Eileen MNihon offers whiskey tastings so you don't have to pay for a full pour.

    55555 by Eileen M


  • Ming-Samurai L.Great selection of whiskey, the food is good too. A little pricy. if you are sitting at the bar, make sure you find out how much each tasting is before you commit.

    55555 by Ming-Samurai L.


  • Cherrie C.Food is tapas-sized; I rec getting many plates and sharing! Bacon wrapped prawns: yes! Uni on a spoon: MUST! The Abnormals: not all that crackin'. Japanese wings: yes if you like fried chicken.

    55555 by Cherrie C.


  • DSquirrelySuper overpriced whiskey markup to the point of insanity. Good happy hour on good though.

    33333 by DSquirrely


  • Stephanie Y1/2 off numerous items on their food and drink menu during happy hour.

    55555 by Stephanie Y


  • Angela H.Food here is fantastic!!

    55555 by Angela H.


  • Mina SBest Sushi Ever

    55555 by Mina S


  • Christel DFried chicken is mind blowing. Pork belly was orgasmic. Enough said. Looks nondescript but the selection of beverages and food are amazing.

    55555 by Christel D


  • Rob O.It's a whiskey bar that also serves sushi. Really good sushi. And exceptional list of bourbons!

    55555 by Rob O.


  • Dominique AlexanderEverything is great here and Sybelle makes me always feel right at home!

    55555 by Dominique Alexander


  • Ryan S.Great specialty whiskey drinks!

    55555 by Ryan S.


  • Eve H.Bitchy cocktail waitress. Boo that.

    22222 by Eve H.


  • Lisa M.Come when Label is DJ'ing. Wonderful music! Perfect vibe.

    55555 by Lisa M.


  • Rolo F.Good place to spend time with your favorite fox and weasel!

    55555 by Rolo F.


  • Seth B.Buy a bottle, enjoy it in an upstairs room.

    55555 by Seth B.


  • Duck E.Try the Glenfiddich: Cask of Dreams. It has a interesting background to the cask and is a one of a kind.

    55555 by Duck E.


  • Nikola O.Always smile!

    55555 by Nikola O.


  • Mike R.Devil's Manhattan is a must.

    55555 by Mike R.


  • Kim N.Go for happy hour because it's quality food and drinks at half the price.

    33333 by Kim N.


  • Tinna H.With 450 bottles of whiskey at display there's a lot to look at if you sit in bar. The staff knows what they are talking about and are very friendly and helpful. The whiskey cocktails are amazing too!

    55555 by Tinna H.


  • Juan A.Best music I've ever experienced at a place like this!

    55555 by Juan A.


  • Elissa S.Get the salmon belly and the fries during happy hour. Starred menu items are half price, downstairs seating only. 5:30 - 7pm.

    55555 by Elissa S.


  • Adam A.The Mt. Fuji roll is incredible! Quite possibly my favorite roll in SF. Get it.

    55555 by Adam A.


  • Alexander K.Amazing selection of single malt scotches. Half pours so you can try plenty of stuff. And knowledgeable bartenders to make good recommendations. This spot is one of my new favorites.

    55555 by Alexander K.


  • Abhishek G.Suntory is awesome

    55555 by Abhishek G.


  • Jessica V.Try the dynamite! Our table is on fire!

    55555 by Jessica V.


  • Peter G.Loved the drinks an ambiance! Have the Peaty Old Fashioned!

    55555 by Peter G.


  • annie l.Warning or encouragement: those lady drinks are really really really strong

    55555 by annie l.


  • Garth W.Get a uni on the spoon. Srsly.

    33333 by Garth W.


  • Toby C.Uni spoons are awesome

    55555 by Toby C.


  • Ro M.Best whisky selection in the city, great way to get introduce to the whisky world... just do tastes until you find D" one, mine is Glenfarclas 17 yrs.

    55555 by Ro M.


  • SewDive into a few Nihon Nail's during Happy Hour.

    55555 by Sew


  • R B.Sunset sidecar

    55555 by R B.


  • SFGate M.With more than 400, lovingly curated and served, and a handful of super-serious whiskey drinks that pay tribute to the city's neighborhoods, this is paradise for brown liquor lovers.

    55555 by SFGate M.


  • Rachael K.So disappointed after everything I heard. Whiskey selection is great but the sushi was at best a 4/10. Not fresh, very fishy, awful color. No thank you.

    33333 by Rachael K.


  • SammieTry the Green Tea Cheesecake.

    55555 by Sammie


  • Aaron W.Crazy expensive food. Good, but... Stick with the whiskey! Also gets so crowded

    55555 by Aaron W.


  • Natasha W.Happy hour.

    55555 by Natasha W.


  • matthew b.If the novelty maki was any good it might make the $16 12yr islay worth it. But it's not.

    33333 by matthew b.


  • Benjy W.Happy hour is a very good deal. 5-7 pm.

    55555 by Benjy W.


  • Jessica T.Crowded, but all the servers are really nice. For a whisky cocktail, I recommend the Green Tea Man (but it's not part of the Happy Hour offers)!

    55555 by Jessica T.


  • Donald W.Love the Japanese food and whiskey combination. I could live in this place and die happy (4 of 4 petals via Fondu)

    55555 by Donald W.


  • Peter S.Servings are small by deign, but very tasty.

    55555 by Peter S.


  • Stefanie L.Finish your meal with the uni spoon. Incredible!

    55555 by Stefanie L.


  • Yasmin N.The Lychee Mermaid is fabulous!

    55555 by Yasmin N.


  • Pete I.Come with friends who know their whiskey lounge and you'll leave enlightened. Bar staff is also well educated. Fun place to relax and chat.

    55555 by Pete I.


  • Idan B.Great service, amazing food an good atmosphere, that suits a well made whiskey cocktails. Try the Hamachi Shitake

    55555 by Idan B.


  • Jessica C.pork belly skewers are amazing. the whiskey sour cocktail also delish.

    55555 by Jessica C.


  • Casey M.Bring $$$. This place is expensive.

    33333 by Casey M.


  • Ryan K.Best whiskey sour in the city.

    55555 by Ryan K.


  • Brian H.Such a nice spot, all the cocktails are inventive and classic. Try the devil's Manhattan!

    55555 by Brian H.


  • mayu-chanFantastic date spot with great drinks and appetizers oo la la

    55555 by mayu-chan


  • Ash P.Make it a suntory time.

    55555 by Ash P.


  • Susan L.Classy and intimate spot in the most random part of the Mission. Great selection of whisky, superb happy hour, and get the agedashi tofu with a side of rice.

    55555 by Susan L.


  • SF WeeklySF Weekly’s Best Of 2011 Winner – Editorial Pick – BEST WHISKY COLLECTIONNihon beats them all with a staggering 450 different bottles, about 330 of those being single-malt Scotch…

    55555 by SF Weekly


  • Ben C.The shiitake appetizer is amazing.

    55555 by Ben C.


  • Joe B.Order an old fashioned, hold the peat. Also, ask for Hannah, she's the best.

    55555 by Joe B.


  • CheapismAt the popular Izakaya happy hour spot for 50% off all appetizers from 5:30-7pm. Try traditional Japanese style bottlekeep, buy a bottle from their whiskeys and they store it in a locker for free.

    55555 by Cheapism


  • Maaria H.Nihontini if you like cucumbers and vodka

    55555 by Maaria H.


  • Jacob S.Try the whiskey sour

    55555 by Jacob S.


  • CarolineNot that exciting on the outside, pretty swank on the inside.

    33333 by Caroline


  • Jeremy H.come for the happy hour to enjoy reduced prices on several menu items. Avoid beer on tap...

    55555 by Jeremy H.


  • Amanda Y.Amanda is a fantastic bar tender!

    55555 by Amanda Y.


  • SherryJoonGet the Thunderbird house roll.

    55555 by SherryJoon


  • André K.If your gonna come here more than once, definitely makes more sense to buy Bottles, as opposed to drinks

    55555 by André K.


  • Eric B.For relaxing times make it Suntory time.

    55555 by Eric B.


  • Maggie M.Perfect Sazerac.

    55555 by Maggie M.


  • Alex Smithgo during happy hour for half off all that delicious food. post up at the bar. the slingers are very nice

    55555 by Alex Smith


  • Mike NGet some Suntory on the rocks. Love the ice cubes here.

    55555 by Mike N


  • Christian M.Drink Scotch from Scotland

    55555 by Christian M.


  • Jo R.Absynth is light colored but a large amount if you order on ice.

    55555 by Jo R.


  • Kati R.The luxury mojitos are amazing!

    55555 by Kati R.


  • marc guldimannOrder the Uni and a bowl of rice..

    33333 by marc guldimann


  • Sanjay AFantastic food and a whole range of Whiskey!

    55555 by Sanjay A


  • Mikolaj H.Come for happy hour (5.30pm). Start ordering at the top of the appetizer and cocktail menus. See how far down you get before 7pm.

    33333 by Mikolaj H.


  • Monica Torder a sazerac and sip slowly

    55555 by Monica T


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