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Biggest downtown San Francisco rooftop restaurant delays opening date

Nikkei Japanese Fusion rooftop restaurant Chotto Matte is slated to open in Union Square on Oct. 21. | Source: Chotto Matte/Blatteis & Schnur

A Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant in Downtown San Francisco will not open in September as previously reported, a manager told The Standard Wednesday.

Chotto Matte will now open to the public on Oct. 21, according to Eugene Tamo, who identified himself as one of the restaurant’s managers. The restaurant will occupy a 15,000-square-foot space on the rooftop of 100 Stockton St. in Union Square.

The restaurant, part of the Chotto Matte restaurant group, was previously expected to open on Sept. 23 and is the company’s first West Coast location.

Chotto Matte specializes in Nikkei cuisine, a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian food. Other San Francisco restaurants offering Nikkei cuisine include Jaranita in the Marina to La Mar on the Embarcadero. 

A rooftop Japanese-Peruvian restaurant is slated to open at 100 Stockton St. | Source: Garrett Leahy/The Standard

Tamo said Chotto Matte has hired 120 employees for the restaurant, many of them dining and cooking staff.

“We’re doing training on the menu today, which is exciting,” Tamo said.

Tamo suggested that the menu for the San Francisco restaurant will look similar to those of Chotto Matte’s other restaurants.

“You can look at the menu online,” Tamo said.

No online menu for the upcoming San Francisco restaurant has been posted online, but the menu for its Miami location offers a steak and sushi menu at $65 per person and pre-fixe dinners ranging from $70 to $175 per person, with the most expensive including an Australian grade 8-9 Wagyu strip loin, three sushi dishes and black cod with aji miso.

The new Chotto Matte restaurant will be in San Francisco's Union Square, a popular area with shoppers and tourists.
| Source: Jason Henry for The Standard

There will be a few soft opening events before its official opening, Tamo said, but he did not provide further details.

A spokesperson for Chotto Matte said in an email that the reason for the delay was “final touches and inspections.”

As of last year, the restaurant’s design plans called for a full-size palm tree, fire pits and a hole in the ceiling to accommodate an atrium. Chotto Matte will be the second Nikkei restaurant to join San Francisco’s skyline, following Kaiyo Rooftop, which opened at the Hyatt Place Hotel near Oracle Park in 2022.  

The building that Chotto Matte will call home was once a Macy’s men’s store, and its facade has been redesigned by architecture firm Gensler. Chotto Matte will be joined by hospitality company Convene, which creates and manages venues for events and meetings, as a fellow tenant at the site.