Located in the animated yet opulent Union Square, Chotto Matte is set to land in downtown San Francisco in September 2023.
Chotto Matte, one of the world’s leading group of restaurants that showcase Nikkei Cuisine, will occupy the newly-developed rooftop restaurant and wraparound terrace atop 100 Stockton. The redevelopment of the former Macy’s Men’s department store features over 250,000 square feet of mixed-use space on eight levels.
Founded in 2013 by Kurt Zdesar, Chotto Matte combines Peruvian flair with traditional Japanese techniques, and soon became a London hotspot. Known for its vibrant ambience and culinary excellence, outposts can now be found in London, Miami, Toronto and Doha. The opening of the brand’s first West Coast venture aligns with its 10 year anniversary, and guarantees to bring something new and exciting to the San Francisco hospitality scene.
“I am thrilled to bring Chotto Matte, our unique dining haven nestled atop San Francisco’s vibrant cityscape on Union Square,” notes Kurt Zdesar, Founding Director at Chotto Matte,
“Overlooking the city, our rooftop restaurant and lounge provide a captivating backdrop for a dining experience that’s truly one-of-a-kind. San Francisco, a city admired for its rich food culture and diversity, feels to me like the perfect fit for Chotto Matte. I’m eagerly anticipating the moment I can welcome local food lovers into our world, where every bite is a journey through the dynamic spectrum of flavors, and every dish tells a tale of tradition meeting creativity.”
The space in San Francisco has been imagined by award-winning long-standing designer Andy Martin SUPERFUTURES and reflects the brand’s elevated design direction. The aesthetic is chic yet organic, with foliage detail that plays into a warm color palette. Identifiable features include prominent Japanese lavastone, shou sugi ban wood and the brand’s signature monochrome flooring. Indoor meets outdoor dining with a merged internal patio design where guests can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the city, all year round.
Guests can also expect a visually captivating layout and consistent culinary theatrics with the robata grill taking center stage as soon as guests arrive. An open sushi counter, expansive wine display and elevated DJ booth also deliver an immersive and entertaining experience with something to discover wherever you look. Chotto Matte is famed for sophisticated late night dining, with its full A La Carte and extensive bar menu served until late.
Signature menu highlights landing in San Francisco include the iconic Chotto Branzino Ceviche, Tentáculos de Pulpo, Sato Maki sushi and Pollo den Miso. The brand’s culinary identity has been curated by internationally acclaimed Group Executive Chef Jordan Sclare, promising a menu full of bold natural colors, mouth-watering taste sensations and fresh organic ingredients. Leading the kitchen in San Francisco is Chef Carlos Couts, who joins as Head Chef, bringing to life Sclare’s creations, with a wealth of restaurant expertise in tow.
Also set to make an impression, the Tokyo to Lima beverage collection, inspired by the innovation of the cuisine and bursting with unlikely flavors and playful ingredients. San Francisco will also see its own capsule cocktail menu released post-opening, with exclusive sips inspired by the local landscape.
Chotto Matte’s global appeal shows no signs of slowing down, with further expansion planned for Nashville, Philadelphia, Riyadh, Manchester and more. The concept seamlessly adapts to each of its locations, while the unmistakable essence of the brand remains at the forefront.
Fronted by acclaimed real estate firm Blatteis & Schnur, the redevelopment of 100 Stockton will revitalize the key intersection of Stockton and O’Farrell in Union Square, which is poised to become the center of San Francisco’s retail core. Given the city’s legendary food scene, the addition of Chotto Matte on the building’s rooftop will notably become one of the few open-air rooftop dining terraces in San Francisco.