Arigato-Clearwater
Arigato-Clearwater

Arigato-Clearwater

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dinearigato.com/
  • Phone: 727-799-0202
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse, Japanese
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Special Events: Early Bird Menu served 7 days a week.
    First Hour we are open, you can save up to 25% off some of your favorite Entrees. Prices start at $9.99

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Countryside Blvd. and US 19
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Arigato-Clearwater
Enjoy a new experience in Japanese dining surrounded by Oriental Splendor. Our chef's are part magician, part craftsman, part entertainer. He will turn steak, lobster, shrimp, and chicken into gourmet's delight. Teppanyaki cooking is an art form which uses a 600 degree grill. Arigato uses only the freshest fruits and vegetables which are prepared daily. The preparation of your food takes place right in front of your eyes.
Choose from a wide selection of Oriental gourmet dishes with six courses (includes main entree, soups, salad, mushrooms, onions, zucchini, broccoli, snow peas and fried rice.) Saki, plum wine, chop sticks and ceramic figurine containers for specialty drinks are all authentic touches that you will find at Arigato. After a meal at our Japanese Steakhouse you will say "Arigato", Japanese for Thank You!
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Arigato-Clearwater reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (7)good for groups (7)kid-friendly (4)romantic (3)neighborhood gem (2)great for lunch (1)scenic view (1)fit for foodies (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • tyson2
    tyson2
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Very nice experience had an awesome time with my husband very friendly staff. Romantic and funlace to visit...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not as good as it used to be
    Tsunamilargo
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I haven't been for a few years & was really surprised how much the prices have gone up. The place starting to show its age & was very noisy. The food was good (not outstanding)& our chef kept the children amused. The wait staff was very attentive. It's a nice place to go with the kiddies but I wouldn't recommend it for a date night, no ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best hibachi
    Jackie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Arigato has the best hibachi. No where else can I find that same flavor that I am looking for when I go to arigato. Goody goody sauce is the best compared to any others that I have tried. This is always a favorite for my boyfriend and me. I'm not sure why it's not as crowded anymore. People are missing out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eatmoreveggies
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The last time I was at Arigatos about 4 years ago I must say I was very disappointed in the food portions so I was reluctant to return. However, when my daughter came into town that is where she wanted to go. The food was delicious, the portions have been increased and the service was excellent! Thank you for a wonderful, entertaining experience and I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun
    expat
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Good food but great place too to take out of town visitors
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 53 reviews are from the Arigato-Clearwater reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The overall dining experience was fair. I was disappointed with the snooty high-school age girls running the front desk. They made a point of calling a manager to the front within earshot of my fiance and I. They sarcastically pointed out that "they SAID they had a reservation.." as if we had fabricated one. This was a solid twenty minutes after we had waited beyond our reservation time. I understand that it is a group hibachi experience and small groups are paired together, but that was unnecessary and soiled much of the experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fire and Rice!
    Superlead76
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Arigatos is an awesome place if you want to eat and have a show, all at the table! Haaaaa! I would recommend the clearwater location over some of the others.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hibachi
    wineanddine
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Very good food. The service was a little slow. We had a reservation and were seated 15 mins later. Then waited an hour to before being served. As I said the food made up for the wait....almost.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    My daughters choose to go to Arigatos every year for their birthday dinner. We love going there for the food and fun.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service!!!
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Got seated early, server Knew what she was talking about and food was Fantastic, on Valentine's Day!!!! The only thing I wish they would do is update the decor, lighting, fan system.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Time
    58richards
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    My husband and I were celebrating an early Valentine's day and found the whole experience very entertaining. Smoke from the grill might be a problem for those with breathing problems, but it was also part of the ambience. The cook was delightful and engaged those sitting at our table. The food was great and we took home enough food to feed us the next day. The price tag was high for us, but as a special occasion place we will probably return again. I would recomend your place to anyone looking for good food and a good time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had an reservation for
    Susan1
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We had an reservation for 8 PM. We were not seated until about 30 minutes and then waited another hour for a cook. Worse experience ever and We go every couple of months...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty, but smokey...
    natblack
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Only complaint - it really seems like the fans and filters couldn't keep up on a busy night like Xmas... the food was tasty as always, but I left smelling a bit greasy/deep fried.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • japanese steak house
    suziqVIP
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    have eaten at several but this was very smokey, poorly ventalated and old, chairs were hard to get out of in the pit. waited even though had reservations, food was good but too much carbs with both rice and noodles. Would suggest sharing entree only costs $7 plate charge but get all the sides soup salad etc.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Night out!
    StacRob
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    It has been a long time since I have eaten at Arigato - the entire experience was very nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Karate Chop!
    Meraklu
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    We love hibachi dining because of the quality of the dishes. The food is always consistent at Arigato's, however I will say that over the years, the portion of vegetables has gotten smaller. In fact, there is hardly any broccoli in their veggie side anymore.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not much of a show
    MDSpot
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Been to several other Restuarants with the same "schtick" and find them entertaining. That's why I go to a Japanese steak house. The chef, while very personable, did not have a lot of "tricks" in his repertoire. He seemingly exhausted them within the first 5 minutes. He gave us some tasty food, and plenty of it, but I wanted more of a show.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful Surprise
    sunshine
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    Our first visit and sure to return. The food was delicious, especially the scallops, shrimp,and filet. It was quite a show watching the chef prepare the meal in front of you. Meet new people as you are seated as a group around the flat grill and the show begins. Plenty of food is served and the cocktails are very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner with family
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    Great service, although it was a little slow getting the chef to the table, the wait staff was very attentive and congenial while we waited. Once the chef arrived, all was back on track and worth the wait. We came when there was a special going on that if you ordered a combo dinner (more than one meat), they would also prepare a free lunch for you to go. We took advantage of that. Delicious way to enjoy the experience for lunch the next day!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    JohnniePastaVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Lets face it a we go here 1/2 for an experience. That's the worst part. Waited 20 minutes to be seats despite reservation. Waited 30 more for the food to get started. A dull presentation, and an inability to effectively deal with people led to a very disappointing time despite very high prices
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Fun Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Arigato-Clearwater is by far the largest one I've been to. So, it was able to accommodate our party fairly quickly and easily. The decor was thoughtful, and took you close to feeling like you might be in Japan. The cooks are entertaining and fun, thoughtful and considerate. Wait staff was efficient and on top of things. The food was fresh, well done and tasty. It was a fun time for me and my sister's birthday celebration.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lost Pazzaz
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Have been going there for special events as well as casual dining for 20 yrs. The prices have all went up as well as all products. What I did pay 19.99 for is now 26.99. I have found this location better than the other locations. One thing that did bother me was the little thing that made the experience was not there anymore. Examples No more knife/spatula play, flipping food acts, leftovers are not wrapped in a foil artwork. Come on not even a take home oriental box. No fast food takeout meal box. that is what you get...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good, fresh food and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Always good, fresh food and entertaining. They now have a variety of ways to customize your food order.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Had a great time. Jeff was awesome. Food was delicious. Definitely will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Typical Japanese steakhouse,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/3/2013
    Typical Japanese steakhouse, bibachi table experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is easily the best Hibachi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/23/2012
    This is easily the best Hibachi grill style restaurant in the Tampa bay area. We have been to this location many times and have always had a consistently great meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We always enjoy dining at
    Matt
    Dined on 10/19/2012
    We always enjoy dining at Arigatos. The food is great and the dinning experience is always entertaining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our first time going
    DAVIDK2470
    Dined on 3/26/2012
    This was our first time going to Arigato. When we first arrived, the hostess was already expecting us & called us out by our last name. The ambiance & overall atmostphere was much better than going to Kobe. My wife & I were very happy with celebrating our first anniversary here & are looking forward to going back again. Thanks to everyone at Arigato Japanese Steakhouse for making our 1st anniversary dinner very special.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly atmosphere. Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    Friendly atmosphere. Great food. Chef had a blast which translated into a good time for diners.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • inatrap
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    Honored Reservations made thru Open Table. On time but the service was very slow and the cook was a rookie, which made for some additional delays.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They have really gone down
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/16/2011
    They have really gone down in their service level and overall organization. Our reservation was for 8pm and it was for my daughter's 18 birthday. They did not seat us until 9pm as well as sat parties who had reservations after 8pm. Overall it was a very disappointing evening.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad Business
    hnm1VIP
    Dined on 10/27/2011
    Restaurant was running late. The portions were smaller than last time, plus more expensive. We had a coupon for a buy one get one free meal and it wasn't honored properly, even after waitress admitted that the way it was worded was very confusing and customers complained about it all the time. I presented it even before we ordered and when we ordered it was never explained that it really wasn't a true "buy one get one free" deal. So, the restaurant gladly let us order and wait until after we were done eating to explain rather then just being up front and explaining the coupon at the time of ordering. What could we do after we ate what we ordered? That is extremely unprofessional and for that, they have lost us as customers.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • While the food is good, it's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/10/2011
    While the food is good, it's all about the show. Our chef was not as skilled at those we have had previously and the jokes were stale. But you will be seated at a table with 10 or so other people and make some new friends --at least for the evening. Not someplace to go every day but great for special occasions or "girls night out."
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was good and chef was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/6/2011
    Food was good and chef was entertaining. Drink service was slow. We made reservations for 8 pm and were seated at 8:20. There were many open tables as we waited to be seated. I can only assume they were short on staff.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I think the food was excellent
    VonIII28
    Dined on 2/14/2011
    I think the food was excellent and the cook did an excellent job, but service was slow from the waitress and didn't receive my drink in a timely matter. I never received the water I asked for but received the beer I ordered.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The portions are ample and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/31/2010
    The portions are ample and the meat very tender. We had combination dinners with scallops, shrimp, chicken, sirloin, and filet mignon. All delicious. The chef was entertaining. The atmosphere is loud, but not unexpected. Dining partners (strangers) were very friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over all the experience was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 12/30/2010
    Over all the experience was OK. We had 8:00 reservation but arrived early and took a seat in the bar area for a drink. Shortly thereafter we were seated. We were escorted to our table by the host. Upon arrival we noticed that the resturant needed a deep cleaning. The red carpet was coated in a light film of grease, the table had a film of grease on it as well. There was an unruely family seated near. Their children were running around effecting our dinner. Our table of 8 almost broke out in applause as they departed. Our chef was entertaining and prepared our food as requested. Portions were adequate and we didn't leave hungry of course. The wait staff was OK but they don't do a lot in these types of restaurants any way.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food not good! Don't like
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/11/2010
    food not good! Don't like sitting next to people I dont know!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The restaurant needs to be
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2010
    The restaurant needs to be cleaned. The tables seemed especially greasy. I've noticed a decline in the service and the food quality.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and our chef
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2010
    Excellent food and our chef was very entertaining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic