Hotoke
Hotoke

Hotoke

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hotokerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7322468999
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We caters venues of all sizes, call for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a private dining experience via our mezzanine, available for parties large and small.
  • Private Party Contact: Mika 7322468999
  • Entertainment: Specializing in live DJ entertainment Thursday through Saturday playing Pop, House, and R&B, starting 10:30pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bayard Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is offered in the many New Brunswick parking decks and lots.
A word from Hotoke
An eclectic Contemporary-Asian dining experience, specializing in sushi and creative cocktail mixing; featuring a lava stone bar, relaxing lounge, and sushi bar.

Happy Hour : Monday- Friday from 4:00 -7:00pm. Sushi special: American and Traditional rolls for half price.
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Hotoke reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (7)fit for foodies (5)neighborhood gem (5)romantic (4)special occasion (4)vibrant bar scene (3)hot spot (3)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Good Food near the theaters
    danmatyola
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This is a large, open, noisy restaurant near the theaters of New Brunswick. It offers excellent food with an Asian accent, and very good service. The place is quite noisy, however; we were there on a Friday evening, and the bar was crowded with young professionals having a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was better last time.
    Justin
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food is very good. I would have rated excellent but have had some better quality sushi last time I ate at this restaurant. Could be due to the fact that it's still New Brunswick's off-season and when the restaurant is packed, they go through the food much faster. I will go back soon as we still love this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, good food
    FeedURbodyrightVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Sushi was good (we both agreed), sashimi portion small but good (per my guest), I would skip the lobster soup next time (mostly broth). The waiter was very knowledgeable and able to make good recommendations. Relatively deserted however could be due to Thursday before labor day holiday weekend.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    GreatFind
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Cannot believe I just found your resturant. You were an excellent find. The food, service, and atmosphere were excellent. Will be back,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • CLOSED
    BK28
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My wife had chosen HOTOKE as she has had lunch there before and the food was good. I was taking her to dinner for her birthday. We had made a 5 30 reservation. Upon arriving the restaurant was closed - the door swere locked. No sign to indicate a reason why. The hours on the window stated sunday they open at 4. We attempted to call - there was the answering machine - my wife left a irrate message. We had decided to go to another restaurant. I would ask open table to verify with the restauarnt that they are open so ppl such my wife and I do not waste our time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 235 reviews are from the Hotoke reviews archive.
  • Hotoke is fab!!!!
    noelle
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We ate at Hotoke's in New Brunswick on 5/31. From appys to dessert it was fabulous. There were 2 couples that night ordering 4 appy, the popcorn shrimp, veggie rolls, sweet yam dumplings and mini lobster crab cakes. They were all really good. The entress were even better. One had the filet mignon, excellent and cooked to perfection. Another had the ribs; the meat fell off the bone, so very tender. My friend and I had the soba noodles, hers with tofu, mine with chicken. Had a little kick but oh so delicious. We ended the meal with a shared dessert. It was cheesecake rolled and fried in bananas with ice cream and fruit. All in all, this dining experience was excellent!!! The service too was great. Def recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love Hotoke
    Dinner4FiveVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    My favorite sushi spot. We travel over an hour to come here. Sushi is phenomenal. Cocktails are great as well. Cool vibe, great ambience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent wait staff
    steebs
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Our waiter made our dining experience wonderful. He knew the answers to every question we had about the food and drinks (even for my one friend who has severe food allergies) and was extremely polite. Also, the food was fantastic and presented beautifully.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fabulous graduation dinner
    RURahRah
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had our daughter's graduation dinner here with the whole family. The restaurant was very accommodating and the food and service were sensational!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Change the Chef
    Salty
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Elegant, excellent ambiance ruined by very salty food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ok
    JdTx
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Service inexperienced, slow from kitchen, not busy at all they day, food good, a little expensive
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MAS45
    MAS45
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Excellent cocktails, food, service and ambiance. Since it becomes a nightclub, it does get pretty noisy for diners. That was the only drawback.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • alansharris55
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Nice atmosphere. Good food and service. Convenient to the Theaters.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Joint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Overall a nice place. I went on a slow night but service was very good and so was the sushi . My duck was pretty good also. I had nice business dinner and a nice evening.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The food was very mediocre. Our host was had a masked face all the time. Did not smile or make any recommendations. The bathrooms were very unclean.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Upscale..I get it I get it...
    BigKorVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I respect the attempt to have an upscale restaurant...I really do. I work in NYC and frequent them often. So to have an option close to home is cool...but please just understand you are in New Brunswick NJ. $14 Hennessy..NO. Meals that pricey with soupy Pad Thai...NO. Trying to turn it into a lounge with a DJ who disappears for over an hour playing iTunes..NO. I do get the attempt but please be aware of the surroundings and cater to where you are at..not where you want to be.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and drink options.
    Maji
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Good food and drink options. Service could have been better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Restaurant Spoiled by Noise
    Beth
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Nice menu and drinks, good service, nice thematic decor, but totally spoiled by inconsiderate, rude guests who behaved like they were at an outdoor sporting event. It IS possible to have a good time without being so loud that others can't hear conversation at their table. Entitlement stops when it intrudes on others in a public place! Gluten-free awareness makes this a possibility for those who have these serious health issues.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy, Tasty, Ideal
    findmeclassyfood
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    I found Hotoke while searching venues for a date night. I loved the pictures on the site which gave view to the layout, design, food listings, and the ambiance of the place. When we arrived there, we were not disappointed. It was a "very beautiful" venue as my date had commented. The food list was also exquisite. Dining at Hotoke was an enjoyable experience for the both of us. Our knowledgable, well-trained waiter, along with the delicious food, beautiful furnishings, and unique ambiance, all contributed to the wonderful time we had. This was an even better choice than I had expected (and expectations were high!) Being a man who appreciates classy food and service, I certainly appreciate what Hotoke delivered: a beautiful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good for a first time
    1classguy
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    food was good liked the environment service started off good but as place got crowded service dropped Over all I enjoyed myself and would Try it again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our server, Joe, was very
    j9beak
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Our server, Joe, was very knowledgable and made an excellent recommendation for an appetizer, a spicy lump crab meat dip that was much more crab than dip. It was all white lump crab meat with a topping of a spicy crust and house made, light flatbread-like chips. Very good! The mini lobster crab cakes were also quite delicious. As for the main course, the sushi was outstanding. It's the real deal here. Real lobster and crab in there rolls, not that sea leg, imitation crab meat that you see in most sushi establishments. The price reflects the quality but it is money well spent. I would highly recommend coming here for that special evening or a great date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food not as Good as the Venue
    Frantan
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Very cool Tao(smaller) like atmosphere. Shared three sushi rolls which were very good, however the main course was subpar. I ordered the strip steak special with a lobster tail. I ordered the steak rare and it came out medium(ruins it for me) and cold. Also the lobster tail was rubbery. Would definitely go back, but would probably stick with the sushi the next time. I think it would be good for a group to go out, order a bunch of sushi and drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has been better
    LodesVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Half of my meal was excellent. The rare seared tuna was great. I've had sushi here before and it has always been very good. Regular food from the kitchen is hit or miss. Lobster cakes were dry and overcooked with no hint of Lobster flavor at all. I will stick with sushi and asian food from now on if I return. I love the atmosphere and the service is always wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Girls night out
    Tameka
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    From the hostess to the waiter, our service was impeccable. Our waiter (justin I think ) was very knowledgeable. He recited the specials and menu from memory and was able to answer all of our questions. (5women) He made drink recommendations and was prompt and attentive at each course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what we expected.
    quest313VIP
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    We arrived in time for happy hour, but by the time I our waiter came to our table it was over. I told him him we've been there awhile and he said that happy hour was really only for the lounge area. Which is odd because I had walked over to the bar earlier and no one was there. We had the edamame, one special roll and two normal rolls. The special roll was good. Nothing fancy. The interior was nice. It was a Monday night, so maybe they are better other nights of the week.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Less than mediocre
    EA2979
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    This restaurant is clearly attempting to be Tao. It's not. The service was terrible. The table seated next to us left after waiting nearly 30 minutes before anyone came to their table. The food was average at best. Would not return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Rude Hostess
    Marlon
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    As soon as we got there we told the the hostess we have a reservation for 2, it was my wife's birthday and wanted to make it formal and interesting form the beginning, so, hostess said after i said that i have a reservation, "ohh yeah??" while she was on her Iphone "SO RUDE" and did not even ask me for my name or anything like that i understand place was not busy it was Wednesday Feb 19th @ 9:00 PM, but she should take a look at the reservation notes just to see if i requested something special for the occasion, she did not even bother, and before we even sat down more than me i saw right away my wife not being comfortable at all. "WELCOMING IS A VERY IMPORTANT STEP IN A RESTAURANT" waiter was excellent food was GREAT,
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was my first time there
    John
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    It was my first time there but they were very welcoming and the food was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic valentines day
    Bexy7
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Overall the food and ambience was perfect. I had the surf and turf and the filet was cooked perfectly. My boyfriend had the ny strip which he thoroughly enjoyed as well. The cocktails were fabulous ( try the black and blue martini) . The service was a little slow, but that is expected on valentines day. I will definitely be back :)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Spot
    TMDixon
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This was our second time time at this restaurant. We had a wonderful time at this location. The food wa excellent and the service was very good. My wife had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines for 2
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Dinner for 2 on Valentines Day and we had a great experience. Very nice place, great vibe and given a nice table for two along a really cool coy pond full of fish. It was a set menu for the night but the choices were great. We started with coconut shrimp and some seared tuna and both were excellent. We both wanted surf and turf and both meals were spot on. Filets were perfectly cooked and tender and lobster was succulent. For desert we chose the Chocolate Fantasy which was really good to end the night. The atmosphere was cool, food was really good and the drinks made well. Service was average, being a set meal and automatic tip, I do not think the waiter wanted or needed to try hard for his tip. Overall we would come back and bring friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner for two
    Dinner42
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Valentines day dinner for two. Quiet setting. The service was professional and attentive. Waiter was knowledgeable of menu. Food was delicious and presented attractively.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    Sushi
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Food was alright, the other few times I've eaten it's been better
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for New Years
    Lovebirds
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I went here for New Year's Eve and they charged $65 per person. Even though I got two tolls of sushi, a dessert and an appetizer it was a good expiernece. The food was pretty good. I enjoyed it and my gift lefties did too. The arrangements of tables are great it was romantic for my girl!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs a cookbook
    suchafoodieVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    The ceviche was dry cooked seafood tossed with shredded cabbage. Definitely not prepared as classic ceviche. The black cod was very small and uninspired. The waiter seemed to know absolutely nothing about the food's preparation.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Couldn't be better
    VinnyDeVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Found this restaurant by mistake and we will make sure to go back often. The food was delicious, service was good and it had a great bar scene. A must try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oh so quiet.
    PatrickVIP
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    Our second time there before shows at George Street Playhouse. Both times we were practically alone in the lovely dining room. Hope they are busier other times as I'd hate to see this place close.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Enjoyable
    Chuck
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Went to Hotoke before going to a show at the State Theater. Great service, delicious sushi and sashimi.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME SUSHI
    SHK2014
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Thanks several great meals, this is a great place for groups or just 2!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    I really enjoyed my time here. The sushi was great the plum saki was amazing. One word of advice don't make your reservation after 10 because the kitchen closes at 10:45.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.