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Hotoke Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hotokerestaurant.com
  • Phone: (732) 246-8999
  • 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 (732) 246-8999
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Cannot believe I just found your resturant. You were an excellent find. The food, service, and atmosphere were excellent. Will be back,"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My favorite sushi spot. We travel over an hour to come here. Sushi is phenomenal. Cocktails are great as well. Cool vibe, great ambience."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We had our daughter's graduation dinner here with the whole family. The restaurant was very accommodating and the food and service were sensational!!!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Elegant, excellent ambiance ruined by very salty food."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Service inexperienced, slow from kitchen, not busy at all they day, food good, a little expensive"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Excellent cocktails, food, service and ambiance. Since it becomes a nightclub, it does get pretty noisy for diners. That was the only drawback."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere. Good food and service. Convenient to the Theaters."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Good food and drink options. Service could have been better."
    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."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "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,"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "It was my first time there but they were very welcoming and the food was great."
    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 :)"
    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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was alright, the other few times I've eaten it's been better"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Went to Hotoke before going to a show at the State Theater. Great service, delicious sushi and sashimi."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Thanks several great meals, this is a great place for groups or just 2!"
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Drinks were good. Service was disorganized but once we found a waiter he was good. Apps were good but dinner was not!! Very disappointing night in New Brunswick. But spending time with friends made up for lousy meal. Would not go back."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "The food was generally great. We had the Jumbo Shrimp, the Coconut Thai Soup and the Tuna Tartar as appetizers and all were excellent. My wife and son ordered from the Sushi menu and were great. I took the fried Udon noodles (with beef). The beef was tender but the sauce was very heavy and salty. Next time, I will stick with the Sushi. We had a large carafe of California warm Sake and it was gooood. The place is nice and the service was good. However, the noise level is very high. Because of the open space layout, they don't really have a quiet corner. You literally have to raise your voice when talking with your partners at the table, and definitely when placing the order. The noise can definitely hamper an otherwise pleasant experience."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "Decor was nice, Service was nice. Deserts were VERY nice. Great place to stop by for the drink and dessert if you don't mind prices. But I having hard time finding words describing food. Its rediculasly overpriced, and we ordered half of all signature rolls, and none of them tasted good. Its like a chef wanted to server something different, but has NO PALETTE what so ever. We have Japanese food at least once a week, and visited many small places as well as fusion Japanese restaurants. This place is far away from Japanese food and for triple the price. Its a JOKE"
    Dined on 11/2/2013