Imoto at Buccan
Imoto at Buccan

Imoto at Buccan

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: 5618335522
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Only:

    Monday - Thursday 5:30pm - 11:00pm Bar open to 12:00am

    Friday - Sat 5:30 - 12am Bar open to 1am

    Sunday - 5:30 - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Executive Chef: Clay Conley
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Australian
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Imoto at Buccan
Imoto (little sister) is Buccan's version of an Izakaya. The Japanese Izakaya's were traditionally down-to-earth gathering places to go get a drink and something to eat after work. Imoto Room is an extension of Buccan's small plate - big flavor concept with Japanese and other Asian influence. The menu offers items ranging from innovative sushi & sashimi to Clay Conley's interpretations of other Asian favorites.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAsian
Imoto at Buccan reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (23)hot spot (17)neighborhood gem (13)romantic (9)special occasion (8)late-night find (7)notable wine list (6)vibrant bar scene (5)good for groups (1)Show More
  • Amazing food. Fresh sushi.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food is amazing here. Fresh sushi and best I have had in Florida. But the service was terrible. We waited so long for any food. They brought my entree out with my husbands appetizer. Then brought me my appetizer with his entree. We didn't even want to wait to have it fixed because it took so long to get the food. There excuse is that they had a large table but that isn't an excuse to me. But food was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and exotic
    Mrsfoster
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Imoto has wonderful food. I love small plates and being able to taste and share and order more when you love something. The staff is wonderful and understands how to make a small plate share-able. For example if there are four people sharing an plate that comes with three pieces of something, they will, whenever possible divide it into bites. The ahi tuna and foie gras sliders are a perfect example of decadent, creative and exotic! This place is cozy, a bit loud and a bit dark making it a sexy night out, but let's just say your grandma probably won't like it which is fine with me, the elders have plenty of places to go in Palm Beach. Reservations are a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Avg food, below avg service
    VanessaVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Went for an early dinner.We were seated directly under an air vent that was blowing a lot of cold air.Told waiter the airflow was too much and asked to move to a nearby table that didn't have the same problem (my husband checked it). Although the restaurant was empty, the waiter refused my request twice. The manager came over to let me know that he raised the temp by a degree (wasn't the problem). A table seated next to us was given a happy hour menu, we were not. Asked to borrow it. Had nice appetizers and drinks, sorry we missed that. Salad way overdressed. Fish was ok,not enough flavor. Pork buns were delish. Overall, not a great meal. I thought the staff was snarky. You'd be better off going to Echo for much better food and service!
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  • Excellent Sushi
    Panda
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Best Sushi in Florida! Very similar to one of the great NYC sushi restaurants. We Highly recommend this lovely and creative restaurant. Terrific staff and amazing chef. Buccan next door is also amazing-same owners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JT111
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The quality of the food and the friendliness of the staff is the key to making this restaurant so enjoyable. It shares space with it's sister restaurant Buccan, which is more energetic. The bar scene at Imoto is more sedate, but quite nice. The menu is original and inviting. This is the best sushi we have found in Palm Beach County.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Loved the hip concept....food and service very good. finally a place to go in Palm Beach where I can actually have a conversation with friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible
    MJD523VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Food was some of the best I've had. The cauliflower and Duck Tacos were favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly unique Asian food.
    JLDCEOVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    While their sushi is sushi, albeit very good, the appetizers are to die for! We got all 4 of the starters and almost went back for more without ordering a main! The steak is also very good and the bun truly delightful. This is a great causal dining experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Sushi in area
    TahiaVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Outstanding sushi. The nigiri is excellent and there is no need to order anything else. Yellowtail was a highlight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • love good food and atmosphere
    palm78diner
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I had sword fish, my sister had skirt steak..of course we shared!!! Lol both dishes were amazing.. I will def go back..actually that was my second time..lol
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Poor Man's Gari
    Matt
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Our server was MIA for most of the night, almost as if he was working in Buccan and Imoto. We usually love sitting at the Sushi Bar when we go to a restaurant like this (we live in NYC) to interact with the Chefs, but they did not even make eye contact with you. It took about 30 Minutes to get our appetizers, but things got better. The hot plates we ordered were actually very good, and that is the only reason why I gave the food 3 Stars, the nigiri deserves one or two stars depending on piece. Some were grocery store quality, the pieces were not cut properly and the rice was not special. Though hot plates were great, if they want this to be the serious sushi place PB needs they need to spend money and purchase better product.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 89 reviews are from the Imoto at Buccan reviews archive.
  • Clay Conley is a Great Chef-Owner
    PalmBeacher
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Clay Conley and his partners have created another notable restaurant. Like Buccan's, Imoto's menu crackles with imagination. Like Buccan, Imoto has food and ambience that are beautifully different. The food is Asian-inspired, not slavishly Asian; Conley's Japanese chefs have worked with him to create new, even daring, dishes--- "tacos" with mooshi pork, for example. Imoto has restrained elegance--- again, not slavishly Asian, but clearly Japanese-inspired: contemporary paintings, furniture with spare lines. (The lighting in the restaurant is a bit gloomy: a minor flaw in an otherwise near-perfect tapestry.) Watch Conley; he's barely into his thirties but his track record is already brilliant. Even greater things are doubtless to come.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!!
    JLMCVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    One of our favorites in Palm Beach. We sat at the sushi bar, great entertainment! We loved everything that we had. Presentation was beautiful and taste was delicious. We have tried about 1/2 the menu and have not come across something that we did not like. All the servers are friendly and on top of their game!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dull evening
    pasha
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My experience at Imoto was nice. It was the first time i had been there. I expected the food to be special. I was very disappointed. The food was average. I had much better sushi from the strip mall sushi places. Our head waiter was good but not really a pleasant natured person. He was just doing his job. I will not rush back there. They gave me no reason to.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This restaurant was absolutely
    Chuck
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This restaurant was absolutely fantastic. Great place to get a lot of appetizers, that each one was as good as the other. Clay Conley knows how to run 2 great restaurants in this and Buccan. We will be eating at both restaurants a lot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Plates, Delicious Sashimi
    BigPoppaVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Fun atmosphere and delicious food. Some dishes were extraordinary, others were just alright. It's worth finding out which one's taste best.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try it!
    bobbyboy
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The food was exceptional. We rate restaurants poor, average, good, v good and if a restaurant has a dish that has the best thing you have ever put in your mouth, that rates it on another level than the others. Imoto is on that last level. The four of us ordered eight items and three came to that standard. This is the second time we have eaten there and I was very pleased that Imoto came through again; this time we did not order bread (from Buccan) to sop-up all the remaining sauce from a dish like we did the last time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly great food
    Touristjim
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    In a small city (Palm Beach) known for its high-end restaurants this is the best of the best. Price typically moderately high but food imaginative and incredibly good. Was worth of Valentine's Day dinner and then another trip back. Could eat there every night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • inventive Sushi - finally - in PB
    rajnycVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Imoto features classic sashimi and nigiri but if you go, sample the special nigiri; each one we tried paid homage to the fresh fish with inventive flavors to complement our choice... including lemon, lemongrass, jalapeño, almond... you get the idea. Go to Imoto. Its wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For Sushi lovers only
    ellencVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    My husband and friend love sushi and thought the Sushi was very good. I don't eat sushi and was hoping for some better alternate choices. We were here once before and I had the very expensive beef dish-it was not edible, very chewy, but i didn't complain. I have been reluctant to return. However someone told me I could order some food from their sister restaurant, which I confirmed with the hostess. When we were seated our server said the policy has changed and I had to order from the menu at hand. She recommended the spicy chicken. Wow-was it spicy! It was way too spicy, and had pieces that were chewy. It was also not attractive on the plate. I didn't complain but didn't eat much.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    Summerresident
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    Simple, not too heavy and very good Asian food. The duck tacos are a standout.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Personal opinion
    Dave
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    The waiters do not have a good understanding of Sake, therefore you are on your own. I recommend looking at their sake list on their website before going and be prepared to pick your own. Overall, very nice waiters, good sushi and nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I have been to Imoto many
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    I have been to Imoto many times, as well as Buccan. I specifically chose Imoto that night because it would be quieter than Buccan. However, there was a screaming (not crying) infant in the restaurant that had been there over an hour and half way into our meal. I understand the awkward situation this creates for the restaurant but they should have asked the family with the child to step outside or leave. It is not fair to all of the other patrons in this small restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • IMOTO
    DONALD
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    NOT WHAT I HAD EXPECTED...FOOD WAS "DIFFERENT" BUT ENJOYABLE....HAD A HARD TIME GETTING A RESERVATION USING OPEN TABLE AND WHEN WE WENT THERE WAS ONLY ONE OTHER PERSON IN THE RESTURANT AND WHEN WE LEFT 2 HOURS LATER IT WAS LESS THEN HALF FUL...WHEN I INQUIRED AS TO WHY WE COULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN A MORE RESONABLE TIME....REPLY WAS "THAT'S THE WAY THE OPEN TABLE SOFTWARE WORKS "....WHAT'S THAT ALL ABOUT
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dine later after 9
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Tables are tightly spaced, expect to hear your neighbor's conversation. Request the sushi bar for seating, not a table. Duck tacos were good but the cauliflower/raisin/cashews is unexpectedly terrific. Uneven service by the waiter, a sign that a constant stream of patrons wasn't the norm. Dependable quality but not extraordinary sashimi - sushi rolls were 30 minutes in the making, perhaps because we ordered from each category after completing the shared dish (didn't place the entire order all at once.)
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Service
    DanielleVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    I am gluten intolerant and the server went out of his way to make sure all the food was GF including making dishes with GF soy sauce. It was an excellent meal and we will defiantly go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buccan's Little Sister Shines Too!
    Pfd1234VIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    The best sushi on the Island--and terrific small bites. It is very small, and reservations are a must--but this is a "go-to" for those in the know. Try the duck tacos or, I kid you not, the curried cauliflower. Don't ask how--it just works.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    A excellent addition to a town that was sorely lacking in sushi. The menu is compact, original, and does not pander; there is very little in the way of mayo or deep-fried sushi. Loved everything I ate, and enjoyed the influence of Buccãn, the big sister next door, on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent upscale sushi
    Zenana
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Very pleasantly surprised to find quality of sushi excellent, along with very good service and an engaging, hip atmosphere. Felt younger and trendier than other palm beach restaurants. Beats many other local sushi spots for quality. Have strongly recommended to several friends already. Prices are about the same as other sushi places. We will alternate between here and Sushi Bon in Lantana which has been our longtime favorite. Recommend the scallop and sea eel nigiri, duck tacos, choc chip cookie for dessert but it was all good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    Cooky
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Like going around the corner where the noise level is low and the service is great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Loved it.
    FoodsnobVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2013
    Wow, just like it's sister restaurant Buccan, it will blow you away. The drinks were superb (we highly recommend El Diablo made with passion fruit, soooo good...) The sushi was excellent and the duck tacos to die for. The burger was so fresh and gourmetish I could actually crave it, and I've never been big on burgers. Can't wait to go back :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go
    Wombat
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    Mediocre food and exorbitant prices. My hamburger at $16.00 was OK, but an order of French Fries was $7.00 in addition. Greasy, overcooked and luke warm on arrival. Other than apparently being a pickup joint for singles, I see no charm about the place and no reason to go. An almost total waste of money and time.
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  • good sushi at a high price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    portions were small and pricey for what you got but very good. you are paying for being part of the palm beach scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Designer Sushi and Asian creations
    HappyPlaceVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Consistently Great. Rates with the national best like Nobu and Koi.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Finally a good Japanese
    Blackfriarbobby
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    Lovely sushi and other small bites prepared by chef Taiki. All the sashimi/ sushi dishes was fresh and delicious. This is the only Japanese worth going to in the area. Chef's omakase menu (chef's choice) recommended. You can ask them to stop bringing dishes when you are full. Loved it and I will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique spot in the area.
    BebeVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    Not many great sushi spots around. We've been going to Echo for years, and the change was welcome. Imoto is a real treasure. Sushi menu is delicious and creative. We will be coming back again and again. Modern setting with intimate feel. Could be a great spot for a small group, or date nights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    Doug
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    Great, very personable staff. Food was original amd well prepared. Menu could be larger but as its new hopefully it will expand to keep our interests.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious.
    EatwellVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    Always delicious. Edamame- yum. Crispy Peking Duck- the best. Lovely private environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Quality
    Denio
    Dined on 5/26/2013
    Food was excellent, but portion size very small. Was still hungry afterwards, despite having had an appetizer and entree.
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  • Another delicious meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    After loving our dinner at Buccan our first night of vacation, we couldn't resist Imoto. Yet again we were impressed with our meal. Our waiter was extremely helpful in explaining and even showing us some of the dishes on the menu before we ordered. We decided to do a few of the small dishes on the menu to share. It was just my date and I but we wanted to try it all! We started with edamame with the soy glaze. We also got the lobster and shrimp salad in a coconut. Very nice presentation and tasty! We then shared the duck tacos, tuna sliders, and grilled octopus. All had a taste we hadn't had before! Dishes are quite small so we left satisfied from these. Very exotic and fresh flavors are found at Imoto, it is a must in Palm Beach!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.