Katsu Japanese Restaurant
Katsu Japanese Restaurant

Katsu Japanese Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.katsulosgatos.com/
  • Phone: 4083547000x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch Service 11:00 am to 4 pm
    Dinner Service 5:00 pm to 10 pm
    Bar is open until 11 pm


    Friday, Saturday:
    Lunch Service 11:00 am to 4 pm
    Dinner Service 5:00 pm to 11 pm
    Bar is open until 11


    Sunday:
    11 am to 8 pm


    Restaurant is available for Private Events.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Katsuhiko Hanamure
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Brianna or Alex 4083540712x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Santa Cruz
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Katsu Japanese Restaurant
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Katsu Japanese Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
73% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (13)special occasion (9)vibrant bar scene (6)romantic (5)good for groups (5)neighborhood gem (4)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The ambiance is nice and the menu looks good, but the food didn't taste good. Everything had a mediocre quality to it. I get the sense the owner is more concerned about keeping costs low and that is reflected in the quality of the ingredients and the chefs.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 911 to the rescue!
    barkz
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Took my wife here for a birthday dinner and had a great time. Sushi was very good, especially the 911 roll, a must try! Service was a little "odd", possibly a new server but overall great time. The banana dessert is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wished it was better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We expected so much more. Food is just ok. Some things are wildly overpriced. Slices of jalapeno on yellowtail were way too thick (overpowered delicate taste of fish), soy tasted funny and overpowered things like tempura role. I don't like having sushi prepared in the back and brought out - I like the comfort of seeing sushi being made.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great first impressions
    MissyLVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Had a great experience there... Our servers were wildly attentive. I'm sure this was partly due to the fact that the restaurant was quite slow, but honestly, had some of the best service EVER. Every time we were ready to order another item, they came by. The sashimi was fresh, with generous cuts, the sushi rolls were perfectly delicious. The salads were in quite generous portions. Not only did our server note that we had toasted to our birthdays, but remembered it when she brought our desserts! Not only that, but I had made an off-handed remark about disliking raspberries, and my dessert arrived without them, even as a garnish (I usually just eat around them, so I don't worry about requesting them not being there). Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lucy
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Very good food at reasonable prices. Interesting menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Katsu
    Value
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Katsu continues to deliver amazing value. Sushi best in area for sophisticated palates. Chefs Menu awesome!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting.....
    novajimVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Went there based on the strong reviews..... Really missed the mark, slow service due to the lack of both staff and customers, no bottled still water ... "oh, we've run out" was the response.... Food was okay, but for a place trying to trade in on the Nobu trained chef, replicating some of the Nobu dishes, way, way, way off the mark. Final straw was the 8:45pm comment "it's last call from the kitchen.." I stated that I had an 8:30 reservation and the web site says you're open until 9:30 .... "Oh, we just changed our hours ..." Sorry guys, won't be coming back ...
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  • Nice meal
    bbergVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We enjoyed the food and drink at Katsu. Nice service, and nice presentation as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome food but nearly empty
    Solviggy
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We have visited Katsu on a number of occasions over the past 1+ years, with variable experiences. Our visit this past week was a much appreciated and pleasant surprise - actually one of the best in terms of food and service. (We were not expecting this as we know Katsu is no longer there to oversee quality.) My major question is why is this place so empty? Granted, we went on a Wed night and it is a large venue, but with much improved pricing and seriously good food, surprised that more people were not enjoying the wonderful offerings. Why wait at one of the local and not so good pizza joints when you could actually have fine food?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Should be better
    BCS13
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Was excited to eat here and had the tasting menu with champagne. Champagne was a local sparkling white wine and not champagne at all. Cod in miso was fantastic and the fillet steak was also very good but was served with a mountain of mashed potato...in. a Japanese restaurant?? Just weird. Overall, it feels like ownership has changed and they're not sure what to be. Wouldn't go again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great sushi in downtown Los Gatos..
    MimiDawn
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Great find in downtown Los Gatos.. It's as close as you're going to get to Nobu in the area. Love their Uni which is hard to find as well as their Hamachi with jalapeno's which is quite similar to Nobu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Close!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I made my reservations and drove there but the place was closed!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food but
    Specialnight
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Good food. Attentive service. BUT... We had a gift certificate from open table and the server said it was probably a fake and they has to call to see if we could use it. I'm sure the server was being truthful that they had been having issues with 3rd party gift certificates, but he should have checked before making us feel illegitimate. The manager was on the phone for 15 minutes checking it out. Then the server came back as said " you can use it THIS time". Made for a bit of an awkward anniversary dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not up to par
    Bnoehr
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    The blackened cod is really tasty; unfortunately, the service has never been noteworthy and last night was no exception.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 194 reviews are from the Katsu Japanese Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Excellent tasting menu
    LosGatosGirlVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The food is excellent. The only drawbacks were the service and cleanliness of the glasses and dishes. For this level of restaurant, the service should be more attentive. I wouldn't say it was bad service, just not up to par with what this restaurant is going for. The glasses all had spots and/or lipstick on them. The silverware was not clean. I was glad to use chopsticks.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really disappointing
    rolomoVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Horrible service. Took 45 minutes to get a freaking drink. It appeared that they cut staff at 9pm on a Friday, leaving not enough waitstaff to cover the clientele. No one, including management, seemed to know which of their dishes were gluten-free. Drinks were wildly expensive and weak. The food itself was good at best; fair to poor in some cases. We'll never come back here.
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  • DrJimmyVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    I asked for a med rare filet Mignon...it came med well. Mashed potatoes where stone cold. Menu is kind of boring for high end Los Gatos restaurant.
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  • The 7 course Chefs Special
    JimS
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    The 7 course Chefs Special Tasting Menu for $49 is the best way to find out what Katsu is all about. We have been 3 times as a treat to ourselves for anniversaries, birthdays, etc. Then we talk about it for the next 2 months. The culinary experience with the various dishes are just amazing. Never been anywhere like it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Guest Comments
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Katsu is a very nice addition to downtown Los Gatos. It is an upscale restaurant specializing in Japanese Food.....very good Japanese Food. The prices are a bit steep, I think, but the quality of food, quality of environment, quality of staff are all very good. We enjoyed ourselves and will be going back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • magnificent food & service
    heru
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Our waitress, Tiffany, was welcoming, attentive, and gave amazing recommendations. Food was superb and beautifully plated. We tried all Tiffany's recommendations, including chef specials, house rolls, and 3 desserts. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Japanese restaurant in Lgatos!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    This is the best place for Japanese food, and great place to meet up with friends. You can sate he good quality fish here. I never have a bad time at this place. It's better than blowfish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was pretty good and
    mh007
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    The food was pretty good and the service was great. The issue I had was that when I spend this kind of money for Sushi I expect an exceptional food and service experience. The food was pretty good and the Uni was exceptional. The issue I had was that I had ordered fresh oysters as a appetizer and I was served 3 extremely large oysters. These oysters were far too large to serve raw. In fact it took several bites to eat just one. The chef should have known better to not serve "baking" sized oysters raw. I ate them because I did not want the oysters to be wasted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious lobster tempura
    Barbie
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Delicious lobster tempura - most fabulous tempura we'd ever tried!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is my third time there.
    Sophia
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    This is my third time there. First time was not great, but second time we really liked some of the Japanese food and the fish and the atmosphere was decent. This time we all got traditional meat/steak entrees--horrible! They recommended some special prime rib on a hot plate, it did not taste like prime rib more like NY steak that wasn't good. Every single one of us thought it was bad and all of our meat was overcooked although they asked how we wanted it prepared. My husband could barely eat his ribeye. The atmosphere was depressing....nobody was there even though a Sat night and supposedly advertised as so "hip." We will never go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Katsu's ok for Young Sushi Lovers
    MonthlyLNO
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Feels like a cool youngster's sushi hangout... Black/purple lighting - black reflective ceiling... big bar. The green salad was tasty, but the purple lighting made it look brown. Also, tried the unagi roll - not bad.. rice was right temp, bbq unagi was fresh. Paid about $25 (tea, no alchie drinks), and I'm a light eater. I'd go again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was Horrific.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Our pain course was horrific; took husband out for birthday dinner. They bought out the wrong main course, we asked for Chilean seabass; they brought out over cooked halibut. It was like eating shoe leather. My scallops was drenched in chili sauce. Huge disappointment, last year, service was bad and food was good. This year, okay service but food was such a disappointment.
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  • Good for appetizers/lite plates.
    LGDiner
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    This was our first visit to Katsu, and wanted to try the taster menu which we had seen advertised, but when I asked for the special taster menu, was told they weren't doing it that evening as they had run out of some ingredients! However, we did enjoy the food we had, but thought the service was poor for an upscale restaurant. I would return to Katsu for appetizers/sushi/lite plates, but not a full dinner. And this is what I would recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    Carrie
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Was excited to finally try Katsu. The ambiance is so strange - they tried to be too much of a lounge and the lighting is so off-putting that it starts to hurt your eyes, in addition to making all of the food look terrible. Sushi was only OK. Lots of sauces on all of the rolls which means that's all you really taste. We won't be back.
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  • Amazing
    Boopdiva
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The staff were very attentive and friendly. The food was super delicious along with the bottomless champagne loved it!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Katsu...restaurant or bar
    cjbutcher
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The food was VERY good. Our server was great, she knew the menu inside and out, had suggestions and offered to see if the kitchen would do off-menu items. 3 Negatives: 1. For a sushi place, to only have 1 sake, according to our server, that she would suggest to be served hot...just seems wrong. 2. I got the 9-1-1 roll, along with 2 very stern warnings about how hot it was along with an offer for a milk chaser to calm the burn. I LOVE spice and hot food, I was left wanting by the promise of hot vs. what I got. 3. The over all look and feel of the restaurant. Is the supposed to be a great restaurant or a hip happening bar scene? Lighting is just plan BAD! Mylar ceiling to reflex purple lights????
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  • Feast for the eyes and tummy
    Michelle
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Katsu is not just any sushi restaurant. R&B music was a nice and fun touch to their delicious dishes. New all time favorite sushi is their House Special which unlike a Dragon Roll the various sashimi are in the roll, sushi is sliced relatively thin and I believe wrapped in rice paper. The sashimi to rice ratio was equally proportionate. We also loved the Hamachi Jalapeno with Citrus Yuzu sauce appetizer! Filet mignon with BBQ sauce was delicious, but very tiny portion in thin slices, not your typical filet mignon. Banana egg rolls with ice cream dessert was amazing. Waikiki cocktail was just as delicious and refreshing with shaved ice finish. Last, but not least was their service. Our server was attentive and helpful. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance versus food and service
    educator
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Ambiance is an overlooked aspect of the restaurant business. When an owner is puzzled why their business is off even though they get rave reviews for food and service maybe they are overlooking something just as important. Ambiance creates a feeling of warmth and comfort and when these two are missing, customers will shy away from the business. With that being said, I couldnt help but be influenced by the cold lighting in the room. Bright LED lighting creates a cold atmosphere and makes it hard on the eyes to read the menus or anything else. Please change that lighting before it drives more customers away. I have been in this business for 35 years and I know what people want in a restaurant beside great food and service. thanks Terry
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding dinner party
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    They did a fantastic job customizing a special dinner party for 8 at the restaurant. Pre negotiated price and reasonable corkage fee. Food was amazing and plenty of it for the tasting menu. Even the heartiest of appetites were appeased. Manager did a wonderful job attending to our needs. Thank you!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    lggirl424
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    I enjoyed eating here. I will definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Sushifan
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    We tried this restaurant for my husbands birthday. The food was way overpriced. Volcano scallops and jalapeño hamachi were excellent, but the rest of our order was a let down. We ordered a final roll, which somehow took 30 minutes even though there were only a handful of diners. The oddest thing was that there was a large table of people who must have been related to the manager or owner, just lounging around the entire two hours we were there. They weren't dining, just literally lounging (practically lying down on the booths, watching movies on their iPad, etc). Additionally, I was really disappointed that they never acknowledged my husband's birthday, even though I told them about it in our open table reservation. We won't be going back.
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  • Authentic Japanese
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    We had a fantastic dinner at Katsu. We started with a beautiful Sashimi platter. Katsu has spotted prawns and live Uni. It was amazing. We then had a great Shogun steak cooked to perfection. The Sake was great and the service was spot on.. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    It was our second visit and we were not disappointed. Food was tasty, fresh, and creative. Wonderful presentation. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pick wisely. Not all the choices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    Pick wisely. Not all the choices are unique and deserve the premium prices. That said, some of the rolls were fantastic. The same with the cod. But I'd skip the nigiri. If you want nigiri, go to a "normal" sushi place. Service was good. A few misses. But in general, very nice servers and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night Home Run!
    qt314
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Jeff, our Bartender/Server made sure that our night out from our busy life with 3 teenagers was fun & memorable! He made several recommendations for both food & drinks, which were spot on! They kept the bar area buzzing, which made for fun conversation with our bar stool neighbors!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    We happened upon Katsura on our way through the Bay Area. We are big Japanese food fans, but this was above and beyond. Unique menu, great presentation, excellent flavor. Even satisfied a picky teenager!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.