Koto Japanese Steakhouse
Koto Japanese Steakhouse

Koto Japanese Steakhouse

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://kotosyracuse.com/
  • Phone: 3154455686
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Japanese
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Carmen 3154455686
  • Special Events: For special events and large parties please refer to Carmen, Events Coordinator. Event Menus can be designed to accommodate your party budget. 315.445.KOTO(5686)

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Thompson & Midler
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking space in our private lot in front of the restaurant.
A word from Koto Japanese Steakhouse
Open for lunch and dinner, come feast with our entertaining hibachi chefs who will be cooking your meal in front of you while performing tricks! Our sushi bar artistically prepares fresh sushi, sashimi and rolls to satisfy any craving. Our full bar provides fine wines, cocktails, domestic and imported beers. Come experience a flavor of the East with us, with free parking, private rooms and 14 hibachi tables—perfect for couples, families, kids, and large groups.

Reservations Recommended. Please specify if you want to be seated at the Hibachi Grill (where the chefs cooks) or Dining (for sushi and traditional cuisine).
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Koto Japanese Steakhouse reviews from OpenTable diners
7 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (6)special occasion (6)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (1)neighborhood gem (1)Show More
  • great food
    pinar
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I was in town for work and based on the reviews o decided to give it a try... Great sushi and udon soup selections!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    sushisnob
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Koto is the best Sushi Restaurant in Syracuse by far! The quality of the food is impeccable, the service is efficient , friendly & knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice, not stunning Hibachi
    SyracuseJim
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We went for the Hibachi meal/show. The food was good, and the show was OK, but felt a little tired. The chef was energetic at all the right moments, but somehow it showed that he had done it a million times before. Still, a good way to start a special night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hibachi Homerun!!!
    pennygoff
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was delicious but server & cook were even better. Try the filet mignon & lobster Hibachi style. The fried rice was nicely seasoned. All in all we were pleased to have picked the place for dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just what I was in the mood for
    amr232
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I was able to get a table right away. Sushi I ordered was delicious. Service was good. A great show the chef put on. I will be back
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 165 reviews are from the Koto Japanese Steakhouse reviews archive.
  • Graduation memories
    Doneoutoften
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Wonderful place to celebrate graduation with a small group of 7
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Night Out
    SyracuseSara
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Great food, great service, and great entertainment! Wonderful place to take kids, friends and family for a great night out.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Entertaining
    Rutland
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    As is usual in Hibachi style cooking, food is cooked on the grill at your table. The cook this evening was very entertaining and interacted with all guests at the table. The food was cooked perfectly and as requested.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • koto hibachi
    nycapdiner
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Overall pretty good! a couple minor complaints - the squid was not what I expected, big thick slabs instead of rings, didn't pick up flavor well. our server was great at the hibachi. I'd definitely go again, get the pickled veggie appetizer again, a lot on the menu looked good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    Alisa
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    The food was horrible for the price. My chicken you couldn't ever chew and they made me another one and still chewy and funny taste.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday night for a 7 year
    Rick
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Birthday night for a 7 year old... She LOVED IT !.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly Filling
    Yanks21
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    This, and the Destiny Koto continue to surprise me with how filling the portions are. Its not cheap, but the fish was fresh, and we walked away full and happy. Get the SMALL hot sake. The big on is a bit much for 1 person. If you have a large appetite, go with the combo plates! the sashimi and sushi are excellent. The Calamari in wasabi sauce is a great appetizer for 2. Service was a little slow, but attentive. Lemon Drop Koto-tini was very nice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome
    lovekotos
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    great food, great times. loved the atmosphere as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant
    edbizlunch
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    It was a pleasant atmosphere with pleasant waitresses with a friendly smile and very attentive. The Restaurant had a touch of ambience with soft lighting, not that we needed as it was a business lunch but felt serene and peaceful. I would recommend to a friend, a group, for lunch, dinner or anytime for that matter.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • more room at hibachi table
    autumnleaf26
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    The only problem that I had at dinner was no room on table. My party of three and I were seated at a hibachi table with two other groups of three. I kept bumping elbows with my neighbor. It was hard to enjoy my meal without getting a cramp in my hand from trying to keep my elbows close to my side. Also when the check came I was unable to use my coupon.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the wait?
    Hungry
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Generally, the food was pretty good, but there were other aspects of the evening that brought our opinion down. The waitress was nice and pleasant, but not overly knowledgeable and couldn't answer some basic questions. Between the large crowd, the roar of flames from the hibachis, and the constant rhythmic clapping and yelling for birthdays, the atmosphere was very loud, bordering on frenetic. It took almost an hour to get our food. People seemed to be having fun, but we kind of felt like we were just sitting there watching because of the long wait for the food, and no visits from the waitress to refill drinks etc. Overall, considering the amount of the bill at the end, I kind of doubt we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Out of a group of eight, they
    Robin
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Out of a group of eight, they ask how they want our steak, yet it was all cooked together an no difference between rare, med rare or med! One of the people in our group asked for a combo and didn't get it! Also there was a compliment drink that we were not even offered.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lots of Fun but not really sushi.
    RichBVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Huge rolls never seen in Japan. Fun place though. Loud.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Hibachi
    happydiner
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    I think this restaurant has really good food and the hibachi tables are fun. We did see a rowdy bunch if really dressed down SU guys but it didn't ruin the dinner. I recommend the filet mignon and shrimp combo.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • date
    andrew
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    Great date spot...we stayed right until closing and we were never once pressured to leave.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were treated very well
    sherryann4817
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    We were treated very well by the staff. The lobster and the scallops were overcooked but the flavor of everything was very good. The ginger dressing was a bit too sweet for my personal taste. Overall, we really enjoyed our experience at Koto.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Our service was great, friendly staff, huge menu, we had a hard time picking because everything sounded great! Our salads and sushi were delicious, I can't wait to eat there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hibachi and more
    eaterouterVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    Our hibachi chef was funny and did a good job. For a brown rice option, they serve a brown and black rice combination that was really good. In addition to the hibachi option, there is an area for individual table dining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious food, drink menu
    lordc23
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    Delicious food, drink menu with very delicious drinks. The atmosphere is extremely fun and great for a big group! Reasonable pricing for all the food that is given! Definitely will be going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Large group
    bdaydiner
    Dined on 6/3/2013
    I went to Koto for my birthday with 10 of my friends. Seating around the hibachi wasn't an issue and I had friends from all walks there with me. It was nice to have a fun, entertaining atmosphere to get everyone interacting and laughing the whole meal. We all had a great time and it made for a memorable evening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Hibachi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    By far the most entertaining Hibachi Chef I've ever had. Our group was entertained from start to finish!!! Job well done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Hibachi Chef was very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Our Hibachi Chef was very good and had some unusual moves. He was very entertaining. I will say that the salad dressing was very good but my salad came with a rediculous amount of it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never again...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    Arrived to find our Open Table reservation was nowhere to be found. We were seated in the hibachi table room and that was like eating at a circus. My wife's chicken teriyaki was served at least 20 minutes before mine and my daughter's sushi orders arrived even though twice we were told the orders were coming right up. The sushi, once served, was very good. However, the chicken teriyaki was simply awful; slices of dry chicken breast with a thick gloppy sauce spread on top. We mentioned our dissatisfaction to our waitress but got little if any sympathy. We will never return again which is too bad because we've had good meals and service in the past.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food very good put the price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/20/2013
    Food very good put the price wasn't for two people.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great family value! Wonderful time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Koto was great fun! The hibachi chef was great with the kids; the kids menu was reasonable and tasty; the waitress was very helpful and friendly - it was very special for the kids, and they loved it all! We were treated well, the kids were respected and in return, they rose to the occasion too. Can't wait to go alone without the kids!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great show and great food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    Great show and great food. Service was nice and fast.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was excellent and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    The food was excellent and it was fun to watch it prepared in front of you. Too noisy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner and a show
    JTCOLSONI
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    The hibachi menu and the food was great. A great deal for dinner and a show. The service was great and the whole meal was enjoyable. Will be going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never assume
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    If you make a reservation via Open Table and you DON'T want the hibachi table, make sure you call and tell them. We waited 45 minutes for a regular table. They assumed we wanted hibachi when we (thought) made it for a regular table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Erie Boulevard Highlight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    Very good food. Wonderful presentation. Extensive menu with something to please everyone. We are repeat diners and have never been disappointed in the food offerings from the standard menu as well as the creative and beautifully presented "specials". Good food fortunately overshadowed "spotty" service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Family Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    Always enjoy it, my only complaint was we went early and it took me a few minutes to decide on a cocktail but once I FINALLY decided on one, it was unavailable, kind of disappointing when the restaurant is located on a main strip, if that is such a popular drink someone should have took a trip up the street to the stores for re-ups on everything. Other than that very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had our office Christmas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    We had our office Christmas party at Koto's, a party of about 20 people. We had a very good time. The food was Delicious, the chefs were entertaining and the server(s) were very attentive. I would/will recommend Koto's to family & fiends and I will definately be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a great overall experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    We had a great overall experience at Koto, and we will be going again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food. Great service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    Great food. Great service. Very entertaining chef. Definately worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Enjoyed a birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/2/2012
    Enjoyed a birthday dinner with family ranging in age from 3 to 85. First time in a hibachi restaurant for the elders. Three children enjoyed the cooking and the chopsticks. thanks for a fun evening. First time in this restaurant - wont be the last.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate