Koto Sushi Lounge

Koto Sushi Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: (403) 457-2898
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Koto Lounge is proud to announce the launch of our Catering Service. Hosting a party or event? We cater to homes, businesses and other venues. Contact Miwa at 403-457-2898 for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Miwa Tanaka / Tim Huang 4034572898

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 4th & 4th S.W
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is ample street parking in the area.
A word from Koto Sushi Lounge
Welcome to Koto Sushi Lounge, a new Calgary favourite for fans of exceptional sushi and Japanese cuisine. Enjoy the contemporary ambiance and meticulous service of Koto Sushi and discover a menu filled with traditional selections and inspired creations, made from the finest ingredients available. Choose from an amazing variety of sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, and tempura all expertly prepared and beautifully presented. Serving downtown Calgary, Koto Sushi Lounge is just minutes from the best the city has to offer and makes a perfect destination for a quick meal with friends or a memorable evening with someone special. Satisfy the craving for great sushi at Koto Sushi Lounge.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Koto Sushi Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (22)good for groups (19)fit for foodies (14)neighborhood gem (7)special occasion (4)hot spot (4)romantic (3)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • over rated
    yvrdean
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Too much rice on rolls Negitoro was ice cold Sashimi was too cold Service was good Wont be back
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food
    Nene
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Koto sushi has very yummy food. We love dragon roll. The service has room for improvement. I will return for the delicious sushi!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • soo good.
    greatview
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Went with a client and way over ordered. Yet by the end we had managed to eat it all as it is so good. Great atmosphere. Only negative thing i could say is that it seems like most roles involve the word spicy - which are great, but there are too many.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is still good.
    Doggie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food is still good. A bit change on the hot plates which they are offering fried Japanese rice instead of steamed one. It's a good change, we think. Services were ok but it took awhile to be seated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reservations
    d8tenight
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I called and confirmed on line my reservation two days in advance requesting a booth in front. When I arrived, they never acknowledged my written request and on the phone request. Instead they said booths are for VIP only. I was greatly disappointed that they would say that. Who is VIP in a public restaurant where booths are clearly empty up front at 11:30am? I looked around, didn't seem like VIP people were sitting there. Really? Nonetheless, I and my party got seated in a booth, but the service and attention was extremely slow, and the server forgetful. She never brought our tea. We had to get up and get our own cup. Very unprofessional for VIP seating, if you ask me!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's OK.
    Doggie
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The service this time was a bit slower. Had to wait and stand there at the front for like 10 minutes in order to get seated by the waitress. Service overall was a bit slower in this visit. Food was still quite good. However, the music was not enjoyable. Too much beat in the music and a bit loud making it distracting for the kids and for talking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for lunch
    Serenitea
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Hopping place for lunch. Good food, decent service
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it.
    AOtto8
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Good food and service. I have gone multiple times for business lunches and will keep going.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just average but expensive
    Luv2dine2
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Food is nothing special. Took us 30 mins to be seated and for the waitress to get our order but the restaurant is only 1/3 full. The service is slow. Will not go back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Alright if you have a Groupon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The quality and portion size largely decreased after Group-on coupons. The food use to be better. If you didn't purchase a coupon, it's not worth paying full price for the food. With the coupon, I would say it's average. But not the high end food I'm looking for.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 87 reviews are from the Koto Sushi Lounge reviews archive.
  • Fresh Choices
    Roux
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The sushi and sushimi was very fresh. Also recommend the Beef Tataki.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great place for sushi
    Townie
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Delicious sushi with some different options on the menu. I always look forward to going to Koto!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I don't think i come back again
    AwesomeVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The rice used for the rolls were sticky and weird tasting and too big. I didn't think the food quality reflected the price. Worst I've eaten in a long timef or japanese. Sorry for the negative feedback but I'm considered a foodie and eat out a lot and Japanese is my fav.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glow
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    My co-worker and I came in for lunch on a Friday, It was pretty quiet in there but it was probably due to the stampede parade. The food was good, we got 2 rolls a few pieces of sushi and tempura. The rolls were great, I recommend the wasabi prawn roll. The tempura was not bad, a very good portion but over battered to my liking. The service was great, we were greeted, seated and served quickly and the waitress came by a few times to check up on us. All and all a very good experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1st visit to Koto
    Foodie1981
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We were staying at the Westin and Koto is located diagonally across from our hotel. With only 2 people working at the sushi bar, our orders came out very quickly. We ordered several maki rolls, assorted Tempura and sashimi. The batter for the Tempura was a little thick but the order came out hot and fresh and not greasy at all. The sashimi was fresh and the spider maki was nicely prepared.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great sushi
    fivefingers68VIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    This is a great place for lunch or dinner. Fresh sushi, nice environment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't bother.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Terrible service. We were a big group so the tip was included which I am sure was the reason we had bad service.
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  • Luch on weekday with friend
    MoMo
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Nice sushi place by my workplace. It's convenience and good place to catch up with friends.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Koto Lunch
    HotspotsYYC
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Fantastic for lunch meeting, quick, excellent high quality food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sushi rice under cooked
    Henry
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The rice used for suchi is undercooked tonight. I told the server about it but no attempts were made to make things right. This is the 5th or 6th groupon coupon for this resturant that we bought. We do not recommend the tempora, the batter is too thick and very greasy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent sushi restaurant in DT
    SushiUnagi
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    One of the decent sushi restaurants in the heart of the city. Food is great and have a decent selection. The choice of sake is quite vast which makes it seem quote authentic. The service is to be desired though - it seems the waitresses are all quite confused what they were hired to do... Good thing it is sushi (served cold) as a lot of the plates prepared by the chef are sitting on the counter about 10 feet from us. They usually sit there for 10-15 minutes until someone decides to serve them. Or in our case we had to ask the waitress whether our sashimi was ready yet - then she would look and bring us our plate of sashimi...but wouldn't serve the other dishes to the other tables. Puzzles me! I think there is a lack of coordination.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but expensive!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    The food was vary good but overpriced. We had a glass of wine each, and shared a small amount of Sashimi (8 pieces) 1 roll and the bill was $75.
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  • Snowy may inch
    Neverhangry
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Great for lunch on a cold and snowy May Day. Sushi was delicious, specialty roll too. Dynamite roll was a bit too crispy. Overall excellent for lunch.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hello
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Prices are on the higher end but worth it! Keep up the good work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch vs. Dinner Huge Variation
    ThamTham
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    I have been here before for lunch and it was fantastic, therefore I came back for dinner with a few Groupons. Everything was great until I arrived 5 minutes before my reservation where I was asked 3 times where my Groupons were before I even sat down. The dining room had about 60 customers and 15 tables with 4 servers. The food came out at a good pace for the first 30 minutes and then it went down hill from there with dishes coming out every 15 minutes. At the end of the night, dinner ended up being 2 to 2.5 hours long and we were one of the last 5 tables. At one point the chefs were making the food faster then they were being brought to the tables. Found out later the staff smoke breaks caused the delays.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for lunch or dinner
    fivefingers68VIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    We love going to Koto, sushi are always fresh, service is usually very fast, and the staff are friendly and professional
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good
    Vassy
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    I have enjoyed the place every time I go. Good service and friendly staff. Good sushi selection and other options on the menu as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great deal and Decent Sushi!
    mtritz
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Purchased the groupon and thoroughly enjoyed their delicious sushi at a great price. The spicy edamame are delicious and the sashimi was very good. Service was good and the atmosphere was good too. I would go back after work for an early dinner as it's not too busy like a lunchtimes and they can pay attention to you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremly noise around 12:00
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Extremly noise around 12:00 pm. I would not recoomedn this restuarant for client meetings.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very tasty sushi
    hmak
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    It was very busy yet the service was still excellent and the food tasty and quick. All you can ask for for a downtown business lunch,
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Koto Night Out
    Roux
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We enjoyed a great Koto feast while celebrating a family birthday on a busy and energetic Friday night. Sushi & sashimi were fresh and very tasty. The Beef Tataki was a great choice. Saved on cost with Groupon purchase making it all more affordable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great location, great food
    fivefingers68VIP
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Love going to Koto, fast service, fresh sushi & sashimi, friendly waiting staff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reserve was not ready
    David
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    This is for both, OpenTable and Koto. There is nothing more annoying than making a reservation online and not being in the list as soon as you arrive. I forgot my smart phone that day and had no chance to prove that I mad a reservation days before. The front desk girl just have a hand writing list with her and no chance to check anything through a computer. I ended up eating at the bar with my friend. Awful experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place-convenient location
    fivefingers68VIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    We have been to this place for lunch or dinner, the food is always fresh, service is fast and waiters are very friendly and efficient. Sushi is lovely, very fresh and nice taste, lots of choices. My all time favorite is a rainbow roll!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Fast Service - Great Sashimi
    James
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We attended on a Saturday evening after making reservations at 4pm for a 5:30 seating. The restaurant wasn't crowded and the ambiance was trendy without being clubby. The staff weren't super-knowledgable, but weren't clueless either. We asked for suggestions (we eat a lot of sushi) and didn't get any interesting advice. We ordered two glasses of their house white wine, two rolls and their Korean Flavoured Sashimi (Tuna). Bill w/tip came to ~$60. The sashimi was excellent, the rolls were ok and the wine was a decent house wine. The service was ridiculously fast. We put in our order and the food was at the table in minutes. We got the whole meal done, paid for and out the door in ~20 minutes.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is good, like their rolls
    Hello
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Good food, especially the rolls. Thanks for giving us sample rolls to try out. The calamari was a bit disappointing. Quite an expensive lunch (~$30) if you want to be full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome as usual! We dine
    Chrissy
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Awesome as usual! We dine here often and never had a bad experience here ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved It!
    ThamTham
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    My first time here for lunch with a friend. Booked a table at 11:30 am on a Tuesday and there was already a line up to get into the restaurant at 11:20 am. The food was well presented and the fish was fresh with good size portions. My friend and I had 2 salmon miso soups, 10 pieces of a la carte sashimi (5 pieces each), 3 maki rolls and 1 specialty roll and had a hard time finishing. The prices were reasonable given the portion size and freshness of the sashimi. There was a private room to the left hand side for larger groups which I thought was awesome. Overall, great food, good ambience, reasonably priced, and good service. I would definitely go back again and recommend this location to my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise level too high in the back
    Jake
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    As always the food was fantastic. Been here 3 times before. It's a little pricy, but worth it. The service however was not good at all this time. Seems as though we had to remind her of everything we ordered, and food took forever to arrive. Tea was cold, and when we asked for fresh stuff, it took forever to arrive and it was cold too. We also got stuck way at the back around the corner where the kitchen was and the noise level was so bad I couldn't even hear my guest in front of me. I think it's because of being stuck in a little cubby hole that the noise had nowhere to go. I don't remember this happening when I have sat out in the main area. It's good that I have been here before and had good experiences.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food
    DTSales
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Food was very good. Waitress very attentive. No complaints
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.