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Kyoto Japanese Restaurant
Kyoto Japanese Restaurant

Kyoto Japanese Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kyotoslc.com
  • Phone: (801) 487-3525
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Executive Chef: Sam Tada
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 1100 East
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Kyoto Japanese Restaurant
A Salt Lake City icon, Kyoto has delighted literally generations of diners. This cozy restaurant gives the feel of a bit of Kyoto Japan in the Rocky Mountains. Kyoto specializes in authentic Japanese cuisine. House favorites include the Ebi Tempura and Steak Teriyaki. Kyoto is also known for its Sushi Bar. Patrons may either dine at the Sushi Bar or order sushi from a Japanese style booth.

Kyoto Japanese Restaurant was opened by Sam & Yoshiko Tada in 1984. Sam (a native of Kyoto Japan) brought his culinary skills & Yoshiko managed the accounting and service. Both Sam & Yoshiko still participate in the day to day operations of Kyoto.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Food still pretty good, but not the same as before the restaurant changed owners. The prices have increased and the entrees no longer come with both miso soup and salad, just one."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Food was excellent and service was outstanding...will go again."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The wait staff is fun, knowledgable and efficient. This goes a long way to a great experience. Food is always fabulous"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Our second trip here was 100% better than the 1st visit. The table was nice, the food was good and the waitress was very attentive."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Took our good friend from Washington who served his mission in Japan. He spoke some Japanese and the waitress and him had a great conversation. This place has wonderful atmosphere and food."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I love this place. Although I do have to say that the avocado was a little tough and not as creamy as other places. I am vegetarian so my limited options make me a bit picky. Makes a great date night and I love that there is an outdoor area. They didn't offer to sit us out there but it was also 100 degrees outside. Very neat and clean along with friendly staff and very prompt service!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Since the change of ownership, the menu, prices and quality of the food has slightly changed. You can choose two main dish items to make your combination plate. Still good food, but the quality of some of the food is not as good. Tempura was very greasy and the vegetables are cut Julian style, over cooked and dark. You no longer get both soup and salad. Portions are smaller."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The food, service and ambience were great. Went there for a first date with a guy who was not excited about Japanese food, and now he wants to go back again."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I loved the food and attention from the staff. It all felt very authentic. It was really great because they had more than just sushi. I had beef sukiyaki, which was AH-MAZING!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Food was great, best sukiyaki in Utah. Love the age-dashi tofu, and firecracker roll."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • " Was excellent place for our family group that likes raw fish."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Very good traditional Japanese menu. Small nice patio area"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The food and wine was absolutely wonderful. I went on a busy Friday night so the staff was a little overwhelmed, it took a while to get our food, but once it arrived it was more than worth the wait. I have yet to have something here that I have not really enjoyed. I highly recommend their Kyoto and Original Dragon rolls and the Kikkoman(sp?) plum wine. Not only is the food amazing, but so is the restaurant itself. The decor and seating are one of my favorites here in Salt Lake. It's one of my favorite places to go for a nice night out or semi-special occasion."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Great family and friendly restaurant - would recommend!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We have been going to Kyoto for delicious Japanese food and Sushi for over 20 years! The service is always amazing and they have the best tempura. It is aways perfect. Their sushi menu has expanded over the years and the fish is always fresh! We tried the Kyoto roll this time and it was Amazing! We brought out daughters this visit and they love it well, they are 13 and 16. Thank you Kyoto for always being amazing!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Love this place. The wife and I showed up on a Monday night, it was packed. Every piece of sushi we had was delicious."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Pleasant meal, good service! They offer both traditional Japanese seating and tables."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I have been dining at Kyoto for years as it is a neighborhood favorite and walkable for me. Things have been great with the new ownership, but it has lost a bit of it's shine in the process. The food seems to be the same, traditional Japanese comfort food that it has always been, but the addition of pictured sushi menu's and more deep fired, mayo covered sushi rolls has dummed it down and taken away a bit of that traditional feel. Sadly, the entrees that used to come with both a small salad and a small miso soup now come with either/or. It's a shame. That miso soup or salad deletion takes away a traditional part of the meal and cannot be that big of a cost savings to the restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The environment is authentic, the food and the service too. It is a piece of Japanese culture in town. My wife and I went there to celebrate a special occasion and were very pleased with our experience. The food is very good. The place is quite, and the service is very friendly."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "My friend and I really enjoyed the ambiance and the dinner. The food was very good and the service was terrific."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "for traditonal japanese...we are not big sushi fans, and don't equate japanese food to sushi...kyoto has been our go-to restaurant for over 15 years. we are never disappointed by the food, or gracious service. it also never fails to impress out-of-town guests, even those who have visited japan frequently. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The food was really tasty. The only drawback was that it took a really long time for the sushi to come out. Like 45 minutes from the time we ordered it. The server informed us it would take a bit but it seemed a little extra long. She was apologetic and when it arrived, we devoured it."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "This was my first time to Kyoto but it had quite a build up from my girl. It was a very busy Saturday night and the place was packed. I liked everything about the place. The service was prompt and friendly, the atmosphere was great. My only disappointment was the actual sushi. I found the rice to be gummy, rather than sticky, and the rolls were not very flavorful. I have had much better sushi in several other less posh places in the valley. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Not a family owned anymore, quality went down for food and service,hostess seem confused when we arrived and requested one of the better server. Sushi items were not fresh, kitchen items were smaller portion and not taste as good as it use to be. Very Disappointed. "
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I paid 30 for a sashimi plate and everything is served in cheap plastic plates and cups. We had some special requests, for example a pregnant woman who can't have raw eggs and they kept telling us that it's traditional Japanese, instead of coming up with alternates or solutions. First and last visit."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "It has been many years since I ate at Kyoto and I was pleasantly surprised that it was just as good as I remembered. I will definitely be back again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I've been going to Kyoto for years...I always order the same meal: Steak Teriyaki and Shrimp Tempura. It's always consistently good. The only thing I would change is that sometimes the employees are a little curt if you haven't made reservations, otherwise great dining experience!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The sushi is delicious; I can't vouch for anything else. I It's not crazy over-the-top complicated, just good. t's also a Zagat 25, if you pay attention to this sort of thing. Our server was unusually attentive and helpful."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Great food -- best sushi in SLC! Service is good, seating is a bit hard and uncomfortable. Overall great experience every time with good service and great food!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Food was good although th order in which everything is brought out made for a very crowded table. Enjoyed the sushi and service was great. I would go back but probably for lunch."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "I've been going to Kyoto's for many years now - close to 25 years and have always had the best experience ever. The food is fantastic, authentic and fresh. I have often not wanted to tell people about Kyoto's, but i realized that was selfish and virtually impossible as I've seen it grow over the years with more and more people. It gets hard to get in nowadays without a reservation. The atmosphere is energetic and I LOVE that you get a feel of Japan somehow in the food and the environment. Everyone I have introduced to Kyoto's becomes an instant fan and goes as often as I do. It's fantastic, it's real and not a fusioned type of restaurant you see these days. This place is LEGIT!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The food here is always good no matter what you choose. The service is always friendly and if you have a reservation your table is waiting for you."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was great! We enjoyed the sushi. However, they were completly unaccomidating in seating us. We were seated at the makeshift bar. This bar should not have customers at it. we are looking into the kitchen and watching the crew clean and fold napkins. The waitress tried to do her job, but she was always trying to get in and take things off the table. Even before giving us our bill she had to take all the dishes and wipe the counter top down...very awkward when sitting at the bar. Meanwhile...a table or two sat open the whole time we were there!!!! We left very upset that we were not seated at a table. This place is a 25 minute drive (on a good communte) from home..so it's not likely we will come back due to the service we recieved."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Ate here the other night with my wife and some friends. Been coming her for a couple of years now and I am always impressed. Food is very traditional, including the sushi. Don't go looking for any "Funky" rolls, only the namesake Kyoto Roll is deep fried. The friends we went with were first timers and are already planning a trip back. Ask for Michiko as your server, you won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Not my favorite Japanese restaurant in Utah, but not bad either. I ordered sushi, this visit the quality of the fish was just ok. I've had better sushi there before, maybe it was an off day? Also, I got the Kyoto roll which is deep fried, but the roll had a darker, greasier appearance and taste than what I'm used to. My wife got a tempura fried dish that looked light and fluffy, so I'm not sure what was up with mine."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Kyoto is the most authentic Japenese food in town, with amazingly perfect tempura and great sushi, attentive staff accommodating to my kid's / a neighborhood gem and treat"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "My wife and I love the Kyoto the food is always great and the service is top notch."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Kyoto combines great sushi with great Japanese food cooked by actual Japanese chefs. The servers still dress in kimonos and many have been there for years and know exactly what to recommend. The Japanese style table on the floor has a sufficient drop so your legs can bend and you feel like you are in a chair. I've been to another Japanese restaurant in Salt Lake where you still had to stretch your legs out because it was impossible to bend your knees. The tempura is still the best in the area. Portions are good sized. We all had take home boxes after eating to our hearts content."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "The Service, the food, the sushi, everything was perfect."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Everything was so wonderful! Our server was very attentive, yet unobtrusive, so we could still enjoy some conversation. We started out with a couple delicious appetizers, as well as some miso soup & the house salad (their salad dressing is the only one in town that I literally crave). Then on to some sushi and Sukiyaki... by far the best sukiyaki I've ever had in Salt Lake City. Unfortunately, we didn't save room for dessert, but will definitely try some next time. Once again, I left Kyoto extremely satisfied, and look forward to my next visit."
    Dined on 2/5/2014