Kyoto Japanese Restaurant
Kyoto Japanese Restaurant

Kyoto Japanese Restaurant

  • 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: Sushi, Japanese
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Kyoto Japanese Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (27)special occasion (22)fit for foodies (16)great for lunch (14)good for groups (11)romantic (7)hot spot (7)kid-friendly (6)great for outdoor dining (3)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Sushi
    LtJR
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This is the place for the Best sushi in SLC! The entrées are excellent also.
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    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Great first experience
    MandLInc
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Had a great first experience with my wife and 2 kids(3&6 yrs old) The amount of food we got for what we spent was tremendous. It all tasted great, especially the beef sukiyaki!! I'd recommend a reservation
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    RiverPeople
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We haven't dined here in years. It was as I remembered...just ok. The prices are the same as some of the areas really great sushi restaurants but the food is not nearly as good. The rolls have so much rice and a very small amount of fish. Also, I was charged additional for soy paper, which has NEVER happened to me before in any other establishment. I will say that the service was great- very attentive and friendly.
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  • Still good food
    eatingspecialist
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Recipes have not changed significantly with new ownership. They have removed their light meal from menu unfortunately so back to having to take the extra food home. Beef sukiyaki is delicious.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    After 25+ years of supporting Kyoto, we were deeply disappointed in the quality of the food. A long time waitress told us that new owners run a few restaurants. This conglomerate mentality has chosen profit (short term) over quality. The flavors from the teryiaki to the pickled ginger to the miso soup were diminished. The quality of the shrimp was low and the tempura batter was heavy and gummy. The rice was crusty and clumpy. The choice of soup or salad is another example of this. This reminds me of the demise of the Darden Restaurants. Our reservation was a Saturday night @ prime time. The foyer was empty as were several tables. Now we know why. The reviews on line are consistent with our sentiment. Kyoto is no longer an institution!
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  • Great food and service
    Albaeating
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My wife and I went here on Saturday. They had great sushi, sake and great food.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kyoto Restaurant, a family favorite
    KarenVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Kyoto continues to be our family's "go to place"! It presents consistently quality food prepared in a traditional Japanese manner. We have been patrons of Kyoto for years, and dine regularly. We would high recommend Kyoto as an outstanding place for the entire family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just,,,The Best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    My wife and I brought my mother here for her Birthday. I have had such an exceptional experience every time I've been to Kyoto. The atmosphere is great. The service staff is so friendly and attentive. The food, well it was so good. We had some sushi, which was delicious, and some cooked items, also delicious. The prices at Kyoto are very affordable. We were all stuffed and the bill was quite reasonable. We will be back again & again.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good as always
    lovetodine3
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Very good food, good service. Waitress forgot my Boyfriends meal....everyone else was served and his took 10 minutes longer
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    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Kyoto has a genuine authentic Japanese atmosphere complete with kimonos and the food is outstanding. The prices are reasonable and a nice selection of wines and sake. Kyoto is my favorite sushi restaurant in the Salt Lake City area. I would highly recommend Kyoto to anyone. It is wise to make a reservation as to not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • drwr
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I have been a customer of Kyoto for more than 15 years. before the purchase by the new owner the food was always excellent. Since the new owners are in charge the prices have risen significantly and the food is just mediocre at best. I will never set foot again in Kyoto.
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  • Always good.
    Jumbo
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had dinner there for my wife's birthday. The food has never been disappointing. We both order the same thing everytime we dine here. We aren't adventurous eaters, but my son enjoyed the sushi last time we were hear. Reasonable prices and always quick service keeps us returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not going back. Ever
    Kyotoisgoingdown
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    "Kyoto" has been steadily declining in every department over the last few years. The service was terrible and we felt very rushed. Plastic flowers, plastic dishes, questionable servers (we asked for water no ice, and the girl looked so puzzled, that we were sorry we even mentioned it), the feeling of disarray roams the place. The concept of "timing is everything" when bringing food out to the table does not exist here. The food is just ok, but not as good as it used to be, everything is laden with salt and tastes the same. Not going back again, a waste of (significant) money and dampened mood. This place is not for discerning customers.
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  • A bit noisy
    gluttonbowl
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A bit noisy for my taste. A lot of people talking loudly and the server was very quiet. Traditional Japanese affect in the midst of a bunch of loud Americans. The food was phenomenal. I usually get the Yosa Nobe and it was cooked to perfection. So the food is out of this world. The noise took a bit away from the good time.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Sushi
    KimmieVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My mom and I were visiting from Seattle. Both of us thought Kyoto Japanese Restaurant was outstanding. Not only was the food fantastic, the service was efficient and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Floyd
    Floyd
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This was our first time. Our 11 year old enjoyed most of the sushi but did not enjoy the sea urchin or fish eggs. I thought the chicken teriyaki was great and a lot of it. I would have liked the option to choose brown rice instead of automatically getting white rice. My wife was disappointed in the noodle dish because it was more soup than noodles.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good
    Kinemetrix
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Kyoto is my wife's favorite Salt Lake restaurant. As is happening, when we went this time we noticed a slight bump in the prices but for Japanese and sushi they are still very reasonable. They also now give you a choice between soup or salad. Both used to come with a meal. But they didn't cut the portion size so 'm not upset. Always very polite and attentive wait staff and the food is as good as I have ever eaten.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • KarenVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Kyoto is a family favorite restaurant located in a easily accessible location with parking readily available. It is an excellent food value with pleasant staff to serve you. We are "regulars" and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If I'm in SLC again, I'll return.
    worldbound4now
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The welcoming hostess quickly honored our reservation and we were seated immediately. Mami, our server, was knowledgeable and very friendly, making us feel welcome. The food had a great, clean, fresh taste and was fairly priced. It was a great open table find.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the same as before!
    Luvgreatfood
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kitty
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Food was excellent and service was outstanding...will go again.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    Wally
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The wait staff is fun, knowledgable and efficient. This goes a long way to a great experience. Food is always fabulous
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    foodee
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Japanese
    RadrodenVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 77 reviews are from the Kyoto Japanese Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Great little sushi place
    Plantfriendly
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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!
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
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  • Kyoto
    BentoHat
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Janice
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing find!
    Deeters
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, slow service.
    Familyof3foodcritics
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Food was great, best sukiyaki in Utah. Love the age-dashi tofu, and firecracker roll.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Was excellent place for our family group that likes raw fish.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • consistently good
    hersheyVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Very good traditional Japanese menu. Small nice patio area
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Fantastic
    UtahLateNightFood
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well liked establishment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Great family and friendly restaurant - would recommend!
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    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Kyoto!
    Shanz
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    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!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Loved It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Love this place. The wife and I showed up on a Monday night, it was packed. Every piece of sushi we had was delicious.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Very pleasant
    Kimican
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Pleasant meal, good service! They offer both traditional Japanese seating and tables.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's not quite the same
    slcurban
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Japanese ambient and food
    sargas
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    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.
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    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Delightful Dining Experience
    Teddi
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    My friend and I really enjoyed the ambiance and the dinner. The food was very good and the service was terrific.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • our go-to japanese restaurant
    chillyHI
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    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.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.