Makoto
Makoto

Makoto

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.makoto-restaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3058648600x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Daily:11:30am - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm- 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Makoto Okuwa
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 96th St
  • Public Transit: 96th St and Collins Ave
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is offered in front of the Collins Avenue side of the restaurant for $10/hour, $25 for VIP service. Self-parking is also available in the Shops lots and garage for $1.50/hour with validation.
A word from Makoto
Stephen Starr's newest Japanese restaurant, Makoto is located in the prestigious Bal Harbour Shops. Makoto features a modern Japanese menu including sushi bar selections, modern Japanese dishes, and bincho charcoal robata. A hand-crafted beverage program focused on sake compliments the cuisine. The dining room and sushi bar seating are available by reservation. Outdoor seating is available upon arrival.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Makoto reviews from OpenTable diners
156 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (83)special occasion (67)great for outdoor dining (65)hot spot (59)good for groups (46)great for lunch (45)neighborhood gem (43)romantic (38)kid-friendly (17)late-night find (14)great for brunch (11)notable wine list (9)scenic view (8)vibrant bar scene (6)Show More
  • Miami Spice attempt
    blueskiesVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We went to Makoto to participate in Miami Spice but when we saw the menu, we realized we could order two dishes for less than the Miami Spice meal. Of course, this meant we did not get dessert which we did not want anyway. The waitstaff hovered around us so as soon as a last bite was taken, the waiter was there to remove the dish. I prefer for dishes to be removed when all are finished. Now about the food - the four dishes we had were delicious and different but sparse. I would almost say that I was still hungry when we left. Our friend ordered the skirt steak on Miami Spice. The meat was 4 ounces which for a man as a main course is not sufficient.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great restaurant
    ronit26
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    we will come back ...love the location and looking forward to come back soon with some friend....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had lunch at Makoto during Miami Spice month. Our lunch was excellent and offered very good value. A glance at the "regular" menu suggests it offers excellent value as well. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best japanese food
    Emkayay
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This is by far my favourite restaurant in Miami. Food is awesome. Service is impeccable. Staff is knowledgeable. a must for any foodie.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FANTASTIC !
    NoodlesVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    we went there to try the Miami Spice menu and the food was amazing ! Definately worth trying, great combination of ingredients to make delicious dishes !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Makoto is the best! Food is fabulous...service is impeccable...drinks are delish...scene is great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything we tried was delicious!
    Sealegss
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We especially loved the miso sea bass with the crispy kale and their specialty house salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service
    Alfred
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Excellent food , extensive menu, good ambiance , innovative dishes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, average service
    Traveller
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Our waiter was never around, we had to pour ourself our wine all the time, food was good, but was not explained correctly. Ambiance was a bit noisy, lots of groups in large tables. If you're going for Miami spice dinner menu, I wouldn't order the sushi combination, nothing special about it, but the skirt steak, delicious! And the cheesecake, yummi!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth it
    Pacheeks
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We've been to Makoto before, and both times we weren't happy with our experience. This last time, I called to find out about the wait time, at which point the hostess informed me they were completely booked for the night, and we could maybe sit outside with a minimum 45-minute wait. I was a little bummed (I wanted to go for a bday dinner), but as I was browsing their website, I saw there was a reservation option. Plenty of reservations available for the whole night! When we arrived 20 mins later, the place was not full. Not sure why they are turning away customers. The food is mediocre and not worth the price tag, and the workers came off as snobby. Also-took our favorite roll off the menu. Won't be coming back-don't waste your $$$ !!!
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  • Yum
    Rspringfla
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Third time back. Can't wait for the next time, soon Best cowboy ribeye ever. Dry aged. Flavorful. Perfectly cooked Outstanding sushi Delicious roasted bronzino
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great sushi!
    Katie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Lively atmosphere, great service, and wonderful fresh sushi. Was recommended by a friend and so happy we went. Great location in the Bar Harbour Shops so can stroll around before or after dinner. Great selection of drinks and sake. Knowledgable staff. Great people watching place. Dessert was delicious too.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good japanese in miami
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    the food was good, the evening enjoyable except for one incident with the hostess. we made a reservation for 7:30. upon arriving, the restaurant was mostly empty. when i protested as to the seating in front of the kitchen and asked her to change the table, then gestured toward a corner table and asked if we could sit there, she told us that they saved those tables for parties of 5. Fine, she changed our table and then 5 minutes later, proceeded to seat a party of 4 at the table next to us which was the precise table i had asked her to seat us at. Moral of the story: it is always better to tell the truth than to lie. If someone had requested that specific table, let us know. the incident left a sour note to an otherwise nice dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Japanese
    GourmetVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I love Makoto!! it is one of my favorite places in Miami! I go at least twice a month….. The food is so delicious and the service is outstanding….. Highly recommended!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • never fails...
    Emkayay
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Best Japanese food in Miami. A must. All food ordered was outstanding. I always make sure to book Makoto a few times when I am in Miami. When I am not in Miami I crave Makoto Food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Sushi
    RickMeister
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Sushi was very good but not the best I've had by a long shot. Tuna tataki salad was best item we tried. Spicy tuna and spicy hamachi rolls were also good but lacked a bit of flavour. Rolls are expensive but you get 8 good size pieces. Waiter was very good and service was excellent. Only complaint is that restaurant was freezing. We requested that they turn down the air conditioning which they did.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • well taken care of at Makoto
    Xcellentdiner
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Fabulous food and the best sushi!!! EVERYTHING was fresh and so well prepared and for the first time I tried a vegan veggie roll wow you won me over on that one. I am from California and we have some of the worlds best sushi but I must say that our entire group unanimously agreed we would love Makoto in Orange County California! The crab salad is just right as was the udon dish and the spicy edamame were fabulous although we could have gone for more spice!! Keep it fresh and real Makoto we will always come back for your authentic sushi whenever we are in Miami!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • maria elena
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    we had an excelent lunch. food is good, service good and the location at Ball Harbor is always great. Its great for antoher option.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as first time I went
    DimitriMTLVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I didn't think the food was as good as the first time. Plates were hit or miss. Cocktails were good.
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  • Outstanding
    Teddy
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner at Makoto extremely well. The food was specially good; the service great and the ambience was OK. We have been there for several times before and we intend to return every chance we get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best spot on Miami Each
    jvtennis
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Makoto has been our favorite restaurant for two years now. Food, service and ambiance and consistently amazing. Their tuna crispy rice roll is addictive
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    Greta
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Nothing else to say good food good service great place
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • makota is one of our faves.
    foodVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    However, we believe the seviche and sesame noodle recipes have been changed are more in line with other restaurants. We liked them better before. But the short rib udon was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FoodVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I love ,i live in Brasil , when i came here i always eat até makoto
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    AL38VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food delicious as always Service excellent Love this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    jacob
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    this restaurant never fails to deliver, great food good service .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Value
    NotaFan
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Food good, service great. Ambiance just OK and music out of character. Concept of each dish being 2 small "sharing" portions is clever but portion too small and overpriced.We were still hungary after 5 plates
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our Favorite Spot
    jfmca
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    My husband and I come here all the time. LOVE IT. Absolutely our favorite spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    To start with, the reception was friendly and accommodating. We were greeted at our table right away by our waiter. He was friendly and explained everything we asked. The food came in a timely manor. We found our choices to be delicious but considerably smaller than we would have liked. The whole experience was positive overall.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best sushi in south Florida
    Samsfeelingood
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Most authentic sushi in south Florida. Stellar service and staff, even better fish !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jennyc390
    Jennyc390VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I love this restaurant; i love the food, the location and the fact that they remember that we go often, not just because we use open table. However above all I love the lychee martinis, but particularly with Raoul making them, if he is there. On two occasions recently, knowing he was on the bar, I have asked that he make them for me. On both occasions I was assured that he had when I knew that he hadn't. Firstly because it did not taste the same, and the glass was not full to capacity, but also because the whole time I was waiting for it to arrive at my table Raoul was in the kitchen waiting for a take out order!!! Most people go to a restaurant again and again because they want to repeat an experience. Not so these two times!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always good.a couple of glitches
    truscica
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I have eaten at makoto since it's opening about 20 or so times.it is always good. menu does alter certain items(even good ones from time to time and never reappearing, example the skirt steak on hot stone on original menu,was the most affordable steak and delicious.Never to be heard of again.Now its expense kobe beef, generally not worth the price.The way this rest and others by the same owner,the food comes out not in any order from appetizers to entrées.it simply comes when ready.In theory its terrific, in actuality if you r eating your salad and you main course come b4 your small appetizers or robabto grill, food gets cold and the table overcrowded with too much food at once. I have given this rest a good review,but it needs rethinking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Special Date Location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    While the prices may be a little off putting, it was well worth it. Everything my fiance and I had was mouth watering, from drinks to dessert. It is definitely a new date night location, and is a place not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect every time
    KatsumotoVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The mark of a great restaurant is its capacity to deliver great food and service every time you go, and Makoto has been doing just that over the last few years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • overpriced for average food
    DavidB
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Not bad, but this resturant has relatively high prices for sushi which provided only average taste and portion sizes. Noise level became enough of an issue that we were having to yell to hear each other. The real crab used in the sushi which was noted in several reviews on other sites was tasteless. I would go elsewhere for sushi in the future, as I do not think the food taste / portions justify the price level.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nothing special
    ABmia
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The restaurant design is quite bad.. Inside smells like fried food .. The small outdoor area inside the mall is cute but the back outdoor area is in the middle of a parking lot ??!?
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  • great food really good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I always love coming here. This is the 3rd time in the last 2 months and it is consistently good. They have the Bento box lunch that can make it less expensive and has a great combo of food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bal Harbour Love
    ChicagogurlVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The best meal to celebrate my birthday. Fantastic fresh fare with unbelievable attention to detail in taste, presentation and wait staff. Willie out waiter was knowledgable and made excellent recommendations and described the Japanese dishes with great finesse. Don't miss this restaurant!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lulu
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food is great! Small portions, but fulfilling nonetheless. Very clean eating. The spicy tuna crispy rice was so good we ordered it twice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sadly Disappointing.....
    Grandie
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This was our first visit to Makoto. Located in the Bal Harbour Shops, it is, as you'd expect, a beautiful restaurant. We had heard fabulous things about Makoto, & though the service & ambience were outstanding, we were sadly disappointed with the food. Don't misunderstand...the food is very good & an interesting take on your standard Japanese menu, but it wasn't amazing, quite expensive, & certainly not as memorable as hoped. Perhaps we had very positive preconceived notions about Makoto's food, & though our dinners fell short, we will give it another try when we're in the area. We won't, as we did the other night, however, make it a destination, albeit one for milestone celebrations, until we feel that the food warrants a 30 minute drive.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic