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
Makoto reviews from OpenTable diners
175 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (96)hot spot (76)great for outdoor dining (65)special occasion (63)great for lunch (53)neighborhood gem (51)good for groups (46)romantic (37)kid-friendly (18)late-night find (13)notable wine list (9)great for brunch (9)vibrant bar scene (6)scenic view (4)Show More
  • AL38VIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The past couple of times I have eaten at Makoto, the food has not been up to par. It used to be one of my favorite go to spots, but I have definitely been disappointed with the quality of the food. Don't know if there are new people in the kitchen, but I think I'm giving it a rest for a while.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • delicious
    EmkayayVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    it never fails, the food and service are always excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    TonyD
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Makato hit it out if the park with great taste and perfect service. Must try to crispy rice cake with tuna. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Rush Act
    AlwarzezpVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I can have a chance to finish my salad before the next dishes thought of coming out became one after another we can have five minutes to sit and relax I feel like we are being rushed through our meal
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Makoto!
    caheVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants! The food is always fresh, and the service is great. I think the drinks are outstanding (I like the old margarita, and now the grilled pineapple margarita!! Mojitos are also excellent) I highly recommend this great spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service Slipping
    PenendenVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The food is as good as ever but the service continues to slip. Food was spilled and items knocked over upon delivery and "clean up" was the damp cloth which merely smeared the mess across the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jennyc390
    Jennyc390VIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Dine at this restaurant a lot and were there at the beginning. Good as always but since the new chef changed the short rib robata it has lost some points. It has lost the tenderness and taste and on this occasion was quite fatty which when the pieces are small means it is mostly fat. Unfortunately our rice did not come till after we had almost finished. Keep on top of your server
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best sushi ever had on the globe!
    Lala
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Absolutely phenomenal sushi, freshest fish ever. Of all sushi I have had across the nation (SanFran included), it was the best. Other dishes also excellent. Great service and beautiful ambiance. Look forward to next visit - should be rated best sushi in S. Florida...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great
    daniellec
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I think i have reviewed makoto 3 times. Its always amazing except for the fact that they changed one of my favorite items on the menu (short rib robata)
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great japanesse fusion
    RaulVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    One of the best Japanesse restaurants in South Florida. Makoto delivers consistently great food over and over again. From the salads to the Kobe beef and fantastic chicken here you can not go wrong with any dishes. More than just sushi, in the top luxury shopping center in Miami.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasantly Surprised, Recommended!
    YummyD73
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Though the restaurant was busy, Open Table got us seated right away. Since this place is pretty happening, the noise level was a little above normal. Very much in the sharing style, Japanese tapas style. Good dishes for sharing for two. House salad, Kani salad, Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice were delicious. Plates come out as they are ready. We shared about six plates. Everything was well prepared and super tasty. Great service, and constant check-ins were impressive. Be prepared to spend a little extra at this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A step above the rest
    Live4Food
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    If you want some basic sushi and rolls go to your neighborhood sushi place probably within a block of where you live. But, if you want amazing Japanese food and unique selections of very fresh fish Makoto is the place. Throw darts at the menu - your not going to find a bad dish. Watermelon Ceviche, sautéed air spinach, rock shrimp tempura, Makoto house salad, short ribs, frosty kobe fried rice, miso sea bass, grouper tempura, and you must try the sushi sampler. Really, I could go on - go, explore, enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Changing Menu..
    WalketedVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Usually when a dish does not sell you have to switch it for another one. That's not the case with the short rib robata. Aside from its popularity since the restaurant opened, it was one of my always-on-the-table dishes and now it's gone. I hope the chef finds out his decision was a very bad one before I switch to another Japanese restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average Japanese
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    It's meant to be an upmarket Japanese. But in a city like Miami, with a limited Asian cuisine proposition, this is just an average restaurant, which by en large disapoitned the high expectations on it. Food is good, but would it get out of my way to come over here... I don't think so
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great First Time
    SpicyTuna
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I've never been fond of sushi, but my best friend wanted me to try, so we looked up the best sushi in Miami and just went with Makoto! Turns out the list was very right to put Makoto at #1. All of the sushi tasted fresh, the spicy tuna appetizer is a must. The staff were all friendly and helpful, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for lunch or dinner
    Cassals
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    NY strip, rice, shrimps, everything in the Menu is awesome
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Japanese food well executed
    PhilSommelierVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I tried Makoto for the Miami Spice lunch with a friend after hearing some good reviews from others. I recommend it. I had the Hamchi Ponzi app, 4 very small but fresh slices, followed by a generous portion of rainbow maki rolls with a frozen cheesecake dessert, just ok on the dessert. My non raw eating friend enjoyed the house salad followed by shor trib tacos I think. There's a good selection of wines by the glass and bottle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Japan Fusion
    Me2013VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I dine at Makoto every weekend but sometimes I wish they had a easy menu ! I love sea bass but the size is to small !
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    frequentmiamidiner
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Makoto always good. Good atmosphere, great service and great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gastimicuVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    the best restaurant in miami!!! best sushi, good price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best restaurant in S Florida
    Paulo
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I'm a big fan of makoto. The food has an amazing taste. The seabass, the kobe fried rice, the tiger prawns and king crab robata... everything is just unbelievable!!! Forget about the other japanese restaurants. This is the place to be!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good sushi/high price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    you'd have to look pretty hard in miami for better sushi than at makoto, but i gave makoto 4 stars rather than 5 because there's still the element of value. given the prices, i think you're getting reasonable value but not great value. i ordered their pricier chef's selection of sushi ($50). it's the same number of pieces as their regular chef's selection ($30), but it comes with fish upgrades, like toro instead of regular tuna. i enjoyed it, but i could not afford to order this often. regarding atmosphere, my wife and i were first seated at a regular table near the front. it was nice and quiet, but a little boring. we asked to be moved to the sushi bar. it was louder and livelier, and i am very glad we did.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'm in love with a tiger prawn
    NomNomNom
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Makoto is absolutely fantastic. Delicious sushi and cooked dishes. Delicious tiger prawn! Two thumbs up!! Very addictive and highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Very good food! The kobe beef on the stone is superb!! It was a great experience slthough very noisy!
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cyrus
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Japanese eggplant was amazing as was the tuna tartare. Glad I used open table!
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service, but LOUD
    sep004VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We enjoyed the food at Mikoto. Try the tuna pizza... it's unexpectedly delicious. The service was attentive. The restaurant is just so LOUD that we didn't have an enjoyable experience.
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  • My fav restaurant
    GourmetVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Makoto is one of my favorite restaurants in miami. The food is delicious. The service is out of this world. The place is beautiful. Great location. Highly Recommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
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    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....
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant
    Delraylou
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best japanese food
    EmkayayVIP
    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.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • 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 !
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • 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
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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.
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    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.
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    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!!
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    good for groups
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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
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • 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.
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    hot spot
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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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.