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
169 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (88)special occasion (68)hot spot (68)great for outdoor dining (61)great for lunch (49)neighborhood gem (47)good for groups (45)romantic (41)kid-friendly (18)late-night find (15)notable wine list (11)great for brunch (10)vibrant bar scene (8)scenic view (7)Show More
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    Me2013
    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
    • Ambiance
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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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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!
    Special Features:
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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.
    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
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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.
    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
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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
    • Food
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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
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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.
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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.
  • 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
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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.
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    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
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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.
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    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
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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
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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
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    great for outdoor dining
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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  • FoodVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I love ,i live in Brasil , when i came here i always eat até makoto
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    AL38VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food delicious as always Service excellent Love this restaurant!
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    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