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Makoto
Makoto

Makoto Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.makoto-restaurant.com
  • Phone: (305) 864-8600
  • 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. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "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 !"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Makoto is the best! Food is fabulous...service is impeccable...drinks are delish...scene is great!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We especially loved the miso sea bass with the crispy kale and their specialty house salad."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Excellent food , extensive menu, good ambiance , innovative dishes."
    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!!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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 $$$ !!!"
    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"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "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!!!!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "we had an excelent lunch. food is good, service good and the location at Ball Harbor is always great. Its great for antoher option."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I didn't think the food was as good as the first time. Plates were hit or miss. Cocktails were good."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Makoto has been our favorite restaurant for two years now. Food, service and ambiance and consistently amazing. Their tuna crispy rice roll is addictive"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Nothing else to say good food good service great place"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I love ,i live in Brasil , when i came here i always eat até makoto"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Food delicious as always Service excellent Love this restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "this restaurant never fails to deliver, great food good service ."
    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"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "My husband and I come here all the time. LOVE IT. Absolutely our favorite spot."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Most authentic sushi in south Florida. Stellar service and staff, even better fish !"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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 ??!?"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The food is great! Small portions, but fulfilling nonetheless. Very clean eating. The spicy tuna crispy rice was so good we ordered it twice."
    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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This was an amazing meal. The sushi was some of the best, if not the best I've ever had. The shrimp was a little chewy, but the salmon and tuna was awesome. Try the spicy tuna on crispy rice, complete unique and great taste!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This is our third time dining at Makoto and every time has been outstanding! The food is delicious; it's fun to order lot of small plates and share. The service is always excellent. This place is definitely one of my faces!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Amazing Food. Amazing Service Beautiful!!!! Perfect For any occasion!!!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We have been looking for a sushi resturant othen then the same old basic places that have been popping up around the city. While those restutants are fine for rolls they lack in that unique selection of sushi. This is what Makato has and it was amazing as well as everything else we tried. Looking for a real sushi resturant - look no further. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014