Morimoto
Morimoto

Morimoto

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.morimotorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2154139070
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday – Thursday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Masaharu Morimoto
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: With delectable cuisine and stellar service, Stephen STARR Events brings the experiences of the wildly successful STARR Restaurants to the world of catering. “Re-inventing” the traditional event, Stephen STARR Events prepares unique chef-driven creations as well as signature selections from the restaurants with menus tailored to each client. For more information on full-service catering for small and large private, social and corporate functions, as well as, quick-service options, please contact Stephen STARR Events at (215) 923-2675.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 7th & 8th on Chestnut Street
  • Public Transit: Route 47 bus – Chestnut Street stop.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available at $15 per vehicle starting nightly from 5:00pm. Limited street parking is also available.
A word from Morimoto
Morimoto is a cutting-edge restaurant serving contemporary Japanese cuisine. Chef Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef fame prepares traditional dishes with a modern flair. Reservations will be accommodated at the sushi bar or a table; both options are fabulous! Special requests are encouraged but not guaranteed; please call the restaurant to discuss your special requests well before your reservation date.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Morimoto reviews from OpenTable diners
269 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (207)special occasion (206)hot spot (105)romantic (104)good for groups (58)neighborhood gem (44)great for lunch (29)notable wine list (23)late-night find (21)vibrant bar scene (7)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (5)great for outdoor dining (4)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • Love love love
    Missy
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The service was great. The restaurant was beautiful. Must go at night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Iron Chef Unchallenged
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    You have to eat at Morimoto. No question. Get the 10 hour pork kakuni. Thank me later. From start to finish an unparalleled dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food ever
    lynds1
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Sushi will never be the same. It was the freshest, tastiest sushi I have ever had. We also had some delicious appetizers--the 10 hour pork "kakuni" and the wagyu dumplings. The cocktails were delicious too! Try the buruberi mojito. It was fresh and minty. The restaurant itself was beautiful, with the funky architecture and the changing colored lights. And the service was top notch. Our server assisted us with making choices on the menu and she answered our questions. The even acknowledged our anniversary. It was a great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Second time
    DoctorE
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Found Morimoto on a Friday night for a late night last minute spot. WE WENT BACK THE NEXT NIGHT.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant find
    DoctorE
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had arrived into Philly at 11 on a Friday night not expecting much of a dining experience to be open. This place was so awesome, we went back the next night to try more of the menu. In one word: INCREDIBLE.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Chef's Tasting, tho pricey
    nicholasands
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The chef's tasting, which we had with sake pairing, was an amazing parade of courses, each at least as good as the first, which was a fantastic tuna tartare. The sake was a perfect compliment to the dishes. This ran $235 a person, so they are quiet proud of, but not undeservingly so. When is was done, we we not stuffed. It was just the right amount at the right pace. The service staff kept a close eye to coordinate the timing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best food I've ever had
    Tsaltzburg
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    every single thing we ordered was outstanding and our service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    BMWgirl
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    My friends and I were in town for work and we wanted to dine at a restaurant that was known to have fantastic food. Needless to say, we were not disappointed. The food and service was excellent. I will definitely be back the next time I return to Philadelphia.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful decor
    bibimbaplover
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Hidden location, beautiful decor. Presentation was lovely, but more of a fusion type Japanese restaurant geared towards the general populace. Large serving of Miso soup should be shared, sashimi was fresh but enjoyed the sashimi more at Raw the next night. Nice for a special occasion. The hot tea was very weak in flavor. Service was spectacular and staff was very friendly and professional. Desserts were phenomenal. Would consider returning and ordering dishes off the menu and not the sashimi. Love the interior design, felt like we were in an aquarium.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Japanese restaurant
    IH1014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great food and drinks! Great service! My favorite Japanese resturant in Philly for sure!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints!
    Elluminated
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I've been to Morimoto's Philly location a handful of times over the years, and each experience has been a delight. Definitely a must-experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic
    rk1013
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    been here before, and this never fails to disappoint
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great sushi - a little sloppiness
    DrScott
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had the lunch tasting menu. The meal was generally very good. Fresh and imaginative dishes. The initial courses were very slow to arrive. The restaurant was half full. The sushi course came with wasabi on the fish despite specifically asking to avoid wasabi. I do wish the dessert was chocolate based but that's just a personal preference. Waiter was very good and apologized for the lapses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FABULOUS
    PB188
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    FROM THE MOMENT YOU ENTER MORIMOTO A UNIQUE AND FABULOUS EXPERIENCE BEGINS. THE CREATIVE DECOR MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE IN A SENSUAL CALMING CAPSULE. THE SERVER WAS WELL INFORMED, FRIENDLY AND ATTENTIVE. MY ONE NEGATIVE WOULD BE THAT SOMETIMES THE STAFF TRIED TO REMOVE PLATES BEFORE WE WERE FINISHED. THE FOOD WAS PREPARED AND PRESENTED IN UNIQUE AND INTERESTING WAYS AND IT WAS DELICIOUS! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE RAINBOW TROUT ENTREE, THE SMALL OYSTERS AND THE WHITE SHRIMP SUSHI. OVERALL THIS WAS A GREAT DINING EXPERIENCE BUT WITHOUT THE WHITE TABLECLOTHS AND TRADITIONAL DECOR!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Thank you for making our special night a top notch experience. Food was excellent, service was downright courtly, yet warm. This was our second visit and it was everything we'd hoped.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go iron chef!
    pantageticketholder
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Great selection of fish and saki! Some unique items were available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Morimotos again
    njoyfood
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This was our fourth time dining at Morimotos over the 13 years that it has been open. Each time we have had the okase with drink pairings. The offerings have been tailored tour food allergies and sensitivities. Each time has been an excellent experience with the opportunity to appreciate new foods and different preparation. The service is attentive without being overbearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Chef7A
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Great experience. Hardest part of the evening was deciding what to order. The Toro Tartare was amazing as was the Uni, and the seafood toban-yaki offered a great selection of fresh seafood bathed in a rich broth with a perfect portion of sticky rice. I know the review sounds a bit too glowing but it is seldom that I enjoy a restaurant meal as much as I enjoyed this. Everything was cooked and presented perfectly and the flavors were deep and rich. Can't wait to travel to the area again so I can try some other menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yum- Even with children
    Visitortophilly
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Went with our four and six-year-old kids. They enjoyed the steak, rock shrimp, dumplings, miso soup, and California roll. It was great that they could join our fine dining experience too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Fancypants
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food and service is amazing. The only downside is the restaurant is very loud and it detracts from the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Dining Experience
    cakedec
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Dining at Morimoto is not just an evening out for dinner - it is truly an experience. Each course is uniquely beautifully plated with many complex flavors. Servers explain each element of every dish. The cubicles change color. Cubicles are mostly a zig zag with tables for two on a pedestal down each side wall. The overall ambience of this restaurant is vibrant. Did I say the food was spectacular!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved It
    Hungryman
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Very nice restaurant, food was outstanding. The A5 Wagu beef was unbelievable. Try this place you wont be dissapointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to expectations
    Kbake2
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I went to morimoto for my birthday dinner with my mom and fiancée. None of us had been there before and were immediately impressed. Everything was impeccable, the service, food, and environment were all amazing and I can't wait to go back. Our server was very knowledgeable and happy to give recommendations, and wonderfully gifted at sharing information with is about the menu without coming off as snobby, as some higher end reataurants can seem. It was really a wonderful experience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Went high end and did their special -- $130/person. I've never spent this much on food before. It was good, and I liked savoring the food, but I wish there was more continuity (and food) within the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BUGDR
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Practically every dish was exceptional. Only the scallops were pedestrian. The creative and fresh ingredients were treated with a light hand. We never had such an elegant presentation of classical Japanese cuisine. Our waiter was cordial, knowledgeable, and excellent in guiding us through an extensive and foreign menu. The wine selection is interesting. Our first wine choice was corked and he replaced it without a question. Would love to go back and try everything on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Food and service were excelent. The restaurant it's self is stunning. I have been there twice and both times have been way above standard.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fancy Japanese Fusion
    Brainbob
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised by the ambiance of the restaurant and the food. All the reviews I read had expressed exactly what we had experienced, great food, great service, and a very modern setting. The food was tasty, albeit expensive, but of course you are paying for the name behind it. The omakase was good and fresh and definitely filled me up. Would I go for a regular Japanese dinner? No. Would I go back for a special occasion? Yes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We finally had the chance to get to Morimoto's! Nothing short of sensational. The food was just fabulous, the ambiance so nice. All our meals were so delicious. Can't even say one thing was better than the next because all our meals were equally delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not the same anymore
    scubado
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We always enjoyed coming to Morimoto. Even after moving out of the city, the drive seemed worthwhile. Not so this time. We realized that the $120 assorted combo did not contain many of the delicacies we were used to. When we asked our server about the special items that the chef would include, we got a flat, “well it is the chef’s choice, so he will decide”. Earlier the server would check with the chef who would provide a wide range of specialty fishes worth the experience. The rock shrimp tempura was majorly coated in batter, hiding any taste of the shrimp. The sushi & sashimi quality was lower and lacked the flavors and spices we were used to from past experiences. Our five year-old enjoyed the trout though. In all, quite disappointing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it
    WineandDine
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We were an hour late for our reservation and they were still able to seat us. Great service, great food. More than please.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie paradise!
    mare713
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Interesting decor, wonderful wait staff, and one of the most succulent meals to date...brilliant! This was a wonderful dining experience from start to finish. I had a few dishes including the standout morimoto sashimi platter which featured 5 outstandingly fresh selections, the braised pork belly complemented by the subtle rice porridge and the wagyu beef in broth which was delightfully light and delicious. They even provided a complimentary espresso dessert that was just on point. Grab a seat at the back to watch the chefs at work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Look forward to the next time!
    balance
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Loved the interior and food presentation. Whitefish carpaccio was absolute winner, but everything else we had ordered was delicious as well. Wasabi fried rice is addictive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    Wombom
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Fun spot for dinner with friends... Trendy in a good way! Food was Fab!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    It was the first time that we have been to Morimoto's and all I can say is that it was worth the trip. We did the Omakase (Chef's tasting menu) and course after course the food was just simply amazing. There was such a well balance in all of the courses. I enjoyed the dessert the most however since I do have a bit of a sweet tooth. The green tea matcha tres leche was unforgettable! It is very tempting to just go back there for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing knives
    avocatVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    How do they do it? I got a glimpse by arriving early on my fourth visit, to sit at the sushi bar. In the middle. The dozens of fresh fish from Tokyo fish in cool cases in front of me. And the knives of each chef moving smoothy through the elements of a perfect meal. Long white steel sharpened to molecular disappearing edges which slid through the fish where the fish was not. Quiet Japanese chatter sometimes punctuating brief down moments. Of course, the meal. Tasting menu different from my last. On purpose. By digitally enhanced memory. Flavors living in memory. Make no mistake. Some choices are expensive, but the brilliance and discipline of Chef Morimoto is here. If you think this was a once in a lifetime experience, you will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Meal for a Special Occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My finance and I could not have asked for a better dinner to celebrate our engagement. The Omakase was amazing, especially the Tuna Tartare and the Japanese Wagyu Beef. Not only were we given a complimentary glass of champagne, but we were also given a tasting appetizer from the chef and an additional complimentary dessert. We both left Morimoto agreeing that was the best meal we've had. Thanks for making it a great night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • You're paying for freshness only
    Gooseylucy
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I was really excited to eat here, but ultimately left the restaurant broke, still hungry, and more than "fished-out." While the fish was extremely fresh, and we were served a good variety of fish...for someone who doesn't have a distinguished palate for fish, it all kind of tasted the same. I kept waiting for something other than fish, or at least something cooked to come out...or even just something more than 2 bites worth. If I went back, I would definitely NOT do the omakase. I don't think it's worth the money unless you REALLY like raw fish and are able to appreciate the difference. On the plus side, the service was great!
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  • Loved it!
    Morgiparents
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I took my wife to Morimoto for her birthday. It was our first time dining there and it was fantastic! When we walked in, we were seated right away. The staff and service was excellent, the food was outstanding and in a great location. We had the duck and was cooked to perfection. I would definitely come again!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Moromoto is the best!
    patatty
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    There is a reason Morimoto in Philly is my favorite restaurant! It never disappoints! The flavors, creativity and service are second to none!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    jkemmerer
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Had a great time celebrating birthday and anniversary. Food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic