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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Morimoto reviews from OpenTable diners
282 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (210)special occasion (207)romantic (115)hot spot (92)good for groups (57)neighborhood gem (46)great for lunch (34)notable wine list (23)late-night find (19)scenic view (7)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (5)great for outdoor dining (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • awesome
    tick
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Best spicey tuna roll i have ever had. I would recommend and go back very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night
    kmac
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Made a reservation for our monthly date night. We arrived early and was still seated right away. We opted to pick several dishes and spilt it. The spicy king crab, wasabi fried rice and Chilean Sea Bass were our favorites. We will be back to try the rest of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Remarkable night out with my fiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was our second time back and it was a evening together enjoying one of our very favorite dinners together. What a special night and incredible food, a night we'll always remember! Great food & we would highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
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    EdinPhila
    Dined on 9/11/2014
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    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic but very noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The food and service were terrific but not until later in the evening were we able to carry on a conversation because of the noise level.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Iron Chef strikes again
    jrghistoryVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Let's get it out of the way: Morimoto's not cheap. It's simply excellent. I won't pretend to be a maven of sushi and sashimi, but I've eaten it on both coasts, and I've never had better. The fish was fresh and startlingly tender. If I have a complaint, it's that the menu is so broad and attractive that I wanted to try everything. Next time, perhaps. In the meantime, I'll keep my memories of the velvety tuna to hold me till then.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing experience
    Foodisluv
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    A gem of the Philly food scene. Amazing food, romantic atmosphere but NOT a place for kids. A very enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely delicious!
    Lmarz
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We ordered an assortment of appetizers, sushi and two entrees and it was half the price of the omakase. For somewhat picky eaters like us, it was the way to go! Everything was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok
    JFid
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We read the reviews but must disagree. The sushi was tough (worst scallops I've ever had) and the wagyu beef was not worth it at all! Now, we are from the west coast and eat sushi about twice a week. So, that may be why we weren't happy about the food. But I don't think so. Now, we did not eat the mains, only sushi so it is possible that the mains are better. We would not go back.
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  • Great service and delicious food
    Foodietraveler
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Morimoto was wonderful. It was my first time here and I want to go back so I can try more menu items. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu, steered us well in terms of amount to order and helped us navigate some food allergies. I will definitely come back next time I'm in town
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best meal of 2014 so far
    WMColmes14VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Server (Andrew) was nice, attentive and knowledgeable. I like when a server is honest with his opinion. Everything we had was amazing, and some things were just dynamite. Had wagyu carpaccio (waguy beef thinly sliced with yuzu, hot oil and mitsuba leaf) - beef was like butter; spicy king crab in the half shell - best version I've had, such flavorful crab; Cha soba as an ending item was a great clean finish (chilled green tea noodles with chopped scallion, fresh wasabim, sesame seeds, and dashi-shoyu); scallop ceviche was so tender and clean; seasonal Japanese scallops and eel were the best samples of the meat we'd ever had. Amazing ambiance, very cool décor, as it appears you are eating underneath an ocean wave. Just amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Sushi EVER!!!!!!!
    TLOM
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This is the real deal! The fish is flown in from Japan and prepared Exquisitely. The service is great and the Drinks, WOW!!!! You have never experience authentic Japanese cuisine until you have spent a night here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Oishi!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    One of my favorite places, ever!! Everything from the smooth and soft Maguro Sashimi to the large 12-14oz Dashi glazed Strip Steak!! The piece de resistance... The Rock Shrimp Tempura!! After a healthy dose of fresh sushi rolls, I ordered the Shrimp as my entree with the Wasabi Rice and the Sautéed Japanese Mushrooms as my sides and it was fantastic!! I truly can't wait to go back! I won't mess around... It'll be all about that Rock Shrimp Tempura!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Robert
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Unique and interesting menu. Great service and a lot of fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    SAM675
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This has been on my bucket list for a while now and I finally had a chance to go this past Saturday. Only complaint was that I walked right past it, as it is not well identified from the street. Food was amazing, overall experience was great. 8 top table next to us was celebrating something and one lady was SUPER loud, but that didn't detract from an overall fantastic experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice quiet dining
    Nikki
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    very nice and quiet ambience making it good place for fine dining and special occasions. Entrance could use better signs as people non familiar with center city could walk past it without noticing the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice - a little pricey
    DeniseVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed the meal - excellent food. Service was good, a little slow for a late Sunday night. We go out often and have no problem spending big money on food, but this night seemed very pricey... over $200 with tip for not much food. My husband's main course (Duck) was a ridiculously small portion for $33. Tuna roll tasted premade rather than fresh hand rolled. We ended on 2 fabulous desserts... but probably would not go back. We love Buddakan and would pick that over Morimoto.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Iron Chef Morimoto Rocks!
    Bighouse
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was our first time dining here and we were excited about getting to eat in an Iron Chef's restaurant. We were not disappointed as we walked in the front door and realized how awesome the restaurant's decor was. The lights changed, the tables were intimate, and the staff was impeccable. The top thing was without a doubt the food! I got Morimoto's 8 course tasting event and I was blown away by all of the amazing dishes. My family thoroughly enjoyed all of their dishes too. GO HERE for a great atmosphere, romantic seating, and the authentic Japanese cuisine with the Iron Chef's twist.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The Regular menu here is amazing; however, I would not recommend getting sushi rolls here. There is nothing really special about these but the price (on the high end). Everything else was amazing. I cannot complain about the food quality of the regular menu. I only wish we had left room for dessert. It sounded so good.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible food
    JDinOCVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Living on the West Coast, I always look forward to coming back to Philly and dining at Morimoto. I often wonder if I'll be disappointed because my expectations (and past experiences) have been so high. Thankfully, this experience was, again, incredible. I ordered the omakase (though pricey, gives a broad selection of Morimoto's skills) which had nine courses - all artfully presented and exceptionally prepared. If you're too overwhelmed and don't know what to order, this is a good way of getting a wonderful dining experience. The choreography of the service matched ambiance and culinary expertise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenominal dining experience!
    Diningtreats56
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My husband and I had a wonderful experience at Morimoto's! Our dinner was worth the trip. Unfortunately far enough away that it's probably a once a year, special occasion thing for us.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We visited Philly and Morimoto's was 2 blocks away from Independence Hall. Beautifully designed space surpassed by beauty of each plate of food. Each plate of the 8 course Umikase was a work of art. Took the pressure off deciding what to order, since each course was a surprise. Delightful surprise since each course was amazing. 5th course was 1/2 grilled lobster, then 6th course was Kobe beef, and 7th was sushi. This was surf & turf off the charts. Definitely one of the top 5 dining experiences I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great but didn't blow me away
    Zinger
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This was our first visit to to Morimoto. We had a nice time and good service. Overall, our experience was great but not exceptional. The wine and beer list is very good. My husband had the omakase menu and enjoyed it. I had the artic char -- while very good, did not blow me away. I would not order it again. The rock shrimp was probably the biggest disappointment (barely tasted any shrimp, almost all batter). The rock shrimp I've had at Nobu was far, far better. I'd heard it was also great at Moriomoto, which was why I ordered it. I've also had less than stellar outings at Nobu, so maybe it was a slightly off night at Moriomoto as well. Whatever the reason, the meal didn't quite meet my expectations. We'll come back in any case.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing.
    LeverettVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Did the chefs sushi tasting with a friend. Some fish - mainly the sashimi - I wouldn't order again, yet overall an amazing experience eating at my favorite Japanese old school Iron Chef. A real treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive, BUT...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Morimoto has wide selection of fish that is not typically found in other sushi restaurants. Some are prepared in ways that I have not yet seen.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We found the service arrogant and the table decorations offensive!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really good
    Gennaro
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Good food, perfect Service, moderate price.........
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey but hands down worth it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Morimoto was an amazing experience from the servers, staff, food all the way to the atmosphere. An overall perfect night! We got the spicy king crab appetizer, scallops with marrow, ramen soup, duck duck duck, surf and turf and received a few birthday treats too all of which were delish and so flavorful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    LuckyLew
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We ate at Morimoto while visiting recently. The Omakaze was very good, with many items that we have not tasted before. The presentations were all delightful and the service impeccable. We will return the next time we are in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Best bites I have had....pork belly divine as was the hot diver scallops.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Simply the best quality sushi prepared by the most talented chefs. Always satisfying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service was phenomenal
    Vickimiller
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The best sushi and sashimi I have ever consumed in my entire life!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    ChrisBrunerVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Best sushi ever!! A must try for all sushi lovers.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    daawesomedawson
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We ordered the omakase (chef's tasting menu) it was 7 courses including dessert and every single dish was exquisite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous experience
    SnowellenVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Before leaving Philadelphia, we had time for lunch and chose Morimoto. We were so pleased at how delicious the food and service were. I'm very familiar with Japanese food having lived in Japan, but experienced some new dishes at Morimoto's. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Laura76
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Dinner at Morimoto's restaurant is most than a dinner, it is an experience, very difficult to explain.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food and service
    TravelingAngel
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This really is a gem of a spot in Philly for anyone seeking out great Japanese food. I went with our daughter who has lots of food allergies and the waitress was super friendly, helpful and supportive. Prices are reasonable for what you get. My ONLY complaint is that it's really loud, especially with the music turned up. Def recommend, although make sure no one's hard of hearing. ;)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    SbrbnCouple
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had not been here in a few years... Took our daughter before she goes away for fall semester as a special dinner, and Morimoto did not disappoint. Carpaccio Morimoto was outstanding, as was the Ishi Yaki Bop (rice bowl). Nice to see Morimoto is still strong after all these years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good experience!
    Riva411
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    It was the first time for us in Morimoto. The restaurant is very nicely decorated, very modern. A bit dark. The waiter was very nice and very thoughtful. For my taste a bit too talkative. The dishware and silverware was in accordance to the decoration and level of the restaurant. Except for the chop sticks which is nice that they are wood and disposable but could find nicer ones and not get the cheapest set in the market. It would be nice that they had been covered with a paper envelop or similar. The dishes were very well presented and the waiter gave all the details about them when serving. The food was good and a very recomendable dish is the Ishi Yaki "Buri Bop". In short it's a good experience for a one time experience.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful presentation, unique food
    luv2eatsushi
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The omikase was a treat. Each course was plated well. Most courses were quite good. The chef made sure not to duplicate anything I had had during my last visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.