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Morimoto Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.morimotorestaurant.com
  • Phone: (215) 413-9070
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Diner Reviews
  • "The ambiance of the restaurant and the professional staff make dining at Morimoto a pleasure but it is the food that makes the dining experience truly unique. The fusion of flavors in the multi-course chef's choice is devine."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The food and the service was outstanding can't wait to go back! If you go ask for Raymond the best waiter makes you feel at home. a real class act!!!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The food and cocktails were good but definitely not worth the price, and I'd choose our neighborhood sushi joint instead next time"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Morimoto's signature curve ball still alive at his namesake Resty. Uni Carbonara was the hit for this foodie. The duck in the Duck Duck Duck could have been trimmed (fatty) a little better but that doesn't take away from the awesome preparation and Mandarin Oolong Reduction sauce it swam in. Altogether enjoyable and awesome experience expecially for chef-star struck foodie like myself. Yum..."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Went for my anniversary. The food and service were excellent. I recommend trying the Yosedofu (tofu) because it's something you cannot get at any Japanese restaurant. They make the tofu right at your table which was cool to see, and it was delicious. Also highly recommend trying the Matcha Tres Leches dessert...what a delicious blend of flavors! I would definitely go back for dinner!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "As soon as you walk through the door you are greeted by a friendly staff. We were seated promply and a server was with us explaining the menu. Service was great! The food was awesome!!!!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was great! My husband is a chef, and I am just picky; we both loved EVERYTHING! Will be going back, and trying a few more things on the menu."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Great food waiter explained everything brought my 3 children and they also loved it."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Since we love Japanese food, we thought Morimoto just the venue to celebrate my husband's birthday. What a disappointment. The food and presentation was mediocre at best. We do better at our neighborhood sushi joint. For the price, everything should delight the eyes and taste buds. They don't. I guess the big name and the decor design are enough to keep the place busy, but we won't be coming back."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had the most delicious meal at Morimoto. I highly recommend the chef's tasting menu, as they offer a variety of incredibly tasty dishes from the raw sushi bar, as well as hot dishes from the kitchen. Moreover, every dish was presented beautifully. Price of the tasting menu is reasonable, as you can choose $120 or $150 option, where there are 8 dishes but the ingredients used for each option slightly differ. Staff was extremely courteous and knowledgeable. Ambiance was perfect."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This is our third celebration at Morimito! We are always delighted. Great food and no worries about food allergies!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Our meal was excellent. Hard to choose which of the many mouth watering items to choose. The appetizer sashimi was outstanding. The fois gras w/ grilled eel dish was one of the most delicious, memorable things I have had in a long time. Enjoy! Would like to come back some time and try the omikase menu."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Our waiter was fantastic, as was the bartender upstairs who made delicious custom martinis for us. Food is always phenomenal!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I recently dined@ Morimoto after haven't been there in years and the food was still excellent, the manager ensured that my lobster was up to my expectations and the server was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Still one of favorite restsurants in Philly 👍"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "My husband and I made a detour on our Eastern Coast trip to dine in this restaurant. Everything was fabulous - the food was divine (we had the chef's omakase), the service was superior, the ambience was good. It was a special occasion (my birthday) and the restaurant staff acknowledged it in a subtle and very appropriate way without the fuss of badly sung songs. We left the restaurant feeling well taken care of and content. I highly recommend the place."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "My reservation was at 5. I arrived at 4:55. The restaurant was empty. I was told to wait until 5 to be seated. I ordered a sushi roll and duck duck duck. The sushi was good. The good part about it is that it was the same temperature throughout (the rice wasnt cold like in other places), aside from temperature the taste was not different from the less expensive sushi joints i frequent. The duck however was so bad, it was chewy to say the least and lacked flavor... I had to swallow each bite in 1 piece. The rice that comes with it was average. I would not go there again..."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The ambience is great and I would like to recommend to the ones who would like to have a nice date."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Everything about this place is perfect. The restaurant layout, the decor, the service and food are outstanding. Our server Ray was great. I would request him as our server if we ever return. We tried many items from all over the menu. All of them wonderful. The Japanese Wagyu was much better here, than at Barclay Prime. The Cilantro Gimlet was refeshing. The Morimto Sashimi, LiveScallop Ceviche, and tempura were the favorites of the night. If you like chocolate make sure you try the Mary Jane brownie. Fantastc meal!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My main dish was cooked at my table. It was absolutely delicious. The experience itself was incredible."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Premium Quality dining. Versatile menu. Staff extremely adept at suiting your personal dining style and knowledgable about every item on the menu without hesitation."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I was expecting a more exciting scene. Restaurant is kind of dated."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Morimoto is a favorite of ours for years ! My son wanted to go here for his 16 birthday so we took our family . He is now 27 ' we have come for many special occasions in our family anniversary , valentines day and graduations. My daughter iS married now and her and her husband love to dine here as well!in fact they treated us this weekend ! The sushi is like no other! Thank you Morimoto!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had an incredible server at the sushi bar, and had a wonderful evening all together."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I had a great time at Morimoto's restaurant. I mentioned that it was my boyfriend's birthday when making the reservation and every person that we dealt with wished him a happy birthday. The waiter also made sure to explain everything to us and answered all of our questions knowledgeably. The food was outstanding! I got the tempura appetizer and I've never had better. My boyfriend got the toro tartare and couldn't stop talking about it. For our entrées I got the duck which was so tender and delicious. He got the seafood toban yaki and raved about it. For dessert we got the chocolate po de creme which came out with a little candle on the plate for his birthday! I would highly recommend this place for any special occasion!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Very enjoyable meal with great unique choices for all. We tried every thing from Chef's specialties, to table side tofu, waygu beef, uni and assorted sushi, wow Morimoto know how to make you taste buds sing. I wish I could have met the Chef!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Arranged a business lunch at Morimoto when my favorite Buddakan was booked out for a party. I was referred here since it is owned by the same ownership group. Food was fresh and prepared perfectly. Presentation was very nice. Even though I didn't order a salad I was given one since the rest of the party had an order that included one - nice touch. Not over dressed or heavy on the ginger as in most Japanese restaurants. A bit pricey but highly recommended and you get what you pay for."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Everything here was delicious - wonderful pairings of sauces to the freshest of seafood dishes. Great atmosphere for dining and entertaining."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Was in town for the weekend and co worker informed me this restaurant was in Philadelphia. Made reservations and it was the best decision of the weekend. Awesome place!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I love Morimoto from the cool curvy woods to the mood ring lighting to the amazing food. Had Toro Tartare with Ossetra Caviar, Shrimp Tempura with spicy kochijam aioli, diver scallop carpaccio served in the shell green apple Sauce and herbs , an real Japanese Kobe beef. They sell it per oz at $50 per once well worth it. Wow! My DP had the spicy king crab broiled and we did not care for it as it was messy it was removed from check. We had the best Sushi They can execute flawlessly. We had Chocolate Pot De Creme which had custard and Caramelized bananas. We also were given a plum dessert saki to sample had floral and cherry and almond notes"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My husband and I dined her on Saturday night for the first time in 2 years. We have always loved it but with busy schedules & children we haven't been able to into the city as muchh. The thing that stuck me the most was that this was truly a FINE dining experience. I had forgotten what dining was like because it feels like every restaurant these days no matter how big or small, can not bring your food fast enough and the check even faster. There are even several restaurants in the city where we actually don't order our entrees until we get out appetizers because they rush you SO much. Here, we leisurely dined for 2.5 hours with our 7pm reservation on a Saturday night. It was AWESOME!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "2nd time at Morimoto's and we had another fantastic dinner! We had the sashimi and carpaccio for appetizers and the flavors were exceptional. For entrees I had the crispy rainbow trout which came as the whole fish with head-on over a tofu sauce which was cooked to perfection. My wife had surf and turf, with the surf being Hamachi ribbons in a ricardo salad which she loved. For dessert we shared the chocolate pot de creme and the yuzu meringue tart dessert, both of which offered unique flavors that stood out as much as the entrees and appetizers. I would highly recommend Morimoto's to anyone who wants a special dining experience."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Upon entering, you can't help but be in awe of the decor and ambience. I thought that if the food was on par with the decor, we would be in for a great dining experience. However, it was not more than average. Eating early around 6:30, the restaurant was relatively empty yet it took one of a group of servers standing at the back 15 minutes before we were able to flag one to to our table. The drinks were tasty, but weren't even full drinks for their $14 price. And while our bill was around $250 for 3 people, our service wasn't reflective of this. The quality of the sushi was amazing. I just wish the overall experience had matched it. Unfortunately, I would not return to Morimoto as it just does not add up to the hype."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Highly recommend the Chef Omakase; 7 dishes full of flavor. Everyone was extremely knowledgeable about the food and helpful when we asked any questions. Whoever did their training should be proud of such a well-educated and timely staff."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I've dined here at least 10 times this year, I've never thought it would get to this point but -yawn. It also didn't help that our server looked me straight in the eye and asked if I've ever dined with us prior - first time ? Mr chippy who has received at least 500 in tips from me in last 6 weeks ... Lol I'll be back soon !"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I have been to several restaurants. My husband is not someone who eats different things and when he goes to Japanese, he believes teppanyaki is Japanese food. Yeah, well Morimoto's was hands down his favorite place to eat Japanese and he wants to go back. It was amazing! We had an order totaling $150 for two people and we felt it was totally worth it! We have recommended it to everyone we know on Facebook! Our Server was amazing. Even though he was Korean, I won't hold it against him. I only asked his nationality because I am Japanese and I like to see that Japanese people are working in Japanese restaurants. He is Asian and no one would suspect otherwise. He knows his menu! He's just as awesome as Morimoto's!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Food was superb! Attendants were friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. Would definitely recommend for special occasions!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I have frequented several Starr Restaurant and my experience last night puts this at the top of my list of Starr favorites. I loved the atmosphere and the food - yellow tartare, rock shrimp tempura and crispy rainbow trout - was delectable. I did, however, struggled with finding my favorite cocktail. (I had the Yasumi and Kari. They were ok.) I ended the evening with Riesling. The service was impeccable. Andrew was affable, proficient and, to have been a new server at Morimoto, was extremely knowledgeable of the menu. He also shared the same passion for Starr Restaurants. I look forward to dining at Morimoto again."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The food and experience stood up to our expectations from Starr and Morimoto."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "As always amazing food and wait staff..Have been to locations in NY and Napa. Keep doing the great job you always do."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend here after his graduation and we had the tasting menu (the lower priced one). We are total foodies so this was a great option. 8 Courses, amazing dishes very well thought out. The food was fresh and had character. Definitely recommend to anyone celebrating and is willing to spend a little extra"
    Dined on 6/14/2014