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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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We had an incredible server at the sushi bar, and had a wonderful evening all together."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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
  • "I was expecting a more exciting scene. Restaurant is kind of dated."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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've eaten here once before, but my most recent visit was w/ my husband for our anniversary. My husband is big on sushi & he loved every piece! I had a tempura roll & grilled salmon that was quite good. If you're looking for a yummy cocktail, I'd recommend the "Dark & Stormy" Yum! Our waiter (Justin) was SO great! He explained the whole menu, made sure we didn't have any food allergies, was very attentive! The only issue I had was everyone taking photos of their food & blinding me w/ their flash! Other than that, it was a wonderful dinner & I look forward to going back again."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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
  • "Wonderful soft shell crab special. Wine prices out of whack. My bottle was 4X PLCB SLO price. Left a bad taste after a great meal. Great special occasion restaurant."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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
  • "The food was out of this world and the staff was super knowledgeable and very friendly. We had been wanting to dine here for over a year but never got the chance, Morimoto did not disappoint! I will absolutely be going back!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The CHILEAN SEA BASS, and ISHI YAKI 'BURI BOP' dishes are absolutely amazing. But my sister had the SEAFOOD 'TOBAN YAKI' and we both agreed it just wasn't very good. That was a big disappointment b/c it was her first time at the restaurant and she was visiting from Charlotte so we both had very high expectations. The CHOCOLATE POT DE CREME was amazing. So, I guess like every restaurant, there are one or two items to stay away from. If it's your first visit someone at your table should definitely get one of the ISHI YAKI 'BURI BOP' dishes. They cook it in a clay pot at your table so it is entertaining as well as delicious."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I arrived with my date 15 minutes early and they had a table available. We ordered the Morimoto omakase. One of the most wonderful eight course meals I've ever had. The servers were impeccable in there service. They explained every course and refilled glasses. First rate experience."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed the dining experience from the cocktails through the dessert. Service was outstanding and the ambience was lovely. Foie gras and eel appetizer was a standout. Would definitely recommend Morimoto."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Best sushi I have ever had. Always impressed. Exceptional service, very enjoyable ambiance and some of the best food I have ever taste."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Walking in the restaurant and seeing the interior design and incredible lighting for the first time was a magnificent feeling. All of the items that we ordered were fantastic and so was the service. The Oh-Toro was the most delicious toro we have ever had. For entrees, we had the Duck Duck Duck and the Morimoto Surf and Turf. Both of those dishes were also fantastic. We cannot wait to return to Philadelphia so we can return to Morimoto and try more items from the menu."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I was in Philly for the first time last weekend and had been dying to try Morimoto's for years. I was able to get a reservation, and I have to say I was very pleased. The food was typical foodie-food: delicious...but maybe would have liked the portion to be a bit more substantial. Usually at high-end restaurants, the portions get smaller and the prices get bigger...but at a sushi/Japanese restaurant, where the portions are small anyway, I would have liked to see a bit more on my plate considering the over $25-$30 price/plate I paid. The sake flight was $30 for 3 glasses; I'll say I was very pleased with the amount of sake they poured. I had the chef's sashimi plate...the best thing: the salmon with dried cilantro and seaweed...SO GOOD!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Food was NOT exceptional for the price. I was willing to pay for Ironchef quality food, but it was just an overpriced food. You're paying for the atmosphere. I just hope Bobby Flay will not disappoint me like Morimoto."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "When we arrived, we were seated promptly. Our server wasn't too friendly however he was very knowledgeable of the dishes. We ordered the seared scallops, which was perfectly cooked. I ordered the ishi yaki bop with buri (king yellowtail). The fish was cooked on the clay bowl however it was a little to well done for me even though the wait staff stated that it would be medium rare. We also ordered the rainbow trout and chilean sea bass. Both were delicious. Only suggestion is for servers to be a little happier."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The buri ishi yaki bop was amazing. The sushi and chirashi were just OK, which was very disappointing. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Amazing food and service! This was on of the best culinary experiences of my life to this point. I sat at the sushi bar and was enthralled with the meticulous work that I witnessed as I ate! Just a fantastic night. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "we were so looking forward to this dinner.we got there a little early and went to the bar.it is understated an upstairs.we went downstairs to dinner and everything started well. good,attentive waiter.the food was very good.restaurant 1/3 full. pricey and entrees came out at different times. first of six people came 10 minutes before last and plates got cold. other than staging, everything was ok. buddakan is more consistent and reasonable."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "My wife and I came here for our first anniversary, which was also where we went for our first date. They treated us so nicely, the server was extremely knowledgeable about the menu, and of course the food was extremely delicious. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Chefs omakase and beverage pairing were out of this world. Not cheap but worth every penny. Only complaint is that it was very loud. But I was really too busy enjoying my food to do much talking!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014