Morimoto Waikiki
Morimoto Waikiki

Morimoto Waikiki

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.morimotowaikiki.com/
  • Phone: 8089435900x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch 11:00am-2:30pm

    Dinner 5:00pm-10:00pm

    Sushi Bar and Bar 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, 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, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wine
  • Catering: Semi Private Dining Room avaialble that seats up to 20 guests as well as a semi private cabana that seats up to 10 guests.
  • Special Events: Please call for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hobron
  • Public Transit: Morimoto Waikiki is on the Red Line for the Honolulu Trolley, exit Discovery Bay. If taking TheBus, the following lines are avaiable 8, 19,20,23,24,42 and E, The Country Express.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet Parking is available at The Modern Honolulu which is located on Hobron Lane in between Ala Moana Blvd and Holomoana Street.
A word from Morimoto Waikiki
Morimoto's contemporary Japanese menu infuses traditional dishes with Western ingredients and preparation techniques. His seasonal and ever-changing selection of raw fish preparations will feature the best seafood that the Hawaiian waters have to offer as well as locally grown fruits and vegetables from supporting farmers. Morimoto's signature offerings include Toro Tartare, presented in a shallow wooden tray with condiments including Osetra Caviar, crème frâiche, wasabi, avocado, shiso leaf and dashi-soy and Tuna Pizza made with raw tuna, anchovy aioli and jalapeno as well as Morimoto Sashimi, a terrine of seared toro, smoked salmon, barbequed eel, tuna and hamachi served with five different sauces in pipettes.
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Morimoto Waikiki reviews from OpenTable diners
160 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (118)special occasion (113)great for outdoor dining (80)scenic view (80)romantic (55)good for groups (55)hot spot (41)great for lunch (35)neighborhood gem (23)notable wine list (17)vibrant bar scene (16)great for brunch (14)kid-friendly (14)late-night find (7)Show More
  • Good.
    Michelle
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Having been to other Morimoto restaurants, I was little disappointed by this one. Actual menu items were a bit different from what was listed on the menu. That being said, the food was still generally delicious. I'd suggest checking out another Morimoto restaurant, however, to get a better experience and more delicious flavours.
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    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Awesome Authentic Sushi
    lived26yrsinTyo
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Morimoto has got to be the best place to get authentic sushi in Honolulu as the ingredients are direct from Japan. We had Okano-san, who was from Japan as our sushi chef and he did a wonderful job of keeping us fed.!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Imaginative and well done
    PWSolvang
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This was our first time at Morimoto (any location) and we were thinking that the fame and attention of the name might not translate to the plate. Wrong. This was a thrilling dining experience. The rolls were well-priced and fresh, but the highlights were an amazing tofu, made at the table (literally) and a beautiful, fresh Bagna Cauda, something we did not expect to see here. The whole crispy fish (Branzino) was exceptional as well. Although the wine list was rather dull (we have rather high expectations....), the service was exceptional. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    Kalena
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I hosted two my team members and they were very impressed with the food and service. Thanks to the restaurant for everything. Great value.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The BEST of the BEST
    CUD3VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Moved from the restaurant world, NYC to Oahu three years ago. Worked as a wine educator in NYC for over 30 years so food and restaurants were one of our passions. Had two dinners at Morimoto in Maui for our 45th wedding anniversary and was overwhelmed. But the experience my wife and I had at Morimoto Waikiki surpassed anything we could imagine. Been to all of the top Oahu restaurants and we can easily say that Morimoto is # 1. Great bar scene with highly creative drinks. Ryan was our waiter on the lanai which was so romantic. He and the entire staff worked as a well oiled team. Super wine list with some exciting choices under $80. The menu is complex and we basically ordered all small plates. Go and be titilated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of Waikiki
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We've been going to Morimotos since the first day they opened and they continue to improve. This is a wonderful setting near the yacht harbor and many tables have a view. The food is creative, the ingredients fresh and everything well prepared. We usually have good service but our waiter this time was outstanding --- he knew the menu very well, understood how to course the food and provided us with a leisurely, great dining experience -- this is my top choice in Waikiki and Honolulu.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Had high expectations, disappointed
    Cafa
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    For a restaurant that prides itself on quality food, we were disappointed. Of the selection of sashimi, sushi, appetisers and entrees, we selected 8 dishes to share as a couple and only one of these we thought was worth the money. The sushi was fantastic, very fresh and well prepared. However the other dishes were nothing out of the ordinary, very average. I would say that they charge double what the meal is worth. The smoked salmon sashimi was very dull and flavourless, and the tempura prawns 2-ways was too heavy and greasy, with a ranch sauce that didn't need to be there. Overall, for a birthday dinner with my partner this was a disappointing end to what was a great day up until then. Service was great and Duane did a great job.
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  • Great Dinner
    SailorBlue
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We celebrated Morimoto Waikiki's 4th anniversary Sunday night with a sumptuous spread of pupus that included waygu carpaccio, pork gyoza, yellowtail pastrami, hamaci taco and, of couse, some sushi. All the dishes were fantastic in presentation, taste and pace of service. The staff was attentive, friendly and knowledgable without being intrusive. Overall, it was the great evening I have come to expect from Morimoto's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never fails to impress
    ReeceVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Tried the Seafood Toban Yaki. VERY spicy. The offer it in mild which I probably should have done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enonymous
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Outstanding dining experience in all respects. Waiter, service, and food were exceptional.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • amazing!
    2foodies
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This is hands down the best dinner I have ever eaten! The food is not only incredible but everything is presented in such a beautiful way. Each course was a piece of art! Our service was outstanding. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently excellent food/service
    bobatthebeachVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    we have eaten several times for breakfast, lunch and dinner and it never disappoints- the food is always spot-on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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  • melt in your mouth sushi
    luvvino
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Morimoto has done it again. First in Delhi at Wasabi and now here. The decor, staff and food selection are a par above the rest. Our waiter Duane did a great job in explaining the specials, favorites and unique items on the menu. A must have is the Kakuni which was an out of this world braided pork. The cocktails were fresh, delicious and quickly served. Last but not least we enjoyed melt in your mouth sashimi sampler that tasted as magnificently as it was presented. If you are looking for fresh and delicious sushi & Japanese food this is your place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food - excellent service
    Eatingouttonight
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My wife and I went with another couple. The waiter recommended we choose several dishes and share family style. We had 6 dishes total and all were very nicely prepared, presented and most of all delicious. The waiter was excellent, attentive but not over bearing. Would recommend to others visiting Honolulu.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Service
    lovefood
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Not the first time eating here. We really enjoyed the food and service. Some of the entrees are puzzling to think that it would taste good, but they are all great, which is why he is an iron chef. We did family style dining. This allowed us to get a variety of dishes.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • Wonderful Lunch
    vols94
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Went for lunch while on vacation in Honolulu. Open concept and the food was excellent. We tried a variety of items including dessert. What we expected from an Iron Chef's restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well done guys
    KekoaVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Another night of perfection! For service to food to everything Mahalo all
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A meal of quality
    NancyVAVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Morimoto's and couldn't have been more pleased. We used to watch the Japanese reruns of Iron Chef and Morimoto was always our favorite. The white fish carappacio, the sushi and dessert were of high quality and you can tell that the kitchen pays a lot of attention to detail as the presentation is exquisite, just like Morimoto's presentation on TV. We also had a very nice waiter who patiently walked us through the menu and answered all our questions.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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  • Michelle
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My boyfriend and I had a great evening seated in the outdoor area. We have a boat in the harbor and this was an ideal place to have a romantic dinner and view the harbor. The food was excellent!! Also, the waiter was quite attentive and very helpful with our choices. Thanks for an awesome evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the trip
    Coco
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    On my 50th birthday trip to Hawai'i - I knew that Morimoto's was going to be my "special" lunch. I was not disappointed. The staff was amazing, the chefs very friendly and the food - simply amazing. I highly recommend a flight of sake to accompany your meal. My server was very knowledgeable about each one and his pairing suggestions were spot on.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • I'll always be back
    KekoaVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Regardless what others are saying, believe in what you guys are doing! This is my 120 visits over the 5 years and you guys are doing great this is why I return. The pretentious table next to me would find all the things wrong about every dish that comes out of the kitchen as if they are a food critic. The funny thing is these salvage ate everything. Ha!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • juppeats3.5star
    juppeatsVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Went for a later in the evening dinner. Seated at booth in which table edge bit too far away to comfortably eat without leaning up to the table. Took a long while for our server to greet and interact with us even though place wasn't that busy. When he did he was nicely engaging. Ordered the house salad with a dried bonito shaving which was more than enough for two people and nicely dressed. Would have loved more shavings. Then had braised black cod which was delicious. Side of bok choy very bland and a disappointment. Dress code overstated since saw other diners in shorts and tees.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    BigPVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We ate ate Morimoto for our last night in Waikiki. I was underwhelmed across the board. We made a reservation and then sat without explanation for 10 minutes even though the restaurant was slow. The hostess came up and noted that we'd be seated soon. The table was half in florescent lighting and against a dirty wall. We ordered a drink at the bar, tipped the bartender and then was told at the table that he was out of the Pinot Nior we had ordered and that the replacement option was $25 a glass. The mood was sour and we ate quickly and got out of there. I was disappointed because I picked the spot and instead of a great last meal on vaca we felt like we'd splurged for nothing. Won't be back again and wouldn't recommend. The sushi was good.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    service could be a little better, waited awhile to receive our check, while waiters were transitioning on break; did not like the two-seaters for couples, all couples are lined up in a crowded area of two-seaters while the tables of 4-8 were open and spacious. the two-seaters are seated way too close to each other, there should be more privacy, or it should be separated by a 4 seater table. otherwise, food is fantastic.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RoninFtLauderdaleVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Fantastic. Best sushi I had in a long time. Chef was incredible. Service was great. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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  • Morimoto Waikiki
    PhlGrlVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Sushi was good and very fresh, wagyu beef was also delicious, and the dessert was worth saving room for :)
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    NFlagey
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This was not our first time at Morimoto's but this time was a great disappointment. The sushi combo plate tasted as it came to our table after spending hours in a fridge rather than being freshly prepared. The angry chicken was undercooked. Service was much poorer than the one we experienced last year (cocktail glasses were put on the edge of the table rather than in front of us). Also had the surprise to have a 18% gratuity included on our bill, while we were a table of 4. We were told this was for out-of-state customers, not used with the tipping habits here. However, other restaurants in Hawaii or other states do not *include* the gratuity and rather suggest amounts. Also ... we are from HI.
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  • WOW
    81buckeye59
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Talk about a restaurant that has it all. Tasting menu excellant as well as the regular menu, Great for our anniversary in Honolulu this is the place to eat , missed meeting him at the restaurant as he was there in the morning
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great flavor, but large portions
    PalisadePal
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Excellent food, but the portions were much too large. I ordered the snapper and could hardly eat half of it, following the gyoza appetizer. Gyoza needed a bit more flavor - the tomato sauce was underplayed. Service was top-notch and I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating my birthday at Morimoto Waikiki. Absolutely beautiful sunset from the deck!
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional
    lulu808
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The experience was orchestrated perfectly! Like an orchestra in your mouth, that is how the flavors played out in your mouth.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surely the best food on Oahu?
    Gylesey
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Had the degustation with matching wines/sakes and it was superb. The foie gras custard was up there with the best dishes I've ever had. Umami central.
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  • Great presentation low on taste
    Moviediner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful in a white pallet. We arrived at 7pm on a Sat.,it was not busy. Restaurant was almost empty, we were set at a small table for 2 between 2 other couples. It was very loud and hard to have a conversation . I had the oysters, presented beautifully and tasted like oysters with teriyaki sauce, just okay. My wife had gyoza that was the highlight of the entire meal. I never thought a tomato sauce would go well with this but it was excellent. Entrees, black cod and crispy fried fish. Presentation excellent. The black cod,glazed with a sweet soy glaze, good but over powering. The crispy fish was presented beautifully but lacking in flavor. It was served with a tofu sauce that was bland. Overall the meal was disappointing.
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was overthought and under executed. Stick to the sushi; everything else will surely disappoint!
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  • Great Experience
    Derrick
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Wonderful experience; everyone enjoyed the food, the service, and the total experience.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Omakase all the way
    Libvonhas
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Always wanted to do Omakase, but every time. Was out with friends they chickened out. I had a friend in town from NYC and so we each did the Omakase. It was so much food! You think 7 courses of sushi and other small things doesn't sound like a lot, but we had to take dessert to go! Overall the food was dynamic, well-rounded, and very good. Service was a little slow. We sat down at 7:25 and didn't get out of their until after 9:30 even with the last course packed up. So if you're going to do the Omakase, prepare to be there for 2.5-3 hours
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinning
    TCkauai
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food was awesome ,service was great, ambience outside was pleasant .
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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  • PretheatreFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Sushi/sashimi are good but not special enough to command high-end prices benefiting a so-called upscale restaurant. We were disappointed. Unlikely to patronize again.
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  • Outstanding Food Service Fair
    UnhappyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was OUTSTANDING like always, but the service was less then fair. We let our sever know 2 member of my family could not eat melons or mango's and they served the (but replaced it) once we told them again. I told them my wife did not heat spicy foods and all the sushi and shrimp came out wasabe or a spicy sauce.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Morimoto Delivers
    Eatchago1
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great Food and yes the bill came out to $250 per person after tip, but we had drinks, a bottle of 2007 Rhone Red and multiple courses of the pricier items. We included Toro Nigiri, oysters which drove our price up. If you wanted the experience at half the price you can order the chefs menu for $120 each, and a bottle of a more reasonable red. The Drinks were absolutely amazing, and the bartenders were Freindly and knowledgable about the food. We had the mai-tai and the Lychee Breeze. Overall it surpassed all expectations.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    foodfanVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Amazing food. View of harbor nice. Service could be more attentive. Ask for table away from speakers.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.