Nakato Japanese Restaurant - Hibachi Grill
Nakato Japanese Restaurant - Hibachi Grill

Nakato Japanese Restaurant - Hibachi Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nakatorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4048736583
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Yoshifusa Kinjo
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact Sachiyo for further details.
  • Private Party Contact: Sachiyo Nakato 4048736583

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Piedmont Road
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Nakato offers complimentary valet services but also has a separate lot off of Piedmont Road for self parking.
A word from Nakato Japanese Restaurant - Hibachi Grill
Nakato Japanese Restaurant is Atlanta's oldest Japanese restaurant. Established in 1972, Nakato is 3rd generation Japanese owner operated establishment. Please come in and enjoy our hibachi dining as well as an array of other Japanese cuisines from Sushi to Traditional tapas style dining.
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Nakato Japanese Restaurant - Hibachi Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (45)special occasion (37)kid-friendly (29)fit for foodies (11)neighborhood gem (10)hot spot (9)romantic (9)great for lunch (6)late-night find (5)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great Place
    dlh790
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is one of our families favorite places to eat when we all get together. Great food, great entertainment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great evening!
    TravelQueen
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    First there was a bit of a misunderstanding. I made reservations through Open Table, but wasn't aware that it specified the hibachi grill. Since we were using a groupon for the Nabe hot pot (shabu-shabu), we needed to be seated in a different area than the hibachi. After a quick re-route to the regular dining area, we were seated with the groupon menus for the hot pot. Service was a bit slow, but we all enjoyed the food. The dessert menu was delivered, but the waiter didn't come back for a very long time, so even though ice cream was included with our deal, we chose not to partake.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, great ambiance.
    matadorqkVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Loved the environment, great chefs, excellent food (ordered a rare steak, it was cooked perfectly), if I had a big group this is the place I'd go back to, tables accommodate 8 I believe (per grill) so really great spot for groups of that size.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty good
    Live2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Service was very good, and the early bird special is a great deal! The soup and salad were dreary. The grilled items were quite good. The place needs a little freshening up as far as decor goes.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Most enjoyable!!
    GreatEats1113
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Me andy girlfriend had a wonderful time. The food was great, the scenery was great, and the service was great. Course it wasn't super busy and was on a wednesday and for resteraunts service tends to be better when it's not super busy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun dinning and very tasty
    mmuraroz
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Brought my parents to Nakato for a belated father's day Hibachi dinner. The food was delicious and the cook was very talented and fun. The fillet mignon was incredible, the scallops and shrimp were stellar and the fried rice, pasta and dessert were equally great. Service was great too and we have a very good time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Gond
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Tried a new place and was pleased. Will go back! The hibachi was delicious, as were the specialty drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Foodies
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We made reservations for 8pm. We arrived 5 min before 8 and were told that it would be a few minutes until the table was ready. 3 tables opened up and we were never sat. The other tables were filled with some people who arrived before us but mostly by people who arrived after us. We waited for 30 minutes and never got a seat. At that point I told the hostess to take our name off the list and we were done waiting. They did nothing to try and fix the situation and instead just said ok sorry. We were very excited to try this restaurant for the first time but ecsuse of our experience will most likely not be returning. Overall it was an extremely disappointing experience.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Restuarant!
    Rosielikeit
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The food was absolutely wonderful, from spectacular preparation to presentation. The highlight was that the food was prepared right infront of us by a skillful ,pleasant chef. Great service from waitors to management! I will definitely tell everyone and be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Hibachi I've experienced!
    CajunQueen
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I'm from Louisiana and I love my food seasoned and cooked to perfection! The hibachi grills I've experienced in the past have a chef that puts on a good show but the shrimp are tough and flavorless. The food looks great but it is always bland. The food at Nakatos was fantastic! The drinks are good too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An original
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    What a great place. The food and service were outstanding. And all of the staff were very friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date
    Firstdate
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Went on a date. It was comfortable& fun. One waitress was a little short with us but everyone else was great and made up for it. The chef was fun& engaging. The food was pretty good too. I got the calamari steak& it was delicious! Would definitely recommend. Don't forget cash for the valet!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservations for what?
    Madukes
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I had reservations for hibachi for 5 for my daughter's 18th birthday. We were standing at the door for 10 minutes while a few couples who came in behind us were seated. I confirmed the reservation so why weren't we seated immediately? It was uncomfortable and aggravating. There was no where to sit while we waited and there should have been no reason to wait. The food was good However the chef was not interesting at all. Boring! Wish I had a make-up day for my daughter's 18th birthday!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You wont be disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Great food and very entertaining. It was our second time. I do wish they wouldn't pack so many people at the table, it feels a little crowded.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy Habachi
    Nancy
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Nakato is wonderful. The food is fresh and delicious.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The customer service wasn't good
    DJPtheFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I ordered the seafood combo Hibachi- with lobster, scallops and shrimp; however the chef went in the back (kitchen) and gave us some cold chicken fried rice that taste like it had been sitting for some time. Usually the chef cook the chicken breast on the hibachi grill and the rice in front of the customers. Furthermore, the chef appeared irritated when I requested onions and broccoli only for my veggies. I didn't want the mushrooms and zucchini. It was a very uncomfortable experience to say the least. However, my seafood, 2 veggies and noodles was great! I didn't eat the awful chicken fried rice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Can't go wrong for special occasion
    RJAtl
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Large menu, multiple choices (hibachi, sushi, traditional a la carte Japanese). Very attentive staff, and of course, the hibachi chefs with the great performance dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot in atlanta
    Wolfn404
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great hidden gem with good food ,great staff, and reasonable pricing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome! However....
    Foodie1
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I took my mom here for her birthday. The food was was wonderful. We had sushi and hibachi. The Restuarant was packed but we were still seated quickly with the reservation. Highly recommend making a reservation if you are going on a Sunday! I did let the hostess know it was my mother's birthday, as well as the wait staff. However, they never bought her a cake! There were about 4 other people who had birthdays and they bought them cakes however my mother received nothing until I complained. After I said something to our server and explained that I would pay $7.99 for a cake, 2 people came out to sing with a slice of nasty cheesecake! Gross. Very good food but a little disappointed with service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was an awesome experience.
    Diebro23
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Me and my wife went here on a date night and had a wonderful time. The food was excellent and the service was spot on. We will definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    JanBubbles
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Delicious food and wonderful service! The hibachi grill was fabulous and enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • everything was wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Some of the best sushi I have got to try in a very long time. My wife and I shared 4 rolls with our favorite being the bagel roll
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    GAGuy87
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Great food and great experience. Best hibachi in the ATL.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great Food and Staff. We went during Father's Day weekend 2014. We had reservation and once we walked in, we were treated like VIP
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tprestwoodVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    It was a great spot to celebrate my daughter's birthday. Food was great! She particularly enjoyed when the staff came out and sang Happy birthday in Japanese.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We celebrated my daughters 25th birthday here this past weekend. What a wonderful idea. The food was terrific, our Hibachi chef was very entertaining and the Chinese birthday song they sung while banging on the drums was perfect. We enjoyed very much! The prices are very reasonable, you get a lot of food that all tastes great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time
    Sputnik
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Nakato's is a great place to celebrate special events. The staff was super friendly and accommodating. We ate at the Hibachi grill and the chefs were entertaining and the food was good. Also, valet parking was appreciated. We had a great time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fun, fun time
    dlh790
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    It is great food and very entertaining to watch them prepare the meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Total Kid Scene
    mprofantVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Want to know where there is a family friendly restaurant in town with good food - here you go! Takes about 1 1/2 hours to get in and out. The shrimp is great!!!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always fun experience
    HighHotSpot
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Always fun experience at Nakato Hibachi Grill. Fresh food and well prepared. Yum!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 189 reviews are from the Nakato Japanese Restaurant - Hibachi Grill reviews archive.
  • Very Good
    withoutthel
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food was wonderful and the chefs were very entertaining and enthusiastic for their jobs. Definitely a place you can go with groups and children, not so much a romantic setting. Can get a little loud due the amount of people in the restaurant. A fun experience and definitely a good place to go for prom dinner or celebration. I would definitely come back another time
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & atmosphere
    alwyslookn4gddng
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Went there for the first time to celebrate a birthday. Food was tasty, chef was entertaining, staff was pleasant, prices were reasonable. Will definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Much fun!
    klassikblu
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    This was our 3 year old's first hibachi and the cook was awesome with her, even though she hated the fire! Food was excellent and staff was awesome
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my fav date night places
    LynnMLT
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I love coming here with my honey! Great food and great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is always great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    The food is always great. It is not the place to go with a few friends because at the habatchi grill it's hard to talk when all sitting in a row. But that it what the ambiance is so once in while it's worth it...just know unless just 2 or a large group it is difficult to have conversations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Sushi, Sashimi,Hibachi!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We wanted to indulge on sushi,sashimi, and hibachi, and when our waiter,Ryan, realized our intended appetite could not be coordinated properly in the general area where we were seated, he very helpfully relocated us to smaller diining area. He went to extra lengths to explain order of sushi/shashimi approached "'dangerous" (not referring to puffer fish) with all the food we wanted. We let the the sushi Chef select our order, best & freshest I"ve tasted East of Honolulu. As a special treat, servers sang Happy Birthday i Japanese! Fantastic waiter & support staff. Would we return? Yes, everytime we are in Atlanta, 4-6 times/year! Thanks Ryan for a great evening.!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Perfect amount of food that was well cooked a d delicious
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The staff was great to work
    granny
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    The staff was great to work around my allergy to soy and make me feel part of the hibachi fun! The food was fresh and quite good. My only complaint was that this style of eating leaves a feeling of being rushed out......there is no opportunity to st around the table and visit. One can also get a table in another area that would probably be good for this, however. All in all, it was a fun family outing and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great kids birthday spot
    ACDCACVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Very accommodating. Fun atmosphere. Festive. Great early bird specials.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Son's 20th birthday gathering...ser
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Son's 20th birthday gathering...service by chef was underwhelming for hibachi style atmosphere...he didn't say very much other than verify the order...the place could you an overall deep cleaning...major stains in carpet, lighting fixtures looked like they've never been cleaned...will never go back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate