Dinner and a Show!
This place is a real gem for anyone visiting the Palm Desert area -- especially with kids! It's a Japanese restaurant with the "Benihana" style teppan tables ... so a show comes free with dinner. The chefs have a great sense of humor and keep things lively. There is a beautiful koi garden to walk around in if the kids get restless ... and also a boat ride between the lobby and the restaurant to make things interesting and fun on the way to and from dinner. The teppan dishes are a bit on the pricey side, but well worth it! While not fancy, the food is tasty, relatively healthy, and high quality.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Delicious & Entertaining!!!
If you are looking to have a great meal that is entertaining as well as delicious, I would highly recommend this restaurant. We took the boat over to the restaurant which was a treat and the atmosphere and grounds are beautiful. The food was excellent, the servers were attentive and the chef made my daughter's 21st birthday a very memorable one. He was quick witted, fun, creative, and literally made her evening. He had her take her chair and move it 30'-40' away from where he was cooking, had her sit down and proceeded to toss a piece of shrimp through the air for her to catch in her mouth. She did it and the restaurant exploded with applause.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
I went here for my bachlorette
I went here for my bachlorette party at the JW Marriott, this is where we went for dinner on Saturday. The food was amazing!!! Our cook really treated me well and had me play fun games! I loved it :)
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
We were lucky to have the
We were lucky to have the most skilled and funniest chefs at our table--Mike ("Mikado was named after him."). The food was amazing, especially the shrimp. The only small issue was that it took the bar staff too long to transfer the drinks we started in the bar while waiting to be seated for dinner to the table we were seated at.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food and service wonderful.
Food and service wonderful. Decor is dated. Huge portions but expensive. Chef was very funny and good with kids. Like Benihana but better food.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great quality food!
We enjoyed our evening but felt a little rushed, our Chef Ricky was great and funny, he put on an excellent show and cooked our meals to perfection. Our group had steak, prawns, scallops and chicken and all were delicious. Our service was not exceptional but okay, our miso soup came right after appies and rice immediately after before our dinners were even being prepared, so the rice was cold by the time we ate. Unless of course you ordered the fried rice which the chef prepared for an additional fee. At the end we wanted to relax and enjoy ourselves but they came by to clean our table and the grill, we felt like it was a signal for us to leave but we weren't ready to go! It soured off the evening but the food and Chef show made up for it.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Such fun and we love it
Since mikado opened our grandchildren when they visit want to go to the mikado
We took them age 5 and now they are in their 20s and they wanna go still
4/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Teppanyaki restaurant.
Great Teppanyaki restaurant. Chef was very entertaining. Food was excellent. We had the shrimp and New York steak. Table service was very good.
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great tepanyaki grill and social..
My girlfriend and I were seated at this Benihana style restaurant at a grill next to a couple who were deputy sheriff reserve volunteers on one side and a family with two chaming young kids (one boy D-Man and one girl who was so adorable and exceptionally charismatic but her name now escapes me), with an attractive sweet mom, plus I think an also handsome looking grand parent or two. Point being...we had a great time meeting great people and enjoying good fun that the Japanese chef provided while making the delicious food for all of us. If you haven't been to one of these, it's a must do. And they have food choices for any type of eater!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Once again all of us enjoyed
Once again all of us enjoyed food service and ambiance
They never forget to welcome our return and strive to incorporate their recognition in many different ways
Appreciate the management s endeavors
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner and a Show!!
This has been a favorite spot of ours whenever we visit the desert. Or kids love taking the boat from the lobby of the desert springs Marriot ... And the Mikado is a restaurant like Benihanas... So it truly is dinner and a show!! Always fun and food is tasty.
5/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We come each year we visit the area. Really enjoy the food and experience.
5/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not only is the restaurant very comfortable, but the sashimi is excellent. Getting to the restaurant from the hotel lobby via a boat was an added treat.
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was delicious. Went during
Food was delicious. Went during restaurant week and paid $38 for soup, steak and shrimp entrée, fried rice, and ice cream. The food portions are big...enough for left-overs. Very entertaining watching the chiefs cook. Great for large groups too. Service is great!
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Better than Benihana!
Best Teppanyaki restaurant in the valley, hands down. Amazing menu, atmosphere, service -- everything!
The restaurant is surrounded by koi ponds, fun for kids and adults alike. You can take a boat from the lobby of the beautiful JW Marriott up to the restaurant. The chefs are funny and beyond skilled. I highly recommend this as a stop on your vacation, a birthday celebration, wedding anniversary, prom, etc... Bravo, Mikado!
6/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a so-so evening attempting
We had a so-so evening attempting to celebrate a birthday for my wife. Gustavo -- our chef for the evening was MOST excellent and very attentive. I was seated with 7-8 other people I didn't know -- of which only 2 actually chatted with us. The others were young ladies wanting nothing to do with us -- so the atmosphere was somewhat dulled by their stand-offish attitudes. I would recommend Mikado for a FULL group taking up the whole table -- as dining with these complete strangers was not much fun at all. Couple that -- with the facing group of obvious military types, who oogled the ladies at our table all evening... it was uncomfortable but nothing was said or done about it....
We'll come back for private room / full table only.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I went to Mikado to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. We took the boat over from the lobby and that was an added treat for ambiance. We were promptly sat for our 7pm reservation. We were joined with another couple celebrating their 10 year anniversary and 2 other couples. The waitress was wonderful and personable and the chef was amazing. He kept the thrill going with humor and all engaged with his skills. The food was delicious, wine was delicious and over all a wonderful celebration dinner for us. While the dinner was completed with a scoop of ice cream, they brought a brownie sundae like-banana split for those of us who were there to celebrate. It was a dinner to remember!
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, great hotel
I liked the food but I would say it was excellent. Great experience and fun atmosphere. Very pricey
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was good, server/cook
Food was good, server/cook was nice, and we had a great experience.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
good experince but $$$$$$
Our chef was good not as livlely as some of the other ones there but he did a great job cooking our food.
The food was very tastey but for the price we could have had the same experience somewhere else for twice the amount of people. That would be my only complaint is the cost of the meals.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
A fun experience
We took the little boat from the hotel over to the restaurant, which is fun and offers a view of the grounds. We ordered the filet and prawns and the fried rice. The chef was entertaining although seemed a little confused on who ordered what. The filet, the shrimp, and the fried rice was very tasty, although the filet and even the shrimp are cut into rather large pieces making it difficult to eat. The waitress was very pleasant and attentive to everyone's needs. Would recommend.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really enjoyed the restaurant
Really enjoyed the restaurant and the whole teppan experience.
7/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Dining Experience
The entire evening was wonderful! Great food, amazing staff, enjoyable atmosphere. Also- very clean!!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
So much fun!
We have been here a few times and always have a great time. The food is great. The cook is wonderfully entertaining. It's just a really fun place to go for dinner. Even my 5 year old grandson loved it. Always love going to the Mikado when we travel to Palm Desert.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
excellent cook ,entairtaining
excellent cook ,entairtaining , while cooking had the best comedy show and at the same time food preparation at high end level!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Arigato Mr Robato
Had a nice time for my anniversary, not the most romantic, but we brought the kids with us. They certainly enjoyed the festivities.
The server was obviously working a bit too many tables as they were rather absent from the table.
Food was good and we probably will return. The boat ride around the lake to the entrance provided a special treat as well.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant will please anyone with a big appetite no matter what you are eating. The chef puts on a show for everyone at the table and keeps going until the last morsel of food is eaten. It was our 8 year Anniversary and we had a blast at his restaurant. Try it
because you won't be disappointed.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We sampled a large assortment of delectable entrees including lobster, tiger prawns, ahi, scallops & steak. All was quite tasty albeit a bit salty. I have found that most Japanese Steakhouses are much more salty. The seared Ahi tuna was fantastic.
Service was good and our chef was entertaining. We all spent time playing "seal" as we tried to catch shrimp thrown to our mouths. Fun!
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
An amazing evening.
Would highly recommened Mikados to anyone. Food was great, Staff was amazing and MIke our cook was extraordinary, I took my wife and kids and we all had a blast. We will be visiting again in the very near future.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for a Group Outing
The Teppanyaki experience is fun for all. Excellent and engaging chef. Attentive staff. All in all a great experience. I suggest reservations - this place can get very busy in the peak season.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second time I have been there
Second time I have been there in a month. Though the chefs all do basically the same routine, the food is great and the atmosphere is fun and relaxed.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was a special occasion. It was my wife's b-day. My son and his fiancé came down from O.C. to join us. They loved it, I loved it, and best of all, my wife loved it! The food was delicious and succulent. The I had requested was not there that day but Manny, the one that cooked our meal, was very good. It was a great time all in all. Thank you for making my wife's b-day special!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mikado is your standard Japanese steakhouse. The food is cooked at your table and you are seated with others who may be separate from you. The best idea is to go with several people of your own and have a nice gathering. The food is good. The chefs are very entertaining and talentes at what they accomplish throughout the night. I would definitely recommend this to everyone looking for a good time out. The outside grounds provide an exceptional after-dinner romantic stroll through the gardens. Complete with a river, pond, and fish it is a must-see.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
better than Beni Hanna. treated to an awesome intimate experience. a bit more pricey.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
FUN BIRTHDAY SPOT
We took our 15 year old grandson and his pal to Mikado for a birthday treat as it's his favorite restaurant in the desert. The boat ride to the restaurant is always fun and the "gondoliers" are always so upbeat. The food this time was not as great as the last few times we were there but our chef was great and paid special attention to the Birthday boy. Our grandson and his pal had a special night thanks to the great folks at Mikado.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A memorable occasion!
My wife and I visited Mikado to celebrate our 11th anniversary. We were very impressed with the atmosphere, the entertaining chef, attentive staff, great food and selection and yes, we even took a gondola ride after dinner was over. For those that want to impress and be impressed, then look no further then Mikado. Thank you to the staff for a wonderful and memorable evening!
Greg & Patti
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Japanese Food Paradise
Every time I go to Mikado, the food and atmosphere is 5 stars. I took the lady I'm dating and it was her first time in the restaurant. The group that we shared the table with were roudy and lots of fun. The cook was great-had some new schtick that he used on us as he prepared the meals. And as always, the food was spectacular. WE each had the shrimp and steak. Steak was cooked to perfection and the shrimp had taste that exploded in our mouths. I would recomment the restaurant to anyone visitng the Palm Desert area who wants to make dinner an experience.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Want a great night with your friends? This is a great place to go for not only GREAT food, but lively entertainment and great fun.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a great time. We travel
We had a great time. We travel to Palm Springs every year (this is year 5) and make sure that we make reservations for Mikado's ahead of time. The service is great, the food is good and what is best is that we can count on everything going well for us. I love the consistency!
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place for a fun group dinner!
We come here every other year the night before Thanksgiving. We usually are with friends/family and it's made a nice tradition. The food was cooked to perfection and the chef is entertaining. My only complaint this time is our service was pretty slow. Didn't get refills on water and most of the time our waiter was no where to be found. Other than that we were happy and will continue to make this a tradition.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM