Great food and ambience
Hotoke had great food selection. The lighting was perfect for a date and the service was very good.
11/24/2012 12:00:00 AM
fab, fab, fab!!!
i love hotoke and always have a great experience. my boyfriend and I love this restaurant and frequently crave the zen roll off the specialty menu. the ginger pear martini and the nutty panda martini are my favorite which I try to make at home and cannot replicate them.
my favorite sushi restaurant that I have ever been to. great for a large group or romantic date.
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a wonderful time....food
Had a wonderful time....food amazing. Cannot wait to go back. My Fiancee and I were there for his birthday dinner (before seeing a show at the theatre) - so glad I picked Hotoke!
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was good. Atmosphere swanky. Wait staff attentive. Loved it!
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great ambiance and tasty food.
Great ambiance and tasty food. Hostess was a little stiff but the server was very nice.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
I Had Frequently Walked Pasted This place And One Night Took My Boyfriend Here For Dinner. It Is Certainly A Neighboorhood Gem!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice place in NB
Nice place. Food was good but little pricy Biggest disappointment was the "sake". It cost $20 for a mini bottle (although its XL) and its tasteless We ordered 2 bottles becos each bottle has about 6 oz or less.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our waiter was very friendly and upbeat. He was informative. Will defiantly go back soon
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
The monkfish special with a red, Thai coconut sauce, scallion mashed potatoes and eggplant/tomato was outstanding. The kobe beef on the regular menu was also excellent. Sushi appetizers look inexpensive, but that's because you get only one piece. The tuna arugula appetizers was very different and delicious. The lighting is on the dark side, with splashes of red lights. Because of the high ceiling, it's pretty loud. It was fairly empty when we were there, can only imagine how loud it gets when the restaurant is full. Nice variety of wines and sake. The service was exceptional. Large table in the center of the room looked fun for group of 12. Loft seating also looked fun. Highly recommend, so long as you're not looking for a quiet dinner.
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was amazng. I ordered the roasted duck and my husband ordered the whole fish. Our waiter was spot on and I cannot wait to go back!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I arranged a get together for several friends. we meet at the bar, and proceeded to have dinner. it was a wonderful experience, every moment. the Godzilla roll was out of this world!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great first date
Everything was nice. I would've liked some sushi specials but the rolls were good. We had the zen and hotoke rolls, and th edamame was delicious. They sat us poorly for how empty it was but they were good about us moving our table. I would go back.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner was delicious, as usual. The food and libation menu offer unique flavors which were enjoyed by all four in our party. Some of the specialty rolls are pricey, but it is a fun night out.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Almost 12 years in the Making
I work in New Brunswick and have probably driven or walked past Hotoke thousands of tie in the last 11 3/4 years. I never went in or checked out the menu because I assumed it was a standard Japanese restaurant. I am glad (slightly ashamed) to report how wrong I was! The menu is diverse, though heavy on Asian influence. Like sushi? Check. Like lamb? Check. Like vegetarian? Check. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable, answered all of our questions and did not rush us in any way. He was happy to make suggestions and provide some guidance that was not heavy handed. Our appetizers were simple but delicious. I went with Udon Noodles and my friend went with a Sushi selection. Both of us really enjoyed our meals. We will be going back!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We took friends of ours that have never been to Hotoke and they loved it from start to finish .. Service and food was excellent and not over priced as well.. We will definitely be coming back with a larger group next time ..
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hotoke was a surprise from the moment we walked in seeing the decor, discussing what to eat with the waiter, eating and enjoying the taste of the different dishes thru wonderful desserts and watching all the young people coming and going!!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
NY arrives in New Brunswick!!!!
6 of us celebrated a 50th birthday. The decor is awesome, very trendy. Words cant describe the beauty inside. A good offering of Sake on the menu and a good variety of apps. We had a dip with wonton chips that was off the charts fantastic. The specialty rolls were all very large and much bigger that most places. The service was awesome, our server was going to Rutgers and he did a great job. The check had a mistake on it and before I could sign the bill he cam back to advise me that an extra roll had been added to the bill by mistake. I did not notice and he took the bill back to correct it. WOW, an honest waiter, I was shocked and tiped him accordingly. I highly suggest a visit to Hotoke, a real gem in N. Brunswick
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Slow service dominates experience
The food was really good, the place has a nice modern decor. But the service was agonizingly slow, not matching the somewhat pretentious way to propose the food and drink options. We also had a multinational table, where it was clear that some people were not fully fluent in English, and the server made no attempt to speak more slowly or clearly for them. An automatic 18% gratuity was added to our checks, and several people were non-plussed about this, since we had waited so long for our entrees. Altogether, it took us a little over 2 hours to have dinner... and that was on a Monday night, when the place was largely empty! So IF you have plenty of time, the food may be worth it, otherwise skip it
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Was nice place
We enjoyed the place,the service and the food taste
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent pre show
Hotoke is a beautiful place with a very cool atmosphere. The food was good for both myself and my vegetarian friend. We dined with just an hour to spare before our show time. Service was very efficient without being rushed.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a date-night for us, and we were pleasantly surprised as to how fantastic Hotoke was. The food was delicious, nice atmosphere, and great service. We ordered a plate of soba noodles to split, and the server (without being asked) had the portion divided and served on two places for us. Just fantastic.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'll start out by saying I'm a fan of sushi so I found the menu to be very enticing and varied. The food was delicious and fresh, and our dining experience was at the right pace.
The only negative I'll give this place -- and it's a small one -- is that for the prices charged, why not offer to reimburse patrons for their first hour of parking like some of the other downtown restaurants do?
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM