Restaurant Muramoto
Restaurant Muramoto

Restaurant Muramoto

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.restaurantmuramoto.com/
  • Phone: 6082591040
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Fusion / Eclectic, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Brett Olstadt
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: A room on the 12th floor of the building overlooking the lake. The room seats up to 20 people or could be used for a cocktail party for up to 40.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael 6082591040

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East Doty
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: The closest public lot is the Government East Garage. With entrances on 200 S. Pinckney St or 200 E. Wilson St
A word from Restaurant Muramoto
Small plate Asian fusion from a new perspective. Shinji Muramoto's flagship restaurant first opened its doors in 2004. It was, and continues to be, the realization of his creativity and his passion to bring new flavors to Madison. Here, Shinji offers his interpretation of the comparatively young style of cooking that is Asian fusion. It is his belief that this style of cuisine is best experienced in a small-plate format, as it promotes sharing and therefore creates the likelihood that his customers will attempt new things.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Restaurant Muramoto reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (20)romantic (16)special occasion (15)notable wine list (4)good for groups (4)hot spot (3)neighborhood gem (3)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great Food
    somethingrandom
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Will come here again. Brought the girlfriend in for All You Can Eat Sushi. Can't beat the price at $30/person considering the great quality of the fresh made to order sushi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not impressed
    sushimonster
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I made a reservation for my girlfriends birthday hoping to start off a special night with some wine and sushi. From the moment we walked in I could tell that was not going to be the case. I feel like if someone were to make a reservation for 2 the last place you wold seat them would be next to a table of screaming children. The original waitress we had did a fantastic job but after ordering our food they switched to someone who was training that mixed up our order and after receiving our food it was only average especially for the cost. Overall a very disappointing experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OMG level food, pace was slow.
    ShogunMarcus
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My wife and I ate here to celebrate our wedding anniversary.Right away we were quite please as the restaurant allowed us to both move up our reservations and dine at an available outside table.From here I don't think anything ever went wrong but as it all went very, very slowly. The evenings special gin infused drink was refreshing and fantastic but good 10 minutes to get to the table. We ordered many things and loved the small plate concept but the pacing was so poor that it created lulls in the eating experience that really need to be owned by the service staff. Again, all of the food fantastic, the server was polite, friendly and knowledgeable, the pacing of the meal was a problem. Truth is I could have ate more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxing sushi experience
    cspsue
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I appreciate that they encourage you to order a small amount to share, then order again as often as you like if you want more. They weren't pushy and the food was delicious.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience, as always
    mspm
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The presentation and quality of the food at Restaurant Muramoto have never disappointed. I've eaten dinner here at least 8 times, and I've always been impressed, as have my guests. It is one of my top 3 favorite restaurants in Madison.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The sushi is great here! Although I would stay away from the pickled veggies. I went for the all you can eat sushi night, which would have been perfect if the service had been a little faster. They had plenty of waiters but the staff took forever to take our orders and bring our food. On the plus side I did have time to get hungry for more sushi...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent rolls; so-so desserts
    sixscrews
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I enjoyed my spicy salmon roll as well as the Asian slaw salad (shared with my companion). I have been going to Muramoto since it opened on the other side of King street in the '90s and have always enjoyed their rolls and salads. The sake list is impressive and comprehensive with something for every taste and budget. I especially enjoy the Nanburu ($9/glass) and another sake that I don't recall - it was $11/glass. The dessert menu is disappointing - too much green tea and odd ingredients. We were looking for straight-up fruit/ices. Fortunately Osteria Papavero is just around the corner - their desserts do not disappoint. And they have espresso. This is a frequent pattern for us - Muramoto for dinner, Osteria P. for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Japanese delight
    Madisonian
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I love Japanese food, and Muramoto does not disappoint. Beautifully served, great variety, healthy food served in a very pleasant milieu downtown Madison. One of my favorites for birthday dinners.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 180 reviews are from the Restaurant Muramoto reviews archive.
  • graduation dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    this was a special dinner celebration the night before college graduation. They were great , the food was wonderful. rolls and sashimi were perfect. again salad was fabulous. don't get the tofu or the raw beef .
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not the best for sushi
    casualdiner
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Muramoto made its name as one of the first "high end" sushi restaurants in Madison. Restaurant Muramoto, though nearer to the original location than the other Muramoto restaurant in town, has moved from that tradition. Sushi is still available, and the fish is good. But options are limited. The service was good, but the restaurant is loud. They take reservations--which is a plus--but not the best option if sushi is what you are looking for.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Food!
    KGarcia
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    If you like sushi you will love this place. The food is AMAZING.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in Town
    Rodney
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    If I am in the mood for sushi, this is really the only choice in my mind. The over all experience is one that is fit for any occasion. My Sister happened to be in town this particular weekend and it was a great place to start an evening out. the ffod was great, the service was good and the energy was super as well.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ken
    KenJ
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Sushi tapas style-Very Good! Will definitely go back & will reccomend to friends.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What's with the menu??
    Magictooth
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Hands down you are the best sushi restaurant in Madison... but what's with the new food menu?? In my opinion, kinda tacky. A large rolled up piece of paper, really? Please bring back the tasteful menu. Other then that, best please for date nights!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual
    irossfam
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Great as usual. The restaurant always deliver on service, food quality, and atmosphere. Go it is a must do!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependably good sushi and new items
    KayElIkeVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Restaurant Muramoto and Sushi Muramoto (on the west side) consistently serve the best sushi in town. The former has added several menu items recently, and the one that we tried (snapper head) was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good quality
    David
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    I came for AYCE buy didn't realize that it ended at 9 while the restaurant didn't close until 10. That disappointed me. I then learned that you can't order all the items AYCE anyway.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Sushi in Madison
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Sushi was fresh and as good as anywhere in the country. Restaurant has a good ambience, and the service was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, ruined by 1 waiter/host
    PaliDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We hosted a dinner for my son's 21st birthday for about 14 people. food was good, everyone had a good time, enjoyed the meal but the experience ruined by 1 of the hosts/greeters/waiters who was very nasty & unhelpful. Our party expanded & we needed another chair. Instead of saying of course & trying to help, this guy gave my wife a nasty look, snarled about having to add another chair, & really was uncooperative about bringing one over, finally bringing a chair that was for a much higher table, making 1 person tower above everyone else at the table & would have made them lean over to eat. Our waitress was very nice, & she happily & quickly found us another correct chair, but this host/waiter's attitude put a bummer on the night. Stupid.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Playing the game
    jsoldatiVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Did the sun nite "All-u-can-eat" sushi. Mistake. Given list of rules before placing order.... All are reasonable and fair....One big loophole for them... once u place a new order it takes 28 to 35 minutes for your next one to arrive...seated at 6:15 left at 8:30 still hungry.....and unwilling to see this experience thru till 9.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My girlfriend and I went for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    My girlfriend and I went for a semi-special occasion and it was delightful. It was our second time going, and our second time having the all you can eat sushi and if we go again I imagine that is our choice. For 30$ a person it is a great deal and the quality of the fish was very good, much better than many of the other restaurants that serve sushi around downtown/campus. Would definitely recommend this to a friend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but cold by the windows
    Jeff
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Enjoyed our dinner, but were seated by the windows (in an alcove behind the door). It was so cold inside (March) we dined with our coats on. Other that, the food and restaurant were great.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We visited this restaurant for my brother's birthday. Great service, nice atmosphere, and the food come out quick and was delicious. Nice variety of cocktails as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will do Again
    tkoeck
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We had a great night out. This has been on my list for some time. We have eaten at Sushi Muramoto at Hilldale and have always been pleased. We started with the potato salad....that right potato salad! It was awesome, Bacon, cucumbers, it was a perfect starter. We had two suhshi plates Duck and Spicy Shrimp. Finished with Coconut Shrimp. This dish is not what you are thinking. It is not deep fired or tempura it is is a a spicy broth with tail on shrimp that melt in your mouth. It was awesome! A little rice would be a nice compliment to soak up some of the sauce. Will do again soon! -TK
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent sushi and Asian cuisine
    BlueplateEspecialeVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    A wonderful restaurant to spoil your starving Badgers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All you can eat!
    Duplica123
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    My friends & I have been to this restaurant twice for all you can eat sushi. They just recently redid the main menu & all you can eat menu. All you can eat is no longer on Sundays, so it is just Mondays and Tuesdays. They do not take groups larger than 6. Everything we tried was amazing. There is a huge selection of both rolls and side dishes, such as miso soup, seaweed salad, pork belly, and mussels. The drink menu is fun - lots of cocktails and sake varieties. Beer is by the bottle, but they have a good assortment of that as well. Our waitress was fun and attentive. We were worried that with all you can eat we'd be given a "round" and forgotten, but she came over regularly to check on us and get us more. We will go back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service, just
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Great food and service, just a little cold. Can't wait to come back again though!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    hacky
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    I was really excited about this restaurant at first, but the food turned out to be disappointing. The portion is really small, and they are super expensive. The saddest thing is that the sushi aren't made-to-order. They came fairly fast, and tasted soggy. I would prefer that the restaurant focus on their food quality to meet the price charged.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch specials
    Willy
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    For 9 bucks, one of the best downtown lunch specials. Absolutely delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable evening with good sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We started with the spicy coconut shrimp, which was delicious. My wife ordered the California rolls , I ordered the viper rolls and we split an order of New York rolls. California rolls were a little dull, everything else was very good. The sake we had was great, but I cannot recall the name. It was a staff favorite and had melon-anise flavors.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Hands down the best sushi in Madison, WI. The wait for our food wasn't long at all: we ordered two rolls and were in and out in less than half an hour despite the place being packed. The wait staff were friendly. Prices aren't terrible, either.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this place!!!!!!!!
    Sibaja
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I recommend it to all of my friends. The Walleye with the mayo is great! So is that Bumble Bee Roll and also a great wine selection. One of my favorite places in Madison.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for sushi
    Restauranteer
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This was my first time here. A little more spacious than sushi muromoto with the same great caliber sushi. All three of our rolls were excellent. The deadly catch is definitely one to try. We also got the short rib udon which was very good. We went here for Valentine's Day and the ambiance was exactly what I was looking for. The lighting was dimmed down and the decor gave it that high - end restaurant feel. This is the only good sushi spot in Madison that accepts reservations in my opinion. Highly recommend restaurant muromoto for anyone looking for good sushi with a nice selection of drinks. I had a Japanese microbrew (Red rice) that was excellent. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • successful vday lunch
    scottyp9
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Everything was great except for 2 things. The service was not top notch. More attentiveness and a better memory would be sufficient. Also the king crab fried tempura was cold and the sauce did not go with it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you knew sushi....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    Some of the best sushi/sashimi in town. We went with a couple of 'chef's choice' plates and were not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great dinner
    linzshell
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We loved everything we ordered, from the pork belly steam bun and duck confit and scallion gyoza small bites, to our sushi platter which consisted of escolar and yellowtail nigiri and several rolls. We especially enjoyed the spicy tuna special roll, we really like spicy food and this had just the right kick. We also tried the Tokyo Picnic roll, which was good but tasted mostly like bacon so we ate it last. Our waiter was excellent, he was friendly and checked in just the right amount. This was our fourth time dining at Muramoto restaurant and every time we go we have a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service not what it used to be
    SC64
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Understandable for a Saturday night there was a long wait to see the waiter, but the wait to order, never being asked for a 2nd drink until we asked for the check, and sitting with a dirty plate in front of us for fifteen minutes all became tiresome. This would all be tolerable except for the fact that we informed our waiter the spicy tuna roll tasted off. Without an apology or acknowledgement at any time during the meal or asking what could be done, we had to wait to see the check if the waiter removed the item (which he had) to know if he had even heard us! Except for the one roll, the fish is wonderful. This cannot overcome the service. Not what it used to be which was never that great, but now unacceptable.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch
    amitisraeli
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Good lunch meeting. Hope it will lead to my ability to pay for this lunc....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Is this food for ants?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Went for restaurant week and was surprised by how tiny each portion was. We had to go next door for a pizza afterwards. The food didn't impress much either. I won't be coming back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went for restaurant week
    Mstel
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We went for restaurant week which is a great deal but a bit crazy. We had a reservation but had to wait 15 mins for our table. The waiter was great, very knowledgable and friendly. Food timing was good and all dishes were delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.