Koto Japanese Steakhouse - VT

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352 reviews
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We are Vermont's premier Japanese restaurant, serving our guests since 1999. Come enjoy our Japanese ambiance with a pond full of koi fish and running water --always a hit with kids. We have plenty of free parking and a full bar stocked with fine wines, beers, and a variety of liquor. We look forward to serving you and your family in the near future. We have four options of dining in our establishment. Hibachi, dining room, tatami and sushi bar. Please specify the type of dining experience you'd prefer under special notes. For weekends and holiday please inquire within to confirm your reservation. Thank you.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

The plan was crowded and our table was sticky. The hostesses were snotty and seated people without reservations before us (we had reservations!). They offered other folks the option of sitting at the bar or sushi bar, they did not ask us. At one point, they made us stand up from our booth because the previous customer thought she had lost her keys (she didn't find them in our booth!) and were offered no compensation. Would never go back.

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S
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Normally I would have said yes to recommending Koto, but the experience Friday night was disappointing. Service was terrible - the food was ok - the chef - boring. Not a fun experience that we have had there before. I left a 10% tip - - I can't remember ever leaving such a small amount. That's how bad it was

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I always enjoy going to Koto's. The food is excellent, the chef's are great. The noise level from other tables was very high and difficult to have a conversation.

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MS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Celebrated two milestone birthdays. We had a wonderful time

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JP
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was good but the service was horrible. We waited 30 minutes before we were able to get our drinks. We ordered right off because of the amount of time it took to just get our drinks. Our food came out cold and the waitress was horrible. Usually this place is awesome but I was not impressed. 200 dollar bill for four cold meals and 30 minute wait time for a Heineken.

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TS
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always have fun at Koto. Great food and a wide selection of choices.

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great as usual and the grandchildren enjoyed the show

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TS
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to Koto's twice over several years and really enjoy the entertainment of watching a chef cook our food on the grill. We enjoyed the plum wine and would have liked to try desert, but there was simply too much good food and no room left over. Our chef was young and maybe pretty new, but he was quite pleasant and engaging.

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TM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The restaurant was very nice. The food was very good. We just felt slightly rushed throughout dinner and didn't feel we were getting very personalized or caring service. The waiter seemed like he just wanted to get us out of there as quickly as possible. With an appetizer, entree, dessert, and wine, we were out of there in less than 1 hour.

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RS
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

ALWAYS A GOOD CHOICE IF WE ARE IN THE MOOD FOR JAPANESE CUISINE.

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R
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

We go several times and we was very satisfied but this last time ee found the food poor in quantity!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The whole meal felt rushed, food was flavorless, when I made the reservation mentioned it was for a birthday, saw others getting recognized for birthdays and nothing for us. Reservation was for 5:30 and was out of there by 6, $100 and I felt like I was at a fast food place!! Wasn’t even asked if we were done, just had the check brought to us

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M
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It’s fun but expensive and there should be better exhaust fans to clear the air in there.

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J
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food and entertaining. table was a little cramped.

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EV
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The Hibachi Table is always lively, fun and entertaining! Great for birthdays or group parties! The Sushi Bar is excellent!

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JP
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We have been to the hibachi table for lunch and dinner many times which has always been a fun experience and delicious food. We could not get a reservation at the hibachi table on this night but we’re assured on the phone that we could still get the hibachi meals at regular table. My husband and son both had sirloin steak and noodles. The steak was very fatty with so much grizzle that they could not chew it. The noodles were not as fresh and tasty as when cooked in front of them. They were disappointed and so was I as this is where my son picked to go for his birthday.

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A
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Took my son and roommates from SMC our for dinner. Was excellent. The teppan, rolls and mai Tais. Recommend highly.

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ML
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

If you are going to have more than 8 people in your party, just a warning you may be divided up.

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KS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We had a party of 9 which was quite tight for the hibachi table location. It was quite loud as 4 hibachis tables are located in one small room. The food was fabulous. The service was slow but it was very busy. I would certainly go again.

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Waiter left a little to be desired... But overall... Very good.food and drink

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and the portion sizes were large. Definitely coming back again!

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Exactly what you would expect from a hibachi grill fun, decent food good sushi. If you don’t want the show you can always sit at a table.

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NW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and excellent service. Really had a good time!!

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JB
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & great time was had by all. We had a large party which consisted of 8 children and they all enjoyed the show and thought the food was delicious.

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R
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very successful multi generational family dinner. Everyone had a great time.

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D
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I booked on line for a Birthday celebration. My daughter arrived first and sat at a grill table. When we arrived, it was very warm in restaurant and being so close to the grill, we asked to move to a booth. Waiter was not happy and voiced his opinion on that. Our water was poured so we were going to take with us and he removed it from our hands and put it on a tray. We thought he was going to deliver it to our table, oh no. We had to see hostess for another table and she was not very pleasant. They never acknowledged birthday celebration. Food was very pricey and two people did not feel well after dinner.

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JH
New England
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

We have been to Koto MANY times and have typically enjoyed the food and atmosphere greatly. During our last couple of visits, it seemed as if there was an effort to reduce the sodium and butter, which is understandable. However, last night's food was prepared much more quickly (and unceremoniously) than usual, and it lacked the flavor we have come to love. Our food was done before any of our dishes were cleared, and it took quite a while to get a drink refill. Strangely, it was less crowded than we've seen - probably because it was such a hot/humid night. We'll go back, but I'm hopeful that the food and service will be back to the standard of the past soon.

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T
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Took my daughter and some of her friends out for dinner to celebrate her 16th birthday. The girls had a lot of fun, and loved the hibachi table experience. The food was good but a little overpriced, in my opinion. Our waitress provided excellent customer service!

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AT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went here since we had family in town and we were having a hard time finding a restaurant that could accommodate a group of 9 people. I love going to Koto anyway so it was a win win. I love that they cater to people with celiac disease and since I cannot have the soup they always give me a second salad unlike other places I go that just won't give me the soup and don't make other arrangements. The chef was very sweet to the little one in our group that was a little fearful of the fire on the Hibachi and by the end of the night that was her favorite part. The service was amazing both the waiter and chef went above and beyond.

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JW
New England
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Always loved Koto but on our last visit my daughter found a bug in her salad. I had to get up and find our server because he was ignoring our table each time we tried to get his attention. Probably will not go back again. It ruined our whole meal and the other family at our table. They came with our check and gave us one fried ice cream. Very disappointed!

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JW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal and service!!

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A
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Upon being seated, the grill had food remnants making it look unclean. Our hibachi room was uncomfortably warm. Sweating while eating dinner inside a restaurant with AC is unacceptable. Language from others we were seated with at our table in front of our 13 year old was not appropriate. Asked for a refill of unsweetened iced tea and got the bill which charged addition $2 for a refill. Had I known there weren’t free refills, I would have had water. Especially given the fact my first glass was mostly ice. Customers should be informed no refills upon ordering. We chose this type of restaurant because we have several near our home and enjoy them immensely. Disappointed in your restaurant and will not return nor recommend it to anyone.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was good. Standard hibachi spot. We were there celebrating my daughter’s UVM graduation.

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EF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Hot sake not drinkable, I returned it. Rice at hibachi poor.
Hibachi chef was terrific to watch.

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ES
New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Kotos as a big group for a birthday celebration. The server/cook was so entertaining and spot on with all of our meal choices. It was an amazing show! Our waitress was very nice and helpful when trying to decide which drinks we wanted. The food was delicious as always, the sushi could not get any more fresh! It was an overall great place for a get together with family. We will be back!

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ET
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was great! When I made a reservation online I had written something about giving the server a $20 tip if I was able to be sat somewhere a little bit more private. The hostess who called to explain how everything works was hilarious and quirky. The fact that she even took the time to call me and make sure everything was clear and kosher was Amazing! Although she couldn't guarantee that we would be totally private, I ended up leaving her a $20 tip on the way out because she pulled it off after all because they weren't swamped, and she was super helpful and funny.

Then there was the food. Even though we came at the end of the night the food was fresh and SPECTACULAR. I got the hibachi steak with noodles. The salad was to die for as was everything else. My beautiful girlfriend had the chicken Hibachi (that I helped her eat!) AMAZING as well. The mixed drink was not able but that was an ordering issue not how it was made lol. I'm sure it was great for what it was but my girlfriend doesn't like gin mixers as it turns out.

All and all we had an excellent experience. I would have payed $200 for the same experience honestly and the staff should all get raises because they were great!

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OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

21 $ for a Martini in Vermont is WAY too steep

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday celebration. Hostess and waitress were friendly and attentive. The food and drinks we’re delicious. Great experience

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J
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Super tasty. Habachi and sushi are strong options!

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ES
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Koto is always good.. Food is great, fun is optimum, great for celebrations, or just a good meal.

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