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About Koto Japanese Steakhouse - VT
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.
South Burlington, VT 05403
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:30pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm, Saturday: 2:30pm - 10:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We have 2 parking lots; a main lot and a back lot.
On the CCTA bus route
Private Party Facilities:
We have two party rooms. Each room holds from 32-38 people. In each room are four hibachi grill tables. There is no room charge for the space.
Whether we can offer the entire room or not depends on the day and size of the party.
Private Party Contact:
Manager: (802) 660-8976
Beer, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Koto Japanese Steakhouse - VT Ratings and Reviews
I really enjoy their filet here it is always cooked to perfection. We ordered the Godzilla roll which is also one of our favorite rolls and it had almost TOO much spicy mayo the flavor was almost overpowering. I appreciated the fast and attentive service because we had a 12 year old and he doesn’t have the best patience. He tried shrimp tempura for the first time and loved it! We will definitely be back again
We were there for my daughters birthday and were rushed through dinner at the hibachi in 45 minutes. I had made these reservations weeks in advance asking for the hibachi and that it was my daughter‘s birthday. I had originally made the reservation for 7:00 but was then contacted and told we had to do 6:30 and ended up sitting at the bar for quite a while before even being seated. They had some kind of UVM gatherings with lots of people going on there, I guess that took presidence. Our server was awesome and it was not his fault. We were not chargeed for our desserts as a way of trying to apologize but it was really disappointing from start to finish. Not what we expected from Kotos. Not sure we will be back.
We were a party of 6 with an added 7th we were able to call ahead for and be accommodated. We were seated at a hibachi table (though not requested and didn't order any) so the staff was a little confused but allowed us to stay where they seated us. Some difficulties getting the waiter's attention from time to time but he was also very patient with food allergy questions! Food and drinks were deliciousz
Pretty much in line with the Koto Japanese restaurant in Albany.
The food is prepared in front of you; 2 of us had the steak, 1 of us had the scallops. 2 sides of fried rice, 1 side of noodles.
Everything was very tasty.
What I wasn't prepared for was the noise; clanging utensils behind me hit a discordant and irritating note. Then it was our turn and the discordant notes moved in front of us. There were times when I winced from the clanging. I was happy to have the ample portions of rice, fried vegetables, and steak served.
This was probably similar to my several other Koto experiences but this one just didn't sit well - possibly due to the 3 hour drive from Albany.
I will most likely return, possibly with ear plugs or noise cancelling head phones.
The hostess that was greeting and seating this evening did not have a great attitude nor good customer service skills. Openly rolled her eyes and berated other staff in front of customers and was rude to patrons. The rest of our meal was great as usual, good food and wait staff.
No wait. Is that good? Our waiter was nice but clueless! He picked up our soup bowls - plunked my gues's bowl into mine- and left a splash of soup on the table right in front of me - apparently did not notice it and made no attempt to wipe it up. It felt passive- aggressive though he was pleasant enough. He kept coming by giving the distinct impression that he was pressuring us to leave- finish and leave! finish and leave! It was obvious that we were just chatting and trying to have a leisurely early dinner. There was no line so I don't know why he was trying to hustle us out of his section - it actually made us die laughing, but under different circumstances it would be very unpleasant. The chicken and the pork were freshly fried and very crisp and delicious; the sides were completely uninspired and left a lot to be desired. Apparently the idea is you should order alcohol and you should order appetizers and you skould order dessert in order to be treated fairly at Koto's.
Our waitress got pretty much every item on my sushi order wrong: tuna instead of salmon, toro instead of wasabiko, no low sodium soy until requested twice, etc., etc..Plus, I think we were overcharged, especially on the sushi. That said, I have always had good experiences at Koto until this one, and the fish is always good quality.
So I will return, but cautiously.
Need much better ventilation. Gas and smoke fumes were very irritating. Need shades in the solarium. We sat at the hibachi and were blinded by the sun. Usually, the food is great but this time we were not asked how we wanted our steaks cooked. They were all overdone and underseasoned. An unnecessary amount of butter was used. Last people served received a sparse amount of onions and mushrooms for a vegetable.
It was very crowded no elbow room at all. We were in a side room it was very loud we could not hear the waitress. There was a table behind us there hibachi cook was much better than ours it seemed like ours was uncomfortable and rushing. The food was ok but not worth the money
Our waiter did his job but his demeanor lacked something. He wasn't rude but he wasn't friendly and we felt like we were an inconvenience to him. The chef did a good job although it wasn't the most lively performance we've ever seen by a Koto hibachi chef. The food was delicious as usual.
We like the food at the hibachi here but when you tell them that two people are Gluten Free, they still cook and mix the noodles on the grill with all the other food. The chef maybe doesn't understand what that means because he used a GF sauce instead of soy sauce. The food on the plates is not gluten free, but could be easily made that way. The wait staff who speak English are hardly nearby to ask - so after the cooking and plating of food, there seemed no alternative except to leave the food on the plates. This was a disappointing special occasion - could have been easily remedied - better if they just cooked the GF food first or in the kitchen in a separate pan. Sadly, there was also no soup alternative for GF which we had last time we were there, so they skipped the GF soup for them and just brought out the next course - salad. Probably won't go back with our crew.
Food was fantastic. Hibachi chef was great! Our server though was awful. Had to be flagged down after 45 minutes to take our order. Forgot several drinks. Water glasses had to be requested to be refilled. We were the only table in the restaurant. It was extremely frustrating and the cost of the food was not worth it.
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