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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.

792 Shelburne Road
South Burlington, VT 05403
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(802) 660-8976

Website:
http://www.kotovt.com/

Parking Details:
We have 2 parking lots; a main lot and a back lot.

Public Transit:
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

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Koto Japanese Steakhouse - VT Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Good for Birthdays (5)
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Kid-friendly (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Special Occasion (4)
Casual (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Authentic (2)
Business Meals (2)
Romantic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Healthy (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

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

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Chicken was undercooked, I was splattered wth hot grease when the chef cleaned the girl immediately after cooking when it was still too hot, the server was very rude and kept checking her phone in front of us and rushing our order. We were a party of 18.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Busy and a little loud but our group of ten had a great time. We really like this place.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Super service, great atmosphere, excellent food, chef was superb, a little pricey.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

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

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent food and service!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food was good. Loud but to be expected in a Japanese steakhouse! Service was a bit slow but it was very busy.we will be back!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The service was fast and the food was delicious. The cocktails didn't disappoint. My little one love to watch the koi fish, that is a highlight of their visit

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 4, 2017

It was not too busy but we did not get a volcano.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Typical Japanese steakhouse with no surprises. Food was excellent. Had filet and salmon and both cooked perfectly.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Another excellent experience at Koto. This time for a birthday celebration. Great food, great service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2017

The appetizers were great but the sushi and entrees were not that fresh. For a popular restaurant, I expected the sushi and entrees to be more tasty.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Very good for groups, we had fun lots of fun and will be back again

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on July 16, 2017

The meal was good. The fried that one person ordered from the table took awhile. It got there while most of us already finished our meal. The waiter was very nice.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Normally it's a great place to eat, this last visit was not, the hostess was very rude and made you feel very un-welcome, steak was way over cooked. The one nice thing is the food did come out quickly

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on June 24, 2017

The food and the service were not great. The overall ambience was 3 stars out of 5.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2017

8th grade graduation

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The restaurant was great fun. The show put on by the chefs is very entertaining. Our only complaint on this occasion was the food tasted too salty.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 20, 2017

this restaurant was awful. food poor quality and noisy.
3 of the 6 of us got sick after eating here.
would not recommend.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 9, 2017

GREAT, accommodating staff. Fun and super tasty! Great drinks, lots of variety. GReat menu both at Habachi and the regular tables. Extremely well run!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on April 5, 2017

Great food, great service, great restaurant! The hibachi table cooks are full of energy!

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on March 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Even though we had reservations, there was still at least a 10 minute wait. Service needs a little work; wasn't terrible, but nothing to rave about. Our party still enjoyed our food and left stomach-satisfied.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 22, 2017

Service and hibachi was good. Sushi was below average. I found a bone in a piece of fluke and the pieces of sashimi were unusually thick.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Food was very good. Very entertaining. Service needs improvement

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We go to Koto's for special occasions about once or twice a year. We love the atmosphere and the entertainment from the chefs. Good drink menu and a variety of food to choose from.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2017

We had a great family get together at Koto. It was a really fun experience. The food was delicious and the meal was very filling. A little on the expensive side but we enjoyed it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2017

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

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on February 8, 2017

Really good food cooked fresh right in front of you. Great for groups of up to 8 people.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on January 22, 2017

We come to Koto every year to celebrate my husband's birthday, it has become a family tradition. The service is entertaining, prompt, and just the right level of attention. Food is excellent and no one goes away hungry ...every.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on January 17, 2017

Koto is looking a bit shabby these days, a lot of wear and tear. However,the hibachi fare continues it's excellence although I believe I've seen the Chef "show" enough I could do it. Service was efficient; more smiles by everyone would've been nice.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on January 2, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2016

New Years Eve.

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