Kyoto Japanese Restaurant

4.7
526 reviews
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A Salt Lake City icon, Kyoto has delighted literally generations of diners. This cozy restaurant gives the feel of a bit of Kyoto Japan in the Rocky Mountains. Kyoto specializes in authentic Japanese cuisine. House favorites include the Ebi Tempura and Steak Teriyaki. Kyoto is also known for its Sushi Bar. Patrons may either dine at the Sushi Bar or order sushi from a Japanese style booth.

Kyoto Japanese Restaurant was opened by Sam & Yoshiko Tada in 1984. Sam (a native of Kyoto Japan) brought his culinary skills & Yoshiko managed the accounting and service. Both Sam & Yoshiko still participate in the day to day operations of Kyoto.
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FJ
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kyoto is our go-to restaurant for special occasions, and for whenever we feel like their bento box lunch.

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D
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beat restaurant I discovered since moving to SLC in late 2017. Been a go-to place nearly every few months when I’m craving Japanese. I’ve never been disappointed with any of my times here. Food is always amazing. Staff is always amazing. Everything is always amazing. I will always return and will always recommend this place to others.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in Utah, and the ambience is what you would want from a Japanese restaurant. The service is wonderful and I will certainly return again and again.

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic time with my boyfriend on date night! Food was fantastic! Service was great too!

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place

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SL
Salt Lake City
16 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. Loved everything we had. The drinks were a bit pricier than other places.

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CY
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very authentic Japanese food in a cozy location.

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DB
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service...wonderful food.....Love the kimonos!

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SL
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great! Highly recommend the Firecracker Sushi Roll

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CT
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I asked for a booth but got a tabke instead. I jyst wush the front would mention b4 seating. We did get our booth eventually whole waited.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very good. Brought back great memories of the food. So nice to have a great Japanese restaurant in town.

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Teriyaki and Tempura are the best around. I live in TN and when I am in SLC, I always make time to visit Kyoto no matter what.

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s
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I always enjoy a trip to Kyoto. They have excellent food-- I'm allergic to fish so I've never had the sushi but I'm told it is very good. The other menu items I can attest are amazing. The desserts and non-alcoholic drinks are also quite good. It has a very authentic Japanese atmosphere with either tables or ground seating available. The service has also always been very good.

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PO
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food for a great price! Great service, open table was perfect because the place was really busy even for a Monday night.

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AR
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time coming hear. Great customer service all around. Food was exceptional. All the sushi we ordered was amazing!!!!!!!

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AH
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

It was Friday night and very crowded. That may have caused the food to be a little cold by the time it came to the table.

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ST
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious and the sushi tasted fresh.

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ME
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing! Our very favorite neighborhood restaurant. Jade is absolutely amazing. She always makes us feel at home.

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k
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience with amazing food!

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TH
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious food. We were seated right when we arrived due to our reservations. Great waitress and bus girl. Thank you for a fantastic evening

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CW
Salt Lake City
16 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First, you must recognize the excellent service. All staff are very attentive, friendly, efficient and hard working. The food was excellent. It was well prepared and obviously brought to us very quickly after it was plated. I recommend this restaurant to anyone searching for a good Japanese restaurant in Salt Lake.

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OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

They have the best Japanese food in town- I don't think anyone can argue with that. Their sushi menu is so fresh and so good. However, all the other items (udon, sukiyaki, etc) tends to be super salty so make sure to ask for hot water so you can mix it down.

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P
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere, at a reasonable price! The service was a bit slow, but very polite and cheerful.

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MA
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite neighborhood Japanese restaurant in Salt Lake City. Try the agadashi tofu as an appetizer.

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Will not go again. I have been to Kyoto for over 10 years but I got very disappointed for the last three visits. The food quality is getting worse and is not in line with the price. It’s very sad to say but those half price sushi places have better sushi.

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SF
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, delicious food at reasonable prices. Our waitress Ping was wonderful. She took good care of us and of our birthday girl.

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SS
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very generous portions - my husband ordered Combination dinner - Tonkatsu + Ebi Tempura. And a Spider roll. It was a lot!

Food was very fresh.

They did not give the proper accompaniments. Tempura should have come with Oroshi Daikon (grated radish) and Tonkatsu with Karashi (yellow mustard). They gave us the former upon request, did not have the latter.

Would we go back? Yes!

My Saba Shioyaki (Mackerel) was damn good.

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JR
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good but pricey

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AA
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I lived in Japan for 2 years and this is the most authentic and delicious Japanese food I’ve found in Salt Lake City. Great ambiance and good location. Will definitely visit again! Convenient wheelchair accessible restroom too.

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LW
Salt Lake City
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Our table was not ready when we arrived 5 mins early. Not a problem but the host decided to sit us at a table that was reserved 1 hour later and told us we had to wrap up by them. He was visibly stressed. Not what I would usually expect from Kyoto but normally we sit at the sushi bar

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S
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Japanese food in town!!! They never disappoint and we will continue to celebrate year and year there.

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s
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family celebration

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Denver
14 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food, extremely fresh sushi, yellowtail collar on the appetizer menu is very big and outstanding in it’s grilling. Unfortunately, dining alone, I was seated at the only 2 top table, right by the kitchen and the large party table (extremely noisy). I should have elected to sit at the sushi bar.

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HA
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in slc, awesome homemade soy sauce. Great flavors and cool ambiance

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JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Somewhat loud, but not too bad. I would definitely go back.

I loved their tempura vegetables.

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DE
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, pretty close to what you’d get in Japan

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was really great

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BM
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good service on Valentines Day, as usual.

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R
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Salad was the best ever and the food is always fantastic. One of our very favorite dining experiences.
Matt was an excellent waiter and made the experience memorable.

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

We have Been going here for years love it. The food is done perfect it's as close as your gonna get to real traditional Japanese food.

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