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Kyoto Japanese Restaurant

4.6
389 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
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  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(801) 487-3525
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sam Tada
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Cross street
1100 East
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 389 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

When we are in town we love meeting our adult children here to catch up. Always wonderful and enjoyable!

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

15 years ago this used to be my favorite restaurant. We always went here for special occasions. The menu is the same, and while the food is still fairly good, the quality, quantity, and flavor is not as excellent as it used to be. I probably will not drive the distance from Utah County to Salt Lake to go here again.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great service and fantastic sushi and sake!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I LOVE their special sushi rolls and Japanese beer selections. Great food and service, but definitely get a reservation for a weekend date. It is a little loud, especially closer to the bar seating.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great Japanese food/sushi restaurant that has been serving great value to Salt Lake City for decades. Located in the beautiful Sugarhouse neighborhood, Kyoto has very friendly atmosphere, great serve staff, excellent fresh sea food.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

I brought my husband and two kids and we all loved it!! The service made our experience so much better! Our waitress was so sweet and thoughtful! She even brought myself and a friend some “helpers” for our chopsticks!! We ordered five different kinds of rolls and everyone loved them all!! I was happy we were able to sit in one of their great booths where you can take your shoes off and sit with your legs crossed, or you can put them down on the ground! Everything was great!!!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We had a great dinner in a small Japanese style room. It was great because we had a 4 year old and a one year old. Easy to keep them corralled and they weren't bothering others. Food was excellent and was served very quickly - another plus with small, hungry children.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

the sushi was spectacular and the employees were so friendly. definitely going back.

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Usually a favorite, we were underwhelmed with our experience. Service was really slow and food wasn't its usual quality, however our waitress was friendly and we will still be back for hopefully another experience that is more of what we are used to from this great restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great food! I cut the teriyaki steak with a fork. Everything was so good. I can’t wait to go back and try other menu items.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Having lived in japan as a child this was quite a treat. The private rooms were fantastic and the food excellent! We will definitely be coming back. How have I lived her ten years and never been?!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Went for my sister's birthday dinner and thoroughly enjoyed our meal!! Good was great!! Had tempura and sushi. They gave us lots of time to relax and enjoy our meal. Great service AND food!!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I don't go there often, but when I do its always just as great as the last time. You can never go wrong there. The sushi is always good but personally I prefer the traditional entreees of sukiyaki, tonkatsu, Udon and the other standards.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

This has become our favorite Japanese restaurant for several reasons. First, their sushi is simply the best. It is so fresh, clean, and beautifully prepared. After eating this, grocery store sushi is barely tolerable. The lobster roll is our favorite. The fried tofu on the appetizer menu is incredible. Second, their drink selection is great. We enjoy the sake flight. Third, the service is prompt, and efficient. It is amazing to us how quickly our orders were served considering the labor-intensive nature of sushi preparation, and the size of the crowd being served. Fourth, the prices are very reasonable - especially for the quality product being dished. Lastly, we appreciate very much the fact that they accept reservations - unlike Takashi. And thanks to Peggy for being a kind, and gracious hostess.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food is always excellent at Kyoto. No one does tempura better, and the sushi is top notch. I love the ambiance and the service. Nice and busy on Friday evening, so be sure to make a reservation.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Kyoto is always great. Amazing service and delicious food.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Highly recommend the Salmon Teriyaki, It is to die for!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We were a bit concerned after reading some recent rather negative review. Once we were there no more concerns. Food and service were as good as ever. We have been coming here for many years, and we feel that yosenabe and sukiyaki are wonderful with generous and varied ingredients.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

My birthday dinner was amazing! Always consistent service and food for us.

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3.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Hadn’t been to Kyoto for several years and received a gift certificate to dine there. We had reservations and were immediately seated. The service was slow but not a big issue as it gave us plenty of time to visit. The sushi was pretty average, nothing special. I was very disappointed in the shrimp tempura serving as the vegetables that came with it were only tempura carrots and onions. I. in the past there was a variety of vegetables served including mushrooms and broccoli and that was always my favorite part. My husband ordered the sukiyaki and said it was pretty bland. I understand Kyoto has new owners and I hope they revisit their menu and up the game. Won’t be back as they have lots of competition with better food.

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2.0Dined on February 26, 2018

I have been to Kyoto so many times over the course of the years. It is always busy there. This is the first time the service has been HORRIBLE. Went for my Mom's birthday as she loves it too. It took 50 minutes for us to get our food! We inquired to numerous people what was going on with the slow service. They just said sorry, that was all. It wasn't any busier than usual. When the food finally came the rice was cold. The tempura which is usually spot on was not to the expectations that I have come to know from Kyoto. I really have to consider if I will be back, at this point I would not recommend it to anyone. It sure has changed since the change in ownership years ago.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Our waitress was wonderful. The menu was very helpful and the decor was lovely. The noise however was completely unreasonable. It was crowded and I don’t know if there’s anything they can do about the noise but we had to raise our voices to speak.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

food was excellent but service poor. There were 4 of us and everyone's food came at a different time. My dinner arrived when that other 3 were almost finished eating. Took a long time to be seated even though we had reservations and then we were put at a very small table. This is my favorite place in SLC so I was very disappointed as I took my friends there

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3.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Kyoto's service has gone downhill, and the food seems to have done the same. Our server disappeared for large chunks of time- should we really have to put on our shoes and go find him when we need water, tea, have something wrong with our order, and so on? Also, portions seem to have gotten smaller, and it's harder to find a healthy vegetable- no brown rice- only white. there's nothing but iceberg lettuce or cucumbers or edamame, or heavily tempuraed veggie options. We used to go more often than we do now, living close and liking its casual, quality, quiet space, but not so much these days

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3.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Two spoiled scollop sushi—the first was mild some weeks ago and the second last night was way bad. I don’t dare return!

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Sushi was excellent as it always is. We didn’t have a server, the manager took our order. Several tables around us that were seated later received their sushi. I asked someone if we had a server and mentioned we had been there awhile and had not seen a server while everyone around us was being served. All our appetizers and meal came immediately at the same time after that. Disappointed, we eat here often and the service is usually great and quick.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Wonderful food, great value, and nice atmosphere. The only possible improvement wouldbe in having more space for parking.

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We waited for our table for 20 min after our reservation time. Then we waited 10 min for our drinks. After the bad start everything was good.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

The fish was fresh and delicious. Great vegetarian options too. Loved the vegetable tempura, it was incredible with so much variety. The service was on-point, our waitress had it dialed in and took really good care of us. We left satisfied, with leftovers, and had a delicious, relaxing meal.

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2.0Dined on February 9, 2018

We got seated fast. Took a long time for someone to get our orders. Food came out fast but was NOT fresh. The rolls had minimal to no fish.
Would not go there. I can get more at a grocery store for less, and fresher.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Whenever we want beef sukiyaki, this is the place we come to. Always delicious.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Great traditional Japanese food. Friendly staff.

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Nice restaurant with good food. We enjoyed eating there very much. I would recommend giving it a shot.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Kyoto is always a fail safe for brilliant Japanese cuisine in SLC. Never disappointed. Brilliant tempura to boot.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Kyoto is always perfect. Traditional Japanese and great sushi. Very popular. You will love it!

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Kyoto never disappoints. This is our go-to for sushi in Salt Lake.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

While this is still one of the most authentic Japanese restaurants in Salt Lake City, the new owners of Kyoto are starting to step over dollars to pick up dimes. They discontinued the soup and salad courses of the meal, opting for one or the other. The dressing on the salad also seemed to be watered down and less flavorful as visits in the past.
For my entree, I got the Chicken Sukiyaki and it seemed as though the vegetables have moved from less traditional Japanese to readily available in the US.
Fortunately, the servers haven't changed much over the years and I received the same great, attentive service I've been accustomed to over the past 30 or so years I can recall visiting Kyoto. I'll be back when I'm craving Japanese food and can't make the trip across the Pacific... unless I find a new, more authentic restaurant that isn't looking for cost-savings, but valuing traditional Japanese ingredients.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Best Sushi in the valley!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Kyoto is a must-visit. Centrally located, they've got fresh fish, amazing noodle soups, nice beer and sake, and amazing chefs. It is especially fun sitting at the bar watching them whip up beautiful rolls and nigiri/sashimi. Our favorite sushi place in SLC!

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Hadn't been for a few years but will now be going back more regularly. Everything was well, done from the greeting when we came in to when we left. One of the few places where the whine wine was served cold the way I like it. Small item, but great for me.

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