Makoto

4.7
1486 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
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Stephen Starr's newest Japanese restaurant, Makoto is located in the prestigious Bal Harbour Shops. Makoto features a modern Japanese menu including sushi bar selections, modern Japanese dishes, and bincho charcoal robata. A hand-crafted beverage program focused on sake compliments the cuisine. The dining room and sushi bar seating are available by reservation. Outdoor seating is available upon arrival.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese
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Hours of operation
Daily 11:30AM - 11:00PM
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Phone number
(305) 864-8600
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Makoto Okuwa
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
96th St
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Parking details
Valet is offered in front of the Collins Avenue side of the restaurant for $10/hour, $25 for VIP service. Self-parking is also available in the Shops lots and garage for $1.50/hour with validation.
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Public transit
96th St and Collins Ave
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Special events & promotions
We will be open normal hours for Monday, July 4th! Please join us for lunch or dinner
Additional
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
1,486 reviews
4.7 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
82%
Very Good
13%
Good
4%
Fair
1%
Poor
1%
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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j
Miami
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Miami, hands down. Consistently excellent food.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicioso todo!!

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E
Montreal
67 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a delight to eat at Makoto. Delicious and inventive food.
Service is always impeccable.
Highly recommend it to all.

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G
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great, but we were sat beside a table with 3 kids that were yelling and screaming and literally bouncing up and down on the chairs for the first 15 minutes we were there. If they would have stayed, we would have asked to move. They wrapped up and everything else was fantastic.

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MV
Miami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing colorful, flavored and tasty food in town.

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CP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I had to tall with two asistanys to get my table on time
Messy reception of guests and had to get anlittoe uoset to get the table

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Miami
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Summer special was a joke. Speciality drink was Bellini which was inappropriate considering mimosas and Bellinis are served for brunch usually. The crispy rice special was an after thought. It made me think that management is trying hard not to promote their summer specials. When asked, manager try to avoid the subject and left in a hurry. In addition, when you ask the hostess, she had no idea that there was even a special going on. With that said, why even put it on your website and advertise it!?

During the time we were sat, the restaurant was busy. It took maybe 15 minutes before our server came to the table to take our drink order. He was pleasant and eager to please. We asked about the specials and he also had no idea. So he disappeared to enquire about the specials. In the meantime he was bombarded with other tables and took a while to get back to us. When he came back, we decided to order our watermelon ceviche, the crispy rice and our cocktails. The crispy rice cake cake quick and eventually the drinks came. We never received the watermelon ceviche since our server forgot about it. When he brought my beer, he asked, “do you want me to pour that or you will do it?” Note to server, it’s either you pour it or you don’t. No other ways, since it will reflect on your tip.
We ordered the rest of our sushi and the rice truffle. The sushi was good but our server forgot the soya sauce and we had to ask the food runner for it.
It was suppose to be a special occasion for us but Makoto was a great disappointment. We still left a 15% tip even though service was below par.
I want to be fair and honest with my review so here are a few pointers.
Before starting service, go through the menu with your servers. I don’t need everyone to come to the table to check on me and disappear. Communicate better and pay attention to details. You are in Bal Harbour shoppes, be at the top of your game. Be impressive like your vegan sushi roll.

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PM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We have always loved going to this restaurant. The rock shrimp is our absolute favourite. My only issue is that, the last few times we have been, the food has become exceedingly salty. To be specific, we have had the miso soup, the chicken soup, the braised rib with noodles, and the beef with the hot stone and all of these dishes were almost too salty to enjoy. It has actually become a bit of an issue for us and I’m not sure if We would run back there. It’s too bad.

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London
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Used to love this place but it doesn’t have the quality it had years ago. Pity.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Menu had a lot of great options and the food was delicious. The restaurant was nicely decorated and not too noisy. Our server was accommodating to my dietary needs, but didn’t check on us more than once or twice and we had to ask twice for refills. Other than that very good

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l
Miami
236 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food. varied menu. many choices. great service. nice outdoor seating for winter. a little pricey, but great quality..

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a
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is amazing! Best Japanese restaurant I have ever been to. And the service is top notch.

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JC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Made a reservation and made special note that it was a very special occasion. Host/hostess didn’t read the note, nor did they communicate the special occasion to the service staff. After leaving the restaurant I got a notification that we missed our reservation. Which means the host marked us as a no show.

We sat at the sushi bar, where there were only 2 other couples sitting. NOT ONE sushi chef out of the 4 or 5 even said hi or acknowledged our presence. They literally did not even say one word the entire time. We had to order everything through the server.

This place is trying to be a Japanese restaurant, but they definitely need to embrace a better culture of omotenashi.

All in all the food was good. Robata-Yaki dishes had good flavor. Although prices were quite ridiculous. But maybe that’s how Miami is. If the service was amazing I could possibly justify the price. But when I sit at a sushi bar and my meal is $130 per person and a chef doesn’t say one word, there’s a problem.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente t

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply AMAZING sushi!!
I love it and I always make sure to go to Makoto every time I'm in miami which is about 3 times a year.
Hope you try it once and will enjoy it as much as I do with my family and friends.

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DS
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was just okay, with the prices on this menu I was expecting to be blown away and I wasn’t. We had sushi and sashimi and it was as good as many other places I’ve eaten at, only this time I paid nearly double. Also, had reservations for inside the restaurant, upon arrival were offered the option of outdoors or indoors, and chose outside. As soon as we sat down for my husbands 40th birthday dinner we were swarmed by mosquitoes and immediately asked to be moved inside, only to be told no tables were available inside. Ended our very overpriced meal with at least 10 bug bites each. Would not return or recommend.

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Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Japanese waitress was the rudest waitress I have ever experienced. Rude, curt, poured wine like she was dumping it in the glass “hurry up and order.”"bad. Ambience is for amateurs who do not know quality, courtesy, or high end. They should be.a Kiosk in the mall with this type of quality and service. They are not worth what they charge. Dr G

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m
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Food is good. Service great.
But music was much better few years ago. What they have now does not suits Makoto. Should be light house music. And the servers uniform ( girls ) is ridiculous.

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SK
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always happy to coming back . Thank you !

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j
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Miami.

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HG
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

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RG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Our waitress, Hagar, was attentive and friendly.
We enjoyed our meal and evening at Makoto.

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D
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great supper... a wonderful experience for the eyes and taste buds!
Definitely a must!

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Miami
10 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Often been here. Today had outstanding service.. Would like to commend Nick on providing outstanding service.

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San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Overall ok. Not impressed about the food but still one of my favorite Japanese restaurant in town. Service had huge lacks. They brought us food we didn't order and they didn't bring us drinks we ordered. Felt a bit abandoned. Had to stand to pick a menu, no soy sauce with food on the table etc...

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M
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best raw fish I ate while in Miami. Flavors were vibrant and exciting, and our server made us feel like royalty.

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MY
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience. Enjoyed our daughter's thirtieth birthday party with friends and shared a variety of delicious foods. Wait staff is excellent and very fast and efficient. Had delightful "birthday cake" at the end that was shared and enjoyed by all! Highly recommend this Miami Bal Harbor restaurant!

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AF
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Did not meet our expectations! Service was poor, dishes were not well described, no suggestions were made, rushed service.
None of the 6 dishes we ordered were exceptional.
Would not return.

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B
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is consistently good and service is always excellent.

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AB
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Había poca gente y mucho personal, que teníamos que estar llamándolos para el agua o pedir cosas. En general muy bueno, la comida excelente. las mesas muy juntas.

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B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very good food... service just OK

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and amazing food.

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M
Miami
32 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Love this restaurant! It is one of my favorites in Miami. The food is absolutely delicious!

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BC
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious!

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TS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Must try the waygu beef skewers!!! Great food

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OT
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excelente Comida

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T
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very delicious food.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Restaurant, every time I recommend this restaurant guest is very happy.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

I’ve been to this restaurant many times and it was one of my favourite places. However, this time the service was terrible and the food was not as good as usual. The server forgot an item we ordered and instead of apologizing, she decided to argue that it was never ordered in the first place. Kind of disappointed this time around.

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

My wife and I really enjoyed this place! It has a fantastic menu, and you're able to order multiple items so you get a taste of it all! We sat inside and enjoyed the environment quite a bit.

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