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Morimoto is a cutting-edge restaurant serving contemporary Japanese cuisine. Chef Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef fame prepares traditional dishes with a modern flair. Reservations will be accommodated at the sushi bar or a table; both options are fabulous! Special requests are encouraged but not guaranteed; please call the restaurant to discuss your special requests well before your reservation date.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 2:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday – Thursday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm 12:00am
Between 7th & 8th on Chestnut Street
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking is available at $15 per vehicle starting nightly from 5:00pm. Limited street parking is also available.
Route 47 bus – Chestnut Street stop.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
To reserve the Private Omakase Room, please contact Nicole Coombe in our special events department for more information: Nicole@starr-restaurant.com // 267-886-1408
The flagship restaurant of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Morimoto serves contemporary Japanese cuisine and sublime sushi. An array of special sakes, wines and specialty cocktails complements the menu. Whether it's a large group or a small gathering, this restaurant is the premiere spot to entertain.
Morimoto Ratings and Reviews
Unless you are very knowledgable about Japanese food, ingredients, etc., this can be an awkward dining experience to navigate. Although servers are efficient, the one who waited on us was almost condecending about having to explain what certain things were and how they were prepared. Kudos to the front reception hostesses though, who could not have been more welcoming.
Sushi and uni in particular was delicious. Ordered the Duck, Duck, Duck as a main course, was good but not great. Could have been elevated - duck egg was cooked through when it should have been runny, would have made the fried rice perfect. Desserts sounded interesting, but we'll pass next time. Waiter did ask whether we had any dietary restrictions - one of us is vegetarian and several sauces were non-veg and he kindly pointed them out to us and offered vegetarian alternatives.
We had the $80 chefs tasting menu and it was amazing! I have had it before so the waiter had the chef alter the items given to me vs. my guest so that I had a new experience. The food and presentation were unbelievable! The service was fantastic and the waiters were well versed on the meal and its contents. It is hard to pick a favorite course. I would highly recommend the chef's tasting menu.
I took my girlfriend here for her 21st birthday. It was our first time to Morimoto and it really lived up to all the hype. The restaurant is just a few blocks from the liberty bell, which we found out by accident! When you open the neon green doors to Morimoto, you are transported to another world! The restaurant has a fun design to it and the whole place changes colors about every 15 minutes! The service was prompt, knowledgeable, and attentive. I ordered the duck duck duck entree along with a red snapper, spanish mackerel, & striped bass. Everything was flawless! I figured we would have to wait a good amount of time for them to bring out our order, but it took no more than 15 minutes! All together our bill was $102 before tip & worth it!
This was my third time at Morimoto (and my third time having the omakase) and I have to stay that it has gone downhill a bit service and foodwise since I had been here last. First, it was a special occasion and I called ahead of time to request no menus (so my family wouldn't argue over prices as I was treating them anyway). While I was assured on the phone that it wouldn't be a problem, it did not go that way. The front of the house was not coordinated enough to handle my request and it turned into a comedy of errors among multiple staff members. I was disappointed to learn that service wasn't as a remembered it and the food, while good, was just good.
I am a Japanese so I have a higher standard for Japanese food. The food is OK, meaning what you should expect from an expensive Japanese restaurant in the states, but nothing super in any dimension. Basically, you get (a bit less than) what you paid for. I guess you need to overpay a bit for the excellent atmosphere. I guess variety of sophisticated rolls, which you don't see in Japan (we are purists), is the specialty. Got good fresh sea food, like sea urchin. But again, it's nothing more than you should expect from the price you pay. In Philadelphia, one of the best Japanese restaurants, but average if it is in NY or one of the big cities on the West coast (except for the atmosphere).
went for the lunch and had the tasting menu 6 courses 5 that were great, one that was good. The only one that was good was the only one that was cooked, the rock shrimp lacked an accompaniment, less shrimp and maybe rice or something else to go with the shrimp would have made a better dish.All other courses were great taste texture flavors outstanding. If I return to Phila I will go back.
We had a wonderful experience, the service and ambiance of the restaurant was fantastic. We both had the $120 Omakase tasting menu, and I have to say other review comments certainly correlate with my own. I found the wagyu short-rib to be out-of-context in a menu that was all seafood with that one exception. To me, as an Australian, the short-rib surprisingly tasted like vegemite on hot-buttered toast. The savory notes in the reduction, along with the crunch of the crust on the short-rib and the buttery notes in the wagyu tasted exactly like vegemite on toast. Expensive vegemite on toast! Apart from that, everything else was great. I would probably not get the Omakase again but I would go back for a special occasion.
Fantastic- absolutely fantastic. The food and the service were both wonderful. The staff seems to really care and for the city that really says something about the restaurant.
I read all of the reviews and people abuse this place because of the price. If you don't know what you are eating and don't know what to expect, than don't go to a restaurant that actually purchase the best product for you to consume. This isn't your neighborhood sushi place, which is a relief.
You take a risk trying new items on menus that you may not be exposed to or items that you may not like. I did have a few items that were not my cup of tea, but my palette isn't perfect. Everything was executed well. Great job.
It was a delicious...but lonely lunch. There were very few guests in the whole restaurant at noon! The wine and beer selection is super but the mark up is obscene.
The waiter did a good job. The front desk was blase upon entering and leaving, however,so the 1st and last impression left me feeling...blase.
It's Chef Morimoto so it was fresh and delicious seafood. What kind of threw me was the atmosphere of the restaurant. It was very trendy and modern. I felt like I was sitting inside of a fish bowl. Maybe that was the point? I personally didn't mind it but it certainly wasn't what I was expecting. (P.S. The light fixtures on the table are seriously phallic looking LOL)
Outstanding service, food and personal attention to every detail. From the moment we walked in the front door until we left, everyone in the staff made it a point to ask if everything was okay. Each coarse was a new dining experience and the tastes and presentations were all unique and creative, especially some of the specialty martini's. We can't wait to return to Philly so we can eat there again!
One word: OMAKASE. If you can manage to do this, it is well worth the money. Think of it this way, is it worth it to spend 2 or 3 times what you might on a single meal, to ensure that you'll have a truly AMAZING culinary experience for a special evening out? I say YES YES YES! Even the lower end $80 omakase is incredible. You get a huge amount of variety, and it is exquisitely done. Plan to spend a long time there, though, because there are many courses.
I came to the restaurant with high expectations as I am an Iron Chef follower and foodie. Morimoto did not disappoint! The service was impeccable. And the food, if possible, was even better. We had the foie gras appetizer, Chef's Choice Sushi Platter, and Duck, Duck, Duck. If anything could be said negatively, it would be only that after we finished each dish...we wanted MORE. Will be back here for sure next time we are in Philly.
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