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Morimoto

4.7
4609 reviews
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$50 and over
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Japanese
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese
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Hours of operation
Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 2:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday – Thursday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm 12:00am
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Phone number
(215) 413-9070
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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
Masaharu Morimoto
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 7th & 8th on Chestnut Street
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Parking details
Valet parking is available at $15 per vehicle starting nightly from 5:00pm. Limited street parking is also available.
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Public transit
Route 47 bus – Chestnut Street stop.
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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
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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4.7
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4.6
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

I love this restaurant, I have been a few times. The food is always great and the service is incredible. This time we got sushi, hamachi, seared tuna salad, dessert, and the miso blackened cod. I’d definitely get everything again except the cod. It’s a more fish-y tasting fish and slightly more slimy texture than you may be used to if you’re used to salmon. Perhaps it was just the cod we received, but aside from the cod, everything was great

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Absolutely one of our favorite restaurants in Philadelphia. The food is always outstanding and the service is perfect

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

As always, creative and well-prepared food and impeccable service. The vibe is not my favorite (it's a bit dark/club-like) but worth it for the dining experience.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Our waiter was absolutely amazing- both my partner and I are vegetarian and he made sure to ask the chef staff about any modifications that could be made to dishes and even asked us if we consumed eggs, further ensuring that our meal would meet our dietary requirements. Everything was beautiful, the interior of the dining room was gorgeous, and I can't wait to go back! Fellow vegetarians - do yourselves a favor and order the ramen and the sweet potato tempura. You won't be disappointed!

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Its a nice place, but would not go back. I feel the food wasn't that great, the glass wine list needs to be looked at as not enough choice by the glass. There just was nothing special about it unfortunately.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

My first time. My wife and I got there on a Friday night around 8pm, the restaurant was not that busy. It has a very upbeat mood. The food was okay. Nothing really stand out. But the service was very good. Our waiter came over to our table after every dish to check on us. If you're in area and like Sushi. You should try out Morimoto.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I went with my partner on an early Friday evening. Initially, we had difficulty finding the place but realized we had accidentally walked right past the bright green doors. Overall, the ambiance was quite nice and, although packed by 7:30pm, I never felt that I needed to strain my voice in order to be heard. Hilariously, I was too short for my chair and my feet wouldn't reach the ground unless I sat right on the edge. If I were on a first date and wearing a skirt, sitting cross-legged but leaning forward all night would've been a really awkward position...

The food definitely met my expectations, but was generally a little unflavored for my taste. We each started with a bowl of miso soup. The tofu was lovely but I'll pass on the soup next time as it was pretty light on flavor for me. (Note: I always try the miso soup whenever it is available on a menu in my quest to find the perfect bowl so I'm probably more particular about this dish than most.) My boyfriend ordered Duck Duck Duck, since other reviewers had raved about it and he absolutely loved it. I had the Morimoto Shabu Shabu with salmon sashimi. The fish and veggies were nice, but I found that the accompanying sauces were a little underseasoned for my preference. We wrapped with the triple Matcha for dessert. Again, I love matcha and found that the matcha flavor didn't quite come through for me on the torte, but my boyfriend found it almost too strong for him. It's likely somewhere in the middle. As for drinks, we had the Ota, a glass of junmai sake and another cocktail which I can't remember the name of. All of these were quite yummy--no complaints here!

All in all, we had a good time and were definitely quite full by the end. Service was excellent all night. We will likely go again, especially if I'm in the mood for more subtle flavors.

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2.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Worst service I had in a while

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3.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Tried both tasting menus; the food is good but very overpriced. Save your money and stick with the regular menu items and sushi.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Loved the atmosphere; it’s a beautiful setting. Our server was both helpful and gracious as we were not familiar with the menu. He actually also assisted us with tips regarding Philadelphia we were visiting for a college visit. I recommend it highly and LOVED the duck!!

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Everything was excellent! Can’t wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

I take my stepdaughter here for her birthday every year for the Omakase. It is an amazing bonding experience to try new things and enjoy such carefully prepared bites packed with flavor. The service is the best in the city!

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Always great here.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We were a party of six adults. The booth was a perfect fit. We loved the ambiance and the unique lighting! Our waitress was wonderful and also very knowledgeable about the menu. She did not rush us as at, but service was perfect. The food was the star of the show. There was not anything that we ordered that we did not love. My personal favorites were the calamari salad and the Duck, Duck Duck. The three other diners in our group got the Seafood "Toban Yaki". They absolutely raved about it. I was lucky enough to get a bite of the scallop and it was perfectly cooked and amazingly sweet!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

AMAZING! Worth every penny! We shared all the dishes that came to our table and every bite was a worthwhile memory! Must haves: Rock Tempura Shrimp; Duck Duck Duck, Ishi Yaki Bob and the Chilean Sea Bass! Finish your night off with the flaming dessert! A dinner to remember!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Excellent Overall Experience.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Delicious omakase if you don't mind spending money.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Excellent. Miso was best I ever had

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

I typically go for dinner at Morimoto on a Saturday night, but this time went on a Thursday evening at 5pm, right when they opened. The food was excellent as always, and the service was attentive as expected. It was strange to be there when it was “empty” but it was early and the tables started to fill when we left. For consistently great food, you can count on Morimoto any day of the week!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Excellent as always 10/10

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

I ordered the Omakase, and EVERY dish was exquisite. Delicate plating and perfect flavor combinations with great texture. I cannot recommend highly enough!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Very enjoyable. I booked my dinner the same day that I wanted to come in however I accidentally booked the wrong date for my reservation. They said they could correct it for today and seat me in 45 minutes. 45 minutes? I counted 17 open tables from the time we got there to the time we left. So I’m not sure what the wait was about. But I still love it here

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

A long awaited meal was disappointing not so much because of the food but due to the noise level and very annoying music. If you want a quiet atmosphere in which you can really appreciate the quality of the food without distraction, this is not the place. The atmosphere was very antithetical to the Japanese culture as I understand it. We ordered the Omakasi meal and though each individual dish was delicious it was actually too much food ( I took home enough for lunch and dinner the next day} and it was too heavily weighted in the fish department for me. I would have appreciated a vegetable dish. The fish cheek course ( don't remember the Japanese name} was notable. Perhaps younger people would appreciate the energy as they seem to associate it with having a good time. It was too expensive a meal to be so uncomfortable. Won't be returning.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Service was very poor the night we went. The food was good besides the sushi was just average.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Wonderful service and advice, which made great food even better

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Sushi as expected was exceptional, service attentive but drinks were average at best. Manhattan as ordered tasted like chlorine even when swapped for a different drink. Go for fresh fish cooked dishes were less impressive

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

There's a reason he'a an Iron Chef. Morimoto is a master and his vision is executed flawlessly in this Philly restaurant. An outpost of the Stephen Starr Group, Morimoto doesn't disappoint. The cool decor still looks fresh and the service shines. Go for the Omakase menu to sample the kitchen's creativity and you won't be disappointed. Raw and cooked (or barely warmed) fish creations, classic sushi and sashimi make for a journey of innovative Japanese cuisine. A solid sake list offers options at numerous price points and pairing are also available for the chef's tasting. This is one of those restaurants I try to visit most times I'm in Philly.

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Over priced and their special plates include sushi that would never be ordered and frankly I would not consider it sushi but cooked or processed fish. Overall my experience was over priced and quality that is available in most sushi bars in the city.

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Service was great, but was very underwhelmed by the quality of the fish and rice.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We ordered Chefs Omkase with beverage pairing . 8 courses do take a while, which we expected. There was, however, a tremendous lag between courses after course 3. Our drinks were 30 minutes or more ahead of courses. The beef course was stone cold & not intended to be that way. What started as a beautiful dining experience, left us very disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

first but definitely not last visit. service and food were excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

It was outstanding! The waiter,Alexander was so knowledgeable. We enjoyed ourselves immensely.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Great atmosphere for a business meal

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We celebrated my husband's birthday at Morimoto. We each ordered the classic tasting menu. It was 8 courses (7 meal and 1 dessert)for $100. It was fabulous. Our favorite dishes were the cheek, black cod and duck. The proteins were perfectly prepared and cooked. The sushi was delicious fish with just the right amount of fish. I would recommend this place and the tasting menu for a very memorable meal.

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Tasting menu not worth it. Was not a $500 meal

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Wonderful restaurant. Great ambience and wonderful food!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Great service and amazing food. We had omakase, I could say it was too much food for eight-course dinner. Overall, it was wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Awesome setting, great service and amazing food. Best place to take a date who likes Japanese!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Best fish any of our party have ever ordered! The flavor, texture, and presentation were amazing.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Excellent like usual. Great food, great service. The staff noticed we felt a bit chilly and immediately accommodated us, before we even got the chance to ask.

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