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About Morimoto

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.

723 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 2:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday – Thursday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm 12:00am

Cross Street:
Between 7th & 8th on Chestnut Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 413-9070

Website:
http://www.morimotorestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available at $15 per vehicle starting nightly from 5:00pm. Limited street parking is also available.

Public Transit:
Route 47 bus – Chestnut Street stop.

Executive Chef:
Masaharu Morimoto

Additional:
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

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.

Morimoto Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (76)
Good for a Date (75)
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Creative Cuisine (69)
Good for Anniversaries (59)
Tasting Menu (51)
Romantic (43)
Good for Birthdays (41)
Authentic (37)
Worth the Drive (35)
Business Meals (32)
Hot Spot (29)
Good for Groups (27)
Fun (27)
Handcrafted Cocktails (26)
Healthy (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Great for Lunch (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Cozy (11)
Seasonal (11)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Casual (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
People Watching (9)
Spicy (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Tapas (4)
Vegan (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Organic (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Morimoto never disappoints. My second time there, my second time with the omakase, though i went with the seasonal this time around. Amazing. Great way to experience alot of the menu, which is awesome because when you look at the menu there’s a lot of things you’ll want to try. Sushi of the highest quality. Great experience with a party of 9, and my wife who doesn’t really enjoy sushi had no problem finding items she loved, i.e. the wagyu filet served on a sizzling plate which I was very thankful she shared. Amazing. 5 Starstop to bottom.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 5 days ago

We have been here previously for a chef tasting for our birthdays and loved it, so we didn’t it again and weren’t disappointed! Everything was amazing as usual ❤️☺️ Joe our server was so nice and really made the night that much better! We will definitely be back! Thanks for being so wonderful and always making our birthdays so special!

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

The Sake was fantastic, the food was possibly the best I've ever had, the service was friendly, top notch, and extremely professional. The ambiance was good and the restaurant wasn't too loud.

I would happily recommend this restaurant to anyone I know for the quality of the food alone.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Always great. Love the fish entrees and the amazing tuna pizza. Lighting is dim so if you’re older and can’t see without the assistance of your iPhone light maybe go elsewhere.

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·Dined 6 days ago

We went to Morimoto to celebrate our anniversary and it did not disappoint. We were in Philadelphia for the marathon and had our 2 year old daughter with us, who has special needs. The staff was very accommodating finding us the right table for our family and the manager went out of his way to check on us to make sure we were having a nice dining experience. The service was tip notch-our waiter did a great job explaining everything on the menu. Last, but not least, the food was AMAZING. This was one our most memorable meals to date. We will be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Everything was outstanding! The food was absolutely delicious! It was flavorful and unique, our waitress was friendly, and our food came out quickly after we ordered. The atmosphere was really fun too! I loved the lights all around the tables and the sculptures on the walls. One negative was that the prices were a bit high. But I will still definitely be going back!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Food and service was awesome. We had the classic tasting menu and can honestly say it was better than the tasting menu we had at Wolfgang Puck's restaurant in Dallas.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Impressive, elegant atmosphere - went for a business lunch. It wasn't crowded and was quiet at lunchtime. Ethereal lighting provides a serene yet new age feel that was the perfect ambiance for thinking outside the box. Lunch menu provided wonderful food with relatively large portions. Impressed our client with the unique environment, high quality service, and excellent food. Miso soup that came with the lunch entrees was amazingly good.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Afternoon Tea, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

An amazing dining experience. The atmosphere is upscale, the food was delicious, and the servers were friendly and attentive. Dinner and drinks for two was extremely reasonable. I would definitely recommend this restaurant I was pleasantly surprised and I believe you will be as well.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The food was great and the service was even better. you can't go wrong ever here!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Exceptional!
We did the omakase tasting menu and it was fantastic!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Mother/Daughter night in Philadelphia. We had the Wagyu dumplings, which were so tender with fantastic flavor. We followed that with the edamame and since it was the two of us they offered us a half size order, which was really nice since the full order was huge, the half size was still plenty. After that we had the shrimp tempura sushi roll, which had a nice crunch piece of asparagus and a spicy mayo, it was delicious! We also had the spicy tuna roll and it was amazing as well. To top the night off we had the fiery chocolate torte, so cool! Everyone wanted it :) it was also very good.

Our service was impeccable. Greg was our server and he was phenomenal. He asked us some questions to get a feel for the experience we were looking for and made perfect suggestions and was not pushy whatsoever. He was very attentive and made our experience great.

The only downfall was how loud it was in the restaurant, we could barely hear the server over all the noise. But it was overall a great experience!

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

This restaurant was amazing - We enjoyed the Omakase Menu - as well as some other special dishes. We have a great table for 6 people. The service was exceptional and I look forward to my next opportunity to go to the restaurant

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We truly enjoyed our visit to Morimoto. It's our second time here, although last time was ~10 years ago, also the last time we visited Philadelphia. It did not disappoint, just as wonderful as it had been last time we were here. We chose the seasonal omekase, which was delicious and perfectly proportioned. We especially enjoyed the toro tartare, wagyu beef, and sushi courses. The soy creme brulee dessert was divine, as was the strawberry cream eclair my son enjoyed. The service was outstanding, friendly and super-professional. We really appreciated that the staff was very gracious to our 7 year old son - he really enjoyed being treated just like a grownup. Thank you for a lovely experience!

Tags: Authentic, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This was the best sushi place I ever ate at. Had the tasting menu which was fantastic. Business partner had the duck, duck, duck. Tried the duck and it was to die for. His wife had chicken noodle soup to start and was the best ever. Was expensive but well worth the $$$.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food is always exceptional. Tonight's dinner started with slices of foie gras and eel with a side of flavored rice, we closed our eyes and savored every morsel, a truly unique combination that was to be eaten by combining pieces of the foie gras and the eel . My companion had the seafood hot pot - the scallops and shrimp were huge - the lobster cut into manageable pieces - all perfectly cooked in a magic broth with bok choi and other vegetables. I had the duck dish, slices of rare duck breast and a confit leg with a side of rice that I couldn't stop eating. Go!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

My family, and I, visited Morimotos over the weekend. We had the salmon rolls, ramen, dumplings, and rice! All of which was a melt in your mouth delicacy. We definitely recommend, and would visit again!

Tags: Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The service was excellent, the food exquisite, the atmosphere was cool n hip. The decore is beautiful. Duck was delicious my daughter had sushi she loved it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

excellent sushi
amazing steak and tempura!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Food is good but didn't overwhelm me and my wife. May be we expected too much from the Iron Chef's original Morimoto.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had the Omakase, which I thought was interesting and good, but didn't make it to great. They got off to an impressive start, as the first three raw fish courses were excellent, as was the first cooked course of black cod. For me it went somewhat downhill from there. Skate wing was unexciting and towards overcooked; probably the weakest course. Duck dish had excellent flavors but the duck was crispy because it was deep fried, and hence, to me, overcooked. Sushi course was made up of excellent quality fish, but I simply find Morimoto's sushi rice underseasoned. Dessert was a yuzu infused cake; flavor was interesting and my husband liked it a great deal, but it didn't do much for me. Next time I will know how to order more to my taste.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We went for an anniversary dinner and got the omasake seasonal option. Each plate was perfectly portioned and spaced out so you didn’t feel rushed. Would recommend for any special occasion.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Exceptional service and ambiance. Very loud at peak seating, you must know what your ordering but the staff can be very informative if asked. Great lounge upstairs.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

a delicious mushroom soup preceded the phenomenal sushi special--needlefish, sword, uni, mantis shrimp, and 4 other mouthwatering meltin the mouth pieces. shiso ice cream cake for dessert. all stunningly presented. my wife had a fantastic miso and a great bowl with rice/egg/hamachi prepared at the table. sake anbd a beer. quite pricey and waaaaay tooooo loud, but excellent service and attentiveness

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I spoke to the restaurant 2 days before our reservation and explained we were celebrating the marriage of our son. I SPELLED THEIR NAMES for a special dessert. We talked to your front desk about it when we arrived. NO SPECIAL DESSERT came out even after we ordered dessert. This is unacceptable. The manager gave us his card so if we ever needed a future reservation, he would help us. Really?
The food was mediocre at best and more expensive than most NYC’s best sushi restaurants. Morimoto should be ashamed. We were very disappointed.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This is my 3rd visit to the restaurant. Service is excellent and your glass is never empty. But the food quality seems to be going downhill. Wild mushrooms dish was bitter and had a medincial taste, probably there are much rosemary . Calamari salad was soggy and sour. And the $130 sashimi platter, not a lots of varieties and portion is small too. We did enjoy the plum cheese cake with blood orange and this desert is refreshing. Very disappointed with their quality of food !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

chef menu is great

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Beautiful design. Food is superb. Very creative, delicious. Service outstanding.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Client dinner!!

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

everything was really good. only thing I was disappointed was the wasabi was not fresh.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Best food we’ve ever had. It’s pricy but worth it. You’re eating an iron chefs food after all. Location is great. 2 blocks from the Liberty Bell. Parking is easy to find. They also have valet. Feel and vibe of the restaurant is modern and energized. Dress is nicer. Don’t wear a t-shirt and shorts. I’m not saying wear a suit and gown but collared shirt for the man and nice dress or blouse and skirt for the ladies.

Service. Also the best we’ve ever had. Never had an empty glass. Always making sure your happy with everything. Wait staff has excellent knowledge of the menu and will answer any question about any item. And everyone is very nice. Great attitudes.

Food and drinks. First off. I was warned about the prices so I wasn’t shocked. It’s expensive. No getting around it. But my god is it worth it. Drinks are fantastic. Food. The best. Wife and I both had the Morimoto omakase. It’s an 8 course chef’s choice meal. All the courses are one of their signature dishes. Well worth the price of $100 each. We won’t be making it back for years because it’s a 2 hr drive to Philly and we’re not made of money. But we will defiantly be going back some day.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

I'm a Japanese visitor in Philly. Good quality Sushi. Enjoyable for Japanese people too.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Sadly disappointed in the knowledge and attention paid to being gluten free. The salad had to be remade and we ordered oysters that came out as just oysters...kinda like having a salad with no dressing. They made no effort to accommodate us and just gave us food by process of elimination without taking the time to replace what was taken away. Not a 5 star restaurant as it used to be I suppose. The morimoto in Disney springs walks circles around this out dated past it’s time place. Sushi was ok but honestly I have had better in local places and paid a lot less. We won’t be back and I won’t recommend this location.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The Sushi was excellent. Very fresh. Service was great. However the wagu beef was terrible. Very tough with so much fat I almost choked . I have had Wagu at many places.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Loved the black cod, which was gently sweet, tender, and with a crispy skin. Can’t wait to try that again. Good service, and considering the quality it’s really not even that expensive.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Impeccable and even able to accommodate vegan/gluten free

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The service was great, food was good. The only issue I had is they serve the steak on a cast iron plate. Then drizzle a sauce on it while it is hot. The plate is in front of you at the time. The sauce splattered on my shirt and ruined it.

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·Dined on October 23, 2017

I enjoyed seasonal omasake ($150) with beverage tasting ($80).
Not bad but could not meet my expectation.
Service was quite satisfying.

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Tasting Menu, Healthy
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We came here for my daughters 18th birthday dinner. From making the reservation, to ordering her cake, to the service the moment we walked in, everything was incredible! The whole staff took great pains to ensure the element of surprise throughout the night. The food was amazing. The cake created by pasty chef Veronica was beautifully unique and delicious. Our Server Sean was amazing and even pulled me into the kitchen to make sure I was happy with the candle placement on her cake. It was an impeccable dining experience and they made my daughters birthday even more special. I dine out frequently and consider myself picky-everyone at Morimoto surpassed every expectation. Sushi here is divine. I had the duck and it was perfection. I've never taken the time to write a review for anything-No exaggeration. HIGHLY recommend!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Didn't meet expectations. Quality of fish in sushi was not as good as our local, not-famous sushi place. Stomach was unsettled after dinner. Rice bowl entree was flavorful.

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