Ototo

4.8
261 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
OTOTO’s intimate dining room serves Japanese robata-style tapas, sashimi, grilled whole fish, rich Ramen offerings and noodles. The kitchen includes a robota grill with Japanese imported bincho-tan charcoal, raw bar featuring a catch of the day and Ramen and noodle station.
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BI
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Busy. Loud. Great decor but the table layout is wonky and squeezed in and I’ve never been a fan of community tables, especially if I made a reservation. Service...some things came up fast and others took a while. The staff was helpful making suggestions. Most things were reasonably priced, but the rib dish was overpriced for what you got. There were some unique offerings for food and drink. I might go back and check out their happy hour.

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W
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Japanese restaurant that takes sushi, fish, beef and tempura to a whole new level. Fantastic food in a fun neighborhood. Worth a trip to Denver!

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OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious and attentive service. Can’t wait to go back!

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TC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best restaurants I go to. The food is amazing and the service is excellent. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes Asian food and specifically Japanese cuisine.

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MC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good was really amazing, every staff member was extremely accommodating, and the dining experience was fabulous. Can't wait to go back and try more small plates on the menu!

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TD
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is amazing! A little loud and higher priced but definitely will be back

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L
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, as always! The food is consistently great and the server (Evan?) was excellent. Ototo remains our favorite dining spot in Denver!

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JV
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary and we made our reservation based on a recommendation from a friend. We absolutely loved everything!!! Food, service, and ambiance. We’ve already made plans to return ASAP.

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Wasn't too impressed with the food. Service was friendly but I wouldn't come back for the food.

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K
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good but they were difficult to share as suggested by the waiter. We got the Black Miso cod and for a 4oz serving it was $16, each of us (we were a party of 3) were able to get one bite. Felt like the prices were a bit much for what you got. I would’ve paid more along the lines of $10-$12 for that dish. In total for 3 of us the check was $158 and I’ll admit we left hungry since each dish was on average one bite each. Note: Our check included drinks.

We will be definitely going back but probably for happy hour instead of dinner.

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HK
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ototo was good but not great. I guess I have eaten in too many excellent Japanese Restaurants in Japan and Hong Kong, am always looking for restaurants like that. I would try some more of the smaller dishes rather than Ramen the next time. I really found the Pork Ramen to be fairly tasteless! The Tempura that my friend had looked very good but was soaked with oil. Good Tempura in Japan is somehow not oily at all. I love Tempura but this one would have bothered my stomach with all that oil! The Scallops with Bacon were very good and also the Eggplant with Miso. I will try again, will also be going to their other two restaurants.

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KS
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenominal food and service, best brunch in denver

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DA
Denver
43 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have dined here many times and have never seen what I would consider a misstep. Food and service is top notch!

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SJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful birthday dinner! Highlights/so-perfect-we-ordered-multiple-rounds-dishes included the Unagi Kabayaki, all the chicken skewers and the crispy spicy tuna. Though we only ordered one, the grilled squid was beautiful and delicious. The service felt relaxed and flowing, hiding from us what i imagine is the complexity behind the timing of the dishes - we were sorry to see it end.

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EB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely birthday dinner...great service!

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MC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and this is coming from me who lived in Japan for 18 years! 👍👍👍

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JL
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Ototo is one of my faves-the food is delicious-the grilled squid, eggplant, and sashimi are always top notch. The house sake is a a great deal and perfect with the dishes I usually order. I wasn't thrilled with the green tea cake mochi cake. The flavor left quite a bit to be desired, and we only took one bite before we knew it wasn't for us. Other than that, Ototo is always a wonderful experience.

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NP
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent appetizers, refreshing sake, and amazing ramen served Witt care and professionalism. Love the clean minimalist decor. A favorite of friends and family - sure to be your favorite, too!

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SW
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love the food at Ototo and it’s one of our family’s favorites! Great menu, authentic food and great service!

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AK
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was very good and service was good as well. Not a lot of room to maneuver as it was a tight fit for standing and sitting. We felt like we were in the way or had to move often while we waited. A bit pricey and I was still hungry! It was tasty though

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

A delicious meal in a fun setting. Unfortunately, we felt very rushed by our server who dropped our check mid-entree. No offer for another round of drinks or a dessert. We’ll be back for another try, hopefully with a better server.

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BP
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is an excellent mix of cozy yet intimate, lively but not hectic. Each dish is wonderfully prepared and good value. A nice variety of items for a small menu.

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L
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I had an amazing evening at Ototo! Cheers!

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p
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The space is a bit crowded and stuffy so not ideal for intimacy. The menu looked great which is why we chose the restaurant. The food also looked great on the plate; however, the taste and preparation was underwhelming. Our first course was the oysters. No complaint with them. They were fresh with nice texture and taste. The small plates we chose were the black cod, the unagi and the lamb. The cod was overcooked. I liked the unagi. The lamb was very well seasoned and prepared; however there was nothing else remarkable about the dish. The basil sauce that accompanied it did not give a flavor pop even though it was pretty to look at. Our last course was the tonokotu ramen. The broth was very salty and the noodles were undercooked. I enjoy a more firm noodle, but these were not enjoyable. The price point of this restaurant along with the menu items is very appealing. I will try the restaurant once more in the future because of this. I think with a little refinement in the kitchen, this restaurant can be amazing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Truly a beautiful experience.

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SR
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relaxing dining with mouthwatering ramen and pork belly dumplings. Excellent and attentive service. Looking forward to returning soon.

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OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

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P
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The raw fish was good. Steak was over cooked which was sad for waygu. Black cod was also over cooked. Great service and ambiance

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JC
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was outstanding. Getting out of the parking garage was complicated and frustrating. The complementary parking ticket did not work at the scanner.

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DS
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Always happy to visit OTOTO. We tasted many dishes and were pleased with the quality and freshness of ingredients. Our server kept track of what we ordered and made sure to put in our order for a special roll before they ran out. I prefer to be seated mear the front of the restaurant, but the view of kitchen activity was entertaining.

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MM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was all delicious and will definitely go back! Very authentic Japanese cuisine, typical of izakayas. Love it.

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JE
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High quality Japanese cuisine in a classy and intimate environment. Love this place!

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LL
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit and we took a friend visiting from out of town. We all thought the food was excellent. We really enjoyed the tempura prawns, pork buns and the short ribs. Everything was really delicious!

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CM
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great family of Japanese restaurants in Denver, love this place just keep coming back it is so consistent and good, I love it!

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b
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

excellent food and good atmosphere. like most tapas places it isn't cheap.
will easily run over a $100 for 2 people with 2-3 tapas per person and drinks.
Good restaurant. Not quite up to the standards of Sushi Den next door

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A
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really incredibly delicious food that was well-worth the splurge. Fun and varied menu and friendly.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience at Ototo will definitely be back.

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

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MB
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Totally great time. Friendly, knowledgeable servers and excellent food. Enjoyed the informal Japanese style and presentation.

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