Ototo

4.7
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261 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese

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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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4.7based on all time ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
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vipBohemianInTheBurbs
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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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vipWorldly21
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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TheCypriot
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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MaddyC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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TessD
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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Laislander
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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JohnV
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Siri
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

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

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Kristin
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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HongKonger
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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KevinS
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenominal food and service, best brunch in denver

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DAVE
Denver
48 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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StephenJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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ElizaB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely birthday dinner...great service!

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MariaC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJLCR10
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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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vipNPZDiner
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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SherryW
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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AlanK
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

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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BenP
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Lou1
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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pinballsme
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Truly a beautiful experience.

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StevenR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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Pmst
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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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JohnC
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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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DianaS
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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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MariaM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JE
JalynE
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipLucyLila2
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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vipCharlesM
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipbear
Denver
28 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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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Ambrose
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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TannerW
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at Ototo will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

MB
MarkB
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

FAQs

Ototo offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 733-2503.

Ototo is rated 4.7 stars by 261 OpenTable diners.

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