kitaro surf & turf & sushi

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KITARO Surf & Turf & Sushi is a 4000 sq. ft. restaurant that has seating for 140, large bar, patio dining for 40, and a private dining room that will seat 50. You will find the atmosphere modern and alive with energy. Our expanded bar will offer full service cocktails, fine wine, sake and handcrafted cocktails. We open 7 days a week.
Executive Chef and owner John Kitaro has over 30 years’ experience specializing in preparation of exquisite sushi dishes. He brings to your table not only the best sushi, but also stunning presentations of each dish that comes to your table.
Our new and expanded menu successfully marries extraordinary cuisine in an exquisite setting. Asian Fusion creations, a large selection of top quality steaks, lobster, sushi & much more. We believe that we have created the best of both Modern Asian cuisine and an upscale steakhouse for your dining pleasure.
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TW
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I had a great time here, I ordered four rolls and they were all awesome!!! Holly my server was the best!!!! very friendly ☺️

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Responded 4 days ago

Hi ToniW! It was so good to hear about your visit with us!! Thank you so much for taking the time to post your recommendation, review, and awarding us 5 stars!!! We will definitely share your thoughts with Holly and I think I can speak for her and thank you for remembering her name as a special callout!!!

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B
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner. The food was delicious and the portion size was generous. I would hope for a couple of vegan entrees on the menu, but they did have a few vegetarian options to choose from. The service was perfect. Just the right amount of attention. We would definitely go back again and have already recommended to friends.

kitaro surf & turf & sushi
Responded on October 5, 2019

Hello Bill! We thank you so much for writing about your visit with us and are so glad to hear you enjoyed everything from the service to food options. WHEN (we're hopeful!!) you return, please know that if you would like anything taken out or put into any of our food items, feel free to ask our server as we would love to opportunity to accommodate your Vegan preference!

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KJ
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good experience. Nice to have this new gem in Munster.

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Responded on October 5, 2019

Hi KathrynJ! We loved hearing that you considered us a gem! We loved it even more that you had an enjoyable time with us!! Thank you so much for posting your review and we hope to see you back soon!!

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M
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service so slow, and expensive $35 “surf and turf “is not enough to eat

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Responded on September 27, 2019

Hello Minho, we are sorry to hear about your experience with us and hope that you can provide us another opportunity to provide faster service and more bountiful eats! Most of our Surf & Turf items are labeled with the ounces to provide you with a guideline as to the portion size, but when in doubt, feel free to ask our servers!!

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I
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

SO pleased to have a sushi restaurant in NW Indiana! I lived in California for 16 yrs and the quality of food at Kitaro is very good and California -caliber maki, sashimi and nigiri. YUM!

kitaro surf & turf & sushi
Responded on September 18, 2019

Hello Indigofizz! Wow, thank you so much for the huge compliments, especially being California quality!! Your recommendation and review are so very much appreciated!!!

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AS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place for a night out for dinner. Food, service, ambiance was great highly recommended

kitaro surf & turf & sushi
Responded on September 12, 2019

Greetings, AllenS! It made our day to read your review and that you enjoyed all things Kitaro during your dining experience with us!! Your 5 star rating and posted review are very much appreciated, THANK YOU!!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Beautiful food. Great service. Definitely will go back. Pricey but worth it.

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Responded on September 12, 2019

Hello Anonymous, we appreciate your short, but effective review and awarding us 4 stars!! Come back and see us again soon!!!

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s
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are from out of town and were getting tired of overcooked and/or fast food options. We were looking for some fresh food that wasn't hidden by heavy sauces. Kitaro is unique. Their staff was very friendly and helpful and the restaurant was very clean. Their food is fresh, delicious and simple. I had the scallops with rice. They give you vegetables and salad or soup. The salad was very light and satisfying. I will go again.

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Responded on September 12, 2019

sunnyrocks! Wow, thank you so much for coming to dine with us especially from being out of town and posting such a wonderfully written review! We can't wait to see you again!!!

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CB
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about Kitaro! The food was amazing and the service very attentive. Really nice wine list!

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Responded on August 28, 2019

Hello ChrisB! We loved hearing that you had a fantastic dining with us!! Posting your review and giving us 5 stars on top of it is very much appreciated!!! We hope to see you back soon!!!

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FF
Indiana
21 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Best Sushi in Northwest, IN. Interesting combos of Sushi. The prices are likely fair market value. The Ambiance is good. Good sharing restaurant. Good for groups and gatherings of friends.

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Responded on August 28, 2019

Greetings, FancifulFrancie! Wow, quite the compliment your review was! We thank you so much for taking out the time to post about all things Kitaro!!!

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RF
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marco did an EXCELLENT job as our server. He was VERY knowledgeable, prompt and kind.
We had a very nice experience!

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Responded on August 22, 2019

Hello RachelF! Marco just came in for his shift and what a way to start it by sharing your review with him! Thank you for awarding us 5 stars, making the recommendation, and most of all, sharing your positive dining experience with us!!

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AM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love their surf and turf dishes. My fiance loves sushi and he has been able to have me try sushi at Kitaro. It is fresh and tasty and honestly it is really good. Overall it is a wonderful place to go and dine out for anniversarys and birthdays.

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Responded on August 21, 2019

Hello AshleyM! Wow, between you and your fiancé, you have encompassed everything we have: surf & turf & sushi!! Thank you to your fiancé for starting on your journey to sushiland, we hope to have you back soon to try some more!!!

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JL
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice meal, crab cake and crab rangoon were to die for, and a wonderful waiter with Marko. I'll be back!

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Responded on August 21, 2019

Hi JacklynL! Your review was to die for (see what I did there?!:)) !! I just shared your review with Marco and you made his night so thank you for remembering his name and mentioning it in your review!! I'm see you are a lover of crab so come back for more!! See you soon!!!

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JD
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was really good. The steak was the only thing we did not like. A filet should not be coulees over a wood fire grill. Tasted like nothing but smoke. Other than that the food was phenomenal. A little pricey especially when it is $55 for a filet smaller than a hockey puck and 1...yes 1 king crab leg. Service on the other hand....absolutely TERRIBLE!! We were there for 3 hours and none of that was just hanging out talking and having a drink. That was constantly waiting for something. Whether it be a server when we first got seated...20 mins almost or drinks or food or check. Will be back for the food but will probably sit at bar where you a bartender is there constantly

BM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went on a date here on Friday! The food was amazing and we sat outside on their patio. We love sushi and it was just wonderful! Oh, and our server Summer was absolutely pleasant! Honestly, the only downside was that they no longer carry the Japanese whisky that my boyfriend loves when we come here! But, he really enjoyed the one that Summer had recommended! This is the best place in the area for sushi!

J
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good time and place to connect with other teachers before school returns

DN
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place! Superb food! Always a joy! We have enjoyed every visit...been there about 5 times now since they opened. Very nice atmosphere. Friendly, helpful staff! Highly recommend this restaurant!

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Responded on August 7, 2019

Greetings, DianneN! Oh my, we can't thank you for all of your kind words and blushing from all the compliments in your review!! We appreciate you being a repeat customer, it means a lot to us!!! We hope to see you back for your 6th visit!!!!!

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j
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing as always! Even though the restaurant was busy the waitress made sure she was on top of things so we wouldn’t notice!

kitaro surf & turf & sushi
Responded on August 7, 2019

Hello jessicas! Thank you so much for posting your review, awarding us 5 stars, and letting us know you enjoyed the service and food!! We couldn't ask for more and hope that we can see you again soon!!!

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PS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. Food was excellent. Great blend of different items on the menu. Their sushi options were many and all well done. I had the seafood ramen which was very good. Will definitely go there again. Two thumbs up.

B
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I think this place is going to be great (and really hope it is). Loved the decor and drinks were awesome. Started with crab cake -very good flavor, finely cut crab which was a little different, but good. My wife and I both ordered the surf and turf, filet and shrimp for me and filet and scallops for her. Unfortunately the filet was luke warm and potatoes were piping hot - it was like they waited for the potatoes to get done and the steak sat there. Desert we had the caramel cake - cake was great, ice cream was freezer burn.

DK
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was great! Service was not. Monday night. Our server forgot about us a few times. We had to grab dishes and silverware from an adjacent table to begin eating. Even after we asked and waited for it. Water glasses were left empty as was the water carafe. Soy sauce jar was empty and so we grabbed one from another table so we again could start enjoying our meal. He never asked if we needed anything because he did not come around. It was our sons 16th Birthday which I mentioned when making our reservation and again when we arrived. Nothing was done. Not even a scoop of ice cream. Oh well :(

D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal with fabulous ambience! Can’t wait to go back!

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Responded on July 31, 2019

Hi Debbie! We think you're pretty "FABULOUS" for taking the time to post your review of your visit with us!! Thank you!! Are you back yet?!! :)

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TK
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Arthur, helped us navigate the menu. He was very knowledgable and super friendly. Each item we ordered came to us in the proper amount of time for fresh sushi. Overall, a great experience.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Taste of Chicago going on, needed something upscale but not an hour drive to avoid crowds... I wish I lived close to Kitaro so I could grub hub every week!!! Service was amazing! Showed up at 7:10PM for a 7:30 reservation and got seated at 7:15. This is now my go to for sushi. I still can’t believe how good the food was!

kitaro surf & turf & sushi
Responded on July 16, 2019

Hello Anonymous! How we would love for you to be closer to us as well, but we will settle for your incredibly kind review and hope that you can make it out to us from time to time! Thank you so much for taking the time to post about your experience with us, we really appreciate it!!

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CK
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My parents were very satisfied for atmosphere, service and the quality of foods.

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Responded on July 3, 2019

Hello ChulK! Thank you so much for posting your review and giving us the 5 stars! We were so happy to hear that your parents were happy with their time with us!! Happy parents = grateful son/daughter!!!

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c
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were very excited to try Kitaro. It turned out to be a wonderful and delicious experience.
They have a wonderful drink selection with twists on traditional cocktails such as a Sake Mule and Mango Mojio.
The Crab Rangoon is a must choice, and the Sushi selection is on par with any place in Chicago. We over ordered, so ask your server for a recommendation.

kitaro surf & turf & sushi
Responded on June 24, 2019

Wow! What a way to make our day!! Thank you so much for letting us know how your visit with us went!! We are over the moon happy to know that you enjoyed the food and beverages!!! Many thanks for taking the time to post!!!!!

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OT
Indiana
24 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our selections. Food was well cooked and presented. Service was very good.We will be returning
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Responded on June 24, 2019

Hello Anonymous! Many, many thanks for taking the time to write about your experience with us!! We were excited to read your review and to know that you will be coming back to visit us!! Thank you!!!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place absolutely the best restaurant in northwest Indiana. Food is the delicious and service is top notch. I have never had anything I didn’t like from their menu. I highly recommend it

kitaro surf & turf & sushi
Responded on June 12, 2019

Greetings, Anonymous! We LOVE that you LOVE us! Thank you for recommending us and making us one of your local favorites!!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little on the pricey side but really delicious

kitaro surf & turf & sushi
Responded on June 12, 2019

Hello Anonymous! Many thanks for the 5 stars and you taking the time to post your review! We hope that you will come back and dine with us again!!

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SM
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Food and menu are exceptional but the service was awful.

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Responded on June 12, 2019

Hello SaraM! As delighted as we were to read that you enjoyed what we had to offer on the menu, we were disappointed to see that the service didn't match what you thought about the cuisine. To aid us in speaking to the right staff member, could you let us know around what time you visited us on 06/04? Also, what experience you had? Thank you in advance!

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L
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Excellent food, a little pricey. Our server on this visit was poor, and the table was too close to the next one so the other waiters couldn’t get through. Waiter was absent a lot when we were missing part of the order and took forever to come and give us the bill.

kitaro surf & turf & sushi
Responded on June 12, 2019

Hi Local! Despite the service you had received, we appreciate you still recommending us for our food! I do apologize for your wait, both for the food and the bill. To help us address the issue with the appropriate staff, could you let us know about what time you had dined with us on 06/02? I thank you in advance!

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s
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good; excellent service. Kitaro has become one of our routine stops.

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Responded on June 12, 2019

Hi scrwabash! Over the moon happy to have read your review!! We can't forget the 5 stars you appointed us as well!!! Thank you!!!

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CV
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great at Kitaro! Service is great and the food is amazing!

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Responded on June 12, 2019

Hello CandiceV! So hard to not blush from your words like "great" and "amazing"!!Thank you for making our day!!!

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P
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Kitaro has become one of our new favorite restaurants - the food is very good - good service and ambiance.

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Responded on June 12, 2019

Hello Paddy! We were so happy to read your review! Thank you so much for posting, awarding us 5 stars, and recommending us!! We hope you can come back and dine with us again soon!! In the meantime, have a fantastic week!!!

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S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Stick with the cocktails and the sushi. Oh and DEFINITELY get the brussel sprouts! Avoid the creme brûlée. (Only ordered because 3 of the 5 listed desserts weren't available) Otherwise, good stuff.

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Responded on May 21, 2019

Hi Sammy! Many thanks for posting your review, recommending us, and giving us 4 stars!! I'm glad to see you have some favorites with us!!! We look forward to having you back!!!

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s
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Dont think I will be going there again

kitaro surf & turf & sushi
Responded on May 21, 2019

Hello saizo7774! I am sorry that you did not have a favorable experience dining with us. If I may, could you let me know what you ordered so that we may look into addressing your issues with the appropriate staff members? Thank you in advance!

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SD
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot remember our Servers name, but we have had him twice, he wears the dark rimmed glasses. He remembered what I drank from months ago and recommended an amazing sushi roll that I just devoured!
Will definitely come back especially if he is our server! He makes our evenings out quite enjoyable!

kitaro surf & turf & sushi
Responded on May 21, 2019

Greetings, ShannonD! Wow, thank you for writing such an amazing review and awarding us 5 stars!! If I go on the assumption that you dined with us during our dinner shift, your server was Robbie and I am excited to let him know of your review! The servers love hearing from our guests!!! We (and he!) look forward to seeing you back soon!!!

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JG
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we wakes in we loved it. Atmosphere and decor were great. Loved the round table for our party of six. Our server Marco was excellent from the very beginning. Explaining the menu so thorough. We enjoyed several appetizers about 9 different sushi rolls and drinks. We really enjoyed everything. We will be back from Valparaiso.

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Responded on May 15, 2019

Hello JanelG! Thank you for making the trek to come dine with us from Valparaiso and taking the time to write your review, especially remembering to mention our server, Marco!! We also love the service and attention to detail he provides and we can't wait to let him know his service was appreciated!!! Many thanks for everything: recommendation, 5 star rating, and rave review!!!!!

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

The service, drinks, food, and ambience was very good. A special shout out to the exceptional crab cakes and pork chop.

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Responded on May 15, 2019

Hi Anonymous! Thank you for posting 5 stars and letting us know how you enjoyed all things Kitaro!! We'll take your shout out's and put one out to you for your compliments!!!

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D
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fresh and presentation wonderful. Staff was welcoming, friendly and engaging. Will definitely return. Highly recommend

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Responded on May 15, 2019

Hello Drob! Many thanks for your 5 stars and posting a review of your dine-in experience with us!! We were over the moon happy to hear that you enjoyed everything from the minute you walked in until you left, it truly means a lot to us that all facets of your visit went well!!!

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