Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Brandon

4.6
330 reviews
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Since 1984, Kobe has been delighting diners with our fun and unique Teppanyaki dining experience. You and your guests will be dined and entertained as our skilled chefs prepare your dinner right before your eyes. Choose from our wide array of succulent seafood and premium steaks that we carefully select for quality, freshness, and taste. Inspired from the traditional Japanese Teppanyaki concept where a chef cooks in front of you, Kobe incorporates an element of fun and flare. From volcano onions, flying shrimp tails, to singing chefs, Kobé has been Central Florida’s premier dining destination for celebrations for the past 30 plus years. Voted Reader’s Choice Best Japanese in 2018 and 2017 Dining Awards and #1 Kid-Friendly Restaurant in Orlando in Best of Orlando Awards hosted by Orlando Magazine. Awarded Reader’s Choice Best Japanese, Best Sushi, Best Dinner Show, and Best Steakhouse in Central Florida in 2017 Foodie Awards hosted by Orlando Sentinel.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was a little more bland than usual. But the service was amazing.

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Responded 2 days ago

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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure, just very compact.

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Responded 4 days ago

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l
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our server was nice. Our chef was funny, food was very delicious and apparently lots of people at our table had certain specifications that he paid close attention to. I think our chef's name was Sam. Good job Sam!

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Responded a day ago

We appreciate your feedback. Domo arigato!

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DT
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Kobe’s. Maria our waitress was outstanding. Our chef could have been a lie more interactive but overall was great.

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Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. At Kobe Steakhouse we value our customers' feedback and we constantly look for opportunities to improve our customers' overall dining experience.

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B
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I was not happy it took us so long to be seated after checking in 20-30 minutes. I was watching people
Who checked in after us get seated sooner. My servers attitude was not great as I felt as I was bothering him.. we had to ask him to give us all straws for our drinks....ridiculous. The Chef was not at all impressive to watch cook our meals, and he piled soooo much food on my plate there was no way to really enjoy it.

It was my Birthday and I will find another restaurant to enjoy it with my family next year. It was not as
Enjoyable as I remembered from years ago.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Brandon
Responded 2 days ago

We’re sorry to hear that your recent visit was not up to par. Please take a moment to contact us at the corporate office for more details (check number and date of visit), we would like to address your concern with the store manager and make necessary corrections for your next visit. Please feel free to "Copy/Paste" your review in order to save time. Thank you.

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SB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I first went to Kobe's in one of the Orlando locations and loved it. So much that I live in Sarasota and occasionally we drive to Brandon (about 50 to 60 minute drive) to eat. PLEASE open a Kobe's in Sarasota, Florida.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Brandon
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for dining with us. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us. Kobe St. Pete is opening soon and hopefully Sarasota next.....

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DJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Masado (sp) was awesome! Best time we have ever had! Thank you!

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Responded 5 days ago

Donna, we appreciate your review! We hope you continue to make our restaurants your dining choice.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The place was very dirty! The chefs outfits was even dirtier! There were good particles on our table from the party that had been sitting there before us! We would never go back!

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Brandon
Responded 5 days ago

I'm sorry to hear that your recent visit was not up to par.  Would you please contact me at corporate office for more details (check number and date of visit), I would like to address your concern with the store manager and make necessary correction for your next visit. Please feel free to "Copy/Paste" your review in order to save time. Thank you.

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Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Service was spot on!

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Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your feedback! We look forward to your next visit.

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

Fun meal, good food, good table side chef. Will go back with friends and family.

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Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for dining with us! We appreciate and value your patronage and hope you will continue to make our restaurants your dining choice.

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

I really enjoyed my lunch time experience with my son at Kobe last Friday. Not too crowded. Great food. Great service. Chef Shawn was incredibly friendly and made the experience even better

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Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate and value your patronage and hope you will continue to make our restaurants your dining choice.

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DF
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the food and the cook was good. The only thing I wasn't happy about was I made a reservation and asked for a specific cook. When we arrived the hostess saw the comment about the cook. We got seated and I asked again about the cook and was told he wasn't cooking at this table but we could go wait and try to get in with him. Upset because my family wanted him that was the reason for coming for a BD celebration there. Disappointed in that but food was good

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Brandon
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. We strive everyday to ensure our guests have a wonderful meal and a marvelous time at our restaurant. We are always looking for ways to accommodate all our guests and ensure their happiness. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience you may have experienced.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great chef

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BD
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is one of my favorites restaurants to celebrate any special occasion. Thank you all of you

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Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for dining with us. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us.

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MB
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The price has gone up but I feel the quality of the food has gone down. I know there are chefs there with great personalities, however ours was just boring. He didn't even do the bare minimum. I was really looking forward to my birthday there as we have done the past 5 years. Next year my party of 16 to 20 will find somewhere else to go.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Brandon
Responded on July 11, 2019

We’re sorry to hear that your recent visit was not up to par. Please take a moment to contact us at the corporate office for more details (check number and date of visit), I would like to address your concern with the store manager and make necessary corrections for your next visit. Please feel free to "Copy/Paste" your review in order to save time. Thank you.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

The chef rushed through the cooking and as my mother in law put it .. she felt like she was at gun point and rushed.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Brandon
Responded on July 11, 2019

We’re sorry to hear that your recent visit was not up to par. Please take a moment to contact us at the corporate office for more details (check number and date of visit), I would like to address your concern with the store manager and make necessary corrections for your next visit. Please feel free to "Copy/Paste" your review in order to save time. Thank you.

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BL
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a large group, 4 adults, 3 kids and a baby. We had 2 birthdays to celebrate and everyone had a great time! Our chef, Tai, was very funny and engaging! We would highly recommend Kobe Japanese Steakhouse for a fun evening with family or friends!

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Responded on July 5, 2019

Thank you for dining with us. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us.

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AQ
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Kalina was our server. She is super cute, has a great smile, and was amazing. Will go back and ask for her.

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Responded on July 5, 2019

Thank you for your review! We look forward to your next visit.

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GH
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Food was great

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Responded on July 2, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! We look forward to your next visit.

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

The food was not great. The rice and noodles was very hard taste a little burnt. And the money tasted a little burnt. We only got a second drink at the end because we had bad service and did not have enough silverware and a lot was eating and others had to wait due to bad service. I only taste my food did not eat and got very sick. Poor Service

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Brandon
Responded on July 2, 2019

We're sorry to hear that your recent visit was not up to par. We strive everyday to ensure our guests have a wonderful meal and a marvelous time at our restaurant. Please take a moment to contact us with the check information for our team to reach back to you. Your feedback helps us to make improvements and we’re hopeful that you will provide us with an opportunity to serve you again. Please feel free to "Copy/Paste" your review in order to save time. Thank you.

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VG
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I’ve been there before I guess Friday was just a bad day, the food wasn’t good!

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Brandon
Responded on July 2, 2019

Thank you for dining with us. We strive everyday to ensure our guests have a wonderful meal and a marvelous time at our restaurant. Your comments are imperative in helping us improve our restaurants, please accept our apologies for any inconvenience you may have experienced.

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AR
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was spectacular. We enjoyed our hibachi chef. We made a reservation and had
no problems being seated. Thank you

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Brandon
Responded on July 2, 2019

Thank you for dining with us. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us.

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JD
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Let me start by saying that this is a review of 1 of my MANY visits here, and is not indicative of most of my many excellent experiences. This last visit was not up to the same standards that I have come to expect from this Kobe restaurant. We usually try to sit wherever Masato is cooking because he is always outstanding as a cook and an entertainer, but we came on his day off. We did come in on a Tuesday, which we quickly learned was a kid's eat free day...and it was LOADED with kids who's parents wanted to take advantage of this great offer. When we got to our sizzle table, there were 4 of the 10 plates at the table that were dirty and needed to be replaced. When it was pointed out, the server snatched the plates away with a bit of disgust. She then asked to take our drink orders showing clear disinterest in being there. When our cook Quan arrived, he showed good energy at first, but then quickly fell into a rushed routine of things that have to be done (beating heart rice, volcano, butterfly, egg roll) but again with no energy or personality...almost rushed through as if to get done. Which brings us to the food. While my Filet was coked to the perfect temperature and was very good, it just seemed under seasoned, the rice however was dry with very little "Japanese Coke", noodles were the same, and vegetables were way over cooked into mush. I will definitely go back again, because I have had so many outstanding experiences here, this one was disappointing.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Brandon
Responded on June 27, 2019

John, thank you for your loyalty and we're sorry to hear you were disappointed during your recent visit. Please take a moment to contact us at the corporate office with the check information for our team to reach back to you. Your comments are imperative in helping us improve our restaurants, please accept our apologies for any inconvenience you may have experienced.

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AC
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I love this restraurant, come here very frequently and this is one time I can say I was not completely satisfied. our waitress was very rude, didn't take our orders correctly and even messed up our checks which we had to correct for her in order to correctly use our rewards. also, the chef was very boring, not entertaining at all which was a disappointment because we were there to celebrate a birthday.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Brandon
Responded on June 28, 2019

I'm sorry to hear that your recent visit was not up to par.  Would you please contact me for more details (check number and date of visit), I would like to address your concern with the store manager and make necessary correction for your next visit. Please feel free to "Copy/Paste" your review in order to save time. Thank you.

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1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We finally had a fun chef. The last 3 times the chefs were not very enthusiastic. Vedo did a great job and even had a few different tricks then the norm. Very friendly and fun! Food was great, we always enjoy the food

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Responded on June 26, 2019

Thank you for dining with us! We appreciate and value your patronage and hope you will continue to make our restaurants your dining choice.

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AC
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

I've been here numerous times...a go to for large group celebrations. Chef Masato was easily the best showman we've ever had!

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Responded on June 24, 2019

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TW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ethan was great. The food was seasoned perfectly. Our party of 9 left full and satisfied.

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Responded on June 25, 2019

Thank you for dining with us! We appreciate and value your patronage and hope you will continue to make our restaurants your dining choice.

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MP
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The good was great. Servers were very attentive. Will recommend this to others and will def ve going back again.

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Responded on June 25, 2019

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time with Ty as our cook

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Brandon
Responded on June 25, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! We look forward to your next visit.

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AK
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The last couple of times going to Kobe I have noticed a decline in cleanliness and quality. Note, we only go once or twice a year, not often.

This June, we went to Brandon Kobe to celebrate my birthday and took some friends with us. The service was the best thing going but it wasn’t fantastic. The wait staff did well about keeping drinks filled and clearing dishes away but the chef seemed bored by what he was doing and the food did not taste as good (my steak was over-cooked, and overall not as saucy and flavorful) as I remembered. Once the chef finished his cooking, he immediately asked who wanted to-go boxes (not the wait staff, the chef) and a few of us were still eating. We were there for my birthday so a cupcake was brought out and a song was quickly sung but no one else was offered a dessert or after dinner drink. Checks were brought out then. We all commented how we felt like cattle being herded in and out as fast as possible.

The yum yum sauce was plain and the ginger sauce now had horseradish in it. I used to get 2 ginger sauces and now they don’t offer the double dipping bowl, only a single with yum yum sauce unless you ask for ginger. I asked for the ginger and couldn’t eat it because I hate horseradish. I asked why they changed it and the chef said it had always been that way. My husband and I disagree (maybe only since he has worked there).

The restaurant also smelled funny upon entering. It wasn’t until the end of the meal when I walked to the restroom and walked thru the bar that I noticed a clear odor of either sewage or sulfur. The odor was not in the bathroom though, just in the bar area outside of it. I remembered that had been that way the last time we went. Seems like that kind of thing would have been fixed.

I later commented about these concerns to my husband and the friends we took with our family on that night and they had similar feelings about this location. We may go to a Kobe again, but it won’t be in Brandon.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Brandon
Responded on July 11, 2019

We’re sorry that you were disappointed during your recent visit with us. Please take a moment to contact our corporate office with your check information for our team to reach back to you. Your feedback helps us to make improvements and we’re hopeful that you will provide us with an opportunity to serve you again. Please feel free to "Copy/Paste" your review in order to save time. Thank you.

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A
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ashley our server was amazing! So outgoing and friendly

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Brandon
Responded on June 22, 2019

Thank you for your review, Anna, and we look forward to your next visit!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our grandkids the chef was awesome the kids love it such a great time they left saying grandma did u see the fire 🔥🔥 they won’t forget that he did an awesome show for them we will definitely b back 😊🤗🤗🤗

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Brandon
Responded on June 22, 2019

We are happy to hear you enjoyed your dining experience with us! We look forward to your next visit!

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Leemun our chef as good. He said this war hus 1st time and he did good kept us laughing which is why I come to Kobes for the entertainment that's why I sit at the hibachi table other wise I would sit at the regular table or just order take out. But he was good maybe cook food a little longer only issue was my mushrooms that came with the shrimp were horribly HARD and veggies a little burnt and hard but still seasoned really well. But Tim our waiter was amazing he was telling us jokes as well an keeping our cups full without having to ask

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Brandon
Responded on June 20, 2019

Thank you for your review. We strive everyday to ensure our guests have a wonderful meal and a marvelous time at our restaurant. We are always looking for ways to accommodate all our guests and ensure their happiness. Your comment is valuable and we will certainly take it into consideration! Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience you may have experienced.

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JF
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience at this restaurant was absolutely amazing! I had planned for my birthday dinner with my best friend and our chef, Vito (?) Was absolutely wonderful! He made the entire table laugh and just had an all around great time. Thank you for making my birthday extra special!

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Responded on June 20, 2019

Thank you for dining with us! We appreciate and value your patronage and hope you will continue to make our restaurants your dining choice.

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 4

It was okay til the chef accidentally threw vegetables on my husbands shirt and stained the shirt and granddaughter ordered noodles and got very little noodles. I ended up giving her some of mine. Food was very good though and chef was entertaining.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Brandon
Responded on June 18, 2019

We sincerely apologize for the experience and inconvenience of shirt stained. Please take a moment to contact our corporate office with your check information for our team to reach back to you. We appreciate and value your patronage and hope you will continue to make our restaurants your dining choice.

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TW
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Experience with great took my husband there for Father's Day enjoyed the company and the waiters .

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Responded on June 20, 2019

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SS
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Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server and cook were both amazing! The food was cooked with flavor, and skill! Grill was a little too hot while cooking the seafood which made it taste a little burnt, but our overall experience was worth it. I also found out it was 1 of my boyfriends favorite restaurants!!

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Brandon
Responded on June 18, 2019

Thank you for dining with us! We appreciate and value your patronage and hope you will continue to make our restaurants your dining choice.

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J
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Father’s Day and the service was excellent as always! Delicious food and great atmosphere. I recommend Kobe’s 100%

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Brandon
Responded on June 18, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! We look forward to your next visit.

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Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Sushi Dishes I ever had. The main meal was delicious as always!

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Brandon
Responded on July 10, 2019

We are happy to hear your enjoyed your dinner! Domo arigato!

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VM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit pricey but the service was wonderful. The food was delicious and our cook was very funny and great! I would go again, me and my family enjoyed it.

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Responded on June 18, 2019

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