Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs

4.5
636 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
For parties of 11 guests or more, please contact your preferred Kobé location to speak with a manager to book.

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 636 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my daughter. It’s out tradition. Everyone was nice and Chef Randy was great!

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for the positive review. As always we love hearing from our Guests and value your patronage. We hope to see you again soon!

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KishaH
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Tradition 🥳

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded 3 days ago

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

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AmyL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our server was a nice but a little too chatty and spilled our waters on the table and splashed us. Our chef Mr Nice Guy was great!! The food was excellent as always.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded 5 days ago

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

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JoanG
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was never so horrified as I was with our cook “mr. nice guy”. A man in his 50-60’s should never hit on a 19 year old girl, as he sis with my daughter. When we confronted the management, it was “we will talk with him later”…NOT GOOD ENOUGH…this ghouls have been handled while we were there in his presence…KEEP YOUR DAUGHTERS AND
ANY YOUNG WOMEN AWAY
FROM THIS PLACE…ESPECIALLY “MR NICE GUY”. …and notice his real name was never presented to us!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded 5 days ago

We're sorry to hear your experience did not meet your expectations. We strive to provide an enjoyable atmosphere for our customers and constantly look for opportunities to improve our customers' overall dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

All was great except for a loudmouth diner at the table who was critical of the way her filet mignon was presented to her after others were served (they had sirloins so obviously here steak was a more lengthy cooking process).

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on September 7, 2021

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

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AimeeL
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Mr Nice guy was the best and he made the experience exceptional!! Highly recommended!

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on September 7, 2021

Thank you for dining with us. We so appreciate you sharing your positive experience with us. Domo Arigato!!

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TerriW
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sam was great and helped make my son’s 21st birthday great!

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on September 7, 2021

Thank you for dining with us. We love hearing from our Guests and knowing our Team made sure you had an amazing experience!

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LeahD
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic. Would highly recommend for dinner.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on September 4, 2021

Thank you for dining with us! We appreciate your positive feedback about your experience and we look forward to your next visit.

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HeatherR
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and highly recommended. Food and service were outstanding.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on September 3, 2021

We so appreciate your positive review on your most recent visit with us. We take pride in providing an amazing experience and are happy to hear that reflected in your visit.

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Mandy
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience1

The AC was not working well at this location. The thermostat read 80 degrees and it was hot. When the chefs used the hibachi grills, smoke would fill the room because their vent system can't keep up. We asked the waiter about it and he became defensive and got a manager. It seemed like this is an ongoing issue. It was so hot in the place that it was hard to enjoy each other's company.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on September 5, 2021

Thank you for letting us know about your recent experience at Kobe Steakhouse. I apologize if our ambiance did not meet your expectations, and appreciate you taking the time to share your concerns. We strive to provide an enjoyable atmosphere for all our customers and your concerns have been taken under consideration.

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TerryS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were great, and friendly so I highly recommend them for a nice night

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on August 29, 2021

Thank you so much for the positive review. As always we love hearing from our Guests and value your patronage. We hope to see you again soon!

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keithg
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food, great chef

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on August 29, 2021

Thank you for dining with us. We so appreciate you sharing your positive experience with us. Domo Arigato!!

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AdamHKG
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Steak was very salty, sushi rolls were not done right. Rolls tasted good but not Sushi at all.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on August 29, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry to hear your experience did not meet your expectations. We strive to provide an enjoyable atmosphere for our customers and constantly look for opportunities to improve our customers' overall dining experience. 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our chef was awesome. Lemmon was his name. Great performance, personality and cool.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on August 27, 2021

Thank you for dining with us. We so appreciate you sharing your positive experience with us. Domo Arigato!!

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FrancesC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

I have been going to this Kobe for years and I was quite disappointed. For one it was extremely warm in the restaurant and you could tell the server and cook were doing everything possible to make the experience as well as possible but you could see that the heat was getting to them (understandably so- Florida heat is no joke) .

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on August 24, 2021

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. Your concerns have been taken under consideration and are being addressed. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience you may have experienced.

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JillianZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

A/C was broken. It must have been a 100 degrees in there. 5 of our party of 8 had to go outside to get air. $300 and we barely ate our meals due to the heat in there. We were on vacation and had nowhere to reheat our food, we were leaving the next morning. So although we took our food to go, we couldn’t even eat it. $300 right in the garbage….never again. They should have told us before we sat down that there was no air so we could decide if we still wanted to stay for dinner.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on August 23, 2021

Thank you so much for the positive review. As always we love hearing from our Guests and value your patronage. We hope to see you again soon!

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joeA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience1

Extremely hot inside. Seated with other unfriendly party

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on August 23, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry to hear your experience did not meet your expectations. We strive to provide an enjoyable atmosphere for our customers and constantly look for opportunities to improve our customers' overall dining experience. 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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MargaretK
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Kobe's Steakhouse. Food is always superb. Chef always entertaining. As a family, we celebrate everyone's Birthday with a trip to Kobe's Japanese Steakhouse .

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on August 23, 2021

Thank you so much for the positive review. As always we love hearing from our Guests and value your patronage. We hope to see you again soon!

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MissA
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience1

The air conditioning was out I would have loved to know that before I sat and let them cook and heat me up even more. They did provide a 10 discount but it was so hot I couldn’t eat my food the whole meal brought home. Which was like take out which I wouldn’t have had to pay 18% gratuity for

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on August 23, 2021

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. Your concerns have been taken under consideration and are being addressed. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience you may have experienced.

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LynnH
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place to eat. I would highly reccomend this location.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on August 23, 2021

Thank you so much for the positive review. As always we love hearing from our Guests and value your patronage. We hope to see you again soon!

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LisaS
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun for the family.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on August 29, 2021

Thank you for letting us know about your recent experience at Kobe Steakhouse. We are thrilled to know that you enjoyed your visit with us.

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LiecelM
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

It was rushed - you could tell they just wanted to turn over the tables. Waiter was a little rude and forgot water and a fork after I asked and didn’t come back for awhile. Chef was too soft spoken and wasn’t into his performance. He just went thru the motions without eye contact or banter with the table.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on August 25, 2021

We're sorry to hear your experience did not meet your expectations. We strive to provide an enjoyable atmosphere for our customers and constantly look for opportunities to improve our customers' overall dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef was very nice and talkative… I love it there

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on August 15, 2021

Thank you for dining with us. We so appreciate you sharing your positive experience with us. Domo Arigato!!

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LADYT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

This was the worst experience ever . Food was not seasoned properly he only applied garlic butter and Teriyaki sauce I gave them 2 stars because of the drinks this should have been a bar and not a restaurant We requested seasoning for our food several times the chef looked as though he could not be bothered with our request. After spending a $100 (1 person) for that meal I feel like l left my change of $85 . This was a first and a last for me

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on August 19, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry to hear your experience did not meet your expectations. We strive to provide an enjoyable atmosphere for our customers and constantly look for opportunities to improve our customers' overall dining experience. 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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LeahD
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time celebrated my husbands birthday. Would highly recommend.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on August 15, 2021

Thank you so much for the positive review. As always we love hearing from our Guests and value your patronage. We hope to see you again soon!

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PatriciaL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ben was a great chef. He was very entertaining. The food he made was delicious and he got our very complicated order right!

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on August 10, 2021

Thank you for dining with us. We love hearing from our Guests and knowing our Team made sure you had an amazing experience!

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JenniferL
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience1

We eat there a lot. Last night our experience was so bad we were told we would get a $20 gift card. Big fat lie. We were even told no bags fir take out. Some people should be fired!

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on August 8, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry to hear your experience did not meet your expectations. We strive to provide an enjoyable atmosphere for our customers and constantly look for opportunities to improve our customers' overall dining experience. 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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JenniferS
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This was by far one of the worst experience I’ve ever had at Kobe’s. Drinks from the soda machine tasted of chemicals, the salad we were served was brown (the whole table politely declined the salad and we worth offered fresh salad), the waiter had his fingers all in the soup bowls and he was pouring the soup, the food was burnt and the food portions were significantly less. It will be a while before we go back if we decide to go back.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on August 8, 2021

We're sorry to hear your experience did not meet your expectations. We strive to provide an enjoyable atmosphere for our customers and constantly look for opportunities to improve our customers' overall dining experience.

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Dee5
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though they ha e increased the prices over the last few years I still think going for the experience & amazing food is worth it..

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on August 9, 2021

Thank you so much for the positive review. As always we love hearing from our Guests and value your patronage. We hope to see you again soon!

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KimO
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We went there at 4:30 to take advantage of the Early Bird Specials that Kobe’s has always had. We were told the location on Bruce B Downs location does not participate in the early bird. This information needs to be put on Kobes app and website. Very disappointed.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on August 2, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. We strive every day 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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KarenV
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

We have ate at many Japanese steak houses and this was our second visit at your location. The first time we came was perfect!
Last night was not, the food had so much “Garlic “ in it I felt like I was at an Italian restaurant. The chef was not listening to anything anyone had requested such as I requested my steak filet mignon to be medium rare, and it wound up being completely done.
One of the ladies at the table asked him five times not to put the onions in the fried rice while he was putting the eggs in for she could have it like that he ignored it the whole time. And small request I asked not to have any noodles put on my plate when I came back from the restroom I had a whole plate of noodles.. we spent $95 last night for two people which would normally be fine but the food was horrible last night!!!

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on August 2, 2021

We're sorry to hear your experience did not meet your expectations. We strive to provide an enjoyable atmosphere for our customers and constantly look for opportunities to improve our customers' overall dining experience.

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PabloH
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Terrible it was my girl 1st the soup was water down she didn’t get right experience

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on August 2, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. We strive every day 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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LawrenceT
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place food was fantastic and alot of fun with the cook

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on August 2, 2021

Thank you for dining with us. We so appreciate you sharing your positive experience with us. Domo Arigato!!

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Mekaboo
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Service was great! I believe the grill was too hot so my rice, noodles, shrimp and lobster we’re all burnt. And there were barely any soy sauce use when cooking the food and you can taste the difference. Also the other guests that were sitting with us asked to hold the container of Yum Yum sauce and it was given to them and they pass it around the entire table. I feel that with Covid going on that shouldn’t have happened because we have no way of knowing if anyone’s hands were clean prior to touching something that the cook is touching the entire time.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on July 30, 2021

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. We will continue to review the matter internally with our staff, in addition to evaluating our training program for opportunities to improve. Providing a clean and safe environment is our top priority here at Kobe Steakhouse. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience you may have experienced.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mr Niceguy was a great cook and personality. Food was delicious

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on July 27, 2021

Thank you for dining with us. We so appreciate you sharing your positive experience with us. Domo Arigato!!

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SandraC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and makes for good entertainment Substituted extra vegetables for the noodles. Great decision.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on July 27, 2021

Thank you so much for the positive review. As always we love hearing from our Guests and value your patronage. We hope to see you again soon!

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MelindaE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience1

There was not enough rice for the 7 of us so cook went and got more but had given all us very little and then my daughters got the extra which they couldn't even eat while the other 5 of us didn't have enough.

i said no onions and server wrote no veggies at all so then he was going to cook them after the fact. i said no

it was 82* in the dining room and they acted like they couldn't turn the AC down. my daughter had red cheeks and was feeling faint it was so hot.

the salmon had no seasoning no taste. i salted it so it tasted a little better but couldn't even eat. server never even ask.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on July 22, 2021

We deeply regret the experience you had with our team and appreciate you taking the time to share your concerns. We will continue to review the matter internally with our staff, in addition to evaluating our training program for opportunities to improve. Again, please accept my apologies for any inconvenience you may have experienced.

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Sharice
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience and the service was impeccable from the time my party entered the restaurant. The server Jason is an amazing asset to the establishment. He was knowledgeable about the food and the drinks. And the cook was remarkable.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on July 22, 2021

Thank you very much for such a great review. We work really hard to offer the best food in the best possible environment, so I am happy to see that reflected on your last visit. We love hearing from our Guests and knowing our Team made sure you had an amazing experience!

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PatsyC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Chef Ichebond was awesome. Waitress was lacking. Slow service, waiting for drinks, appetizers and salads.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on July 20, 2021

We're sorry to hear your experience did not meet your expectations. We strive to provide an enjoyable atmosphere for our customers and constantly look for opportunities to improve our customers' overall dining experience.

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RobinG
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

The waiter was wonderful. The food was very disappointing. The portion of the rice, noodles and vegetables was very small. My party and I were shocked as we go there often. The noodles were a bit hard as well. My Tuna didn’t taste right and I actually was sick later on in the evening and morning.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs
Responded on July 19, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. We strive every day 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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Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Bruce B Downs is rated 4.5 stars by 636 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.