Kyoto Scottsdale

3.8
112 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
Kyoto Scottsdale is well known for its original recipes and flavors from Japan . Kyoto has a wide range of cuisine and a friendly atmosphere for a comfortable special dining experience. The main attractions at Kyoto restaurant are Bento lunches, personal chefs preparing your meals right before your eyes on the flaming Teppanyaki grills and master sushi chefs preparing specialty sushi rolls.


The chefs specialties include imported Japanese Hokkaido scallops, prime NY steak ,filet mignon, chicken teriyaki, shrimp tempura, and fresh market fish served with tasty appetizers, soup, salads and beverages. Signature rolls include the popular Point Break roll, Dynamite roll, Slice of heaven roll, and the Candy cane roll. Indulge in specialty cocktails and premium craft sake. Kyoto is situated on the Scottsdale Waterfront near the Fashion Square Mall.Please contact the restaurant directly for parties of 10 or more on Fridays and Saturdays. There is a 10.00 split plate for Teppanyaki
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CM
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food
Great Service
Every employee friendly and the food was great. Will go back definitely.

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OT
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Much better in the mid-80s

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MH
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Chef most interesting! Tried to be funny but was more sarcastic and inappropriate. (Wanted my daughters telephone number after telling us he was married w grand kids) veggies, shrimp and fried rice very good. Salmon and chicken dry and over cooked. Filet flavor good but not medium rare (no pink). Friends we met at table said they come often but never order chicken and salmon. Now I know why. The table tipped him $30 because he showed up for work and served us. Serving needs to be honored but excellence would be appreciated and that’s not all his fault concerning the quality of food.

Server was kind, smiled but we needed to ask for refills. Not busy at 5pm so maybe she was new. We all tipped 25% regardless because of same reason above.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It was great the girls and I had a wonderful time. My spoon was dirty when she brought out my soup but not a big deal . Waitress apologized and brought me a new spoon at least that’s what she said haha

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RA
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

There was no show or entertainment at the cooking table... he came made the food and left! Very disappointing since we been going since to Kyoto’s since the early 2000’s

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RK
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had my sons 13th birthday party here. Great environment and always fun to meet new people. Food and service was great.

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AN
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Not Good! Service was bad!

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OT
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as always! Love the new bar!

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KH
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

I made reservations through Open Table about 2 hours before we arrived. When we arrived we were were 15 minutes early and told we would be seated closer to 7pm. When that time rolled around another party with no reservations came in. Thankfully we were seated before them but that is the only positive experience we had. Once seated with 2 other parties our table was ignored for 20 minutes until my husband got up to notify the waitstaff. The same couple that came in with no reservation was seated, served drink and was having their meal prepared before we even had our drink order taken. Someone came over immediately to take our drink orders. 10 minutes later the server for our table finally arrived to take our orders. The restaurant was even noisier then normal teppanyaki places. Food was not very flavorful, do you even use spices? My miso was luke warm when delivered and the green tea ice cream left a bad after taste in your mouth. The only other positive was our guy that prepared our food. I will not recommend this place to anyone. We drove 40 minutes just to try some place we had never been.

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GA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Pricey night. 2 drinks, 2 entrees at teppanyaki. Chef was bored, no dialogue, no entertainment. Food was bland and tasted only of soy sauce. Teppanyaki used to be an experience and good food. This was not.

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CS
Phoenix
31 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

Just fun! Great inexpensive cocktails and fun staff!!! We always enjoy ourselves and have a great time!

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Cook was very junior. They didn’t even have serving dishes for the ginger and mustard.

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AS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food is not up to modern standards. It’s kind of old school Japanese food, but there are many ordinary Japanese restaurants that serve fresher and better prepared food.

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CR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Had a reservation but still had to wait 30 min and then we were sat a table my ourselfs.

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TL
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was good, but it seemed that they were very understaffed. Our waitress wasn’t very friendly, but it could be that she felt overwhelmed. We ended up being there for almost 2 hours total. The manager was running around and helping with everything, which is awesome so props to him for that. But other than that the service was just okay.

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CP
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner! Amazing

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

Great place that feels cozy. Excellent for special get togethers...

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delicious! Love this place and so glad we found it.

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JF
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

TV had sports playing with music on in the restaurant. Way too bright everywhere, had to ask the chef to keep the lights down. Chef was good, food was just OK. Salads came out after chef hat starting cooking proteins.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Had reservations for 8:30 for a party of 5. When we arrived at the restaurant they said the reservation was for 2, even though it said 5 on our Open Table reservation. It took about 45 minutes to be seated.

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TR
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Kyoto Scottsdale quality has dropped off. The table chef forgot the sauces & didn't give them out until the meal was over. The fried rice, usually prepared and served first was done last. The taste of everything was bland. Very disappointing. For 2 adults and 3 children the bill was $148 (plus tip).

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GC
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We had a long wait -30 minutes past our reservation
It was cold in the restaurant
Food was okay, but very pricey now

No special acknowledgment for a birthday celebration

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Reservations were at 815 but didn’t sit down until 845 and didn’t get a chef until almost 945.

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N
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great family fun. Hibachi chefs put on a great show for the kids. Sushi was on point and was fresh. Service was great as well. All around great experience!

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DG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Not their best night.
Hot sake was cold.
Only one cook apparently and one server..
Line up of people at the door.

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RO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This place is never on time. Make sure when you book your reservation you know to add at least 30+ minutes to wait to get to the Teppan-Yaki table. This has been the case on 3 separate occasions. Our server hardly paid attention to us and they “ran out” of dessert and were going to not say anything about it. We had to ask where it was for her to acknowledge anything. Would have appreciated a “sorry we ran out of dessert” when we got the check instead of us having to address it. You pay for it, don’t just glaze over it. Our chef was awesome and the best part of the night. He made everyone laugh and cooked the food perfectly.

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SW
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and portions for the price! Sushi menu is awesome. Definitely would return.

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K
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

It took one hour to get our food

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LD
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent from beginning to end as well as the wonderful service that we received. Thank you for making our Christmas celebration so much fun and special.

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BR
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food is terrific... Still looks like they are getting their act together on service.. think they were short on teppanyaki cooks and wait staff the night we were there

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! My favorite eatery

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was extremely slow. Our meals came out at completely different times and also very slow. Our waitress never came back to check on us l, fill up water, or even to our our order in we had to flag her down for all of these things. Really disappointed in service. Food was good but very poor service

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MK
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun dining experience! Great for a date, just not exactly what I’d call romantic, sitting at a table with a bunch of strangers 😅 overall great experience with delicious food!

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TK
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun birthday dinner with family
Great cod!

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C
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

I hope they were down a worker or something because the service was the worst I've ever had, and I'm really not trying to bash them. We've been there once before and it wasn't like this. As soon as we sat down the waitress was yelling at us asking what we wanted, then came back again yelling maybe two minutes later. We felt forced to order what we loosely discussed. About fifteen minutes later she asks if we want to order more (first food hadn't arrived yet) so we ordered another roll. About 20 minutes later, that one was brought to us. Then after five minutes the original order arrived. The food was great, but took long to get to the table and it was brought by the chef not the waitress. The waitress completely abandoned us. I had one glass of water all night. Not once was I offered a refill. Not once were we asked how things were. Not once were we asked if we need anything. We had to shout down our waitress as she ran past us to get a bill.

The food was great, but took a very long time, and the service was literally non-existant. I won't return, there are plenty other sushi options around and this was the worst dinner experience I've had in two years living in Scottsdale.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We loved our cook and server but really felt they were under staffed for our group of 12. Also was disappointed with wine list, couldn’t believe a restaurant in old town scottsdale didn’t have More to offer in bottles of wine and only offered average wine of half bottles. Made us really miss Sapporo in north scottsdale and the old days when Kyoto was the place to go. Not sure what happened ...

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WD
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Disaster of epic proportions
Overall seemed like they couldn’t handle the volume and very very disorganized, flustered and unashamed of the poor service with no effort or communication to address all things going wrong.

Will NEVER recommend or come back to this place. I felt horrible that the wait staff kept apologizing but couldn’t do anything to help and received no support from the kitchen or management.

It was our parents 49th wedding anniversary too. It was so bad that we still paid the 18% service charge on a bill they overcharged us for (added items we didn’t order) because no one was coming to check on the bill to fix. Everyone just wanted to leave as fast as we can and call it a big sham!

Worst experience to date on all Open Table restaurants I’ve ever had.

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AP
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Service was interminably slow. Ruined the flow of the evening. Quality of food was mediocre, certainly not worth the money. Will stick to other restaurants for teppanaki.

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j
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food, we did tepan. I had a party of 8. The food was good. I did not have sushi but my friends did and they said it was good! I really liked the pot sticker and tempura appetizers! The tepan presentation was typical and the cook did not engage too much. Just did his job. Service was friendly; however, they were really busy so I had to get up to grab a server a couple of times when we needed something. All and all we had fun

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OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relaxing meal in a “genuine” atmosphere. Kyoto is very comfortable restaurant and low on contrived environment. Food was served quickly but not rushed. Quality of meals was high. For example, Salmon was not over cooked and sushi rolls were substantial in flavor and portion. Very enjoyable evening. Definitely returning and recommending to friends. Love it!

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