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MOTOMOTO Sushi & Izakaya

4.3
4.3
47 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
We have officially soft-opened in the historic Hilton Garden Inn on the corner of Monroe & Central! Come check us out! MOTOMOTO is a fun, creative Japanese izakaya-style restaurant & full-bar with a colorful modern vibe featuring Japanese tapas like sushi, grilled skewers & an emphasis on sharing with friends.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Asian, Creative Japanese

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (480) 868-7981

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Phoenix

  • Cross street

    Monroe St & Central Ave

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Say good-bye to your work-week blues 🍻

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - Fri - 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    It's happy hour at our place! Come on in and grab a drink. We've got $3 draft beer, $4 wine by the glass, and $5 cocktails every Monday through Friday from 4pm to 6pm.

What 47 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Phoenix / Arizona

    Innovative

  • Phoenix / Arizona

    Japanese

  • Phoenix

    Good for business meals

  • Phoenix

    Innovative

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food paired with great service! Glad we found this gem and will definitely be back again!
  2. DA

    DAVIDC

    Phoenix

    52 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    PORK BELLY BAO was unique and yummy. SEARED SALMON ROLL was also unusual and good, but not great. SPICY HAMACHI HAND ROLL was good, but very small. Finally, the EGGPLANT KABAYAKI was great. Felt like the menu was too limited. There should have been more options.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    Service was absolutely HORRIBLE. It took 1 hour to get drinks, and by the time we got drinks, we were done with all of our food. Not to mention, it took 25 minutes to even have a server come to our table. When we brought this up to the server and manager, they didn’t seem to care at all. The manager gave us drinks for free but the server made no effort to improve our experience or apologize. They then tried to charge us a 20% large party gratuity which we were not made aware of. We had 6 people at our table - the standard for opentable is that any more than 6 people cannot be made as a reservation in the app and that would be a large party. Even as we were leaving, another waitress was giving my family dirty looks and laughing at us. The food and the kitchen was absolutely amazing, but the service was terrible. I work in hospitality and have worked in restaurants for years as a manager, so I was willing to be patient and understanding. This is one of the first restaurants I feel the need to never come back and write a review.
  4. L

    Linda

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Maybe the best sushi in Phoenix and a nice ambiance.
  5. J

    Jason

    Phoenix

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Horrible service. Brought out appetizers with our meals blaming kitchen but brought out few minutes after we reminder our waitress several times. SERVICE WAS ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE. Not a cafe in the world. So many better sushi places to go to. I would not suggest. Sorry
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks. Also excellent service!
  7. AM

    AMDee

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    We went for happy hour. The happy hour pricing was awesome, especially for drinks. The food was disappointing. While the pork bao buns were good, the toppings on the chicken karaage were overly salted and the rice used to make the poke roll wasn’t light and fluffy.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    The food was not good. We ordered a deep fried roll that came cold, a chicken teriyaki that was raw, a ramen that the taste was not good. The only food that we liked was the steamed edamame and the miso soup. Never again 😕
  9. F

    Foodie62

    Phoenix

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    My issue was few choices regarding sushi menu. They didn’t have what I consider basic fish. Service great. Pretty blah atmosphere. Would try again. As reinvent open.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience5
    Interesting experience- I recommend the bar, had one of the best drinks ever. Sushi was mediocre and super overpriced… had the chef combo with nigiri and it was super weak. Beautiful looking place- great ambience. So mixed overall
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    I went into this evening nervous about the service after reading a few negative reviews but the service was honestly great and had no issues at all. The restaurant wasn’t super busy, especially for a Saturday night, which was nice. The sushi was just okay but the pork belly bao buns 20/10. I would come back solely for that again. Overall, chill restaurant with good food 👍🏼
  12. VR

    VaclavR

    Phoenix

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We were seated promptly and drinks were bought within about 2-3 minutes. The food was also prepared and brought to our table within 5-7 minutes. The pork belly skewers and the pork belly Bao were both amazing. The Nigiri variety platter was very very good. The Vegas roll was tasty. My girlfriend thoroughly enjoyed her beverage (Sumopolitan). The staff was friendly and efficient. All in all it was an exceptional dinner.
  13. RS

    RogerS

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We really enjoyed our meal at Motomoto. The staff was friendly, informative, and didn’t rush us. We had a lot of time to spare before our show and we shared several dishes and they let us control the pace of the dishes. We had the salmon tempura roll, pork belly Bao, the pan seared gyoza, and the octopus skewers. Everything was well seasoned, well cooked, and came with delicious sauces. I will warn you this is not a place for people who don’t like spicy food. Everything had a bit of a kick. Our only complaint was the octopus skewer was on the chewy side and was our least favorite dish. Oh and the dessert…you must order the milk toast. It was fabulous. We will definitely be back.
  14. SJ

    SusJan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve ate at MotoMoto multiple times and everytime it’s delicious! The rolls are amazing! Teriyaki Chicken is the best I’ve had. This visit I tried the Miso Ramen. So so good! The flavor is on point! I always recommend MotoMoto to friends!
  15. Z

    Zher

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Amazing food! Will be back, hopefully service will be faster and more attentive next time.
  16. R

    Raqui

    Phoenix

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Too small of a sushi menu. I mean, too big of a menu is just wrong but, this was too small especially for anyone who’s gluten-free & dairy-free. Food wasn’t bad, just nothing to write home about. The restaurant was gorge and the staff were sooooo kind and helpful. 💯
  17. RM

    RitaM

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    Substandard service! It took 40 minutes from the time of order to get a glass of Chardonnay and a martini. (The reason we know, is we were going to leave at 45 minutes.) Everyone around us was getting their wine and mixed drinks. Server did little to apologize or expedite the order. Food is diverse and tasty, but this ruined the whole experience for us.
  18. SR

    ShervinR

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Terrible service. Very slow. It took 10 minutes to get our drinks after we ordered them. Table next to us didn't get to order for 20 minutes. Recommendations from server were awful. They did seem to be understaffed for a full restaurant. They shouldn't seat all the available tables.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    This place is currently understaffed both in and out the kitchen unfortunately. The food was okay.
  20. R

    Rachel

    Phoenix

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    The sushi tasted spoiled and we stopped eating it; The service was slow, but that could have been due to the fact it looked like they only had one server for the entire restaurant; Sadly, would likely not eat here again.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great - especially the food - sushi, sashimi, and ramen…..yummmmmm
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    The manager was SO helpful. We were celebrating two birthdays. W head a few people drop off of our reservation and he accommodated so well. Our experience would have been perfect if service was not so slow. There was one girl that was serving the entire restaurant which caused service to be lack there of. When we were seated it took about 15 minutes just to get drink orders in and then another 45 minutes after that to get food orders. Once we were clearly done eating, we sat for well over an hour waiting for plates to be removed so we could do cake/desert. We had to get up and request drinks/checks/boxes multiple times. It wasn’t super busy, so normally I would understand. But there was only two other tables occupied in the entire restaurant. The food was amazing and the service was nice, just very very slow. We got there at 7:30, but did not leave until almost 10:30.
  23. JJ

    JamesJ

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there, we sat out on the patio, beautiful evening. Our server, can't remember her name was fast, sweet and took great care of us. It was the Saturday before Halloween and she wore cute cat nose and whiskers. Order a bottle of sake, several appetizers all were delish. Would highly recommend. TJ.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome, the food was some of the best quality of sushi restaurants. Not only sushi but also restaurants in general. The service was great and everyone was very helpful.
  25. K

    Kjow

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience5
    Great food, horrible and slow service. We had to beg for drinks and to order consistently throughout the night.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing waitress, short amount of time between ordering and receiving food which was delicious.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The service was excellent but the food whatever. Liked the place and nice ambient
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always. The food, service, and happy hour is what keeps us coming back.
  29. A

    Alana

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibes, unique and delicious sushi
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All waitstaff were friendly and helpful in selecting our small plate sharing meals. Food was prepared freshly and delicious. Local craft beers were fun to support local breweries. We’ll come back again later on this trip.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was beautiful and had a wonderful ambiance, food was fantastic and service was great. They provided a unique and delicious creme brûlée as a special treat for my dates birthday.
  32. AS

    AnnieS

    South Dakota

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was so great and the service was wonderful will definitely be back for the pork belly bao!!
  33. D

    Dinky

    Phoenix

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Happy Hour food and drinks that I’ve ever had! Parking Garage nearby. Fun atmosphere and great service. The regular menu was amazing, too.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    We waited 20 minutes for drinks and only received 2 out of the 3 food items we ordered then was told after finishing our food that our sushi won’t be coming because the sushi chef is behind an hour (despite not being a busy night). We overhead the server comping the table next to us despite us waiting far longer than them. The food we did have was very enjoyable but the experience was disappointing.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    The food tasted fine The goji fizz was good.… the service was terrible, there were two of us, we ordered omakase for the table and they oly brought us one order. it took 40 minutes for our drinks and over an hour for our raw sushi. The restaurant was not busy. I Won’t return.
  36. M

    Maddie

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The ambience and service were perfect. The food was delicious, but not the best I’ve had. Either way, it was a great experience.
  37. AS

    AshleyS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The dining was good. Get the spicy ramen vegan and the tropical mock tail was good but has a lot of sugar. The waiter kinda left at the end since we were closer to closing so had track down to get our check.
  38. O

    Oqzn

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Phoenix haas yet to see the restaurants of this type; I welcome Motomoto, which is a good start. The dishes that we had were good, my biggest criticism being their small menu. Only four types of yakitori? No tempura? No Donburi? On the upside, the kaarage was quite good and the pork belly skewers were delicious. Sorry we maxed out the menu on our first time there!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Food was horrible and this place is just a mess
  40. TT

    TravisT

    Phoenix

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Three of us enjoyed dinner here before to going to a show at the Orpheum Theatre. It was AMAZING! The food is delicious--and we had a wide range of dishes--especially the ramen with pork belly (the entrée I had). The service was good and the atmosphere delightful. Would definitely go again!

FAQs

MOTOMOTO Sushi & Izakaya offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (480) 868-7981.

MOTOMOTO Sushi & Izakaya is rated 4.3 stars by 47 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
Google Map for MOTOMOTO Sushi & Izakaya

15 E Monroe St, Phoenix, AZ 85004-2563

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Monroe St & Central Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Phoenix

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Asian, Creative Japanese

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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