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MOTOMOTO Sushi & Izakaya

4.2
4.2
34 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 4 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 34 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Phoenix / Arizona

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Phoenix / Arizona

    Japanese

  • Phoenix

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. Z

    Zher

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    Raqui

    Phoenix

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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. 💯
  3. RM

    RitaM

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 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.
  4. 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.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Good downtown location. The sashimi and rolls we ordered was excellent. Wagu sliders were good but not great. Spicy edamame was excellent. Service was pretty slow (we were outside, but they weren't that busy) and it was expensive for what you got (I thought).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. A

    Alana

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibes, unique and delicious sushi
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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!!
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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!
  26. 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
  27. 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!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Super nice staff. Appetizers were good. Main meals were eh. Nothing to really rave about. We noticed it took forever to get our appetizers so we had to flag down our waitress to order food too. Service was just slow for a Friday night when not many people were there.
  29. CN

    ClaudiaN

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Unfortunately I think they need to remove the word sushi from their name. This is not a sushi restaurant by any stretch of the imagination. The rolls were beyond sad. In addition, not too many options. They had maybe 6 rolls, all cooked for the most part, and one they were out of. The drinks were good. The service from our server was great, but the bartender was super slow. Short staffed I believe was what we were told, but this is not a large restaurant and it wasn’t full, so I’m not sure what to think.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    The food was just ok, we had the Chicken Karaage, Osaka elote, pork katsu curry and the unagi roll. Maybe we’re just pickier than most but we didn’t finish our meal. We had a couple of drinks that were tasty though, I would go back for that
  31. CN

    CruzN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Where do I start? Food and service outstanding! Drinks were fire!!! Hands down great experience!
  32. A

    Andy

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and our server was awesome! The only downside was everything was beyond slow. It seemed like they only had one server, one bartender, and one cook. Apart from that, everything else was great. Perfect after work happy hour spot!
  33. c

    crlyrdhd

    Phoenix

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Tasty addition the neighborhood! Really enjoyed the robatayaki! Ally was a great server! Looking forward to going back and trying some more dishes!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and ambience did not disappoint. Cocktails were amazing as well. We ordered the Osaka elote, chicken karaage for starters and then had the spicy vegan ramen. The ramen was to die for. We finished the meal with their honey milk bread which was delicious as well. Cannot wait to return for more ramen and for some matcha tiramisu

FAQs

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

MOTOMOTO Sushi & Izakaya is rated 4.2 stars by 34 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 4 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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