Nakato 'Hibachi' Japanese Restaurant

4.6
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$30 and under
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Hibachi
Nakato Japanese Restaurant is Atlanta's most authentic and unique Japanese restaurant, specializing in exciting Hibachi Teppanyaki dining. Our skilled chefs take great pride in entertaining our guests, while serving delicious Japanese cuisine in this popular setting. Established in 1972, Nakato is family owned and run by the third generation of the Nakato family. In addition to Hibachi, we take great pride in serving the freshest Sushi and authentically-prepared dishes created by our chefs who were all born and trained in Japan.
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4.6
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4.3
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OT
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Very average food, they charge $5 or $6 to get fried rice (what a joke) restaurant is dirty. Descent service.

NL
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the place especially the photo booth 🥰😍

CE
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my son’s 13th birthday and we had an amazing time! The Chef was very good and funny. We didn’t have to wait at all to be seated. Reservations was for 7:30 we arrived at 7:15 and was seated at the private area where you remove your shoes. He genuinely had a great time with his brother and sister.

MW
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

I have been going to Nakato for years but tonight I was disappointed. The hostess was rude and not accommodating. The food, the chef, and our waiter were phenomenal. Just wish the hostess didnt taint the experience.

LL
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Good food, very salty so be prepared. Also, every table has a birthday or some kind of celebration so if you know this ahead of time, you’re good! Not for quiet conversation, lots of kids!

K
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love going to Nakato. Great expereince anytime we go.

KL
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and food was good. We had a good time and I will definitely be back soon.

CU
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always our "go to" when in Atlanta. Drove down from Dahlonega, just to go here.

BC
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and corresponding show are always great! We like to bring our out-of-town guests to Nakato and we also celebrate special occasions here.

S
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a semblance of a decent dining experience. The price point was far higher than the quality of the food, entertainment, service and/or venue. There was so much noise that my dinner guest and I had to lean in to hear each other throughout the entire event. Not to mention, we were grouped in a large room with at least 10 other dinner parties (some of these parties exceeding 5 guests per party). There was not an option for a more intimate/private experience. May have been easier had the prices not been set as though the dinner experience was smaller. Also, I recommend grabbing takeout. The experience will be the same and the food quality will be about the same IF NOT better. Sorry Nakato, it was awful.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

We celebrated my twins 21st birthday which is New Years Eve. Food was great and atmosphere—even when the room filled up with LOTS of little children!!

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We shared my mother 54th birthday dinner and we love everything about this place. It’s amazing, you get more than enough of food here, and the people are so nice and accommodating! They place my mom cake in the lounge area after dinner for us to enjoy while we sat , they dance and sang for her and lit their own candles because I forgot ours! I love this place And we Will revisit soon.

Heads up make reservations because this place fill up quick.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time for my family of 7.

LU
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It was a wonderful dinner for Christmas.

JS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cool place for a meal and entertainment. Fast service and good food

J
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Solid Japanese steakhouse experience! Service really good and our chef was adorable

WB
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

They did not throw the food to us for an attempt to catch it in our mouths.

U
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food, great dumplings. Service little slow , then rushed. Needs balance. Appetizers came out late and then grill started rolling out food too soon. Overall enjoyable due to good food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Annual Christmas dinner with mom, sister & nieces

m
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

There were A LOT of birthdays—and associated drumming and singing—on the Monday night we went, so definitely be down for some celebratory noisemaking if you plan to dine here. (It was totally fine for our crowd.) We brought our friends two young boys and they LOVED it, ate some of everything, and behaved swimmingly with help of some pre-hibachi-show coloring handouts from the staff. I particularly enjoyed the salmon and that addictively good, and aptly named, yum-yum sauce.

CE
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I Love this Place. My Favorite Restaurant to eat any day of the week.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great time

D
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We prefer the dining room to the hibachi table which has a louder vibe aside from the different menu choices. The food quality has always been good but I believe that they have kicked it up several notches over the past year or so. Chef change? Shared the yellowtail collar which I had not sampled befoer. Wonderful appetizer!!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. The food was great so was the service. Someone else forgot to pay for there food tho lol

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my daughters bday. We had a lovely time!

CP
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The chefs level of entertainment varies so and can make a huge difference to the experience. The chef for the table directly next to us was great, ours did not say a word.

The was also a bug that the table next to us (directly next to me) the customer had to chase down to kill. Not a great sight when our plates were being filled with food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Thanksgiving and had a wonderful time. It was our first time there. We will definitely be going again!

DS
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is noticeably friendly and attentive. Really fun and unique atmosphere where there are dates and families celebrating birthdays at the same grill. The celebrations were the first I’ve seen, so it was fun to see everyone celebrating birthdays. Good food, fast and friendly service, and a quality time for anyone.

KK
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I went to Nakato for my son's birthday this past weekend. Nakato's staff was efficient and very courtesy. The food can be a little better but given the service and ambiance, I would definitely recommend Nakato.

JS
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come every year for my and my wife’s birthdays (September & November) and times in between as well... When we want hibachi, there’s only one place we go... and the kids love it too!!!

AT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A great place to dine in at and enjoy the food. I have been plenty of times and will continue to go.

DB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We had a wonderful meal celebrating our twin's 25th birthday. The food was delicious and the hibachi chef was entertaining. We never got our white rice and brown rice and our unsweet tea kept being refilled with sweet tea, but otherwise it was a good experience overall.

MB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great for my daughters birthday celebration. Fun! Food was good.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience the food was great and the chefs were so nice and everything was pretty good

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Hibachi in Atlanta and you get a lot of food for your money. Perfect for a birthday gathering!

Z
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nakato is a great celebration place for kids (birthdays, etc). The chefs are always entertaining and the service is great.
The amount of butter and oil used on the hibachi grill is disconcerting, so if you’re looking for healthier options,
Stick with non-hibachi choices.

MT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is wonderful! Such a great staff, very friendly and fun. The hibachi chefs are fun and engaging! I have been a few times with my husband, we just recently took my son 3 for the first time, and he had such a great time! Used chopsticks for the first time and had a good time watching the fun while they were cooking and doing the "show".

AJ
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great deal for twilight dinner.

s
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

What a disappointment this restaurant was. The area we were seated the counter top/table was not clean. The community soy sauce holder had a glop of something on it. It did get cleaned after asking staff to amend the problem. The food was not good. The soup had 1 piece of mushroom floating in it and a tiny slice of green onion, disappointing to say the least. I ordered shrimp and lobster $48.00 the lobster sat on the heat for so long it became rubbery and dry and the shrimp texture made it completely inedible. Just horrible. The texture was that of precooked and frozen shrimp... never had worse. The restaurant itself was not clean... I won't be back.

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