Nakato 'Sushi Bar and Regular Dining' Japanese Restaurant

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Nakato Japanese Restaurant provides Atlanta's most authentic and unique Japanese dining experience, serving the finest quality Sushi and exquisitely prepared dishes created by our chefs who were born and trained in Japan. Established in 1972, Nakato is family owned and now operated by the third generation of the Nakato family.

Enjoy the most traditional and authentic Japanese restaurant that Atlanta has to offer in our traditional dining room overlooking a majestic Japanese garden. In addition to Sushi and traditional Japanese dishes, we also offer highly entertaining and wonderfully prepared Hibachi on our Teppanyaki Grills.
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JS
Atlanta
63 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Going to Nakato is more about the atmosphere than the food. While the latter is OK, if you are expecting a high-end sushi experience, you will be disappointed. But you will be happy with a neighborhood sushi experience.

We ordered a few appetizers and a couple of rolls.

The appetizers were disappointing, nothing stood out as a must have on a return visit. The first was the yakatori skewers, two 4” skewers with a few bites of chicken interspersed with some scallion. The was little, if any flavor to this dish. The Shumai were not much better. Three steamed shrimp dumplings which were really a dumpling of onions, topped with a little shrimp. I would be surprised if these were made on site. The shrimp tempura consisted of three shrimp, plus a slice of tempura squash, sweet potato and shredded potatoes. The best of was the squash. The shrimp were tasteless, with no seasoning.

For my entrée, I ordered two rolls, a Dragon Roll and an eel and avocado roll. The eel and avocado roll was nothing special, very little taste in the eel and the sushi rice was very basic. The Dragon Roll was better. The shrimp tempura did deliver some flavor.

While the food was very basic, neighborhood sushi, the atmosphere was so friendly, that we would probably return. Next time, we would add a little salt to the tempura and order some sashimi.

JF
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and delicious food. A favorite!

E
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always top notch! Food is fresh and extremely well prepared. The staff is always friendly and courteous. With the different types of food offered, this is a wonderful place! Family friendly too

LF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful dining experience. Staff are extremely friendly and the food is fresh and top notch. We love the traditional dining room and sushi bar. We love how the owners make sure everyone is having a great time.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was our 27th Anniversary

SH
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Fuji Chef's choice deluxe sashimi was excellent as was the special Japanese Uni sushi. Great restaurant to celebrate our 47th wedding anniversary.

OT
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I was taking my husband out for a belated birthday dinner. We both love sushi and Japanese cuisine so I thought we would give Nakato a try. Our reservation was for 5:45 in the regular dinning room. We were promptly seated when we arrived. I had made the reservation a few weeks before so we were surprised we were not seated next to the garden window as quite a lot of the tables “with a view” were empty and remained empty while we were there. We ordered the Kiss Of Death roll for our appetizer which was very good. I ordered the TRADITIONAL JAPANESE BENTO "SHOKADO" BENTO BOX for my main course and my husband ordered lobster and fillet mignon HIBACHI TEPPANYAKI. The Bento Box would probably of been good if my husbands dinner didn’t arrive at least 30 min after mine arrived. Like most people do, I was being polite and waiting until his dinner was served to eat mine. By that time the tempura that was part of my dinner was cold and soggy as was the rice and everything else that should have been eaten hot. The waiter came over quite a few times apologizing stating the Hibachi kitchen was backed up as well as the manager came over quite a few times also. When the order was put in they should have realized that the Hibachi kitchen was backed up and waited to prepare my dinner so the timing would of been better with the timing of my husbands. The length of time we waited for my husband’s dinner should have been compensated by the manger at least offering a free desert or something. Considering we live 45 minutes away and that is if there isn’t any traffic this was a planned dinner not a spur of the minute decision. We definitely WILL NOT come back the food nor the customer service were worth the money, time or effort.

C
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, impeccable service and great ambiance!

KG
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nakato is an island in a sea of trendy and new restaurants. Which is why you need to go- old school charm that has stood the test of time. I defy you to have a bad experience here. Service is top notch and the entire staff is ready to help you. As for the sushi, which is flown in several times a week so it's always fresh- thanks largely in part to Chef Yoshifusa Kinjo. You must try the saki, I can't think of a more comprehensive selection and my waiter was extremely knowledgeable about picking a great beverage to compliment my meal. The best thing for your second trip is to reserve one of the Tatami rooms, which is a traditional Japanese dining room. Since 1972 Nakato has been serving metro Atlanta and once you dine there you'll see why. A taste of Japan in the south!

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the specialty rolls and our party found the service outstanding. We will be back!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing. One of the tastiest sushis I ate so far. The restaurant needs a bit outdated and also dress code needs to be more of a business casual. I've seen people wearing shorts.
Also it is a nice gesture when you are celebrating a birthday not to be charged for your small dessert.
As a conclusion food is excellent, the rest need improvement.

M
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious (had tuna hand rolls, kids hibachi shrimp, miso soup, chawan mushi). Service was wonderful - our server was extremely attentive and nice.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

nice service and food

L
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't even begin to explain how lovely this place is! The food is amazing! They are authentic! I mean they had everything from traditional Hot Pot, Shabu Shabu, & Sukiyaki to Bento Dinners and Sashimi. Amazing Sake selection as well as Japanese Whiskeys. They have a great wine selection and unique cocktails with a wonderful bar scene! We got the Tatami room and the music and ambience was very traditional japanese home style. Our Waiters Steven and Kay were not only knowledgeable but they were funny, fun, outgoing, and will always have a place in my heart for how they treated us. I cannot wait to go back and tip them some more! They have great valet service and just an overall beautiful restaurant. I would recommend this place to anyone on an level or occasion. I had the best dining experience ever here at Nakato Sushi Bar! Thank you so much!

RL
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always amazing and our server was outstanding.

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

While the Hibachi dinner was not as large as I expected, the service was absolutely incredible. Our waiter was hilarious and made our prom night way better. While it is a bit more expensive than other hibachi places, it is SO worth it.

C
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We're always come here for a traditional japanese meal. Yes, there is sushi and a wonderful hibachi grill, but we choose the dining room where we order from the main menu. I loved my bento box, my son had the sukiyaki, my vegetarian daughter found plenty to eat on the menu. Foods was delicious and beautifully presented.

JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

fabulous food and waiter!

BO
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time at Nakato's. It was my very first time having Sushi and a client of ours requested Sushi for dinner, so Nakato was suggested by a friend. I truly enjoyed the food and our server was GREAT!

A
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The food was not good at all. It was very underwhelming and extremely over priced given the poor quality. This was some of the worst Japanese food I have ever had. Truly disappointing.

DP
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful sushi and wonderful service. Would highly recommend. We are already planning a trip back to get hibachi!

V
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our 9th wedding anniversary, and we both love Nakato's food. I am vegetarian and my husband is pescatarian, and Nakato has an exceptionally good vegetarian options (for an Atlanta Japanese restaurant) . The grilled eggplant is outstandingly delicious, and we also enjoy the goma ae a lot, and the vegetable tempura, which this time was getting close to having the kind of very light batter I hope for (and seems to be impossible to find in Atlanta). So that was a real treat. The restaurant's atmosphere and service are perfect for a special occasion, and usually I would give Nakato 5 stars overall and for every category. My hesitation this time is only because - despite being assured by the staff that we weren't being rushed - we were being rushed. When all the hot food comes out at once, and the hot food is really better freshly hot, there is not much choice than to eat it fairly quickly.

W
Western NC
26 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

ive been going here for 20 plus years, its always great. the food is a cut above your standard sushi, and adding to that is the full menu of cooked meals, all are great. the sushi area is just perfect to hang out and dine. one thing, really disappointed the rock garden is in disarray. they should fix that!

OT
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience. It was a special occasion & it was made even more memorable because of the staff!

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very fun, educational experience for the 45th Anniversary buffet.

j
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Highly recommend the shabu shabu, although it's gotten a bit expensive. Drinks are good and the ambiance is nice as well. One of our favorite restaurants in town.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an awesome sauce time. Staff were amazing. We experienced the Traditional Room which was a great experience in the culture.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The entire dining experience was exceptional. The only negative is the food is not as good as 5 years ago when I dined there.

OT
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our all time favorite restaurant in Atlanta. Food is amazing and the staff is like family.

a
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I haven't had sukiyaki in years, and it has always been a personal favorite. I was excited when I saw that they serve it at Nakato. They bring a hot plate and cook it at your table--like hot pot, but with the special sukiyaki sauce. We had three people, and that was perfect. Two would be too much food, and four too little. Food was great and the service was notably good.

c
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love going to Nakatos . Love the staff, food consistent and can actually hear for good conversation!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it as always!

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere and food are second to none. It can be a little pricey but totally worth it.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Just to give a little heads up on regarding my review. I spent 5 years in Japan as an exchange student in Fukuoka. Consequently, when I reserve the table at the traditional Japanese family ran restaurant I am expecting certain things. Polite, friendly, knowledgeable service and quite ambiance. Service was good, but with luck of knowledge. Servers have to know the menu!!!! It took me about 30 min to order a proper bottle of sake, until the other stuff member (I assume a bartender) helped her out. We ordered shabu-shabu, beef tataki, rolls, and some of the a la carte nigiris. Everything but the roll was good not excellent.
I won't recomend this place for a date since it is quite loud. As a casual dinning...may be. But keep in mind that it is not cheap. Our check for 2 adults an 1 child ended almost $300 with the tip. For this kind of money do to UMI.

MS
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Best sushi in Atlanta. Great service. Excellent wine and Japanese beer.

S
Atlanta
47 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Nakato for years, although we don't get there very often. It's always great. The last few times, we went to the hibachi grill part. This time we ate in the regular restaurant and it was excellent. We all loved what we ate. And the service was outstanding.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

IT was an very enjoyable evening, and the entire staff was very good. The food was excellent.

MS
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I felt the restaurant was overpriced. Sushi was uninspired. Very noisy, making it hard to have a conversation with hearing impaired friends.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Family in town

AT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service love this place especially the bartender tall white guy always take great care of me. I eat here a lot very nice customer service and food

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