Nakato 'Sushi Bar and Regular Dining' Japanese Restaurant

4.8
384 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJosephT
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is always wonderful. I really like it.

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diatlcoach
Atlanta
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great and prompt service and the drinks and meal were really amazing. Waiter suggestions helped in drinks and appetizer selections.

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Mike
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

First time visitors. Generally very good service, but slow. I assume like most restaurants these days they were just short on help. Food prices were okay, but drinks were very expensive. We didn't care for one dish and they took it off the bill without us asking.
A little noisy, but definitely would go back. They have a very interesting and varied menu which I think sets it apart from it's competition.

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BLong
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been dining here for 36+ years now and have never had anything less than an outstanding experience. Nakato is the best!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner date last night. Great food and wonderful service. We cannot wait to go back

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Arjun
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible, especially the tuna flight! Atlanta gets a bad rap for seafood as it’s inland, but Nakato is a gem.

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JimO
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice eating experience and the food was great, thanks.

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Duchess
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We selected table dining. Service was somewhat slow. Food was ok. The scanned menu for table service was limited. I failed to ask waitress if we could order from Hibachi menu. First time dining here. I’ll try hibachi next time.

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MikeBuckheadCigar
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Nakato and we eat here at least once a month

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JeromeC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. A little pricey, but a great place for special occasions.

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BAKF
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first meal inside a restaurant since the pandemic began. We love Nakato and appreciate all the efforts they are making whilst we are still in the pandemic situation. The tables in the dining area were spaced apart. There were partitions between the tables. All the staff wore masks. While using the restroom one staff member was wiping everything down. The meal was delicious as always and the service was very professional.

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Hellothereee
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It wasn't surprising compared to the price of food.

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hmw327
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single recommendation our waitress gave us was excellent, making the personalized experience incredible!

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vipGlobalTravelerNDiner
San Francisco
111 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When my friend and I arrived at this restaurant we were immediately impressed with the Japanese decor of the overall building and the small Japanese garden on the side of the building. As we stepped inside we noticed that on our right is the hibachi dining area while on the left side is the sushi and regular dining room. I am glad that we had made our reservation in advance as we were seated immediately at our table that has a view of the small garden after a quick temperature check by the hostess, where we were able to relax while waiting for our 2 other friends joining us for dinner.

There were 4 of us so we ordered the best items on the menu to share:
1. Wagyu beef ishiyaki style (grilled on heated hot stone) $90
2. Tokujo Sushi (premium sushi) $70/order [2 orders]
3. Fuji sashimi platter $47
4. Agedashi tofu $8
5. Chawan mushi $10
6. Soft shelled crab tempura $12
7. Ankimo ponzu $12
8. Negihama roll $8
9. Karaage (Japanese fried chicken nuggets)
10. Sake sampler of 3 premium sake

I worked and lived in Japan for about 2 years, during which I traveled throughout Japan (Honshu, Kyushu, Hokkaido, Shigoku, and some of the remote islands) to hike, sightsee, and taste the best local food. I know the Japanese culture, food, and language well. This is definitely one of the best and authentic Japanese sushi restaurants in our country, as the quality of the food was definitely top notch. I am very happy to have discovered this gem during my recent visit to Atlanta! I rarely give out 5 stars but Nakato definitely deserves it with its exceptional food quality and service.

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KenB
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Celebrated another anniversary, which has become an annual tradition at Nakato, where we have enjoyed dining for over 40 years. We are fortunate to have such an excellent Japanese restaurant in Atlanta!

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Austin
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The wait staff was great, great ambiance, and the food was pretty good. The sushi was amazingly fresh and beautifully presented. The teriyaki dishes could have more flavor.

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LaurenC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best sushi in Atlanta. Excellent service, felt safe, and did a Japanese import fish flight. Soooo fresh!

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, impressive sushi quality

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relatives from San Francisco. Love the sushi. Best so far in Atlanta.

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vipSocialDiana
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This week have eaten and several top rated restaurants and was really wanting sushi. They had one table available and we snagged it. I’ll be returning frequently. Service was excellent and sushi very fresh. The room was quiet, and in contrast to other restaurants this week, was a welcome respite.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Need better service especially when customers ask for check

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ShaliseW
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood miso soup is so good, and the sushi - amazing!

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vipEatsoutalot
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Some of the best Hibachi, Sushi, and traditional Japanese in Atlanta! Celebrating 50 years, one of the most consistent restaurants in Atlanta. Family run and of the highest quality!

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TexB
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It was very good. Will go back soon and enjoy the sushi again

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Marvl
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go here for fresh, traditional sushi. Incredible selection and talented sushi chefs. Can also order off of cooked menu.
A family owned local establishment with lovely service.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Mother’s Day dinner. Service was great. Food came out quickly. Quality of the food was excellent. Did miss the music that used to play inside the last time I visited. Needed some kind of background ambiance music. Overall it was a good evening out.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary. Love this place.

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RichardT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great Japanese food. But a little expensive. I would go back and recommend my friends do the same.

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Thiswasagreatplaceloved
Savannah
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food! Great service. Would definitely go back.

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NicoleG
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nakato never fails to bring a smile. Shame there’s only 5stars to give. Our sever Gemma was awesome! It’s always our special night out go-to.

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Martaan
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mt wife and I enjoyed a wonderful experience on a quiet Monday evening. Our service was perfect, attentive and professional. We ordered sushi, primarily Nigiri, and were very impressed with the freshness, flavor and handling of the fish.

We enjoyed a bottle of Taittinger Chef du Cave Champagne with our meal, then each had an after-dinner cocktail with our dessert. The lavender cocktail my wife ordered was delicious--incredibly well balanced and nicely presented. I had a Maker's Old Fashioned, which was also delicious.

Thank you for a wonderful experience!

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CST2000
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best sushi places in town, never disappoints. Food is always great, service was attentive, server friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Will definitely come back for more.

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vipEricaG
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We don't get the opportunity to dine out much anymore so this was a special occasion for us. We thought the restaurant was very nice, although we had a difficult time parking and ultimately used the valet. Also, our food arrived out of order due to a mix up, but it wasn't a big deal to us & they fixed the problem. They also accommodated us arriving earlier than expected which was very nice.

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vipMikeSmith
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great sushi. We love it.

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vipKathyW
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great as always best Sukiyaki ever

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BuilderDoc
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nakato has always been a favorite. There are many sushi bars around Atlanta, but if are looking for an authentic experience, try Nakato.

Even the valet was exceptionally friendly.

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KazumiM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again, I had a great food and wonderful service with my friends. At this point I have nothing to say to improve anything.

Thank you.
Kazumi

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JohnY
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was OK. I know the attraction is that some of the fish and beef are flown in from Japan and I know that there’s a price to pay for that, which is why some of the meals were so expensive. $70 for a large dish of sashimi and raw fish. Call me a peasant, but raw fish tastes like raw fish no matter where it’s caught. That fish could have been caught off the east or west coast of America and I wouldn’t have known the difference.

I like okonomiyaki and I was pleased to see they have it on the menu but I found the brown sauce that they put on it tasted very strong, and I mean strong as if you had made a cup of soup with bouillon cubes and did not put enough water in it. That type of strong. I found it a little distracting. Haru Ichiban has a better tasting and larger okonomiyaki as far as I’m concerned.

Noise level was a little loud, but nothing the restaurant could have done about it, because some people just insist on bringing their crying one your olds to a place like that and not caring about them disturbing the other customers around them. So I say to the customers that have children, leave your small kids at home! If I want to hear crying kids, I’ll go to Walmart!

When I made my reservations online, I tried to find out about parking on their website and unless I missed it I didn’t see anything about it and was surprised that when I pulled up it was valet parking. Had I known, I would have left some of my valuables I had in the car (laptop, etc...) at home. I think the restaurant should advertise valet parking. But I complement them for it being free. I don’t have a problem with valet parking, I just I think people would like to know ahead of time.

Overall, a good experience, and although a lot of the meals are very reasonably priced, if you plan on getting the food that is imported from Japan, you better bring a lot of money because it’s very very expensive!

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Chiquita
Omaha
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Everything was delicious and the staff was very accommodating.

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Nakato 'Sushi Bar and Regular Dining' Japanese Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Nakato 'Sushi Bar and Regular Dining' Japanese Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (404) 873-6582.

Nakato 'Sushi Bar and Regular Dining' Japanese Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 384 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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