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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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite authentic Japanese restaurants in Atlanta. We have gone back for years time and time again. Love them!

JG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

GLUTEN FRIENDLY!!! I suffer from celiacs disease and was under the impression that my love for hibachi would have to die along with my ability to consume gluten. However, after a quick email exchange with the head chef at the Midtown location, I found out that Nakato DOES offer gluten free alternatives to many of their traditional menu items. When we arrived, the waitress was happy to bring me a designated gluten free menu and was sure to reiterate when she placed my entree (scallop and chicken hibachi) in front of me that it was gluten free. I am three days post visit now and can say that I have had no reactions to the food. Since this was a special occasion, we chose to sit in the dining room as opposed to a hibachi grill, so I would be sure to ask if your food could be cooked first at the hibachi or prepared in the kitchen if you have a severe sensitivity/ allergy in order to avoid cross contamination.

MY
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nakato is a fabulous restaurant with superb staff, excellent food, and a reasonably priced menu. There are fine dining options as well as more budget friendly fare. They do a fantastic job of taking care of their customers and I absolutely recommend it.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10, a fantastic sushi experience. Chose this spot for our anniversary dinner and couldn't have been happier with the experience.

KL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an absolutely fabulous experience. Best sushi we ever had. Our service was perfect and even management checked on us several times. It was my partner’s birthday and they made it very special. We WILL be back.

LE
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Omakase is the way to go if you love fresh, seasonal sushi! But be sure to read up on the etiquette of eating it! I was beyond impressed and so was my date. I love sitting at the sushi bar and learning about the people, restaurant, and sushi. The service is beyond fantastic and it’s got to be the best sushi in Atlanta. Their presentation is always a piece of art.

CE
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nakato is the most delicious, cosmopolitan Japanese restaurant that I know in Atlanta. Always outstanding sushi, interesting menu additions, and thoughtful recommendations. Somethimes servers will try too hard, but overall a most pleasant experience.

K
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for the sukiyaki and was not disappointed.

SW
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time! I have to say everything was great, the food, the service and the restaurant. Our waiter was funny, knowledgeable and attentive! Will go again soon!

a
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always! Best sushi in Atlanta. 👍

AA
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful staff. Food is 4.5 stars. Very quiet at sushi bar.

DS
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

VERY good food. VERY! the service was kind and gracious but food arrival wasn't particularly timed well- the plates were kind of stacked up on our small table until we finished our starters. But, this restaurant is authentic- which is what i want most when i go to a sushi restaurant. Get the Japanese Mushrooms!

JS
Atlanta
66 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and delicious food. A favorite!

E
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was our 27th Anniversary

SH
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall2food3service1ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, impeccable service and great ambiance!

KG
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

nice service and food

L
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always amazing and our server was outstanding.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
22 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service4ambience4

fabulous food and waiter!

BO
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall2food1service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

j
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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