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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BiancaC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

"I love the relaxed feel of this place. I definitely would return to try more dishes. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."

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JasonG
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food options

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vipRachel
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered sushi and appitizers. We really enjoyed the food, and the service was excellent! Everyone was super friendly and attentive, right down to the valet drivers. We would definitely reccomend, and will be adding this to our list of favorites in Atlanta!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and sushi delicious balance of sashimi and sushi rice perfectly done. I love sushi. Sushi in Japan, certified sushi Master’s here on east coast. This quality is as good. The cod was not that great. I’ve had better. But the service, ambiance, and the “Take Bamboo” made up for that. Will be coming back next time I’m in Atlanta.

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JasonG
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast seating, great atmosphere, great food and drinks. Waiters very professional
And have answers.

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vipOpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful authentic Japanese decor and amazing sushi

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely wonderful!! They seated us by the rock garden window. We were celebrating my birthday and everything was perfectly timed and delicious!!

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vipsushigal5
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

needs better atmosphere. but food was great!!! people amazing -lets update and roll on

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vipOpenTable Diner
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it every time

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vipEatsoutalot
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The TOP Japanese restaurant in Atlanta. Incredible sushi - wonderful authentic Japanese - top Hibachi - and a traditional Japanese dining area that is very special. Run by the Takaharas this is the most consistent and top quality Japanese restaurants. HIGHLY recommended for all occasions!!

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vipconvoyhelm
Atlanta
174 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We hadn't been to Nakato in years, but it did not disappoint. The crispy tuna and grilled eggplant with miso butter were standouts, but our sushi was delicious too and the service was A-one.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nakato is a great Atlanta restaurant. Warm ambience, unbelievably good service, and the best sushi in Atlanta.

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JonS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding Food, great service. We went for Christmas dinner and had the sushi and it was really really good. I had chef choice platter and the server was very knowledgable and explained all the pieces to me. Very authentic, my son even spoke in Japanese to our server. But be careful of the soup, it comes hot with a top on the bowl, if you aren't careful you can spill the bowl because the steam causes a vacuum holding the top on a little. Found out the hard way. Also the only parking is valet parking so keep that in mind. We always go out for holiday dinners, will definitely be back to try the Ramen and we want to try the private dining room.

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Dukej
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent wait service. Mixed Tempura was very good. House salad was just OK. Red bean ice cream was also very good.
Noise level was high. Difficult to have conversation

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was attentive and professional.

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EllenM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving: Excellent service and food, beautiful place

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Kay was a very hospitable server. The restaurant noise level was exceptionally loud as a result of a very drunk large party.

The sushi was decent, but not in relation to the price point. I ordered the lobster roll and the crab on top was basically some kind of mushy paste.

I plan to go back and try the Hibachi side of the restaurant. Fingers crossed!

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Susan
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JulieG
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
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.

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MatthewY
Savannah
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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KimberLovesTMBG
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.

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LaurenE
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.

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CatExpat
Atlanta
4 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.

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Kennth
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for the sukiyaki and was not disappointed.

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StephanieW
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!

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vipacscot7
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always! Best sushi in Atlanta. 👍

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AndrewAiken
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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DenizS
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!

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vipJeffS
Atlanta
73 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.

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JulieF
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and delicious food. A favorite!

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vipEatsoutalot
Atlanta
24 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

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vipLoriF
Atlanta
2 reviews