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Nakato Japanese Restaurant - Sushi Bar and Traditional Dining

4.4
263 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

Nakato Japanese Restaurant is the oldest Japanese restaurant in Atlanta. Established in 1972, it has been owner operated for over 38 years. Come and enjoy the most traditional and authentic Japanese restaurant that Atlanta has to offer. We have a 25 seater sushi bar along with a traditional tatami rooms serving full course menus, as well as a traditional dining room over looking the Japanese garden.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Sushi, Japanese
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(404) 873-6583
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Payment options
Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Yoshifusa Kinjo
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Private party facilities
We have a main dining room with a seating capacity of 50 people for a private event as well as a traditional tatami room seating up to 16 people. Please call for more details.
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Private party contact
Sachiyo Nakato: (404) 873-6583
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Piedmont Road
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Parking details
We have Valet Parking for your convenience
Additional
Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on November 30, 2017

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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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on November 3, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

Loved it as always!

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on September 1, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2017

Family in town

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2017

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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5.0Dined on July 3, 2017

This restaurant has authentic Japanese food well prepared in the traditional manner. I've eaten their food many times on my business trips to Japan and loved the food so much I just had to visit the restaurant. I was not disappointed.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2017

Our favorite! We come here at least once a week and love it. The staff, the food = perfect

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2017

We love Nakato and the food did not disappoint. The service was, however, slow this evening as we arrived at 7pm and didn't leave until after 8:30pm.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2017

Friendliest service - best food - our favorite restaurant by far

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2017

The food was delicious and our waitress was so nice. We had a great time!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2017

We love Nakato- Come here every chance we get! Shabu Shabu is the best!

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2017

Our server, Zi Kay, was fantastic. Super friendly, enthusiastic, and knowledgable about all the food on the menu. The Kiss of Death sushi roles were some of the best sushi I had tasted and we ended up ordering another after finishing the first. Food was expensive, but was expected for quality of the food.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2017

Great ambiance and service. This all service Japanese restaurant includes sushi, steak, and teppanyaki. Lively and often with music/entertainment. Great for special occasion and get togethers.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2017

Excellent as always!

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2017

The chefs are very entertaining for children and adults alike. we very much enjoy the food, which is quite fresh. Service was a bit slow -- getting seated and then getting served -- but that is our only complaint. Servings are generous!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2017

We often dine in the traditional dining room. Nakato Japanese Restaurant is among the classiest of all Atlanta. The staff is wonderful and the chefs are among the best in town at preparing traditional Japanese cuisine.

I cannot recommend it more.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2017

My husband and I had our 7th wedding anniversary dinner at Nakato's last week. As always, the food was, for the most part, superb. Highlights include the grilled eggplant in miso, which is simply divine - we had two servings and savored every mouthful - and the goma-ae, which is delicious. We also tried the soba salad for the first time, which was very satisfying - although it was a bit frustrating that it was loaded with finely sliced red onion, which was not mentioned on the menu, and that I then had to painstakingly remove before eating. I eat mostly vegetarian, so we appreciated the waitress warning us that the agedashi tofu included fish stock. We also had the vegetable tempura. Although Nakato's is the best tempura I've had in the US outside of San Francisco, it is still not wonderful: the batter is too thick, it is not light and crisp enough. However, the tempura mushroom was wonderfully flavorful, so a worthwhile compensation, and it is good to at least get some tempura that I can bear to eat (I can't bear it anywhere else I've tried it in Atlanta). One other disappointment was that - although they very helpfully made me a simple cucumber nori roll, which was not in the menu (they had zero vegan sushi and no vegetarian nori roll on the menu), it was so loaded with wasabi that it was unpleasant to eat - that is not a mistake I expected at Nakato. For dessert, we tried the red bean and the ginger icecream. The red bean was not so exciting, but the ginger icecream was lovely, and I'd definitely have it again. The service was absolutely top-notch, as always. I dropped off to 4 stars for ambiance only because my chair had crumbs on it before I sat down, I had to brush them off. I don't expect that at a restaurant as nice as Nakato's has always been in my past experience. It would be good if they could watch for that in the future. But it is still an excellent service experience, all round.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2017

We sat at the dining area so this review is not about the Hibachi grill; however, the wait for Hibachi was extremely long and I want to go back and try it. The restaurant was very nice and the customer service was excellent! It was a little cold in the restaurant and they turned up the heat so we did not freeze. Their menu has a great selection and they have a "value" menu where the price is extremely reasonable for the amount of food you receive. I would highly recommend this place to others.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2017

Enjoyed our family dinner. The waiter was very patient with our children and we enjoyed the new menu.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2017

Freshest sushi I've ever eaten. Loved if. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Great time!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2017

Great first experience

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2017

Everything was great, great food, great service!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Our all time favorite! We love coming to Nakato every chance we get!

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4.0Dined on December 22, 2016

Great service, good food, poor host/hostess. Children playing phone/tablet games at 90 decibels was unfortunate. It made talking to my companions difficult.

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4.0Dined on December 15, 2016

For my birthday, my father treated me to dinner at Nakato. This was my first visit after many years. . . and it was just as delicious as I remembered.

Nakato offers full-service dining, a sushi bar, hibachi and traditional dining options along with a small bar. On this particular evening, the restaurant seemed fairly busy, especially the hibachi section. We were seated at a table and, after enjoying sashimi and edamame appetizers, our order of a variety of rolls arrived. The order included the Crunch Roll as well as eel and tuna options. Each was tasty and well-prepared. We finished our meal with a serving of rich chocolate cake.

My only complaint pertains to the valet service. When we arrived, the valets were quick to park our cars and tell us how to request it upon finishing our meal. As we were leaving, however, it took what seemed like an unnecessarily long time to retrieve the car. Several customers were leaving at once and there seemed to be some confusion. However, after an extended wait, our car arrived and we departed.

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4.0Dined on December 6, 2016

Enjoyed the meal, and the sushi was fantastic! Will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on December 4, 2016

Food and service were excellent! I highly recommend Nakato for some hibachi meats and vegetables.

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