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Restaurant Muramoto

262 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

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Small plate Asian fusion from a new perspective. Shinji Muramoto's flagship restaurant first opened its doors in 2004. It was, and continues to be, the realization of his creativity and his passion to bring new flavors to Madison. Here, Shinji offers his interpretation of the comparatively young style of cooking that is Asian fusion. It is his belief that this style of cuisine is best experienced in a small-plate format, as it promotes sharing and therefore creates the likelihood that his customers will attempt new things. ***Due to technical difficulties online reservations are not available at this restaurant. Reservations may be available through the restaurant directly and walk-ins are accepted.***
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Sushi, Japanese, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(608) 259-1040
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Brett Olstadt
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Cross street
East Doty
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Parking details
The closest public lot is the Government East Garage. With entrances on 200 S. Pinckney St or 200 E. Wilson St
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.3  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Magicchef (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2016

The best Japanese restaurant in Madison. The sushi is always excellent (try the duck roll), and non-sushi plates are just as good (the pork belly sliders were a real winner at our table). Highly recommended.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on October 28, 2016

We always enjoy dining here. This is the first time we booked through Open Table - the menu on this website isn't up-to-date, which was disappointing because I had picked out a few dishes I wanted to try that weren't available. The Dessert Sampler is one of our favorite things about this restaurant and is a really great deal - 5 desserts to share for around $15. However, the desserts were a let down this time. The chocolate avocado cake was an Iron Chef challenge gone wrong. Spicy tuna roll is always delicious. The Asian slaw is also fantastic and a great deal - you get a huge mound of it and it's a great palate cleanser. This wasn't our favorite visit, but we'll still go back.

Jody (New Orleans)
4.0  Dined on September 4, 2016

We went for the $30 all you can eat deal on Sunday and found plenty of items to choose from. We enjoyed everything we ordered and left with a full belly.

BandPMadison (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on September 3, 2016

We enjoyed a nice sushi dinner to celebrate a birthday. Service was very good; selection was good, and food was delicious. Served quickly and was reasonably priced.

MiaPorf (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on September 2, 2016

As usual, we had a lovely meal at Muramoto. Outstanding food, service, and atmosphere.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2016

Our reservation was ready and we were promptly seated in a location I had requested in advance. Cocktails were excellent, service was fast, and Kate was a wonderful server and very attentive.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
2.0  Dined on August 13, 2016

The restaurant was extremely warm. The sushi was disappointly the same? You basically had to use your hands to scoop it up cause chop sticks was impossible to pick up the flaky rice that did not keep the rolls or Nigiri in tact. So sad about this place. Luckily the merchant is right around the corner and will have to try another sushi place. Won't be back.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
1.0  Dined on August 12, 2016

Food was good but the experience was ruined by a too hot dining room (was the air conditioning broken?), and a horrible waitress. Bummer

FrankC (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on August 6, 2016

Good combination of sushi and various rolls, as well as entrees that they serve tapas style. The scallop entree in particular was one of the best dishes I've had at a restaurant in quite some time. Will definitely make it a point to come back if we're ever in the Madison area.

MessyMason (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on July 28, 2016

Large lunch portions; creative sushi as well as cooked menu; happily accommodated my gluten issues. Veggie roll with beets is remarkable. Cheesecake dessert indescribable and delicious.

In reservation I mentioned need for wheelchair access but arrived to find locked doors and NO signage. It's 26 years too late to require me to telephone for access outside a restaurant's door. When I complained, he pointed out the 1:4 slope freight ramp which leads to a narrow porch outside the restaurant, a connection blocked by a table and huge flower pot.

ConnieandCarla (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on July 24, 2016

I hosted three other people for a farewell party for one person leaving town. We all ordered the "all you can eat" sushi. It's a great deal for people with hardy appetites but only one of us fit that description. I think we'd have spent less by ordering off the menu. Aside from that, it was great.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on July 18, 2016

Was great but take a while for server to get our order. The plus thing is he did come to great us right away as soon as we sit down but He didn't came back for at least 15-20 minutes after,but not a big deal since we order food and drink right away just don't want him to ran way from us again.

BillF (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on June 12, 2016

The seaweed salad was excellent and the sushi above average. The mixed drinks were OK, but the service was quite good, although this is based on a not particularly busy time.

vipMidwestGirl (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on June 10, 2016

This is a go to restaurant for us. The quality of food and service is consistent and we love the menu and roll selection.

Yooper (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on June 4, 2016

We have gone here many times over the years and always enjoy Muramoto. The food is unusual and excellent and you can select a number of small dishes to try the great choices. And oveerall the expense is less than you'd expect from such a fine restaurant. The Asian Slaw is one of our favorites and this time we didn't think it was quite as good as usual. But overall this is a great restaurant.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
2.0  Dined on May 24, 2016

disappointing. may try again sometime. waited a bit too long b/c they assumed I was waiting for another to join me when I clearly made the reservation for one.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on May 21, 2016

Food was delicious. Sake was more expensive than other places I have been ($33/bottle). Air Conditioning was not on, or not working.

vipChrisG (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

This was a great change of pace. Food, service, atmosphere were all excellent. Creative menu. Grown up feeling. Good sushi. Definitely would return.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on April 30, 2016

Some of the best food I've had in madison. Small plates allow ability to order several dishes and have an amazing flavor and taste experience. I can't wait to go again.

OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
4.0  Dined on April 15, 2016

The sushi was good. I like to eat a lot, so sushi usually isn't enough unless I sell my firstborn to pay for it, but this place was reasonable. Also, they were late to getting us seated by our reservation time, so they gave us a free round of drinks, which was super baller.