Atlanta >Nakato Japanese Restaurant
“This Japanese steakhouse has a great atmosphere but the food is sub-par.”
“The sushi bar creates a great atmosphere for conversing with the chefs while watching them prepare your fish.”
“One of the best and most authentic sushi meals Ive ever had.”
“The menu gets a bit tricky to navigate because it's so extensive but the friendly waitstaff would lead you in the right direction.”
“Oh don't let the surrounding scare ya away from such a great place to eat.”
“Bad service & mediocre food at Nakato - go there only when Exec Chef is there!”
“Not good value at all.”
“am not a fan of Teppanyaki (food cooked on the iron griddle) and have not experienced it at Nakato but there is always a long wait for the tables and people seem to enjoy the experience.”
Nakato Japanese Restaurant has been a Japanese family owned and operated restaurant since 1972.
We serve both traditional and hibachi/teppanyaki style favorites, along with the freshest selection of sushi in Atlanta.
We have a unique ability to provide a fine dining experience as well as a great group dining atmosphere in our high energy hibachi area.
The Nakato family looks forward to being a part of your family and friend's traditions! …
great fresh sushi. I love going here because it's very hard to find good fresh sushi in Atlanta. Their service is always impeccable and fast. I find myself going here before the dinner rush because there aren't a lot of people to disturb my dining experience. Good value for my money.
A+ Service and Sushi. I have been disappointed from these types of places in the past but this place does not disappoint. Plenty of parking and plenty of room inside. I did get there early @ 5:30 because of a 5 YO guest. They feed you a lot and quick. I'm a fast eater and the food was there before I was done. Great chief had the kid entertained. My drink glass was always full too. For $100 the 3 of us ate pretty well. The bar looked like a good place to chill after work too.
so so so so good ;). I just love hibachi. And this is the best I have had in a while. Everything is delicious and I always leave so full I almost can't walk. It is nice to get a whole table of people together for the experience but the food is so good you would even enjoy it alone!
Best sushi and service in town!. I love this place! Every time I go in, I feel more than welcomed, unlike many sushi restaurants where you are either shoved into a tiny corner, forced to listen to obnoxious techno from 1998, or treated like some dumb american who can't possibly know anything about sushi. The service is always great, and when it's not as crowded, the owner/manager checks up on you regularly to make sure you are having a wonderful dining experience. I always do, even when it is a little busier. I noticed that some reviews complained about the wait, which I've never experienced. The tables are spaced with plenty of room, so even if it is crowded, you still get an intimate experience with whoever you're dining with. Not only is the environment and service fantastic, but the food is top notch. First of all, It's reasonably priced (unlike MF Sushibar...the MF must stand for "mother f***er! I just got robbed"). Obviously you're gonna pay a little more than Rusan's, but the quality is worth much more. Here, I can try many different types of fishes without worrying about the freshness or quality, which is what I look for in a sushi restaurant. Sure, you can get a decent california roll at Rusan's, but how many times have you eaten that? I could get the same thing at Publix. Anyways, if you haven't tried Nakato sushi yet, then you've been depriving yourself of one of the best sushi places in Atlanta. TRY IT!
My favorite for 17 years. I have been going to Nakato now for 17 years and it has not disappointed me in all those years. It is a family run place that has passed down their secrets to each new generation. Highly recommended. The best in town.
an authentic Japanese restaurant I have long waited for.
A place to relax and let the food roll out of the kitchen and into your stomach while enjoying yourself with great friends. I've had great service. The first time I went to Nakato, I tested the server by asking them for an authentic meal. I didn't want the usual sushi rolls and some edamame to start. He coursed my meal as they do in Japan. The presentation was excellent and love their plates too. We also tried a couple of their different sakes and I really can't ever go back to house sake they serve at other restaurants ever again.
In the summer time, it's great to get out to their patio viewing their Japanese garden. When it's cold, the shabu-shabu and yosenabe (hot pot) are excellent. The fish is always fresh and I can't get enough of the different Japanese mushrooms (I get different dishes with different mushrooms every time I go). Everyone should try the gindara and I also like to end my meals with the soba noodles then for a twist, the favorite amongst all my friends--green tea creme brulee if I've remembered to make room for it. I wish they had lunch hours so I could try to make time to go more often since my office isn't far away.
Reservations? Wait time quoted? A joke...unless you are VIP.
While on a Saturday trip to the bustling Atlanta my friends and I had a craving for Asian cuisine. Discussing back and forth between Ty, Chinese, or Japanese we decide on Nakato Japanese Restaurant. Getting there before the “Dinner Rush” we ask approximate wait time to be seated. None of us having ever been before; being from out of town we are informed that there are two types of seating, and two different menus for each area. Not offered menus to look at we are told by the hostess Hibachi food is only served on the Hibachi grill seating side. Selecting that as our section of choice we are told 15 to 20 minutes would be the wait time. Everyone in our party in agreement to the more then reasonable wait time we give the name of our party and move to the seating area inside near the bar.
We wait 30 minutes decide to get some drinks to make the time pass and one of our party goes to check that they know our party is waiting. Told they are aware and we will be seated shortly we contently pass another 30 minutes talking and laughing. Over that time the restaurant steadily becomes bustling with patrons leaving, as well as, new customers arriving at their reserved times. When other parties arriving afterwards, without reservations begin being seated we chalk it up to party size that they need to fill all the seats around the grill. Convinced though there must be some mistake at the 1 hour and 30 minute mark we make our way, yet again, to the hostess area. The foyer is packed and peeking over the shoulders and through the arms I give the name and ask how much longer. I was told 10 to 15 more minutes they would come and get us. Relaying the message to my now ravenous friends they express their concern with the integrity of the information being provided.
Looking for support from other patrons who appeared to be passed over as well we ask about reservations and what they had been told in wait time. Discovering that even with a reservation there were other groups not being seated and waiting for close to an hour. Puzzled by this we observed other customers walking right in and be seated immediately during the last good faith 15 minute wait. Approaching the hostess, yet again, to make our final inquiry/stand about the wait times and other customers clearly being shown preferential treatment we were met with the following. “Those customers are VIP.” and “Those customers are friends with the Manager.” Then when asked why they had not been honest and upfront in the beginning or any of the other times asked, her reply was, “That’s why we don’t give wait times.” Other customers hearing this having observed our plight and witness preferential treatment, and quoted wait times made their exit with us. This of course does not even account for the customers with Reservations who gave up due to the commitment made not being honored.
I do not recommend the Nakato Japanese Restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia to anyone. I owe this experience to poor customer service, and the management/hostess forgetting who their true customer is. The daily droves off the street or travelers from out of town who have heard it was nice, not the “VIP” who will patron, if lucky, once a month.
Good food, 1 hour wait even with reservation. Went there for a birthday dinner. We had reservations for the place, they didn't seat us until an hour later. Service was not great, they forgot a few of our orders and had to remind them multiple times. Great food though.
Great food, but parking lots lack security!. This is one of the more impressive hibachi restaurants that I have been to. Although my food was great (the little I did get to eat). I was in the restaurant not even 30 minutes before finding out that my car had been broken into which was parked in the restaurant's back lot. And after talking to some of the waitstaff, one reported seeing this same event happen twice already since they have been working there. So in my opinion, Nakato is a good Japanese restaurant, but they need to spruce up their security! They should seriously consider investing in some cameras for their parking lots.
My Fave. Nakato's is the reason that hibachi is my favorite cousine .
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