DOMO Japanese Country Foods Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 1365 Osage St

    Denver, CO 80204

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  • 303-595-3666

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Daily 11am-2pm, Daily 5pm-10pm

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Great fresh food and traditional Japanese meals. The portions are gigantic and worthy of bringing home with you. I had the maguro tuna and the ramen noodle bowl, it was delicious. Highly recommend :)

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★★★★★

Great fresh food and traditional Japanese meals. The portions are gigantic and worthy of bringing home with you. I had the maguro tuna and the ramen noodle bowl, it was delicious. Highly recommend :)

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Went there on 8/18/10 with 5 friends. I love sushi, LOVE sushi. However, this sushi was different. I didn't care for the style and the combination of tastes put together for a meal. A friend and I ordered the maguro tuna sashimi and it came out smelling foul and tasting worse. It was definitely not fresh! No question! I have eaten tons of tuna in my life and this was just not fresh and not the quality I expected.

When I called our server's attention to this he told me that I didn't know what fresh fish was like. Not wanting to get in an argument or detail the literally hundreds of times I've had raw tuna, I asked if we could just get something else since we didn't think the quality was what it should be. He said he'd have to talk to the manager and stomped off, but then never came back! He didn't come back to our table for at least 15 minutes and when he did he ignored us. When I asked him about a new meal, he smugly said he talked to the manager and the fish is fresh, end of story.

I was insulted and felt that for a large party ordering loads of food and drink this was beyond rude. None of us will ever go there again. I don't know if someone ordered it for takeout and didn't pick it up and then they served it to us or what. The food and service were terrible! Please do not encourage their rude behavior by patronizing this place. There are many other Japanese restaurants more deserving.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went there on 8/18/10 with 5 friends. I love sushi, LOVE sushi. However, this sushi was different. I didn't care for the style and the combination of tastes put together for a meal. A friend and I ordered the maguro tuna sashimi and it came out smelling foul and tasting worse. It was definitely not fresh! No question! I have eaten tons of tuna in my life and this was just not fresh and not the quality I expected.

When I called our server's attention to this he told me that I didn't know what fresh fish was like. Not wanting to get in an argument or detail the literally hundreds of times I've had raw tuna, I asked if we could just get something else since we didn't think the quality was what it should be. He said he'd have to talk to the manager and stomped off, but then never came back! He didn't come back to our table for at least 15 minutes and when he did he ignored us. When I asked him about a new meal, he smugly said he talked to the manager and the fish is fresh, end of story.

I was insulted and felt that for a large party ordering loads of food and drink this was beyond rude. None of us will ever go there again. I don't know if someone ordered it for takeout and didn't pick it up and then they served it to us or what. The food and service were terrible! Please do not encourage their rude behavior by patronizing this place. There are many other Japanese restaurants more deserving.

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I had a horrible experience at lunch at Domo Japanese Restaurant today. I read their website before going there and knew that ??authentic? meant different according to them and I was ready for that. For example, they don??t have any soy sauce there supposedly not to overpower the ??delicate tastes?. Just sounds like a good way to save on soy sauce costs from what I experienced. Now here??s a clue: whenever a restaurant??s marketing makes it sound like they are doing you a favor by allowing you the privilege of eating there, steer clear!

I love sushi so I ordered the 3rd item in the sashimi section, the ??nori toro?. The top level description of the sashimi section on the menu says ??sliced fish?, so that??s what I was expecting. Sashimi means sliced fish everywhere you go. If I had been reading carefully like a contract I would have seen that the 3rd item says ??minced? way down at the bottom. You may want to consult your attorney before ordering at Domo and make sure that you understand all the terms of the contract, er uh menu.

After a LONG wait my waitress came with the food, set it down and ran off quickly. No how's that? No checkback, nothing. I didn??t see that it was just a few measly tidbits of chopped ??fish? until she was gone and she didn??t come back for a long time. I wasn??t even sure what I was looking at in the bowl. Finally I figured out that was supposed to be the fish, so I tried to call her back. There wasn??t much fish there at all and the little bit that was there looked like somebody had already eaten it and puked in into the bowl.

While I was waiting I looked around at other people??s dishes and saw that they were all these skimpy ??pretty on the plate? style dishes. No one was leaving there stuffed. Finally after a long time the waitress came back and I told her that I wasn??t expecting chopped fish and that I would like her to ask the kitchen if they would give me a different sashimi replacement. She said ok she would ask. I ate the side dishes while I waited a long time but didn??t touch the sashimi. I also told both the 2 hostesses that I was very unhappy and didn??t expect or like the chopped fish. Finally after a long time I had to call the waitress back and asked her what the kitchen said. I could tell that she hadn't even talk to them about it. She said that because I ate the side dishes I was basically screwed. I wasn??t asking for a whole meal just a main course replacement. THE WORST PART WAS THAT NOBOBY CARED, NOBODY GAVE A DAMM AND NOBODY OFFERED TO MAKE IT RIGHT IN ANY WAY WHATSOVER. I never felt so de-valued in all my life. My ex-wife doesn??t even treat me with such utter contempt! So I left hungry and $10.26 poorer.

Then I thought, I??ll email the sensei, the Head Honcho, Master Domo himself! Surely he will understand customer service and make things right. But guess what! No response from the sensei. Nothing, nada, zip! So since absolutely no one there cares, I thought I??d tell all of you about the little puke fish. And so Chef Domo whatever you do please don??t give me that ??authentic? speech that??s on your website. By the time I wrote you I wasn't even looking for anything from you besides an acknowledgement. I was simply under the delusion that you might like to improve your customer service. How nave I was! Among many other things, you should instruct your waiters to tell people that the nori toro is chopped, not sliced like everyone in all of America expects it to be. By the way, if your place were really authentic, everyone would all leave their shoes at the door and they would be sitting on the floor in there. But don't worry, you won't find me there again!

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★☆☆☆☆

I had a horrible experience at lunch at Domo Japanese Restaurant today. I read their website before going there and knew that ??authentic? meant different according to them and I was ready for that. For example, they don??t have any soy sauce there supposedly not to overpower the ??delicate tastes?. Just sounds like a good way to save on soy sauce costs from what I experienced. Now here??s a clue: whenever a restaurant??s marketing makes it sound like they are doing you a favor by allowing you the privilege of eating there, steer clear!

I love sushi so I ordered the 3rd item in the sashimi section, the ??nori toro?. The top level description of the sashimi section on the menu says ??sliced fish?, so that??s what I was expecting. Sashimi means sliced fish everywhere you go. If I had been reading carefully like a contract I would have seen that the 3rd item says ??minced? way down at the bottom. You may want to consult your attorney before ordering at Domo and make sure that you understand all the terms of the contract, er uh menu.

After a LONG wait my waitress came with the food, set it down and ran off quickly. No how's that? No checkback, nothing. I didn??t see that it was just a few measly tidbits of chopped ??fish? until she was gone and she didn??t come back for a long time. I wasn??t even sure what I was looking at in the bowl. Finally I figured out that was supposed to be the fish, so I tried to call her back. There wasn??t much fish there at all and the little bit that was there looked like somebody had already eaten it and puked in into the bowl.

While I was waiting I looked around at other people??s dishes and saw that they were all these skimpy ??pretty on the plate? style dishes. No one was leaving there stuffed. Finally after a long time the waitress came back and I told her that I wasn??t expecting chopped fish and that I would like her to ask the kitchen if they would give me a different sashimi replacement. She said ok she would ask. I ate the side dishes while I waited a long time but didn??t touch the sashimi. I also told both the 2 hostesses that I was very unhappy and didn??t expect or like the chopped fish. Finally after a long time I had to call the waitress back and asked her what the kitchen said. I could tell that she hadn't even talk to them about it. She said that because I ate the side dishes I was basically screwed. I wasn??t asking for a whole meal just a main course replacement. THE WORST PART WAS THAT NOBOBY CARED, NOBODY GAVE A DAMM AND NOBODY OFFERED TO MAKE IT RIGHT IN ANY WAY WHATSOVER. I never felt so de-valued in all my life. My ex-wife doesn??t even treat me with such utter contempt! So I left hungry and $10.26 poorer.

Then I thought, I??ll email the sensei, the Head Honcho, Master Domo himself! Surely he will understand customer service and make things right. But guess what! No response from the sensei. Nothing, nada, zip! So since absolutely no one there cares, I thought I??d tell all of you about the little puke fish. And so Chef Domo whatever you do please don??t give me that ??authentic? speech that??s on your website. By the time I wrote you I wasn't even looking for anything from you besides an acknowledgement. I was simply under the delusion that you might like to improve your customer service. How nave I was! Among many other things, you should instruct your waiters to tell people that the nori toro is chopped, not sliced like everyone in all of America expects it to be. By the way, if your place were really authentic, everyone would all leave their shoes at the door and they would be sitting on the floor in there. But don't worry, you won't find me there again!

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I had a horrible experience at lunch at Domo Japanese Restaurant today. I read their website before going there and knew that ??authentic? meant different according to them and I was ready for that. For example, they don??t have any soy sauce there supposedly not to overpower the ??delicate tastes?. Just sounds like a good way to save on soy sauce costs from what I experienced. Now here??s a clue: whenever a restaurant??s marketing makes it sound like they are doing you a favor by allowing you the privilege of eating there, steer clear!

I love sushi so I ordered the 3rd item in the sashimi section, the ??nori toro?. The top level description of the sashimi section on the menu says ??sliced fish?, so that??s what I was expecting. Sashimi means sliced fish everywhere you go. If I had been reading carefully like a contract I would have seen that the 3rd item says ??minced? way down at the bottom. You may want to consult your attorney before ordering at Domo and make sure that you understand all the terms of the contract, er uh menu. My waitress came with the food, set it down and ran off quickly. I didn??t see that it was just a few measly tidbits of chopped ??fish? until she was gone and she didn??t come back for a long time. I wasn??t even sure what I was looking at in the bowl. Finally I figured out that was supposed to be the fish, so I tried to call her back. There wasn??t much fish there at all and the little bit that was there looked like somebody had already eaten it and puked in into the bowl.

While I was waiting I looked around at other people??s dishes and saw that they were all these ??pretty on the plate? dishes. No one was leaving there stuffed. Finally she came back and I told her that I wasn??t expecting chopped fish and that I would like her to ask the kitchen if they would give me a different sashimi replacement. She said ok she would ask. I ate the side dishes while I waited a long time but didn??t touch the sashimi. I also told both the 2 hostesses that I was very unhappy and didn??t expect or like the chopped fish. Finally after a long time I had to call the waitress back and asked her what the kitchen said. I could tell that she didn??t even talk to them about it. She said that because I ate the side dishes I was basically screwed. I wasn??t asking for a whole meal just a main course replacement. THE WORST PART WAS THAT NOBOBY CARED, NOBODY GAVE A DAMM AND NOBODY OFFERED TO MAKE IT RIGHT IN ANY WAY WHATSOVER. So I left hungry and $10.26 poorer. So I thought, I??ll email the sensei, the Head Honcho, Master Domo himself. Surely he will understand customer service and make things right. But guess what! No response from the sensei. Nothing, nada, zip! So since absolutely no one there cares, I thought I??d tell all of you about the little puke fish. And so Chef Domo whatever you do please don??t give me that ??authentic? speech that??s on your website. When I wrote you I didn??t even want you to give me anything. I was simply under the delusion that you like to improve your customer service. You should instruct your waiters to tell people that the nori toro is chopped, not sliced like everyone in all of America expects it to be. By the way, if your place were really authentic, everyone would all leave their shoes at the door and would be sitting on the floor in there.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had a horrible experience at lunch at Domo Japanese Restaurant today. I read their website before going there and knew that ??authentic? meant different according to them and I was ready for that. For example, they don??t have any soy sauce there supposedly not to overpower the ??delicate tastes?. Just sounds like a good way to save on soy sauce costs from what I experienced. Now here??s a clue: whenever a restaurant??s marketing makes it sound like they are doing you a favor by allowing you the privilege of eating there, steer clear!

I love sushi so I ordered the 3rd item in the sashimi section, the ??nori toro?. The top level description of the sashimi section on the menu says ??sliced fish?, so that??s what I was expecting. Sashimi means sliced fish everywhere you go. If I had been reading carefully like a contract I would have seen that the 3rd item says ??minced? way down at the bottom. You may want to consult your attorney before ordering at Domo and make sure that you understand all the terms of the contract, er uh menu. My waitress came with the food, set it down and ran off quickly. I didn??t see that it was just a few measly tidbits of chopped ??fish? until she was gone and she didn??t come back for a long time. I wasn??t even sure what I was looking at in the bowl. Finally I figured out that was supposed to be the fish, so I tried to call her back. There wasn??t much fish there at all and the little bit that was there looked like somebody had already eaten it and puked in into the bowl.

While I was waiting I looked around at other people??s dishes and saw that they were all these ??pretty on the plate? dishes. No one was leaving there stuffed. Finally she came back and I told her that I wasn??t expecting chopped fish and that I would like her to ask the kitchen if they would give me a different sashimi replacement. She said ok she would ask. I ate the side dishes while I waited a long time but didn??t touch the sashimi. I also told both the 2 hostesses that I was very unhappy and didn??t expect or like the chopped fish. Finally after a long time I had to call the waitress back and asked her what the kitchen said. I could tell that she didn??t even talk to them about it. She said that because I ate the side dishes I was basically screwed. I wasn??t asking for a whole meal just a main course replacement. THE WORST PART WAS THAT NOBOBY CARED, NOBODY GAVE A DAMM AND NOBODY OFFERED TO MAKE IT RIGHT IN ANY WAY WHATSOVER. So I left hungry and $10.26 poorer. So I thought, I??ll email the sensei, the Head Honcho, Master Domo himself. Surely he will understand customer service and make things right. But guess what! No response from the sensei. Nothing, nada, zip! So since absolutely no one there cares, I thought I??d tell all of you about the little puke fish. And so Chef Domo whatever you do please don??t give me that ??authentic? speech that??s on your website. When I wrote you I didn??t even want you to give me anything. I was simply under the delusion that you like to improve your customer service. You should instruct your waiters to tell people that the nori toro is chopped, not sliced like everyone in all of America expects it to be. By the way, if your place were really authentic, everyone would all leave their shoes at the door and would be sitting on the floor in there.

Pros: Right off the interstate

Cons: Arrogant, condescending attitude

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Going to Domo's is what I think going to a country Japanese restaurant would be like. The food is wonderful, and you can get some really unusual, delicious side dishes you could not find in any other Japanese restaurant in town. If you eat inside, it is like eating in a museum. And they have a great patio area.

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★★★★★

Going to Domo's is what I think going to a country Japanese restaurant would be like. The food is wonderful, and you can get some really unusual, delicious side dishes you could not find in any other Japanese restaurant in town. If you eat inside, it is like eating in a museum. And they have a great patio area.

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Domo was an amazing experience. It wasn't like a regular sushi resatuarant; it was more like what the Japanese had most of the time and it is more like bento boxes, etc. There is also a museum that showed what an old japanese house was like. The zen garden was beautiful.

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★★★★☆

Domo was an amazing experience. It wasn't like a regular sushi resatuarant; it was more like what the Japanese had most of the time and it is more like bento boxes, etc. There is also a museum that showed what an old japanese house was like. The zen garden was beautiful.

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Unique. Fun with a group. Good japanese country cooking.
It feels like you are in another time period.

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★★★★☆

Unique. Fun with a group. Good japanese country cooking.
It feels like you are in another time period.

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My partner and I used to frequent Domo weekly until we realized on our last visit that we are, in fact, not masochists and do not like being treated poorly despite how good the food is. Our service was heinous....Our server "Daisy" was totally unhelpful, ignored drink re-fill requests, and was basically totally aloof. I understand that part of Domo's authenticity effect is not making ANY changes to menu items but is it too much to ask for the shrimp tempura to be placed outside of the soup so it doesn't get soggy?? Apparently so, because our request (among others) was denied. In short, regardless of the food quality, Domo left a bad taste in my mouth...

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★☆☆☆☆

My partner and I used to frequent Domo weekly until we realized on our last visit that we are, in fact, not masochists and do not like being treated poorly despite how good the food is. Our service was heinous....Our server "Daisy" was totally unhelpful, ignored drink re-fill requests, and was basically totally aloof. I understand that part of Domo's authenticity effect is not making ANY changes to menu items but is it too much to ask for the shrimp tempura to be placed outside of the soup so it doesn't get soggy?? Apparently so, because our request (among others) was denied. In short, regardless of the food quality, Domo left a bad taste in my mouth...

Pros: Good food/ interesting ambiance

Cons: Pretty much the worst service...ever

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I have been coming here on at least once a week basis for years (pretty sure twice is more accurate and I usually bring at least 3 people with me) and since I work near by in Police Bldg I have brought many first timers who are now regulars at your restaurant.
I had guests from Europe here in Denver for 2 weeks. I told them so many stories about a fine establishment called domo, and by many, I do mean many stories?so they couldn??t wait to see the famous Domo! If they only knew?
My wife and I took our guests (5 altogether) and went to Domo Restaurant on a 09-24-09.
Once, Domo was a great establishment, but for me, those days are over since I am not coming back ever again.
What a total mess this fine establishment has become!
After 45 minutes (they promised to seat us in 10-15 minutes), we finally got our table! And I went to restroom twice in meantime and checked that 2 (yes TWO) tables were empty! When complained I was told that there is a big party of people inside and we just have to wait. Off course I checked again, the party was actually 6 people! That is the BIG party at your restaurant??? 6 adults and 6 kids ?? all of them 2 years old or less! And STILL 2 empty tables.
Two tables (which were seated 35 minutes AFTER we arrived), including a table of 6, were all served before us).
Our server NEVER came back to our table to check in with us. He took our order and went his way? never told that wait for food is going to be a long nightmare?
On top of all that my business partner (from Germany so he is used to cold) was literally shaking from the cold INSIDE!
I had to get up to alert waiter that a mistake had probably been made since we never received our orders. He said it is going to be another 20-30 minutes! And we were sitting at the table for at least 45! 90 minutes of waiting already!

Now, I do realize that mistakes can happen in all restaurants. I waited before at Domo for food? But this time it went overboard.
Your wait stuff kept telling us about ??big party they had and how busy kitchen is? but we were there and we KNOW how big of a party that was!

As we were exiting the restaurant (after 2 hours and never getting our orders) , we approached the host, and I told here the very same thing I am writing here but she did not give a damn! Instead, she turned around to newly arrived couple to show them their table. However that couple asked me what is going on (since they overheard the story) and I told the ?? they turned around and left Domo without a word! Now, that was not my intention but I will make sure that anyone I know find out about our experience. Never take your guests and especially your business guests to Domo! NEVER!I understand that limited server staff and limited cook staff is clearly the problem but that is your problem not mine.
It's sad that you as a owner, are not aware what's really going on now.
I almost cannot believe how horrible our experience was. If my wife wasn't with me, I would have blown a gasket! I've NEVER, EVER, EVER been treated so rudely. On top of that now I am a laughing stock of business partner! And for that I will make sure that I share this story with every single person I ever introduced to Domo!
Thanks a lot DOMO! But NEVER again!

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been coming here on at least once a week basis for years (pretty sure twice is more accurate and I usually bring at least 3 people with me) and since I work near by in Police Bldg I have brought many first timers who are now regulars at your restaurant.
I had guests from Europe here in Denver for 2 weeks. I told them so many stories about a fine establishment called domo, and by many, I do mean many stories?so they couldn??t wait to see the famous Domo! If they only knew?
My wife and I took our guests (5 altogether) and went to Domo Restaurant on a 09-24-09.
Once, Domo was a great establishment, but for me, those days are over since I am not coming back ever again.
What a total mess this fine establishment has become!
After 45 minutes (they promised to seat us in 10-15 minutes), we finally got our table! And I went to restroom twice in meantime and checked that 2 (yes TWO) tables were empty! When complained I was told that there is a big party of people inside and we just have to wait. Off course I checked again, the party was actually 6 people! That is the BIG party at your restaurant??? 6 adults and 6 kids ?? all of them 2 years old or less! And STILL 2 empty tables.
Two tables (which were seated 35 minutes AFTER we arrived), including a table of 6, were all served before us).
Our server NEVER came back to our table to check in with us. He took our order and went his way? never told that wait for food is going to be a long nightmare?
On top of all that my business partner (from Germany so he is used to cold) was literally shaking from the cold INSIDE!
I had to get up to alert waiter that a mistake had probably been made since we never received our orders. He said it is going to be another 20-30 minutes! And we were sitting at the table for at least 45! 90 minutes of waiting already!

Now, I do realize that mistakes can happen in all restaurants. I waited before at Domo for food? But this time it went overboard.
Your wait stuff kept telling us about ??big party they had and how busy kitchen is? but we were there and we KNOW how big of a party that was!

As we were exiting the restaurant (after 2 hours and never getting our orders) , we approached the host, and I told here the very same thing I am writing here but she did not give a damn! Instead, she turned around to newly arrived couple to show them their table. However that couple asked me what is going on (since they overheard the story) and I told the ?? they turned around and left Domo without a word! Now, that was not my intention but I will make sure that anyone I know find out about our experience. Never take your guests and especially your business guests to Domo! NEVER!I understand that limited server staff and limited cook staff is clearly the problem but that is your problem not mine.
It's sad that you as a owner, are not aware what's really going on now.
I almost cannot believe how horrible our experience was. If my wife wasn't with me, I would have blown a gasket! I've NEVER, EVER, EVER been treated so rudely. On top of that now I am a laughing stock of business partner! And for that I will make sure that I share this story with every single person I ever introduced to Domo!
Thanks a lot DOMO! But NEVER again!

Pros: food is good, when it arrives...

Cons: everything else

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I have worked in food service for many years, and have eaten at Domo many times. The food is fantastic, the service is friendly and knowledgeable, and the ambience is amazing. You should sit in the garden when weather permits...it is beautiful and you forget that you are just a block off of Colfax. The ever-changing side dishes maintain a fun, unpredictable menu.

I am appalled at the discourteousness of some of the other reviews. A guest in ANY restaurant should never expect special treatment because of a dietary restriction, and that is something the person should know before they decide to leave their house to go out and eat. Chef's, especially those in upscale restaurants, prepare dishes in a certain manner, because they know what tastes best. People who do not want what is offered on the menu should stay home and cook for themselves (especially seafood at a Japanese restaurant!?!). It is unjust to give someone a bad review because of your medical problems or food aversions. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.

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★★★★★

I have worked in food service for many years, and have eaten at Domo many times. The food is fantastic, the service is friendly and knowledgeable, and the ambience is amazing. You should sit in the garden when weather permits...it is beautiful and you forget that you are just a block off of Colfax. The ever-changing side dishes maintain a fun, unpredictable menu.

I am appalled at the discourteousness of some of the other reviews. A guest in ANY restaurant should never expect special treatment because of a dietary restriction, and that is something the person should know before they decide to leave their house to go out and eat. Chef's, especially those in upscale restaurants, prepare dishes in a certain manner, because they know what tastes best. People who do not want what is offered on the menu should stay home and cook for themselves (especially seafood at a Japanese restaurant!?!). It is unjust to give someone a bad review because of your medical problems or food aversions. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.

Pros: Food, ambience, culture, service

Cons: None.

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Domo is the result of Gaku Homma's unique vision - for those who want a sushi bar, I recommend going someplace else. The food here is as close to the cuisine of the peasantry where he grew up as he can make it. I appreciate the unique flavors and influences. When you go to Domo, try to go with an open mind and try to experience the vision of the chef, not a preconception of Japanese food.

We went there tonight with a friend and had a wonderful time. The food is delightful - from the sides served before the meal to the generous main portions, everything was tasty and well prepared. The hostess was gracious and our servers were polite.

2
★★★★★

Domo is the result of Gaku Homma's unique vision - for those who want a sushi bar, I recommend going someplace else. The food here is as close to the cuisine of the peasantry where he grew up as he can make it. I appreciate the unique flavors and influences. When you go to Domo, try to go with an open mind and try to experience the vision of the chef, not a preconception of Japanese food.

We went there tonight with a friend and had a wonderful time. The food is delightful - from the sides served before the meal to the generous main portions, everything was tasty and well prepared. The hostess was gracious and our servers were polite.

Pros: great, unique food, good service,

Cons: a bit pricey

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My boyfriend and I went here for a special occasion, and like everyone says the hostess was pretty rude, luckily our server was super sweet. She was pretty good with explaining to us the food - but then again you can't change anything in the dishes which is a little odd to me. The food was delicious though, but the sake was not so great because it was luke warm (which I had asked for chilled) Anyways, I would really have to be in the mood to come back here...

1
★★★☆☆

My boyfriend and I went here for a special occasion, and like everyone says the hostess was pretty rude, luckily our server was super sweet. She was pretty good with explaining to us the food - but then again you can't change anything in the dishes which is a little odd to me. The food was delicious though, but the sake was not so great because it was luke warm (which I had asked for chilled) Anyways, I would really have to be in the mood to come back here...

Pros: Decent food

Cons: Hostess.

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If you like a little S&M you'll love this place. I have never been treated so rudely, so consistently anywhere in the world. I could detail the service atrocities I've endured here but they pretty much parallel the rest of the one start reviews. I worked as a bartender in a Japanese restaurant for many years and really loved the Japanese owners and staff for their unfailing graciousness in the face of some very ugly Americans. Domo must have a special interview process to be able to select the rudest possible servers available.

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★☆☆☆☆

If you like a little S&M you'll love this place. I have never been treated so rudely, so consistently anywhere in the world. I could detail the service atrocities I've endured here but they pretty much parallel the rest of the one start reviews. I worked as a bartender in a Japanese restaurant for many years and really loved the Japanese owners and staff for their unfailing graciousness in the face of some very ugly Americans. Domo must have a special interview process to be able to select the rudest possible servers available.

Pros: beautiful place, food is good and generally tasty

Cons: service

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Impressive traditional japanese country restaurant with beautiful picturesque gardens. The Restaurant is a bit pricey, bit the portions are huge and the quality is excellent.

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★★★★☆

Impressive traditional japanese country restaurant with beautiful picturesque gardens. The Restaurant is a bit pricey, bit the portions are huge and the quality is excellent.

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I have been to Domo's many times and in the past generally the only problems I've had is slow service. Which is fine when you have good company and can enjoy either the interesting decorated inside or garden outside.

However, when a problem arises is when a restaurant can really shine or in this case fall out of the sky with both wings on fire and everyone screaming all the way to their demise.

My girlfriend ordered the Tojimono dish with shrimp, she is allergic to wheat (gluten) and since soy sauce usually has a lot of wheat ordered the miso broth. The problem came when they served the dish and the shrimp actually turned out to be tempura shrimp breaded in panko (bead crumbs). She informed the server that she could not eat the shrimp because it was breaded and could they just give her shrimp like I had which were just plain, to which the server said 'no'. The dish was taken away and the waitress shows up telling us that we should have told her that my girlfriend could not eat wheat and hinted that if she would like to order something else she would be charged again. Now if the menu had said shrimp tempura and we ordered it and complained that the dish had shrimp tempura I can sort of understand, however when it says shrimp I do not assume that it comes tempura style. They specify that the udon comes with tempura shrimp, so why not for this other dish?

Anyways several people came over to talk with us, all confused that we should have some how known that shrimp actually meant shrimp tempura. Finally the owner came in and shooed the other waitstaff away like little flies. At this point my girlfriend was so upset she did not want anything to replace her dish, so instead was charged $7 for the side dishes. I've never been to a place where they were so hostile to their customers. The wait staff who from what I can gather are also the students at the on site akido school. It is quite clear that they do not want to be serving in the restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been to Domo's many times and in the past generally the only problems I've had is slow service. Which is fine when you have good company and can enjoy either the interesting decorated inside or garden outside.

However, when a problem arises is when a restaurant can really shine or in this case fall out of the sky with both wings on fire and everyone screaming all the way to their demise.

My girlfriend ordered the Tojimono dish with shrimp, she is allergic to wheat (gluten) and since soy sauce usually has a lot of wheat ordered the miso broth. The problem came when they served the dish and the shrimp actually turned out to be tempura shrimp breaded in panko (bead crumbs). She informed the server that she could not eat the shrimp because it was breaded and could they just give her shrimp like I had which were just plain, to which the server said 'no'. The dish was taken away and the waitress shows up telling us that we should have told her that my girlfriend could not eat wheat and hinted that if she would like to order something else she would be charged again. Now if the menu had said shrimp tempura and we ordered it and complained that the dish had shrimp tempura I can sort of understand, however when it says shrimp I do not assume that it comes tempura style. They specify that the udon comes with tempura shrimp, so why not for this other dish?

Anyways several people came over to talk with us, all confused that we should have some how known that shrimp actually meant shrimp tempura. Finally the owner came in and shooed the other waitstaff away like little flies. At this point my girlfriend was so upset she did not want anything to replace her dish, so instead was charged $7 for the side dishes. I've never been to a place where they were so hostile to their customers. The wait staff who from what I can gather are also the students at the on site akido school. It is quite clear that they do not want to be serving in the restaurant.

Pros: unique atmosphere

Cons: waitstaff, bizarre rules, "NO SOUP FOR YOU"

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Avoid this restaurant at all costs! We had the most terrible dining experience today. Our table of 9 had reservations, but still, it took them over 40 minutes to seat us. Then, when the waitress accidentally wrote down the wrong order for a member of our party, she refused to bring us the correct item. The suggested that we just eat it, or her other suggestion was that we share other food with her. The manager was nowhere to be found. All 9 of us ended up just getting up and leaving, after we spent over 1.5 hrs at the restaurant. At this point, they threatened to call the cops to force us to pay for food none of us actually touched!

The service is not worth the aggravation, the quality is lacking. Don't eat here!

0
★☆☆☆☆

Avoid this restaurant at all costs! We had the most terrible dining experience today. Our table of 9 had reservations, but still, it took them over 40 minutes to seat us. Then, when the waitress accidentally wrote down the wrong order for a member of our party, she refused to bring us the correct item. The suggested that we just eat it, or her other suggestion was that we share other food with her. The manager was nowhere to be found. All 9 of us ended up just getting up and leaving, after we spent over 1.5 hrs at the restaurant. At this point, they threatened to call the cops to force us to pay for food none of us actually touched!

The service is not worth the aggravation, the quality is lacking. Don't eat here!

Pros: Can't think of any at the moment

Cons: terrible service, high price, total lack of quality

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We went to Domo's yesterday, to celebrate a graduation. I will never forgive the waiters and owner for their utter lack of tact and courtesy. I wanted to substitute an item in my order as I am allergic to gluten. One of the waiters actually questioned the reality of my allergy! I should not have to explain exactly what will happen to my bowel movements if I injest breaded shrimp! They flat out refused to accomodate any sort of a request, and wanted to charge me for two items if I order something else off the menu. At one point, one of the waiters told us that my boyfriend should just eat my food - along with his $23 dish, I shouldn't have anything, and pay for both. When you go to an upscale restaurant, you expect service. I understand McDonalds not having substitutions, an possibly incompetent waiters. But when you are paying ove $100 for your table, there is no excuse.

If you want Japanese country cooking, go to Amu's in Boulder. You will not be disapointed by the service, quality or price. Stay away from Domo! The decor alone is not worth the terrible quaility, service, and sky high, unjustifiable prices!

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★☆☆☆☆

We went to Domo's yesterday, to celebrate a graduation. I will never forgive the waiters and owner for their utter lack of tact and courtesy. I wanted to substitute an item in my order as I am allergic to gluten. One of the waiters actually questioned the reality of my allergy! I should not have to explain exactly what will happen to my bowel movements if I injest breaded shrimp! They flat out refused to accomodate any sort of a request, and wanted to charge me for two items if I order something else off the menu. At one point, one of the waiters told us that my boyfriend should just eat my food - along with his $23 dish, I shouldn't have anything, and pay for both. When you go to an upscale restaurant, you expect service. I understand McDonalds not having substitutions, an possibly incompetent waiters. But when you are paying ove $100 for your table, there is no excuse.

If you want Japanese country cooking, go to Amu's in Boulder. You will not be disapointed by the service, quality or price. Stay away from Domo! The decor alone is not worth the terrible quaility, service, and sky high, unjustifiable prices!

Pros: The garden is nice, but not worth the price

Cons: Service is TERRIBLE, food below mediocre, management is AWFUL

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We were recommended by someone who spent 6 years in Japan. On arrival, we were promptly and properly greeted, seated and watered. We ate in the garden, (so did everyone else!). The service was excellent, complete with a team spirit exuded by the staff. The waiter was from south America and quite shy and proper, and attentive. The food presentation was impressive and delicious - and lots of it! So much we had to take some home. The edamame side dish was our only source of disappointment. The miso broth was delicious and the seven little side dishes that come with entres were excellent.

We can't wait to go back!

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★★★★★

We were recommended by someone who spent 6 years in Japan. On arrival, we were promptly and properly greeted, seated and watered. We ate in the garden, (so did everyone else!). The service was excellent, complete with a team spirit exuded by the staff. The waiter was from south America and quite shy and proper, and attentive. The food presentation was impressive and delicious - and lots of it! So much we had to take some home. The edamame side dish was our only source of disappointment. The miso broth was delicious and the seven little side dishes that come with entres were excellent.

We can't wait to go back!

Pros: Ambience, service and food quality and presentation

Cons: could be difficult to enjoy the outside on a rainy night.

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Ok, I have to admit, I didn't try the food. Why not? Because, we basically got thrown out. Allow me to explain. A friend was excited to hold her birthday party here, as she was a fan. My wife is allergic to seafood, and wanted to stay home, but was talked into coming to celebrate the occasion with the hope that we could work around the allergy- we've been able to do it at other sushi restaurants. We realized right away we were in trouble when we saw that an entree HAD to be ordered in order to stay. I can understand that, and we usually can get around that be ordering something non-fish. However, in Domo's case there is a disclaimer on the back of the menu that says they cannot accommodate food allergies in any way. The waitress- named for a popular flower- insisted my wife order something or leave. When we brought up their disclaimer and tried to explain that it was basically Russian Roulette with her allergy, the waitress insisted a meat dish would be fine. So, basically one policy- order or leave- was being ruthlessly enforced, while a disclaimer that could send us to the hospital was being brushed aside on the word of a rude 19 year old. We were there at the invitation of a friend to celebrate a birthday, and the amount we would have dropped would have more then made up for any inconvenience of a missing entree... We were more then willing to work with them, but the waitress was so rude and unbending that she ended up embarrassing everyone involved. It could have been a fine evening, but instead we were badgered by the waitress and told to leave (when we asked to speak to a manager we were told there was no manager available.) We left- all 12 of us. Way to go Domo! You rock.

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★☆☆☆☆

Ok, I have to admit, I didn't try the food. Why not? Because, we basically got thrown out. Allow me to explain. A friend was excited to hold her birthday party here, as she was a fan. My wife is allergic to seafood, and wanted to stay home, but was talked into coming to celebrate the occasion with the hope that we could work around the allergy- we've been able to do it at other sushi restaurants. We realized right away we were in trouble when we saw that an entree HAD to be ordered in order to stay. I can understand that, and we usually can get around that be ordering something non-fish. However, in Domo's case there is a disclaimer on the back of the menu that says they cannot accommodate food allergies in any way. The waitress- named for a popular flower- insisted my wife order something or leave. When we brought up their disclaimer and tried to explain that it was basically Russian Roulette with her allergy, the waitress insisted a meat dish would be fine. So, basically one policy- order or leave- was being ruthlessly enforced, while a disclaimer that could send us to the hospital was being brushed aside on the word of a rude 19 year old. We were there at the invitation of a friend to celebrate a birthday, and the amount we would have dropped would have more then made up for any inconvenience of a missing entree... We were more then willing to work with them, but the waitress was so rude and unbending that she ended up embarrassing everyone involved. It could have been a fine evening, but instead we were badgered by the waitress and told to leave (when we asked to speak to a manager we were told there was no manager available.) We left- all 12 of us. Way to go Domo! You rock.

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While the atmosphere was lovely, the food was not. We were very disappointed with the quality. To make matters worse, our waitress refused to give us some soy sauce for our plain brown rice and underseasoned shumai. I couldn't believe that even the shumai was not served with dipping sauce. Instead, soy sauce was drizzled over the shumai, with the excess dripping through the bamboo steamer on to the plate below. When I asked the waitress for some more soy sauce, she replied, "We don't give any condiments." I said that I thought the food would taste better if I could add some soy sauce and she lifted up the steamer and pointed to the pathetic soy sauce drops on the plate and said, "there's some more right here." I couldn't believe it. Arrogance like that is just not what I'm looking for when I go out to eat. We ended up leaving hungry and ticked off, and made our way to Starbucks, where they always make it how the customer likes it. Domo, get off your high horse and make your customers happy.

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★☆☆☆☆

While the atmosphere was lovely, the food was not. We were very disappointed with the quality. To make matters worse, our waitress refused to give us some soy sauce for our plain brown rice and underseasoned shumai. I couldn't believe that even the shumai was not served with dipping sauce. Instead, soy sauce was drizzled over the shumai, with the excess dripping through the bamboo steamer on to the plate below. When I asked the waitress for some more soy sauce, she replied, "We don't give any condiments." I said that I thought the food would taste better if I could add some soy sauce and she lifted up the steamer and pointed to the pathetic soy sauce drops on the plate and said, "there's some more right here." I couldn't believe it. Arrogance like that is just not what I'm looking for when I go out to eat. We ended up leaving hungry and ticked off, and made our way to Starbucks, where they always make it how the customer likes it. Domo, get off your high horse and make your customers happy.

Pros: Ambiance

Cons: Everything else

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I have to say, I really enjoyed my experience at Domo. The seating wasn't as horrible as everyone says. Really, it's just a wooden bench. I've eaten at plenty of restaurants in Japan than actually had a smooth wooden bench for the seating. If you are really sensitive about your seats, try the ones not around the walls, some of those had padding. The seats were a little close together though.

I did find it really weird eating that type of Japanese food at a nice restaurant. I mean gyoza, udon, soba, and donburi were everyday meals for me in Japan, not something you'd spend lots of money for. That being said, it was authentic Japanese food with that distinct Japanese flavor to it. I was half expecting the gyoza to taste like jiaozi(Chinese), but it actually tasted Japanese. My friend tried the Jasmine tea and said it was excellent.

We went during lunch and our group of 10 was seated fairly quickly, we only had to wait for them to set up the table. The service wasn't extremely friendly, but it wasn't bad either. They regularly came around asking if we needed refills. And once again comparing it to my experience in Japan, it was MORE service than I would expect there. In Japan, they have a little buzzer at your table if you need something. At some restaurants you will never see your waiter unless you pressed that buzzer. Maybe I should recommend they get a buzzer system...

The atmosphere was nice. The decor was awesome, plus they had a little garden and museum outside. There's also an aikido dojo, but there weren't any practices at the time we were there.

Overall, I really enjoyed it and would recommend it for anyone wanting to try Japanese food. Go at lunch though, because the food wasn't THAT good for an extra $10 a meal.

2
★★★★★

I have to say, I really enjoyed my experience at Domo. The seating wasn't as horrible as everyone says. Really, it's just a wooden bench. I've eaten at plenty of restaurants in Japan than actually had a smooth wooden bench for the seating. If you are really sensitive about your seats, try the ones not around the walls, some of those had padding. The seats were a little close together though.

I did find it really weird eating that type of Japanese food at a nice restaurant. I mean gyoza, udon, soba, and donburi were everyday meals for me in Japan, not something you'd spend lots of money for. That being said, it was authentic Japanese food with that distinct Japanese flavor to it. I was half expecting the gyoza to taste like jiaozi(Chinese), but it actually tasted Japanese. My friend tried the Jasmine tea and said it was excellent.

We went during lunch and our group of 10 was seated fairly quickly, we only had to wait for them to set up the table. The service wasn't extremely friendly, but it wasn't bad either. They regularly came around asking if we needed refills. And once again comparing it to my experience in Japan, it was MORE service than I would expect there. In Japan, they have a little buzzer at your table if you need something. At some restaurants you will never see your waiter unless you pressed that buzzer. Maybe I should recommend they get a buzzer system...

The atmosphere was nice. The decor was awesome, plus they had a little garden and museum outside. There's also an aikido dojo, but there weren't any practices at the time we were there.

Overall, I really enjoyed it and would recommend it for anyone wanting to try Japanese food. Go at lunch though, because the food wasn't THAT good for an extra $10 a meal.

Pros: Ambience, Gardens, Food

Cons: Dinner Price, Close Seating

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The wankosushi is very good, and is different from other sushi restaurants in town. Prices are a little higher, but a lot of that is for the ambience, which is worth it.

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★★★★☆

The wankosushi is very good, and is different from other sushi restaurants in town. Prices are a little higher, but a lot of that is for the ambience, which is worth it.

Pros: Wankosushi, Ambience

Cons: Service, Seating

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I have been to a lot of Japanese restaurants. I live in NYC! This one was underwelming, at best. The staff was not interested. The food took forever and still was not up to par. The $106 our tab came to was certainly not equal to what we received in the way of food, though the tea was really good! Also, Emily the manager is to be avoided at all costs. She is officially the most annoying, pushy, downright rude person I have ever met in the food service industry.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I have been to a lot of Japanese restaurants. I live in NYC! This one was underwelming, at best. The staff was not interested. The food took forever and still was not up to par. The $106 our tab came to was certainly not equal to what we received in the way of food, though the tea was really good! Also, Emily the manager is to be avoided at all costs. She is officially the most annoying, pushy, downright rude person I have ever met in the food service industry.

Pros: There was good tea!

Cons: Nothing else was good.

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We were there for a Friday night "Datenight". We got there early, so seating wasn't a problem, although the line when we left was long. Ambience was amazing, the decor and garden are second to none here in Denver. The cut off logs they use a seats look amazing but are extremely uncomfortable. Service was extremely disappointing. When the staff came out (not very often), they weren't friendly, helpful or courteous. They greet you in Japanese when you come in, as many Japanese restaurants do. I attempted to practice my Japanese and tried to order tea (after a long wait to flag down the non-existant waitress). Unfortunately, she didn't speak Japanese. Not a problem, but the obvious, impatient, and loud sigh followed by a "uh!" was not appreciated. I've been to Japan several times and my wife is Japanese. The food they serve there may fool people that don't know Japanese food, but let me assure you, it is NOT authentic Japanese country cooking. The increadible ambience, coupled with a generally unknowing public, and the expectations that "this must be good with these prices" are what wins this restaurant the awards it has received. The food was obviously disappointing from somebody expecting authentic, but would be good for somebody who doesn't know the difference. Also, don't expect the staff to be knowledgable. They mis-identified several of the dishes they served us! The policy with the condiments is absurd also. If they don't want to put it on the table, fine, but if it's requested then I feel it should be provided. For the price we were paying, we felt the only thing going for it was the ambience. I will NEVER go here again, even if somebody else was paying. I'd just tell them to drop me off at the Burger King a block up the street!

0
★☆☆☆☆

We were there for a Friday night "Datenight". We got there early, so seating wasn't a problem, although the line when we left was long. Ambience was amazing, the decor and garden are second to none here in Denver. The cut off logs they use a seats look amazing but are extremely uncomfortable. Service was extremely disappointing. When the staff came out (not very often), they weren't friendly, helpful or courteous. They greet you in Japanese when you come in, as many Japanese restaurants do. I attempted to practice my Japanese and tried to order tea (after a long wait to flag down the non-existant waitress). Unfortunately, she didn't speak Japanese. Not a problem, but the obvious, impatient, and loud sigh followed by a "uh!" was not appreciated. I've been to Japan several times and my wife is Japanese. The food they serve there may fool people that don't know Japanese food, but let me assure you, it is NOT authentic Japanese country cooking. The increadible ambience, coupled with a generally unknowing public, and the expectations that "this must be good with these prices" are what wins this restaurant the awards it has received. The food was obviously disappointing from somebody expecting authentic, but would be good for somebody who doesn't know the difference. Also, don't expect the staff to be knowledgable. They mis-identified several of the dishes they served us! The policy with the condiments is absurd also. If they don't want to put it on the table, fine, but if it's requested then I feel it should be provided. For the price we were paying, we felt the only thing going for it was the ambience. I will NEVER go here again, even if somebody else was paying. I'd just tell them to drop me off at the Burger King a block up the street!

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Service, uncomfortable seats, service, price, not authentic, did I mention SERVICE!

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I am an events coordinator for Meetin dot org, (if you don't know who we are, check us out.) I am giving this place one star, only because they screwed us over so bad. I called many weeks in advance to make a group reservation. All I really wanted was them to set aside some space on a Monday night, (not a busy night for any resteraunts,) for my group for 5 or 10 minutes at 7 pm. Then after that they could do whatever they want with the space. They demanded a credit card to hold the space and recommended the buffet, $25.00 per head. The reservation was for 25 people and I tried my absolute best to give an accurate number for the reservation, however, in the end only 23 showed up. Keep in mind, this was not a corporate event, a wedding, or any other sort of special occasion, we were just a large group of singles wanting to try out a nice resteraunt. At the end of the night they billed us for the full 25 people because they "cooked for 25." Too bad, so sad. So, the person who put down his credit card was billed an extra $80.00. Pretty harsh.

Not only that, the service was pretty MIA. They put out the food, stuck a pitcher of water at the buffet as well, so they wouldn't have to check on us as often. They brought out the one beverage we each ordered at the beginning of the night and after that, forget it. We all got one plate each for the entire evening to take up back and forth to the buffet, (a health code violation,) and we had to get creative about what we wanted to do with all the edamame peels left over on our plate. One guy got smart and stuck an empty cup in the middle of the table for them.

The food was very unique and very delicious, however I am angry about the rest of the experience & was humiliated over the unexpected charges. I had to go around and take up a collection. Not a way to make a good impression with people. Thanks Domo.

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★☆☆☆☆

I am an events coordinator for Meetin dot org, (if you don't know who we are, check us out.) I am giving this place one star, only because they screwed us over so bad. I called many weeks in advance to make a group reservation. All I really wanted was them to set aside some space on a Monday night, (not a busy night for any resteraunts,) for my group for 5 or 10 minutes at 7 pm. Then after that they could do whatever they want with the space. They demanded a credit card to hold the space and recommended the buffet, $25.00 per head. The reservation was for 25 people and I tried my absolute best to give an accurate number for the reservation, however, in the end only 23 showed up. Keep in mind, this was not a corporate event, a wedding, or any other sort of special occasion, we were just a large group of singles wanting to try out a nice resteraunt. At the end of the night they billed us for the full 25 people because they "cooked for 25." Too bad, so sad. So, the person who put down his credit card was billed an extra $80.00. Pretty harsh.

Not only that, the service was pretty MIA. They put out the food, stuck a pitcher of water at the buffet as well, so they wouldn't have to check on us as often. They brought out the one beverage we each ordered at the beginning of the night and after that, forget it. We all got one plate each for the entire evening to take up back and forth to the buffet, (a health code violation,) and we had to get creative about what we wanted to do with all the edamame peels left over on our plate. One guy got smart and stuck an empty cup in the middle of the table for them.

The food was very unique and very delicious, however I am angry about the rest of the experience & was humiliated over the unexpected charges. I had to go around and take up a collection. Not a way to make a good impression with people. Thanks Domo.

Pros: Beautiful patio, delicious food.

Cons: Poor communication, lack of flexibility. Barely saw the wait staff.

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I have been to Domo only once, and the experience was very presant.
They have homestyle japanese food, which I think is very unique and cannot be found in other japanese restaurant in town. The quality of food is very good. They have good sake as well. Their patio is very nice. I recommend this place if you want to experience something different.

2
★★★★★

I have been to Domo only once, and the experience was very presant.
They have homestyle japanese food, which I think is very unique and cannot be found in other japanese restaurant in town. The quality of food is very good. They have good sake as well. Their patio is very nice. I recommend this place if you want to experience something different.

Pros: Unique menu

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Unfortunately I have to echo many previous reviewers by saying that the cuisine at Domo is amazing, but the service is pretty terrible. However, there is really no where else in town to get this kind of Japanese food, so that's why I think they've managed to stay so popular. The waits are hideously long, the service is spotty at best, but I dream about their "wankosushi"! I wish one of their staff members would open a restaurant with the same food, but more of an emphasis on customer service.

2
★★★★☆

Unfortunately I have to echo many previous reviewers by saying that the cuisine at Domo is amazing, but the service is pretty terrible. However, there is really no where else in town to get this kind of Japanese food, so that's why I think they've managed to stay so popular. The waits are hideously long, the service is spotty at best, but I dream about their "wankosushi"! I wish one of their staff members would open a restaurant with the same food, but more of an emphasis on customer service.

Pros: Amazing, unique cuisine

Cons: Long waits, spotty service, pricey

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I didn't know what to expect when we went to Domo, but everything about it was a pleasant experience. We had a bit of a wait, but nothing outrageous. The small waiting area is very interesting. I loved the atmosphere of the place, even though the little wooden stools you sit on could've been a little more comfortable. The food was very different from any Japanese restaurant I've been to (including the ones in Japan!), and included traditional nabemono (I believe this is a favorite soup of sumo wrestlers in training) and regional sushi that is served in small, palm-sized bowls. Delicious!! The prices may seem a bit high, but the large portions make up for it. They also have a nice tea selection. Overall, it was a fantastic dining experience. Who knew you could find Japanese food this great in Denver?!

2
★★★★★

I didn't know what to expect when we went to Domo, but everything about it was a pleasant experience. We had a bit of a wait, but nothing outrageous. The small waiting area is very interesting. I loved the atmosphere of the place, even though the little wooden stools you sit on could've been a little more comfortable. The food was very different from any Japanese restaurant I've been to (including the ones in Japan!), and included traditional nabemono (I believe this is a favorite soup of sumo wrestlers in training) and regional sushi that is served in small, palm-sized bowls. Delicious!! The prices may seem a bit high, but the large portions make up for it. They also have a nice tea selection. Overall, it was a fantastic dining experience. Who knew you could find Japanese food this great in Denver?!

Pros: Great food that you can get just anywhere, Neat ambience

Cons: Not-so-comfortable wooden stools

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I go to Domo for the food, not for the service. Actually, Japanese restaurants aren't known for great service so that is A-OK. You are better off going to Domo for lunch: where the portions and quality are consistently good. I ate there for dinner and it was horrible! Never again!

1
★★★☆☆

I go to Domo for the food, not for the service. Actually, Japanese restaurants aren't known for great service so that is A-OK. You are better off going to Domo for lunch: where the portions and quality are consistently good. I ate there for dinner and it was horrible! Never again!

Pros: Lunch

Cons: Dinner, Service

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This is much different from your average sushi hut, and this is a good thing. They specialize in Japanese country dining, meaning an emphasis in broth bowls teeming with meats or fish and noodles, grilled teriyaki offerings, and (my favorite) their particular way of serving sushi. Instead of the Americanized roll style sushi, you order small bowls of chopped fresh fish served with your choice of sauces. There is no way to eat sushi cheaply here, as you pick several to be served as a meal. But it's the most delicious sushi I've ever had, hands down! Don't miss the beautiful enclosed Japanese garden. Entrees range $12-25.

2
★★★★★

This is much different from your average sushi hut, and this is a good thing. They specialize in Japanese country dining, meaning an emphasis in broth bowls teeming with meats or fish and noodles, grilled teriyaki offerings, and (my favorite) their particular way of serving sushi. Instead of the Americanized roll style sushi, you order small bowls of chopped fresh fish served with your choice of sauces. There is no way to eat sushi cheaply here, as you pick several to be served as a meal. But it's the most delicious sushi I've ever had, hands down! Don't miss the beautiful enclosed Japanese garden. Entrees range $12-25.

Pros: Great sushi, authentic atmosphere

Cons: Very small, service suffers for it

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I had read the reviews from this site before going to Domo, so my date and I actually went there exactly at 5:00 to make sure we got a table, and in hopes that the service would be a little better when it was less crowded. We had a great time, if I hadn't of heard about it I would have totally driven by without knowing it was a restaurant! the decor was beautiful and interesting, I wouldn't bring an elderly person here though, the stools were a little bit uncomfortable! The service was great, food was wonderful and interesting, although a bit expensive. It did take a longer time than normal to have dinner, but at a place like Domo, I really don't mind! As far as condiments are concerned, I never felt the need to use a condiment, the dishes were all well seasoned.

2
★★★★★

I had read the reviews from this site before going to Domo, so my date and I actually went there exactly at 5:00 to make sure we got a table, and in hopes that the service would be a little better when it was less crowded. We had a great time, if I hadn't of heard about it I would have totally driven by without knowing it was a restaurant! the decor was beautiful and interesting, I wouldn't bring an elderly person here though, the stools were a little bit uncomfortable! The service was great, food was wonderful and interesting, although a bit expensive. It did take a longer time than normal to have dinner, but at a place like Domo, I really don't mind! As far as condiments are concerned, I never felt the need to use a condiment, the dishes were all well seasoned.

Pros: Beautiful decor, delicious and interesting meals, parking available

Cons: a bit pricey

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Domo is so focused on what they consider to be their unique cuisine that it supercedes any reasonable customer satisfaction. They not only will not alter any dish, but this establishment will not provide customers any condiments such as shoyu and/or wasabi for the dish ordered. Unbelievable! Sadly, their most notable claim to uniqueness is their devalutaion of patrons by their over the top rigidity and inflexibiity in their insistence that the customer eat the dish exactly as it was prepared.

At the very least, Domo should post signs warning customers of their extreme rigidity, and the servers should help customers understand the nature of the dish they are ordering and inform them that no condiments or alterations will be allowed, prior to placing the order.

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★☆☆☆☆

Domo is so focused on what they consider to be their unique cuisine that it supercedes any reasonable customer satisfaction. They not only will not alter any dish, but this establishment will not provide customers any condiments such as shoyu and/or wasabi for the dish ordered. Unbelievable! Sadly, their most notable claim to uniqueness is their devalutaion of patrons by their over the top rigidity and inflexibiity in their insistence that the customer eat the dish exactly as it was prepared.

At the very least, Domo should post signs warning customers of their extreme rigidity, and the servers should help customers understand the nature of the dish they are ordering and inform them that no condiments or alterations will be allowed, prior to placing the order.

Pros: Parking.

Cons: Disregard for customer satisfaction.

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I went there on August 23. The greeter was lame and looked like he didn't want to be there. The food there SUPPOSED to be authentic, but far from it. They charge like Japanese restaurants do though. When I asked for "Shichimi" spice since the food was lame, the wait staff said they usually don't serve condiments. This was strange since they did use shichimi on Muguro-Don. I guess he just doesn't know what they even have in the kitchen. The server spilled some sauce on a jacket, but when I told about it to another wait staff, she didn't even bother to come by to apologize. Needless to say, I left ZERO tips. I won't go back there again.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went there on August 23. The greeter was lame and looked like he didn't want to be there. The food there SUPPOSED to be authentic, but far from it. They charge like Japanese restaurants do though. When I asked for "Shichimi" spice since the food was lame, the wait staff said they usually don't serve condiments. This was strange since they did use shichimi on Muguro-Don. I guess he just doesn't know what they even have in the kitchen. The server spilled some sauce on a jacket, but when I told about it to another wait staff, she didn't even bother to come by to apologize. Needless to say, I left ZERO tips. I won't go back there again.

Pros: may look authentic for untrained eye

Cons: Bad service sub par food

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I concur with those who said the service was sub-par. Drink orders were slow, food delivery was slow and bad, check splitting is a definite no-no, and it was a long wait between everything! We went with a group of 15 so I thought it was our size. I got the teriyaki hoping for something interesting, it was not. My husband went for the Sankai Nabe (spicy) - had a wonderful taste. The sides were all interesting and tastey. Atmosphere was fun and definitely something for a nice summer evening. I'd go again and try the sushi - eventaully, not rushing back.

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★★★☆☆

I concur with those who said the service was sub-par. Drink orders were slow, food delivery was slow and bad, check splitting is a definite no-no, and it was a long wait between everything! We went with a group of 15 so I thought it was our size. I got the teriyaki hoping for something interesting, it was not. My husband went for the Sankai Nabe (spicy) - had a wonderful taste. The sides were all interesting and tastey. Atmosphere was fun and definitely something for a nice summer evening. I'd go again and try the sushi - eventaully, not rushing back.

Pros: Interesting atmosphere, could be romantic and run

Cons: Service bad, some items on the menu are plain.

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Host very unfriendly. Did not want to answer questions like what does Domo mean? Or how long have you been here? Probably didn't know. Like don't talk to me! Wait staff very nice and friendly, but did not have any knowledge of the menu. Needed to be trained. Food is great. Gardens beautiful. Sushi is different, but good. Wouldn't necessarily go there for that.

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★★★★★

Host very unfriendly. Did not want to answer questions like what does Domo mean? Or how long have you been here? Probably didn't know. Like don't talk to me! Wait staff very nice and friendly, but did not have any knowledge of the menu. Needed to be trained. Food is great. Gardens beautiful. Sushi is different, but good. Wouldn't necessarily go there for that.

Pros: food

Cons: lack of knowledge

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I am always looking to bring people here who have never been. What a unique dining experience...and delicious! I am a huge fan of the jalapeno grilled tuna--fantastic! And the little taste-of-the-day dishes they bring out as part of your meal are always yummy and always a surprise. I have never had one I didn't like. I have found the prices to be reasonable and fair, so no complanits there. Great for a date--lunch or dinner. The outside garden is lovely, and the Japanese museum attached is also a treat. Truly a great time! Go when you have a few extra minutes for lunch though, as the service is spotty.

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★★★★★

I am always looking to bring people here who have never been. What a unique dining experience...and delicious! I am a huge fan of the jalapeno grilled tuna--fantastic! And the little taste-of-the-day dishes they bring out as part of your meal are always yummy and always a surprise. I have never had one I didn't like. I have found the prices to be reasonable and fair, so no complanits there. Great for a date--lunch or dinner. The outside garden is lovely, and the Japanese museum attached is also a treat. Truly a great time! Go when you have a few extra minutes for lunch though, as the service is spotty.

Pros: delicious, charming atmosphere, flavorful dishes

Cons: spotty service, availability of, certain fishes dishes

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The service when I went on 12/14 was great. We were seated immediately and the waitress/hosts were very courteous. The stump seats are somewhat uncomfortable, but I really enjoyed the overall ambience of the restaurant and all the Japanese artifacts hanging all over the walls. It feels like you're eating inside a hollowed-out tree or something.

I had the unagi (eel) tojimono and my date had the gyoza nabemono -- both were great. I highly recommend it. I'm not sure where all the complaints about the servers are coming from -- we had 2 or 3 of them who were checking up on us periodically and explaining the food to us. They were very helpful -- our waitress suggested the excellent tea for us also. Just excellent in almost all areas.

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★★★★★

The service when I went on 12/14 was great. We were seated immediately and the waitress/hosts were very courteous. The stump seats are somewhat uncomfortable, but I really enjoyed the overall ambience of the restaurant and all the Japanese artifacts hanging all over the walls. It feels like you're eating inside a hollowed-out tree or something.

I had the unagi (eel) tojimono and my date had the gyoza nabemono -- both were great. I highly recommend it. I'm not sure where all the complaints about the servers are coming from -- we had 2 or 3 of them who were checking up on us periodically and explaining the food to us. They were very helpful -- our waitress suggested the excellent tea for us also. Just excellent in almost all areas.

Pros: GREAT food, Atmosphere, Tea Selection

Cons: Seating, A Little Pricey

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Domo has some really wonderful things about it, service is NOT one of those things. The hostess was VERY unfriendly. Dishes were not cleared after courses and nothing was offered after dinner. I seriously dont think there is any sort of training involved to be a server there. For being such a fine dining place and the amount of money we spent, there should be care given to the customer. I really did not appreciate all the notes placed all over our table and entrees telling us what good manners are. I wanted to understand the cultural aspect of our dining experience but would have muched preffered to be taught by our waiter instead of being scolded by notes about what is and is not acceptable in their precious little restaurant. You dont have to leave me a note that says i shouldnt use my chopsticks like drumsticks! duh! Insulting!

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★★★☆☆

Domo has some really wonderful things about it, service is NOT one of those things. The hostess was VERY unfriendly. Dishes were not cleared after courses and nothing was offered after dinner. I seriously dont think there is any sort of training involved to be a server there. For being such a fine dining place and the amount of money we spent, there should be care given to the customer. I really did not appreciate all the notes placed all over our table and entrees telling us what good manners are. I wanted to understand the cultural aspect of our dining experience but would have muched preffered to be taught by our waiter instead of being scolded by notes about what is and is not acceptable in their precious little restaurant. You dont have to leave me a note that says i shouldnt use my chopsticks like drumsticks! duh! Insulting!

Pros: beautiful setting, good food

Cons: terrible service, unfriendly, over the top with rul

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Before I say anything else, don't take kids. The menu is quite limited and they won't like most things on the menu. Otherwise, it's a great pick. Sit outside if you can and take a look around their museum!

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★★★★☆

Before I say anything else, don't take kids. The menu is quite limited and they won't like most things on the menu. Otherwise, it's a great pick. Sit outside if you can and take a look around their museum!

Pros: Price, Quality, Ambience

Cons: Kids, Small portions, Hard to get to

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While not the best place to try sushi, Domo is worth a visit for other Japanese dishes. The inside is wonderful! I lived in Japan for 8 years and the place brought back memories! The only thing my wifed didn't care for, was everyone HAD to purchase an entree...you couldn't share. The price is a little steep, but, this is one place you have to try at least once.

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★★★★☆

While not the best place to try sushi, Domo is worth a visit for other Japanese dishes. The inside is wonderful! I lived in Japan for 8 years and the place brought back memories! The only thing my wifed didn't care for, was everyone HAD to purchase an entree...you couldn't share. The price is a little steep, but, this is one place you have to try at least once.

Pros: Atmoshpere

Cons: Sub-par Sushi, Expensive

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The food is very good and the interior interesting. Its a shame that the service is terrible.

As our server took our order, I spilled my water. She continued taking orders. Meanwhile, the uneven surface of the stone table created a river of water that flowed directly into the lap of someone I had just met.

Eventually, a towel was thrown on the table. I cleaned the mess myself; the wet towel and napkins stayed on the table. The glass was never retrieved. It just sat on the table -- an empty, dry reminder of my folly.

I expected another glass of water to come. It didnt. I asked for a refill. It never came.

18% was added to the total because we were a group of six. This squashed the motivation of the server to work.

Top-heavy glasses are a bad idea for a place with intentionally uneven tables.

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★★★☆☆

The food is very good and the interior interesting. Its a shame that the service is terrible.

As our server took our order, I spilled my water. She continued taking orders. Meanwhile, the uneven surface of the stone table created a river of water that flowed directly into the lap of someone I had just met.

Eventually, a towel was thrown on the table. I cleaned the mess myself; the wet towel and napkins stayed on the table. The glass was never retrieved. It just sat on the table -- an empty, dry reminder of my folly.

I expected another glass of water to come. It didnt. I asked for a refill. It never came.

18% was added to the total because we were a group of six. This squashed the motivation of the server to work.

Top-heavy glasses are a bad idea for a place with intentionally uneven tables.

Pros: Food, Parking

Cons: Service, Service, Top-heavy glasses

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The food was great! Ambiance was great! The log stools suck & I wonder if they're actually a secret joke, as in "Let's see how dumb these trendy Americans can get, paying big bucks to sit on tree stumps!"

But MUCH worse was the service. Some food was removed before we'd finished, drinks took FOREVER, & a cup of hot tea involved a 20-minute wait. How long does it take to make and serve tea? Maybe our server had to go to Japan to get it ...

Nonetheless, I've never dined somewhere so unique before, & probably will go back. While service is lame (as was my date), the food & atmosphere were so cool, I almost don't care how bad the service (and company) was.

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★★★★☆

The food was great! Ambiance was great! The log stools suck & I wonder if they're actually a secret joke, as in "Let's see how dumb these trendy Americans can get, paying big bucks to sit on tree stumps!"

But MUCH worse was the service. Some food was removed before we'd finished, drinks took FOREVER, & a cup of hot tea involved a 20-minute wait. How long does it take to make and serve tea? Maybe our server had to go to Japan to get it ...

Nonetheless, I've never dined somewhere so unique before, & probably will go back. While service is lame (as was my date), the food & atmosphere were so cool, I almost don't care how bad the service (and company) was.

Pros: Ambiance, Tasty Food, Unique Dining

Cons: , Tree stump chairs

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Food is above average and the atmosphere above average. However, service was lacking attention to requests and long wait times inbetween servings. The staff appeared less than friendly and the restaurant was about 1/2 capacity. It was an experience but I am not likely to repeat.

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★★★☆☆

Food is above average and the atmosphere above average. However, service was lacking attention to requests and long wait times inbetween servings. The staff appeared less than friendly and the restaurant was about 1/2 capacity. It was an experience but I am not likely to repeat.

Pros: Food, Atmosphere

Cons: , Staff Additude

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I found it best to dine outdoors, weather permitting. The garden was simply beautiful. The food was great -- flavors from Japanese cuisine I've not tasted from previous dining experiences. The service, though, was not so stellar. I had to flag down the server to take our orders and my drink came after dinner was served. Despite the service, it's definitely worth a try.

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★★★★☆

I found it best to dine outdoors, weather permitting. The garden was simply beautiful. The food was great -- flavors from Japanese cuisine I've not tasted from previous dining experiences. The service, though, was not so stellar. I had to flag down the server to take our orders and my drink came after dinner was served. Despite the service, it's definitely worth a try.

Pros: Food, Ambience

Cons: , Slow service

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I don't like sushi and so was a little worried about going to Domo but what a pleasant surprise. The dining room and garden seating are just beautiful. Had no wait problems but we did get there around 5:30 for dinner. The food was amazing!!! If you are a bit adventurous and like to try new things (or love sushi) this place is for you. We're lucky to have it in Denver.

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★★★★★

I don't like sushi and so was a little worried about going to Domo but what a pleasant surprise. The dining room and garden seating are just beautiful. Had no wait problems but we did get there around 5:30 for dinner. The food was amazing!!! If you are a bit adventurous and like to try new things (or love sushi) this place is for you. We're lucky to have it in Denver.

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Not your typical commercial Japanese restaurant. It has a wonderful museum and if you are there during Aikido classes you may get to observe them.

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★★★★★

Not your typical commercial Japanese restaurant. It has a wonderful museum and if you are there during Aikido classes you may get to observe them.

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It was one of the most remembered dinner I had last several months. Domo's garden dining is the best in Denver. If you can ignore occasional train passing (but distant) this is the place to eat and enjoy a romantic evening.

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★★★★★

It was one of the most remembered dinner I had last several months. Domo's garden dining is the best in Denver. If you can ignore occasional train passing (but distant) this is the place to eat and enjoy a romantic evening.

Pros: excellent garden, quick service, great choice of food

Cons: train noise, odd hours

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Want to Domo for a 40th birthday. Domo was interesting and the cuisine unusual. We arrived for our 7:30 psuedo-reservation (they only take names without promises) and had to wait nearly an hour. They also forgot to bring our drink order while we were waiting, which only added to our frustration. The interior dining room is quite lovely, however, once we finally made it there. My tuna sashimi was quite rich, but my boyfriend's grilled eel was delicious. The warm saki was the best we've ever had. While dining, it did feel as though we were in a different world...a different place...a different time. If we were actually in Japan, perhaps we would not have cared so much about the delay in seating. I try to give a restaurant a chance...so we have decided to give Domo a second try sometime soon.

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★★★☆☆

Want to Domo for a 40th birthday. Domo was interesting and the cuisine unusual. We arrived for our 7:30 psuedo-reservation (they only take names without promises) and had to wait nearly an hour. They also forgot to bring our drink order while we were waiting, which only added to our frustration. The interior dining room is quite lovely, however, once we finally made it there. My tuna sashimi was quite rich, but my boyfriend's grilled eel was delicious. The warm saki was the best we've ever had. While dining, it did feel as though we were in a different world...a different place...a different time. If we were actually in Japan, perhaps we would not have cared so much about the delay in seating. I try to give a restaurant a chance...so we have decided to give Domo a second try sometime soon.

Pros: inventive cuisine, lovely zen garden

Cons: long waits, inattentive service

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I wasn't expecting much from Denver's food scene so maybe that's why Domo was such a kick. While the decor is interesting (I'm not much on chairs that heavy), the cuisine was remarkable. Big servings often mean mediocre food but Domo managed to do both. Service was friendly but slow.

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★★★☆☆

I wasn't expecting much from Denver's food scene so maybe that's why Domo was such a kick. While the decor is interesting (I'm not much on chairs that heavy), the cuisine was remarkable. Big servings often mean mediocre food but Domo managed to do both. Service was friendly but slow.

Message from DOMO Japanese Country Foods Restaurant

Domo is a Japanese Country Foods restaurant located in Denver, Colorado. Also in this facility is a Japanese country museum and a traditional Japanese garden, making Domo a unique dining experience. Chef Gaku Homma is also the founder of Aikido Nippon Kan, located at the same address. Domo uses over 120 varieties of fresh seafood, meats and vegetables daily as well as many unique ingredients imported directly from the countryside of Northern Japan by Domo's owner and head Chef Gaku Homma.

 

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