Nakato Japanese Restaurant

★★★★☆
Defining Japanese traditions since 1972
  • 1776 Cheshire Bridge Rd Ne

    Atlanta, GA 30324

    Cross street: Piedmont Cir

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  • 404-537-2869

About Nakato Japanese Restaurant

Hours
MONDAY - THURSDAY 5:30pm - 10:00pm FRIDAY and SATURDAY 5:30pm - 11:00pm SUNDAY 5:00pm - 10:00pm We will be happy to open of for PRIVATE EVENTS for LUNCH. Please contact sachi@nakatorestaurant.com

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Really great food and service. Recommend to everyone.

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★★★★★

Really great food and service. Recommend to everyone.

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The sushi was great! Thanks!

2
★★★★★

The sushi was great! Thanks!

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Too many small children. Thought this would be a good place for my parents 65th and 69th BDay, but turns out we were also celebrating with lots of 6 and unders. Got over that. The cook only did a big flame and the fire volcano. No other tricks or entertainment. I was very disappointed. And..the food. Not enough. The cook did not bring enough food. Then he was heavy hand with the first two plates, but by the time he came to plates 6,7,8 we got so little food. To make matters worse, we were the people paying for this big party!! Good place for children parties. It was like a Kinder Kare without toys and games. Will not return. Did not get my money's worth or anywhere close.

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★☆☆☆☆

Too many small children. Thought this would be a good place for my parents 65th and 69th BDay, but turns out we were also celebrating with lots of 6 and unders. Got over that. The cook only did a big flame and the fire volcano. No other tricks or entertainment. I was very disappointed. And..the food. Not enough. The cook did not bring enough food. Then he was heavy hand with the first two plates, but by the time he came to plates 6,7,8 we got so little food. To make matters worse, we were the people paying for this big party!! Good place for children parties. It was like a Kinder Kare without toys and games. Will not return. Did not get my money's worth or anywhere close.

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This places is one of Atlanta's best kept secrets. They have a friendly staff and some of the best sushi in town. They prepare the food right in front of you, and can help you make a decison on your meal if you dont know what you want.

2
★★★★☆

This places is one of Atlanta's best kept secrets. They have a friendly staff and some of the best sushi in town. They prepare the food right in front of you, and can help you make a decison on your meal if you dont know what you want.

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I have always admired how sake is done and what it is made of.. aside from the fact that I love drinking it .. Nakato offers a variety to choose from , I will surely come back for more!

2
★★★★★

I have always admired how sake is done and what it is made of.. aside from the fact that I love drinking it .. Nakato offers a variety to choose from , I will surely come back for more!

Pros: sake

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I love Japanese Food.. ever since I have traveled to Japan 2 years ago .. I fell in love with their dishes...I find Nakato to be one those places that can really give you what you came for in a restaurant.. from the place .. to the staff and of course a toast to the food !

2
★★★★☆

I love Japanese Food.. ever since I have traveled to Japan 2 years ago .. I fell in love with their dishes...I find Nakato to be one those places that can really give you what you came for in a restaurant.. from the place .. to the staff and of course a toast to the food !

Pros: calamare , sushi

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I really had a satisfying meal over at Nakato. I usually order their Chef's Special and calamari. Nakato definitely tops my fave Japanese resto list!

2
★★★★★

I really had a satisfying meal over at Nakato. I usually order their Chef's Special and calamari. Nakato definitely tops my fave Japanese resto list!

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My sister visited me once with her Japanese friend. We ended up here to give him a taste of home. The attendants were so congenial and the service was superb! It was nice to know that our guest enjoyed it a lot since he had a feel of Japan in Atlanta.

2
★★★★☆

My sister visited me once with her Japanese friend. We ended up here to give him a taste of home. The attendants were so congenial and the service was superb! It was nice to know that our guest enjoyed it a lot since he had a feel of Japan in Atlanta.

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I was never really a fan of Japanese food. My colleague brought me here last Saturday and introduced me to their eccentric menu. We sent in our orders, and I found myself enjoying every bite of it. They definitely changed my taste for sushi. I was craving for more! It was truly a delightful experience.

2
★★★★★

I was never really a fan of Japanese food. My colleague brought me here last Saturday and introduced me to their eccentric menu. We sent in our orders, and I found myself enjoying every bite of it. They definitely changed my taste for sushi. I was craving for more! It was truly a delightful experience.

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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.

2
★★★★☆

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.

Pros: good sushi

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

Pros: A+ Sushi, Service and Show

Cons: Was a bit of a drive from my house.

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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!

2
★★★★★

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!

Pros: food, drinks

Cons: uh...?

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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!

2
★★★★★

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!

Pros: Great service, best sushi and traditional japanese food

Cons: parking

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

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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.\n\nIn 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.

2
★★★★★

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.\n\nIn 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.

Pros: Fresh fish, Japanese hot pot and amazing selection of sake

Cons: Can't get enough food & sake in for the week--no lunch hrs

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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. \n 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. \n 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. \n 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.\n

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★☆☆☆☆

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. \n 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. \n 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. \n 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.\n

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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.

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★★★☆☆

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.

Pros: Great scallop habachi

Cons: Had to wait an hour, even though we had a reservation

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Nakato is the best!! This is my favorite restaurant in Atlanta. The food is fresh each time I have visited the restaurant and the customer service is also great. Delicious!

5
★★★★★

Nakato is the best!! This is my favorite restaurant in Atlanta. The food is fresh each time I have visited the restaurant and the customer service is also great. Delicious!

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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.

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★★★☆☆

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.

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This Japanese steakhouse has a great atmosphere but the food is sub-par. I got hibachi chicken it was not seasoned well not to mention their fried rice and seafood sauce leaves much to be desired in flavor. I will not be returning and I don't recommend this place to anyone.

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★★☆☆☆

This Japanese steakhouse has a great atmosphere but the food is sub-par. I got hibachi chicken it was not seasoned well not to mention their fried rice and seafood sauce leaves much to be desired in flavor. I will not be returning and I don't recommend this place to anyone.

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Nakato's is the reason that hibachi is my favorite cousine .

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★★★★★

Nakato's is the reason that hibachi is my favorite cousine .

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My wife and I tried this place recently for dinner.the food was very generic and plain.But not only that...the portion size... if you blinked twice you'd miss it. And then, to top it off... they rushed us out. Not good value at all.

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★★☆☆☆

My wife and I tried this place recently for dinner.the food was very generic and plain.But not only that...the portion size... if you blinked twice you'd miss it. And then, to top it off... they rushed us out. Not good value at all.

Cons: food taste, portion size

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A friend told my boyfriend and I about this place. We went this past weekend and OH MAN want a party we had with our Hibachi Chef. I'm a Chef and I can tell you it's with the Price. Our Chef was such a show off and made the whole table laugh all the night. The food was cooked just like we both wanted it to be. I had the steak/scallops mmmmmmmm and my boyfriend had steak/chicken. We both were like WOW all night long. I did try there Sushi for an app mmmmmm is all I could say. We both plan to go back this Sunday for the Sushi and try it more. I can't wait I so do LOVE Sushi, and trying to get the boyfriend to, but I don't think he can get past the RAW part just yet. Oh don't let the surrounding scare ya away from such a great place to eat. If you know ATLANTA thats such an upcoming area and an area rich in History for Atlanta.

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★★★★★

A friend told my boyfriend and I about this place. We went this past weekend and OH MAN want a party we had with our Hibachi Chef. I'm a Chef and I can tell you it's with the Price. Our Chef was such a show off and made the whole table laugh all the night. The food was cooked just like we both wanted it to be. I had the steak/scallops mmmmmmmm and my boyfriend had steak/chicken. We both were like WOW all night long. I did try there Sushi for an app mmmmmm is all I could say. We both plan to go back this Sunday for the Sushi and try it more. I can't wait I so do LOVE Sushi, and trying to get the boyfriend to, but I don't think he can get past the RAW part just yet. Oh don't let the surrounding scare ya away from such a great place to eat. If you know ATLANTA thats such an upcoming area and an area rich in History for Atlanta.

Pros: FOOD AND SERVICE

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I only had food at hibachi grill at Nakato but it was great. We filled the table with our party, had alot of fun, spent alot of time. Service was good.

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★★★★☆

I only had food at hibachi grill at Nakato but it was great. We filled the table with our party, had alot of fun, spent alot of time. Service was good.

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I would never think to look for such good food on this part of Cheshire Bridge, but Nakato does not disappoint. The hibachi grill is a fun experience, and the food is delicious. Not to be missed is the shrimp shumai appetizer. Unbelievably delicious!

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★★★★★

I would never think to look for such good food on this part of Cheshire Bridge, but Nakato does not disappoint. The hibachi grill is a fun experience, and the food is delicious. Not to be missed is the shrimp shumai appetizer. Unbelievably delicious!

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Family owned and operated and it shows. You won't be disappointed. The Hibatchi is great, always very fresh and good proportions. Good mixed crowd. Great drink selection. I go at lease once a month

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★★★★★

Family owned and operated and it shows. You won't be disappointed. The Hibatchi is great, always very fresh and good proportions. Good mixed crowd. Great drink selection. I go at lease once a month

Cons: Hibatchi is the best in town

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Met my team here once for a B-Day party. Like most of these places you get pretty much the same menu. Decent service but the food is over price and just regular. The atmosphere is a little more authentic but the food is not worth the money.

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★★☆☆☆

Met my team here once for a B-Day party. Like most of these places you get pretty much the same menu. Decent service but the food is over price and just regular. The atmosphere is a little more authentic but the food is not worth the money.

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This place is great, their sushi rolls are phenomenal, always fresh and nicely presented. The sushi bar creates a great atmosphere for conversing with the chefs while watching them prepare your fish. The hibachi rooms are also a lot of fun, and the food is ALWAYS exceptional. The staff is very friendly and outgoing, and they always have specials for food and sake they can tell you about if you are looking for something new. Overall it has a great atmosphere and vibe, and the food is always great!

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★★★★★

This place is great, their sushi rolls are phenomenal, always fresh and nicely presented. The sushi bar creates a great atmosphere for conversing with the chefs while watching them prepare your fish. The hibachi rooms are also a lot of fun, and the food is ALWAYS exceptional. The staff is very friendly and outgoing, and they always have specials for food and sake they can tell you about if you are looking for something new. Overall it has a great atmosphere and vibe, and the food is always great!

Pros: the hibachi room atmospheres and the sushi bar scene

Cons: it fills up quickly on the weekends

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Best of Japanese cuisine in Atlanta - I usually eat on the formal/sushi bar side of the restaurant. Staff is always willing to suggest new and wonderful food. Sushi is incredibly fresh and the presentation is magnificent. The hibachi grill side is especially fun if you are with children and looking for a bit of a show.

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★★★★★

Best of Japanese cuisine in Atlanta - I usually eat on the formal/sushi bar side of the restaurant. Staff is always willing to suggest new and wonderful food. Sushi is incredibly fresh and the presentation is magnificent. The hibachi grill side is especially fun if you are with children and looking for a bit of a show.

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nakato is my favorite place... nakato has the best sushi in town... their fish is fresh everyday... n' they even got some of their fish flew from japan..\r\nask for special of the day...n' gotta have the sake.....\r\nnakato...is awesome

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★★★★★

nakato is my favorite place... nakato has the best sushi in town... their fish is fresh everyday... n' they even got some of their fish flew from japan..\r\nask for special of the day...n' gotta have the sake.....\r\nnakato...is awesome

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Went there with a few friends and was surprised how reasonable the sake and sushi prices were. The hibachi chefs were very entertaining and the filet and scallops were delectable. I highly recommend Nakato for birthdays and special occasions. I will absolutely be back. Big ups!!

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★★★★★

Went there with a few friends and was surprised how reasonable the sake and sushi prices were. The hibachi chefs were very entertaining and the filet and scallops were delectable. I highly recommend Nakato for birthdays and special occasions. I will absolutely be back. Big ups!!

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Nakato offers what is probably the most authentic Japanese dining experience in Atlanta. The restaurant is divided into two sides, a teppanyaki side which does the hibachi cooking in front of you, which is very popular, and a traditional Japanese dining room side. The traditional dining room offers traditional dining with a view of a nice outdoor patio and Japanese garden, a full service sushi bar, and a full service bar and lounge area. The restaurant also offers private, traditional, Tatami-room style service, which requires a reservation. The restaurant offers a very nice, tranquil atmosphere that is great for enjoying a meal together with family, friends, or business partners.\r\n\r\nThe sushi offered is excellent, everything is very fresh, and the menu offers great variety. The chef does cater the menu to the season, however, many popular items are offered all year round. The menu can at times be difficult to navigate because the restaurant offers so much variety, but the chefs and the wait staff can be very helpful in helping you find something. If you're feeling bold and daring, and you're thinking sushi, you may even try an Omakase style dinner, where the chef puts together the equivalent of a tasting menu composed of the day's freshest ingredients for you to enjoy.\r\n\r\nSome of my favorite specials offered are Abalone and Giant Clam Sushi served with Seaweed Salad side and Ginger, Tataki Roll, White Kelp Roll, Miso Broiled Cod, Miso Steamed Seabass, Chawanmushi (a delicate seafood egg custard dish), or the Chirashidon (mixed sushi and sashimi served with sushi rice).\r\n\r\nThe prices may be a bit steep for those who are just looking for mainstream American-Japanese dining and sushi, but for those with a palate and taste buds for more authentic Japanese cuisine that offers exotic tastes, this is probably the place for you. A reservation is recommended, but walk-ins can easily get a table later in the night (~after 8:30).

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★★★★★

Nakato offers what is probably the most authentic Japanese dining experience in Atlanta. The restaurant is divided into two sides, a teppanyaki side which does the hibachi cooking in front of you, which is very popular, and a traditional Japanese dining room side. The traditional dining room offers traditional dining with a view of a nice outdoor patio and Japanese garden, a full service sushi bar, and a full service bar and lounge area. The restaurant also offers private, traditional, Tatami-room style service, which requires a reservation. The restaurant offers a very nice, tranquil atmosphere that is great for enjoying a meal together with family, friends, or business partners.\r\n\r\nThe sushi offered is excellent, everything is very fresh, and the menu offers great variety. The chef does cater the menu to the season, however, many popular items are offered all year round. The menu can at times be difficult to navigate because the restaurant offers so much variety, but the chefs and the wait staff can be very helpful in helping you find something. If you're feeling bold and daring, and you're thinking sushi, you may even try an Omakase style dinner, where the chef puts together the equivalent of a tasting menu composed of the day's freshest ingredients for you to enjoy.\r\n\r\nSome of my favorite specials offered are Abalone and Giant Clam Sushi served with Seaweed Salad side and Ginger, Tataki Roll, White Kelp Roll, Miso Broiled Cod, Miso Steamed Seabass, Chawanmushi (a delicate seafood egg custard dish), or the Chirashidon (mixed sushi and sashimi served with sushi rice).\r\n\r\nThe prices may be a bit steep for those who are just looking for mainstream American-Japanese dining and sushi, but for those with a palate and taste buds for more authentic Japanese cuisine that offers exotic tastes, this is probably the place for you. A reservation is recommended, but walk-ins can easily get a table later in the night (~after 8:30).

Pros: Very authentic Japanese cuisine. Excellent Variety of Fresh Sushi. Great Variety of Sake and Shochu to enjoy with dinner as well. Ambience

Cons: Can get expensive. Service can sometimes be slower than expected during peak hours.

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This is why I love family owned and operated joints. They know their stuff. The food quality is amazing. The menu gets a bit tricky to navigate because it's so extensive but the friendly waitstaff would lead you in the right direction. The sushi quality is very high compared to many places I have tried in Atlanta. You must try!!! You won't be disappointed.

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★★★★★

This is why I love family owned and operated joints. They know their stuff. The food quality is amazing. The menu gets a bit tricky to navigate because it's so extensive but the friendly waitstaff would lead you in the right direction. The sushi quality is very high compared to many places I have tried in Atlanta. You must try!!! You won't be disappointed.

Pros: Great food and service, what more can you ask for?

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One of the best and most authentic sushi meals Ive ever had. Note that teppanyaki or ""hibachi"" is about as authentic Japanese as Taco Bell is Mexican....take the reviews of those that went out for ""authentic"" Japanese and complain about their onion volcano with a grain of salt. The Omekase plate was excellent as was all of out very attentive waiters suggestions.

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★★★★★

One of the best and most authentic sushi meals Ive ever had. Note that teppanyaki or ""hibachi"" is about as authentic Japanese as Taco Bell is Mexican....take the reviews of those that went out for ""authentic"" Japanese and complain about their onion volcano with a grain of salt. The Omekase plate was excellent as was all of out very attentive waiters suggestions.

Pros: Fresh, high quality sushi, excellent specials

Cons: a bit expensive but worth it.

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are you serious!!!! the reviews are ridiculous! i did not try the hibachi but i did try their sushi. not impressed! sushi rice was too hard and chewy and the fish was of mediocre quality. presentation is standard and the chefs were not the most talented. i dont think that i will being going there again because if you are not capable of taking care of your sushi rice which is crucial, then i dont trust their handling of the fish.

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★★☆☆☆

are you serious!!!! the reviews are ridiculous! i did not try the hibachi but i did try their sushi. not impressed! sushi rice was too hard and chewy and the fish was of mediocre quality. presentation is standard and the chefs were not the most talented. i dont think that i will being going there again because if you are not capable of taking care of your sushi rice which is crucial, then i dont trust their handling of the fish.

Pros: nice looking place with very good service

Cons: sushi rice is not taken care of along with the fish

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I can't tell you how much I love Hibachi, so if you are anything like me you will LOVE Nakato's! Think Benihanna's with Japanese chefs (not mexican) and quality food. The scallops are to die for!!! I go as much as I can and am never disappionted. Best Habachi I can find, if you know better let me know!\r\n\r\nOh yeah they also have sushi. Supposedly pretty good, but who cares, give me my steak and scallops!\r\n

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★★★★★

I can't tell you how much I love Hibachi, so if you are anything like me you will LOVE Nakato's! Think Benihanna's with Japanese chefs (not mexican) and quality food. The scallops are to die for!!! I go as much as I can and am never disappionted. Best Habachi I can find, if you know better let me know!\r\n\r\nOh yeah they also have sushi. Supposedly pretty good, but who cares, give me my steak and scallops!\r\n

Pros: Hibachi, atmosphere, chefs, service...

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The place was empty and the service was interesting to say the least. Our so called Chef was not entertaining at all. Waffle house could have done better cooking our steaks. I thought that this was the place for some good sushi? Where were all the customers? Who is our waitress? Why are there so many adult entertainment establishments near by this nice restaurant. Hard to explain to the kids what triple x means. Overall, it was OK not the best at all. There are better places to dine for the money.... Like Pizza or even Waffle House.

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★☆☆☆☆

The place was empty and the service was interesting to say the least. Our so called Chef was not entertaining at all. Waffle house could have done better cooking our steaks. I thought that this was the place for some good sushi? Where were all the customers? Who is our waitress? Why are there so many adult entertainment establishments near by this nice restaurant. Hard to explain to the kids what triple x means. Overall, it was OK not the best at all. There are better places to dine for the money.... Like Pizza or even Waffle House.

Pros: Pretty Garden, Valet, nice interior.

Cons: Food, Service, Taste

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I've been to many sushi places in Atlanta (I love sushi..mmmmmmmm!), and I can flat out tell you this place is the best value of quality and price I have found. Go there and try their dragon roll I know you won't be dissapointed! \r\n\r\nThey also have Hibachi there as well, though I've never tried it, my friend says it's very good as well. Maybe some day, but it's so hard to go and not eat their sushi!

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★★★★★

I've been to many sushi places in Atlanta (I love sushi..mmmmmmmm!), and I can flat out tell you this place is the best value of quality and price I have found. Go there and try their dragon roll I know you won't be dissapointed! \r\n\r\nThey also have Hibachi there as well, though I've never tried it, my friend says it's very good as well. Maybe some day, but it's so hard to go and not eat their sushi!

Pros: Sushi!!!

Cons: Area (Cheshire Bridge Road...Yikes!)

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My husband and I have dined at this location and one in MRYTLE Beach. The food was fresh, it just did not have a lot of flavor. The white sauce was more of a mayonaisse base, more like a tartar sauce. It was different than any other japanese steakhouse white sauce that I have ever tasted.I don't think the food was worth the high price. There are other restaurants with much better food and a lower price.

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★★★☆☆

My husband and I have dined at this location and one in MRYTLE Beach. The food was fresh, it just did not have a lot of flavor. The white sauce was more of a mayonaisse base, more like a tartar sauce. It was different than any other japanese steakhouse white sauce that I have ever tasted.I don't think the food was worth the high price. There are other restaurants with much better food and a lower price.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: The white sauce and bland tasting food

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i've been to japan few times and i think i tried most japanese restaurants in atlanta and nakato is the favorite \r\nnothing fancy and crazy things going on that place but they have consistency in food and service and grest price too \r\ni will definitely recommend nakato for everyone \r\n

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★★★★★

i've been to japan few times and i think i tried most japanese restaurants in atlanta and nakato is the favorite \r\nnothing fancy and crazy things going on that place but they have consistency in food and service and grest price too \r\ni will definitely recommend nakato for everyone \r\n

Pros: service, parking, sake

Cons: none

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Amazing sushi, sashimi, and just about everything else we've tried. The restaurnt has a very relaxing atmosphere and its not about being 'seen' its just about enjoying a great meal. The service is professional, friendly and helpful. We love going to Nakato.

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★★★★★

Amazing sushi, sashimi, and just about everything else we've tried. The restaurnt has a very relaxing atmosphere and its not about being 'seen' its just about enjoying a great meal. The service is professional, friendly and helpful. We love going to Nakato.

Pros: Fresh fresh fresh!! good valet parking, great service

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I normally receive a great service there with a Japanese lady - unfortunately, I had a really bad experience with another waitress the other day. I also noticed Mr. Kakinuma, the executive chef, was not there that night, to my disappointment. He always prepare such a wonderful meal every time I go.\r\nI joined my friends who were already there, so after I found out what they have ordered, I told the waitress ""bring me the same thing,"" thinking it will show up not too long after my friends' dinner, because they ordered just about 10 minutes prior to my arrival, and it was relatively easy dish to prepare - So, there were total of 3 same dinner sets (2 ordered at the same time, an additional ordered later,) and 3 appetizers. One of the appetizers showed up. Then, one dinner set showed up, but not the other. We had to ask ""where is the other one we ordered at the same time?"" and the waitress said ""oh, yes, it's coming."" Then the other dinner set arrived shortly after. The dinner looked not so appetizing, and my friends said they were ok, but not great. Half way through their dinner (I told my friends to go ahead, thinking mine will be coming very soon), two other appetizers showed up, which had absolutely zero presentation whatsoever. I was still missing my dinner set. Minutes later (since the waitress was no where to be found on the floor) I had to catch her and asked for my dinner. She said ""oh, I thought you didn't want anything. Sorry."" I just told them ""you know what, forget it."" since my friends have already finished eating. 15 minutes later one of the manager came over, ""something wrong? We can prepare something quickly."" At that point, I was so over with them so I told them I didn't want anything, because I did not want to spend my money there. The dessert dishes we ordered smelled like the fridge, and staled. Overall very disappointing, I will only go there when the Exec. Chef and the good waitress are there!

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★★☆☆☆

I normally receive a great service there with a Japanese lady - unfortunately, I had a really bad experience with another waitress the other day. I also noticed Mr. Kakinuma, the executive chef, was not there that night, to my disappointment. He always prepare such a wonderful meal every time I go.\r\nI joined my friends who were already there, so after I found out what they have ordered, I told the waitress ""bring me the same thing,"" thinking it will show up not too long after my friends' dinner, because they ordered just about 10 minutes prior to my arrival, and it was relatively easy dish to prepare - So, there were total of 3 same dinner sets (2 ordered at the same time, an additional ordered later,) and 3 appetizers. One of the appetizers showed up. Then, one dinner set showed up, but not the other. We had to ask ""where is the other one we ordered at the same time?"" and the waitress said ""oh, yes, it's coming."" Then the other dinner set arrived shortly after. The dinner looked not so appetizing, and my friends said they were ok, but not great. Half way through their dinner (I told my friends to go ahead, thinking mine will be coming very soon), two other appetizers showed up, which had absolutely zero presentation whatsoever. I was still missing my dinner set. Minutes later (since the waitress was no where to be found on the floor) I had to catch her and asked for my dinner. She said ""oh, I thought you didn't want anything. Sorry."" I just told them ""you know what, forget it."" since my friends have already finished eating. 15 minutes later one of the manager came over, ""something wrong? We can prepare something quickly."" At that point, I was so over with them so I told them I didn't want anything, because I did not want to spend my money there. The dessert dishes we ordered smelled like the fridge, and staled. Overall very disappointing, I will only go there when the Exec. Chef and the good waitress are there!

Pros: Great food only when Executive Chef is there

Cons: Mediocre food if the chef is not there, bad service

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For me Japanese food is comfort food. Whenever I need a pick-me-up I head to Nakato for fresh, beautiful sushi, sashimi and tempura. Their menu is extensive, with everything from an ala carte menu for nigiri and hand rolls to elaborate combination dinners. If you are not a fan of sushi, have no fear there are plenty of cooked options. I 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. The restaurant can be crowded so reservations are recommended. If you are in the mood for an authentic Japanese meal you must try Nakato..

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★★★★★

For me Japanese food is comfort food. Whenever I need a pick-me-up I head to Nakato for fresh, beautiful sushi, sashimi and tempura. Their menu is extensive, with everything from an ala carte menu for nigiri and hand rolls to elaborate combination dinners. If you are not a fan of sushi, have no fear there are plenty of cooked options. I 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. The restaurant can be crowded so reservations are recommended. If you are in the mood for an authentic Japanese meal you must try Nakato..

Pros: Great atmosphere, staff and fresh food

Cons: Long waits if you don't have a reservation

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I had such a wonderful time at Nakato this past weekend that I had to share. Everything!!! I mean Everything was perfect. The company, the service, and the food. I highly recommend the traditional dinning overlooking the garden. It was so romantic. I highly recommend it!!

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★★★★★

I had such a wonderful time at Nakato this past weekend that I had to share. Everything!!! I mean Everything was perfect. The company, the service, and the food. I highly recommend the traditional dinning overlooking the garden. It was so romantic. I highly recommend it!!

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After a recommendation from a friend, I went to the restaurant with my wife. Beforehand I checked them out - ?authentic Japanese? sounded pretty good to me, and I had great expectations. Unfortunately, everything was quite the opposite. Although their premises are quite nice and there were Japanese cooks and waiters all around us, none of those assigned to us were Japanese. We waited for approx. 20 minutes, although we were the only one at the table (which was quite a surprise - before it we first called Benihana, but they were completely booked for the night, with at least one hour waiting for those to choose to walk in).\r\n\r\nBeside the appetizer (Japanese dumplings) and the salad, which were both quite nice, everything else was below average, and even disappointing. Shrimp, lobster and scallops all tasted very much the same, since the cook poured so much soy sauce over them (in combination with a whole lemon that he squeezed over only my portion of scallops) that nothing else could be tasted. Everything was cooked on oil (no butter for lobster), and I couldn?t even taste any garlic (and definitely not smell it). The latter is not a good thing, since I think that garlic really adds a lot to the food (all of us have watched ?Emeril Live!? right?!). And the rice was dry and not salty enough. The only good thing (beside the salad and appetizer that I mentioned above) is that the size of the shrimps and scallops is impressive, although I wonder if they would have cooked (and tasted) better if they would be a bit smaller. It is obvious that their fish is fresh, but that is all. To add a final point ? with a price tag of at least 30% more than Benihana (lobster/scallop combination was around $39 in comparison to ?Benihana?s? lobster/scallop/shrimp combination of around $30), I will probably think very carefully whether I want to come back to this restaurant again. Or maybe I will, but not for food ? rather for its beautiful Japanese garden outside.

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★★☆☆☆

After a recommendation from a friend, I went to the restaurant with my wife. Beforehand I checked them out - ?authentic Japanese? sounded pretty good to me, and I had great expectations. Unfortunately, everything was quite the opposite. Although their premises are quite nice and there were Japanese cooks and waiters all around us, none of those assigned to us were Japanese. We waited for approx. 20 minutes, although we were the only one at the table (which was quite a surprise - before it we first called Benihana, but they were completely booked for the night, with at least one hour waiting for those to choose to walk in).\r\n\r\nBeside the appetizer (Japanese dumplings) and the salad, which were both quite nice, everything else was below average, and even disappointing. Shrimp, lobster and scallops all tasted very much the same, since the cook poured so much soy sauce over them (in combination with a whole lemon that he squeezed over only my portion of scallops) that nothing else could be tasted. Everything was cooked on oil (no butter for lobster), and I couldn?t even taste any garlic (and definitely not smell it). The latter is not a good thing, since I think that garlic really adds a lot to the food (all of us have watched ?Emeril Live!? right?!). And the rice was dry and not salty enough. The only good thing (beside the salad and appetizer that I mentioned above) is that the size of the shrimps and scallops is impressive, although I wonder if they would have cooked (and tasted) better if they would be a bit smaller. It is obvious that their fish is fresh, but that is all. To add a final point ? with a price tag of at least 30% more than Benihana (lobster/scallop combination was around $39 in comparison to ?Benihana?s? lobster/scallop/shrimp combination of around $30), I will probably think very carefully whether I want to come back to this restaurant again. Or maybe I will, but not for food ? rather for its beautiful Japanese garden outside.

Pros: Japanese ambience

Cons: Bad cook

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I've been to many of the Japanese Restaurants around Atlanta but always find myself returning to Nakato with a sigh of relief and comfort. Everything you ask for is there... the quality, the service, the atmosphere. And you know it's authentic when you see Japanese customers enjoying themselves. I highly recommend it!!!!

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★★★★★

I've been to many of the Japanese Restaurants around Atlanta but always find myself returning to Nakato with a sigh of relief and comfort. Everything you ask for is there... the quality, the service, the atmosphere. And you know it's authentic when you see Japanese customers enjoying themselves. I highly recommend it!!!!

Pros: service

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What a find! Servers are super friendly. You'll like to see chefs prepare food in front of you !!! Go, go, go. \r\n\r\n

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★★★☆☆

What a find! Servers are super friendly. You'll like to see chefs prepare food in front of you !!! Go, go, go. \r\n\r\n

Pros: fun

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I loved this. It's such a unique compilation of Japanese themes, but the themes are well done. I find I can come once a week, largely because changing the menu from which one orders changes the experience. There are other places that really do a poor job when they don't focus (Genki) but Nakato came through on all fronts. Try the noodles and feel free to slurp them down! The sushi is good, but I preferred the grilled foods! Very exciting and tasteful. Stay away from the kitsch.

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★★★★☆

I loved this. It's such a unique compilation of Japanese themes, but the themes are well done. I find I can come once a week, largely because changing the menu from which one orders changes the experience. There are other places that really do a poor job when they don't focus (Genki) but Nakato came through on all fronts. Try the noodles and feel free to slurp them down! The sushi is good, but I preferred the grilled foods! Very exciting and tasteful. Stay away from the kitsch.

Pros: grill, taste

Cons: area is mixed

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We sat on the hibachi side and ordered some noodles, grilled food, and sushi. I didn't like the noodles that much because they were too soupy. However the hibachi grilled food was excellent. They also have about 3 different menus, so make sure you ask for the extra ones (they only gave us one at first). Service was very good.

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★★★★☆

We sat on the hibachi side and ordered some noodles, grilled food, and sushi. I didn't like the noodles that much because they were too soupy. However the hibachi grilled food was excellent. They also have about 3 different menus, so make sure you ask for the extra ones (they only gave us one at first). Service was very good.

Pros: big menu, service

Cons: valet only

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This is one of the best sushi restaurants I've been to in Atlanta since moving here. The service was excellent, we were seated promptly. The sushi tasted fresh and came within a reasonable time. This was a good recommendation from Citysearch.

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★★★★★

This is one of the best sushi restaurants I've been to in Atlanta since moving here. The service was excellent, we were seated promptly. The sushi tasted fresh and came within a reasonable time. This was a good recommendation from Citysearch.

Pros: Good sushi, Reasonable prices, Good service

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Choose a table in the main dining room, a seat at the large sushi bar, or enjoy a chef's personal cooking and show in the hibachi room, a good experience for children, who have a special menu. Tatami rooms also are available; leave your…

 

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