I have been to Mikado on several occasions. The food is always excellent but the service can range. They are always gracious but on one visit our table did not have soy sauce and after our second request (a few mins after the food had arrived) it took the waitress another 5 mins to bring it. Also, one friend asked if they could make a veg tempura dish (not on the menu), which was no problem however when the bill arrived, she was charge the price of the shrimp tempura entree, which was quite pricey. Paying that much for fried vegs was highway robbery.
Pros: ample parking, no wait, great food
Cons: sometimes service
their nigiri sushi is cut generously. toro(fatty tuna) is divine. their gyu tataki is recommended; the best i ever tasted, so tender! instead of caterpillar roll, i would recommend unagi roll since it is cheaper. they are made from the same ingredients and tasted the same. what surprised me the most was their hamachi roll. i never thought hamachi could be that good in a roll. the mushroom combo was good, but that is something i can make at home. it is still worth a try, so u can make it at home later : ). i didn't really like kaki masago roll; i think it would have been better if there was some mayo-based sauce in it. i will definitely go back and try more dishes/rolls.
My husband and I have had two great experiences here and I would highly recommend. We are both big sushi fans and have found the sushi experience in Austin to be lacking (but definitely getting better!) The decor at Mikado is beautiful and there is no wait. The chairs are a little uncomfortable as they obviously chose asthetics over comfort. The sushi chefs are very friendly. I also really like the crowds - more Austin and less pretentious! Try the Chilean Sea Bass for an appetizer - it is wonderful!
Pros: food, service, atmosphere
Mikado has, without a doubt, the best sushi here in Austin. The sushi chefs are all very delicate and good at their skills. The waitresses are all lovely and provide the best of service. I have never experienced a better combination of sushi and waitress service. The owner is very kind and friendly. The only problem I constantly experience here is the manager. She provides horrible service and never smiles like everybody else there. She has poor relationship skills and, in my opinion, be the downfall of Mikado.
Pros: Great Waitresses, Excellent Food, Great Architecture
I love this place. My fiance and I eat sushi twice a week and we finally decided to try Mikado, its love at first bite. If you are in the mood for some excellent sushi go to Mikado!
Mikado is simply fantastic. Their menu has some very creative and outstanding appetizers and starters (the mushroom package is a must-try), their sushi is quite good, and the people are lovely. The sushi chefs greet everyone that comes in with a hearty "Irasshaimase!" and bid a kind adieu on their exit. The servers are extrememly friendly and helpful, and the management is great -- I spent about 10 minutes talking with the owner and chef outside the door on my last visit, and they seemed genuinely pleased that I'd enjoyed myself, genuinely interested in what I thought of everything I'd had, and genuinely humble when I said I'd recommended Mikado to all my friends. I've also been seated right away every time, even on weekends -- while this is nice, hopefully it doesn't bode badly for their business.
Pros: Easy to get a table, Creative dishes, Fantastic staff
Cons: a little pricey
After living in Austin for almost a year, I have tried many of the plentiful sushi restaurants here. Mikado is the best I've had so far. Although I find Umi and Sushi Sake both great, I felt Mikado surpassed them. My boyfriend and I went in one day for lunch and sat at the sushi bar. The chefs were very friendly and offered to pick a few things out for us if we needed them to do so. We ordered several rolls and a few pieces of shashimi. The pieces of shashimi were sliced then and not very thick like they are at Umi and Sushi Sake and when eating raw fish, I feel than thin is better. The rolls were fresh and flavorful. The atmosphere is also great. A great new sushi restaurant for Austin to enjoy!
Pros: sushi chefs, food
Had lunch at Mikado and it doesn't disappoint. The place is still new(very clean) and the presentation is as good as the food. The portions were big and the rolls were excellent......just can't beat that spicy sauce. It is not romantic at all with the booths, big open area and wall of window but who needs romance. Give it a try if your in the area and you'll definitely be back, we will.
Pros: portions, new/clean
Cons: no privacy
We have been to Mikado several times and consistently have had good food and attentive service. The sushi was always of top quality and it is the only restaurant in town that can make a good agedashi tofu. The interior is elegant and subtle. The whole staff says "thank you" when you exit. I highly recommend the place to everyone I know. It is not a flash-in-the pan trendy, Japanese place. I would take my mother here.
Pros: Quality food, Atmosphere, Service
The food here is excellent. Sushi is very fresh, with one of the freshest fishes around town. Definitely recommend the toro. They actually make some real miso, not the watered down soups elsewhere. Interior design is beautiful. Very chic and contemporary....incomparable to other Japanese restaurants. Has a wide variety of entrees also, all beautifully made. Waitstaff is excellent. I recoomend going at lunch...same menu, not as busy. I always ask for a waitress named Youjeong...top of the class waitress.
I've been to Mikado several times and I try to introduce as many friends to the delicious food there. The ambience is very good, the waitstaff, unlike some other places, very polite and not stuck-up and the Sushi is Excellent! They also have delightful appetizers on their menu. The prices are very reasonable for the whole package that you get. Great place for a sushi date.
Pros: Lovely Ambience, Good Service, Polite Wait-staff
Cons: no so far!