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About Nakato Japanese Restaurant - Hibachi Grill
Nakato Japanese Restaurant is Atlanta's oldest Japanese restaurant. Established in 1972, Nakato is 3rd generation Japanese owner operated establishment. Please come in and enjoy our hibachi dining as well as an array of other Japanese cuisines from Sushi to Traditional tapas style dining.
Atlanta, GA 30324
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Nakato offers complimentary valet services but also has a separate lot off of Piedmont Road for self parking.
Private Party Facilities:
Please contact Sachiyo for further details.
Private Party Contact:
Sachiyo Nakato: (404) 873-6583
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
Nakato Japanese Restaurant - Hibachi Grill Ratings and Reviews
The food, drinks and service were awesome for a busy Saturday night. We started off with the Super Crunch sushi roll which was very fresh and delicious. We then had the hibachi chef cook us delightful steak and shrimp meals with fried rice. The servings were plentiful and we had left overs for days. The only glitch that we experienced was we were charged incorrectly for our meals. We gave the waitress our receipt and she said that it was corrected on their end and provided us with a new receipt. Today we noticed that we were charged twice for our meals and are currently waiting to receive a call from management to resolve this matter. Other than this mishap, it is definitely a fun place to dine with great food.
I dined at this restaurant before a long time ago. I did recall that the service and food was very good so when my son suggested Hibachi as his birthday dinner, I immediately made the reservation. We were not disappointed. As before, food, service and entertainment was great. Highly recommend and will return soon.
We waited nearly an hour past our reservation time to be seated and it was an hour after that before we had our first course. The noise levels were beyond uncomfortable. My hibachi chicken and shrimp were both cooked beyond inedible. Service was good and drinks were reasonably priced. Free valet was nice in such a congested area. We won't go back.
This was our second visit for a friends birthday and the service was horrible. Everyone at our table agreed. The hibachi chef was terrible and didn't really acknowledge anyone at the table. After serving everyone I wasn't served the meat I ordered. The chef said they'd bring it out and it didn't come out until 15 minutes later after I was done eating along with everyone else in my party. I denied the food since I was no longer hungry. After asking not to be charged for that meat and offering to pay for what I did receive they "slightly discounted" my order and not one person apologized. An apology goes a long way. So does a good cleaning which this place clearly needs however I digress. Choose another option and avoid this place at all costs.
We made a reservation for 8:30p. We realized that we were going to be late and called to confirm that being 10 minutes late was okay for our reservation. They said yes. We were exactly 10 minutes late yet were not seated until 9:30. By that time, my son's 13th birthday, we were all not only extremely ravenous but tired. The food was fine and the chef and server were pleasant and fun. But the wait, with the "it's just 10 more minutes" was enough to make us not want to patronize the place again.
This has been my go to for habachi and tonight the food was the best it's ever been. The only negative was that the restaurant likes to crowd as many people into a table as possible, which makes things a little uncomfortable. Also, our waiter seemed like he may have been new and was slow about getting drinks/bringing food. That being said, he was friendly and not that big of a deal.
As hibachi style places go, Nakato is a decent choice. I'm not going to give them a glowing review, but I'm not going to tarnish their image either. We have actually dined here 2-3 times, but this latest time was on Valentine's Day. When we arrived we were promptly seated at a almost-full hibachi table (which is great, because I hate being seated as the first party at a hibachi table).
Our drink orders were taken swiftly as well, but after we had sipped a bit of green tea the table attendant (not the hibachi chef), filled our tea cup with soup broth... and it was not a pleasant flavor when mixed with the green tea. They did apologize and correct the error, but at first the table attendant didn't want to believe we had just been served soup as a beverage. The side salad and soup (the actual soup that comes with your hibachi meal) were standard hibachi quality.
I got the hibachi scallops and my wife got the hibachi shrimp. We felt that these were very good. Interestingly, Nakato serves noodles (along with rice) when eating hibachi. I don't think I've ever encountered another hibachi restaurant that does that... but it's a good wrinkle in their experience. The veggies, rice, and noodles were great as well.
I do think their prices are a little higher than most hibachi restaurants (many of which offer coupons), but I would be willing to go back to Nakato sometime soon.
I remember Nakato from the 70's when it was round the corner on Piedmont. Same great food and service. Ahi tuna at teppanyaki (hibachi grill) was cooked too long if you like seared only but was still tasty. We will try something different next time, maybe sukiyaki. The hibachi was fun but it was 45 minutes of non-stop food and I've seen the onion volcano enough over the years!
I made reservations for 12 to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. They were running about 30 minutes behind which was fine because so was some of our party. While it's pricier than some of the other hibachi spots the semi private room, food quality and overall ambiance was worth it. The drinks were STRONG and yummy. We will definitely be back.
Always enjoy my experience at this restaurant. Like others I have visited, I have never had a bad experience here. The customer service is exceptional, and eager to fulfill the customer needs. The food is delicious, I've always ordered steak, chicken, or shrimp. However this time I tried salmon..... can you say delicious😋
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