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.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
$30 and under
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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: 4048736583
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
Nakato Japanese Restaurant - Hibachi Grill Ratings and Reviews
I had been here once before and had a wo ...
I had been here once before and had a wonderful experience, so I was excited to return here to celebrate my birthday with my best friend. It was not good. The restaurant was swelteringly hot. My friend finally went and asked the hostess to turn the a/c cooler and my friend said she saw the thermostat had been set at 78 in the lobby and it was well over 80 in the hibachi room. It was uncomfortably hot and they packed the diners in very tightly around the grill. I was elbow to elbow with my friend and the inebriated gentleman next to me. I ordered the filet mignon to be cooked medium and it was cooked well done. It's a really pricy place for it not to be a pleasant dining experience. I won't be returning.
Mothers Day celebration
I had been to Nakato several years ago. I was reading the reviews after making the reservations and was concerned. We arrived about 15 minutes early and were sitted shortly after our group arrived. Our order for drinks was taken quickly and soon after appetizer, soup, salad and chef appeared. Everyone was pleasant and food was great. Everyone mentioned the entire experience was excellent.
Very bad service. Our server was extremely slow. The cook took a very long time to come out. We had to wait a very long time for our checks as well. Not a very enjoyable experience but the food was great.
Why Even Allow Reservations?
We had an 8 o'clock reservation. Got there at about 7:45, and it took 5 minutes for the valet to take our car, we checked in at 7:50 and they said our table would be ready shortly. "Shortly" turned into over an hour. We didn't sit down until 9:15, not to mention, people who arrived much later than us without a reservation were sat at the same time we were. Waiter was rude, and while I have been here before and wanted to surprise my boyfriend with a lovely dinner, it turned into a horrible experience based on the service. I understand reservation times can be an estimation, but over an hour was ridiculous and no one acknowledged how long we had been waiting. Instead, the hostess led us to believe we were going to be seated within a few minutes. We will not be back here, which is unfortunate because the food really is great, but it is not worth another experience like this.
The food was good, atmosphere was fun. The servers were very attentive. And the servers brought out ice cream while they sang happy birthday. My only issue is I requested my steak to be medium well and it was under cooked. And it was a little over priced in comparison to other Hibachi places I've been
This is an all-time family favorite for ...
This is an all-time family favorite for birthdays as the kids love the entertainment and the food is better than any other hibachi restaurant in town. Especially a good deal if you go for the twilight special.
This past Saturday I had the best experience. The staff was awesome. The chef Hansen was great and very entertaining. I have become a frequent customer at this restaurant and will continue to be one. The food is absolutely delicious.
Had not been in awhile and found that it is still the same. Great food; had the habachi shrimp and filet. Always more in quantity and have to take home. Great value and our chef entertained us when he cooked. Highly recommend this restaurant.
Love it, I've come here several times an ...
Love it, I've come here several times and it's always great!
As always the food was great!
The food was great, however the steak was too chewy. We requested the intimate dining area where you take your shoes off, big mistake! It wasn't very comfortable and we were stuck with a large loud German family, not my idea of a romantic anniversary dinner.
Enjoyed our Experience
The service, food and drinks were great. Would definitely go again.
Gentleman who cooked our food was fantas ...
Gentleman who cooked our food was fantastic, and the food was very yummy. Waitress was not very good. Never refilled water glasses or came around to see if we wanted another drink. Overall an entertaining and enjoyable dining experience, particularly because the gentleman who cook their food was so interactive and entertaining.
Had reservation for 8 PM and was seated ...
Had reservation for 8 PM and was seated immediately but it was 9:00 before our chef arrived. Food was very bland. At other hibachi restaurants the meat was cooked early or even mid-meal and here we were served noodles, vegetables, and rice, then finally our meat was cooked (over-cooked and tough). Miso soup and salad was good, but the rest, not so much. Too expensive for the quality of food.
John the bartender is great ,the food is good however the window coverings are in disrepair in the Hibachi rooms. Sitting in pit without our shoes is a neat experience. Overall a good experience just need to catch up on the details
The restaurant was amazing I love how we have to take our shoes off they great you when you walk in but our waiter was horrible he was rude to us including my grandma and I was disappointed because it was my birthday.
It's was great for an after work happy hour and a early dinner
Chef stated he hates his job in front of customers. He's the only non Asian that's working at the hibachi section. He's rude because he picked on one of the customer and ask really weird and random questions that make people uncomfortable. The food was tooooo salty and oily. The chef over seasoned everything with soy sauce and butter. In general, the food taste like the ones that you could get at Denny's. However, i should give credit to the quality of the beef and salmon. It's very sad that the chef did a poor job in cooking such good quality of meat and fish. I would not recommend people to come. Service was okay. We did not have a designated server and so no one refilled out water. Servers and receptionists are rude. Poor experience :(
No attention to detail
This evening was a special occasion meal for a friend, there was 3 of us dining. We were seated at a grill that already had 8 diners so we did not receive the attention to detail that we deserved from the Chef or the wait staff and the level of the food was way below this establishments standards. It was a very disappointing evening and we will think twice about ever dining there again.
Expect a "to go" box
We ate Hibachi style. The appetizer alone was a meal; noodles, veggies and 2 shrimp then they made the meal - I had the filet mignon & shrimp – the steak was melt in your mouth great. We talked to the manager after our meal, he encouraged us to walk around and check out the restaurant. really nice place - if we are in Atlanta for a meal we will be looking at this place to eat again.
I love this place!
This has always been my Husband and my favorite restaurant for the last 7 years. The food is so fresh and good. The cooks are Super friendly.
Best Japanese Restaurant!!
Just an overall great experience from driving into their lot. Great customer service and just a great place to get your sushi fix in!! The taste of the food was just amazing!!! Will be returning again!!
While we don't love the whole hibachi thing and prefer the other side of the restaurant, Nakato's hibachi grill is better than any other in town. The food was excellent.
We go all the time
Great neighborhood restaurant, and very family friendly!
The food and cook was phenomenal. Howeve ...
The food and cook was phenomenal. However the customer service at the host stand was absolutely terrible. We had a reservation and still had to wait over an hour. I called ahead of time to verify my party coming and when we got there we were told there was no record of our requests even though I had the confirmation email. The hosts were very rude and sassy and made it seem like we were burdening them. It was my sisters 18th birthday so we were trying to make it special for her and the negative energy definitely put a damper on the mood.
Time not kind to Nakatos
Hadn't been in over a decade, now I know why. Nothing special, had a reservation, still had to wait :15 min with my 85 yr old mother, told Open Table it was her birthday (and her choice to dine there), no mention of her birthday, in fact they were rushing us out so they could 'turn the table' . News flash: 85 yr old people do not eat very fast. The restaurant itself looks very tired on the inside, took a 'selfie' of Mom and I, and you can clearly see an actual hole in the wall behind us. Ridiculous prices for mediocre food and atmosphere. Won't be back. Too bad this was my last memory of what used to be a terrific dinning experience. Tip for Nakato's use of Open Tables: take note when folks mention in their reservation that they are celebrating a birthday. Oh, and clean up your tired looking space.
I love Nakato but this visit I did not love.
This is one of my favorite restaurant but my recent visit was subpar. I had reservations 8 but was not seated until 830. Our server must have been distracted in the kitchen because he was slow and forgetful the entire night. Our chef was good.
Friends night out. Was looking for a fam ...
Friends night out. Was looking for a family friendly place. Food was great. And a nice experience because it was one person's first time here. The service was OK. Although we had reservations, we still ended up waiting nearly 45 minutes for a table. And was rushed to leave afterwards. Where we normally sit and talk after a meal. Just felt a little rushed and probably because there were other celebrations going on. Will try it again.
Fun to watch the chefs in action + delicious food!
We took our 3 kids to celebrate our 9-year-old's birthday. They love hibachi/table-side cooking but we . . . do not like the obvious option of Benihana. This neighborhood gem is the perfect solution for all of us! Our chef was fun, talented, and engaging. The food was absolutely delicious. Adults had the shrimp & scallops combo and the kids ordered from the kids' menu (2 chicken, 1 steak). The kids even liked the vegetables!!! We were all happy AND had leftovers that re-heated beautifully the next day!
Great for a group!
Nakato is the perfect spot for any group gathering! As a side note, please make a reservation. You will still have a wait for about 10-15 minutes, but that beats waiting for 45-1hr.
I've dined at Nakato several times. I decided to dine on the habachi side for my birthday. Thanks for making my birthday a special one!!
Best hibachi I've ever had. Order before 6:30 for early-bird special. Fun place for groups or for a fun dinner with a few. Definitely try it out, you won't be disappointed.
Dined with my Daughter to celebrate her graduation. Lived up to reputation. Fun and entertaining.
If you like food thrown on your lap, enjoy Nakato
I rarely left no tip at restaurant (may be 2-3 times in my life), tonight was one of them. We had five people for dinner visiting from out of town. Sat down and server took our orders. As we ordered our habachi dinner, the server also asked if we wanted fried rice. Thinking fried rice usually comes with, we all said yes. More on this later. The chef came, started cooking. As I was finishing up my agadashi tofu appetizer, he was done cooking the noodles and decided to just throw it onto my plate, without acknowledging the fact that I was using the plate. And the noodles were all over my tofu! Then he was done cooking the steak. And again, threw them onto my plate, and some flew past my plate and landed on my lap. And again, not even acknowledging that even happened! (If we weren't with guests, I would have said something to him and the restaurant management). The bill came, and we all found out they charged $3.75 extra per person for the fried rice. I am sure they had it on the menu somewhere hidden in small fonts, but $3.75 for a plain fried rice flavored by only soy sauce? Give me a break! Honestly, the food was not even good. I had much better habachi at other places in town.
Great location, best hibachi spot in Atlanta
Great location, best hibachi spot in Atlanta. I would recommend this place to anyone that is looking for a great hibachi spot. Also very affordable.
My party got there on time but they made ...
My party got there on time but they made us wait 30 minutes for our table! It was very annoying, and they were very rude about it.
Waited over 30 min to be seated with a r ...
Waited over 30 min to be seated with a reservation. Hostess was rude and not accommodating . Food was fair at best. Very disappointed.
We drove like 45 minutes to get to the restaurant but it was definitely worth it the food, service and chef were all grade A strangers at a table quickly became friends by taking romantic pictures, sharing great conversationas and lots of laughs.... A great time was had by all I'm sure
Good food and sushi.
We eat on the non hibachi grill side since we live nearby and don't need to see the show. The only problem is it is always cold on this side no matter what season. Take a sweater and enjoy the food without the show.
Great Hibachi Grill
The food here is always great. The ambiance is nice and it works well for a date or group occasion. I've done both here and had great experiences both times.
We've come to this place two years in a row for my birthday. The only complaint I had was that they couldn't get us seated at our reservation time because they were so busy; we didn't get seated until about 20 minutes after our reservation time. Other than that, our hibachi chef was great, he was funny, energetic, and very nice. The food as always was delicious. Our server was a little slow but she was very nice. Overall good experience!
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