Nakato is the oldest Authentic Japanese restaurant in Atlanta. Almost all Sushi chefs who now own their own sushi bar used to work here. Decades later, they still stand as one of the best Japanese Restaurants in town. The service is always attentive and comfortable. The Japanese garden, designed and constructed by the owner himself, is quite a view from the dining room. Food is something you can eat at up scale "Ryotei" in Kyoto or Tokyo and its presentation is impeccable. This is the only restaurant that I can take my VIP Japanese clients because I know they will enjoy both service and food. A little pricy but acceptable.
Posted: 7/29/2010 • Link to this review
This place is delicious! We had hibachi, which usually takes forever, but they were quick about getting our orders and the chef coming out to cook for us. Our particular chef wasn't the most entertaining but it was still fun. The filet mignon melted in our mouths, and the chicken was so yummy. The waiters worked together and kept our dishes cleared and our drinks full. I got a sushi roll for an appetizer and it came out very quickly. The one gripe I have is the valet parking. It was pointless. The valet parked my car DIRECTLY in front of the front door, so when I walked out from dinner, I could have walked 20 steps and been at my car. I asked him not to drive it up to me, as it was unnecessary to do so. Find somewhere else to park other than valet, and go have some great hibachi (and there's a gift certificate at restaurant.com for this restaurant--spend $25 on a $50 gift certificate. A steal, I think).
Posted: 3/09/2009 • Link to this review
Nakato needs some serious help with reservations. Last Friday night we did not get seated until 45 minutes after our reservation. This already was a downer before we tasted anything. It probably would have been longer if we had not gone to look at the available tables and ask why we couldn't have one of two open hibachi grill tables that sat empty. Apparently, they were saving them for another party even though we were there waiting so long after our reservation time. I rated the service poor for this, but the chef was very nice and friendly. The food was good, pretty typical of hibachi grills, if not a little bit better. Over all, good but nothing special.
Posted: 12/02/2008 • Link to this review
Don't count this one out as you search Atlanta for decent sushi...I was pleasantly surprised by their selection and quality. I had always thought of Nakato as that place where you are seated at a table with strangers and watch the chef's tricky knife show while he cooks...there is a whole other side to the place. When you are seated on the "sushi side" you get your own table (unless you want to sit at the sushi bar) and you are served without the distraction of other diners and a fiery side show. The sushi I had recently was superb. I highly recommend the beef tatake- succulent and very tasty. Everything was of the highest quality and the prices were reasonable. I will definitely go back. Since it flies under the Atlanta sushi radar you will not have trouble getting a table.
Posted: 10/25/2008 • Link to this review
Nakato is our favorite place to celebrate special occasions - we had our rehearsal dinner there 8 years ago and now our kids always want to celebrate their birthdays there! The food is AMAZING. So much better than any of the other Hibachi grills in town. I don't eat Sushi, so not sure about that side of the restaurant.
Posted: 11/07/2007 • Last edited: 11/04/2008 • Link to this review
If you like sushi, you should give Nakato a try. They have a wonderful and delicious assortment of sushi rolls. Very reasonably priced. The service was excellent! Extremely attentive to our needs. They were also having a sake tasting while we were there, in which we did not partake. However, one of the waitresses (not ours) brought over a sampling of the sushi that they were serving at the sake tasting while we were waiting on our rolls. Definitely a pleasant experience!
Posted: 10/29/2007 • Last edited: 11/04/2008 • Link to this review
The waitress was rude, the steak was terribly overcooked, and the snapper was overpriced considering they gave 1/6 of the fish. Did not even compensate for the problems. I will never go back there again.
Posted: 9/18/2006 • Last edited: 11/04/2008 • Link to this review