Best Sushi & Teppanyaki Experience - with the Right Expectations, You'll Be Coming Back for Years. This restaurant has been around for a long time and it's always been the same - the best sushi and the longest weekend wait. I am among many who have frequented Kyoto for years and recommend it to everyone (despite the weekend wait times.) Hands down, it's the best sushi I have had in the US. (You have to try: the green mussels - chopped and cooked, served in shell with dynamite sauce; the dynamite with scallops; the raw salmon sushi; and the Teppanyaki tables. These are all among the best I've had anywhere.) The chefs are very fun at the sushi bar and Teppanyaki tables. The overall atmosphere is always very cheery and friendly...once you get seated. The lines for this place are as much a part of the tradition as the incredible food and atmosphere. Expect it, plan for it or don't go there on the weekends without a reservation - and still expect to wait. You'll have plenty of time to mingle while you are wedged into the bar having pre-dinner drinks. If you go in with the right expectations, it'll remain a long time favorite. - Note that the longest waits are for Teppanyaki and sushi bar once people get seated, they dont like to leave and create long wait times.
Food is great Service is Awful. I love this place, but I hate it at the same time. I have gone there about 8 times and everytime I can't wait to eat there yummy food and at the same time I dread going there for the awful service I receive. There is always a LONG wait even if you have a reservation-sometimes 45 minutes past your reservation. They don't care how long you wait, they don't apologize. We ordered to go because there wait was too long to dine and we got our food ONE HOUR AFTER WE ORDERED. No apology! What kind of service is that. AWFUL. They treat you like they live on Camelback Mountain and you live in the Ghetto. If they keep it up they are going to lose business. Trust me I tell everyone they have good food, but I tell even more people how awful there service is.
best sushi in Scottsdale. This is a great restaurant!! There is always something fun happening here....The food is wonderful and priced very reasonable. They are always trying to make their restaurant the best. This is a family owned restaurant, which also makes this place cool. I get sick of cookie cuttter chain restaurants.
Don't come if you're in a hurry..
The host/hostesses act like they're at the Ritz in NYC...at least that's the way they treat you.
Doesn't matter if you have a reservation or not, you'll end up waitng half an hour. The bar is very tiny...maybe 6 stools, so on a Friday or Saturday night, it's almost impossible to have a drink while waiting. Not to mention there is no intercom system, so if you don't hear your name called, your SOL. The hostesses make no apologies when you say you never heard your name, nor do they make any attempt to seat you any faster...you're just at the bottom of the list again.
Small piece of advise.....look for your nearest exit due to all the flames from the teppan tables, and the lowness of the ceilings.
Food is always good and the prices are great for Snottsdale and the other surrounding Japanese places.
My Favorite. The building is starting to get run-down, you probably will park in the dirt, and reservations usually mean nothing. But this is, by far, my favorite resturant in Scottsdale. The lighting, seating, and overall ambiance makes it a truly enjoyable eating experience. The sake and beer is authentically and happily intoxicating. The sushi is always fabulous. To match, food cooked at the tables will undoubtedly please your pallate. Kyoto is just as wonderful a place to bring a group of 5+ people, to eat, drink, and be merry as it is to bring one friend to have some great sushi or meet new people. I highly recommend this old-town Scottsdale fixture.
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