Morimoto

★★★★☆
  • 723 Chestnut St

    Philadelphia, PA 19106

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  • 215-413-9070

About Morimoto

Categories
  • Restaurants
  • Sushi Restaurants
  • Japanese Restaurants
Details
  • $$$$
  • Business Dining
  • Celeb Hangout
  • Chef''s Table
  • Dine At The Bar
  • Group Dining
  • Online Reservations
  • People Watching
  • Private Rooms
  • Prix Fixe Menu
  • Special Occasion Dining
  • Open 7 Days
Hours
M 11:30am-9pm, Tu-Th 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-10pm, F 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-midnight, Sa 5pm-midnight, Su 5pm-10pm
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We really appreciate the way the crew??s great personalities and attentiveness. They have such great services and the food is not that bad. We will be back this weekend for more.

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★★★★★

We really appreciate the way the crew??s great personalities and attentiveness. They have such great services and the food is not that bad. We will be back this weekend for more.

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Excellent food always comes fresh and tasty! Great place to have a drink. The place looks good and comfortable. I love this place!

5
★★★★★

Excellent food always comes fresh and tasty! Great place to have a drink. The place looks good and comfortable. I love this place!

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Excellent fresh sushi. A bit pricey but good. Great drinks too.

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★★★★★

Excellent fresh sushi. A bit pricey but good. Great drinks too.

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Start the night off right with a specialty drink. The Guava Shiso-Jito is Smirnoff Citrus, guava nectar, mint, and lime. This is the best spin on a mojito Ive ever had. Its a great drink to relax with. I can feel the tropical breeze just

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★★★★★

Start the night off right with a specialty drink. The Guava Shiso-Jito is Smirnoff Citrus, guava nectar, mint, and lime. This is the best spin on a mojito Ive ever had. Its a great drink to relax with. I can feel the tropical breeze just

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Excellent food. Pricey. If you go with a fixed menu, don't try to order too much on the side. By the time course #5 is brought, you'll be full.

5
★★★★★

Excellent food. Pricey. If you go with a fixed menu, don't try to order too much on the side. By the time course #5 is brought, you'll be full.

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This place reminded me of the ipod dock my daughter has; the plastic walls and tables are constanly changing colors, almost too slowly to detect until you realize the once purple walls are now green.
I am hardly a Stephen Starr fan, and

3
★★★★★

This place reminded me of the ipod dock my daughter has; the plastic walls and tables are constanly changing colors, almost too slowly to detect until you realize the once purple walls are now green.
I am hardly a Stephen Starr fan, and

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I was very disappointed with the experience. After hearing so much about the restaurant I finally made a reservation for my birthday. We were greeted very well and the people aspect remained great and pleasant until the very end. However

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★★★★★

I was very disappointed with the experience. After hearing so much about the restaurant I finally made a reservation for my birthday. We were greeted very well and the people aspect remained great and pleasant until the very end. However

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I went in knowing it was going to be expensive, so price was not a huge concern. I wanted this meal to be about the experience since we were celebrating our first wedding anniversary. With that said, no matter what the price, the food was not very good. I was so disappointed!

I ordered the $120 tasting menu and my husband got the rock shrimp tempura and the seafood toban yaki. 5/8 courses of the tasting menu were raw fish. I had hoped for a little more variety, but they kept bringing out raw fish. Some were good, some not so good and it all started to taste the same after a while. They did bring out a half a lobster, but the spices were overpowering and the lobster was dry. The rock shrimp tempura was good, but just like bang bang shrimp from Bonefish Grill and a local restaurant by us has the same, both for a much lower price. The seafood toban yaki was barely edible. I thought it had way too much salt and a funky flavor. We also ordered a side of wasabi fried rice and we both took one bite and didn't touch it, it was gross, not edible. DO NOT ORDER!

However since it is Morimoto, I would suggest going there once to satisfy curiosity. Mine is satisfied, so I will never go back. The service was good, attentive and our waiter remembered to wish us a happy anniversary and took a picture for us.

Our bill was $220 (without tip). I had a diet coke and my husband had 3 Sapporos. Would have been much happier at Midtown Continental for $80.

1
★★☆☆☆

I went in knowing it was going to be expensive, so price was not a huge concern. I wanted this meal to be about the experience since we were celebrating our first wedding anniversary. With that said, no matter what the price, the food was not very good. I was so disappointed!

I ordered the $120 tasting menu and my husband got the rock shrimp tempura and the seafood toban yaki. 5/8 courses of the tasting menu were raw fish. I had hoped for a little more variety, but they kept bringing out raw fish. Some were good, some not so good and it all started to taste the same after a while. They did bring out a half a lobster, but the spices were overpowering and the lobster was dry. The rock shrimp tempura was good, but just like bang bang shrimp from Bonefish Grill and a local restaurant by us has the same, both for a much lower price. The seafood toban yaki was barely edible. I thought it had way too much salt and a funky flavor. We also ordered a side of wasabi fried rice and we both took one bite and didn't touch it, it was gross, not edible. DO NOT ORDER!

However since it is Morimoto, I would suggest going there once to satisfy curiosity. Mine is satisfied, so I will never go back. The service was good, attentive and our waiter remembered to wish us a happy anniversary and took a picture for us.

Our bill was $220 (without tip). I had a diet coke and my husband had 3 Sapporos. Would have been much happier at Midtown Continental for $80.

Pros: service

Cons: price, food

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Morimoto's restuarant is incredible! Fromt eh food, the staff, and the ambiance, top quality all the way! The atmosphere is breathtaking and the food will leave you please! Creative, yet comforting! Morimoto has blended his traditional Japanese cuisine with beautiful cultural fusion! Worth every penny!

5
★★★★★

Morimoto's restuarant is incredible! Fromt eh food, the staff, and the ambiance, top quality all the way! The atmosphere is breathtaking and the food will leave you please! Creative, yet comforting! Morimoto has blended his traditional Japanese cuisine with beautiful cultural fusion! Worth every penny!

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No better sushi in Philly. The quality of the ingredients and freshness of fish are top-notch. Would recommend the tasting menu and the drink pairing...the kobe beef dish is very tasty! Fun, contemporary atmosphere also.

5
★★★★★

No better sushi in Philly. The quality of the ingredients and freshness of fish are top-notch. Would recommend the tasting menu and the drink pairing...the kobe beef dish is very tasty! Fun, contemporary atmosphere also.

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I have been to Morimoto three times. The first two times I was with my parents and had two excellent meals, including the tasting menu. However, my third trip to Morimoto was with my friend. The waiter all but ignored us for the entire meal, probably because we both look about 25. Instead our waiter lavished all of his attention on a table who was spending more money on Pellegrino water, cocktails, and multiple appetizers. We had only ordered two appetizers and two entrees, which apparently is not enough to warrant any attention. We went for 10 minutes without water, and when our meal was delivered my friend had no fork with which to eat her meal! Our waiter was so inattentive that we had to flag him down to get a utensil. He did not ask how us how our meal was until after we had finished eating. I had ordered the ishi yaki bop rice dish with king yellowtail and, although it was tasty the first time I?d had it, it was dry this time. Overall this place is hit-or-miss, depending on your company (and how much the waiter thinks you will spend and tip). Although I had two good meals, I will not be returning.

1
★★★☆☆

I have been to Morimoto three times. The first two times I was with my parents and had two excellent meals, including the tasting menu. However, my third trip to Morimoto was with my friend. The waiter all but ignored us for the entire meal, probably because we both look about 25. Instead our waiter lavished all of his attention on a table who was spending more money on Pellegrino water, cocktails, and multiple appetizers. We had only ordered two appetizers and two entrees, which apparently is not enough to warrant any attention. We went for 10 minutes without water, and when our meal was delivered my friend had no fork with which to eat her meal! Our waiter was so inattentive that we had to flag him down to get a utensil. He did not ask how us how our meal was until after we had finished eating. I had ordered the ishi yaki bop rice dish with king yellowtail and, although it was tasty the first time I?d had it, it was dry this time. Overall this place is hit-or-miss, depending on your company (and how much the waiter thinks you will spend and tip). Although I had two good meals, I will not be returning.

Pros: ambience, fun drinks

Cons: service

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I don't eat Sushi, but my boyfriend does and loves the Iron Chef. It's definitely overpriced in some regard. My boyfriend ordered the "Chef's Choice" he loved every single dish, but left there hungry and starving (that stinks when you spend over $100+ for your meal). We had to get room service late night in our hotel (a cheesesteak). I had some mixed fizzy drink, which was very good! The waiter was strange, very theatrical and knowledgeable but served us well. We had a 6P reservation and the place was initially empty, but filled up rather quickly. Don't go this place hungry, you will leave still hungry. I had the steak and it was okay, nothing great, but I didn't expect it to be great, since it's a sushi place. Just have realistic expectatons when you go, oh and the lighting fixtures on the tables look falic.

1
★★★☆☆

I don't eat Sushi, but my boyfriend does and loves the Iron Chef. It's definitely overpriced in some regard. My boyfriend ordered the "Chef's Choice" he loved every single dish, but left there hungry and starving (that stinks when you spend over $100+ for your meal). We had to get room service late night in our hotel (a cheesesteak). I had some mixed fizzy drink, which was very good! The waiter was strange, very theatrical and knowledgeable but served us well. We had a 6P reservation and the place was initially empty, but filled up rather quickly. Don't go this place hungry, you will leave still hungry. I had the steak and it was okay, nothing great, but I didn't expect it to be great, since it's a sushi place. Just have realistic expectatons when you go, oh and the lighting fixtures on the tables look falic.

Pros: Sushi

Cons: Price & Portions

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On 09/29/2008 we drove from Baltimore to Philadelphia for a 5:30pm reservation on a Monday night. Upon arrival we were the only people there except the staff. We were seated and started out with a Morimoto Soba Ale and a non-alcoholic pineapple cocktail. We decided on three $120.00 Omakase and $85.00/$65.00 drink paring. We recieved a complimentary dish(About the size of a quarter) with a tiny peice of lobster and sauce, which was very tasty.

The first course was tuna tartar with caviar/scallions which was very tasty with a glass of wine.
The second course was three oysters with jalapeno/lime which were very good with glass of Sake.
The third course was red snapper with a citrus type sauce with a glass of wine.
The fourth course was yellowtail with sea urchin/grasses/sauce with a glass of Sake.
The fifth course was a half lobster(eight spice) containing about four bites of lobster with a glass of wine.
The sixth course was Kobe beef(Unk what part) that was just plain bland with glass of red wine.
The dessert was some type of cake with some drops of glaze, trully forgettable.

Overall for the cost it was certainly not worth the trip from out of town or the $120.00 per person cost for the food. The total cost for our meal was $585.00 plus tip. The best part of the trip was leaving and driving to Geno's Steaks and getting three cheesesteaks to fill us up for $22.50.

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★★★☆☆

On 09/29/2008 we drove from Baltimore to Philadelphia for a 5:30pm reservation on a Monday night. Upon arrival we were the only people there except the staff. We were seated and started out with a Morimoto Soba Ale and a non-alcoholic pineapple cocktail. We decided on three $120.00 Omakase and $85.00/$65.00 drink paring. We recieved a complimentary dish(About the size of a quarter) with a tiny peice of lobster and sauce, which was very tasty.

The first course was tuna tartar with caviar/scallions which was very tasty with a glass of wine.
The second course was three oysters with jalapeno/lime which were very good with glass of Sake.
The third course was red snapper with a citrus type sauce with a glass of wine.
The fourth course was yellowtail with sea urchin/grasses/sauce with a glass of Sake.
The fifth course was a half lobster(eight spice) containing about four bites of lobster with a glass of wine.
The sixth course was Kobe beef(Unk what part) that was just plain bland with glass of red wine.
The dessert was some type of cake with some drops of glaze, trully forgettable.

Overall for the cost it was certainly not worth the trip from out of town or the $120.00 per person cost for the food. The total cost for our meal was $585.00 plus tip. The best part of the trip was leaving and driving to Geno's Steaks and getting three cheesesteaks to fill us up for $22.50.

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I've eaten here over a dozen times and I still love it as much as the first. If you're going to dine here, get the omakase and be sure to get the $120 because the $80 one will just get you the pedestrian stuff you see on the menu. I was here last night and the place was packed (on a wednesday!). If I didn't make my reservation for 8:15 I would've had to make it for 9:30 as all the spots were booked. I love the toro tuna tartare, the yellowtail carpaccio, the oysters, the kampachi salad, the 8 spice lobster, the kobe beef sirloin, the sushi, and even my apricot pound cake. Yeah, can you tell this is what I had last night? Awesome awesome!!! Five stars all the way.

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★★★★★

I've eaten here over a dozen times and I still love it as much as the first. If you're going to dine here, get the omakase and be sure to get the $120 because the $80 one will just get you the pedestrian stuff you see on the menu. I was here last night and the place was packed (on a wednesday!). If I didn't make my reservation for 8:15 I would've had to make it for 9:30 as all the spots were booked. I love the toro tuna tartare, the yellowtail carpaccio, the oysters, the kampachi salad, the 8 spice lobster, the kobe beef sirloin, the sushi, and even my apricot pound cake. Yeah, can you tell this is what I had last night? Awesome awesome!!! Five stars all the way.

Pros: the food

Cons: very noisy

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I have a hard time believing Morimoto himself actually came up with the dishes this place serves. Every sauce is over sweetened and is simply lacking in flavor. The sushi is good however it is not worth $6 a piece. The ishy yaki buri bop is basically a $30 bowl of fried rice, $45 if you want a few ounces of fake "Kobe" beef in it. For the amount of money they charge, this place is too noisy, too cramped, and the level of service is not there. A wet table, a cracked water glass and the lunch truck (break-apart) chopsticks is unacceptable for this price. If you are drawn to "hip" (neon lamps and phallic candles) ambiance and have a disposable income, you may like this place. Otherwise it's not worth it. I've had enough of this Stephen Starr nonsense.

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★★☆☆☆

I have a hard time believing Morimoto himself actually came up with the dishes this place serves. Every sauce is over sweetened and is simply lacking in flavor. The sushi is good however it is not worth $6 a piece. The ishy yaki buri bop is basically a $30 bowl of fried rice, $45 if you want a few ounces of fake "Kobe" beef in it. For the amount of money they charge, this place is too noisy, too cramped, and the level of service is not there. A wet table, a cracked water glass and the lunch truck (break-apart) chopsticks is unacceptable for this price. If you are drawn to "hip" (neon lamps and phallic candles) ambiance and have a disposable income, you may like this place. Otherwise it's not worth it. I've had enough of this Stephen Starr nonsense.

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meal was only average. I had a sea bass whole fish meal and my partner had the $120 chef choice. although she liked the variety of her courses she was not overly impressed with the meal. My choice was mediocre at best. I could have gotten the whole fish at many restaurants for a fraction of what I paid at
morimotos and been just as satified.
As far as service, this is the second time visiting Marimotos and I would have to say that I see a decline in the service. I felt as if we were being "up serviced" at every oportunity. I dont know if my waiter lacked the nuances of an upscale server or not but he came accross as more of a salesmen than a server. Our experience was alright but the price was over the top. For what we paid we should have been wowed. I frequent many local restaurants and spend appropriatly at each one. Morimotos was a bit of a let down.

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★★★☆☆

meal was only average. I had a sea bass whole fish meal and my partner had the $120 chef choice. although she liked the variety of her courses she was not overly impressed with the meal. My choice was mediocre at best. I could have gotten the whole fish at many restaurants for a fraction of what I paid at
morimotos and been just as satified.
As far as service, this is the second time visiting Marimotos and I would have to say that I see a decline in the service. I felt as if we were being "up serviced" at every oportunity. I dont know if my waiter lacked the nuances of an upscale server or not but he came accross as more of a salesmen than a server. Our experience was alright but the price was over the top. For what we paid we should have been wowed. I frequent many local restaurants and spend appropriatly at each one. Morimotos was a bit of a let down.

Pros: nice variety, interesting decor

Cons: price, price and price. for what you get, too high

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After being at another Steven Star restaurant, Buddakan my expectations were high going into Morimoto. It was just one restaurant I had always wanted to try. The prices were high on the menu so our group of four decided that after ordering at least a couple of appetizers and entrees to share we might as well go with the recommended chef menu for $80 per person. The chef's menu can go up to $120 depending on the quality of the ingredients used. The chef's menu is where the chef picks out his best dishes of the night over several courses. I have to say that all of the courses were very disappointing! There was not one course that I absolutely loved considering the money we were spending on the meal and all of the dishes were seafood bases (yes I know it is a sushi place) but something vegetarian would have been good for a change of pace. Also some of the dishes did have a fishy taste to them. I like fish when its fresh. Our last course consisted of sushi the tuna was very good but there was some scary fish on there that no one of our group wanted to try and the one person who did said it had a fishy taste. The dessert was good but not outstanding. When you are paying that kind of money for a meal you expect outstanding. The service was excellent though. Once we were finished with a course we had no idea how they knew and someone would just appear with the next. Also if you're going to a place for atmosphere only this is it. The atmosphere was very chic with lighting that changed different colors every few minutes in shades of red and blue. The bathroom was pretty unique too, they had very interesting hand dryers that came from nowhere, literally a hole in the wall. Overall Morimoto had good service, and atmosphere, but the food was just not up to par with the prices.

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★★★☆☆

After being at another Steven Star restaurant, Buddakan my expectations were high going into Morimoto. It was just one restaurant I had always wanted to try. The prices were high on the menu so our group of four decided that after ordering at least a couple of appetizers and entrees to share we might as well go with the recommended chef menu for $80 per person. The chef's menu can go up to $120 depending on the quality of the ingredients used. The chef's menu is where the chef picks out his best dishes of the night over several courses. I have to say that all of the courses were very disappointing! There was not one course that I absolutely loved considering the money we were spending on the meal and all of the dishes were seafood bases (yes I know it is a sushi place) but something vegetarian would have been good for a change of pace. Also some of the dishes did have a fishy taste to them. I like fish when its fresh. Our last course consisted of sushi the tuna was very good but there was some scary fish on there that no one of our group wanted to try and the one person who did said it had a fishy taste. The dessert was good but not outstanding. When you are paying that kind of money for a meal you expect outstanding. The service was excellent though. Once we were finished with a course we had no idea how they knew and someone would just appear with the next. Also if you're going to a place for atmosphere only this is it. The atmosphere was very chic with lighting that changed different colors every few minutes in shades of red and blue. The bathroom was pretty unique too, they had very interesting hand dryers that came from nowhere, literally a hole in the wall. Overall Morimoto had good service, and atmosphere, but the food was just not up to par with the prices.

Pros: Atmosphere, Service

Cons: Value

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I had dinner here with a friend last night and everything was perfect. The service, the sushi, the drinks. I would say if you want sushi and you are in Philly this is the only place to go. The hosts were warm and welcoming and the server, Jean was informative and unintrusive. The sushi was fresh and the rice was cooked perfectly. There is also an extensive sake list which included Chef Morimoto's own signature sakes. I can't wait to go back.

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★★★★★

I had dinner here with a friend last night and everything was perfect. The service, the sushi, the drinks. I would say if you want sushi and you are in Philly this is the only place to go. The hosts were warm and welcoming and the server, Jean was informative and unintrusive. The sushi was fresh and the rice was cooked perfectly. There is also an extensive sake list which included Chef Morimoto's own signature sakes. I can't wait to go back.

Pros: Sushi and Service

Cons: None

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Went to Morimoto for a birthday party and it was great!! The food and service were outstanding. We even got to meet him and got him to sign a menu in Japanese, which he gave us. My kids will never forget.

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★★★★☆

Went to Morimoto for a birthday party and it was great!! The food and service were outstanding. We even got to meet him and got him to sign a menu in Japanese, which he gave us. My kids will never forget.

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I didn't think this place was that special. I don't quite understand why it got so many great reviews. I thought this would be really good because, ( i hate to admit) of the name behind it, but it was just your average sushi joint at above areage prices. I was expecting a nobu-like experience, but it just didnt stand up. Yeah the atomosphear was cool but for me it comes down to the food. I could care less about the other stuff.

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★★☆☆☆

I didn't think this place was that special. I don't quite understand why it got so many great reviews. I thought this would be really good because, ( i hate to admit) of the name behind it, but it was just your average sushi joint at above areage prices. I was expecting a nobu-like experience, but it just didnt stand up. Yeah the atomosphear was cool but for me it comes down to the food. I could care less about the other stuff.

Pros: looks cool

Cons: food/price

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My husband and I went to Morimoto just recently and had an amazing experience. We ordered the $120 chef's menu and fell in love at first dish! We had 8 courses including dessert. The pacing was perfect. We never felt rushed or overstuffed. That's not to say we didn't get our money's worth. Each course had it's own unique quality and our waiter told us that you will never get the same menu twice. Great sake drinks and martinis. Wonderful atmosphere. From the hostess that seated us to our server John to one of the managers that came over to our table after dinner, you couldn't ask for a more hospitable staff. I can't think of any part of our dinner that would be a con. At first glance the menu could be a little overwhelming. Overall, GO! GO! GO!

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★★★★★

My husband and I went to Morimoto just recently and had an amazing experience. We ordered the $120 chef's menu and fell in love at first dish! We had 8 courses including dessert. The pacing was perfect. We never felt rushed or overstuffed. That's not to say we didn't get our money's worth. Each course had it's own unique quality and our waiter told us that you will never get the same menu twice. Great sake drinks and martinis. Wonderful atmosphere. From the hostess that seated us to our server John to one of the managers that came over to our table after dinner, you couldn't ask for a more hospitable staff. I can't think of any part of our dinner that would be a con. At first glance the menu could be a little overwhelming. Overall, GO! GO! GO!

Pros: Service, quality of food, chef's menu

Cons: none

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I had the mid-level tasting menu and had the server pair drinks. My partner had an appetizer and the sea bass. His food was so amazing (and my food kept coming) - so he ordered a second entree. It was that good! Expensive but worth every hundred dollar bill!!!!

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★★★★★

I had the mid-level tasting menu and had the server pair drinks. My partner had an appetizer and the sea bass. His food was so amazing (and my food kept coming) - so he ordered a second entree. It was that good! Expensive but worth every hundred dollar bill!!!!

Pros: everything. food, service, ambience was perfect.

Cons: expensive (but worth it)

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I am usually not into Stephen Starr's restaurants - I mean, the food is usually okay, but I usually find the music, decor, and service to be somewhat pretentious. Morimoto is definitely the exception to my feelings about Starr's restaurants. I mean, the decor and music is true to that of Starr's places, but I can not stress how much I loved the service. We arrived before our reservation, so we headed upstairs to the lounge which was cozy and the servers were all VERY nice. When our table was ready, someone came and got us and brought us downstairs. Our server was awesome! The food was sooo good. I can't wait to go back. Worth the price - best sushi/japanese food in the city.

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★★★★★

I am usually not into Stephen Starr's restaurants - I mean, the food is usually okay, but I usually find the music, decor, and service to be somewhat pretentious. Morimoto is definitely the exception to my feelings about Starr's restaurants. I mean, the decor and music is true to that of Starr's places, but I can not stress how much I loved the service. We arrived before our reservation, so we headed upstairs to the lounge which was cozy and the servers were all VERY nice. When our table was ready, someone came and got us and brought us downstairs. Our server was awesome! The food was sooo good. I can't wait to go back. Worth the price - best sushi/japanese food in the city.

Pros: food, service

Cons: it is extremely pricey, but worth it

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Morimoto is amazing! Their food is an awesome asian fusion type. They have really delicious appetizers (try the fried shrimp) and great sushi! Do be prepared to pay a few dollars for your meal, though! (especially if you are ordering drinks..!)

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★★★★★

Morimoto is amazing! Their food is an awesome asian fusion type. They have really delicious appetizers (try the fried shrimp) and great sushi! Do be prepared to pay a few dollars for your meal, though! (especially if you are ordering drinks..!)

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My girlfriend and I went there Saturday night at her request. She'd seen reviews and we'd tried to find it (with no planning) years ago with no luck. We thought this would be a great use of a gift card and it was. There's no overhanging sign. It's a relatively narrow restaurant and the street facing lighted name doesn't give any warning if you don't know it's there. The decor and atmosphere put us immediately at ease, and we were immediately seated (having a reservation) although the table light is a bit phallic. Our waitress was a joy and her recommendations were spot on, except for the "Mushi Steamed Soup" which, while different and good, wasn't up to the standards of the decor and the rest of the meal. We'd go back again if only for the Calamari Tempura Salad or just the calamari - the lighter tempura batter and perfect cooking would have allowed it to melt in the mouth if the stomach didn't yell to get in on the action. The Sea Bass was very good but as nothing compared to the Seafood Toban Yaku with lots of crab, shrimp, scallops, mussells, and baby bok choy, all in a lemon butter sauce. My girlfriend kept dunking her sea bass in the sauce and we both probably could have wiped out a loaf of Italian bread sopping it up. We were also served by several others of the wait staff who were very polite and, dare I say it, happy. The only negative I would point to is the hard ceiling that keeps the sound rolling when the place is full. I'm sure we'll go back, once the budget has healed.

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★★★★★

My girlfriend and I went there Saturday night at her request. She'd seen reviews and we'd tried to find it (with no planning) years ago with no luck. We thought this would be a great use of a gift card and it was. There's no overhanging sign. It's a relatively narrow restaurant and the street facing lighted name doesn't give any warning if you don't know it's there. The decor and atmosphere put us immediately at ease, and we were immediately seated (having a reservation) although the table light is a bit phallic. Our waitress was a joy and her recommendations were spot on, except for the "Mushi Steamed Soup" which, while different and good, wasn't up to the standards of the decor and the rest of the meal. We'd go back again if only for the Calamari Tempura Salad or just the calamari - the lighter tempura batter and perfect cooking would have allowed it to melt in the mouth if the stomach didn't yell to get in on the action. The Sea Bass was very good but as nothing compared to the Seafood Toban Yaku with lots of crab, shrimp, scallops, mussells, and baby bok choy, all in a lemon butter sauce. My girlfriend kept dunking her sea bass in the sauce and we both probably could have wiped out a loaf of Italian bread sopping it up. We were also served by several others of the wait staff who were very polite and, dare I say it, happy. The only negative I would point to is the hard ceiling that keeps the sound rolling when the place is full. I'm sure we'll go back, once the budget has healed.

Pros: Tempura Calamari, Seafood Toban Yaku, service

Cons: Noise level when the restaurant is full, cost

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The miso soup at most Japanese restaurants tastes and looks like it comes from the same wholesale distributor. Little cubes of rehydrated tofu and pieces of scallion float in a too-salty broth. It?s an acceptable precursor to a meal, but it?s standard, and as I found out today, sub-par. Morimoto taught me that miso soup is actually much better than that.

I ordered food that I?d get at any other sushi place to offer a comparison between average and Morimoto. The ?Yellowtail and Scallion Roll? and ?Boston Mackerel Sushi? came out first. I was off to a good start. The yellowtail was finely minced and there was just the right amount of scallion to boost the flavor. It melted in my mouth. The mackerel was fresh and oceanic with a good texture. It wasn?t too big a bite, which is important in comparison of the giant sized fish slabs on snowballs of rice served at lesser sushi joints. The white pickled ginger tasted fresher and seemed like a natural product compared to the normal pink stuff. Everything looked beautiful on the dark wooden platter.

My miso soup arrived next, in an oversized white bowl, with a heavy shallow metal spoon. The broth was salted, sure, but this is a far cry from the packets you get at Trader Joe?s. This soup has a full, balanced flavor, accented with hits of thinly sliced scallion. But what really makes this dish are the big chunks of fresh silken tofu floating in the soup. I?ve never had tofu like this before. It?s totally different from the blocks of tofu from the store. Wikipedia explains, ?its texture can be described as similar to that of very fine custard.? From now on the reconstituted tofu blocks won?t cut it? bring on the fresh silken stuff.

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★★★★★

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The miso soup at most Japanese restaurants tastes and looks like it comes from the same wholesale distributor. Little cubes of rehydrated tofu and pieces of scallion float in a too-salty broth. It?s an acceptable precursor to a meal, but it?s standard, and as I found out today, sub-par. Morimoto taught me that miso soup is actually much better than that.

I ordered food that I?d get at any other sushi place to offer a comparison between average and Morimoto. The ?Yellowtail and Scallion Roll? and ?Boston Mackerel Sushi? came out first. I was off to a good start. The yellowtail was finely minced and there was just the right amount of scallion to boost the flavor. It melted in my mouth. The mackerel was fresh and oceanic with a good texture. It wasn?t too big a bite, which is important in comparison of the giant sized fish slabs on snowballs of rice served at lesser sushi joints. The white pickled ginger tasted fresher and seemed like a natural product compared to the normal pink stuff. Everything looked beautiful on the dark wooden platter.

My miso soup arrived next, in an oversized white bowl, with a heavy shallow metal spoon. The broth was salted, sure, but this is a far cry from the packets you get at Trader Joe?s. This soup has a full, balanced flavor, accented with hits of thinly sliced scallion. But what really makes this dish are the big chunks of fresh silken tofu floating in the soup. I?ve never had tofu like this before. It?s totally different from the blocks of tofu from the store. Wikipedia explains, ?its texture can be described as similar to that of very fine custard.? From now on the reconstituted tofu blocks won?t cut it? bring on the fresh silken stuff.

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I've been wanting to visit Morimoto for quite a while and finally went last night. It was five of us celebrating my sisters birthday and we were all very pleased. Seating was prompt (with reservations) and the service was the best I've had in the city. I definitely recommend the Omakase! We ordered the $120 Omakase and it was sooo good! The lobster was perfect and the kobe beef was exquisite! I have nothing bad to say about this place, I totally recommend it. Oh and the Chocolate Wasabi martini for dessert is a perfect choice. And if you think you're gonna spend $50, go ahead and double it cause it's easy to spend a lot in there!

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★★★★★

I've been wanting to visit Morimoto for quite a while and finally went last night. It was five of us celebrating my sisters birthday and we were all very pleased. Seating was prompt (with reservations) and the service was the best I've had in the city. I definitely recommend the Omakase! We ordered the $120 Omakase and it was sooo good! The lobster was perfect and the kobe beef was exquisite! I have nothing bad to say about this place, I totally recommend it. Oh and the Chocolate Wasabi martini for dessert is a perfect choice. And if you think you're gonna spend $50, go ahead and double it cause it's easy to spend a lot in there!

Pros: Prompt seating, service, and super tasty!

Cons: Very expensive but totally worth it!

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Morimoto's is my absolute favorite restaurant in Philadelphia. The atmosphere is a feeling of a mystical under-the-sea land, the food is inventive and perfectly prepared. The menu is a full scale delicasy from the fresh Sushi and sashimi to the Enormous entree's and impeccable desserts. Truly a extrodinary dining experience.

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★★★★★

Morimoto's is my absolute favorite restaurant in Philadelphia. The atmosphere is a feeling of a mystical under-the-sea land, the food is inventive and perfectly prepared. The menu is a full scale delicasy from the fresh Sushi and sashimi to the Enormous entree's and impeccable desserts. Truly a extrodinary dining experience.

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Eating at Morimoto is always a wonderful experience - especially when you order the omikase. It can't get any better. The service is always polite and attentive, the drinks are delicious, and the ambience is unique. The restuarant is large and airy but still manages to be intimate enough for a party of 2. It's a great place to celebrate something special.

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★★★★★

Eating at Morimoto is always a wonderful experience - especially when you order the omikase. It can't get any better. The service is always polite and attentive, the drinks are delicious, and the ambience is unique. The restuarant is large and airy but still manages to be intimate enough for a party of 2. It's a great place to celebrate something special.

Pros: omikase, drinks, great for special occasions

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I live in NJ and get my sushi fix sometimes once a week at the only place for sushi in S.J. . I consider myself very discriminating because I dont eat sushi or raw fish anywhere else in the Philadlephia area. The place in S.J. is that great - Im always impressed and never dissapointed after 7 years.

Tonight was my first time at Morimoto. I ate at the sushi bar.

Atmoshphere - Cool
Service - Friendly and Attentive
Tofu in Miso soup - Outstanding
Fish selection - Superior
Real Wasabi - I like the other stuff better
Ginger - A little sour and not as fragrant yet good

$50 chef sushi selection:
Portion - good
Nigiri - very fresh fish as expected. Rice unflavorful and and dry.
Total Sushi Experience - Average.
Tokyo cheese cake desert - crazy good.

Will I return? Not for sushi. I didnt go there for good tofu and cheesecake.

Oh I forgot !
Tanned Legs on Hot Blonde beside me at the bar - to die for

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★★★☆☆

I live in NJ and get my sushi fix sometimes once a week at the only place for sushi in S.J. . I consider myself very discriminating because I dont eat sushi or raw fish anywhere else in the Philadlephia area. The place in S.J. is that great - Im always impressed and never dissapointed after 7 years.

Tonight was my first time at Morimoto. I ate at the sushi bar.

Atmoshphere - Cool
Service - Friendly and Attentive
Tofu in Miso soup - Outstanding
Fish selection - Superior
Real Wasabi - I like the other stuff better
Ginger - A little sour and not as fragrant yet good

$50 chef sushi selection:
Portion - good
Nigiri - very fresh fish as expected. Rice unflavorful and and dry.
Total Sushi Experience - Average.
Tokyo cheese cake desert - crazy good.

Will I return? Not for sushi. I didnt go there for good tofu and cheesecake.

Oh I forgot !
Tanned Legs on Hot Blonde beside me at the bar - to die for

Pros: Fresh Fish

Cons: Dry Rice

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Do not pay attention to the whiners on this site who said bad things about this place. EVERYTHING was perfect. We even got a signed menu by Morimoto. We had the $100 fixed price, saki and martinis. FAB FAB FAB!!! For those who complain - get a life. For the 2 of use, the cost was $350 including the tip. Definately worth it!

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★★★★★

Do not pay attention to the whiners on this site who said bad things about this place. EVERYTHING was perfect. We even got a signed menu by Morimoto. We had the $100 fixed price, saki and martinis. FAB FAB FAB!!! For those who complain - get a life. For the 2 of use, the cost was $350 including the tip. Definately worth it!

Pros: atmosphere, fresh food, creativity, service

Cons: price is high, but worth it!

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What an incredible experience! I am very picky about my restaurants and this one exceeded my expectations. The decor is fablous, the service impeccable and the tasting menu was fresh and creative. It was like getting 8 tiny presents for dinner. Can't recommend enough!

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★★★★★

What an incredible experience! I am very picky about my restaurants and this one exceeded my expectations. The decor is fablous, the service impeccable and the tasting menu was fresh and creative. It was like getting 8 tiny presents for dinner. Can't recommend enough!

Pros: Atmosphere, Service, Food... basically everything.

Cons: Tourists that kept snapping flash pic while I was trying to eat.

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Morimoto is a place with great ambience, and the decor is absolutely remarkable. Here is my problem: The sushi rice is not cooked appropriately, this would never be acceptable in Japan. I spoke to one of their sushi chefs in Japanese and he told me that he is a student at U Penn. Ok great, this guy never made sushi, and morimoto already allows him to serve customers? In japan a Sushi Shokunin, this is what we refer to as the Sushi chef, has to first work 10 years in the back kitchen before being allowed to serve a customer. This is shameful, especially coming from Morimoto who knows better than that!!!! But I have to say the dishes are very interesting, especially the tofu that hardens right infront of you from liquid form. As a date spot I would recommend it. But as a place to come and truly enjoy japanese food, I would not. This is more of a Japanese Fusion food place than true japanese food. Also, please Morimotosan train your staff for at least one month before letting them stand there and serve customers. My sushi fell apart, because the nigiri of the gohan was not hard enough. the Wasabi was not as fresh as I hoped too.

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★☆☆☆☆

Morimoto is a place with great ambience, and the decor is absolutely remarkable. Here is my problem: The sushi rice is not cooked appropriately, this would never be acceptable in Japan. I spoke to one of their sushi chefs in Japanese and he told me that he is a student at U Penn. Ok great, this guy never made sushi, and morimoto already allows him to serve customers? In japan a Sushi Shokunin, this is what we refer to as the Sushi chef, has to first work 10 years in the back kitchen before being allowed to serve a customer. This is shameful, especially coming from Morimoto who knows better than that!!!! But I have to say the dishes are very interesting, especially the tofu that hardens right infront of you from liquid form. As a date spot I would recommend it. But as a place to come and truly enjoy japanese food, I would not. This is more of a Japanese Fusion food place than true japanese food. Also, please Morimotosan train your staff for at least one month before letting them stand there and serve customers. My sushi fell apart, because the nigiri of the gohan was not hard enough. the Wasabi was not as fresh as I hoped too.

Pros: Location, Morimoto Marketing, Decor, Ambience

Cons: Chefs are not trained well

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We got to Morimoto for our 10:15pm reservation on a Saturday night and were told that we would have to wait. We went up stairs to the bar/lounge area and ordered edamame, sushi and soup. I have heard great things about the sushi here, and was terribly disappointed. It was uncreative and unenjoyable... we didn't even finish it. The Dobin Mushi Steamed Soup was also not worth finishing. I think that this restaurant is more of a meat market and a place to be seen. The food isn't anything special, and absolutely not worth the price!

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★☆☆☆☆

We got to Morimoto for our 10:15pm reservation on a Saturday night and were told that we would have to wait. We went up stairs to the bar/lounge area and ordered edamame, sushi and soup. I have heard great things about the sushi here, and was terribly disappointed. It was uncreative and unenjoyable... we didn't even finish it. The Dobin Mushi Steamed Soup was also not worth finishing. I think that this restaurant is more of a meat market and a place to be seen. The food isn't anything special, and absolutely not worth the price!

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I came here for lunch and by the decor alone, you can tell that you are in for a modern take on Japanese cuicine. The sushi is fresh but the lunch set offerings seem basic. The hot and cold dishes are more inventive and interesting. The yosedofu (tofu) is made at your table and is mesmerizing to watch and the tuna pizza is definitely for the open minded seafood lover! There is a Chef's choice called "omikase" and while pricey, you let the chef create anything he wants for you. Very creative!
A great place to take your visiting friends to.

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★★★★☆

I came here for lunch and by the decor alone, you can tell that you are in for a modern take on Japanese cuicine. The sushi is fresh but the lunch set offerings seem basic. The hot and cold dishes are more inventive and interesting. The yosedofu (tofu) is made at your table and is mesmerizing to watch and the tuna pizza is definitely for the open minded seafood lover! There is a Chef's choice called "omikase" and while pricey, you let the chef create anything he wants for you. Very creative!
A great place to take your visiting friends to.

Pros: inventive Japanese cuisine

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I went to Morimoto on Sunday night for the first time with very high expectations. What an amazing dining experience. I had been told by friends not to expect to see Morimoto, but they were wrong. We had dinner at the sushi bar, and Morimoto was there making the sushi. I had read some negative reviews so I was a little nervous, but the food was definitely worth the price. An unforgetable dining experience.

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★★★★★

I went to Morimoto on Sunday night for the first time with very high expectations. What an amazing dining experience. I had been told by friends not to expect to see Morimoto, but they were wrong. We had dinner at the sushi bar, and Morimoto was there making the sushi. I had read some negative reviews so I was a little nervous, but the food was definitely worth the price. An unforgetable dining experience.

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This was one of the restaurant in Philly that I promised myself I would try before graduating from Penn. It did it four times. For the beginner coming here, you should definitely try the medium prized sampler option. This is such a great way to taste the different variety of dishes that this restaurant offers. The best part is that if you come back again and still want the sampler, all you have to do is tell the waitress this is your second time around. She will make sure to tell the chef and he will use more exotic ingredients in your dish. Everything is so fresh and delicous. They also have their own beer and sake. Of course this is definitely on teh expensive side but hey this is one of a very few 5 star restaurants in Philadelphia.

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★★★★★

This was one of the restaurant in Philly that I promised myself I would try before graduating from Penn. It did it four times. For the beginner coming here, you should definitely try the medium prized sampler option. This is such a great way to taste the different variety of dishes that this restaurant offers. The best part is that if you come back again and still want the sampler, all you have to do is tell the waitress this is your second time around. She will make sure to tell the chef and he will use more exotic ingredients in your dish. Everything is so fresh and delicous. They also have their own beer and sake. Of course this is definitely on teh expensive side but hey this is one of a very few 5 star restaurants in Philadelphia.

Pros: Food, service, ambience

Cons: pricey

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I dined at Morimoto for the first time the other night. I had never seen a sake list so extensive. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and patient while guiding us through our options. We both had the Morimoto Omakase. We chose to have each course paired with wonderful premium sake. The service, food, and beverages were all excellent and we can't wait to return!

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★★★★★

I dined at Morimoto for the first time the other night. I had never seen a sake list so extensive. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and patient while guiding us through our options. We both had the Morimoto Omakase. We chose to have each course paired with wonderful premium sake. The service, food, and beverages were all excellent and we can't wait to return!

Pros: service

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Having heard of Morimotos for years, I had to pay a visit to the famed restaurant (along with a few other places in Philly) on my recent visit to town. The ambiance was nice and comfy. The second floor bar seemed like a cool place to meet people. Once we were seated, the waitstaff had an attitude that they work in the finest restaurant anywhere and were not very helpful when asked for an explanation. It was interesting to see the bottom of their shirt scrape over my food when they lean over to put the plate on the table. The tempura looked nice, but tasted ok. There were no implements to hold the leftover bamboo sticks, neither did the waiters offer to clean up the sticks. The Kobe beef carpaccio had no marbling and was too salty. The noodle was also too salty, but an okay relief from the rest. The rock shrimp was the highlight of the night and highly recommended if you had to go there. My Sake steamed seabass was undercooked and not fresh. I did not taste anything special with the preparation. My friend ordered the BiBimBop variation, and it was terrible. Neither myself nor my other Foodie buddy thought the food was as expected. The price was on par with other places in town, but not worthy of the quality of the food we had. I considered the suggestion to order Sushi as others on this website, but anybody can cut a piece of sushi. Yes both of us had long bathroom breaks the next morning. In conclusion, it's a nice place to be seen, impress your friends...if they don't care about how food taste. With money not in the equation, we had better food at "Vietnam" and "Continental."

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★★★☆☆

Having heard of Morimotos for years, I had to pay a visit to the famed restaurant (along with a few other places in Philly) on my recent visit to town. The ambiance was nice and comfy. The second floor bar seemed like a cool place to meet people. Once we were seated, the waitstaff had an attitude that they work in the finest restaurant anywhere and were not very helpful when asked for an explanation. It was interesting to see the bottom of their shirt scrape over my food when they lean over to put the plate on the table. The tempura looked nice, but tasted ok. There were no implements to hold the leftover bamboo sticks, neither did the waiters offer to clean up the sticks. The Kobe beef carpaccio had no marbling and was too salty. The noodle was also too salty, but an okay relief from the rest. The rock shrimp was the highlight of the night and highly recommended if you had to go there. My Sake steamed seabass was undercooked and not fresh. I did not taste anything special with the preparation. My friend ordered the BiBimBop variation, and it was terrible. Neither myself nor my other Foodie buddy thought the food was as expected. The price was on par with other places in town, but not worthy of the quality of the food we had. I considered the suggestion to order Sushi as others on this website, but anybody can cut a piece of sushi. Yes both of us had long bathroom breaks the next morning. In conclusion, it's a nice place to be seen, impress your friends...if they don't care about how food taste. With money not in the equation, we had better food at "Vietnam" and "Continental."

Pros: Cool bar, cool atmosphere, nice place to be seen

Cons: The freshness and taste of food, the attitude of the waitstaff.

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First time I went I was amazed, the sushi was terrific and the service great even if the decor and atmosphere ridiculous.
I've been back basically once a year now, and each time seems to be disappointing.
The last time was last week, for a friends birthday. Aside from the 30 minute wait to be seated the sashimi/nigiri chefs selection we ordered was really disappointing. I guess it wouldn't have been as bad if my expectation hadn't been high. But then again, that sort of the point of a place like this. You pay for guaranteed, dependable quality. More concerning is that this last experience was NOT an outlier.
I suspect this is the last time we will visit Morimoto.

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★★★☆☆

First time I went I was amazed, the sushi was terrific and the service great even if the decor and atmosphere ridiculous.
I've been back basically once a year now, and each time seems to be disappointing.
The last time was last week, for a friends birthday. Aside from the 30 minute wait to be seated the sashimi/nigiri chefs selection we ordered was really disappointing. I guess it wouldn't have been as bad if my expectation hadn't been high. But then again, that sort of the point of a place like this. You pay for guaranteed, dependable quality. More concerning is that this last experience was NOT an outlier.
I suspect this is the last time we will visit Morimoto.

Pros: Good food, great service

Cons: Food quality no longer on par with cost

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First, I have to tell you that I did my research on this restaurant before I actually stepped into the door... I knew what I was spending and what type of surrounding I was going to be getting. From the time that I stepped into the door, I was spoiled. We had our car valet parked, Coats were taken at the door, the upstairs had lots of ambience...Very different pieces of Art Work that surround you... I ordered a Bellini which was a very tasteful Drink. I would recommend that as a starter and you could also finish with anotrher Bellini...
I ordered the ROCK SHRIMP TEMPURA which is mouth tasting good and the design is awesome that it comes out on...
For my dinner, I had LOBSTER 'EPICE' EIGHT SPICE LOBSTER( AWESOME) again, decorated to taste..
The whole experience was one that I will never forget. The waiters and waitresses were exceptionally spoiling me. They wait on you hand and foot...Go if you have lots of monet to spend or for a special occassion.
Betwwen the six of us, the bill came to $700 bucks........$230 per couple Gratuity was included
A night to remember...

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★★★★★

First, I have to tell you that I did my research on this restaurant before I actually stepped into the door... I knew what I was spending and what type of surrounding I was going to be getting. From the time that I stepped into the door, I was spoiled. We had our car valet parked, Coats were taken at the door, the upstairs had lots of ambience...Very different pieces of Art Work that surround you... I ordered a Bellini which was a very tasteful Drink. I would recommend that as a starter and you could also finish with anotrher Bellini...
I ordered the ROCK SHRIMP TEMPURA which is mouth tasting good and the design is awesome that it comes out on...
For my dinner, I had LOBSTER 'EPICE' EIGHT SPICE LOBSTER( AWESOME) again, decorated to taste..
The whole experience was one that I will never forget. The waiters and waitresses were exceptionally spoiling me. They wait on you hand and foot...Go if you have lots of monet to spend or for a special occassion.
Betwwen the six of us, the bill came to $700 bucks........$230 per couple Gratuity was included
A night to remember...

Pros: Customer Services, Ambience, Parking, Location and the Food......................

Cons: Bathrooms in basement

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it used to be a fun, indulgent, creative dining experience. now it is expensive and boring. and if you order the chef's choice sushi, don't be surprised when the server doesn't know the fish.

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★★☆☆☆

it used to be a fun, indulgent, creative dining experience. now it is expensive and boring. and if you order the chef's choice sushi, don't be surprised when the server doesn't know the fish.

Pros: king crab appetizer

Cons: incompetent hostess, exorbitant prices, boring food

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I love this place. I usually get the sushi when I go, because it seems to be a bit more reasonably priced than some other things on the menu. The $50 sushi platter and two appetizers is plenty for two people to share. I also recommend the miso clam soup, and the warm mushroom salad might be the best appetizer on the planet. The service is always attentive and competent.

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★★★★★

I love this place. I usually get the sushi when I go, because it seems to be a bit more reasonably priced than some other things on the menu. The $50 sushi platter and two appetizers is plenty for two people to share. I also recommend the miso clam soup, and the warm mushroom salad might be the best appetizer on the planet. The service is always attentive and competent.

Pros: Food, service

Cons: None

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If you want to be among those who think they are special, those who need to be seen to feel a sense of self worth, this is the place. The staff are friendly, but stand-off-ish, as though you should feel privileged to be in their restaurant.

The sushi was wanting, particularly for the price charged; a few pieces were literally stringy and uneatable. I have dined at some of the top sushi restaurants in the world and this one isn't among them; in fact, it isn't even average.

If you desire very good sushi at a reasonable price, there is a gem in the NE suburbs called To Yo. I will be returning to Maui for my yearly retreat (and no, I do not stay in a resort, but rather a fishing village) and there is a restaurant called Sensei. One of Bon Appetit's "Favorite Asian Restaurants" and one of Travel & Leisure's "Best Sushi Bars in America." With my eyes closed, I would not be able to tell the difference between some of their dishes and those at To Yo's; it is that good.

My advice, save your money at this overpriced, faux, ambiance only, joint.

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★★☆☆☆

If you want to be among those who think they are special, those who need to be seen to feel a sense of self worth, this is the place. The staff are friendly, but stand-off-ish, as though you should feel privileged to be in their restaurant.

The sushi was wanting, particularly for the price charged; a few pieces were literally stringy and uneatable. I have dined at some of the top sushi restaurants in the world and this one isn't among them; in fact, it isn't even average.

If you desire very good sushi at a reasonable price, there is a gem in the NE suburbs called To Yo. I will be returning to Maui for my yearly retreat (and no, I do not stay in a resort, but rather a fishing village) and there is a restaurant called Sensei. One of Bon Appetit's "Favorite Asian Restaurants" and one of Travel & Leisure's "Best Sushi Bars in America." With my eyes closed, I would not be able to tell the difference between some of their dishes and those at To Yo's; it is that good.

My advice, save your money at this overpriced, faux, ambiance only, joint.

Pros: Being seen

Cons: Everything else

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It is hard to say whether the unusual ambiance or the wonderful food are the biggest draw at Marimoto. Everything we had to eat was delicious, and we found the gently changing light schemes very romantic and relaxing. It is hard to describe, so I would certainly recommend you try it for yourself.

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★★★★★

It is hard to say whether the unusual ambiance or the wonderful food are the biggest draw at Marimoto. Everything we had to eat was delicious, and we found the gently changing light schemes very romantic and relaxing. It is hard to describe, so I would certainly recommend you try it for yourself.

Pros: Great food, lovely atmosphere.

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My husband, father-in-law, brother-in-law and I ate at Morimoto's 2 days ago. I rarely order a pre-dinner drink but decided to try one seeing that this restaurant has quite a following. I had a Shiso-juto. It was very well done. Our appetizers were very good as well. The toro tartar is excellent. We had the signature "tuna pizza." It was ok. I found it be rather pedestrian in flavor and originality. We also tried several maki rolls, all of which were outstanding. For an entree, I just got more sushi, which was very good. However, it just did not knock my socks off as I had expected, especially for the price. For example: $6 for ONE Ikura sushi? That is unbelievably expensive. The sushi at Genji is equally as good, if not a little better, and much more affordable. My dining companions ordered entrees off the menu. They were all good, but not impressive, by any means. In fact, my father-in-law's entree (a mixed seafood combination) came with rice that had been steamed in a lotus leaf, thus giving it a tea-like flavor. This would have been wonderful if the rice hadn't been cooked to the point of it being inedible. It was literally a solid, hard, brick of overcooked rice that had congealed together. My brother-in-law had sea bass, which I tasted and found to be rather uninteresting. My husband got a Kobe beef & rice meal served in a hot stone bowl. This was quite tasty, however, again, it was very mundane. I have experienced flavors and combinations of foods like this at very basic Asian restaurants. This was nothing special. The wine, although decent, was also highly overpriced.

The ambiance is exceptional, as is the wait staff. I never felt pressured or rushed in any way. And the entire staff was knowledgable and helpful.

I would recommend going to Morimoto's for lunch, or for a light dinner. It is worth the experience. Overall, it's way too expensive and the food is just not that impressive for its price tag.

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★★★☆☆

My husband, father-in-law, brother-in-law and I ate at Morimoto's 2 days ago. I rarely order a pre-dinner drink but decided to try one seeing that this restaurant has quite a following. I had a Shiso-juto. It was very well done. Our appetizers were very good as well. The toro tartar is excellent. We had the signature "tuna pizza." It was ok. I found it be rather pedestrian in flavor and originality. We also tried several maki rolls, all of which were outstanding. For an entree, I just got more sushi, which was very good. However, it just did not knock my socks off as I had expected, especially for the price. For example: $6 for ONE Ikura sushi? That is unbelievably expensive. The sushi at Genji is equally as good, if not a little better, and much more affordable. My dining companions ordered entrees off the menu. They were all good, but not impressive, by any means. In fact, my father-in-law's entree (a mixed seafood combination) came with rice that had been steamed in a lotus leaf, thus giving it a tea-like flavor. This would have been wonderful if the rice hadn't been cooked to the point of it being inedible. It was literally a solid, hard, brick of overcooked rice that had congealed together. My brother-in-law had sea bass, which I tasted and found to be rather uninteresting. My husband got a Kobe beef & rice meal served in a hot stone bowl. This was quite tasty, however, again, it was very mundane. I have experienced flavors and combinations of foods like this at very basic Asian restaurants. This was nothing special. The wine, although decent, was also highly overpriced.

The ambiance is exceptional, as is the wait staff. I never felt pressured or rushed in any way. And the entire staff was knowledgable and helpful.

I would recommend going to Morimoto's for lunch, or for a light dinner. It is worth the experience. Overall, it's way too expensive and the food is just not that impressive for its price tag.

Pros: Ambiance, service, sushi

Cons: highly overpriced, unimpressive entrees

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I loved the look of this place, but left with empty pockets and a semi-emply stomach. I think I would go here to hang out and have a drink again, but would go some place a little less expensive to eat sushi.

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★★★☆☆

I loved the look of this place, but left with empty pockets and a semi-emply stomach. I think I would go here to hang out and have a drink again, but would go some place a little less expensive to eat sushi.

Pros: great decor

Cons: overpriced, small portions

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Went to morimoto last night and tried the seasonal truffle menu. It was amazing! there were courses from the sushi bar (my favorite was the kobe short rib with truffles) and also from the hot kitchen...each course was creative and the meal really builds and crescendos with a fantastic dessert. Well worth the seasonal splurge. I think it is being offered thru new year's eve. A must have for truffle enthusiasts and morimoto fans

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★★★★★

Went to morimoto last night and tried the seasonal truffle menu. It was amazing! there were courses from the sushi bar (my favorite was the kobe short rib with truffles) and also from the hot kitchen...each course was creative and the meal really builds and crescendos with a fantastic dessert. Well worth the seasonal splurge. I think it is being offered thru new year's eve. A must have for truffle enthusiasts and morimoto fans

Pros: The service staff really knows what they are talking about.

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This restaurant is very chic, but our dinner was just OK and I think it was overpriced. I would not recommend it over Gengi and some of the other better sushi restaurants in the city.

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★★★☆☆

This restaurant is very chic, but our dinner was just OK and I think it was overpriced. I would not recommend it over Gengi and some of the other better sushi restaurants in the city.

Pros: chic atmosphere

Cons: overpriced

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Indeed, Morimoto is the type of swank joint that you would expect out of any Star restaurant. And the service is truly outstanding. Unfortunately, that's where the compliments end. The sushi out Morimoto is nothing short of disappointing (You'd never know that from the prices, though). The sushi that we got on our tasting menu was not good. Although there were some interesting and relatively rare selections, the sushi had that "fishy" taste and smell that alerts you to less-than-fresh options. Furthermore, the $10 Miso was horrible. Frankly, your money would be better spent going to a decent sushi place, where you'll get more sushi for cheaper.

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★★★★☆

Indeed, Morimoto is the type of swank joint that you would expect out of any Star restaurant. And the service is truly outstanding. Unfortunately, that's where the compliments end. The sushi out Morimoto is nothing short of disappointing (You'd never know that from the prices, though). The sushi that we got on our tasting menu was not good. Although there were some interesting and relatively rare selections, the sushi had that "fishy" taste and smell that alerts you to less-than-fresh options. Furthermore, the $10 Miso was horrible. Frankly, your money would be better spent going to a decent sushi place, where you'll get more sushi for cheaper.

Pros: Service, atmosphere

Cons: Sushi, prices, parking

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