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“Great Time, Great Service, Great Food!”

Nakato Japanese Restaurant
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Ranked #526 of 3,924 Restaurants in Atlanta
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 30 - US$ 30
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Piedmont Road
Atlanta, Georgia
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Time, Great Service, Great Food!”
Reviewed 29 December 2011

I visited Nakato Japanese on Christmas night and it was such a GREAT experience! The cook was fun and entertaining and very friendly. The food was wonderful, the pasta appetizer was a real treat.and very unique. I will be back to this restaurant again for sure.

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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Atlanta, GA
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853 reviews
431 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 331 helpful votes
“Still Good After All These Years”
Reviewed 27 December 2011

We had not been to Nakato in many years. In fact, it was so long ago that they were at a different location. I believe they were the first Japanese restaurant in Atlanta. Anyway, our experience confirmed that the way a restaurant stays in business for so long is by providing a good experience at a reasonable price. We chose to go early on a Monday night to take advantage of their "early bird" specials, where you pay about two-thirds of their usual price if you order before 6:30. We opted for the now-familiar arrangement where you are seated at a shared counter to watch a chef cook your food (shrimp, steak, and/or chicken) on a grill in front of you and provide some pyrotechnics along the way. The menu-- miso soup, salad, stir-fried vegetables, rice and the meat -- was tasty and efficiently served. If you want a more gourmet experience, other areas of the restaurant offered a sushi bar and many other Japanese specialities. We decided to try that the next time we visit.

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Atlanta Ga
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66 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Elegant meal, almost a visit to Japan”
Reviewed 31 October 2011

Consistently excellent service and high quality meal. The staff are well trained in serving an excellent meal. Most appear to be fluent in Japanese as well as English. The setting is relaxing and elegant. They also offer hibachi style meals which are fun for groups and families. We chose the peaceful luxury of sushi.

  • Visited October 2011
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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Mediocrity and a Surprise”
Reviewed 8 October 2011

It's early on a Saturday morning.... I don't feel like writing much, but wanted to jot down my opinion of this place.

I had great memories of Benihana years ago, and jumped at the chance to try Nakao on Cheshire Bridge Road. Overall, a big disappointment. The food wasn't as good as I remembered this type of food (hibachi/tepanyaki) to be. It just wasn't memorable. The chicken was bland, the shrimp was ok (but not great), the fried rice was bland, etc. We took our nephew there (17) as he loves these types of places. He wasn't that impressed either.

We were in/out in under one hour, as many people have said. They "gun it" as soon as you sit down.

As we were paying the bill, we heard screams across the room at another table. Everyone was jumping up from their grill/chairs. I don't know what it was, so I won't make assumptions, but they were quickly seated at another table, and someone came out with a big rage to scoop up whatever was scurrying around their plates. I know what I think it was, but you can figure it out for yourself.

I definitely won't go back, but now I'm anxious to try Benihana again to compare the two.

Three people at the grill, plus one coke and two beers = $98 without tip.

Ciao, Alex

  • Visited October 2011
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Great food real Loud!”
Reviewed 26 September 2011

The food is great as usual. Keep in mind if you go on the weekend its going to be real loud. There is nothing wrong with that. Just keep in mind lots of people have there Birthday's here and they drums they play to celebrate are loud as heck!. Get ready for the drums to play every 10 minutes also. You can't go wrong with the food and the Ciroc drinks are good!

  • Visited September 2011
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