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“Probably a Fun Place for Kids”

Koto Sake Japanese Steak House & Sushi
Ranked #46 of 267 Restaurants in Columbia
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: 410-531-2825
Reviewed 24 August 2014

I was hankering for a hibachi meal at a Japanese Steak House and chose this one due to better reviews than for the one closer to home. Sorry to say, we thought it was just "okay." It did not measure up to other similar restaurants we've been to in the past. We made reservations, but did not actually need them, as it was not that crowded on a Sunday night. The staff was attentive enough, and the young man tried to entertain during the meal, but it was not a very professional performance. The food was only average. We will not be returning, as there are others of this sort that I prefer. However, it did look as if the families with young children were having a good time.

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Thank DiBowers
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

Have celebrated a couple birthdays here-- HUGE hibachi grills can fit a large party without any problem. Groupons and hibachi deals are great, filet mignon was scrumptious. Sushi is good too! Enjoy!

Thank Marylandmama
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Reviewed 13 August 2014 via mobile

I have to feed my craving for the American Dream Roll at least twice a month! I love several other rolls too! Never a wait to be seated and I don't understand why! Sushi is fresh and service is great. The hibachi rivals Benihanas for sure! Definitely worth a visit!

Thank lspellen
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Please NOTE: This review of their food is from a grubHub delivery order: Not a dining-in experience

We were REALLY excited to see that the Koto Sake Japanese Steak House was now delivering the yummy to our doorstep....through grubHub. I've eaten at the restaurant before, and it was AWESOME

What's NOT awesome is paying $25.95 for a dinner combination of Hibachi Steak and Shrimp and not getting enough with it to even split! Look at the picture - does that look like a $25 entree? See, we often split entrees and order extra apps & sushi - but that just doesn't work when the portions are so measly for such a BIG price! Booo! I guess we expected to get the same kind of portion with delivery that we get when we eat in.

The salad was just a couple bad chunks of iceburg & a few carrot slivers - the Miso soup is really just a clear broth with a few scallions -a skimpy serving of noodles and not overcooked veggies. The Hibachi Steak was overdone and also skimpy - though we did get a nice number of shrimp to split.

We also ordered Beef Maki Rolled $ 4.95 app- which sounded really cool but turned out to be just a lump ground beef steamed Lollipop style on a sharp stick with a watery Teriaki sauce. Dangerous to eat - sharp! LOL We also got Shrimp Tempura Maki $ 5.95 and that was very good!

So - all in all - I gotta say this review sounds like - Womp womp - not so great.

Why Do We love grubHub?
There's a good ethnic variety, you get a text confirmation, you can pay and tip via PayPal - it's awesome! Give it a try. I really hope more restaurants join in -there's only 9 restaurants to choose from for delivery in Columbia so far. But compared to the pricey and LONG experience with CarryOut Menu -- grubHub beats 'em hands down - even if this KOTO experience was disappointing.

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Thank GwynethJ
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

This your Japanese food while on a budget. The service is slow but courteous. The steak grill rooms are smoky- is the restaurant on fire? Or the exhaust system is just bad? The showman chef was a riot with his tricks but really it was the accent that provided the perfect music. And show. The saki shooting range was a bit easy to catch. He ran out of liquor. Well, here are the classic blunders. The miso soup was a missed soup- hardly any miso or miso flavor on it. It was clear as water. Our medium steak order was cooked well done and the rare steak was medium- It was just too rong in the grill.

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Thank ebbtide123
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