Makoto promises something different from the typical Japanese restaurant. The atmosphere, customs and service are authentic, and few diners seem to ... More
Makoto promises something different from the typical Japanese restaurant. The atmosphere, customs and service are authentic, and few diners seem to mind that the crowded restaurant also resembles the closeness of the Ginza. More to the point, the food hits the mark with a fixed-price, chef's-choice menu that includes ten delicate courses that will transport you to Japan. The restaurant is so traditionally Japanese, patrons are asked to leave their shoes at the door. Please note that socks are required. Street parking is available.
Makoto offers something different than a sushi places, it seems like a typical Japanese restaurant. The atmosphere is great, customer service is outstanding.
I highly recommend it if you are looking for an ethnic dinner that you will really enjoy
the food was very good. it was a tad on the strange side of japanese food but still great. i am half japanese and go to japan often so i know what good japanese food is. you can sit at the bar or at little tables. you change out of shoes at the front genkan and put on slippers. the only thing i would say i didnt like was that the waitresses wore supposedly japanese kimonos, but were really wearing sleeping yukatas which are kind of like flimsy robes and were wearing slippers usually for home, but i guess only Japanese people would notice that. But the food is great, not too expensive, and the place has a private atmosphere.
They take reservations but do not honor them. When I got to the restaurant I was told that they could not accommodate my party and that they could not do anything. I had visiting guests and wanted to take them to a good Japanese restaurant during their visit. We traveled all the way to Washington DC, which took us over an hour, and the arrogant server/receptionist did not accommodate us and was not apologetic at all. Very arrogant with no regard for the inconvenience they put other people through. Even if they are a good restaurant, they should have respect for their patrons. DON'T TAKE RESERVATIONS IF YOU CANNOT HONOR THEM!!! It's as simple as that.
Having been to Japan twice, this is closest I've come to Kyoto cuisine on the east coast. I've read many other reviews about this restaurant that are not very flattering. Put simply, this is not a restaurant for everyone. They offer a limited menu, with NO substitutions. This allows the chef to create perfect dishes. Also $50 for a seven course omakase is very cheap! The same meal in NYC could easily be $150 or more. If you want to experience a real Japanese meal this is the place to go. If you are looking for boats of sushi, a large selection of sushi rolls, teriyaki, salads with ginger dressing, bowls of white rice, miso soup etc... You'll have to look for another restaurant
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