Guests at Motoga Japanese Steak House sit around large hibachi grills while deft chefs slice, dice, cook (and sometimes throw) food for their ... More
Motoga Japanese Steak House
Guests at Motoga Japanese Steak House sit around large hibachi grills while deft chefs slice, dice, cook (and sometimes throw) food for their entertainment. Regular seating is available in the front, as well as at the sushi bar. A sushi bar offers 55 items for sushi fans. Guests can choose from traditional beef, pork, chicken and seafood dishes, or those prepared on the large grills, in teriyaki, tempura and yakitori styles. Soup, salad and appetizers are also offered.
Went with favorable reviews on this place and visited for the first time today. I am glad to say the reviews were correct. We enjoyed a very inexpensive (less than 10 bucks for soup, salad, rice, steak and shrimp!) but satisfying lunch. The soup was very flavorful with what I m guessing were tempura battter bits sprinkled on top before serving. Even though the salad was nothing to brag about, we also ordered chicken yakatori for an appetizer, and it was great. To dispute the one negative review here, our grill chef was dressed in an immaculate uniform, and it was after 1:30 pm. Yes some ceiling tiles are stained, but everything else - including the hood vents were spotless (and I am ServSafe certified). The chef was talented and all the food was prepared exactly as ordered, and it was delicious. If you have not visited Motoga, take a chance and you too will be won over.
Matoga remains one of Jacksonville's best kept secrets for Japanese food. If you are looking for $25 dollar skimpy dinners, then Matoga is not for you. You should try Kan Ki, Daruma, or any of the other run of the mill Japanese Steakhouses.
Matoga is very fairly priced, and give you huge portions. On top of that, the staff is wonderful and friendly, and are there with a refill before you drink even comes close to the bottom of the glass.
On Tuesday and Wednesday nights, Matoga runs their lunch specials where you get a FULL meal for under $10. That is soup, salad, and a huge meal cooked in front of you with fried rice for under $10!
We ate there today (Mother's Day). The food was excellent and the service was excellent and the portions were larger than at other Japanese resturaunts we have eaten at in this area. The building was old but ok..I give it 5 stars.
I picked this restaurant based on the positive reviews, but I was disappointed. I brought a party of 8 to have lunch at the hibachi grill. I thought the staff was friendly and attentive. I thought my meal was well prepared. However, the scallops didn't have much flavor- they only tasted like butter, so I don't think they were fresh. My wife had a glass of white wine, but it tasted like the bottle had been opened some time ago. The only really disturbing part of the experience was the cleanliness of the facility and the cleanliness of the staff. Our waitress's red shirt was stained black in front. I noticed one of the chefs whose uniform and apron were badly stained. (Keep in mind they had only been open for a couple of hours that day.) If that particular chef had been preparing my food, I would have left. The ventilation vents in the ceiling were covered with dirt and grease, there was food on the floor, my chair was sticky, one of my guests was given a dirty plate, and my shoes stuck to the bathroom floor. At night I might not have noticed, but with the early afternoon sunlight streaming through the windows these problems were evident. The chefs were not at all entertaining, but that's really not important to me. The price was very reasonable. If the management will engage and clean up the restaurant and ensure the staff wear clean uniforms, this establishment could provide a very positive dining experience.
this is one of the better Japanese steak houses in town. It is not as upscale as some of the more well known places but the food is delicious not bland like some of the other places and the staff is very friendly.
i have to say that after reading the reviews and checking this place out, they are dead on. I found the shrimp and sushi to be well done and fresh. The hibachi was great and the chef was congenial and creative. not over top but just right!! It
was pretty empty which is sad considering its a nice place, so i hope these reviews will convince you to at least give Motoga a chance!!
I have went to Motoga Japanese Steak House... for years. It has been my favorite place to go. It's homey, kind of Moms and Pops in a sense. The quality in food and service I rate very highly. And even though their Bar is not very big, the drinks are very good. ( Seems a little pricey, but you definitely get your moneys worth in alcohol. I think some drink specials would help. ) I eat pretty much anything. I usually go for the Sushi. On the Sushi menu, you have the option of creating your own roll or modifying a certain roll to your liking. ( Prices very on ingredients for making your own roll. ) The Hibachi and Kitchen food is very good as well. The cooks at the hibachi grill are very entertaining. Motoga also accommodates to parties as well. Over all one of my top picks in Jacksonville.
PS: The Shrimp sauce is the best shrimp sauce I've ever had anywhere. And I'd suggest to go at evening/dinner hours.