Since this restuarant is a teppan grill style (unless you are at the Sushi Bar) you get exactly what you are supposed to get. Teppan Grills are where the food is cooked with flair on a hot grill in front of you. The chefs cooking is done with fun and entainment. If you are going to this restuarant for a cozy dinner for 2 you are going to the wrong place for the wrong reasons. Dinner is far more entertaining and delious than that of something like an Olive Garden/Outback steakhouse/Red Lobster while prices are consistent with them. People should not knock restuarants when they have failed to be aware of what they are a suposed to get.
Have been a regular at Kyoto for more years than I can remember, I used to live in Salem and ate there 2-3x a week, now it's about 1x every other month from Portland...
Hiroshi keeps the sushi bar running and is one of the best in the area! The Sushi is always fresh, excellent presentation and a great time at the Sushi Bar. Sit at the Grills for a fun time, great way to entertain those that aren't sure if Sushi is for them and the kids.
I don't know what all the fuss is about. The atmosphere is ok, the service is ok and the food is extremely mediocre. I've had better food for way cheaper prices and there was very little entertainment value. The saki was decent but not worth going back to. I did not get very much for the high price and they charged me extra for ordering yaki soba noodles with my meal which I thought was cheesy.
The food was average and the price exorbantant. There is entertainment value in the antics of the chef as he/she is preparing your dinner, but that too wears thin if you are not drinking the sake. This is the perfect restaurant to go to if both of your divorced parents happen to be visiting at the same time, or if you are on a mercy date with someone in whom you're not really interested. The side-by-side seating and the expectations that you will behave as an audience during the prep of your meal leave little time for table chit chat much less intimate conversation. I've been to much better Japanese restaurants in this country and am disappointed that this is one of the only choices for such in Salem.
Pros: Entertaining if you are under 10 years old.
Cons: Salty, bland food. Poor service. Expensive. Charge for soda refills. Dated.
Go to Benihana in Beaverton instead. The price is about the same, but it is so much better.
Our experience at Kyoto: The exterior looks like a seedy tavern, and the carpet and interior decor are dated. The Teppan-Yaki cooking show was entertaining for the kids, but I expected more flavor from the food for what I paid.
I ordered a $23 filet mignon with yakisoba noodles ($1.50 extra), and the cook failed to put any noodles on my plate -- that is unacceptable. He also forgot to put any chicken on my daughter's plate. We were charged full price for soda refills, which is a little excessive considering the high drink prices to start with.
The total bill for a family of 4 came to $80 with tip. We could have paid $20 for tastier Japanese cuisine at the local mall food court. I found the food at Kyoto to be excessively salty, with little other flavor. Definitely not worth the high price.