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Koto Japanese Steakhouse

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792 Shelburne Rd, South Burlington, VT 05403-6934
+1 802-660-8976
11:30 - 22:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 12:00 - 21:30
Mon 11:30 - 22:00
Tue 10:30 - 22:00
Wed - Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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Milton, Vermont
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had heard plenty of good things before coming in for dinner recently. Everything was excellent! I love the layout and while I didn't sit at one of the Hibachi tables, they are entertaining even from a distance. Absolutely enjoyed being able to mix both chicken and beef Teriyaki! Looking forward to coming back again.

Thank Lukas C
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44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

$250.00 before tip, for six at the hibachi table, entertaining, wife's clothes splattered with greasy oil. Greasy during, indigestion after, fun all around. Went when it opened years ago, maybe I'll try it again in another ten or fifteen years.

Thank Podchhdy
Miami, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

The chef came out and began cooking without any show or interaction with the patrons except a little zucchini tossing in the mouths. Shrimp and Chicken was put on the grill and unattended while he cooked all of the other things. So, the shrimp was burned on one side, the chicken was hard and burned on one side, and the... More 

Thank Thad S
atlanta ga
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37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

The Vermont roll is delicious (if you love salmon). Koto is a big place but don't let that put you off. They have excellent sushi and a wide selection of creative rolls. The hibachi tables are always full and the hibachi entrees look great however we always get sushi here. The daily special rolls are excellent so give it a... More 

Thank pickytraveler10
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

This is one of the best places for sushi in northern Vermont. Great hibachi as well - I always come here for birthday celebrations or when I'm looking to have some fun while I dine. Quick and friendly service and amazing food!

Thank Julia D
Burlington, Vermont
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

Let me just preface this by saying that it pains me to write this review. I used to LOVE Koto and would go there at least once a week for sushi. I'm not sure if the ownership has changed in the past couple of years, but the restaurant (at least, the sushi) has really gone downhill. I went there for... More 

Thank Katie05401
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

G'son wanted Hibachi so we decided to try Koto for lunch. We arrived just before 2 and they close at 2:30 so we worried a bit about what kind of welcome we might get. We should not have worried. If they had offered steamed white rice as an option I would have given them 5 stars. The sirloin was excellent,... More 

Thank Thalbert M
Ormond Beach, Florida
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91 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

Although my husband is not a fan of Japanese cuisine, he agreed to accompany our son and me to KOTO. He was very pleased with the food. Our calamari and salmon crab cake appetizers were both very well cooked and surprisingly large. We actually had left overs. I especially liked the calamari because it was so tender. In addition, we... More 

Thank elderlygourmet
south burlington, vt
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

In my 16 years in Vermont, I don't think any dining experience rivaled the ones I had at Koto. The hibachi meals are definitely dinner and a show, and the chefs are fun, funny, and so skilled that it is highly impressive. The sushi and other non-hibachi foods are always equally delectable and the drinks I have had have always... More 

Thank trinityjade05446
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

This is a good place to go with a group or for hibachi. If you are just craving a sushi fix, it would not be my first choice.

Thank L E

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$29 - US$31
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 792 Shelburne Rd, South Burlington, VT 05403-6934
  • Public Transportation: On the CCTA bus route
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  South Burlington
  • Phone Number: +1 802-660-8976
We are Vermont's premier Japanese restaurant, serving our guests for 11 years, since 1999. Come enjoy our Japanese ambiance with a pond full of koi fish and running water --always a hit with kids. We have plenty of free parking and a full bar stocked with fine wines, beers, and a variety of liquor. We look forward to serving you and your family in the near future. We have four options of dining in our establishment. Hibachi, dining room, tatami and sushi bar. Please specify the type of dining experience you'd prefer under special notes. For weekends and holiday please inquire within to confirm your reservation. Thank you.

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