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3232 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3329
805-687-1252
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Today
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 9
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Sushi Snob Approved

Busy on the weekends, had a 30 min wait. other times you can be seated easily and take your time. The fish is fresh, melts in your mouth, and the rice is done well. The price is not overly expensive.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 4, 2014
Jamie P
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Santa Barbara, California
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28 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Arcadia, California
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We had an appetite for Japanese food and found this place searching through the internet. My wife and daughter both had the Tempura Udon and I had the Chicken Katsu. All dishes were very nice. While we were there, there were several large groups celebrating so it was noisy. Parking is also limited.

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Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Busy on the weekends, had a 30 min wait. other times you can be seated easily and take your time. The fish is fresh, melts in your mouth, and the rice is done well. The price is not overly expensive.

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The staff is always the most friendly group of people. Even on Saturday night's when they are packed & busy running around. We took my 2 year old nephew with us to dinner & they were very accomodating for his age. We will be back again soon

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Big Rapids, Michigan
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73 reviews 73 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

This is a gem of a Japanese restaurant, right in the heart of Santa Barbara. The décor is right on, with a choice of tatami room or table. Tempura was light and fluffy, not at all greasy. Service was excellent. A bit of Kyoto in California.

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Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We love the reliability of the sushi at Kyoto. We almost always sit at the bar and enjoy interacting with the sushi chefs. The fish is consistently good and the prices are very reasonable. They have a few tatami rooms that you can reserve and nice for large parties. In the tatami rooms, there are usually large parties on Friday... More 

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Santa Barbara, California, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

I discovered Japanese food before the craze. I look for experienced Japanese chefs in a traditional Japanese environment. Not impressed here with service attitude or quality of food and saki but other folk seem to like it.

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La Liberta
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Excellent show, excellent food, portions are good, excellent place for a date, but before you know it you have a 200 dollar bill. Watch out for that. If you play it safe youll walk out with your wallet intact.

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los angeles
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170 reviews 170 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

What a great meal was had by all at this terrific upper State St. restaurant. As a frequent visitor to Asian restaurants in LA, I did not expect the great quality of food we had. Terrific meal , very nice atmosphere and great service. Sushi was tasty, combo dinners and nice choices of unique dishes - yosenabe, sukiyaki, et. al.... More 

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Singapore City, null, Singapore
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128 reviews 128 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012 via mobile

Had dinner with family. It was crowded. The staff were diligent in turning the guests around quickly without being intrusive. We therefore have to wait only a short time before being shown to our table. We chose a selection of sushi and a set dinner. The portion was bigger than what is found in most sushi restaurants. The taste was... More 

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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012 via mobile

We went on Monday at 6:30, and it was almost full. They sat us way in the back, which was fine. We had to wait a long time to get water and order. The table was a little grimy, and the decor and dishes could use a redo. The sushi combos were excellent and very generous for the price. Once... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3232 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3329
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: 805-687-1252

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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