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Shoto Japanese Steakhouse

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17 N Main St, Lexington, NC 27292-3413
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Seating

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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    4 of 5 stars
Yumm Yumm!

Great little place on Main St and one of the few that stays open on weekends! Portions are generous. Chicken Terr. with pineapple is my favorite! Also offers take-out.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 9, 2015
Lexington, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

The food came out with the vegetables over cooked and the chicken chewy. The waitress just took order brung food never checked on us. When I told the gentleman upon checking out the food could use improvement. He said his brother was cooking and the food was fine. Hmm, did he eat off my plate to be able to tell... More 

Thank Marinda C
Lexington, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Great little place on Main St and one of the few that stays open on weekends! Portions are generous. Chicken Terr. with pineapple is my favorite! Also offers take-out.

Thank RitaT123
Lexington, North Carolina
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Another restaurant in uptown Lexington was closed and we decided to try Shoto Japanese Steakhouse. We were very pleased with the atmosphere, the old-timey booths, quality of service and food. We will certainly dine there again.

Thank ncgritsgirl
Lexington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The bar is amazing! Love that they have someone who understands how to mix drinks. It's not about using a mix from a bottle, it's about really knowing the old timey bar tending skills.

Thank Heather P
Lexington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

The food is awesome and extremely customizable, so even the pickiest eaters can find something. Don't skip out on the Chicken and Cheese Egg rolls, they are to die for. If your there on a weekend don't forget to visit Jimmy in the bar to drink some of the best drinks in Lexington. He is an amazing bartender with a... More 

Thank c0urtney00
Lexington, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I was not impressed with this Japanese establishment. I am more accustom to seeing my food prepared in front of me and this was not the style. I like that interaction and felt somewhat robbed.

Thank edberg17
Lexington, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This is Lexington, not Charlotte or Greensboro with high end Japanese restaurants. What this restaurant does offer is a really good dinner with many food selections. Plus, the owner is friendly, sincere and tries to make everyone feel welcome and appreciative of their dining experience. The cost is very moderate and the preparation and style of Japanese food is really... More 

Thank mike d
Bucharest, Romania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Giving the standards of the city (there're just a very few other places besides the regular fast foods), not a surprise for such good reviews. The first "Japanese" restaurant without a miso soup I've ever experienced. It is half southern deep fried food. The famous "roof bar" is a 7 barstools little corner (with alcohol, yes).

Thank Tark_Mwain
Lexington, North Carolina
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

My wife and I decided to give Shoto a try and that won't happen again. The waitress was new, which is fine, but she was poorly trained. When I asked about one of the sauces, she replied she "didn't know." She didn't offer to find out, either. I ordered a Budweiser and was brought a Bud Light. My wife ordered... More 

Thank Willam S
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

If you would like to spend a Saturday afternoon in Americana, come to Lexington NC and stroll down main street. The old architecture and the scenery is very quaint and enjoyable for this little town. When you get hungry, stop in at Shoto Japanese Steak House. This is what we Southerners call a "hole in the wall" restaurant. It isn't... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 17 N Main St, Lexington, NC 27292-3413
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: 336-238-5733

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 13
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene


Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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