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Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant

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721 W 21ST St, Norfolk, VA 23517-1920
(757) 628-1025
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11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Solid

I ordered the Tiger roll and King Cobra roll, both to go. Both delicious. Would come again and stay for the meal. The setup is very nice, service was great.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2014
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Floral Park, New York
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San Diego, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

My husband and I have been looking for a good sushi place in Norfolk, so we went to Kotobuki last night. This place has the warm feeling of a family owned restaurant. The Japanese style seating was a neat experience. The service was excellent, very friendly and attentive. The portion size of the edamame and sushi rolls were smaller than... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014 via mobile

Finally, a Japanese restaurant owned by Japanese. Too many supposedly Japanese eateries owned by other nationalities. We stopped by for lunch today and had salmon, tuna, squid, and spicy tuna roll for sushi. Also had tempura udon, and it was delicious. Portions of sushi and udon were more than ample size. We will be back to try other menu items.... More 

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Floral Park, New York
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50 reviews 50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I ordered the Tiger roll and King Cobra roll, both to go. Both delicious. Would come again and stay for the meal. The setup is very nice, service was great.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Great rolls and noodle soups. I'm not vegan but some of their vegan rolls are very tasty. It's run by a nice family so service is always good. Good place for lunch or dinner. I also enjoy their seaweed salad and their shrimp tempura appetizer is delicious. They have been there for years so they must be doing something right!

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Washington DC
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46 reviews 46 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant is by far one of the best Japanese restaurants that I’ve tried here in the 757 area… I would as far say that it’s one of top 5 in the mid-level range that we’ve gone to while traveling on the East Coast. The spouse, who is a vegetarian, loves the creative flare Kotobuki puts into their food.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

The food was very tasty with plenty of vegetarian options. The only minor issue was slow service. Would definitely go again.

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Chincoteague, Virginia, United States
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49 reviews 49 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This place has made it to the list of truly great sushi places in Hampton Roads. Delicious, fresh, authentic fine sushi by real culinary artists. Nice place, great service, decent pricing.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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27 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We have become regulars at this place - sushi is fresh, boxes are great and they will cater to any request you make whether it is on the menu or not. The staff are wonderful and straight from Japan so they know what they are doing. Love this place.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

This place has a great atmosphere, but expensive. If you want great Sushi for a great price try Sakura, but only the one on Lynnhaven parkway

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Fayetteville, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

The food was ok. Nothing wrong or bad. Atmosphere was good, what you would expect in a Japanese restaurant. Service was good. The food was good but the sushi pieces were a little small, almost like they were trying to cut corners to save money. I ate at a GREAT sushi place last week in San Mateo, CA (probably the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 721 W 21ST St, Norfolk, VA 23517-1920
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Norfolk
  • Phone Number: (757) 628-1025

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?