Makoto specializes in kaiseki, which is a seasonal tasting menu with a formal composition of preparation types. Many of the "courses" are composed of 3 different elements, often just one or two bites each. You can expect fast, attentive service; there are 3 waitresses for about 30 seats. The waitresses will explain how to eat anything that is unfamiliar, and will happily identify each ingredient. The quality of ingredients is very high and we have always had at least one item per meal that was a real stunner. The menu is very much focused on the fixed price kaiseki meal and there are only a few other options for diners; this is probably not the place to take your ultra-picky food-phobic friend.
We have eaten at a number of restaurants with high priced tasting menus, and we always walk away saying, "well,that was good, but I'd happily dine twice (or three or four times) at Makoto rather than go there again."
Diners with longer legs may wish to request at-bar seating. My leggy 6'2" spouse was not comfortable at the tables, but the bar has worked well for us.
Do NOT visit if you like to talk on your cell phone during the meal. They are banned and the ban is enforced.
Reservations are an absolute must.
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