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Koto Japanese Steakhouse

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792 Shelburne Rd, South Burlington, VT 05403-6934
(802) 660-8976
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tue 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wed - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed July 13, 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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83 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 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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25 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 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
Singapore, Singapore
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

Went to this restaurant at the recommendation of friends. Ordered tempura bento and sirloin/shrimp from the Teppanyaki. The tempura are not fresh tasting. My friends left it mostly untouched. My Teppanyaki sirloin are well done and tough, despite I ordered Medium. The fried rice and the meats are soaked in sauce that are very salty. So can't finish the plate.... More 

Thank chaconne_partita
Burlington, Vermont
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149 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

Easy to accommodate larger groups. Sit back and enjoy the show at the hibachi table and catch the veggie! It's a fun one and the food was excellent!

Thank Jiberjab
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

This was our second visit to Koto and will be our last. The only reason we ate here was due to a 1-1/2 hour wait at our first choice of restaurant and no wait at Koto, and we found out why - mediocre food. The service was very good - prompt, attentive and friendly. The food was just average, lacking... More 

Thank at7479
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21 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

We ate on a weeknight so the wait was not long at all, a few minutes, tops... The service was good, friendly waitress and interactive chef. They do have yum-yum sauce (something I have only found missing at a hibachi place once in Ft. Lauderdale). The food wasn't the best in the world, but it wasn't bad really. The only... More 

Thank D. Matthew P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$29 - $31
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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: (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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