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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
Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 6
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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
Very peaceful setting. Great owner!

This is a hidden gem. The decor is kind of spartan, but they have two kinds of seating: Western and the zashiki (which is nice). The owner is almost always onsite and she is delightful. The quality of the food is probably above average. Because I order vegetarian (some kind of tofu entree), I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 26, 2015
NanciAnne
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Norfolk, Va
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Norfolk, Virginia
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Very friendly atmosphere. The cooked food is delicious as is the sushi and tempura. If you want real authentic soba, you have to try the Okinawan Soba noodles. Sushi is affordable and very fresh.

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Thank KayteeHC
Norfolk, Va
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This is a hidden gem. The decor is kind of spartan, but they have two kinds of seating: Western and the zashiki (which is nice). The owner is almost always onsite and she is delightful. The quality of the food is probably above average. Because I order vegetarian (some kind of tofu entree), I can't speak to the meats or... More 

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Thank NanciAnne
Floral Park, New York
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118 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I've been here twice, one of take out and the other for dining in. The service was great both times with the hostess and waitress both very attentive. The food both times were just ok, I've ordered the salmon teriyaki dinner, not bad, not great an eel roll and a couple of their specialty rolls ( not memorable).

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Thank fancylisa
San Diego, California
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Jaleisha J
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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Thank Helofixer
Floral Park, New York
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118 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 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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1 Thank fancylisa
Norfolk, Virginia
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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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1 Thank Alberto A
Washington DC
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60 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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1 Thank JDT82
McLean, Virginia
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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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Thank Worldtraveller23322
Chincoteague, Virginia, United States
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52 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 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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Thank Tim M

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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, Sushi, Asian
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?