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“the desert was the best we ever had” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Makoto

Makoto
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Ranked #1 of 18 Restaurants in Bal Harbour
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 96th St
Transit: 96th St and Collins Ave
Description: Stephen Starr's newest Japanese restaurant, Makoto is located in the prestigious Bal Harbour Shops. Makoto features a modern Japanese menu including sushi bar selections, modern Japanese dishes, and bincho charcoal robata. A hand-crafted beverage program focused on sake compliments the cuisine. The dining room and sushi bar seating are available by reservation. Outdoor seating is available upon arrival.
Brasilia, DF
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“the desert was the best we ever had”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Very nice menu, although the fusion part was better than the traditional sushi (for traditional go to the japanese marketplace). The service was outstanding...the desert leaves you speechless

Visited November 2012
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English first
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great food with excellent service by our waiter Kennedy.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012 via mobile

Started with the tea crusted tuna tataki which was great. Then on to the hot stone Kobe. Outstanding! Also had the Japanese risotto which was also a fun table side experience. Overall, excellent! Ask for Kennedy. Very knowledgeable.

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London, United Kingdom
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286 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
“A nice break from retail overload”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Choice of indoor or dining on the terrace watching the valet parking boys driving cars of their dreams. Attentive service. Great selection of dishes and not just the dreaded wobbly raw stuff that can be ordered in a Japanese restaurant. Interesting wine list. $70 a head for two courses and a bottle of wine so not snack prices but then this shopping mall is no WalMart

  • Visited December 2012
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Good upscale suhi spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

In the Bal Harbour mall. A nice spot with very attentive service.
The rolls were very good and fresh. Parking is a bit pricy but it is good for a dinner or a break from shoping.

Visited December 2012
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Newport Beach, California
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“A great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

We had a great waitress. We told her we were first time (and possibly only time) visitors customers and she proceeded to tell us each thing on the menu that was special to Makoto that we wouldn't find anywhere else, and we took her advice.

Tuna air bread
Kobe beef carpaccio
Makoto Ramen (my teenager's choice).
Baby beet robata
Asparagus with sesame and soy
Whole roasted branzino----perhaps the best fish i have ever had any time any place!
Kobe beef grilled tableside
Wagyu bone in ribeye

Nigiri sushi

And for dessert...drumroll....
fruit toban yaki - seasonal fruit, passionfruit sauce, mango sorbet, homemade marshmallows. Again, simply amazing. An unusual, original combination...and I'm not even a fan of marshmallows.

They use a charcoal grill, so the flavors of the meat/fish/vegetables are exceptional. I urge you to ask for and follow your server's advice. The best item of the night was the branzino and the dessert. I doubt I will find myself in Bal Harbour FL again, but if I do, even though Miami is full of fine restaurants I would definitely make time to go here again.

  • Visited November 2012
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