We have been going to Utamaro for more than 12 years. We went to their previous location near St. Armands circle and when they moved to Main Street followed them there. The location is a bit cramped, the space is long and narrow. There is also no view to speak of, just a small piece of Main Street out the front window.
People come here for the food. It is clearly the best Japanese food around.
Among our favorite rolls are the Hanabi, Emperor, Volcano, and Sarasota rolls. We also enjoy the Sunset and Rainbow rolls. The yellow tail sushi is amazing, the fish literally melts in your mouth.
For people who prefer something other than sushi, the Nabeyaki Udon soup is a meal in itself. I ask for it without added salt.
The staff in the restaurant are absolutely wonderful. The owner's wife is usually available to answer any and all questions. The other wait staff are always courteous, helpful and extremely attentive.
I have eaten Japanese food in many cities throughout the country. Utamaro ranks among the best Japanese restaurants that I've eaten in.
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