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“Excellent experience”

Koto Japanese Steakhouse
Ranked #18 of 172 Restaurants in Pittsfield
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed August 16, 2012

We had a gift certificate and went for the hibachi tables. Sushi--Pittsfield roll--was fantastic. The food from the hibachi was very generous and excellent. The server was congenial and entertaining. We knew they didn't have a liquor license and another couple next to us didn't so we shared our wine with them and had a wonderful time. All in all a bit expensive (offset by BYOB, though) with excellent food and lots of fun with preparer and other folks at the table. Next time we'll try ordering off the menu. The non-hibachi prices looked reasonable and there were many choices that were appealing.

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Reviewed August 14, 2012

We ate at one of the hibachi tables and it was great. Server was fun and made us feel at home. In a word it was great. We even met a few nice folks.
The second visit was as bad as the first one was good. When we ask the server about beer he said as if we should know that they didn't have a license to serve alcohol. They have been open for a month or so. We asked about recommendations for the entrees, the server would not even try to help he said everything is good and then just looked at us. The place was busy and the food took some time arriving. It was good but only warm. We had almost finished and all of a suddenly out of the speakers in the ceiling a loud mix version of Happy Birthday. We asked and other folks asked as well but the would not turn it down. We left!

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Reviewed August 5, 2012

Koto has just recently opened in the location where the Panda Inn was housed for many years. The restaurant has been thoroughly redone inside, now having a few large hibachi grills and booths or tables for those not wanting the hibachi experience. The place was packed on the night that we went, with people waiting outside for their names to be called. Despite that we found the service and the wait for food to be fully satisfying. The food was outstanding. We shared a Rock Shrimp Tempura appetizer. You don't often see Rock Shrimp on menus outside of the South, but these were fresh and sweet tasting, and numerous, under a light tempura batter. I had the Teriyaki Steak plate. It came with several slices of steak, a couple of Shrimp Tempura, and a California Roll. The steak was a tender great tasting filet, with just a hint of the teriyaki. I worry whenever I order teriyaki because chefs tend to overdo it and completely hide the taste of the meat, but I will definitely order this again. With the entree you have a choice of Miso soup or salad. I usually don't order Miso because I've run into too many attempts that tasted more like dirty dish water than soup. But this one was tasty and I finished it off. My wife had the Shrimp Tempura. There must have been at least 8 shrimps, about double the number that you usually get, and she very happy, declaring them amongst the best that she had ever had. After stealing a sample, I'd have to agree. For what you get, both in quantity and quality, the prices are very reasonable. Hoping that once the newness wears off and crowds tend to shrink that the owners realize what a great place that they have and do not start tinkering.

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Reviewed October 14, 2016
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