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“Lost its charm”
Review of Hotoke Restaurant

Hotoke Restaurant
Ranked #74 of 197 Restaurants in New Brunswick
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Japanese, Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Bayard Street
Description: An eclectic Contemporary-Asian dining experience, specializing in sushi and creative cocktail mixing; featuring a lava stone bar, relaxing lounge, and sushi bar. Happy Hour : Monday- Friday from 4:00 -7:00pm. Sushi special: American and Traditional rolls for half price.
New Brunswick
Level 6 Contributor
147 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Lost its charm”
Reviewed August 26, 2012 via mobile

When Hotoke opened some years ago it was one of our favorite restaurants in New Brunswick. Ambiance and food were fantastic; unfortunately it has gone down hill recently while the atmosphere is still one of the best in New Brunswick and their martinis and bar are excellent that is all that has remained. Service is ok and the food based on the high prices fail to meet expectation. I have tried the pad Thai twice recently and it just doesn't have the flavor it used to (not sure if they changed chefs) this week I had the filet mignon special and it wasnt terrible just nothing I would go back for. For 3 people with one martini each it came to 170 before tip. For close to 60 a person I just expect more from a restaurant of this caliber. I think it will be a while before I try again. Go for drinks and then eat somewhere else!

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New York
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Overpriced, but good atmosphere”
Reviewed August 19, 2012

Went to Hotoke for dinner for the first time. Really enjoyed the atmosphere - it's rather spacious and was not crowded for a Saturday night in New Brunswick, although it is the lull period between summer session and the fall semester so I assume that has something to do with it. Our server made great recommendations and was very friendly. Yet, I don't think their sushi is worth the price, particularly their signature rolls which were $5+ more than signature rolls I've seen at any other sushi restaurant in the area. The appetizers, drinks, and American/veggie rolls were slightly more reasonable. The food was average, and we left feeling that while it was satisfying, it was not worth the cost for the quality.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank laurabar
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New Brunswick, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
179 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Not worth the money”
Reviewed June 28, 2012

The ambiance of this restaurant was very dark and pretty empty. The staleness of the food was very disappointing as well. If you won't be able to finish a bottle of wine, don't order it, because you cannot take it with you, it stays there.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank sevim s
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Yardley, Pennsylvania, United States
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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“Fabulous food”
Reviewed June 22, 2012

Sushi is outstanding and the service is just as wonderful. Highly recommended!

Visited March 2012
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Level 6 Contributor
99 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Nice Japanese - Westerner fusion dishes and relaxed environment.”
Reviewed June 11, 2012

It proved to be a good choice: amiable environment, the carte was easy to undertand and to order, the service quick and kind enough, and there were recipes and drinks for those not too familiar with Japanese meals too.

  • Visited July 2011
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Thank Joaquin_Gomez_Moya
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