723 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1910639.949655 -75.153273
Neighborhoods: Center City East, Center City
average at best – meal was only average. I had a sea bass whole fish meal and my partner had the $120 chef choice. although she liked the variety of her courses she was not overly impressed with the meal. My choice was mediocre at best. I could have gotten the whole fish at many restaurants for a fraction of what I paid at
morimotos and been just as satified.
As far as service, this is the second time visiting Marimotos and I would have to say that I see a decline in the service. I felt as if we were being "up serviced" at every oportunity. I dont know if my waiter lacked the nuances of an upscale server or not but he came accross as more of a salesmen than a server. Our experience was alright but the price was over the top. For what we paid we should have been wowed. I frequent many local restaurants and spend appropriatly at each one. Morimotos was a bit of a let down.
Overated food! – After being at another Steven Star restaurant, Buddakan my expectations were high going into Morimoto. It was just one restaurant I had always wanted to try. The prices were high on the menu so our group of four decided that after ordering at least a couple of appetizers and entrees to share we might as well go with the recommended chef menu for $80 per person. The chef's menu can go up to $120 depending on the quality of the ingredients used. The chef's menu is where the chef picks out his best dishes of the night over several courses. I have to say that all of the courses were very disappointing! There was not one course that I absolutely loved considering the money we were spending on the meal and all of the dishes were seafood bases (yes I know it is a sushi place) but something vegetarian would have been good for a change of pace. Also some of the dishes did have a fishy taste to them. I like fish when its fresh. Our last course consisted of sushi the tuna was very good but there was some scary fish on there that no one of our group wanted to try and the one person who did said it had a fishy taste. The dessert was good but not outstanding. When you are paying that kind of money for a meal you expect outstanding. The service was excellent though. Once we were finished with a course we had no idea how they knew and someone would just appear with the next. Also if you're going to a place for atmosphere only this is it. The atmosphere was very chic with lighting that changed different colors every few minutes in shades of red and blue. The bathroom was pretty unique too, they had very interesting hand dryers that came from nowhere, literally a hole in the wall. Overall Morimoto had good service, and atmosphere, but the food was just not up to par with the prices.
Unforgettable experience – I had dinner here with a friend last night and everything was perfect. The service, the sushi, the drinks. I would say if you want sushi and you are in Philly this is the only place to go. The hosts were warm and welcoming and the server, Jean was informative and unintrusive. The sushi was fresh and the rice was cooked perfectly. There is also an extensive sake list which included Chef Morimoto's own signature sakes. I can't wait to go back.
just average – I didn't think this place was that special. I don't quite understand why it got so many great reviews. I thought this would be really good because, ( i hate to admit) of the name behind it, but it was just your average sushi joint at above areage prices. I was expecting a nobu-like experience, but it just didnt stand up. Yeah the atomosphear was cool but for me it comes down to the food. I could care less about the other stuff.
Everything was perfect – My husband and I went to Morimoto just recently and had an amazing experience. We ordered the $120 chef's menu and fell in love at first dish! We had 8 courses including dessert. The pacing was perfect. We never felt rushed or overstuffed. That's not to say we didn't get our money's worth. Each course had it's own unique quality and our waiter told us that you will never get the same menu twice. Great sake drinks and martinis. Wonderful atmosphere. From the hostess that seated us to our server John to one of the managers that came over to our table after dinner, you couldn't ask for a more hospitable staff. I can't think of any part of our dinner that would be a con. At first glance the menu could be a little overwhelming. Overall, GO! GO! GO!
Best meal ever. – I had the mid-level tasting menu and had the server pair drinks. My partner had an appetizer and the sea bass. His food was so amazing (and my food kept coming) - so he ordered a second entree. It was that good! Expensive but worth every hundred dollar bill!!!!
GREAT food, great service – I am usually not into Stephen Starr's restaurants - I mean, the food is usually okay, but I usually find the music, decor, and service to be somewhat pretentious. Morimoto is definitely the exception to my feelings about Starr's restaurants. I mean, the decor and music is true to that of Starr's places, but I can not stress how much I loved the service. We arrived before our reservation, so we headed upstairs to the lounge which was cozy and the servers were all VERY nice. When our table was ready, someone came and got us and brought us downstairs. Our server was awesome! The food was sooo good. I can't wait to go back. Worth the price - best sushi/japanese food in the city.
High value with price to match – My girlfriend and I went there Saturday night at her request. She'd seen reviews and we'd tried to find it (with no planning) years ago with no luck. We thought this would be a great use of a gift card and it was. There's no overhanging sign. It's a relatively narrow restaurant and the street facing lighted name doesn't give any warning if you don't know it's there. The decor and atmosphere put us immediately at ease, and we were immediately seated (having a reservation) although the table light is a bit phallic. Our waitress was a joy and her recommendations were spot on, except for the "Mushi Steamed Soup" which, while different and good, wasn't up to the standards of the decor and the rest of the meal. We'd go back again if only for the Calamari Tempura Salad or just the calamari - the lighter tempura batter and perfect cooking would have allowed it to melt in the mouth if the stomach didn't yell to get in on the action. The Sea Bass was very good but as nothing compared to the Seafood Toban Yaku with lots of crab, shrimp, scallops, mussells, and baby bok choy, all in a lemon butter sauce. My girlfriend kept dunking her sea bass in the sauce and we both probably could have wiped out a loaf of Italian bread sopping it up. We were also served by several others of the wait staff who were very polite and, dare I say it, happy. The only negative I would point to is the hard ceiling that keeps the sound rolling when the place is full. I'm sure we'll go back, once the budget has healed.
Best sushi, worth the high price. – See the full review at --- ericmlevy dot com
The miso soup at most Japanese restaurants tastes and looks like it comes from the same wholesale distributor. Little cubes of rehydrated tofu and pieces of scallion float in a too-salty broth. It?s an acceptable precursor to a meal, but it?s standard, and as I found out today, sub-par. Morimoto taught me that miso soup is actually much better than that.
I ordered food that I?d get at any other sushi place to offer a comparison between average and Morimoto. The ?Yellowtail and Scallion Roll? and ?Boston Mackerel Sushi? came out first. I was off to a good start. The yellowtail was finely minced and there was just the right amount of scallion to boost the flavor. It melted in my mouth. The mackerel was fresh and oceanic with a good texture. It wasn?t too big a bite, which is important in comparison of the giant sized fish slabs on snowballs of rice served at lesser sushi joints. The white pickled ginger tasted fresher and seemed like a natural product compared to the normal pink stuff. Everything looked beautiful on the dark wooden platter.
My miso soup arrived next, in an oversized white bowl, with a heavy shallow metal spoon. The broth was salted, sure, but this is a far cry from the packets you get at Trader Joe?s. This soup has a full, balanced flavor, accented with hits of thinly sliced scallion. But what really makes this dish are the big chunks of fresh silken tofu floating in the soup. I?ve never had tofu like this before. It?s totally different from the blocks of tofu from the store. Wikipedia explains, ?its texture can be described as similar to that of very fine custard.? From now on the reconstituted tofu blocks won?t cut it? bring on the fresh silken stuff.
Wow! – I've been wanting to visit Morimoto for quite a while and finally went last night. It was five of us celebrating my sisters birthday and we were all very pleased. Seating was prompt (with reservations) and the service was the best I've had in the city. I definitely recommend the Omakase! We ordered the $120 Omakase and it was sooo good! The lobster was perfect and the kobe beef was exquisite! I have nothing bad to say about this place, I totally recommend it. Oh and the Chocolate Wasabi martini for dessert is a perfect choice. And if you think you're gonna spend $50, go ahead and double it cause it's easy to spend a lot in there!
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