Houston >Food & Dining > Koto japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar
10842 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX | Directions 7704229.736858 -95.567529
Neighborhoods: Westside, Westchase
My kids' favorite restaurant – My children are ages 8 and 10. This is the only restaurant we can all agree on. The staff knows my kids and are always very friendly to us. The hostess hugs my daughter as soon as she walks in the door. This is the beauty of a small, neighborhood restaurant, a rarity in west Houston. We usually order the Bentos. The sushi is just ok. The chicken terriaki and beef terriaki are cooked to perfection - slightly crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. My daughter compares all miso soups to Koto Miso Soup. My daughter loves the side salad. I love the seaweed salad. The decor has been a nice introduction to Japanese culture for the kids. And they love the Koi Pond! - undoubtadly the source of the smell others have complained about, but we don't notice. We know better than to do on a Friday or Saturday night (we avoid all restaurants on those nights). We usually go during the week and get excellent service.
Made me a lovah! – First time eating sushi...my friend met me there and knew exactly what to order and it was THE SURPRISE OF MY LIFE!!!!...I loved it....My fav was the Josh W Roll....I was a sceptic before, but now am a lovah of sushi..
Great place for sushi and cooked dishes – My wife and I are regulars that visit about once a month. Granted the place is not the "best" tasting, but still tastes very good, I highly recommend eating here. Although, yes, I agree with the odor that other reviewers are mentioning, to me it's not that bad and it's not always stinky. A meal/dinner for two would average around $30, else where you will expect to pay at least double or more. Staff can be pretty busy at times on Fri/Sat nights and service is sometimes slow, but we can tolerate it since WE KNOW THAT CAN BE COMMON during peak hours. We just have to get their attention that we need something or the bill and they'll promptly get it for us. For apps, we usually get the Age Tofu and Volcano roll. I usually get 5 orders of sake (salmon) sushi, and a spider hand roll. My wife would usually get a large Dragon roll or Yaki Udon. All in all, if you can get past the hit/miss odor and busy staff (on peak hours), you should be able to appreciate the place. By the way, for 5+ years that I've been to this place, their prices have never gone up and taste in food has been consistantly great. Oh, try out the chili "Sriracha" on your food, you have to ask for it. It's a staple for Asians. For us, this place is great. For a better experience, go during the work week so it's not too crowded and busy and judge for yourself. Please note: I think they may be closed on Mondays.
My favorite restaurant in all of citysearch! And I'm a regular here on citysearch. – This is by far my favorite restaurant in Houston. When I first moved to Houston 3 years ago, my family had introduced me here, to Kotos Sushi. They say they've been going there for years, and since my first day, I've been going here every time Im in the mood for sushi. I've been to miyako's, Ra, Rice Village, etc. but overall, Kotos taste is not cheap, "cool", or sophisticated. It's simply downhome. Even the ambience and atmosphere, along with the waitstaff make me feel more at home. Cant forget to mention, their sushi is far superior to all those "scene" sushi spots out there in houston. Love it, my family loves it, my friends love it. Truly "a diamond in the dust".
They should name this place "Yummi Sushi" – I live in GA and due to work I travel to Houston about 1 or 2 times a year and the last time I came to KOTO was about nine months ago, when I walked into this place I thought it look different from what I remember so I asked the waitress and she said that a new owner took over this place and did a remodeling and added new varieties to the menu so I decided to try their new sushi called "Spicy Angel" and boy, it was delicious so I praised the chef who happens to be the new owner came and greeted me, a very nice, young man named Derek, I was even convincing him to open another KOTO in GA. I truly enjoyed my visit to KOTO, the place looks awesome, the food is heavenly, friendly service and if I live in Houston I would definitely eat here everyday!!! Hopefully someday I can relocate here but as of now I will eat here whenever I am in town...
DELECTABLE SUSHI IN TOWN!!! – I am a devoted sushi lover and a friend highly recommended this place to me, and I definitely came to the right place!! This cozy and beautifully decorated Japanese restaurant is not only clean, the atmosphere is great, food is superb, friendly staff and the price is very reasonable!!! I am so addicted to this sushi place that I visit them at least 3 times a week and everybody knows my name :-) I highly recommend this place for anyone who seriously enjoy and appreciate excellent Japanese food. Their house special roll: Josh W roll is sooo delicious that you have to go there and try it yourself and I know you will agree with me! I can go on and on about how great this place is but you should definitely go and try it yourself!
If you love Sushi...Do not go here! – I have been looking for new places to eat sushi and thought I would try Koto. I wish I hadn't. First of all there is an odor when you walk into the place. The carpeted floors are so dirty it's a crime. Then there was the service. I had to wait forever for my appetizer (Shrimp tempura) and it came after my sushi, but they claimed that the oil wasn't hot..hmmm I got my rock & roll sushi roll BEFORE the tempura and it's made with Shrimp tempura. Now here's the best part...the rice on the roll was cold, sticky and crunchy I just couldn't eat it. The dipping sauce for the tempura was awful. I don't want to know what it was, but it had an almost sour taste that I put aside immediately. Do not waste your time going to this place. That was the worst experience I have ever had and it will take me a while to eat sushi again.
Fresh, good sushi - at about half the price of other places – Its fresh - its filling. For e..g TWO pieces of Red Snapper - $2 TWO pieces of Maguro (Tuna) - $2.50.. That's a really good price. And decent sized sushi - not the microscopic ones you have to strain to see.
The special rolls are all good as well. I've eaten here about 4 times - and never been disappointed (or never left on a partially filled stomach).
Worst sushi restaurant i have tried thus far – After reading several great reviews I decided to this place out, I was highly disappointed. As soon as I opened the door, a nauseating smell met me at the door. I should have turned around then but decided to give the place a chance. No doubt, the staff was extremely friendly but the food was gross.
I would be embarrased to recommend true sushi lovers to this place. Please anyone if you see this place just keep driving. Trust me you can do better making your own at home.
Editorial Review – Koto Japanese Restaurant & Bar serves some of the best tasting, and priced, sushi in Houston.
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