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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse

Japanese Restaurant in Restaurant Row

 
Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Rated: 3.2 out of 5 with 36 Reviews

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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
9912 North Kings Hwy
Restaurant Row
843-449-3344
Hours: 4pm-9:30pm
General Info:
  • EarlyBird Specials
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Feb 27th, 2016 at 10:55 am
From: Tabor city, NC
By: mw


Avg. Rating:4.3
Best food on the beach. I have ate here for 37 years, weekly. Very addictive. Love this place
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Aug 09th, 2014 at 2:39 pm
From: Mrytle beach , SOUTH CAROLINA
By: rs


Avg. Rating:1
Made reservations for 8:00 p.m and didn't get seated till 8:45p.m. Upon being seated there was underage drinking in front of the cook who was edging it on for more who was also taking shots. When the food was finished we had a small portion of rice and also a small portion of chicken and which the total of two people was. $45.00. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. Which was a horrible experience and will never go back!!
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Aug 13th, 2011 at 2:02 pm
From: morgantown , WV
By: jb


Avg. Rating:4.7
We live in north myrtle beach through the summer and absolutely love this restaurant. It's really hard to find good Hibachi food and this is it. We don't eat sushi but have heard wonderful things. I have 6 kids so finding a kid friendly place is a a plus and this is our favorite place down here. We have called an hour before arrival for reservations and gotten them with no problem. Walk in and within minutes we are seated. Staff there is great. Definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a good fun dinner!!!
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Jul 21st, 2011 at 8:43 pm
From: charleston, SC
By: wda


Avg. Rating:1
My family had 6:30 reservations. We were seated around 7:15. The restaurant was sweltering. Everyone including our server was miserable. some kid actually threw up he was so hot. Our chef had no personality. This was the worse japanese restaurant ever. The food was disgusting. My aunt spoke to the manager 4 times. She asked for the owners name and number and the manager gave the. number to the restaurant and was very rude. I couldn't eat my food It was disgusting I sent it back. Don't go there.
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Jul 07th, 2011 at 2:35 pm
From: Myrtle Beach, SC
By: ld


Avg. Rating:4.7
We are locals and have tried other most of the other Japanese places. Nakato's is by far the best---they only use chicken breast, you get noodles and rice and can ask for changes in food.....broccoli and squash only, no egg in the rice, etc. We have always had good service, large servings of food and polite, helpful servers and cooks. Take a chance, pass Miyabi's and give Nakoto's a try. The early bird is a great value and they also have a senior menu.
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Apr 22nd, 2011 at 7:45 pm
From: Myrtle Beach, SC
By: om


Avg. Rating:2.3
I have never been to a restaurant where the hostess has absolutely no idea how to seat people! There is no need to make reservations because if you do, you will still end up waiting quite a while. They just seat people basically based on how much they complain, rather than seating people with reservations first. We waited for a while as we watched the hostess seat people who didn't have reservations and people who were complaining before us. They basically just have to clue how to seat people and Nakato obviously needs to figure out the correct order you are suppose to seat people in or they will continue to lose business! The worst part of it all was that once we actually got to sit down, we were put at a crowded table with horrible service while we watched the table in front of us get seated maybe five minutes after us and those people walked in about 45 minutes after us.
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Apr 14th, 2011 at 3:32 pm
From: Little River, SC
By: jc


Avg. Rating:2.7
I've been coming here since I moved to Myrtle Beach 4 years ago. I've watched the steady decline in service and quality. There must of been a management change or something because I refuse to walk into this place ever again. With Miyabi's a few places down, I will not be inconvenienced in the least. To be more specific, our last visit left us at a table of 6, not full by any mean's. It took us 10 minutes after placing our order to receive the drinks. And then another 10 for just the soup. From sit down to soup, 20 minutes elapsed. After leaving the table to just have sushi at the bar, the waitress made a little scene and proceeded to ask the rest of the table if they were "happy". Instead of correcting the issue, she decided to take the ridicule route. Amanda should of been fired on the spot. But alas, being the managers sister, I knew nothing would happen. The sushi bar is nice, the bartenders friendly, but everything else just sucks. I feel the manager could of done more to correct the situation. But just avoided us as she passed back and forth. I found this odd considering she usually speaks to us to see how everything is. The waitress even came into the bar and stared us down as we ate our sushi. It was very creepy. As a local, working at a high traffic retail establishment; Nakato's will soon be out of business simply because I will inform every curious tourist that Nakato's is the last Japanese steak house they want to try. Word of mouth kills.
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Apr 12th, 2011 at 8:47 pm
From: North Myrtle Beach, SC
By: sc


Avg. Rating:2.7
It was my son's birthday, we had 12 in our party which included two 8 yr olds, a 2 yr. old and an eight month old. We were totally unaware until they had us seated that we would be divided and have two separate chefs. The did come out and tell us and we thought no big deal we can still enjoy each other. Wrong, it was a very stressful. My husband the two year old and I were seated on the other side and I ordered two appetizers with a nice wine. As our chef was serving everyone else pasta Our two year old grandson was holding his plate up to the chef asking him for some too and the chef served everyone on the right except our grandson.He then turned around and dumped the pasta in the trash. What a disappointed little boy. My husband immediately shared some of his pasta with him. What my grandson learned from a grown up that night tells me a great deal about management/ownership. They may as well have slapped my face and I am still spitting mad. Our family has celebrated birthdays at Nakato's for 30 years. It was our last...we have all decided this was poor rude service and we will not return again. Food not that great and the odor permeates everything. PF Chang's service and food are superior and first class.
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Mar 23rd, 2011 at 11:55 pm
From: Conway, SC
By: cg


Avg. Rating:4.7
We simply love going to Nakato's. We're local, and it is by far the best Japanese Steakhouse in town, and one of the best overall restaurants. The food is awesome, and you will almost always be taking leftovers home. Service is great, and we highly recommend you check it out.
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Dec 31st, 2010 at 7:09 pm
From: Whiteville, NC
By: es


Avg. Rating:2.8
We are from about 45 minutes from MB, so I guess we could be called semi-locals. We go to MB many times over the course of a year, and usually eat at a Japanese steakhouse. The customer service at Nakato's sucks. The last time we were there, they had changed the times for the early bird special, but the menus did not reflect this change. When we ordered the specials, our waiter took our order, and then returned several minutes to "advise" us of the change. We spoke to the manager to no avail. Long story short---we won't be back.
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Aug 28th, 2010 at 3:41 pm
From: Pittsburgh, PA
By: lrc


Avg. Rating:4.7
The food was absolutely wonderful. The prices were very reasonable. The bartenders did a great job in helping us decide on what type of Sushi to get. BTW, the Myrtle Beach rolls are to die for. The chef didn't put on as much of a show as some, but he was friendly and nice. We ate here on our last night in MB and it was a wonderful way to end a great vacation.
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Jul 15th, 2010 at 9:37 am
From: Hazard, KY
By: sl


Avg. Rating:5
07/14/2010 I have probably been to at least 10 different Japanese restaurants. This was the best Japanese restaurant we have ever been too. The food and service was great. I ordered steak and shrimp. It came with rice, noodles and vegetables. It was so good. The chef was awesome. He had the best sense of humor. He did all the tricks and joked with the group. We laughed all night. We took two people that had never been and it was a great experience. We even took a picture of the chef with our group. This will be great memories!
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Jul 12th, 2010 at 7:10 pm
From: Charlotte, NC
By: rd


Avg. Rating:2.2
Chef was terrible. Did not provide a show for the kids. The only part of show that he tried is where he could not make a vacano versus the other chefs. Never refilled our shrimp sauce. Had an attitude with making the extra fried rice ordered. Compared to other Japanese Resturants and other Nakato Resturants, we will never go there again and not recommend that other go there.
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Jul 09th, 2010 at 12:51 pm
From: Mamaroneck, NY
By: ji


Avg. Rating:4.7
We love the atmosphere and the fun times we seem to always have there!
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Jul 08th, 2010 at 3:01 pm
From: Columbus, OH
By: sw


Avg. Rating:4.7
I really enjoy coming to Nakato's, i think that it is awesome whe they cook infront of you. it is worth the money, i would suggest this resturant o anyone , we go down to Myrtle Beach once a year for a week and we go to Nakato's at least twice if not 3 times in one week.
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Jun 24th, 2010 at 9:58 pm
From: Bloomsburg, PA
By: agl


Avg. Rating:4.7
We went while on vacation to the Early Bird Special as 2 adults and 4 teenagers. In the summer, get there around 4 as it got busy not long after that. The meals were significantly less expensive on the early bird menu than the regular menu e.g. Hibachi Steak for $11 rather than $18. Our food was great, the chef was personable and kept up a conversation. The portions were generous. I would go back again.
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Jan 20th, 2010 at 2:18 pm
From: Myrtle Beach, SC
By: kn


Avg. Rating:2.8
We are locals and used to always take our company to this restaurant. We recently visited with a large party and we were seated first upon opening. We were the LAST to be served. I asked for the manager. Upon the arrival to our tabel he told me that our cook was on his way and then walked off. I spoke with the General Manager next who was beyond RUDE. She dismissed our concerns, said that we were not seated first (we were first), and also walked off. I followed her to the front where she called our party rude and offered no apology for the horrible service. While I was in mid-sentance, she greeted a person applying for a job and walked off again. It took us 2.5 hrs from our arrival to departure! We had four kids in our party who had fallen asleep from waiting so long. I called the owner and complained. We will never go back after being treated so rudely. I cannot believe how unprofessional the management staff was. They were confrontational from the moment they arrived at our table. At one point, when I was complaining how rude the first manager was, I was told "you misunderstood him, you are in a japanese steakhouse, there is a language barrier"....the manager was not japanese! I have read there are other similiar experiences on here...the restaurant needs to get back to putting their customer first. My guests were disgusted by the scene that was caused when we tried to bring up our issue...we will never return to this establishment again. POOR MANAGEMENT!!!!!!!!! Too many places at the beach to eat, you do not have to put up with rudeness!
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Jan 04th, 2010 at 2:30 pm
From: sanford, NC
By: pt


Avg. Rating:5
I love this Restaurant they have the best service and food. Everytime we come to myrtle beach we have to go to Nakato at least twice in the week. There is always a friendly face to welcome us as soon as the door opens. They have also changed the style in the sushi bar and it looks beautiful. I would recomend this place to anyone who knows what good quality food and service is.
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Oct 27th, 2009 at 3:10 pm
From: Indianapolis, IN
By: jp


Avg. Rating:4.2
The food was delicious and the chef was fun and entertaining. We particularly appreciate how the chef interacted with our son who has cerebral palsy and special dietary needs. This part of the experience was excellent - food taste and quality and the entertainment provided by the chef. On the negative side is the rip-off of charging us $10 dollars to "celebrate" my in-laws anniversary. We had 11 people in our party, all paying for full priced meals plus drinks. However, Nakato charged us $10 to sing a song, take a digital photo, and provide cake for the celebration. The photo was fine. The song was lame, and the "cake" turned out to be a single slice of cake. Let me repeat - a single slice of cake. Not even two slices of cake for the two people celebrating the anniversary. What a rip-off. Do not celebrate any family event at this restaurant. If you do, be warned. You will be charged an extra $10 for nothing. This restaurant should be ashamed of itself. We easily spent $250 - $300 for our meal. They tacked on an extra $10 for a lousy celebration and a single slice of cake. As much as I liked the meal, I will not return to this restaurant out of principal. We visit the MB area at least once per year and sometimes more. We will not return to Nakato as long as I can breath and speak my mind about these rip-off artists.
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Aug 04th, 2009 at 12:30 am
From: Charlotte, NC
By: js


Avg. Rating:3
Worst experience ever at this location. I go to the locations in Charlotte NC all the time. Food is always good. My wife ordered soft shell crab appetizer $7.50. She tasted it and thought it tasted bad and asked my opinion. I too thought it was not good at all. We sent it back and the manager got sooo upset and said we could not get our money back for it. Meanwhile we had over 12 people at our table and spent over $200 in food and the manager is complaining about $7.50.

What ever happened to customer being right and making the customer happy. I did not feel like we were asking too much. If something is not good it should be taken off bill.

I will never go back to this restaurant again but not because of the food but because they do not know how to take care of customer.

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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Jul 29th, 2009 at 6:22 pm
From: Myrtle Beach Area, SC
By: tb


Avg. Rating:4.7
We are locals & regulars to Nakato's and we love it! The sushi is good, early bird specials are our favorites as there are 5 of us to feed. The staff is so kind and attentive! We love NAKATO's and will continue to be patron's!
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Jul 21st, 2009 at 12:27 pm
From: NJandMB, SC
By: j&j


Avg. Rating:4.5
Our family visits MB several times every year, and Nakato is one that we make a point to go to. We love to dine out, but have to watch the $$ to do so as often as we like. Even though we aren't typical Early-birder's, we do take advantage of their early dinner specials- they give great value for the $$- (note: the Early Bird hours may change from season to season) Quality and quantity of food is impressive- we always wind up bringing plenty of leftovers home for another lunch. I also enjoy the Mai Tai's served at Nakato- mixed just right every time! Chefs are entertaining esp. for the kids. I think there must be a special joke-book for the hibachi chefs since every Japanese steakhouse seems to recycle the jokes amongst them all! ;- ) We have eaten at Nakato many times and all our experiences have been positive. We will continue to be their customers for years to come!
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Jun 22nd, 2009 at 11:10 pm
From: Asheville, NC
By: kdm


Avg. Rating:4.5
We arrived tonight at 6:55pm and were quickly seated with another family of four. There are four of us - 42 yo husband, 32 yo wife, 7 yo sushi-eating son and 4 yo picky-eater second son. Although our chef wasn't really flashy (I've lived in Okinawa and been to several of the Kobe beef places that are similar to this and they don't throw the knives either), I thought this visit was as close to Japan Steakhouses (for what they are) as it gets. I ordered hot saki (very good, very hot!), the wife had a white russian (large glass provided) and we ordered the usual assortment of food (chicken, steak, shrimp). I also ordered a sushi roll (yellowtail and scallion, excellent) that my son and I ate. All in all, the food quality was not only superior to the place down the street, the portions were significantly better, and they served a variety of side items we didn't expect, but were a hit with our kids. Nakato, you have our business!
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Apr 21st, 2009 at 6:17 pm
From: lexington, SC
By: jf


Avg. Rating:5
best japanese in all of MB ,there were couples from north carolina that drive down on the weekends just to eat there
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Nov 08th, 2008 at 3:23 pm
From: CH, NC
By: john s.


Avg. Rating:4
The nakato is fantastic - the service is excellent .
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Aug 07th, 2008 at 4:08 pm
From: Northern Ky, KY
By: rsr


Avg. Rating:4
Mydaughters eat some sushi and were not impressed. But, 3 of us had chicken & shrimp, fried noodles, fried & white rice.Other daughter had steak & shrimp. The fried noodles and grilled shrimp were great while the chicken about what I expected. The fried rice was good althought a little on soft side. Overall one of the best habichi style meals we have had at a number of restaurants. We will go back when we return next year. A few sushi, 4 dinners & drinks $90 plus tip.
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Jul 23rd, 2008 at 4:09 pm
From: myrtle beach, SC
By: mj


Avg. Rating:4
i love coming to this place ilook up to itall year long!!!!!!
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Jul 20th, 2008 at 1:06 pm
From: Lima,, OHIO
By: c.j.f.


Avg. Rating:5
My family enjoys going here to eat every year we come to the beach. Excellent food and very good service. Love the cooks.
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Jul 01st, 2008 at 7:26 pm
From: chillicothe, OH
By: hf


Avg. Rating:5
Nakoto's is a great restaurant!They have great food and great entertainment, I go to Nakto's every time i visit Myrtle Beach.You can wait at the bar or you can watch other entertainment.They are awesome.Ms. Nakoto Rox:]]
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Jun 01st, 2008 at 3:00 pm
From: newark, OH
By: kjs


Avg. Rating:5
This was my second time to Myrtle Beach and to the Nakato restaurant. I could eat there every night. Staff is wonderful. Makes the dining experience loads of fun. Love sitting at a table with strangers and talking with them. Food is wonderful and full of flavor. Total bill was around $40 and that included drinks and tip.
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Feb 21st, 2008 at 12:36 pm
From: Charlotte, NC
By: h.m.


Avg. Rating:2.8
I really like everything about Nakato's except the prices.
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Nov 21st, 2007 at 10:50 pm
From: Fayetteville, NC
By: sh


Avg. Rating:3.5
Nakato's is a great place to eat....we usually go for the early bird special during 4-5 in the summer, so we don't have to wait to be seated. The food is always good, some cooks are more entertaining than others, but my three year old always has a good time. Ms. Nakato is always so friendly and thanks us for coming each time, but truely the pleasure is ours!
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Sep 15th, 2007 at 1:35 pm
From: Myrtle Beach, SC
By: lw


Avg. Rating:5
We have eaten here several times and loved it every time. Some cooks are more entertaining then others, but the food is always great. Mrs Nakato always greets us with a smile
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Aug 12th, 2007 at 10:23 pm
From: Elkin, NC
By: wjs


Avg. Rating:4.2
One of the best Japanese restaurants that my wife and I have ever ate at! The food was simply great and the service was above average. I highly recommend this place!
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Jun 21st, 2007 at 2:01 pm
From: State Road, NC
By: e.h.j


Avg. Rating:3.5
I was SO impressed with this japanese steakhouse!! We have gone to Miyabi's up the street for years but we could not get reservations one night and tried Nakato's. We were hesitant to try a different place but it was our best meal our entire, weeklong visit. Highly recommended. Hard to please 9 family members and after leaving this restaurant, I didn't hear one complaint, only praise. You can't miss this meal!!
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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
Posted: Jun 13th, 2007 at 9:32 pm
From: Danville, VA
By: ckc


Avg. Rating:3.8
Great food, and good service, reservations were needed, during our visist last year, their melon colada was excellent and a house specialty. Price was average for this type of food, and definitely would go back every year.
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