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Kodama Japanese Restaurant - 20 Reviews - 301 W 45TH St, New York, NY - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 582-8065

Kodama Japanese Restaurant

301 W 45TH St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 582-8065
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fast and delicious


I have been coming here for years and have been very loyal. But witnessing the service attitude change has been disappointing (with other customers). The food is OK but no longe...

Editorial review from GrubHub 2/5/2014

fast and delicious more

Editorial review from GrubHub 7/18/2013

Yummy! Best sushi in the area! more

Editorial review from GrubHub 3/24/2013

Very good. Ordered numerous times for lunch. more

Editorial review from GrubHub 3/15/2008

my favorite sushi restaurant in midtown! more

Good Affordable Sushi 10/15/2007

Just ate and had two tempura dishes. It was good food and would definitely go back. The server was a little slow and not super attentive, but maybe that's cause I'm a visitor and don't know how things work in the city. Pros: Fresh Sushi Cons: Server was quick to take our order and bring out the food, but after that is was difficult to get her attention. more

Great find! 7/30/2007

Kodama's sushi cannot be beat in the theater district. Honestly, its so hard to find a decent lunch special, but I love Kodama! The prices aren't bad and the fish is super fresh! If you love sashimi, you must get the sashimi deluxe! You get so much fish compared to almost every other sushi place in town. They also have teriyaki bento boxes and most things come with soup and salad. If you're a fan of rolls, the scallop tempura roll is fabulous. During lunch, the place isn't very crowded so its not hard to get a seat. The service isn't the fastest, but I usually get out in a reasonable amount of time. Highly recommended! Pros: fresh and cheap(ish) sushi! more

Surprisingly Good 10/27/2006

I didn't expect much of this place given its near Times Square location and low key atmosphere. The service was great and the portions were decent. Prices were not extremely inexpensive but it seemed nice for a small night out with a nice date. Pros: Food, Prices, Service Cons: Decor, Bathrooms more

Kodama has changed since 2003 reviews 1/12/2006

The Kodama folks must have read these awful reviews and gotten their act together because the food is fantastic!! the fish is super fresh, and they have wonderful specials each week. I would suggest the Manhattan roll, Avenue Q roll, and Celi roll for you vegeterians out there. So ok, aesthetically is not the prettiest place, but who cares about that when you have FRESH sushi? The prices are quite reasonable for NYC's no more expensive than any other Japanese place. For those of you who hated it, you should give it another try. It's become my favorite sushi in Midtown. Pros: Fresh Fish, Fun Rolls Cons: Appearance more

I liked it 7/26/2005

I read reviews before I went to this restaurant last night but I trusted a friend and I am glad that I did. We had a great meal. We felt that everything was fresh and the tasty. It is not a beautiful restaurant but if you want good food for a great value, I would try it. more

crap and ripoff 3/10/2005

The food is worse than most takeout sushi, rice bowl places but I was shocked that beef teriyaki entrees were 16$. I guess it's a convenient location in that it's midtown, but the fish tastes like it's been in the freezer to long and the beef and chicken felt like rubber in my mouth. No wonder we were one of the only people in there. I'm never going back. Cons: old fish, rip off, bad service more

The Best Maki in NYC 5/23/2004

Though the food at Kodama is pretty darn average, there is one exceptional maki that they make - the Canadian Roll. Raw salmon, spicy greens and a special spicy garlic sauce that they don't use with any other dish. Very highly recommended. Kept us going back again and again. Eventually our order consisted of a couple Canadian rolls and whatever sushi pieces were especially fresh that night. The miso and salad are great too. Pros: Canadian Roll, No wait, sushi bar Cons: , icky bathroom more

better elsewhere 12/28/2003

Little deceived by the high rating. The other reviewers were right, the service with an attitude doesn't go well with their average sushi - but we thought to give Kodama a try, try we did & it's our last try. Fish was just ok, good variety of rolls, spicy rolls ok. There is better at Raku or Tomoe. Pros: location Cons: service attitude, average sushi more

sorry but I found someone else 11/3/2003

I have been coming here for years and have been very loyal. But witnessing the service attitude change has been disappointing (with other customers). The food is OK but no longer amazing. Quality and consistency varies though I have been forgiving. But my friend found another spot nearby and we are moving on to 'smaller but better'. It was a good run while it lasted. Pros: location, longevity, sushi bar Cons: attitude in service, inconsistency more

not worth the walk - go to raku 11/1/2003

Stayed at the W Hotel - checked citysearch for nearby sushi spots. Tho Blue Fin & Kodama had low ratings I normally like to try for myself. Out of my 3 day stay here tried these 2 & Raku. Should have respected the ratings as the sushi was ok, I sure don't see/taste the raves the others have given. Seems their service is suspect as it was not attentive for a small restaurant. Next time I will stay with Raku as their rating holds true over time. The spicy tuna/salmon/scallops are far superior at Raku's though Kodama does have some interesting selections. But for fresh best sushi/rolls/lobster I vote for Raku & the value is ultra-fare for midtown prices. Pros: location Cons: just ok sushi, service is susapect more

Good food, horrible service! 7/24/2003

Although the quality of their service is below average, I've been to Kodama more than several times because the food is good and it's conveniently located. Kodama's staff are usually unfriendly and pokerfaced at best. However, there is this one waitress that seems to have personal problems with me. Maybe too much tip bothers her and she'd rather be under-tipped? I'd ignore her bad service but last time I was there, it was too obvious that she didn't want to wait our table. She intentionally ignored my call, it took us way longer than usual to get our food. Other people who came after us were leaving while we were waiting for food. I am not going back to this restaurant again. It almost ruined my evening and I had to wonder if she put anything other than eatable in my food. Watch out for waitress server id #4! more

Get the spicy tuna roll! 3/22/2003

I go to Kodama at least once a month. I'm addicted to the spicy tuna rolls and a newer one called Canadian. They are a bit expensive, but I really enjoy the food. Pros: good food Cons: expensive, needs better decor more

Try the oyster rolls! 1/9/2003

I go to kodama at least once a month. The sushi is amazing as well as the grilled calamari appetizer. One must try the oyster tempura rolls and also the scallop rolls. Great service and amazing food! more

The other raters drank too much sake. 1/7/2003

Good food?? The salmon teriyaki was served cold, and the sushi portions were moderate to skimpy. Those who rave about the food must not realize there are many other Japanese choices. In my own outer borough neighborhood, the food is MUCH better. Great service?? Our waiter was condescending and rude. He did nothing to earn a tip, but he gave us the check with a 15% tip already included. Why? Because my guests were all French speakers. That was the policy explained by the manager. Try another restaurant!! more


Rating on the 3rd av (btw 83/84)This is probably the best neighborhood sushi place around. It is very relaxed and the people here are always happy to see you. The fish is fresh and the daily specials are always very traditional. From the Sushi to the green tea you will not be dissapointed Pros: inexpensive, good service, traditional Cons: not always open, not for large groups more

Great food, great service 6/13/2002

I eat at the Kodama restaurant on 3rd ave between 83rd and 84th street. The food tastes great and they give you a lot of it for your money. The staff is also very helpful and kind. They even offer your warm towels to clean your hands with before you eat. Their lunch prices are especially good. more
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  • Hours:

    Monday 12:00 PM - 10:30 PM Tuesday 12:00 PM - 10:30 PM Wednesday 12:00 PM - 10:30 PM Thursday 12:00 PM - 10:30 PM Friday 12:00 PM - 10:30 PM Saturday 4:30 PM - 10:30 PM Sunday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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  • Neighborhoods:

    Midtown, Clinton