Our first experience at Kyoto together was with another couple on a busy Saturday night. The restaurant was packed with patrons, and the service was excellent from start to finish. To say that we had a good experience would be a vast understatement. Our dinner selections included a perfectly prepared edamame appetizer, a few teppanyaki entrees, and quite a bit of sushi. Each dinner entree was served with a bowl of hot miso soup, a house salad with an amazingly flavorful ginger dressing, and a shrimp appetizer that the chef catapulted into your mouth from behind the grill (not all of it thankfully, or my entire serving would have ended up on the floor thanks to my clumsiness). I ordered the Hibachi Special, which included filet mignon, lobster and scallops. The filet was tender, and the lobster and scallops weren't too shabby either. The scallops were a bit small for my liking, but what one would expect when ordering teppanyaki. The rice was tangy, and the veggies were crisp and fresh. We also ordered a sushi party for two, which included 10 Sushi, 10 Sashimi, a Boston Roll and a Black Dragon roll that we substituted out for the Firecracker Roll. The sushi was fresh, well prepared, and a bit better than average. I also had the Kyoto roll, which was made with sweet potato and shrimp tempura topped with lobster. The crunchiness of the tempura matched with the tender, oceanic flavor of the lobster, and the spicy sauce drizzled over the top.....this is heaven wrapped in nori people. The Firecracker Roll was next. Tuna and avocado, topped w/ avocado, tuna, and spicy sauce...need I say more? I was hooked at first bite. The sake bombs are also fun if you're daring. Kyoto is a great place to dine if you're looking for a fun night out. The atmosphere never disappoints and the food is a bit above average. Pricing is fair, and service is great from start to finish. It's no five star restaurant, but it's earned 4 1/2 out of 5 sakes with me!
Pros: Atmosphere, entertainment, pricing.