Yutaka Sushi Bistro, known for being an excellent Sushi spot in Dallas has closed permanently. According to Culturemap, the owner, Yutaka Yamato is returning to Japan to grow coffee.
The highly-ranked Sushi location in uptown Dallas Closed last August after 17 years in business. The restaurant was founded in 2006 by Japanese native Yutaka Yamato who’s returning to Japan to embark on a new adventure that he’s excited about.
“Chef Yamato first came to Dallas-Fort Worth in 1992 and studied at UNT. Now, he'll return to Japan to spend time with family and start an innovative farm where he'll grow coffee beans,” Culturemap reports.
Chef Yamato used his culinary skills to delight his guests at the Dallas Sushi spot. The place was a top spot in Dallas among Sushi fans who frowned upon hearing that the restaurant had shuttered for good.
"Opening the restaurant was a dream come true for me, a true adventure that required hard work and dedication," he says. "And from the moment we opened our doors, we were met with an overwhelming response and a warm reception from the community."
According to Culturemap, Before opening Yutaka, Yamato worked with Chris Ward for five years at acclaimed restaurants such as Citizen and The Mercury. He also worked at Royal Tokyo and Nobu, both in Dallas and New York.
“Yutaka serves what I consider to be easily the best sushi in Dallas proper,” a Dallas news critic said in a four-star review in 2015:
“In a city that has an abundance of sushi bars but all too few where the chefs season the rice properly or take the trouble to sauce raw fish to show it to its best advantage,Yutaka Sushi Bistro is a rare gem.
Yutaka left a place that has over the years become a part of him. However, going into farming is a new chapter he’s excited about.
"I'm leaving behind a place that has become a part of me, but I am also excited about my second venture as a farmer," he says.
According to CultureMap, The Yutaka space has been taken over by a young couple who opened a restaurant called Maji Sushi on Sept. 1, 2023. They hope to keep many of his menu items, and Yamato is currently assisting them with training and staffing.
Given its history since 2006, the restaurant was likely one of the earlier restaurants where locals learned to enjoy raw fish. Slices of Joshu Wagyu beef were one of the favorites of regulars. His food was authentic and invariably tasty. His dishes delighted several patrons who raved about the place and its wonderful food.
Yutaka Sushi Bistro was at 2633 McKinney Ave., Dallas