Salt Lake City, UT

Kyoto is a Popular Japanese Restaurant in Salt Lake City

S. F. Mori

It is recognized as one of the best

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The Kyoto Restaurant located at 1080 East 1300 South in Salt Lake City is a popular place to enjoy Japanese food. They serve delicious food in a pleasant atmosphere which features traditional Japanese items and decor. The restaurant has received honors and is highly recommended.

The original owner of the restaurant is Sam Tada, who was born in Kyoto, Japan. He worked in the restaurant business after finishing high school. Sam moved to Salt Lake City and worked for Jerry Tsuyuki, a Japanese American who opened a traditional Japanese restaurant called Mikado in Salt Lake City. Sam was the opening chef at Mikado.
Sam's wife Yoshiko had a career in music but ended up in the restaurant business after marrying Sam and moving to the United States.
They opened the Kyoto Japanese Restaurant on August 16, 1984, at the current location. Sam was the owner and chef with Yoshiko managing the finances and leading the service. Sam realized his dream of bringing his feeling of home in Japan to his new home of Salt Lake City.
One reviewer who had been skeptical of their success said: “After our first visit, the major reason for the Kyoto’s success was clear – this restaurant serves superb Japanese food.” 

There have been changes at Kyoto since it opened over 30 years ago. The menu has expanded, and a sushi bar was added in 2001. The food is still delicious and popular. While there are different partners who now run the restaurant, a few servers are still working there. You could even see Sam and Yoshiko Tada.

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The teriyaki beef dinner is a favorite. For those who would like a variety of Japanese dishes, they have bento boxes available with combination meals. Sushi platters may be ordered for large gatherings. They range in price from $50 to $150. There is a room which can be reserved for parties larger than fifteen.

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The restaurant is very popular and can be crowded on weekends. It is recommended to call ahead to arrange priority seating.

[Reference: Kyoto Restaurant website -- www.kyotoslc.com]

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