Japanese Restaurant, Sushi Restaurant, and American Restaurant$$$$
Center City East, Philadelphia
  • The Feast
    "Of course, the Omakase is where it's at, but we love the Ramen, too."(11 Tips)
    Barrett L.
    "Duck duck duck: hands down one of the best dishes I have ever eaten."(3 Tips)
    Ariel N.
    "Rock shrimp, duck duck duck, Kobe filet, all great entrees."(5 Tips)
    Brandon C.
    "definitely try the chef tasting menu"(6 Tips)
89 Tips and reviews
  • sushi
  • omakase
  • tasting menu
  • good for dates
  • trendy
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  • Krystal H.
    Get the tasting menu!
    Krystal H. · April 15
  • Dimitrios D.
    Decent to good sushi, but it's overpriced and overhyped
    Dimitrios D · April 15
  • Stephen P.
    The tasting menu was beyond great
    Stephen Perle · February 28
  • Shea R.
    Sushi sampling platter
    Shea Rader · February 27
  • Dan
    Nice restaurant. The dishes I ordered were not impressive
    Dan · February 16
  • Joe C.
    Excellent sushi, obviously, and the omakase is amazing
    Joe C · February 15
  • Christy L.
    Not crowded on a Wednesday night. Great service and delicious seafood options. Pretty too.
    Christy Landes · January 21
  • Raj S.
    The appetizers were unfortunately underwhelming. The sushi and sashimi did redeem the overall dining experience, however, at around $200 a head with drinks, I find it hard to recommend this place.
    Raj Sarma · December 27, 2015
  • Susan E.
    Rock shrimp tempura!!
    Susan Estrella-Eades · December 16, 2015
  • Brandon C.
    Atmosphere is amazing for dates and special occasions. First timers should definitely try the chef tasting menu to get the full experience of the master chef! $100 regular/$150 seasonal
    Brandon Cain · November 15, 2015
  • Marcus L.
    Appetite can't keep up with all of the great choices
    Marcus Lai · September 19, 2015
  • Oi I.
    #omakase #chef sushi selection @ice cream
    Oi I · August 2, 2015
  • @HungryEditor B.
    You wouldn't expect it, but Morimoto has a happy hour in the upstairs lounge from 5-7pm with drink & food specials mostly under $10.
    @HungryEditor Ben Setiawan · April 30, 2015
  • Ronnie R.
    Everything was amazing here, especially the duck and the yellow tail tuna. If you go here ask for Raymond. He was amazing!
    Ronnie Roth · January 14, 2015
  • Nick M.
    Everything here is delicious. Server seemed kind of pushy.
    Nick Marques · December 29, 2014
  • Mell G.
    The service is impeccable and the spicy king crab is like nothing I've ever tasted #delectable
    Mell Gordon · October 19, 2014
  • National Geographic Traveller (UK)
    TV chef Masaharu Morimoto offers the culinary direction for this downtown Japanese restaurant. Read more
  • Chefs Feed
    Jeff Michaud, chef of Osteria, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Sashimi. Read more
    Chefs Feed · August 22, 2014
  • Josh D.
    Modernist Iron Chef wizardry may dazzle the tourists, but it's the straight-up sushi and sashimi that really steals the show. Scallop, amberjack and fresh water eel are the must-haves.
    Josh Dubin · August 20, 2014
  • Ian C.
    Excellent sushi in downtown Philadelphia - owned by the same guy who opened Wasabi in Delhi
    Ian C · August 7, 2014
  • Cherry Qianyun L.
    Tasting menu
    Cherry Qianyun Lin · July 21, 2014
  • Ann L.
    Get the Omakase!! Totally worth every penny!
    Ann Liang · July 20, 2014
  • Sydney C.
    Get the omakase. It's worth it.
    Sydney Connelly · July 20, 2014
  • matt g.
    $10 Micro-batch ice cream of the day, available to go.
    matt g · July 10, 2014
  • Barrett L.
    Duck duck duck: hands down one of the best dishes I have ever eaten.
    Barrett Lane · May 17, 2014
  • Everyday
    Honestly, it was overpriced and mediocre.
    Everyday · January 21, 2014
  • CollegeFashionista
    With Stephen Starr and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto at the lead, Morimoto's original Philadelphia location is the perfect place to start a night in Center City.
    CollegeFashionista · January 14, 2014
  • Indra S.
    Excellent fresh "mix"
    Indra Subekti · October 31, 2013
  • Monica L.
    try their omakase
    Monica Lee · September 27, 2013
  • Miss S.
    Delicious especially the tempura shrimp
    Miss Sekia · September 22, 2013
  • Danielle T.
    💲💲💲pricey pricey pricey ... 8 drinks, fours appetizers, tax and tip $286
    Danielle Tolliver · September 1, 2013
  • Christina
    great affordable, quick lunch. get the sushi combination (and carpaccio)
    Christina · August 2, 2013
  • Michela D.
    Great place for lunch!
    Michela DellaMonica · August 2, 2013
  • Heather T.
    The 10 hour pork belly is absolutely incredible, as is the yuzu meringue tart. Yuzu meringue is a oerfectly light and citrus-y dessert for a hot, muggy day.
    Heather T · June 27, 2013
  • Thrillist
    Score the Iron Chef’s freshest catches at the back-of-the-house sushi bar.
    Thrillist · June 14, 2013
  • Ciara M.
    Hands down the greatest sushi place in Philly. Awesome food, amazing decor, great service, well worth the price.
    Ciara McGeary · January 30, 2013
  • Ritu S.
    Definitely try Karai if you are in a mood of something sweet and spicy
    Ritu Sharma- Potnis · December 9, 2012
  • Alyson C.
    Tuna pizza was amazing! My husband had the steak and it had to be the best steak I've ever tasted!
    Alyson C. · November 17, 2012
  • STARR Restaurants
    New fall cocktail menu launching today including this Kobacha cocktail: roasted kabocha infused bourbon, angostura bitters, ginger beer lime, garnished with bourbon roasted kabocha & bamboo leaf
    STARR Restaurants · October 15, 2012
  • APA
    Exquisite sushi. We split the chef's combination and wasabi fried rice. Everything was very fresh and high quality. Swanky atmosphere, too!
    APA · September 3, 2012
  • 🇺🇸Tugcem G.
    5 star worthy all around- the decor, food, and service were amazing!
    🇺🇸Tugcem Gaines · September 2, 2012
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    From 5 p.m. to 7pm. the second floor lounge features half-price cocktails and snacks in the $5-7 range. Read more
    Philadelphia Magazine · August 15, 2012
  • Dave H.
    Doing go here for the ramen. You'll buy disappointment. On the bright side, they have tasty main entrees, drinks, and a robust sake selection.
    Dave Hong · August 5, 2012
  • Sean M.
    Try the Kakuni (10 Hour Braised Pork Belly) - #tasty
    Sean Moening · June 24, 2012
  • Emily C.
    If you don't do the omakase, you're silly.
    Emily Cashin · June 9, 2012
  • elizabeth m.
    Tuna pizza and lobster ceviche! Do it.
    elizabeth miller · April 18, 2012
  • Ned W.
    The $80 Omakase is a ripoff as the dishes are uneven at best. Sushi rice was dry, sushi was OK at best. Disappointing.
    Ned Ward · April 10, 2012
  • Ikai L.
    They have these weird lamps planted in the middle of the tables ...
    Ikai Lan · March 30, 2012
  • ArtJonak
    Yes... it's all that. Well reviewed by foodies... and now I know why.
    ArtJonak · March 26, 2012
  • Visit Philly
    At the far end of Iron Chef Morimoto's sushi stronghold is a sushi bar where you can watch the culinary wizards make rolls and maki.
    Visit Philly · March 7, 2012
  • Ajit V.
    One of the great places in Philadelphia for pristine raw fish and clever composed dishes. Hope to God that the foie gras chawan mushi, maguro niçoise, and ten-hour pork "kakuni" make an appearance.
    Ajit Verghese · February 19, 2012
  • Tawn S.
    The Iron Chef! Sushi, sushi, sushi. Creme brule was good.
    Tawn Scotton · February 4, 2012
  • James T.
    If you're not up for the $80+ omakase, try one of the chef's sushi platters; they start at $30.
    James Tuttle · January 29, 2012
  • Teresa P.
    Rock shrimp tempura is orgasmic... Blends in with the phallic lights ;-)
    Teresa Pokladowski · January 13, 2012
  • DK D.
    Just go and experience Morimoto!
    DK Davis · November 1, 2011
  • Ariel N.
    This place is awesome. Any appetizer is delicious. Rock shrimp, duck duck duck, Kobe filet, all great entrees. The asparagus side is also delicious.
    Ariel Nicole · October 20, 2011
  • Darron S.
    Ask the chef for a Tuna Roll with Salmon on top! Perfect!
    Darron Shubin · September 26, 2011
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Morimoto made Philadelphia Magazine's list of 50 best restaurants! Read more
    Philadelphia Magazine · September 14, 2011
  • Darcy D.
    You can't beat sitting at the sushi bar here. Love to watch them create edible works of art.
    Darcy DaCosta · September 13, 2011
  • Kevin K.
    Try the Rock Shrimp Tempura appetizer. Slightly sweet, with a great texture.
    Kevin K · August 23, 2011
  • Davinci Virtual
    Great sushi in a beautifully modern setting. Dining at this Japanese hot spot won't leave you disappointed after your night out in Philly. Try the duck duck duck!
    Davinci Virtual · June 22, 2011
  • KeepRecipes
    Try the Tuna Pizza, Angry Chicken or Braised Cod. Then try cooking Morimoto's recipe for the dish on KeepRecipes! You'll be donating to the American Red Cross's fund for Tsunami & Earthquake Relief. Read more
    KeepRecipes · June 15, 2011
  • The Feast
    The Iron Chef's first restaurant put Philadelphia on the culinary map, and the quality has never dipped below perfection. Of course, the Omakase is where it's at, but we love the Ramen, too. Read more
    The Feast · June 10, 2011
  • STARR Restaurants
    Enjoy our contemporary menu that mixes traditional Japanese ingredients with classic Western preparations. Daring diners can put themselves in the chef's hands and partake in the tasting menu.
    STARR Restaurants · June 9, 2011
  • Brandon M.
    The Omakase is definitely the way to go. 7 plates of greatness - absolutely wonderful.
    Brandon McGraw · May 30, 2011
  • Nikki F.
    Toro roll, spicy tuna roll is the best I've ever had! And the hazelnut beer is to die for!
    Nikki Flores · May 26, 2011
  • Stephanie K.
    Hard to get reservations but it's first come, first serve in the lounge on the second floor. Cute and hip.
    Stephanie Kruse · May 21, 2011
  • Ryan S.
    Do not be scared of the price tag on the ishi yaki bop w/ kobe beef it's absolutely amazing. The plus is that it is prepared in front of you!!!
    Ryan Sadowski · April 30, 2011
  • Kristen W.
    Even if you don't like tofu, the yosedofu is amazing. I even got my dad to take seconds and he's usually a pure meat eater!
    Kristen Wargo · April 26, 2011
  • Karen F.
    Love it here. Going tomorrow!
    Karen Flam · April 11, 2011
  • Bullfrog & Baum
    This imaginative Japanese fusion menu creates a notable dining experience. The Yellowtail on rice is delicious and entertaining since it is prepared tableside in a hot stone bowl.
    Bullfrog & Baum · January 24, 2011
  • Kea M.
    Amazing rock shrimp, kobe beef carpaccio, and sushi/sashimi tasting menu.
    Kea Molnar · January 23, 2011
  • Food Network
    Morimoto, from Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, serves authentic Japanese sushi and the freshest seafood dishes.
    Food Network · January 19, 2011
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Don't miss the hamachi tartare, a molded cylinder of yellowtail and crispy shallots served with a Japanese mountain peach. Read more
    Philadelphia Magazine · December 22, 2010
  • Betty L.
    In the upstairs lounge, the Signature Hour (Sunday-Friday, from 5pm-7pm) is the perfect way to experience chef Morimoto’s signature appetizers ($7), maki ($6), cocktails, beer and wine ($6)
    Betty Liao · December 19, 2010
  • Bravo
    Kevin Sbraga loves this place! -Kevin Sbraga, Top Chef
    Bravo · November 29, 2010
  • Approach Guides
    Looking for a white that works well with sushi? Opt for Abbazia di Novacella's '06 sylvaner. A big, fruity white with exotic fruit and citrus flavors, with good acidity. Really nice!
    Approach Guides · November 27, 2010
  • Joshua S.
    Toro tatare FTMFW!
    Joshua Surkosky · November 14, 2010
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Take advantage of the under-the-radar weekday happy hour in the lounge. Try a selection of maki for $6, apps for $7 and select cocktails, beers (including Morimoto's Rogue beers) and wines for $6. Read more
    Philadelphia Magazine · September 14, 2010
  • Epicurious
    The Iron Chef's restaurant in the City of Brotherly Love will have you loving your neighbor by the very first bite of tuna carpaccio pizza or soba carbonara (try the half order for a great deal).
    Epicurious · August 24, 2010
  • John A.
    Best Newer Retaurant in Philly!! Read more
    John Antonius · July 9, 2010
  • Tara S.
    LOVE this restaurant in Philly!
    Tara Smith Sirianni · June 25, 2010
  • Sara C.
    Get the 10 hour roast pork app - it's out of this world.
    Sara Capritti · June 7, 2010
  • Scott A.
    Best sushi I have ever had. Bring a big wallet it will be empty before you know it.
    Scott Andrews Jr · May 25, 2010
  • Len L.
    great food, great experience
    Len Lipkin · May 22, 2010
  • Chris S.
    Got to Morimotos and order the unagi. Is is simply spectacular! Sooo fresh!
    Chris Schalleur · April 10, 2010
  • David L.
    Atmosphere is amazing! I would order the omikasa. It is a 4 course meal to give you a chance to taste the best they have to order that day. They have the 3 choices based on your budget. Read more
    David Lambert · April 5, 2010
  • Juan U.
    The tempura has along with all the fish and vegetables a chunk of mozarella wrapped in applewood bacon and tempura fried! Can't wait for the main course.
    Juan Urquiola · March 1, 2010
  • J.R.
    Get the Omakase which means roughly, "In the chef's hands". Went there twice before I was a vegetarian and they were both amazingly inventive dinners. Most interesting dish was the jalapeno sorbet. Read more
    J.R. · October 20, 2009
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