Japanese Restaurant, Sushi Restaurant, and American Restaurant$$$$
Center City East, Philadelphia
  • The experts at Food Network and Philadelphia Magazine recommend this place
    • Food Network
    • Philadelphia Magazine
  • The Feast
    "Of course, the Omakase is where it's at, but we love the Ramen, too."(12 Tips)
    Barrett L.
    "Duck duck duck: hands down one of the best dishes I have ever eaten."(4 Tips)
    Ariel N.
    "Rock shrimp, duck duck duck, Kobe filet, all great entrees."(6 Tips)
    Brandon C.
    "definitely try the chef tasting menu"(6 Tips)
91 Tips and reviews
  • sushi
  • omakase
  • good for dates
  • tasting menu
  • trendy
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  • Joseph N.
    Joseph Nunes2 weeks ago
    Rock shrimp tempura, waygu carpaccio, waygu dumplings, and kanpachi sushi or sashimi
  • Philippos
    PhilipposNovember 3
    Omakase. Expensive but worth it.
  • Jacob S.
    Try anything with wagyu beef and the duck duck duck. One of the best meals I have ever had!
  • Paula S.
    Paula SorrentinoJuly 29, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The food and the service were awesome!
  • Krystal H.
    Krystal H.April 15, 2016
    Get the tasting menu!
  • Stephen P.
    Stephen PerleFebruary 28, 2016
    The tasting menu was beyond great
  • Shea R.
    Shea RaderFebruary 27, 2016
    Sushi sampling platter
  • Dan
    DanFebruary 16, 2016
    Nice restaurant. The dishes I ordered were not impressive
  • Joe C.
    Joe CFebruary 15, 2016
    Excellent sushi, obviously, and the omakase is amazing
  • Christy L.
    Christy LandesJanuary 21, 2016
    Not crowded on a Wednesday night. Great service and delicious seafood options. Pretty too.
  • Raj S.
    Raj SarmaDecember 27, 2015
    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.
  • Susan E.
    Susan Estrella-EadesDecember 16, 2015
    Rock shrimp tempura!!
  • Brandon C.
    Brandon CainNovember 15, 2015
    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
  • Marcus L.
    Marcus LaiSeptember 19, 2015
    Appetite can't keep up with all of the great choices
  • Oi I.
    Oi IAugust 2, 2015
    #omakase #chef sushi selection @ice cream
  • @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.
  • Ronnie R.
    Ronnie RothJanuary 14, 2015
    Everything was amazing here, especially the duck and the yellow tail tuna. If you go here ask for Raymond. He was amazing!
  • Nick M.
    Nick MarquesDecember 29, 2014
    Everything here is delicious. Server seemed kind of pushy.
  • Mell G.
    Mell GordonOctober 19, 2014
    The service is impeccable and the spicy king crab is like nothing I've ever tasted #delectable
  • National Geographic Traveller (UK)
    TV chef Masaharu Morimoto offers the culinary direction for this downtown Japanese restaurant. Read more
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Jeff Michaud, chef of Osteria, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Sashimi. Read more
  • Josh D.
    Josh DubinAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Ian C.
    Ian CAugust 7, 2014
    Excellent sushi in downtown Philadelphia - owned by the same guy who opened Wasabi in Delhi
  • Cherry Qianyun L.
    Cherry Qianyun LinJuly 21, 2014
    Tasting menu
  • Ann L.
    Ann LiangJuly 20, 2014
    Get the Omakase!! Totally worth every penny!
  • Sydney C.
    Sydney ConnellyJuly 20, 2014
    Get the omakase. It's worth it.
  • matt g.
    matt gJuly 10, 2014
    $10 Micro-batch ice cream of the day, available to go.
  • Barrett L.
    Barrett LaneMay 17, 2014
    Duck duck duck: hands down one of the best dishes I have ever eaten.
  • Everyday
    EverydayJanuary 21, 2014
    Honestly, it was overpriced and mediocre.
  • CollegeFashionista
    CollegeFashionistaJanuary 14, 2014
    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.
  • Indra S.
    Indra SubektiOctober 31, 2013
    Excellent fresh "mix"
  • Monica L.
    Monica LeeSeptember 27, 2013
    try their omakase
  • Miss S.
    Miss SekiaSeptember 22, 2013
    Delicious especially the tempura shrimp
  • Christina
    ChristinaAugust 2, 2013
    great affordable, quick lunch. get the sushi combination (and carpaccio)
  • Michela D.
    Michela DellaMonicaAugust 2, 2013
    Great place for lunch!
  • Heather T.
    Heather TJune 27, 2013
    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.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJune 14, 2013
    Score the Iron Chef’s freshest catches at the back-of-the-house sushi bar.
  • Ciara M.
    Ciara McGearyJanuary 30, 2013
    Hands down the greatest sushi place in Philly. Awesome food, amazing decor, great service, well worth the price.
  • Ritu S.
    Ritu Sharma- PotnisDecember 9, 2012
    Definitely try Karai if you are in a mood of something sweet and spicy
  • Alyson C.
    Alyson C.November 17, 2012
    Tuna pizza was amazing! My husband had the steak and it had to be the best steak I've ever tasted!
  • STARR Restaurants
    STARR RestaurantsOctober 15, 2012
    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
  • APA
    APASeptember 3, 2012
    Exquisite sushi. We split the chef's combination and wasabi fried rice. Everything was very fresh and high quality. Swanky atmosphere, too!
  • 🇺🇸Tugcem G.
    🇺🇸Tugcem GainesSeptember 2, 2012
    5 star worthy all around- the decor, food, and service were amazing!
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineAugust 15, 2012
    From 5 p.m. to 7pm. the second floor lounge features half-price cocktails and snacks in the $5-7 range. Read more
  • Dave L.
    Dave LiaoAugust 5, 2012
    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.
  • Sean M.
    Sean MoeningJune 24, 2012
    Try the Kakuni (10 Hour Braised Pork Belly) - #tasty
  • Emily C.
    Emily CashinJune 9, 2012
    If you don't do the omakase, you're silly.
  • elizabeth m.
    elizabeth millerApril 18, 2012
    Tuna pizza and lobster ceviche! Do it.
  • Ned W.
    Ned WardApril 10, 2012
    The $80 Omakase is a ripoff as the dishes are uneven at best. Sushi rice was dry, sushi was OK at best. Disappointing.
  • Ikai L.
    Ikai LanMarch 30, 2012
    They have these weird lamps planted in the middle of the tables ...
  • ArtJonak
    ArtJonakMarch 26, 2012
    Yes... it's all that. Well reviewed by foodies... and now I know why.
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyMarch 7, 2012
    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.
  • Ajit V.
    Ajit VergheseFebruary 19, 2012
    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.
  • Tawn S.
    Tawn ScottonFebruary 4, 2012
    The Iron Chef! Sushi, sushi, sushi. Creme brule was good.
  • James T.
    James TuttleJanuary 29, 2012
    If you're not up for the $80+ omakase, try one of the chef's sushi platters; they start at $30.
  • Teresa P.
    Teresa PokladowskiJanuary 13, 2012
    Rock shrimp tempura is orgasmic... Blends in with the phallic lights ;-)
  • DK D.
    DK DavisNovember 1, 2011
    Just go and experience Morimoto!
  • Ariel N.
    Ariel NicoleOctober 20, 2011
    This place is awesome. Any appetizer is delicious. Rock shrimp, duck duck duck, Kobe filet, all great entrees. The asparagus side is also delicious.
  • Darron S.
    Darron ShubinSeptember 26, 2011
    Ask the chef for a Tuna Roll with Salmon on top! Perfect!
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineSeptember 14, 2011
    Morimoto made Philadelphia Magazine's list of 50 best restaurants! Read more
  • Darcy D.
    Darcy DaCostaSeptember 13, 2011
    You can't beat sitting at the sushi bar here. Love to watch them create edible works of art.
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KAugust 23, 2011
    Try the Rock Shrimp Tempura appetizer. Slightly sweet, with a great texture.
  • Davinci Virtual
    Davinci VirtualJune 22, 2011
    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!
  • KeepRecipes
    KeepRecipesJune 15, 2011
    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
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 10, 2011
    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
  • STARR Restaurants
    STARR RestaurantsJune 9, 2011
    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.
  • Brandon M.
    Brandon McGrawMay 30, 2011
    The Omakase is definitely the way to go. 7 plates of greatness - absolutely wonderful.
  • Nikki F.
    Nikki FloresMay 26, 2011
    Toro roll, spicy tuna roll is the best I've ever had! And the hazelnut beer is to die for!
  • Stephanie K.
    Stephanie KruseMay 21, 2011
    Hard to get reservations but it's first come, first serve in the lounge on the second floor. Cute and hip.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SadowskiApril 30, 2011
    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!!!
  • Kristen W.
    Kristen WargoApril 26, 2011
    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!
  • Karen F.
    Karen FlamApril 11, 2011
    Love it here. Going tomorrow!
  • Bullfrog & Baum
    Bullfrog & BaumJanuary 24, 2011
    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.
  • Kea M.
    Kea MolnarJanuary 23, 2011
    Amazing rock shrimp, kobe beef carpaccio, and sushi/sashimi tasting menu.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkJanuary 19, 2011
    Morimoto, from Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, serves authentic Japanese sushi and the freshest seafood dishes.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineDecember 22, 2010
    Don't miss the hamachi tartare, a molded cylinder of yellowtail and crispy shallots served with a Japanese mountain peach. Read more
  • Betty L.
    Betty LiaoDecember 19, 2010
    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)
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 29, 2010
    Kevin Sbraga loves this place! -Kevin Sbraga, Top Chef
  • Approach Guides
    Approach GuidesNovember 27, 2010
    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!
  • Joshua S.
    Joshua SurkoskyNovember 14, 2010
    Toro tatare FTMFW!
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineSeptember 14, 2010
    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
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 24, 2010
    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).
  • John A.
    John AntoniusJuly 9, 2010
    Best Newer Retaurant in Philly!! Read more
  • Tara S.
    Tara Smith SirianniJune 25, 2010
    LOVE this restaurant in Philly!
  • Sara C.
    Sara CaprittiJune 7, 2010
    Get the 10 hour roast pork app - it's out of this world.
  • Scott A.
    Scott Andrews JrMay 25, 2010
    Best sushi I have ever had. Bring a big wallet it will be empty before you know it.
  • Len L.
    Len LipkinMay 22, 2010
    great food, great experience
  • Chris S.
    Chris SchalleurApril 10, 2010
    Got to Morimotos and order the unagi. Is is simply spectacular! Sooo fresh!
  • David L.
    David LambertApril 5, 2010
    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
  • Juan U.
    Juan UrquiolaMarch 1, 2010
    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.
  • J.R.
    J.R.October 20, 2009
    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
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