We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Nakato Japanese Steakhouse

#198 of 1,890 Restaurants in Charlotte
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mineral Springs
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
8601 University Executive Park Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262
+1 704-549-9966
16:30 - 22:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri 17:00 - 22:30
Sat 16:30 - 22:30
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

88 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 86: English reviews
Level Contributor
45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I came to this restaurant because lots of people told me about the cooking show done in front of the guests... I did not appreciate it because the chef cooked everything so fast and put it in our dishes so we were forced to eat quickly to make room for food. Last not least, we came back to the hotel... More 

Thank lisa87654321
Grand Prairie, Texas
Level Contributor
18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was there to celebrate our daughter's birthday. This was our first visit as we are out of towners. The food was absolutely delicious. Atmosphere was pleasant, and the service was good. Would definitely recommend. We had an hour wait as it was a Saturday night. I believe you can make reservations. If so I advise you to do so.

Thank gwensadler
Charlotte, North Carolina
Level Contributor
28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nakato's is a fun place for the family, dates, and even those single needing some entertainment during dinner. The Japanese egg roll is always funny, every time. The onion volcano with flames shooting out always scares everyone at the table. These fun tricks by the chefs never tire. The food is also delicious, the sauces are amazing, and the service... More 

Thank CityPolitical
Richmond, Virginia
Level Contributor
99 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Food and service were OK and met expectations and pretty good value for your $'s. The chairs, doors and surfaces in general felt sticky to us so a bit of a distraction. Past that, nothing special for us compared to other Japanese Steakhouses to report and over all it was just OK.

Thank mjrgnsn
Charlotte, North Carolina
Level Contributor
441 reviews
293 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

We dined with a large group on a Sunday. We called ahead and made a reservation. When we arrived we only waited a couple of minutes to be seated. Our waitress quickly took our drink orders and then returned and took our meal orders. Our soup arrived promptly after she left. The soup was just okay for me, I've had... More 

Thank JetBlueDriver
Charlotte, NC
Level Contributor
157 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

This was the first time I have eaten at the Nakato's in University Place. Usually, we go to the Pineville one and have always been happy with the food. The University location is larger and more open, and feels more modern. We sat in the Sushi Bar area and I had the 18 piece Sashimi Omakase. It was fresh and... More 

Thank andromedaeve
Charlotte, NC
Level Contributor
12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We were a group of 7. The experience was excellent and entertaining. Food was plentiful and well prepared. All had hibachi except one who had sushi. We will be back!

Thank Vacationista3
District of Columbia
Level Contributor
3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

The customer service here was excellent and the food was very good. We arrived with 6 hungry kids and left full and happy

Thank andysandy2016
West Hartford, Ct
Level Contributor
44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

The result was very normal for a Japanese steakhouse. Nothing overly exciting here but the price was reflective of a middle of the road expectation.

Thank Chuck R
Charlotte, NC
Level Contributor
66 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

We went to Nakato for my birthday and it was wonderful! From the time we sat down until the time our dinners were served, our "cook" was very funny and held everyone's attention...from flipping shrimp tails and eggs into his chef's hat, to making a volcano out of a stacked onion, he was great! I got the hibachi shrimp and... More 

Thank terrec

Travellers who viewed Nakato Japanese Steakhouse also viewed


Been to Nakato Japanese Steakhouse? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:30
16:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8601 University Executive Park Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Charlotte>  > Mineral Springs
  • Neighbourhood: Mineral Springs
  • Phone Number: +1 704-549-9966

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Nakato Japanese Steakhouse staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?