#24 of 31 Boone Restaurants

Makoto’s Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar

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Makoto's Japanese Steakhouse – Where to Enjoy Delightful Dinner Service in Greenbrier
Written by: Brittany Mendez
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:


- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

Whenever you’re in the mood for bright, bold flavors, set your sights on a visit to Makoto’s Japanese Steakhouse. A true Greenbrier favorite, this eatery rolls out all the sushi, bento box, and hibachi creations for your pure enjoyment. They serve up every last order with a smile, too, whether you’re swinging by for takeout or dining inhouse.

Since they’re only open for dinner service, you’ll need to squash your cravings for homecooked deliciousness until their doors open up at 4pm sharp. You won’t be the only one doing so either. In fact, many people start getting antsy about their open times as soon as the evening hours come into view. So, don’t be surprised to see the parking lot filling up well before their doors even open.

Despite the dinner rush, the crew goes all out in making everyone feel right at home. You can expect to get welcomed through the doors with open arms and promptly seated as soon as there’s a table available. With its brick walls, soft lighting, and comfy booths, their dining room will have you feeling plenty cozy in an instant. So, even though they do offer takeout, it’s often best to come in for the full dining experience if you have time.

Either way, you can count on getting the highest quality appetizers, entrees, and desserts every time. The kitchen staff put their all into creating each dish using the finest ingredients and time-honored recipes. They use artistic plating techniques, too, so every last order looks as good as it tastes. Their portions are fairly generous as well, which is almost a shame since you’ll want to try a little bit of it all. But they’re happy to have you come back again and again for another taste whenever they’re open for dinner service.

Their top menu items are:

Fried Spider
Although its name doesn’t do it any favors, the Fried Spider is a tour de force well worth trying. Simple yet decadent, this appetizer simply features soft shell crab dipped in batter and fried to perfection. Then, they serve it up with tempura sauce to further elevate its flavors.

Lobster Cha Cha Roll
When you want all the best decadent flavors in every last bite, treat yourself to the Lobster Cha Cha Roll. This imaginative creation starts with lobster tempura, spicy crab meat, and cream cheese wrapped up tight in soybean paper. Then, they roll it up with rice before topping it all off with mango slices and a drizzle of eel sauce.

Bento Box
When you simply cannot decide between all the tasty items on their menu, just get yourself a Bento Box. To do that, you’ll just need to choose between their main entrees, including Teriyaki Salmon, Teriyaki Steak, and Chicken Tempura. After that, they’ll fill out the rest of the space with a spring roll, shrimp tempura, California roll, and fried rice. You also get your choice of either miso soup or salad.

While it’s far too easy to fill all the way up to the brim with dinner alone, it’s well worth the effort to save room for dessert. On their menu, they have delightful creations, like Fried Cheesecake, Fried Ice Cream, and Mochi Ice Cream. If you like to keep it simple, they have regular ice cream, too. All their desserts must be enjoyed on the spot, so get a doggie bag for the rest of your meal as soon as you start to fill up.

Insider Tips:
-They’re known to close early due to adverse weather conditions, power outages, and the like.
-Whenever they have problems that impact service, the team posts an announcement on Facebook to let their loyal patrons know about the issue.
-Ask about their daily specials before ordering. They often offer special deals on their specialty sushi rolls and other popular items.