Kyoto is owned by Okkyu Kim; his wife, Insook; and son Alex.

Paul Wellman

Kyoto is owned by Okkyu Kim; his wife, Insook; and son Alex.

K Is for Kyoto

High-energy family-owned Japanese Restaurant

Where: 3232 State Street, 687-1252,

What: Locally owned and operated by the Kim family since 2004, Kyoto is a high-energy dining destination featuring Japanese cuisine.

How Much: Sashimi combination, $16.95; premium rolls, $8.95-$12.95.

The Dish: Embark on a Japanese dining excursion at this high-energy sushi stop on upper State Street. Tatami rooms offer private dining for small groups and celebratory events, commonly filled with laughter and sake. A traditional sushi menu and Kyoto protocol includes nigiri, temaki, sashimi, and hefty premium rolls. The specialty rolls are a mouthful in both size and flavor, filling their shaped plates like a burrito stuffed and sauced. Choose from tempura rolls, eel snake rolls, a volcano roll with dynamite sauce, or a salmon crunch roll, among others. Sharp knives slice sashimi precisely at the plumpest cut, serving what’s freshest and most colorful in combination plates or à la carte. Beef, chicken, noodle, veggie, and tofu entrées are also available for both lunch and dinner. Known for its social dining atmosphere, knife clanging, and sake bomb pounding, Kyoto pleases a wide variety of palates and party sizes.


3232 State St., Santa Barbara, CA
805-687-1252. More Info

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