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Welcome to Nakato Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Hours & Location

View Nakato Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar at 8601 University Executive Park Drive,
Charlotte, NC 28262 on Google Maps

Call Nakato Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar by phone at (704) 549-9966

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Closed Monday

Tuesday-Friday Lunch (Carryout Only) 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Tuesday-Thursday Dinner 4:30 pm - 9 pm

Friday Dinner 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Saturday 4 pm - 9:30 pm

Sunday 2 pm - 9 pm

About Us

Nakato Japanese Restaurant has been serving the Southeast for over 50 years. We are the first restaurant in the area to offer  meals prepared  tableside by expert Hibachi Chefs in the traditional Japanese cooking style of Teppan Yaki.  Fresh seafood offerings at our Sushi counters were later added and this has helped drive the increased popularity of this iconic Japanese cuisine.

When the Nakato family first began serving the Charlotte area in 1976, the restaurant was located across from the old Charlotte Coliseum on Independence Boulevard. This Nakato  location moved to its current Pineville-Matthews Rd location in 1990.

The Nakato Family expanded to the University area of Charlotte in 2004 and strives to continue the tradition of providing a quality dining experience for our guests by serving excellent meals with hospitable service.


Nakato Japanese Restaurant is continuously looking for motivated, dedicated, honest, and energetic individuals to join our team. The Nakato Family has been serving the Charlotte area since 1976 with a long standing tradition of quality. Our commitment to providing great food and service has helped to create a well respected loyalty with our guests within our community.

Employee Compensation Program includes:

-Competitive Salaries
-Bonus Programs
-Medical Insurance
-Dental Insurance
-Vacation Pay
-Meal Discounts

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