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Sep 18, 2013 11:21 AM

Saito & Miyako Sushi - How difficult is it to make reservations?

I called Saito Sushi and Miyako sushi and said they only take reservations up to a month ahead (the 1st of every month for the next month).

In Japanese:

If I call them back on the 1st of the month, how hard is it to make reservations for the next month? Thank you!

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  1. Well, well., about this promise to book ?!! I find that it has been one moment since anyone succeed to book sushi Saito for a delay of one month !! It is almost impossible, regulars usually book after paying a visit, too numerous to list !
    Miyako Sushi, last summer, I tried to call, the queue is now 2 months waiting !!
    In Tokyo, you will find plenty of great amazing sushi-yasan(sushi shop), for exemple you can't go wrong in choosing sushi Iwa (one star).

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    1. re: Ninisix

      that's a bit surprising since when I called sushi Saito and miyako sushi, they told me in Japanese they only take reservations up to a month prior on the phone... I will try... I hope I can get a reservation.. where are some great sushi restaurants as an alternative besides sushi Iwa? thank you!

      1. re: azntenshi

        This is one of the situation that is too inconclusive who needs an approach in my opinion, for exemple : try to elaborate some arguments like 'what about waiting for the last service if possible ?' In my case, I have had already diner at Miyako sushi, so I had more chance in making reservation.
        As you seem to speak Japanese, I will recommend you sushi Ookawahara in Ginza. Diner omakase is at 17,000yens including a large list of sashimi/tsumami and good nigiri, the classic maguro was wow !! Next to me was seating the 'maguro broker', so so.. proven a real confidence ! And also I have had some pieces that were like 'jewels', pure lighten 'ika' served with his 'wata' marinated in miso !

        1. re: Ninisix

          Do you have the link to Sushi Ookawahara?

          Also, do you have any other recommendations for great omakase sushi (nigiri & sashimi) in Tokyo?

            1. re: azntenshi

              Here the link of sushi Ookawahara :
              After you can't go wrong with sushi Taichi, located in Ginza also :
              Or look at the topics on the Chowhound for the last year. it will give you more idea of what you want to have !

      2. Your odds of getting in by calling at the beginning of the month are basically zero. You could try calling multiple times to ask about last moment cancellation, or find some other way in.

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        1. re: Gargle

          It is a difficult reservation to make, especially if you've only got a specific window of time. However, I called on Mon, Sept 2nd and made a reservation for 4 on Wed, Oct 2nd. That's not the first time I've been able to make a reservation either. I think it may help that I never give a time frame - just the first available seating.

          1. re: wekabeka

            Well, you're obviously very good at dialing. Even dialing 03-5485-8088. ;)

            1. re: Gargle

              Ha ha! Ninisix did the dialing in that instance. Have you been, yet?

              The point of my above comment was that being open to any available dates/times might be the key to securing a reservation...and a little manual dexterity helps, too.

              1. re: wekabeka

                I haven't been yet, but I went to his old boss's shop and thought it was very good, but a bit clubby (more or less as clubby as the upstairs lounge at Yukimura) and not quite as good for my personal preferences as Sho, Miyako, Namba (on one extreme) or Mizutani (on the other), plus people seem to make a point of smoking there... so it's not going to make the sushi rotation until I want to enter Japanese politics or something like that :)

                Point well taken on the flexibility, but of course by the nature of it, short term visitors don't have that playing for them (and usually, being used to how things are done elsewhere, they tend to find it hard to believe it'd be *that* hard to book places - even the new l'Osier was a day and a half of auto-dial to get through, and it's not going to be a tiny restaurant, so how easy can people imagine it'd be to get into an 8 seat place that's mostly booked by regulars?).

          2. re: Gargle

            Are there any private dining concierges that can get the hard to get reservations in Tokyo? If I can pay someone to get the reservations for me, that will make it easier!

            1. re: Lucil

              by the time i got thru at 5pm japan time, already full for november.. :(

            2. I had Saito a couple times before, both times I had asked my hotel concierge to call a month ahead and got confirmations. I'm there again this Dec, called Nov 1st ... told it was fully booked for Dec. Then few days later, I was told that there is a cancellation, and so I got a spot confirmed again.

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                  1. re: CaLBeaR1227

                    I tried to get into Saito and have asked visa signature concierge to help me as well but no luck for reservations in December :-(

                    1. re: azntenshi

                      I don't think my hotel concierge has any special tricks. I think I just got lucky with the dates I choose to be there.