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  • Kugo Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

  • 3.5 stars
    (9 reviews, average rating: 3.9/5)
  • Cuisines: Japanese
  • 1723 Quentin road Lebanon, PA 17042
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JulieS
6 Reviews
2010/01/17
  • It took me awhile to visit Kugo because from the...
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 4
  • It took me awhile to visit Kugo because from the outside it looks like a strange strip mall restaurant that is completely out of place. From the minute I walked inside, my mind was changed.

    There is a large bar and two hibachi tables with cooking entertainment. Although we did not sit at the hibachi table we were entertained from afar. It is very similar to Benihana but even more intimate and more localized as it is not a chain.

    Because of my hesitation, I only had lunch at Kugo for my first experience but would certainly go back for dinner. I ordered the chicken and vegetable lunch special and it was delicious. The portion was huge and enough for lunch the next day. For around $12 including tip I had a small salad, miso soup, chicken and vegetables and hibachi rice.

    The service was prompt with authentic Japanese staff. After visiting many big cities and sampling myriads of restaurants, I would vouch for Kugo and say that Lebanon is extremely lucky to have this type of restaurant.

    Now if we could only get an authentic Mexican restaurant...

  • Order: Chicken and Vegetable Lunch Special
 
ginny27
1 Review
2009/07/25
  • I have never had japanese food before, the first...
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 4
  • I have never had japanese food before, the first time that I had tasted it ,I fell in love with it. I would reccommend going back,as long as you get the right cook. Some cooks doing put alot of effert into it.

  • Order: fillan minion and chicken
 
Harry
1 Review
2009/02/21
  • Our first experience was fine other then the fact...
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      3.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Maybe
    • Party Size: 9 or more
  • Our first experience was fine other then the fact that the chef could not entertain at all. The autmosphere they create is to be an experience all on of it's own.

    Our second experience in this same restaurant was with the same chef and a large number around the entire habatchi grill. He did not have the experience to cook for a large number of people. Our Lobster, Filet Mignon, Chicken, Shrimp, Scallops and our Vegtables were all over cooked. The vegetables were like they sat in a buffet all day. The chef forgot to cook a steak for one of the individuals at the table setting. For a special day like Valentine's Day you would think the experience would be great. Not so for our party. I bragged this place up and was left very dissapointed. We asked the waitress the chef's name and she did not know!!!!

  • Order: Lobster, Filet Mignon, Shrimp, Chicken, Scallops
 
TRaskull
4 Reviews
2009/01/04
  • A lot of hype about this restaurant, which may be...
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      2.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • A lot of hype about this restaurant, which may be due to the fact that it's the only Japanese restaurant in town. It's been a couple of months since I last went to a Hibachi grill...and that one was in Scranton, of all places. Unfortunately, the one in Scranton was significantly better - our cook was more engaging, and the food had much more flavor.

    On our visit to Kugo this evening, the soup was little more than warm water with mushrooms in it, the cola was flat, and the salad was thrown together rather carelessly and topped off with an unknown dressing.

    Our cook was pleasant enough, but disinterested - although the cook at the adjacent grill seemed quite animated and entertaining, so I'll chalk up our experience to just bad luck. The entree was good, with the only problem being that my steak and my chicken kind of had the same flavor.

    On the positive side, the waitress was very pleasant and attentive - though our soda was flat, she never let our glasses go empty, and cleared all our dishes as soon as they were empty. Also, the atmosphere in the restaurant is pleasant enough - bland, generic tables up front, but the hibachi grill layout is sort of cosy, and the sushi bar area looked moderately appealing.

    So...would we go there again? Surprisingly, the answer is yes, for two reasons. First, it's the only Japanese restaurant in town, so unless we feel like making the trip out to Harrisburg or Lancaster, this is our only choice, really. Second...we still have to try their sushi!

  • Order: Hibachi - Filet Mignon & Chicken
 
crhodes329
1 Review
2008/12/23
  • OMG!!!! I love Japanese Food and moving from an...
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 1
  • OMG!!!! I love Japanese Food and moving from an area where you had 3 Japanese Restaurants to a town where there was none, needless to say I was SO happy when Kugo moved in. I was even happier when I tried it. The Sushi was GREAT, the Hibatchi Chicken lunch is a HUGE portion and the price is very reasonable. The only issue I had was some times the salads they give you on to go orders are about 3 leaves of lettuce. Other then that everything is delicious...

  • Order: Hibatchi Chicken Lunch and California Rolls
 
Notmyrealname
2008/10/29
  • Subpar Japanese, but take into account the area
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      2.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • This is pretty poor as far as Japanese food goes. The menu has pictures of dishes like Tonkatsu which are actually not offered on the menu, and our waitress, sweet as she was, had no idea what I was talking about. I guess that's what happens when the owners and waitstaff are Chinese and apparently not that well versed in Japanese food. The rice for the sushi is underseasoned, the miso soup is obviously not made with good dashi. I've found hibachi anywhere to be high on gimmickry and low on good food, so I haven't tried it here. Having said all this, though, there is no other place to get sushi around here. On days when I don't feel like making it at home, I need to get sushi somewhere, and this is it.

  • Order: Sushi, miso soup, gyoza, chirashi
 
Mike_Sue
1 Review
2008/10/19
  • This will now be our weekly dinner out!
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • We have both been to those chain Japanese steakhouses and nothing compared to Kugo. The food was excellent, the staff was very friendly and personable and the atmosphere was wonderful. We sat at the sushi bar and ordered our meal. We watched them make the sushi right there in front of us from very fresh fish. They even made an orange into a panda for me. I thought that was very special. Everything was spotless. We watched another party having their meal prepared on the hibachi grill. The show was awesome. The staff will soon know us by name, we will be there every week. The prices were much lower than many other restaurants that we have frequented and we were served so much food that we brought some home. If you have any idea that you may like Japanese food, please go to Kugo. We need to keep them in the area.

  • Order: tuna rolls, soft shell crabs, seafood udon and chicken & shrimp teriaki, hot tea, green tea ice cream
 
Cornwall Gal
2008/10/19
  • Excellent new spot in Lebanon
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $0-$10
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 4
  • This is an excellent new spot in Lebanon if you like Japanese. We went in for the lunch specials which were reasonably priced. We had good service (at a table, we did not do the hibachi). The food was excellent and we took sushi to go (for dinner). Our party had both the onion soup and miso soup, the salads with ginger dressing, along with our entrees. The only thing that surprised me was that they charge $.50 for tea. But that is still reasonable. We will definitely go back and we hope that enough people discover this little gem in the Kmart shopping center so that they stay open.

  • Order: Hibachi Shrimp, Salmon Teriyaki, Sushi Roll, all the sides that come with them.
 
Toolman17
1 Review
2008/09/09
  • My first visist to a hibachi restaurant was...
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 5
  • My first visist to a hibachi restaurant was amazing. The food was prepared on the grill in front of me, the hibachi master was very entertaining and great at what he did. The food was excellent. Large portions of rice & vegetables were served with the filet mignon & collosal sized shrimp. Large amount of food for the money. Would highlt recommend.

  • Order: Filet Mignon & Shrimp, sides of clear soup, salad, vegetables & fried rice were included with meal
 
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