F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHY SHOULD I TRY OTOTO?

The brand new OTOTO features an exclusive menu showcasing a traditional Robata Grill experience.

HOW DO I MAKE A RESERVATION?

We are unable to take reservations by e-mail. Please make your reservation for dinner online or by calling 303-733-2503 with the following information;

  • Name
  • Date & Time you are requesting
  • Phone contact information
  • Number in your party

As we do not seat incomplete parties, please remind your guests to be as prompt for your reservation time as possible.

  • We will hold your reservation for 10 minutes only after the reserved time.
  • You must be present to be on the wait list. We are unable to facilitate any call ahead seating requests for our wait list.

Please note we are open for Dinner only, and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

For Dinner Reservations – Wednesday ~ Sunday

  • Business Hours – 4:30 pm ~ 11:00 pm.
  • Happy Hour – 4:30 pm ~ 5:30 pm & 9:30 pm ~ 11 pm.
  • Time and Group Size for Reservations – based on space availability, we accept reservations for parties up to 6 persons between 4:30 pm and 10:15 pm.
  • Private Room Reservation – as space is limited in Ototo’s private room – we can only accommodate our private room with parties up to 8 persons on a very limited seating basis. Please contact one of our managers for more details.

Sunday Brunch at OTOTO!

We are pleased to announce that OTOTO is open for Sunday Brunch! From 11:30AM-2:30PM every Sunday, you can get all your OTOTO favorites!

IS OTOTO OPEN ON NATIONAL HOLIDAYS?

  • New Year’s Day – Open for Dinner only unless on a Monday or Tuesday
  • Memorial Day – Closed as this holiday is on a Monday
  • July 4th – Gone Fishing! Closed all day
  • Labor Day – Closed as this holiday is on a Monday
  • Thanksgiving Day – Gone Fishing! Closed all day
  • Christmas Day – Gone Fishing! Closed all day

CAN I BRING MY OWN DESSERT/CAKE?  

  • We love helping to celebrate your special events with you, including bringing your own cake or dessert which we are happy to cut for you.
  • However, due to health department requirements, we can only accept into the restaurant those desserts/cakes from a recognizable, commercial bakery in a labeled bakery box which clearly lists all ingredients and where the cake was purchased.
  • Please know we charge a dessert/cake service fee of $1.50 per person in your party, which is subject to state and city sales tax.

Have Our Pastry Chefs Prepare Special Dessert

  • With advance notice, we are happy to have our in-house pastry chefs prepare a special dessert/cake for your party or event. Please contact our managers for more information and pricing.

WHERE DO I PARK? PARKING STRUCTURE UNDER CONSTRUCTION!

Please use Sushi Den’s and Izakaya Den’s valet service until further notice. Meanwhile, we are pleased to announce that our privately funded parking structure has commenced construction and we are hoping to have this opened early spring of 2016. By using our valet parking service at Sushi Den and Izakaya Den, we hope you will continue to assist everyone with the parking congestion on S. Pearl street by considering not only our valet but carpooling, UBER, LYFT or walking. We believe that our new multi-level parking facility will be very positive for our valued customers as well as improving the traffic flow in and around the Platt Park Neighborhood. While there will be some temporary inconveniences and additional congestion short term, we believe everyone will be the benefactor of our expanded parking capacity for not only our valet but self-parking guests. In the meantime we know we will have some challenges in terms of valet wait times. Thank you in advance for your continued patronage, patience and understanding.

WHAT IS IZAKAYA AND ROBATA GRILL?

An izakaya is a type of informal Japanese drinking establishment that serves food to accompany the drinks. They are casual places for after-work drinking.

A robatayaki is shortened to just robata refers to a method of cooking, similar to barbecue, in which items of food on skewers are slow-grilled over hot charcoal

WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF THE NAME OTOTO?

We refer to Izakaya Den, as our “sister” restaurant. The word Otōto in a northern Japanese dialect means “younger brother” and in the dialect of Osaka it means “fish”. Since our younger brother hand selects our Japanese fish from the fish market in southern Japan, for us this is the perfect name for our little brother restaurant.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE 3 RESTAURANTS

OTOTO is the latest addition to the Sushi Den and Izakaya Den, a more casual ambience, raw bar and Robata grilled skewers, as well as a premium sake list. While Izakaya is called Sushi Den’s sister restaurant, OTOTO in Japanese means “younger brother”. Together they form a trifecta to honor Japanese cuisine on the “Den Corner”. www.ototoden.com / 303-733-2503

Sushi Den has been on the vanguard and regarded as one of the premiere sushi and Japanese restaurants in the United States since opening Christmas 1984. Independently owned and operated, Sushi Den continually raises the bar and sets the standard for high quality cuisine. www.sushiden.net / 303-777-0826

Izakaya Den is Denver’s popular Japanese gastro pub serving global cuisine. The restaurant is located on South Pearl Street and is the second restaurant of the founder of Sushi Den. The menu is global cuisine style, serving traditional Japanese plates along with dishes infused with international flavors. www.izakayaden.net / 303-777-0691

WHY DO YOU HAVE THREE RESTAURANTS SO CLOSE TO EACH OTHER?

Synergies between the three operations, shared resources of staff, storage, and management.

As an old Japanese story goes, a famous warlord in Japan 400 years ago, who was the father of three sons, gave each son one arrow and instructed them to break it.

Each son easily accomplished this task. He then gave them 3 arrows at the same time and told them to break the three together. They could not break the arrows that were grouped together. The father wisely told them, “Work together and help each other. You are much stronger together than separated.”