Travis Bruno of Capsule Computers writes:
"Toriko: Part 1’s main course is the fact that these over-the-top Gourmets are taking down even crazier looking creatures simply to eat them. Unfortunately this main course is hindered by some rather sub-par animation and a storyline that feels like an unsatisfying appetizer that only becomes truly flavorful when you’ve already consumed half of it. Still, as an shōnen anime, Toriko is bursting with potential for greatness. Whether it will find that greatness has yet to be seen, but for now Toriko: Part 1 may not be worth including in your full-course anime meal."