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“Best sushi in the area - but just OK atmosphere/experience”

Tanto Japanese Restaurant
Ranked #17 of 425 Restaurants in Sunnyvale
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 28 December 2015

The sushi is simply outstanding!

Too bad the rest of the experience is not at the same level.

You typically have to edge past a crowd to get a number - and then wait for your turn (inside if you're lucky or outside on the sidewalk if you're not).

The service is friendly and efficient and the place is clean - but the atmosphere is pretty basic.

Go here if you're in the mood for great sushi and not too picky about the overall experience. If, on the other hand, you want a fine dining experience, you'll be better off at a place like Blowfish in San Jose.

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Reviewed 23 November 2015 via mobile

From the moment you see patrons lining the restaurant 45 minutes before it opens you know there has to be something special about the place. Our family arrived early and were served quickly after placing our first order. The service was polite and efficient, and the food was off the wall flavorfully delicious. The food presentation was artistic and abundant. From the sashimi salad and stir fried udon noodles with pork to the orders of deep fried and grilled smelt with roe; each were highly flavorful. New for me was and incredible was the monk fish liver wrapped in thinly sliced halibut. Yeah, I had an eating experience worthy of repeating. My only dilemma is I am flying out soon and have no idea when I will be returning, so if you're visiting like me make Tanto Japanese restaurant and must stop. Enjoy my pics.

Thank EDominguezMIA
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Reviewed 23 October 2015

Good parking on a main street. Close to shops and offices. Lunch deals are good value, large, and come very quickly. Friendly service. Fast turn around for all the office workers. Does get loud.

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Thank Mongoose30
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Reviewed 13 September 2015

OMG!! I've had amazing Japanese food so when I say OMG this means amazing!! Must try. Everything was just amazing. Fresh. Well seasoned. Highest quality ingredients. Ordered sashimi salad, fatty tuna, braised duck, rice balls (the ones the yelp folks say to get), and pork belly. All very fabulous. Get there early for lunch. A/C was nonexistent .. Only negative thing. GO!!!!!

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Thank loopycynic
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Reviewed 10 June 2015

Excellent food and service. Went here with a business group of 18, and all the feedback I received from my colleagues was positive. Tanto features a broad choice of sushi and traditional Japanese cooked meals. Service was stellar given the number of people being served simultaneously. Food and drinks arrived promptly and at the right temperature.

The menu is entertaining to read, especially when as group. The descriptions aren’t exactly appetizing. Consider “deep-fried shrimp balls”, “deep-fried fried smelt”, or “broiled squid innards”. I had the salt-broiled red snapper, and it was quite good. The biggest hit for the table, however, was the fried rice with braised pork. Far and away better than the usual stuff.

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4  Thank Cherry_Wonderdog
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