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Tanto Japanese Restaurant

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65 reviews
|Restaurants|Sunnyvale, CA 94087

1063 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

(408) 244-7311


Open now:6:00 am - 10:00 pm


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Lone rangers on tech-office lunch breaks pack this strip-mall Japanese spot, whose crowded parking lot belies its unimpressive façade. Waits are inevitable, but it's worth it to sit down to a steaming bowl of simple and flavorful udon. Indeed, all the standards are rendered beautifully here, from crisp vegetable tempura to tender, flaky grilled unagi set atop freshly steamed rice. Tanto's menu expands a bit at dinner, bringing more grilled items and izakaya-style small plates. Pristine sushi and sashimi like albacore with ponzu are also a strong pick. You'll likely be seated at one of the closely spaced dining room tables, but the occasional stroke of luck might land you in one of the

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toga1k on Trip Advisor

7 months ago

01/09/2019, 08:15 AM
Tasty Food but Noisy Room
Was here for a birthday celebration. The food was good as ever and the service was effective and efficient. Just wish they could add some sound dampers to deaden the noise a bit.
SeeTheW0rld62 on Trip Advisor

10 months ago

10/17/2018, 09:16 AM
Good Japanese food
I went to Tanto with some friends for lunch. It was very tasty. I had the bento box with chicken teriyaki and California rolls. The dressing on the salad was unique. I think it was a sesame vinaigrette. It was light and flavorful. The chicken was moist, not overcooked. There was a full order of California rolls which was a nice surprise. The tempura was crispy and not oily at all. The restaurant is fairly small and they were very busy. Service was great, they took our order quickly and it didn't take long to get our food.
ektrusela on Trip Advisor

a year ago

08/30/2018, 02:20 AM
Stay away. This is not authentic
Just ate here and since we aren't from here we based our decision from the reviews. If you are a party of two you may end up dining in the jail cell that we were put in. Food is meh, not much flavor and not appetizing to the eye. Sashimi moriawase was very thick sashimi, half the cut will be fine. Karaage lacked flavor, Ika mariuyaki didn't taste grilled, daikon salad was cut up daikon with nori and the natto hiyayako was a a big no. The natto was still frozen in the carton box shape and there was a raw egg that I didn't expect because it wasn't on the menu. (I don't like raw eggs) yaki onigiri had butter flavoring on it, not the grilled crispy onigiri taste.
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Goldman F on Trip Advisor

a year ago

07/26/2018, 03:59 AM
Great Dinner
The sashimi is great. Thick cut and fresh. The crispy rice ball is also good with fish, roe and green onion. Grill yellowtail collar is great
Xue Huang Y on Trip Advisor

a year ago

05/10/2018, 06:52 AM
very good food, very close to hotel i was staying in. i was recommended here many times because a lot of people like it. very good!
scarlettwenhui on Trip Advisor

a year ago

02/22/2018, 04:01 AM
Must try and go there early to avoid the line
One of the best Japanese restaurant in the bay area in my opinion. Nice Japanese dishes. Rich ball is a must try. Only one shortcoming if you mind the noise can be really high at times, cause people drink and talk here.
Cathy S on Trip Advisor

2 years ago

09/13/2017, 09:47 AM
good quality
I heard this restaurant is known for its freshness and special variety. I usually order bento, Food was tasty. They are packed shortly after they open everyday, And they don't seat you unless the entire party is there. You need to get there as soon as they open if you don't want to wait.
DD492 on Trip Advisor

2 years ago

08/30/2017, 03:48 AM
Blah, Blech
Wow, after reading all the rave reviews maybe they were just having an off shift. We stopped in on our way through for lunch. I had a "ginger pork rice bowl" which didn't say anything about the undercooked egg dumped on top. I've eaten lots of Japanese food, first time I've seen that. Also the blandest thing I've eaten with "ginger" in the name regardless of cuisine. The sushi was the sloppiest presentation we have ever seen, and we're pretty sure the crunchy bits in my son's California roll was crab shell. Service was non-existent. With the huge amount of top notch Japanese food available in the SF Bay Area I recommend to leave Tanto off the list.
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maggieatsfood on Trip Advisor

2 years ago

08/09/2017, 07:24 AM
Best Izakaya and Japanese Comfortable Food in South Bay (Still)!
I'm writing a new review because I felt that my previous one did not do this place justice.
First, let's take a minute to mourn the loss of my favorite dish, a saliva-inducing and pleasure-producing dish. , Gyu ishiyaki (beef in hot stone pot). Every time I glance over the spot where it used to be on the menu, my heart skips a bit and dies a little. I was informed that this dish created a lot of smoke inside the restaurant. And due to its growing popularity, the restaurant got so smokey that it was hard to see. That's why they had to take it off the menu.
But here's the good news: You can't go wrong with any choice. Everything
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