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768 18th St, Arcata, CA 95521-5616
707-826-1988
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 7
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Best sushi in Arcata

Affordable sushi in Arcata. Fresh seafood, fast service, good presentation. The seaweed salad is always good and I especially like their miso soup. I like most of the house special rolls and they have good green tea mochi for dessert. The place is small and I always wonder why they don't get a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
Loca_Lisa707
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Rocklin, California
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San Ramon, California
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This intimate restaurant prepares excellent nigiri sushi and sushi rolls. My only complaint is the lack of quail eggs on the menu.

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Marina
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87 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

My husband and I had taken our grandson camping in Northern Humboldt County and into Southern Coastal Oregon and our last night back in Arcata we took our ex daughter-in-law and grandson out to dinner. She recommended Sushi Tao. I loved the place the minute I walked in! It was clean, peaceful, and charmingly decorated! Our waitress (Gabby) had the... More 

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Rocklin, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Affordable sushi in Arcata. Fresh seafood, fast service, good presentation. The seaweed salad is always good and I especially like their miso soup. I like most of the house special rolls and they have good green tea mochi for dessert. The place is small and I always wonder why they don't get a bigger place, they sure have enough business... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

When did cream cheese become a staple in sushi restaurants? Humboldt county has by far the cheesiest sushi. The cheap elevator music in this place was blasting Kenny G-like and the waitresses looked like they were hosting a garage sale. The sushi that wasn't imitation crab was drab and lifeless. The rolls were so teeny it looked like they were... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 via mobile

How disappointing and cheesy! The prices are high enough for real crab (especially in crab season here!) and real tea. The best I can say for this place is that is is away from the hubbub of the Arcata Plaza area and nice and quiet. The portions are not especially generous and the atmosphere is unremarkable. Arcata has several sushi... More 

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Arcata, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Tucked away near Humboldt State University is a great little sushi restaurant. Our favorite is "Firecracker" but I've never been disappointed by the sashimi plate either. I've been to Japan a couple of times and this isn't far from that experience.

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Lehigh Acres, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Never thought the sushi is that good! Finally went there, and then was surprised! Really nice sushi, owner was so sweet and offered us free miso soup! I mean, if you like some valuable sushi just for your sushi mood and you don't want to go by downtown Arcata to sushi spot/tomo, this is the place you can come and... More 

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Union City, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I normally don't like to comment on food places because when it comes to comfort foods, everyone has their own individual flavor. But I can honestly say that this place wasn't bad at all. The service was friendly and welcoming. Not over the top, but efficient and attentive. The vegetable tempura I ordered could use a better batter, but the... More 

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buenos aires
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Good sushi although the rolls were a little small for the price. Tried 5 rolls; 2 traditional tekka rolls and 3 house rolls. Not a lot of variation but fresh, quality ingredients.

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McKinleyville, California, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This small establishment packs quite a punch. First I will say the service is 5 star. The decor is awesome and a gallery in itself. Beautuful japanese sushi style mosaics line the walls. The sushi is delicious!!! Its mostly a wide variety of super fresh specialty rolls but you can get soups, sunomonos, chicken and beef dishes, desserts... And more.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 768 18th St, Arcata, CA 95521-5616
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Humboldt County  >  Arcata
  • Phone Number: 707-826-1988

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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