We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Jo-To Japanese Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
5218 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34242-3366
(941) 346-8366
Website
Improve this listing
Today
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 109 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 63
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food

We went sure after reading reviews from a lot of sites. We decided to try... On a Friday night which was tough. We waited 40 minutes for a table. The tables are booths instead of the traditional table we see at hibachi grills... Which are fine if you don't get stuck with people who have to get up... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Rachel C
,
Hville
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

109 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Hville
Level Contributor
51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went sure after reading reviews from a lot of sites. We decided to try... On a Friday night which was tough. We waited 40 minutes for a table. The tables are booths instead of the traditional table we see at hibachi grills... Which are fine if you don't get stuck with people who have to get up to potty... More 

Helpful?
Thank Rachel C
Cheshire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016 via mobile

We are on a two-week holiday from the UK and enjoyed our experience of Jo-To last night. We booked a table as advised by other reviewers and were taken straight through to sit at a shared table with 5 other diners. The table would accomodate 8 so we had plenty of elbow room - it might have been a bit... More 

Helpful?
Thank FlamingN0ra
Wooster, Ohio
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

My family and I had always eaten at this Hibachi restaurant on Christmas Eve. I actually called 20 days ahead for our reservation. We were to eat there on Christmas Eve - 2015. I gave my name and cell phone number for the reservation of 5. To our disappointment / shock the manager had no reserved reservation for us written... More 

Helpful?
Thank swimming76
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

We ate in the sushi bar rather than at the teppanyaki table, which we tend to leave until we are part of a larger group. We had a couple of specials: garlic chili squid and a 'crisper' roll. Both were excellent. And some soft-shell crab tempura, which was ok. Highlight was the grilled seabass. Absolutely delicious, and a steal at... More 

Helpful?
Thank Alan H
Ireland
Level Contributor
101 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

Our favourite evening out in Siesta Key,Sai and his staff are superb, quality of food excellent, and preparation and presentation of food is so entertaining.

Helpful?
Thank merrymcsherry
Dayton, Ohio
Level Contributor
10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Service is excellent followed by a great meal with large offerings of great portions steak, scallops, and lobster.. This is by far the best Japense Steak Hoise I have ever been to.

Helpful?
Thank Michael G
Okinawa, Japan
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

The food was good, portions were large (except for the appetizers, portions were small for what you paid for, but they are sure to let you know that in advance.) The people are very nice, however! It is Korean owned, so if you are looking for authentic Japanese cuisine, this is not the place for you. From someone who lived... More 

Helpful?
Thank Eyago
pittsburgh
Level Contributor
51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

I ordered the lobster and filet, by the time my lobster was done I was so full from my filet I didn't have much room for lobster. The filet melted in my mouth. All my friends were happy with their meals and it was the best meal we had all week. The service was OK, the staff does speak english,... More 

Helpful?
Thank angiepgh
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Clean eating, everything tastes fresh, and it's great if you are lactose intolerant. Nice service. It was a good experience.

Helpful?
Thank skinnylizzard
Level Contributor
10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015 via mobile

Nice clean excellent food. Not too many of these in Brandon area. Drinks are very playful. Excellent Sushi bar fresh on site. You get good quality food for your money.

Helpful?
Thank Naida S

Travelers who viewed Jo-To Japanese Restaurant also viewed

Sarasota, Southwest Gulf Coast
Sarasota, Southwest Gulf Coast
 
Sarasota, Southwest Gulf Coast
Sarasota, Southwest Gulf Coast
 

Been to Jo-To Japanese Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5218 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34242-3366
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: (941) 346-8366

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Jo-To Japanese Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?