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“Great teppanyaki!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Jo-To Japanese Restaurant

Jo-To Japanese Restaurant
5218 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34242-3366
(941) 346-8366
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Ranked #188 of 795 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great teppanyaki!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Chef Sai is a master at his craft! We've eaten here 4 times (twice during each of our stays in Siesta Key), and the food is consistently great, and the chef always takes the time to entertain the crowd and engage everyone at the table. The staff is also great--fast, friendly service with a smile! Can't wait to go back!

Visited September 2013
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  • English first
  • Any
English first
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Everything tasted fresh and delicious, though a bit on the pricey side.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

One of the better hibachi we've had anywhere. The fillet mignon steak was especially exceptional. The veggies were prepared to perfection. The chef was engaging and entertaining - big hit with the kids. My wife and daughter also enjoyed their sushi appetizer from the sushi bar. Overall, great experience, but a bit pricey with drinks.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Branchland, West Virginia
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“ABOVE AND BEYOND is not even close!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

We are on vacation and actually sitting in this restaurant right now. Our Chef is Sai and he went WAY ABOVE AND BEYOND with customer service. My nephew is HIGHLY allergic to any and all milk, shellfish, etc... Our Chef took time to cook him eggs, and then when he cooked our rice, my nephew wanted it. Since he had already cooked the shrimp, he couldn't... Sai cleaned the whole grill and his cooking utensils just to cook him rice like ours. WOW!!!!! THANK YOU SAI!!!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Nickel and dimed for poor quality experience”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Had dinner at the tamiami trail location for my son's graduation. First time at this restaurant and the last. Server was friendly but the sushi menu was VERY limited. We sat at the Hibachi grill and were expecting a fun show while our food was cooked - we got NOTHING :(. The cook wasn't funny or interactive, he just cooked our food. The next thing was the extra plate charge. My husband and I always split a meal and are used to being charged an extra plate charge at Hibachi. For this extra charge we usually get extra soup and salad and extra rice and then we split the protein portion of the meal. Here you get a $3.50 extra plate charge for - a plate. The soup and salad are an extra $2.00 each if you want them and we each received very small portions of rice and vegetables- which would have been fine but we paid for extra. The food was okay but without the flair of watching a fun and interesting Hibachi chef it was just not worth the price of the meal. I also asked the waitress if they did anything special for celebrations and she informed me that for $4.75 they would come and sing. Really?!? $4.75?!? The last thing was the extra gratuity. After feeling like I was ripped off by the price of the extra plate charge and receiving an extremely boring performance by our chef I was not happy that a 16% gratuity was added to our bill. Very unhappy with this place and will not return. There are MUCH better places to go for Hibachi in this area.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Montreal, QC
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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Very good sushi for a fix”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

If you are in SK and need a sushi fix, this place has really great standard sushi (california, rainbow, etc sushi) and the specials are amazing (SK roll is amazing). Visited this location on a Monday night and was a bit skeptical but, the rolls were done per order. Prices are not above what you would pay in a local sushi place and is a great value for the money.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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