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Tanto Japanese Restaurant

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1063 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087-3755
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Make a reservation because this place is pretty small, even if it's for the same day. While the fish here is fresh and delicious, I come for all the comfort food. Here are some recommendations: #1 Gyu Ishiyaki (Beef cooked in this sizzling hot stone pot. The meat comes raw in the stone pot and you stir to cook the... More 

Thank Maggie L
Palo Alto, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This isn't a sushi house, and so don't expect a full sushi menu. It's an izakaya--Japanese tapas bar. The sake selection is extensive, and the food amazing. Get out of your comfort zone and order items that you don't find in most cookie-cutter American-Japanese restaurants. There is always a line out the door, and so reservations are a must.

Thank doggieluver
San Francisco, California
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114 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My third time here and it is still one of my favorite place. The crispy Salmon rice ball is so good. There so many choices on their menu both cooked and the typical sashimi/sushi. a small place so either go early to stand in line or call for reservation. If you call one week ahead you will have a better... More 

Thank acli
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

Smallish restaurant with big menu and very well executed food. Had jumbo squid stuffed with rice (highly recommended) and salmon sashimi was thick sliced (9 slices). Reasonably priced. No wonder they are perpetually crowded. Food service was fast though.

Thank JamBee
Sunnyvale, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

We wanted a Japanese restaurant that served both sushi and cooked dishes. Based on the reviews we snagged a reservation (though there was no wait at 6:30) and went to Tanto. Fast and good service. My husband LOVED the sashimi - said it was the best dish of the evening. Another stand out was the spicy sauteed prawns. The rice... More 

Thank ohdonnaoh
Middletown, New Jersey, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 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... More 

Thank Raymond R
Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 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.... More 

Thank EDominguezMIA
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 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.

Thank Mongoose30
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36 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 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... More 

Thank loopycynic
Acton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 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... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1063 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087-3755
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sunnyvale
  • Phone Number: 408-244-7311

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?