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Jo-To Japanese Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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5218 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34242-3366
+1 941-346-8366
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Edgartown, Massachusetts
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134 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took our family of four adults and three children to Jo-To. The food was fresh and expertly prepared. The staff was so attentive to the needs of the youngsters at the table. We enjoyed vegetarian dishes, steak and chicken.

Thank 1101Traveler
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113 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

Ate here with hopes of an entertaining meal..... To do the hibachi it was a 3 1/2 hour wait so we opted to just order and have them cook it in the kitchen. The sushi was very good and tasteful. And a very large selection for such a small restaurant. That was the high- the rest of the meal (chicken... More 

Thank Sun3girls
Fort Myers, Florida
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

So glad we fit this in on our vacation stay. I highly recommend the sword fish. I would also recommend making a reservation. We didn't know they took reservations and got lucky and only had a small wait time. Food and service was excellent!

Thank N S
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

This place has the worst service. My food was cold and sushi was so tiny. Thanks. What a waste of a night

Thank sushirocks4044
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

This place has really great food and the staff is very friendly. My grandsons love watching the chefs cook in front of you. And if you want a quitter atmospher they have regular tables with usual service. Either way great food. Also have a sushi bar

Thank Donna D
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67 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

This was my first time to Joto or any Japanese restaurant where they cook in front of you. It was fun, exciting and delectable! And the waitstaff couldn't be nicer, as was the chef and the sushi chef.

Thank laura p
Sarasota, Florida
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

had dinner on a Saturday, we had the teriyaki steak and tempura veggies all was really good. they have a large assortment of sushi but we didn't take advantage of it.

Thank carmichael1999
Howell, NJ
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

We called the same day for a reservation, they only had 5:30 or 6:30 available, so we took the 5:30, we were pretty much rushed out so the next group could come in, as we were eating dessert, they were asking if we wanted a box! Food wasn't that good at all, I've been to much better places.

Thank MartiD
Caledon, Canada
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

The location of this restaurant is the only reason they are still in business. The chef and staff were friendly but the food was below average and the lack of cleanliness was disgusting. This restaurant would be shut down in Ontario. There's an inch of grime and debris stuck to the lights that hover over the cook top. This scared... More 

Thank Steve B
Orlando, Florida
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

Food tasted awesome. Big portion. The cook made it fun also. I definetely Recommend it! Smaller than a traditional Kobe steakhouse, but with huge taste!

Thank isramilito

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5218 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34242-3366
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-346-8366

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