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Tanto Japanese Restaurant

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1063 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087-3755
+1 408-244-7311
11:30 - 13:30
18:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Tue - Fri 11:30 - 13:30
18:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 18:00 - 21:00
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First time here - we found the food to be very good especially the sizzling beef in the clay pot and the sashimi salad. Friendly service by the wait staff and the food came out right away. If you want a little privacy, ask for the corner table since there is a column post directly in front of it.

Thank BayAreaTraveler6338
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ordered three dishes - one better than the other! The best was the icecake we had as a dessert! We are going to reserve s table again.

Thank Markus H
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190 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have had small plates at this place before. And they were just about ok. This time I tried their sushi, but it was just about ok. Nothing great to write about

Thank pallavi m
Switzerland, Fla.
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240 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

On our 16 day Calif. trip, driving from San Francisco to Los Angeles, we had outstanding food every day, except for the evening we ate at Tanto. Our friend's niece, who lives in San Mateo, got a recommendation from coworkers to eat there, thus it was their choice. My husband and I are "foodies" and enjoy cuisine from many countries.... More 

Thank geezerhippie
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

You don't even have to know what japanese comfort food is to know this is japanese comfort food. Best meal I have had in a long time

Thank Zach O
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57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

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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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

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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134 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

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 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 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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319 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Seating
Good for
Open Hours
18:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 13:30
18:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 13:30
18:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 13:30
18:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 13:30
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1063 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087-3755
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sunnyvale
  • Phone Number: +1 408-244-7311

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