Tanto Japanese Restaurant

Cuisine: Pan Asian, Tapas, Sushi

Tanto Japanese Restaurant is a Pan Asian, Tapas, and Sushi restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid between $25 and $50, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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  • 7/13/2014

    A diner from San Jose, CA tried it and liked it.

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 San Jose, CA

Japanese tapas

I would give the food here 3.5 stars, but I rounded up to 4 stars because of the good barley tea and the friendly service.

The menu had a good variety, but I thought the food was only average/good. I enjoyed the baked salmon with cheese in miso, since it’s not something I usually see on a Japanese menu. I didn’t know clam ramen was the specialty dish here. I’ll give that dish a try next time.

Service was excellent and accomodating.

Agedashi Tofu

This ranks only in the middle of the list of best agedashi tofu

Baked Salmon in Miso and Cheese

Interesting dish with good flavor

Ebi Chili

It’s basically just shrimp in chili paste. It’s just something I could make at home. Don’t bother ordering it

Wakame Salad

A pretty tasty seaweed salad

Okonomi Yaki

A little too soggy than what I prefer

Shingen Ice Cream

Rice balls in vanilla ice cream and soy powder. Good but nothing spectacular

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 San Jose, CA

Not impressed

After hearing good things about Tanto, I came here expecting a meal on par with my very delicious dinner at Gochi.
Maybe we ordered the wrong items or came here on an off night, but I didn’t think the food here was that great.
We ordered the sashimi salad, garlic beef, pork clay pot, and seaweed onigiri. All of those dishes were merely average. Note that we didn’t get the clam ramen, which is what many people seem to rave about. I’d much rather go to Gochi than come back here.

Sashimi salad

Fresh sashimi, nice dressing, but somehow it doesn’t quite come together.

Garlic Beef Steak

It smells really nice, but the meat has no flavor.

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 Los Angeles, CA

The food and service was pretty good. Go with...

The food and service was pretty good. Go with a reservation because it’s a busy and small restaurant. The Asari Ramen is pretty darn good here.

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 Mountain View, CA

Well behind Gochi and Kappo NamiNami

Maybe it wasthat we had just left Gochi due to a long wait or maybe we made bad menu choices , but Tanto was not what I had expected and not nearly as good as I had hoped.

From the Yelp reviews I had expected small Kyoto style Japanese plates like Gochi or Kappo NamiNami, though probably not as good or as fresh. But what we ordered was hearty, heavy, and not that great.

Our waiter, who was reluctant to recommend anything, did recommend that we order more than we had planned. We wanted to know if our first three orders would have been enough food, and he said we should get a couple more. This makes sense at a place like Kappo NamiNami where the plates are much smaller than many people would anticipate, but made no sense given how much food those first three items already were. So a better waiter could have gotten us off to a much better start.

We went with less fresh and less traditional options since we didn’t get much guidance from our waiter and felt adventurous, but we probably could have chosen better. We got the Nabeyaki Udon ($9.50) which was the best of the four dishes we ate and was very large. It has a tasty broth, typical thick udon noodles, flavorful friend veggies with too soft batter, and fish cake. The pot stickers were fine, but pretty typical. We ordered the crab gratin which was heavy on a creamy cheese sauce which managed to be both smelly and bland at the same time. The flavor was all too earthy and a little like spoiled milk. The tomato dish was more similar than we had expected and had a very tasty tomato broth/sauce with hot boiled tomatoes and cheese. The cheese was again unappealing (should have avoided cheese all together with Japanese food – lesson learned), but the tomato part of the dish worked really well and had lots of flavor. Let it cool a little though, since it comes filled with very hot liquid. They were out of the asparagus dish we ordered, which gave us the opportunity to limit our all too large order.

The hot sake was not one of the better hot sakes I’ve had, but not bad. And the final price of $48 was less than I expected.

I’ll give this place one more try after putting together a game plan on Yelp, but I hope its not like this experience again."

Nabeyaki Udon

A pretty good quality udon dish with a tasty broth, typical thick udon noodles, flavorful friend veggies with too soft batter, and fish cake.

Crab gratin

A combination of smelly yet bland cheese sauce with all-to-earthy mushrooms and a hint of sour milk. Very unappetizing and very unhealthy. Avoid this dish.

Tomato and cheese

The tomatoes and tomato sauce/broth were very flavorful and very enjoyable. The sauce had a slightly buttery quality and the tomatoes were very sharp and appealing. The tomatoes are boiled and very hot when they first arrive, so eat carefully.

Pot Stickers

Typical and rather uninteresting. Not bad and they come out hot.

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 Santa Clara, CA

Want to go to Tanto?

This place serves small Japanese dishes. I thought the food itself was ok, but the service and the variety of food they serve gives this place an extra star.

My favorite dish was the wakame salad, which is the seaweed salad. It had lettuce, tomatoes, onions, along with seaweed, in a very light dressing.

The service was friendly. We were looking at the drinks and asked about what some of them were, and the waitress gave us a sample to try.

I’d like to go again and try the other dishes. They certainly had a lot!

Shingen Ice Cream

I wasn’t a big fan of the rice cakes, but they didn’t have that many. The vanilla ice cream with the soybean flour was good.

Wakame Salad

Good dressing!

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 San Francisco, CA

Tanto has a wide variety of dishes and is not...

Tanto has a wide variety of dishes and is not your usual type of Japnese restaurant. Food was pretty good, but I really need to go back and try even more. Service was okay and you probably need to make reservations on Fridays or on the weekend. A more unique thing is they let you keep any leftover booze at the restaurant for 3 months.

March 31, 2010

Authentic Japanese food

Sometimes I get tired of the endless california roll/tempura roll variations and cookie cutter bento boxes with teriyaki chicken/beef. Sometimes I want the kind of Japanese food that you can only get during New Years or on trips to…
December 15, 2008

Perfect restaurant!

Tanto is one of the best Japanese cuisine around the area!\r The space in the restaurant, the food they provide, service and everything is just how you like it!\r The food is worth is slightly expensive price, but I'm sure you'll have an…

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