Tomodachi Sushi

★★★★☆
The Japanese restaurant's classic and cutting-edge sushi and design bring a downtown hip tone to an upscale setting.
  • 4101 W Parmer Ln Ste E

    Austin, TX 78727

    Cross street: Silver Creek Drive

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  • 512-774-5756

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Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm Sat 12pm-10pm Feb 14 5:30pm-10:pm
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This was my first time eating sushi, i really enjoyed the experience.

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★★★★★

This was my first time eating sushi, i really enjoyed the experience.

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Every time I go I'm thrilled, I try to eat there once a week. Usually in the afternoon for lunch when it's still quite and i have the place to myself. It's by far the best sushi I've ever had, they are really good at harmonizing flavors, everything comes out perfect, every time. Try the sushi bomb and the volcano roll with the cold cucumber sake, it's SOOO good! I've had EVERYTHING this place makes at least once, Now I'm working on trying everything once more :)\n\nEvery person I've ever taken has agreed and also loved it!

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★★★★★

Every time I go I'm thrilled, I try to eat there once a week. Usually in the afternoon for lunch when it's still quite and i have the place to myself. It's by far the best sushi I've ever had, they are really good at harmonizing flavors, everything comes out perfect, every time. Try the sushi bomb and the volcano roll with the cold cucumber sake, it's SOOO good! I've had EVERYTHING this place makes at least once, Now I'm working on trying everything once more :)\n\nEvery person I've ever taken has agreed and also loved it!

Pros: Awesome staff, amazingly fresh well selected fish

Cons: I tend to leave with sushi-bloat due to massive overeating

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I have never had a disappointing experience at Tomo. Every roll or sushi I have tried has been wonderful with interesting combination of flavors & ingredients. The service has always been good and the staff attentive. Tomo is one of the two sushi spots in Austin that I know I can depend on to be fresh and fantastic EVERY time I go.

2
★★★★★

I have never had a disappointing experience at Tomo. Every roll or sushi I have tried has been wonderful with interesting combination of flavors & ingredients. The service has always been good and the staff attentive. Tomo is one of the two sushi spots in Austin that I know I can depend on to be fresh and fantastic EVERY time I go.

Pros: It's north!

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The sake is awsome.

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★★★★★

The sake is awsome.

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I moved to Austin from the Bay Area last year with my girlfriend and spent the first 6 months or so looking for the best Sushi restaurant we could find. After going to Tomo for the first time our search was over. Hard as it was for us to admit, it probably surpasses our favorite sushi place from the Bay Area. They have unique and different rolls (our favoites being the 007 and the Volcano). While other reviewers have mentioned the sushi chefs being drunk, they have a good time, have never been rude to us, and make a damn good roll. We usually sit at the bar because we enjoy the chefs and Steve the owner. \r\n\r\nIt is a small place and is generally quite packed for this reason I think the owner and the other chefs can enjoy themselves and have a good time knowing that the business is a success and will continue to be. They aren't a new restaurant that feels the need to put on an act to impress those who think all staff members should be stuffy. \r\n\r\nIf you are one of these people who think that because you are required to act ""professional"" at your job that everybody should be as miserable as you are then this might not be the place for you. However, if you like great Sushi and don't mind the staff enjoying themselves at the same time then I highly recommend Tomo's.

2
★★★★★

I moved to Austin from the Bay Area last year with my girlfriend and spent the first 6 months or so looking for the best Sushi restaurant we could find. After going to Tomo for the first time our search was over. Hard as it was for us to admit, it probably surpasses our favorite sushi place from the Bay Area. They have unique and different rolls (our favoites being the 007 and the Volcano). While other reviewers have mentioned the sushi chefs being drunk, they have a good time, have never been rude to us, and make a damn good roll. We usually sit at the bar because we enjoy the chefs and Steve the owner. \r\n\r\nIt is a small place and is generally quite packed for this reason I think the owner and the other chefs can enjoy themselves and have a good time knowing that the business is a success and will continue to be. They aren't a new restaurant that feels the need to put on an act to impress those who think all staff members should be stuffy. \r\n\r\nIf you are one of these people who think that because you are required to act ""professional"" at your job that everybody should be as miserable as you are then this might not be the place for you. However, if you like great Sushi and don't mind the staff enjoying themselves at the same time then I highly recommend Tomo's.

Pros: Too many to list

Cons: Crowded/long waits at times

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All of the rolls tasted the same to me, and they were prepared by a staff of clowns, led by an obnoxious sushi chef suffering from one of the worst cases of Napoleon complex I've had to endure. He was boastiing about his prowess with the ladies, taking multiple shots of beer or sake, and had the knfe skills of a uncoordinated lefthanded toddler using righthanded safety scissors Some of my nigiri looked like it was hand torn from larger piece and plopped on to a misshapen mound of rice. Getting drunk during food service to paying customers is wrong on so many levels, and I'm shocked this place actually seems to encourage such behavior. I'm neither a stick in the mud; nor am I uptight. I simply expect a chef to put their best foot forward every day, and this is simply impossible when you're drinking. The results were born out in the food and overall experience. This place is a joke.

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★★☆☆☆

All of the rolls tasted the same to me, and they were prepared by a staff of clowns, led by an obnoxious sushi chef suffering from one of the worst cases of Napoleon complex I've had to endure. He was boastiing about his prowess with the ladies, taking multiple shots of beer or sake, and had the knfe skills of a uncoordinated lefthanded toddler using righthanded safety scissors Some of my nigiri looked like it was hand torn from larger piece and plopped on to a misshapen mound of rice. Getting drunk during food service to paying customers is wrong on so many levels, and I'm shocked this place actually seems to encourage such behavior. I'm neither a stick in the mud; nor am I uptight. I simply expect a chef to put their best foot forward every day, and this is simply impossible when you're drinking. The results were born out in the food and overall experience. This place is a joke.

Pros: cool water glasses

Cons: sloppy preparation and annoying sushi chef

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Tomo is a place I come back to for sushi every time I'm in town. My folks introduced me to the place when I was in high school. I've since graduated and moved to Missouri for college, but EVERY time I'm back in town, I make sure to stop at Tomo.\n\nThe chefs and staff are personable, the restaurant is tastefully posh, without being pretentious. \n\nThe sushi is divine. I almost starve myself during the day when I know I'm going to Tomo for dinner! It's that amazing. Service is prompt, for a full house. Tomo is ALWAYS packed for weekend dinners (something that testifies to it's greatness), so you may have to wait a little for your rolls. Unless you're on an awkward first date, this shouldn't be an issue.\n\nIt is a small restaurant, so you may want to call ahead to see how long you'll have to wait. But trust me: Tomo sushi is worth waiting for!

2
★★★★★

Tomo is a place I come back to for sushi every time I'm in town. My folks introduced me to the place when I was in high school. I've since graduated and moved to Missouri for college, but EVERY time I'm back in town, I make sure to stop at Tomo.\n\nThe chefs and staff are personable, the restaurant is tastefully posh, without being pretentious. \n\nThe sushi is divine. I almost starve myself during the day when I know I'm going to Tomo for dinner! It's that amazing. Service is prompt, for a full house. Tomo is ALWAYS packed for weekend dinners (something that testifies to it's greatness), so you may have to wait a little for your rolls. Unless you're on an awkward first date, this shouldn't be an issue.\n\nIt is a small restaurant, so you may want to call ahead to see how long you'll have to wait. But trust me: Tomo sushi is worth waiting for!

Pros: Great service, private atmosphere

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Reviewers calling Tomo average or bad sushi either got very unlucky on their visit or do not know sushi. This is the best sushi in town because the fish and vegetables are good quality and extremely fresh, the rolls are well planned in terms of balance in taste and texture, and the nori is superbly prepared. I'm talking your teeth slice right through, never chewy.\r\n\r\nMy favorite original roll is the ridiculously named Angry Beaver. The jalapeno in the middle is always crunchy.\r\n\r\nThe chefs are jovial, and sometimes I do get the impression that they drink too much for people who are preparing complicated meals. I find that unprofessional, but they've never been rude to me. The wait staff is always pleasant and prompt. \r\n\r\nThe wait can be long because the restaurant is simply too small for the crowd it attracts. It has begun to attract pretty, hip people who seem to be there to be seen, but there are real sushi lovers there too.

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★★★★☆

Reviewers calling Tomo average or bad sushi either got very unlucky on their visit or do not know sushi. This is the best sushi in town because the fish and vegetables are good quality and extremely fresh, the rolls are well planned in terms of balance in taste and texture, and the nori is superbly prepared. I'm talking your teeth slice right through, never chewy.\r\n\r\nMy favorite original roll is the ridiculously named Angry Beaver. The jalapeno in the middle is always crunchy.\r\n\r\nThe chefs are jovial, and sometimes I do get the impression that they drink too much for people who are preparing complicated meals. I find that unprofessional, but they've never been rude to me. The wait staff is always pleasant and prompt. \r\n\r\nThe wait can be long because the restaurant is simply too small for the crowd it attracts. It has begun to attract pretty, hip people who seem to be there to be seen, but there are real sushi lovers there too.

Pros: the food, the drinks, the wait staff

Cons: too small for the crowd it attracts

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The entrees are unique, fish is so fresh as if it was delivered the same day.

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★★★★★

The entrees are unique, fish is so fresh as if it was delivered the same day.

Pros: creative rolls

Cons: small restaurant so it can be a long wait to get in.

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its great

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★★☆☆☆

its great

Pros: est fff

Cons: ntss

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Why does someone decide to open a sushi bar? I mean, seriously. The greatest majority of restaurants fail in their first few years. \n\nIn Tomo Sushi we have an example of one of those unique non-failures that has been played up by the drunken in-crowd that hasn't the first clue what exquisite sushi is all about. \n\nWhy would you pay for:\n\nBad, slow service - wait staff is off and on, but mostly off. Slow service, screwed up order, but hey, where's my tip! \n\nThe owner - Taciturn, angry? Why, it's his baby. Shouldn't he be happy he has found success in the sushi biz. Shouldn't he greet me with a smile? This is likely the core reason for all the other problems I, and you, face at Tomo. If he's not happy and concerned with a good customer experience why would his drunken chefs and horrible wait staff be concerned?\n\nChefs... wow. No greeting when you arrive. Maybe because the chefs are drunk? Trust me, they drink. And this seems to contribute to the way they treat customers and the volume level of their retorts when they decide you're an idiot for ordering say - Unagi and 2 california rolls. A chef should be sociable and an advisor. Not a drunken idiot yelling loudly that your choices are incorrect.\n\nRough review? Yes... but reality. You likely won't suffer all these ills in one trip. It usually takes two. \n\nDon't bother. For inspired sushi, try Musashino. They make true art there and they care about me and you.

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★☆☆☆☆

Why does someone decide to open a sushi bar? I mean, seriously. The greatest majority of restaurants fail in their first few years. \n\nIn Tomo Sushi we have an example of one of those unique non-failures that has been played up by the drunken in-crowd that hasn't the first clue what exquisite sushi is all about. \n\nWhy would you pay for:\n\nBad, slow service - wait staff is off and on, but mostly off. Slow service, screwed up order, but hey, where's my tip! \n\nThe owner - Taciturn, angry? Why, it's his baby. Shouldn't he be happy he has found success in the sushi biz. Shouldn't he greet me with a smile? This is likely the core reason for all the other problems I, and you, face at Tomo. If he's not happy and concerned with a good customer experience why would his drunken chefs and horrible wait staff be concerned?\n\nChefs... wow. No greeting when you arrive. Maybe because the chefs are drunk? Trust me, they drink. And this seems to contribute to the way they treat customers and the volume level of their retorts when they decide you're an idiot for ordering say - Unagi and 2 california rolls. A chef should be sociable and an advisor. Not a drunken idiot yelling loudly that your choices are incorrect.\n\nRough review? Yes... but reality. You likely won't suffer all these ills in one trip. It usually takes two. \n\nDon't bother. For inspired sushi, try Musashino. They make true art there and they care about me and you.

Cons: slow waiters, foul mouthed and drunk chefs, bad owner

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The other reviews are spam, the service is always good when I go, how could it not be - the place only hold about 15 people. If u don't get good service in a place with 15 people and 2-3 waitresses then u are either legally retarded or just dumb as dirt. If u want the best sushi in austin then go here, I u want to socialize and play dress up / gossip with your girlfriends then go eat sushi downtown. Tomo is hands down the best.

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★★★★★

The other reviews are spam, the service is always good when I go, how could it not be - the place only hold about 15 people. If u don't get good service in a place with 15 people and 2-3 waitresses then u are either legally retarded or just dumb as dirt. If u want the best sushi in austin then go here, I u want to socialize and play dress up / gossip with your girlfriends then go eat sushi downtown. Tomo is hands down the best.

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There are few things that I like more than good sushi. I consider myself to be a sushi snob. I've eaten sushi all over the US including places like San Fransisco, LA, Sand Diego and New York. Tomo's humble setting is at first glance, unimpressive. What you discover after eating there is that there is no place on earth quite like Tomo.\n\nThe hostess is very polite and you find yourself correlating her pleasing disposition to that of a loving family member. The chef's are rowdy and raw and do tend to enjoy a few shots of hot sake. If you're the sensitive type it's best not to sit at the bar. These chefs are, dare I say, masters at the art of making sushi and they know it. I'm frequently one of those customers who is encouraging them to drink more by buying them round after round of drinks and it's always a good time.\n\nThey have a consistent selection of fish and then a wide selection of new options on a regular basis, so there is never a shortage of new and interesting things to try. If you're somewhat obsessed with trying new types of sushi and fish as I am, then you will enjoy the variety and creativity of options at Tomo. It's not uncommon to ask the chef's to surprise you with a random preparation of your favorite fish and then find yourself oohing and ahhing at the resulting creative art work that ensues.\n\nThe selection of drinks is also well rounded. Be sure to try the unfiltered sake. If you like to get a little rowdy and enjoy being a people person while conversing with random strangers who also have a love for fantastic sushi, you will not be disappointed at Tomo.

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★★★★★

There are few things that I like more than good sushi. I consider myself to be a sushi snob. I've eaten sushi all over the US including places like San Fransisco, LA, Sand Diego and New York. Tomo's humble setting is at first glance, unimpressive. What you discover after eating there is that there is no place on earth quite like Tomo.\n\nThe hostess is very polite and you find yourself correlating her pleasing disposition to that of a loving family member. The chef's are rowdy and raw and do tend to enjoy a few shots of hot sake. If you're the sensitive type it's best not to sit at the bar. These chefs are, dare I say, masters at the art of making sushi and they know it. I'm frequently one of those customers who is encouraging them to drink more by buying them round after round of drinks and it's always a good time.\n\nThey have a consistent selection of fish and then a wide selection of new options on a regular basis, so there is never a shortage of new and interesting things to try. If you're somewhat obsessed with trying new types of sushi and fish as I am, then you will enjoy the variety and creativity of options at Tomo. It's not uncommon to ask the chef's to surprise you with a random preparation of your favorite fish and then find yourself oohing and ahhing at the resulting creative art work that ensues.\n\nThe selection of drinks is also well rounded. Be sure to try the unfiltered sake. If you like to get a little rowdy and enjoy being a people person while conversing with random strangers who also have a love for fantastic sushi, you will not be disappointed at Tomo.

Pros: Creative sushi you won't find anywhere else

Cons: Long wait without a reservation

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My husband and I consider ourselves sushi connoisseurs. We have been to almost every sushi restaurant in town and frequently try various sushi restaurants when we travel. Tomo is my favorite! They are not a traditional sushi restaurant, and use contemporary ingredients to give their dishes a truly unique flavor. Enjoy!

2
★★★★★

My husband and I consider ourselves sushi connoisseurs. We have been to almost every sushi restaurant in town and frequently try various sushi restaurants when we travel. Tomo is my favorite! They are not a traditional sushi restaurant, and use contemporary ingredients to give their dishes a truly unique flavor. Enjoy!

Pros: Sushi

Cons: They are frequently busy

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Ate lunch at the sushi bar here yesterday and was talked into trying a fresh squid roll rather than my selection, which turned out to be more expensive though I was led to believe the opposite would be true. Fine, my fault. I'm usually willing to listen to the suggestion of the staff assuming they know the menu and the risk I take is they're trying to upsell so I knew that.\n\nService at the bar several times here have been slow and somewhat rude, if not downright apathetic until it came time for me to tip. Had to wait a very long time for drink orders, refills, etc.. \n\nFish slices were thinner but longer than we were accustomed to from restaurants in other cities and the rice was just sad, loose and spare. The menu items were given vague names with no description of what it was which would mean even more interaction with the staff. Soup was ok.\n\nLast night I was sick for the first time in years, Like *really* sick. I can't blame this on dinner because I didn't really have any as I went to bed early, feeling somewhat queasy from lunch. The only thing I did out of the ordinary was eat ""fresh squid"". I've been sick all day today too.\n\nThis didn't happen during my previous visits but I'm not going to go back,

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★☆☆☆☆

Ate lunch at the sushi bar here yesterday and was talked into trying a fresh squid roll rather than my selection, which turned out to be more expensive though I was led to believe the opposite would be true. Fine, my fault. I'm usually willing to listen to the suggestion of the staff assuming they know the menu and the risk I take is they're trying to upsell so I knew that.\n\nService at the bar several times here have been slow and somewhat rude, if not downright apathetic until it came time for me to tip. Had to wait a very long time for drink orders, refills, etc.. \n\nFish slices were thinner but longer than we were accustomed to from restaurants in other cities and the rice was just sad, loose and spare. The menu items were given vague names with no description of what it was which would mean even more interaction with the staff. Soup was ok.\n\nLast night I was sick for the first time in years, Like *really* sick. I can't blame this on dinner because I didn't really have any as I went to bed early, feeling somewhat queasy from lunch. The only thing I did out of the ordinary was eat ""fresh squid"". I've been sick all day today too.\n\nThis didn't happen during my previous visits but I'm not going to go back,

Pros: creative menu

Cons: overcrowded, upselling, questionable quality

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I have yet to find better sushiin austin, as well as a better selection of rolls. The japanese lasagna is to die for. And the ""something wrong"" roll is like nothing I've had anywhere else. The service has always been great, and the chefs are a blast! Plus thurs nights are ladies night and they make it great.

2
★★★★★

I have yet to find better sushiin austin, as well as a better selection of rolls. The japanese lasagna is to die for. And the ""something wrong"" roll is like nothing I've had anywhere else. The service has always been great, and the chefs are a blast! Plus thurs nights are ladies night and they make it great.

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they cram you in there like sardines and dont care if you are squished next to other people. the sushi chef talks badly about the customers as you are eating. I guess he thinks we cant hear him or he just doesnt care. the service is about the worst ever. sushi is not cheap, I expect good service. not everybody goes out and spends 100 dollars a night on dinner. sushi is a treat and they act as if they are doing you a favor. its such a shame because the sushi is so good. but i expect service as well and this place just doesnt have it or get it.

1
★★★☆☆

they cram you in there like sardines and dont care if you are squished next to other people. the sushi chef talks badly about the customers as you are eating. I guess he thinks we cant hear him or he just doesnt care. the service is about the worst ever. sushi is not cheap, I expect good service. not everybody goes out and spends 100 dollars a night on dinner. sushi is a treat and they act as if they are doing you a favor. its such a shame because the sushi is so good. but i expect service as well and this place just doesnt have it or get it.

Pros: Example: best croissants in town

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

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Friends took me to Tomo Saturday night, liked the atmosphere....great vibe. The food was absolutely wonderful. I have to tell you that I loved, loved, loved the sushi chef's involvment with our dining experience. They were very ""tuned in"" to our reactions to the food and responded by creating/adjusting the rolls to our personal tastes. Being a ""quiet type"" customer, I was amazed the chefs were able to determine my preferences so quickly....it was a truly delightful night. I live in Houston, but will save my ""sushi night"" for Tomo in Austin!

2
★★★★★

Friends took me to Tomo Saturday night, liked the atmosphere....great vibe. The food was absolutely wonderful. I have to tell you that I loved, loved, loved the sushi chef's involvment with our dining experience. They were very ""tuned in"" to our reactions to the food and responded by creating/adjusting the rolls to our personal tastes. Being a ""quiet type"" customer, I was amazed the chefs were able to determine my preferences so quickly....it was a truly delightful night. I live in Houston, but will save my ""sushi night"" for Tomo in Austin!

Pros: intimate dining...even at the bar. Great service.

Cons: None found.

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I was taken here several months ago by a friend that wanted to try it for his birthday. We had a great time and the food was awesome. I took some friends from out of town last week and, although the food was still great, the experience was less enjoyable because the sushi chefs (one in particular) were drunk.\r\n\r\nThe one I'm referring to was so drunk that he kept shaking his head, as if to try and focus. We ordered a sushi bomb, specifically because it was served with fresh wasabi, which I had only had once (the last time I was there) and my friends had not had at all. We thought it would be a treat. Our chef, the drunkard, decided it would be funny to put ""extra"" wasabi on the order.\r\n\r\nI didn't realize it, but one of my friends noticed him watching her as she went to eat a piece and giggled when she put it her mouth. She didn't say anything to be about it until after we had left the restaurant, otherwise, I would have had to ask to speak to the manager. It's sad when a great product is ruined by obnoxious, childish staff.\r\n\r\nThe wait staff was extremely helpful and answered all our questions and made some terrific suggestions. The chefs were more interested in where their next shot of sake was coming from.\r\n\r\nThe restaurant doesn't accept reservations for parties of less than 5 or 6, but we called ahead and got our names on the list in advance. At that time we were told that the wait would be 15 - 20 minutes. Perfect for our arrival time. We arrived 20 minutes later and, although we were on the list, we were told the wait was still 15 - 20 minutes. WTF? So we had to wait 20 minutes anyway.\r\n\r\nIf you decide to try this place, I'd suggest going early, before the chefs get too inebriated.

2
★★★★☆

I was taken here several months ago by a friend that wanted to try it for his birthday. We had a great time and the food was awesome. I took some friends from out of town last week and, although the food was still great, the experience was less enjoyable because the sushi chefs (one in particular) were drunk.\r\n\r\nThe one I'm referring to was so drunk that he kept shaking his head, as if to try and focus. We ordered a sushi bomb, specifically because it was served with fresh wasabi, which I had only had once (the last time I was there) and my friends had not had at all. We thought it would be a treat. Our chef, the drunkard, decided it would be funny to put ""extra"" wasabi on the order.\r\n\r\nI didn't realize it, but one of my friends noticed him watching her as she went to eat a piece and giggled when she put it her mouth. She didn't say anything to be about it until after we had left the restaurant, otherwise, I would have had to ask to speak to the manager. It's sad when a great product is ruined by obnoxious, childish staff.\r\n\r\nThe wait staff was extremely helpful and answered all our questions and made some terrific suggestions. The chefs were more interested in where their next shot of sake was coming from.\r\n\r\nThe restaurant doesn't accept reservations for parties of less than 5 or 6, but we called ahead and got our names on the list in advance. At that time we were told that the wait would be 15 - 20 minutes. Perfect for our arrival time. We arrived 20 minutes later and, although we were on the list, we were told the wait was still 15 - 20 minutes. WTF? So we had to wait 20 minutes anyway.\r\n\r\nIf you decide to try this place, I'd suggest going early, before the chefs get too inebriated.

Pros: Great sushi!

Cons: Drunk chefs

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It's true, the sushi here is debatably the best in Austin. The menu rolls are imaginative, and the selection of fresh items is outstanding. I've been many times, and the food has always been great.\r\n\r\nNot true for the staff, unfortunately. Although the waitstaff is usually helpful and accommodating - especially given the volume of business Tomo gets these days - the sushi-bar chefs are a bit hit-and-miss. It appears Tomo's relatively newfound ""hotspot"" status has gone to their heads, as the attitude often veers from playful to condescending. The chefs at times are drunk, and I've heard them berate customers both for ordering too unimaginatively AND too imaginatively. I know many sushi chefs enjoy a few beers with their customers, which is fun, but when you start slinging f-bombs at the newbie who ordered a California roll loud enough for the end tables to hear, I think you're past your sushi-rolling BAC.\r\n\r\nLook, I've never been yelled at by these guys for a few reasons, and there's a good chance you'll be fine, too. Just don't go expecting polite or humble service. There's a chance you'll get ridiculed, but overall it might be worth it for the fantastic food.

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★★★☆☆

It's true, the sushi here is debatably the best in Austin. The menu rolls are imaginative, and the selection of fresh items is outstanding. I've been many times, and the food has always been great.\r\n\r\nNot true for the staff, unfortunately. Although the waitstaff is usually helpful and accommodating - especially given the volume of business Tomo gets these days - the sushi-bar chefs are a bit hit-and-miss. It appears Tomo's relatively newfound ""hotspot"" status has gone to their heads, as the attitude often veers from playful to condescending. The chefs at times are drunk, and I've heard them berate customers both for ordering too unimaginatively AND too imaginatively. I know many sushi chefs enjoy a few beers with their customers, which is fun, but when you start slinging f-bombs at the newbie who ordered a California roll loud enough for the end tables to hear, I think you're past your sushi-rolling BAC.\r\n\r\nLook, I've never been yelled at by these guys for a few reasons, and there's a good chance you'll be fine, too. Just don't go expecting polite or humble service. There's a chance you'll get ridiculed, but overall it might be worth it for the fantastic food.

Pros: Great sushi, Young crowd

Cons: Angry chefs, Slow service (but hey, it's busy)

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Usually the people that rate this place as average like to order boring sushi....California roll lovers.\r\nThe sushi here is creative and unique; my husband and I have eaten sushi all over the country and have never found such originality. We have not used soy sauce ONCE at Tomo; the Chef's use of sauces, spices and real wasabi is out of this world. Even the sashimi and sushi without a creative twist are amazing in quality; freshest fish ever. The service at the tables has improved, but the real experience is at the bar. The Chef's are friendly and will help you order what you'll like. \r\n

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★★★★★

Usually the people that rate this place as average like to order boring sushi....California roll lovers.\r\nThe sushi here is creative and unique; my husband and I have eaten sushi all over the country and have never found such originality. We have not used soy sauce ONCE at Tomo; the Chef's use of sauces, spices and real wasabi is out of this world. Even the sashimi and sushi without a creative twist are amazing in quality; freshest fish ever. The service at the tables has improved, but the real experience is at the bar. The Chef's are friendly and will help you order what you'll like. \r\n

Pros: Affordable and Amazing

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My boyfriend and I went for my birthday. I looooove sushi and havent really had any EXCELLENT places, however, we saw this small sushi bar right next to our house so we decided to try it. \r\n\r\nThe atmosphere is AMAZING. It's beautiful dark woods with elegant paintings and this AMAZING aquarium beghind the register right as you walk in FILLED with little jellyfish. \r\n\r\nWe decided to risk eating some house sushi rolls that we had no idea what they were. Let me just say, IT IS THE BEST SUSHI I HAVE EVER TASTED. We had calimari as an appetizer and it was so soft and pleasant and it came with lemongrass sauce that was TO DIE FOR!!! We then order three house rolls: The Something Wrong, the Tampura #2 and a California roll. Now, if you are a regular sushi eater, you know there is nothing special about California rolls, but THIS PLACE MADE THEM TASTE AMAZING! I don't know how they did it, but these Cali rolls were goooood. Not to mention the other rolls, one was a hot roll which was GREAT and the other was a mixture of different fish which was not fishy at all. Each one was unique, amazing, fresh, everything you could want from sushi. \r\n\r\nWe also ordered the creme brulee for dessert, which was of course sweet and rich.\r\n\r\nOur total bill cam up to ONLY $50 WITH TIP!!!!\r\n\r\nI suggest visiting this amazing sushi bar and sitting at the bar. The staff is very knowledgeable and take pride in making the sushi right there in front of you. And the atmosphere is very pleasing and good.\r\n\r\nI will ALWAYS come back to this place.

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I went for my birthday. I looooove sushi and havent really had any EXCELLENT places, however, we saw this small sushi bar right next to our house so we decided to try it. \r\n\r\nThe atmosphere is AMAZING. It's beautiful dark woods with elegant paintings and this AMAZING aquarium beghind the register right as you walk in FILLED with little jellyfish. \r\n\r\nWe decided to risk eating some house sushi rolls that we had no idea what they were. Let me just say, IT IS THE BEST SUSHI I HAVE EVER TASTED. We had calimari as an appetizer and it was so soft and pleasant and it came with lemongrass sauce that was TO DIE FOR!!! We then order three house rolls: The Something Wrong, the Tampura #2 and a California roll. Now, if you are a regular sushi eater, you know there is nothing special about California rolls, but THIS PLACE MADE THEM TASTE AMAZING! I don't know how they did it, but these Cali rolls were goooood. Not to mention the other rolls, one was a hot roll which was GREAT and the other was a mixture of different fish which was not fishy at all. Each one was unique, amazing, fresh, everything you could want from sushi. \r\n\r\nWe also ordered the creme brulee for dessert, which was of course sweet and rich.\r\n\r\nOur total bill cam up to ONLY $50 WITH TIP!!!!\r\n\r\nI suggest visiting this amazing sushi bar and sitting at the bar. The staff is very knowledgeable and take pride in making the sushi right there in front of you. And the atmosphere is very pleasing and good.\r\n\r\nI will ALWAYS come back to this place.

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I've been to tons of Sushi restaurants across the country, but nothing beats Tomo. My wife and I go here almost every week, and never tire of it. Look on the ""specials board"" for some really unique treats like Live Lobster 3 ways, Whole Aji, or some of the best Toro you'll ever have. Everything is flown in fresh from Hawaii or Asia, and everything is absolutely delicious. \r\nTry to get a seat at the bar for a really fun experience, and definitely ask your sushi chef for recommendations.\r\n

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★★★★★

I've been to tons of Sushi restaurants across the country, but nothing beats Tomo. My wife and I go here almost every week, and never tire of it. Look on the ""specials board"" for some really unique treats like Live Lobster 3 ways, Whole Aji, or some of the best Toro you'll ever have. Everything is flown in fresh from Hawaii or Asia, and everything is absolutely delicious. \r\nTry to get a seat at the bar for a really fun experience, and definitely ask your sushi chef for recommendations.\r\n

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I've probably been here more than 10 times for lunch and dinner and the service and food is great. The chefs up at the bar are nice and friendly and seem to really enjoy what they're doing. The wait staff is excellent and they always make sure you're doing alright. I've tried other sushi restaurants in Austin and I have to say Tomo is the best. They have a very good variety of in-house selections like the Volcano and other dishes with their funky names are heavenly. It's a small place and I have a feeling if this restaurant was downtown you would have to make reservations.

2
★★★★★

I've probably been here more than 10 times for lunch and dinner and the service and food is great. The chefs up at the bar are nice and friendly and seem to really enjoy what they're doing. The wait staff is excellent and they always make sure you're doing alright. I've tried other sushi restaurants in Austin and I have to say Tomo is the best. They have a very good variety of in-house selections like the Volcano and other dishes with their funky names are heavenly. It's a small place and I have a feeling if this restaurant was downtown you would have to make reservations.

Pros: Food, service, staff, location and cleanliness.

Cons: The place is small but I've never had to wait more than 5 minutes at dinner time if full.

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I always have a fun time at this place. The sushi is fresh and tasty. I haven't tried anything there that I did not like. This place is definitely not for families, but great for a dinner with fun friends. Make sure you try ""S_x on the Beach"" and ""Ex-girlfriend""

2
★★★★☆

I always have a fun time at this place. The sushi is fresh and tasty. I haven't tried anything there that I did not like. This place is definitely not for families, but great for a dinner with fun friends. Make sure you try ""S_x on the Beach"" and ""Ex-girlfriend""

Pros: ambience, food

Cons: service, space

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The decor is lovely ( think fancy 4th St. lounge) and I had heard good things so I was excited to try out this place. As soon as we sat down we were asked for any drink orders - we all asked for water and some time to decide on any more items. Not only did the water not arrive 10 min later, but the waitress acted like she was doing us a favor by bringing it at all. I'm not gonna lie - the sushi was not that bad - however, I've had cheaper sushi that was just as good. It's not expensive but it's definitely not cheap either. Overall, if you want average sushi in a nice atmosphere with terrible service - this is the place !

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★☆☆☆☆

The decor is lovely ( think fancy 4th St. lounge) and I had heard good things so I was excited to try out this place. As soon as we sat down we were asked for any drink orders - we all asked for water and some time to decide on any more items. Not only did the water not arrive 10 min later, but the waitress acted like she was doing us a favor by bringing it at all. I'm not gonna lie - the sushi was not that bad - however, I've had cheaper sushi that was just as good. It's not expensive but it's definitely not cheap either. Overall, if you want average sushi in a nice atmosphere with terrible service - this is the place !

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More of a bar than a sushi restaurant. Two year anniversary dinner, took 10 minutes after being seated to see a waiter, and it took just over an hour to get a rainbow roll. He forgot half the order, and only admitted it later. The chefs drank no fewer than 5 shots each during our visit and had their own beers as well. Their foul mouth were ceratinly heard at our table, not just the poor people at the bar. I am glad we did not take the kids. I have no intention of ever returning.

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★☆☆☆☆

More of a bar than a sushi restaurant. Two year anniversary dinner, took 10 minutes after being seated to see a waiter, and it took just over an hour to get a rainbow roll. He forgot half the order, and only admitted it later. The chefs drank no fewer than 5 shots each during our visit and had their own beers as well. Their foul mouth were ceratinly heard at our table, not just the poor people at the bar. I am glad we did not take the kids. I have no intention of ever returning.

Pros: spicy roll

Cons: did not get full order, had to listen to drunk chefs cuss loudly

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I love sushi and I have to say Austin has some good sushi places... but they are somewhat alike. Tomo, however, has a diferent feel and taste. It is by far the best sushi in austin.

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★★★★★

I love sushi and I have to say Austin has some good sushi places... but they are somewhat alike. Tomo, however, has a diferent feel and taste. It is by far the best sushi in austin.

Pros: Sushi, sushi, sushi!!!

Cons: Some servers are very slow and out of it

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For a while, this was the best hidden secret in North Austin.... well the word got out! Good for them, bad for us. Their food is delicious, fun, eclectic. Everything is fresh. The desserts are great too! The wait staff is truly awful. If you sit at the bar, you get full attention, education, fun and laughter. The food is worth the bad service. YUM!

2
★★★★★

For a while, this was the best hidden secret in North Austin.... well the word got out! Good for them, bad for us. Their food is delicious, fun, eclectic. Everything is fresh. The desserts are great too! The wait staff is truly awful. If you sit at the bar, you get full attention, education, fun and laughter. The food is worth the bad service. YUM!

Pros: amazing food

Cons: horrible, unfriendly waitstaff

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The service was quite lacking and the sushi is alright. I was not impressed and will not go there again for the price. Musashino's is still one of the best sushi places I've had in Austin.

1
★★★☆☆

The service was quite lacking and the sushi is alright. I was not impressed and will not go there again for the price. Musashino's is still one of the best sushi places I've had in Austin.

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I just am in love with this place. It?s a far stretch from where I live, but well worth the drive. Having traveled all over the World, this place reminds me of the little sushi bars in Los Angeles and San Francisco: non-descript on the outside but hip and cool on the inside with well presented sushi. Oh, and the fish take is way cool! The bar is inviting as well as the tables around the place. The only thing I don't like is the sushi bar counter; if you aren't careful, you'll accidentaly spill a cocktail because of the rocks that protrude through the bar...you'll see what I mean!

2
★★★★★

I just am in love with this place. It?s a far stretch from where I live, but well worth the drive. Having traveled all over the World, this place reminds me of the little sushi bars in Los Angeles and San Francisco: non-descript on the outside but hip and cool on the inside with well presented sushi. Oh, and the fish take is way cool! The bar is inviting as well as the tables around the place. The only thing I don't like is the sushi bar counter; if you aren't careful, you'll accidentaly spill a cocktail because of the rocks that protrude through the bar...you'll see what I mean!

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I tried eating here few times because it was on Parmer but I wasn't all that impressed with it. It's small yet cozy and it's clean. The appearance is nice. I wasn't very impressed with the food. The fish didn't seem very fresh and tasted fishy not fresh. The cut didn't look that nice either. I gave it a go number of times but I don't think I'll go there again. Maybe if they matched their price with the food. Price is much higher than they should price in that type of restaurant.

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★★★☆☆

I tried eating here few times because it was on Parmer but I wasn't all that impressed with it. It's small yet cozy and it's clean. The appearance is nice. I wasn't very impressed with the food. The fish didn't seem very fresh and tasted fishy not fresh. The cut didn't look that nice either. I gave it a go number of times but I don't think I'll go there again. Maybe if they matched their price with the food. Price is much higher than they should price in that type of restaurant.

Pros: Cozy

Cons: bad sushi for the price paid, not enough seating... I think there was only handful of tables.. maybe 5 tables and bar area

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I love this place! I have to eat here at least a couple times a month. I think the Kamikaze roll is a must have, though at least during dinner hours you have to ask for it, because i do not think it is on the menu. All of their sushi and sashimi is excellent quality, and they have a huge variety of rolls to choose from. Their location is perfect as well, for those of us who live up north now there is no reason to make a drive for good sushi. The service is always wonderful, everyone is very friendly, and I think that for the quality of the food you're getting that the price is just fine.

2
★★★★★

I love this place! I have to eat here at least a couple times a month. I think the Kamikaze roll is a must have, though at least during dinner hours you have to ask for it, because i do not think it is on the menu. All of their sushi and sashimi is excellent quality, and they have a huge variety of rolls to choose from. Their location is perfect as well, for those of us who live up north now there is no reason to make a drive for good sushi. The service is always wonderful, everyone is very friendly, and I think that for the quality of the food you're getting that the price is just fine.

Pros: service, food, ambience

Cons: limited seating due to size

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I love sushi and have been to several sushi bars in the Austin area. Tomo's have the best sushi chefs in town and the friendliest staff. The sushi is fresh and the service is wonderful.

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★★★★★

I love sushi and have been to several sushi bars in the Austin area. Tomo's have the best sushi chefs in town and the friendliest staff. The sushi is fresh and the service is wonderful.

Pros: Thumbs up!

Cons: They have a very small resturant so the seating is limited.

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I went yesterday for the first time after hearing it was pretty good. I went again, last night for one more roll. Tomo surpassed my expectations. Of course they weren't high because to me it was a ""sushi restaurant in a shopping center"". I didn't think it would be good.\r\n\r\nIt was great. Definitely sit at the bar and get a close look at the chefs in action. The ""Dynamite"" appetizer is a must and was better than anything I ever ate at Uchi. Also try the ""David's roll"" if you like really spicy food with good flavor. The ""Longhorn Rolls"" and ""Mexican Roll"" were also tasty.\r\n\r\nI will go again in the near future! Maybe tonight.

2
★★★★★

I went yesterday for the first time after hearing it was pretty good. I went again, last night for one more roll. Tomo surpassed my expectations. Of course they weren't high because to me it was a ""sushi restaurant in a shopping center"". I didn't think it would be good.\r\n\r\nIt was great. Definitely sit at the bar and get a close look at the chefs in action. The ""Dynamite"" appetizer is a must and was better than anything I ever ate at Uchi. Also try the ""David's roll"" if you like really spicy food with good flavor. The ""Longhorn Rolls"" and ""Mexican Roll"" were also tasty.\r\n\r\nI will go again in the near future! Maybe tonight.

Pros: Chefs were very helpful explaining all the different types of rolls.

Cons: If you're not at bar, service is not as good.

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The Susan Roll (one of their specialty rolls, I might have the name wrong; it was $8.50): Wrapped in rice paper and eaten like an ice cream cone and the flavor and texture is so tasty! The tempura has perfect texture!\r\n\r\nWe had such a good time with the people next to us we were sharing food and having a great time together! SIT AT THE BAR! GOOD TIMES AT THE BAR!\r\n\r\nDon't let the retail strip center location fool you! This place is great, the people were wonderful, and we had such a blast I'm going back TODAY with a friend who's never been there!\r\n\r\nI see other comments about staff, chefs, etc., being terrible. I had complete opposite experience. EVERYTHING was great!

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★★★★★

The Susan Roll (one of their specialty rolls, I might have the name wrong; it was $8.50): Wrapped in rice paper and eaten like an ice cream cone and the flavor and texture is so tasty! The tempura has perfect texture!\r\n\r\nWe had such a good time with the people next to us we were sharing food and having a great time together! SIT AT THE BAR! GOOD TIMES AT THE BAR!\r\n\r\nDon't let the retail strip center location fool you! This place is great, the people were wonderful, and we had such a blast I'm going back TODAY with a friend who's never been there!\r\n\r\nI see other comments about staff, chefs, etc., being terrible. I had complete opposite experience. EVERYTHING was great!

Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

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Well, excellent about says it all. The staff was gracious and efficient. Our water and tea glasses were refilled several times. The ladies next to me were enjoying the 1/2 priced sake for Ladies night and I assure you, the staff kept the sake coming. It was a wonderful dining experience. I can't comment on the smell of my napkin, it went on my lap!?! However, I can tell you that it was very clean and starched.\r\n\r\nOur meal was divine, absolutely fabulous. The rolls were creative and SOOOO beautiful. I will admit that there were an awful lot of tempura choices in the rolls selections. But yikes, truly things of beauty. I believe the chefs will work more specific magic for you upon request. You cannot go wrong with the rolls (see other reviews) The tuna was truly like butter, melted in your mouth.\r\n\r\nIf you love a flaming dish, and I do... Volcano says it all. We also ordered the Dynamite appetizer - trust me, order the Dynamite. Oh, my. It is a cooked item but it is truly sublime. I should change my review to 1 star to keep this a ""hidden gem"" but I'm not going to do it! \r\n

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★★★★★

Well, excellent about says it all. The staff was gracious and efficient. Our water and tea glasses were refilled several times. The ladies next to me were enjoying the 1/2 priced sake for Ladies night and I assure you, the staff kept the sake coming. It was a wonderful dining experience. I can't comment on the smell of my napkin, it went on my lap!?! However, I can tell you that it was very clean and starched.\r\n\r\nOur meal was divine, absolutely fabulous. The rolls were creative and SOOOO beautiful. I will admit that there were an awful lot of tempura choices in the rolls selections. But yikes, truly things of beauty. I believe the chefs will work more specific magic for you upon request. You cannot go wrong with the rolls (see other reviews) The tuna was truly like butter, melted in your mouth.\r\n\r\nIf you love a flaming dish, and I do... Volcano says it all. We also ordered the Dynamite appetizer - trust me, order the Dynamite. Oh, my. It is a cooked item but it is truly sublime. I should change my review to 1 star to keep this a ""hidden gem"" but I'm not going to do it! \r\n

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Not sure why the user in front had a bad experience but this place is the bomb..The chefs are from NObu in Vegas and if you know about sushi, u know nobu is the shiz...I reccomend the cherry blossom and the honey roll..Enjoy!

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★★★★☆

Not sure why the user in front had a bad experience but this place is the bomb..The chefs are from NObu in Vegas and if you know about sushi, u know nobu is the shiz...I reccomend the cherry blossom and the honey roll..Enjoy!

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We've been here twice so far. each time the food was great. Surprising great selection of sushi. The Aji and Uni were both wonderful. The sushi chefs were all very friendly and personable. Steve even checked in on us. My only complaints were: the napkins smelled horrible (rank) and the service was pitiful. They're understaffed and need better waitresses. It took 15 minutes to seat us despite the fact the there were empty seats. The water, plates, and utensils came only after the sushi chef noticed that we had none. This place has so much potential, but the service kills it................... ............................... .....................\r\nAmendment--I went back a few weeks later. Napkin issue resolved. But the service was still not great. The food's so great that I'm willing to overlook it. Definately one of my favorites

2
★★★★★

We've been here twice so far. each time the food was great. Surprising great selection of sushi. The Aji and Uni were both wonderful. The sushi chefs were all very friendly and personable. Steve even checked in on us. My only complaints were: the napkins smelled horrible (rank) and the service was pitiful. They're understaffed and need better waitresses. It took 15 minutes to seat us despite the fact the there were empty seats. The water, plates, and utensils came only after the sushi chef noticed that we had none. This place has so much potential, but the service kills it................... ............................... .....................\r\nAmendment--I went back a few weeks later. Napkin issue resolved. But the service was still not great. The food's so great that I'm willing to overlook it. Definately one of my favorites

Pros: Great sushi, great menu

Cons: horrible waitstaff

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Three of us went in this place , try to explore another ""hidden gem"", verdict summed up in one word,""DISAPPOINTMENT"" We read some of the reviews for this restaurant,we took their words,(some p\r\nositive ones) leave us wonder,who are these people? Is it the owner? or their chefs who wrote them? Here is what happened that evening;We walked in and stood about 8-10 min.,they were not crowded,but I believed all 3 of us were invisible.Some manager type of guy gave us a glance (an annoying one) we were seated, but not feeling welcomed.Miso soup was so salty,Edamame was underdone(how could you screwed up an edamame! Ordered salmon,maguro,hamachi sushi,salmon was small and broken apart,tuna looked like it's been a few days old, but hamachi was not bad. Ambience was good, but where are all these subatances? Hey boss, please do not overlook the qualities of your food and staffs. seriously,put some decency back on your business!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Three of us went in this place , try to explore another ""hidden gem"", verdict summed up in one word,""DISAPPOINTMENT"" We read some of the reviews for this restaurant,we took their words,(some p\r\nositive ones) leave us wonder,who are these people? Is it the owner? or their chefs who wrote them? Here is what happened that evening;We walked in and stood about 8-10 min.,they were not crowded,but I believed all 3 of us were invisible.Some manager type of guy gave us a glance (an annoying one) we were seated, but not feeling welcomed.Miso soup was so salty,Edamame was underdone(how could you screwed up an edamame! Ordered salmon,maguro,hamachi sushi,salmon was small and broken apart,tuna looked like it's been a few days old, but hamachi was not bad. Ambience was good, but where are all these subatances? Hey boss, please do not overlook the qualities of your food and staffs. seriously,put some decency back on your business!!!

Cons: food , service

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my boyfriend and i had dinner at tomo earlier this week, and my head is still spinning from what a bad time we had. our evening started inauspiciously when we were seated at the sushi bar, and our chef, (tom was his name- request someone else,) didn't even raise his head to acknowledge us. it only got worse from there. while our food wasn't bad, tom alternately barked at us, chided our food selections, or completely ignored us. when i eat at a sushi bar i expect the chef's to at least be polite, if not engaging, and tom completely ruined our night. we will not be back.

0
★☆☆☆☆

my boyfriend and i had dinner at tomo earlier this week, and my head is still spinning from what a bad time we had. our evening started inauspiciously when we were seated at the sushi bar, and our chef, (tom was his name- request someone else,) didn't even raise his head to acknowledge us. it only got worse from there. while our food wasn't bad, tom alternately barked at us, chided our food selections, or completely ignored us. when i eat at a sushi bar i expect the chef's to at least be polite, if not engaging, and tom completely ruined our night. we will not be back.

Cons: chef tom

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My boyfriend and I recently moved to Austin from San Diego, CA. We have been on a long extensive search in finding the best sushi here in Austin. We have been to the most popular and recommended places in town only to be partially satisfied. One day, while driving around town, we noticed Tomo Sushi, in its newly developed area. We decided to give it a shot. THANK GOODNESS we stepped in and had some dinner. This place, in our opinion, has superceeded all recommended sushi places in Austin. The quality of fish is outstanding as well as appearance. The service is outstanding, the ambience is awesome.. It is slightly more than the other restaurants (excluding Mikado) but hey, this is some quality sushi. I highly recommend dining here if you want some good quality sushi. Being from San Diego, it's fair to say that the bar for us is rather high. Tomo Sushi is, in our opinion, the best sushi restaurant in Austin. All you sushi connoisseurs..try it out, you won't be dissappointed.\r\n

2
★★★★★

My boyfriend and I recently moved to Austin from San Diego, CA. We have been on a long extensive search in finding the best sushi here in Austin. We have been to the most popular and recommended places in town only to be partially satisfied. One day, while driving around town, we noticed Tomo Sushi, in its newly developed area. We decided to give it a shot. THANK GOODNESS we stepped in and had some dinner. This place, in our opinion, has superceeded all recommended sushi places in Austin. The quality of fish is outstanding as well as appearance. The service is outstanding, the ambience is awesome.. It is slightly more than the other restaurants (excluding Mikado) but hey, this is some quality sushi. I highly recommend dining here if you want some good quality sushi. Being from San Diego, it's fair to say that the bar for us is rather high. Tomo Sushi is, in our opinion, the best sushi restaurant in Austin. All you sushi connoisseurs..try it out, you won't be dissappointed.\r\n

Pros: everything

Cons: nothing

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My boyfriend and I have been regulars of Tomo since they opened almost a year ago. I have lived in NYC, and thus have been a sushi fan for quite some time. He tried sushi for the first time ever at Tomo and fell in love with it. Tomo has excellent sushi, sashimi, and fabulous rolls. They also have the ""safer"" cooked items that have been referred to in case someone in your party isn't a fan of sushi. Some of our personal favorites are the Mt. Fuji, Ex-Girlfriend, and triple x rolls. We also enjoy the sushi bomb and sushi dinner off of the menu. The sushi dinner is a great way to try assorted pieces of sushi for a reasonable price. You receive 8 pieces of sushi and either a California or Spicy Tuna roll for $18.00. As with any sushi restaurant, it's easy to spend a good amount of money on dinner, but for the quality of what you are given we have found it to be very worth it! We are also great fans of the hot sake, especially on Thursdays when it is 1/2 off for the ladies!\r\n\r\nIn addition to fantastic food, we both really enjoy the atmosphere of Tomo. We usually sit at the sushi bar and enjoy talking to Steve, the owner, and the other sushi chefs at the bar. His wife, Tina, and the other servers are also very personable and fun to interact with. Tomo has gotten busier and busier, so if you want to be able to really chat with the staff then try to go early in the evening, or on an off-hour.\r\n\r\nWe now celebrate most of the major events (birthdays, anniversaries, etc....) at Tomo and have converted many of our friends who used to only frequent other local sushi joints. We also have introduced many first timers to sushi, and have found the staff to be very helpful to them in making their first selections. Needless to say, I highly recommend Tomo to anyone interested in trying some quality sushi on the North side of Austin!

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I have been regulars of Tomo since they opened almost a year ago. I have lived in NYC, and thus have been a sushi fan for quite some time. He tried sushi for the first time ever at Tomo and fell in love with it. Tomo has excellent sushi, sashimi, and fabulous rolls. They also have the ""safer"" cooked items that have been referred to in case someone in your party isn't a fan of sushi. Some of our personal favorites are the Mt. Fuji, Ex-Girlfriend, and triple x rolls. We also enjoy the sushi bomb and sushi dinner off of the menu. The sushi dinner is a great way to try assorted pieces of sushi for a reasonable price. You receive 8 pieces of sushi and either a California or Spicy Tuna roll for $18.00. As with any sushi restaurant, it's easy to spend a good amount of money on dinner, but for the quality of what you are given we have found it to be very worth it! We are also great fans of the hot sake, especially on Thursdays when it is 1/2 off for the ladies!\r\n\r\nIn addition to fantastic food, we both really enjoy the atmosphere of Tomo. We usually sit at the sushi bar and enjoy talking to Steve, the owner, and the other sushi chefs at the bar. His wife, Tina, and the other servers are also very personable and fun to interact with. Tomo has gotten busier and busier, so if you want to be able to really chat with the staff then try to go early in the evening, or on an off-hour.\r\n\r\nWe now celebrate most of the major events (birthdays, anniversaries, etc....) at Tomo and have converted many of our friends who used to only frequent other local sushi joints. We also have introduced many first timers to sushi, and have found the staff to be very helpful to them in making their first selections. Needless to say, I highly recommend Tomo to anyone interested in trying some quality sushi on the North side of Austin!

Pros: Service, quality of food, location

Cons: Can get busy and loud

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Went there yesterday since it is located closed to where I live. The servers were kind enough to let us in even though it was after lunch hour (they close after lunch hour and reopen again for dinner in the evening). Tomo Sushi's menu serves what I would call the 'safe' Japanese food. Things that you would typically order if you don't know much about the cuisine such as chicken teriyaki and shrimp tempura. These food are usually easy to make and it will not cost the restaurant a lot if they were to train new chef to cook it. In short, the food was nothing exciting and they tasted alright. If you are looking for authentic Jap cooking, Tomo is not the place to be. Good atmosphere they've got though, modern-looking and ambient. Thus the high price of food, in my view.

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★★★☆☆

Went there yesterday since it is located closed to where I live. The servers were kind enough to let us in even though it was after lunch hour (they close after lunch hour and reopen again for dinner in the evening). Tomo Sushi's menu serves what I would call the 'safe' Japanese food. Things that you would typically order if you don't know much about the cuisine such as chicken teriyaki and shrimp tempura. These food are usually easy to make and it will not cost the restaurant a lot if they were to train new chef to cook it. In short, the food was nothing exciting and they tasted alright. If you are looking for authentic Jap cooking, Tomo is not the place to be. Good atmosphere they've got though, modern-looking and ambient. Thus the high price of food, in my view.

Pros: Ambient atmosphere

Cons: mediocre, boring menu

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My friends and I got to Tomo sushi at 9:20 pm because one of us had work until late. We saw on the outside of the restaurant that they closed at 10 pm, but figured that would be ample time to get a relatively quick dinner and leave. So we went in. Upon entering, no one greeted us, and all of the customers at the bar turned to stare at us. After a minute or two, we were still standing there being stared at and waiting to be greeted. My boyfriend decided to ask the sushi chefs if we were supposed to sit down anywhere. Then the owner came out with the hostess and they started deliberating (within earshot of us) whether or not to seat us. Finally, the owner looking obviously annoyed, said in a very exasperated voice, ""Fine, you can eat!! But you have to order everything at once!"" \r\n\r\nBeing treated this way irked us throughout our meal... fortunately, our waiter was very nice. we only got rolls, which were pretty good, but some had a bit too much sauce, which covered up the flavor of the fish.\r\n\r\nIf you don't want customers to come in past 9, don't advertise your closing time as 10 pm.

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★★☆☆☆

My friends and I got to Tomo sushi at 9:20 pm because one of us had work until late. We saw on the outside of the restaurant that they closed at 10 pm, but figured that would be ample time to get a relatively quick dinner and leave. So we went in. Upon entering, no one greeted us, and all of the customers at the bar turned to stare at us. After a minute or two, we were still standing there being stared at and waiting to be greeted. My boyfriend decided to ask the sushi chefs if we were supposed to sit down anywhere. Then the owner came out with the hostess and they started deliberating (within earshot of us) whether or not to seat us. Finally, the owner looking obviously annoyed, said in a very exasperated voice, ""Fine, you can eat!! But you have to order everything at once!"" \r\n\r\nBeing treated this way irked us throughout our meal... fortunately, our waiter was very nice. we only got rolls, which were pretty good, but some had a bit too much sauce, which covered up the flavor of the fish.\r\n\r\nIf you don't want customers to come in past 9, don't advertise your closing time as 10 pm.

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I've been eating sushi for c. 25 years and in many cities and this place ranks at or near the top of my experience. Creative menu fit for every ""level"" and efficient, friendly service. Artful sushi without being intimidating or pretentious. A little more expensive than the run-of-the-mill sushi you'll find in Austin, but the portions are large and, IMHO, well worth it. Figure $50 per person if you include alcoholic beverages.

2
★★★★★

I've been eating sushi for c. 25 years and in many cities and this place ranks at or near the top of my experience. Creative menu fit for every ""level"" and efficient, friendly service. Artful sushi without being intimidating or pretentious. A little more expensive than the run-of-the-mill sushi you'll find in Austin, but the portions are large and, IMHO, well worth it. Figure $50 per person if you include alcoholic beverages.

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I moved back to Texas from NYC - I travel quite a bit for work so I've gotten to eat out on the lovely expense account. I love sushi and if you're going to do it right, it's not going to be cheap. But luckily, I would compare Tomo to Nobu (if you've been in NYC, Miami or Vegas) but it's on Austin prices... It's really my favorite restaurant in Austin especially since we live north (it's in the same center as Cool River). Tomo is small and the owners are always there talking with the customers which really gives a nice touch. I'm almost tempted to not submit a review because I'd hate for too many people to know about it..,\r\n\r\nIf you go, you must try the Blackened Miso Cod (amazing!)... Another favorite is the Screaming Org@sm (horrible name, yes, i know...). I also get the Escolar in the Ponzu Sauce (it's almost a ceviche style).\r\n\r\nAll in all, this is a great place to take either sushi novices because they have a lot of cooked items (steamed mussels are awesome) but also pure enough for folks who stay true to form with basic sushi/sashimi. Nothing but top praise from this fan.

2
★★★★★

I moved back to Texas from NYC - I travel quite a bit for work so I've gotten to eat out on the lovely expense account. I love sushi and if you're going to do it right, it's not going to be cheap. But luckily, I would compare Tomo to Nobu (if you've been in NYC, Miami or Vegas) but it's on Austin prices... It's really my favorite restaurant in Austin especially since we live north (it's in the same center as Cool River). Tomo is small and the owners are always there talking with the customers which really gives a nice touch. I'm almost tempted to not submit a review because I'd hate for too many people to know about it..,\r\n\r\nIf you go, you must try the Blackened Miso Cod (amazing!)... Another favorite is the Screaming Org@sm (horrible name, yes, i know...). I also get the Escolar in the Ponzu Sauce (it's almost a ceviche style).\r\n\r\nAll in all, this is a great place to take either sushi novices because they have a lot of cooked items (steamed mussels are awesome) but also pure enough for folks who stay true to form with basic sushi/sashimi. Nothing but top praise from this fan.

Pros: Great food, excellent service

Cons: Music can be loud on date night, limited drink menu

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I moved back to Texas from NYC - I travel quite a bit for work so I've gotten to eat out on the lovely expense account. I love sushi and if you're going to do it right, it's not going to be cheap. I would compare Tomo to Nobu if you've been in NYC, Miami or Vegas but it's on Austin prices... It's really my favorite restaurant in Austin especially since we live north (it's in the same center as Cool River). Tomo is small and the owners are always there talking with the customers...

The Blackened Miso Cod is amazing... Another favorite is the Screaming Orgasm (horrible name, yes, i know...). I also get the Escolar in the Ponzu Sauce (it's almost like a ceviche style).

All in all, this is a great place to take either sushi novices because they have a lot of cooked items (steamed mussels are awesome) but also pure enough for folks who stay true to form with basic sushi/sashimi. It really is a hidden gem.

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★★★★★

I moved back to Texas from NYC - I travel quite a bit for work so I've gotten to eat out on the lovely expense account. I love sushi and if you're going to do it right, it's not going to be cheap. I would compare Tomo to Nobu if you've been in NYC, Miami or Vegas but it's on Austin prices... It's really my favorite restaurant in Austin especially since we live north (it's in the same center as Cool River). Tomo is small and the owners are always there talking with the customers...

The Blackened Miso Cod is amazing... Another favorite is the Screaming Orgasm (horrible name, yes, i know...). I also get the Escolar in the Ponzu Sauce (it's almost like a ceviche style).

All in all, this is a great place to take either sushi novices because they have a lot of cooked items (steamed mussels are awesome) but also pure enough for folks who stay true to form with basic sushi/sashimi. It really is a hidden gem.

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I went to Tomo last week for the first time and came away entirely impressed. We were able to sit at the sushi bar and were immediately greeted by the owner Steve, who asked us what kind of sushi we like and offered up some great suggestions from their specialty roll list. The fish was fresh and all the rolls we tried had great flavor. I'd recommend going on a less busy night in order to sit at the sushi bar and interact directly with the sushi chefs. They also have half price sake on Thursdays for ladies!

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★★★☆☆

I went to Tomo last week for the first time and came away entirely impressed. We were able to sit at the sushi bar and were immediately greeted by the owner Steve, who asked us what kind of sushi we like and offered up some great suggestions from their specialty roll list. The fish was fresh and all the rolls we tried had great flavor. I'd recommend going on a less busy night in order to sit at the sushi bar and interact directly with the sushi chefs. They also have half price sake on Thursdays for ladies!

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Absolutely phenomenal sushi in a small setting. After one visit, I would give this restaurant top accolades, putting it behind only Uchi and Mikado in Austin's forward-looking sushi places. The ""sushi bomb"" is perhaps the best nigiri appetizer I've ever had, Austin or not. Edamame is served as a complimentary starter; we followed it with oyster shooters (9/10, excellent spice and complex flavors), kobe beef hot rock (7.5/10, not great value for money, but much better flavors than the hot rock at Maiko) and sushi bomb (10/10, absolutely amazing flavors which still showcased the excellent quality fish). For mains, we went through some Aji (9/10, more tender than is typical), Tai (8/10, very juicy), Salmon (8/10, about typical quality for Austin), and Tuna (9/10, very good). All the sushi was served at the same optimal temperature and the rice was excellent although not quite as firm as some other places.\r\n\r\nService was unusually friendly and outgoing; the service:customer ratio is small and the place is so tiny it's easy to flag someone down when needed. The food did not come out in the same order we requested, but that is common at good sushi places.\r\n\r\nThe main complaint I have about Tomo is the lighting; it's a bit bright, especially compared to Mikado or Kenichi's ""date-enhancing"" atmospheres. They do not take reservations for two, or split checks, which are questionable policies.\r\n\r\nI would certainly overwhelmingly recommend this place, especially given its location; for people who live in the north it's certainly one of the best dining options regardless of cuisine.\r\n\r\nI look forward to returning. The ""screaming [climax]"" dish looked very appealing, as did the large selection of creative rolls.

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★★★★★

Absolutely phenomenal sushi in a small setting. After one visit, I would give this restaurant top accolades, putting it behind only Uchi and Mikado in Austin's forward-looking sushi places. The ""sushi bomb"" is perhaps the best nigiri appetizer I've ever had, Austin or not. Edamame is served as a complimentary starter; we followed it with oyster shooters (9/10, excellent spice and complex flavors), kobe beef hot rock (7.5/10, not great value for money, but much better flavors than the hot rock at Maiko) and sushi bomb (10/10, absolutely amazing flavors which still showcased the excellent quality fish). For mains, we went through some Aji (9/10, more tender than is typical), Tai (8/10, very juicy), Salmon (8/10, about typical quality for Austin), and Tuna (9/10, very good). All the sushi was served at the same optimal temperature and the rice was excellent although not quite as firm as some other places.\r\n\r\nService was unusually friendly and outgoing; the service:customer ratio is small and the place is so tiny it's easy to flag someone down when needed. The food did not come out in the same order we requested, but that is common at good sushi places.\r\n\r\nThe main complaint I have about Tomo is the lighting; it's a bit bright, especially compared to Mikado or Kenichi's ""date-enhancing"" atmospheres. They do not take reservations for two, or split checks, which are questionable policies.\r\n\r\nI would certainly overwhelmingly recommend this place, especially given its location; for people who live in the north it's certainly one of the best dining options regardless of cuisine.\r\n\r\nI look forward to returning. The ""screaming [climax]"" dish looked very appealing, as did the large selection of creative rolls.

Pros: Fish quality, menu creativity, friendly outgoing service

Cons: Too bright, may have to wait

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Tomo Sushi is North Austin's destination for delicious Japanese cuisine and a full assortment of sushi and sashimi. Located in a new shopping center off of W. Parmer Lane, guests are pleasantly surprised and impressed by the sleak, contemporary interior and hip, intimate atmosphere.



This eclectic sushi bar and Japanese restaurant offers a large menu of both modern and traditional sushi, sashimi, in addition to a dazzling array of salads, cooked appetizers and special desserts. Some house specialties include such unique favorites as the Screaming Orgasm - tuna tataki with a creamy, spicy ponzu sauce, the Something Wrong - shrimp tempura, soft-shelled crab, tuna, salmon and yellow tail with special sauce, and the Karai - tuna, salmon mixed in Japanese spices and vegetables.

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An aquarium with dancing and glowing jellyfish and long black, sleek sushi bar provide plenty of room for convivial drinks and dining and adds to the restaurant's cool vibe. Black booths and banquettes beckon diners…

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  • Full Sake Menu
  • Carryout Available
 

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