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Tanto Japanese Dining

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250 Manukau Road | Epsom, 1023, New Zealand
+64 9-522 2300
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
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Tue - Sun 18:00 - 22:00
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 14:30
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Can't fault this place Have tried loads of different dishes and never had a bad one. Delicious fresh sushimi. We love the "tapas "style of eating so try many small plates and share.

Thank GizMadge
Kigali, Rwanda
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369 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

My wife and I visited this place while staying nearby in an AirBnB. Wow! Everything we had was fantastic--the seared salmon melted in my mouth, the sushi was excellent, as were the gyoza, etc. We'd highly recommend this place!

Thank Benjamin B
Las Vegas, Nevada
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53 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

Very small and cute restaurant. Friendly staff and short wait time. Food was very good, but not as much selection as other Japanese restaurants, but the prices where very fair.

Thank DonnaNicholas
Wellington, New Zealand
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54 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

Went with kids and parents for quick meal. Service was terrific, very friendly and welcoming, and efficient too. Lovely to see the owner Kuni out on the floor serving and welcoming guests. Food was beautifully presented with touches a notch above your usual izakaya, like fried lotus root with the agedashi tofu and a perfect shiitake. Excellent execution with well... More 

Thank nudelmeister
Auckland, New Zealand
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94 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Lately I have been dinning at this restaurant and really enjoy the food. The is a great range of beer and wine to choose from and service is always friendly and efficient. The food is authentic Japanese and they also have a great range of warm or cold Sake, I prefer the cold. There is plenty of parking handy to... More 

Thank d0nt50
Auckland, New Zealand
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016 via mobile

Best Japanese in Auckland. Tried very many and this takes the cake. Sashimi was Japan quality, not the chewy stuff you get usually here. Karaage Chicken an amazing family recipe, the pork belly melts off the tongue and the tataki beef is to die for. The special duck is roasted to perfection and the baked apple desert was not only... More 

Thank Kent H
Tauranga, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016

We generally liked Japanese food, but we found this place too expensive. The food was good, but not good value for money. We would not return as there are so many other good Japanese restaurants in Auckland.

Thank feipo
Auckland, New Zealand
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220 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

It was our first time in Tanto. We regularly dine in different Japanese restaurants. We found Tanto to be not the best value for your money. We felt it was quite expensive for what we got. Service was great, food was good but way too expensive for what it was. There are places in Auckland which give you better value... More 

Thank Spatchski
Whakatane, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015

When we saw Japanese people waiting for this restaurant to open we knew it would be good. And it was like walking into a tiny piece of Japan - cosy and welcoming, we sat at the sushi bar, chatted with the kitchen staff and loved the mix of the waitresses minimal English and her photos of the specials of the... More 

Thank Storyhui
Auckland, New Zealand
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52 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2015

We have been coming to Tanto regularly since it opened. We love this place - particularly the infectious energy from the owner. The food is spot on and the restaurant atmosphere comfortable. I love it!

Thank ACarly

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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
Average prices
US$18 - US$32
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 250 Manukau Road | Epsom, 1023, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region
  • Phone Number: +64 9-522 2300
The best Japanese restaurant I have tried outside of Japan; they had all my sashimi and sushi favourites, great tempura, and an excellent range of nihonshuu (sake). We went there two nights out three that we were in Auckland; spent close to $300 (NZ) and enjoy every moment of our 2 dining experiences... Les and Anna.. Nov 2011...

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