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4101 W Parmer Ln Ste E, Austin, TX | Directions 7872730.425478 -97.716735
Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm
Feb 14 5:30pm-10:pm
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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.
3 Thumbs down! – Why does someone decide to open a sushi bar? I mean, seriously. The greatest majority of restaurants fail in their first few years.
In 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.
Why would you pay for:
Bad, slow service - wait staff is off and on, but mostly off. Slow service, screwed up order, but hey, where's my tip!
The 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?
Chefs... 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.
Rough review? Yes... but reality. You likely won't suffer all these ills in one trip. It usually takes two.
Don't bother. For inspired sushi, try Musashino. They make true art there and they care about me and you.
Other reviews are spam – 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.
The best sushi experience in Austin... – 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.
The 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.
They 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.
The 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.
My favorite sushi restaurant! – 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!
Rude staff and made me ill – 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.
Service 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..
Fish 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.
Last 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.
This didn't happen during my previous visits but I'm not going to go back,
Love it, love it, love it! – 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.
great food but terrible service – 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.
Been chasing great sushi for 35 years....found it at Tomo! – 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!
Great fish - drunk chefs – 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.
The 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.
I 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.
The 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.
The 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.
If you decide to try this place, I'd suggest going early, before the chefs get too inebriated.
Best sushi in Austin, but... – 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.
Not 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.
Look, 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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