Tojo's Restaurant

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Located in beautiful Vancouver, Canada, Tojo’s Restaurant is internationally recognized for creating exquisite food served as an art form. Our dishes are fresh, unique and modern, rooted in Japanese fine dining traditions with a distinct Pacific Northwest perspective, using the finest seasonal, local and organic ingredients. We are proud to celebrate our 30 year anniversary in October 2018.
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4.5
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Angus
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5Food2Service5Ambience5

As much as I love Tojo's ambiance and the service from your restaurant, I thought that the dishes lacked a bit in its value. Nonetheless, it was a great experience but might think twice before wanting to come back again.

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FrankJ
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, excellent service and ambiance. Recommended!

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AvrahamC
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Japanese food anywhere. Exceptionally personal and personable service.

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vipGordonL
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The quality of the seafood was outstanding as was the care taken in preparing it. The flavours are distinct, clean, and delicate. Fabulous and authentic Japanese food.

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MaryAnneM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

I found the food to be completely underwhelming. The flavour was really ordinary, given this restaurant's reputation. It was very expensive and definitely not worth it.

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RoccoM
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best sushi ever, best food ever. Plz gp eat here. For me. And for you

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vipMcGregor
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful experience. We loved it so much we even had our picture taken with the Chef!
Just had the Omakase at NYC’s NAKAZAWA. Tojo’s OMAKASE was such a better experience. NAKAZAWA delivered on the incredibly fresh and delicious sushi - but that was it. It was just one piece of sushi after another. Incredibly overpriced for the experience. Tojo’s OMAKASE delivers a wide assortment of dishes - not just sushi, that really blew us away. I will be back to Tojo’s-and will recommend it to all my friends.

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Charlie
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Tojo's is an upscale Omakase icon in the heart of Vancouver renown for its (purported) invention of the California Roll. Though its namesake is legendary, the experience does not live up to its reputation.

The entire ambiance of the location was strange. Overly bright white-light illuminated the seating arrangement that seemed uncharacteristically quiet. If not for the elegant decor on the walls and tables, one might mistake the setup to that of a casual Japanese diner. In light of properly furnished and designed interiors such as that of Nobu in L.A. and even Minami in Vancouver, the setup of Tojo's removes one from the experience they expect the moment they enter the restaurant. After seating, service was reluctant, and communication was difficult.

Our dinner was limited to the two pre-selected set menus for Valentines Day. A sushi menu for $150 and a Wagyu menu for $250. This is not cheap even by Vancouver sushi standards. Naturally, we ordered one set each, paired with a bottle of Pinot Grigio. The sashimi openers were good, classic diced toro in a sesame yuzu for the Wagyu menu and an assorted sashimi platter for the sushi menu. Good, but nothing to distinguish it from the other sushi joints that littered Vancouver's Broadway. The soup and salad that followed were elementary. Overly umami soup and a seaweed salad that tasted and presented like they were purchased from the local grocery and quickly put together to appease the volume on valentines day. The seafood mix (wrapped unnecessarily in a paper bento) and mushroom platter that followed were worse for wear. Salty and minimally appetizing in the mouth. Further dampening was the fish bone found in the seafood platter. The sushi and wagyu mains were mildly redemptive. Though, the pairing of plain white rice with the fatty wagyu left the entré experience wanting. The cheesecake, though a sweet end to the rather disappointing meal, was on par with any other dessert from other restaurants.

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ThomasV
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience2

Fantastic food, great sushi and very authentic. I was disappointed with the dining "experience". For the price point you pay, I think you have to the whole package, and this was lacking. It seemed like a standard restaurant with standard level of service. The food was exceptional with that said.

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vipOscar
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience4

I don’t know what happened to Tojo’s but it seemed like a totally different restaurant comparing to my experience there 2 years ago. Their menu has changed a lot. We went for the Wagyu Beef Omakase. The value of money is extremely low for this 5 course dinner. The sashimi was just so so. Nothing different from what you would expect from a takeout sushi place believe it or not. The beef, which was supposed to be the highlight of the courses, was mediocre. The whole Omakase worth no more than 100 dollars. We were really disappointed given the price and the expectation we had before we go. This probably is the last time we will ever go there. Don’t waste money on this place.

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Jamiek
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, the most amazing sushi I’ve ever had. So fresh and expertly prepared. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience5

The ambience was nice and so the staff , but overall I found it way overpriced. The one dish we really wanted they didn’t have and they told us few minutes after we ordered . The food didn’t come with any special presentation , just plated simply. The nigiri sushi you can only have as a big order ($55!) and the one salmon one wasn’t even sockeye . I think that even the tea was just regular green tea, not the Japanese version of it.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Standout Japanese food. Beautiful presentation. Friendly helpful staff. Loved the signature cocktails and a good sake selection.
My only complaint is that I live in Australia, so it will be a while before I can come back. Highly recommend.

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DorisW
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

We had a $500 budget for my retirement dinner and gave the menu selection to the chef. Although most of the dishes were very good there was little variety. All of the dishes were sushimi, it would have been nice to have other foods too.

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vipFrequentDiner
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent, servers too!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favourite better than Miku or Minami which in my opinion are too sauced out

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TopherA
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best Japanese food experience I've found in Vancouver.

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Raph
Portland
30 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

The service was abysmally slow. The wait staff compensated for this by offering a free round of drinks and free dessert, which mollified us. But still, there is no excuse for how slow the service was. The restaurant was not that crowded and we were only a party of 6.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great, we came here for birthday dinner. Everything was perfect.

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AvrahamC
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very consistent and high quality cuisine and service!

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BusinessDiner
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chef's Omakase was fabulous

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vipRC322
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent service and good variety of sushi and cooked food selections.
For 30 years this is still one of the best Japanese restaurants in Vancouver.
👍

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JasonG
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience2

Service was good but food was bland, we had the tojos favourites omakase, Bill was $250 for two of us.

Can get a much better meal at minami for that price

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vipBluenosefarmer
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great food & service

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KimL
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

For the best Sushi anywhere on the planet! Seriously. I took a professor from Japan to this restaurant. He is a foodie and takes vacations every year, around Japan for the best restaurants. He said that Tojo's was the best restaurant he had ever eaten at. I think that says it all.

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JoseQ
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

They missed up our order taking a very long time to finished the meal. The apologized and offered a desert on the house good move but we waited a long time for each course for the prices you expect a way more dedication to details in the service. Once you get the food , it is amazing !

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DaveM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

1st time here, food was fantastic, service was top notch. Everything was great but found it a bit pricey.

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Rahila
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I like ambiance and food quality and taste was excellent. Best Tojo role ever eaten

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vipHelenK
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous !

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donaldb
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

This is probably one of the more pricy Japanese restaurants in Vancouver. Considered the pricing, we were expecting good services. Unfortunately, most of the waitresses do not know the food or drink menu well. And it is really hard to get them to come to the table for more drink order or food order. We ordered some $80 and $120 per set sampling menu. The items in the menu are pretty much the same dish after dish.. salmon, yellow fin, tuna; then repeat. Very few variation. And the freshness of the fish is okay grade. Nothing exceptional. We even see the sushi chef pick his teeth and touch his nose from time to time while working in the sushi bar.

Over all, not worth your money. You get better service and food quality going to Raisu, Seiza and Kinyo restaurants while at fraction of a cost. Usually for a family of four, we spent $150 at Seiza. We spent $400 at Tojo's. Not worth it.

Tojo's Restaurant
Responded on December 18, 2019

We are disappointed to hear that your meal did not meet your expectations. We can assure you that serving the freshest and best seafood is of utmost importance to us. We are working on improving the training for our wait staff so that they are better able to describe the origin and uniqueness of our ingredients and dishes. Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding as usual

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JesseA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience