Dao

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$30 and under
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Sushi
Dao Restaurant is the latest offering from the owners of Azu Restaurant, building on more than 40 years of experience in serving the finest in Japanese, Sushi, & Asian Fusion Cuisine to Tallahassee.
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KB
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Most of the dishes were so-so highly Americanized pan-Asian cuisine. The nigiri was nicely prepared and tasty as the exception. They were out of soju, the Korean saki-like drink that was listed on the menu. My seafood rice dish was badly overcooked and dried out as if it had been sitting out for some time under a heat lamp. The seafood consisted of large chunks of salmon, scallop, and shrimp that appeared to be thrown on top of the the rice. I did not finish the dish because it was unappetizing. My wife's mushu pork was O.K., but the crepes served with it were served on an open plate rather than coming wrapped or in a closed container as they have been at other establishments. Consequently they were dried out and stiff. Our server was attentive, but was not particularly knowledgeable about several of the dishes we asked about. Our hope is that Dao will improve with effort, but for now we really cannot recommend it.

J
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was great. Food tasted very good.

OT
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great prices, great service

BM
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch special. Great food for a great price.

OT
Tallahassee
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a pleasure! Wonderful food. Great atmosphere & nice staff.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The waiter was not very good. Didn’t really item to us brought incorrect soup. Had to keep asking for water salt pepper. He was kind just not with it.

JO
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday buffet brunch had something for everyone, celebrating a graduation, an anniversary and get together with friends ranging from 8 to 82 ! Kelly provided us with expert
directions , as well as taking care of the ten of us . Thank you Kelly !

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Host was very unfriendly. Waitress was really in a hurry to take our order but did not know the menu well. Unfortunately our table was very close to one with loud toddlers. Food was good but waitress was inattentive after taking our order. Restaurant was loud. I doubt we’ll be back.

BM
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food at Dao is great and the service was wonderful! Highly recommend!!

DD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great gluten free options

KT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We got reservations and had a nice booth. The service was excellent,the portions were generous, and the prices were good, the food was excellent as well. Overall a great date night site.

JT
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

The food was good as always but the service was horrible. The waitress was very slow from the start and we seemed to have trouble getting her attention. Then she actually lost our order and had to retake it as people around us who ordered after us were already eating. It subsequently took over an hour and a half to get dinner. The manager did give us a discount but didn’t seem to realize just how bad the service was. It’ll be a long time before I return

OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their Sunday buffet is always exquisite! Whenever we are in town we make sure to visit.
They have the cleanest, nicest restaurant. The buffet is full of wonderful dishes made with love and care. I would say this is the nicest run Chinese restaurant I have been in. All ages love the food.

MP
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, we love Azu and when we found out that they opened another restaurant, we had to try it. We were not disappointed, great food, staff were
amazing and great venue. Vallett parking is a plus.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Group dinner!

GW
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed excellent service from the front door until we said good night! Maria was amazing! Our foods were generous and delicious. The shrimp and lettuce cups were great! We will definitely return to try more dishes!

n
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and excellent service!

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Date night with baby in tow at the last minute. Waitress wasn’t Food was fast and delicious.

S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food is great, but our last 4 sittings, the service has been truly slow. I believe it is either the section we are sitting in, the layout of the restaurant or under staffing of wait staff.

n
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional Sunday buffet
Sushi is amazing!

OT
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We had a reservation but arrived early and had no problem getting seated. There was a festival going on outside so the street was closed off and we had to park a ways away. The restaurant is large and not too crowded yet. Our server was awesome! Super friendly and attentive. Sushi was very good and there were some unique choices. The entrees were very tasty as well. We ordered the coconut curry chicken , a pork dish and the fried beef which was my fav!! The atmosphere is casual and nice but not very theemie which I like. I would recommend it and go back again!

OT
Tallahassee
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic experience at Dao!! We had a table of 10 outside and it was perfect. Our server Summer was awesome, very attentive and speedy. We always enjoy our experience here.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Jessica was amazing. Prompt and professional. The sushi chef Hugh made us amazing rolls and came out and described the food to us. The manager Masa always comes by. It’s one of the best restaurants in the area hands down.

DW
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Warm inside. Small cramped booth for 4. Sushi and dinner order taken at same time. Dinner arrived before sushi so we had to cancel the sushi. Very noisy. There was a "comfort dog" at the table beside us... REALLY?? They fed the dog under the table on restaurant plates!!!! Food was just so so....

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I dined here with my son to celebrate his birthday. He loves their honey chicken and I enjoy the sushi. Service was prompt and polite and the waitress delivered his cake after the meal. The portions are ample and the cocktails were well made.

OT
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We have eaten here many times and have had great food and service, but it did not happen this night. The service was below average and the food quality was not as it has been. We had to wait a significant amount of time to get drinks and 2 sushi rolls. The rolls looked as though they were not fresh and had to be remade. This is not the quality of food or service I have experienced from Dao and I hope it is not becoming the norm.

MT
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was excellent, but it was so loud that it was difficult to have a conversation with anyone,

MC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience and great food. We love the sushi but this time also went to other parts of the menu. Everything was great.

BP
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have eaten there many times and will continue to do so. As an aside, we almost always follow it it by a cup of frozen yogurt at Newberri. :)

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We like Dao and the “private “ area for a larger group of 8. The reason I gave a bit lower on the service was the server seemed a bit off- not bringing small plates for the share appetizer until we asked, then the plates came when we had pretty much finished that course. After that things were fine. I am critical of servers as I was one once 😀

P
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, very reasonably priced. Highly recommend.

RW
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was excellent. We just seemed to be there for a long time before our order was taken and then it took longer than it should have to get the check. I’ve eaten there twice and it was the same way the first time. Took to long to order and get the check to leave but the food is always phenomenal.

EB
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was interesting but good. Lots of layered flavors. Not enough rice, desserts were very so, so and quite expensive.

ME
Western NC
22 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience4

We ordered from the Specialty Entrees. We got the Shrimp Lettuce Wraps and the Peppered Beef dishes.
Unfortunately the sirloin was grisly and tough but the flavor was good. Not peppery at all so not sure if it was seasoned per the menu description. The Shrimp wraps had a very good flavor also but were loaded with bread stuffing. Small shrimp, chopped water chestnuts and lots of bread stuffing. Again not as expected based on the menu. Atmosphere was fun and lively and our cocktails were good. May try again but will order something different and will inquire about MSG.

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a large group and they accommodated us very well. Our server was fantastic and the food was great. We will definitely be back.

SK
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was slow, slowest ever in all the visits to the restaurant. Rarely saw our waitress. Salads came out before appetizers. My rice side dish was never delivered. My sauce for the entree was delivered with another's entree. Tempura entree was more like a thick batter than the normal light batter. Pork tonkatsu was dry...but all food had good flavor.

L
Tallahassee
10 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food is good but quality has gone down. Food had cold spots in the middle drinks took over 20 minutes to arrive. During that time we could see the bartender was behind the bar just chatting away with other workers. I mentioned that and 2 minutes later had my drink. Waiter was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, good sushi, great service. M.y first time there but I will be back again

P
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our first trip there and we were pleasantly surprised at the quality and quantity of the food. We ate all we could and then brought home enough food to eat for the next two days!! The sushi was terrific. Our server was phenomenal as was the young lady behind the counter that made our rolls. She even listened (and laughed at) my corny jokes!!

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fathers Day