W-Tao Sushi

400 Walnut St #101, Des Moines
(515) 777-3636

Recent Reviews


Food was pretty good. I thought the spicy squid salad was about the best I've ever had anywhere in the United States including Hawaii. Beautiful seating arrangements. They were like half moon shaped booths with a nice two single chair seats on the flat side if you want. Quaint cozy place with a nice bar area as well. Located in the old Kenwood hotel building. Super cool lobby area with neat old history and phone booths. The staff were as you would want any to be. Spoke great English.I think there are times with some restaurants where they're trying to infuse too many flavors or spices, but this isn't one of them. It felt like they were going more for the flavor of the FOOD itself paired with spot on cooking times! Quality vegetables are used which always sticks out to me right away, and with the quality also the correct do on them to boot.We went for a birthday six adults and one baby and not one of us had issues hearing one another. What I'm saying is many times some of these new restaurants or renovated old pay no mind to the acoustics of the establishment. If you have hard of hearing people or have enough people you all aren't super close it can really make it hard to have everyone included in on the same conversation. That isn't the case hear. Great acoustics.Thank you W-Tao Sushi for a wonderful memory with family and great food. Until next time!!! ??

Mary Ann S.

Didn't realize til I got here that I had been before. Hostess, not to friendly. Waiter, wonderful. Seafood rangoons, delicious. Italian Stallion roll, very watery:(

Ryan O'Halloran

Excellent food and service at a great price

Daniel B.

Excellent food any time but the bento boxes served Monday through Friday at lunch are especially great bargains. You get an assortment of sushi and other menu items that are all prepared to perfection. Service is speedy.

Jenna D.

Yum!! W-Tao has very reasonable prices without sacrificing quality or quantity. Plenty of vegan options! The Green Peace Roll is my all time fav!!

Miranda E

I absolutely love this place. I dine here every year for my birthday and other occasions as well. Their sushi, appetizers, and drinks always exceed my expectations.I also order delivery often. I always order a Tao Chef roll for delivery with mango added. Today I forgot to add mango to my order, the store called me personally to make sure I still wanted mango. I could not love and appreciate this gem of a sushi bar more!

Kheem Bade

friendly staff, and great food...

Angie W.

I was not very impressed with W-Tao. I walked in a little before 8, and stood very awkwardly around waiting to be seated. Servers saw us walk in but said nothing. We were seated and brought water 6 minutes later. Our server didn't introduce herself or say anything. She came back later and asked what we wanted to order. We weren't in the mood for sushi so we tried their ramen and yakisoba noodle dishes. Both were bland. The shrimp tempura appetizer was disappointing, over fried and dried out. I sure hope the sushi is better because the rest of the stuff was below average. I had high hopes after seeing majority of great reviews. Service was poor and food followed that.


Who knew the best sushi was in Iowa? Along with fresh and tasty fish, they have a unique cocktail menu. Do yourself a favor and order their bloody mary - it is unbelievably good! Great service and kind employees as well.

Ryan McDermott

Went for my wife's birthday dinner, just the two of us. The spicy edamame was a great starter, and the sushi and sashimi for two was perfect - great fish, great roll, and excellent presentation. The server recommended a nice cold sake for us, which was served in a cool ice bath. And then he surprised my wife with a tempura ice cream, complete with candle, on the house! Our kids would not have appreciated the place or the food, but it was a perfect date night.

Stephanie C.

I had a delicious meal with great service. I loved the Tao chef's roll and the spicy edamame. The other rolls we got were all great. I liked the ambiance a lot. The sashimi was good quality, and it tasted good, it was just not the best I've had, so I will probably go with another specialty roll instead next time, and I have no doubt I'll be delighted.

Julian Matias

Loved their Chirashi there. Its the only place I've ever been to to use furikake ( japanese seaweed seasoning) in their bowls.

Karianna Graber

This was a great experience! The food, the atmosphere... everything! Bruce was our server and did his job well, making us feel comfortable and at home with timely service and a relaxed demeanor. We will be back!

Jennifer T.

My dining companion and I decided to try out this restaurant last week. He had been here pre-Covid but this was my first time. We were both in the mood for Yakisoba (stir fried noodles). When we received it, we thought our server had brought the wrong dish. The noodles were not stir stir fried and were sitting in a little broth (not normal). Our server insisted this was the correct dish, just a bit watery. It did not have the traditional sauce either. I had the shrimp and he had the steak. The shrimp was ok but the steak was tough & chewy. We also had a shrimp tempura roll. The tempura was not light and crispy. It was actually chewy! We had ordered another roll but didn't receive it (but it wasn't on the bill either) Japanese is one of my favorite cuisines, and I'm very familiar with the cuisine having lived there a few years, so I was quite disappointed. Maybe they were just having a bad night, but I don't think I'll try it again.

Neceto Leung

I forgot to post this review. Best Ramen I've ever had. High quality food. Took some time to get the food but worth the wait.

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