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Mitsunobu
Mitsunobu

Mitsunobu Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://rmitsunobu.com
  • Email: keiko@rmitsunobu.com
  • Phone: (650) 234-1084
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30 pm - 8:45 pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Sunday: 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Californian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sand Hill Rd
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Mitsunobu
Restaurant Mitsunobu opened its doors in Menlo Park, California in October 2011 with our passion to offer a unique dining experience with a heart of Japanese hospitality “omotenashi”. Owner chef Mitsunobu and executive chef Aoki jointly develop an outstanding menu expressing our inspiration of traditional Japanese cuisine inspired by California. Our menu consists of a Kaiseki Tasting course and an array of a la carte items based on the freshest carefully chosen seasonal ingredients from local producers as well as selected Japanese producers. Our experienced and knowledgeable servers will be here to assist you in creating your own course menu combined with special selections from our sashimi bar and premium list of wine and sake. Please visit our website for more details. We guarantee you will be gratified!

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Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent food experience. Only negative was the up-sell pressure from the waitstaff to purchase expensive drinks and supplements. Even though we ordered most of the available supplements, the waiter seemed visibly disappointed that we didn't order a bottle of sake for several hundred dollars on top of it. We're not sake connoisseurs, so it would have been wasted on us anyway."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We all selected the fix price menu. Not very good. Some items had odd flavors. Surprised at that. Seemed that the a la carte menu would be a much better choice. Disappointing. Unlikely to return."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Everything was fresh and tasty but the chefs tasting menu had several dishes we fid not care for. Still there were enough courses that we didn't leave hungry."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We arrived at the restaurant promptly based on our reservation time. After sitting down for 10-15 min no one greeted us, no one asked us to see if we needed anything to drink. The waiters didn't even look at us and it wasn't super busy until we stopped one of them and asked for water. Once we ordered, food arrived in reasonable time and it was quite delicious. The chef even prepared us a special dish, sea urchin from Tokyo. Very nice. My wife is from Japan and she told me one of the dishes - sweet prawn sashimi, the chef should have taken the raw shrimp head, deep fried it with special seasoning and served it but the busboy took our plate with the head as waste. Somehow after dinner we both were really thirsty... MSG?"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Mitsunobu is one of our favorite Japanese restaurants. Excellent food, highly attentive but not intrusive service, dignified and quiet atmosphere - like some of the best restaurants in Tokyo. A jewel of the strip mall and usually a pleasant surprise. For some reason, our recent experience did not leave us raving and wanting more. Service was good but a bit stressed and the sashimi was very good but not excellent. Soup and sake were great and it was still a very good experience but normally it's 5 stars throughout. Maybe everybody was a bit tired that day."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Mitsunobu's food quality remains at a high level and continues to satisfy. On two recent visits for lunch we had the chirashi sushi set and was completely impressed by the freshness of the fish and the delicious small side dishes. At $35 it is not inexpensive, but we feel the quality and taste are well worth it."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Wow. Let's start with chef Mitsunobu's special roll of the night: uni and avocado inside, topped with seared Wagyu beef. Amazingly rich and tasty. As other's have pointed out, this isn't the place to go for a cheap meal - this roll is $25. But worth every penny. And 8 pieces so all four of us got to have a little. Besides that, we shared a couple sake samplers and various other types of sushi: ahi, hamachi, amaebi, uni, unagi. And some of the special fish for the night, which included kanpachi, toro (delicious!) and firefly squid. Once we were good and full, we finished the evening with sesame ice cream, yuzu sorbet and mango mochi. All told, $80 per person including some sake and dessert. Well worth it for an amazing dinner every time."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We enjoyed real Japanese cuisine. It is very tasty food with elegance and beauty."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Fine dining doesn't get much better than this. Fabulous Food (get the Kasieki menu), great service, a lovely quiet little place, and fantastic Sake pairings. Expensive but worth every penny."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My wife and I frequently dine here. The Kobe beef is one of the finest dishes in the Valley. We love the intimacy of the place as well."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "$182 for 2 people and we left hungry. Tiny sushi portions; the $32 seafood hot pot was the size of a bowl of soup and contained 1 shrimp, 1 scallop, 4 tiny clams, and 2 paper clip-sized pieces of crab meat; the tempura was tasty but no better than many, many others Japanese restaurants that charge much less."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Spent time in Tokyo. This is the real deal. A lot of pride, care and love goes into the preparation, presentation and service."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Bring your wallet for dining here, this place is pricey. However, the service is very good and if you want a perfectly cooked piece of yellow tail this is the place for you."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "This is probably one of the absolute best Japanese restaurants in the valley but the prices are completely crazy. We ended up with $220 for two people and we did not eat that much, had no wine and no dessert."
    Dined on 5/9/2013
  • "We were diners at Kaygetsu before Mitsunobu and have dined at Mitsunobu since it opened. It's still a favorite spot for special occasions. Lovely!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Immediately after sitting down at a table we pushed to order our drinks. I prefer to take my jacket off and settle down before considering drinks and the menu. With that exception I can highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "My husband and I hadn't been here since the ownership change from Kaygetsu to Mitsunobu. We had the kaiseki menu with sake pairing and loved it all. We especially loved the cauliflower mousse starter and the jewelry box, but it was all excellent. It seemed as good as Kaygetsu (same chef). We'll be back to try the a la carte menu."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "Over-hyped and not worth the price. Inside ambiance nice, but outside ambiance is poor - the restaurant is in a second-rate mall, with its front door looking onto a gas station from a distance of 40 feet. Food was fair, but certainly not great. Dinner took nearly three hours - including 40 minutes to get the first course. The Chef's menu is the centerpiece of the restaurant's menu, but one quickly found that even the descriptions of the food were wrong - most notably on one dish a sliced sardine was substituted for salmon, despite the menu saying in both the title and the description that it was a salmon dish. Not a bad restaurant; just not what it's sometimes said to be and certainly not worth the price ($120-150 pp without drinks)."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Very high quality fish, fresher than fresh vegetables, an all-around superb Japanese chef. Outstanding tempura. The locale is a little surprising-- off to the side of a shopping mall up Sand Hill Rd-- but very easy to find and with ample parking near the entrance. My favorite Japanese restaurant on the peninsula."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "We've been here a number of times for lunch and dinner, each time very impressed by the quality of the food, freshness of the fish, and pleasant ambience (particularly given its unlikely location in a shopping center). This time my wife and I had the chirashi zushi for lunch and, once again, the fish was superb. Mitsunobu is a gem to have nearby."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Food and menu are a real disappointment after Kaygetsu!"
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "This restaurant serves real Japanese cuisine. Price is also reasonable as real Japanese. If you would like to take and know perfect Japanese cuisine in this Silicon Valley、 I strongly recommend this Mitsunobu without a moment’s hesitation. There are many Japanese like restaurants in this area. But it makes misunderstanding on Japanese cuisine. Be careful !"
    Dined on 9/13/2013