325 Sharon Park Drive, Suite A2
Menlo Park, CA 94025Neighborhood:
JapanesePrice: $50 and over
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://rmitsunobu.com/
- Phone: (650) 234-1084
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30 pm - 8:45 pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Sunday: 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm (Closed Last Sunday of the Month)
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
- Executive Chef: Owner Chef: Tomo Mitsunobu: Executive Chef: Shinichi Aoki
- Dress Code: Business Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: No
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
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!Continued
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Mitsunobu reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since July 26, 2014
- Ambiance3.8Noise LevelQuiet
fit for foodies (23)special occasion (17)neighborhood gem (10)great for lunch (6)romantic (5)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
- Hello successful Japanese VCCurmudgeonDined on 10/30/2014Granted, you're buying an experience, but wow... High grade, a la carte sashimi and sake for three (including two nice bottles at $120 apiece, and mandatory 18% gratuity) hit my host for $500. Hence the special occasions tag. I was fortunate to be treated, and suggest visiting when someone else is buying.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DeliciousJohnDined on 10/5/2014We had never been here before. At reservation we were asked to choose between the kaiseki menu (chef's tasting) or the a-la-carte options. We chose the a-la-carte option and we were not disappointed. Everything was delicious.Special Features:
- Mitsunobu shinesarcsynergyDined on 9/26/2014Spectacular cuisine, in a nice small quiet setting. Go with the set menu (with the superb Sake pairing) and you will experience some of the best Japanese cuisine in the Bay area. Expensive, but worth every pennySpecial Features:
- Amazing food! So-so service.foodluverDined on 9/25/2014We had the tasting lunch which was amazing. It was served with a light salad with a fresh Yuzu vinaigrette. The vegetables were light and simple;a single piece of mushroom, a beautifully cut carrot and a perfectly cooked turnip all in a clear broth. The salmon was so rich and the glaze light and clean with mirin. The best sashimi I have ever had. It melted in my mouth. We were told they were out of hollandaise when we asked where it was and nothing was described when served. We arrived at 1 and were getting rushed to complete our meal. Being told the kitchen was closing and we had to decide if we wanted dessert before we completed our meal took away from the experience. Our waiter did recommend a sake to pair and it was exceptional.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DinerVIPDined on 9/18/2014Creative. The kaiseki tasting menu really has to stop with cake desert at the end - it's the same type everytime.Special Features:
- A hidden gemnacholibreDined on 9/10/2014Food is very fine and tasty - well balanced. Really like the presentation and careful arrangement. We had their tasting menu. For $36, we had soup, salad, steamed vegetables, lobster, prawn, and sashimi. What a treat.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food in Art FormEastCoastGeorgeTDined on 8/13/2014This was a goodbye meal for a friend of mine who is leaving. It was very romantic with great customer service. The server was most excellent and the chef really paid attention to the food that was made. The eight course meal was so colorful and art like.I will be coming back soon.Special Features:
- good food but expensiveOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 8/9/2014My friend and I tried the tasting menu. The food was very good. The ambience of the restaurant is more like japanese family style than romantic. People were friendly.Special Features:
- Unique and TastefulMaui2visitVIPDined on 8/5/2014This restaurant serves elegant Japanese cuisine with a twist. Every detail from the exquisite presentation to each delicious bite is carefully planned for the diner. I appreciate such thoughtfulness and have enjoyed my meals here. A special treat in our household is dinner out at Mitsunobu.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fair Japanese cuisinesabdDined on 8/1/2014Mitsunobu has great aspirations, but is currently falling short on both quality and service. The tempura was not light and crispy and the beet salad a bunch of greens with some beets on top. Although we asked for the tempura after the salads, all arrived at the same time. Nice ambience, but they need to improve the food.Special Features:
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- Great date night!mvdenizenDined on 7/19/2014We have been to Mitsunobu twice before and it's been consistently great. We had the chef's menu. For $98 you get an 8-course meal with the option to "upgrade" for additional sashimi, or nigiri. The courses are well-paced, the servers pleasant. Everything was well-prepared and beautifully presented. The food packs a flavor punch, yet is not overly rich (as you'd expect of a similar multi-course meal in a French restaurant). At the end of the meal you feel satiated, yet not over-full/overwhelmed. We'll likely return for another date night.Special Features:
- Good quality but expensiveDine4promosVIPDined on 7/10/2014Ingredients being used are much better than normal Japanese food but the costs are at least double. I did not order prix fixe because not all dishes were what I wanted to eat and it did not seem to be very creative. It did not mean it would not be good though.Special Features:
- CedieDined on 7/9/2014The ambiance is nothing to write home about. The restaurant is located in a shopping mall next to Safeway. The service was slow. The sushi was good quality but way expensive for what you get. I will not be going back or taking clients there again. Caveat: we did not do the chef's tasting menu-- perhaps that is why the place is well rated. Also, the restaurant wasn't busy at all on a Wednesday night.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 5/31/2014Mitsunobo is not the ordinary Japaanese restaurant. They have exquisite presentation of the dishes, many of which are works of art. They satisfy the eye as well as the taste. The service is excellent yet unobstrusive. I would recommend this restaurant as a special treat.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amazing Service & Food QualitySashimiLoveDined on 5/28/2014I have been to Mitsunobu quite a few times and have consistently been impressed with the service and the quality of the food. The staff was very considerate and always made sure that our water and tea cups were full and that we were enjoying our meals. I always order the Chirashi and couldn't say enough about the variety of excellently prepared sashimi, perfectly cooked rice, unique soy sauce, and presentation. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Japanese gemgcmoriVIPDined on 5/20/2014Small, unassuming, and tucked away, Mitsunobu makes subtle, delicate, exquisite cuisine. A great find for lovers of simple and sophisticated Japanese fare, just off busy Sandhill Road.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good food but pretentiousBuonGustaioDined on 5/16/2014The food was good and very expensive. Had the chefs menu and some sake but wouldn't return. Price is far out of line with quality.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Empty venue, average tiny portionsMenliParkDined on 5/16/2014They restaurant is too arrogant to serve chicken of any kind. The place totally empty Friday snd Saturday night, yet oddly pretentious and do not take reservstions. The food is weird and tasteless and outrageouly expensive. The service is fine, but then again, we were the only table at the placr (4 peoplr) most of Friday nigh. She added 18% tip on food and tax - both practices sre not legal in California.
- Smelly and creepyblahVIPDined on 5/3/2014The first thing I noticed as I entered was a bad smell like an open toilet or something. The staff were not "clean" meaning I felt like I walked into a seedy bar. Lots of staff just hanging around. I would have expected a cooler place with less staff "hanging around". Sashimi is top notch although still not at the Sawa Sushi Level but beats Kiss Seafood and Sakae Sushi (who do have their Tapas down I admit). The free parking, Menlo Park location helps.Special Features:
- Traditional KyotoMeandmythreeDined on 4/25/2014Wonderful experience. Kyoto cuisine. New to us and therefore fun and exciting. Loved it all. We did the chefs tasting. Took about 2 hours. It was worth it.Special Features:
- Excellent food with up-sell serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 3/29/2014Excellent 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food was very good but service needPedroDined on 3/12/2014We 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?Special Features:
- Good food fair valueekzooksVIPDined on 3/11/2014Everything 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- usually great - a bit off todayfoodieplussommVIPDined on 3/1/2014Mitsunobu 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- We all selected the fix priceOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 3/1/2014We 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.
- Expensive Japanese but worth it.maven88Dined on 2/26/2014Mitsunobu is the REAL deal As a value guy, I know high prices typically reflect ambiance or presentation and, frankly, I oftentimes would rather not have those things. But Mitsunobu brings them altogether so well that I was happy when I left. Yes, the prices are more fit for the VC folks that work nearby and the 18% automatic gratuity is hard to swallow, but after lunch here, I am looking forward to my return meal more than I would a Michelin star restaurant (which they will prob soon earn). I can't afford to eat at a place like this very often, but we should feel fortunate it's so nearby. Highly recommended as a top tier Japanese choice. [For mid-tier, I'd stick with Tomi Sushi and for budget tier I'd recommend Homma's Brown Rice]Special Features:
- Best Sushi in the BayJayCVIPDined on 2/21/2014Wow. 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Quality enduresalanzDined on 2/21/2014Mitsunobu'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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Special Occasion JapanesearcsynergyDined on 2/15/2014Fine 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Real Japanese CusinekuisinbonomisukeDined on 2/13/2014We enjoyed real Japanese cuisine. It is very tasty food with elegance and beauty.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful dining experienceDinerMannyVIPDined on 2/11/2014My 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very Poor ValueSherwoodVIPDined on 2/7/2014$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.
- Very AuthenticMarcus19Dined on 2/2/2014Spent time in Tokyo. This is the real deal. A lot of pride, care and love goes into the preparation, presentation and service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fancy schmancyMKudDined on 1/16/2014Bring 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.Special Features:
- Another Winning DinnerwildcatVIPDined on 12/28/2013We were diners at Kaygetsu before Mitsunobu and have dined at Mitsunobu since it opened. It's still a favorite spot for special occasions. Lovely!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Minor Service suggestionBooBooVIPDined on 12/11/2013Immediately 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Still excellent after owner changecanyonkarenDined on 12/3/2013My 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Disappointed.OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 11/22/2013Over-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).Special Features:
- Delightful!OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 11/16/2013Very 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Outstanding Quality & PresentationalanzDined on 11/15/2013We'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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.