Mitsunobu

4.7
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
Owner chef Mitsunobu develops 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 note that Our Dinner Kaiseki Menu must be pre-ordered since we import ingredients from Japan. Thank you very much for undestanding in advance.

Please visit our website for more details. We guarantee you will be gratified!
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San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s very quiet environment. Definitely authentic and special occasion.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made our Anniversary meal so very special. Excellent service. High integrity and thoughtfulness in every facet of this business. Delicious artisanal food of unparalleled quality.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Japanese cuisine. If you do the kaiseke, the upgrade on the sashimi is well worth it. Terrific sake selection.

JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect: service, food...sake :-). It's a little hideaway in the middle of the Sharon Heights shopping area. The shaded windows and ambience calm the frenzied outside world. We love Mitsunobu.

OT
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved this restaurant! The place is a true gem. Wonderful service and a very refreshing QUIET and calmness in busy, noisy Palo Alto. We were given a complimentary appetizer and dessert for no reason at all. You should know that this is not an American-Japanese restaurant. This is a Japanese restaurant. The portions are small and meaningfully prepared and presented. The atmosphere is reserved. If you want to relax and have a simple, beautiful dining experience, go here. If you want enormous fried sushi rolls and the like with cheap ingredients, go elsewhere.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service was poor. Food was ok

JA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Note quite elegant dining, but overall quite excellent. Wonderful food. An oasis of civility.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Sashimi temp is bit warm.
Cod is good.
Mushroom. Rice is good

KM
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy dining at Mitsunobu. The fish is the freshest around. No other place compares. The menu is very creative and delicious.

s
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Who likes Japanese food. It is always perfect and I eat there at least once every two weeks. So no more of these questionnaires for at least sin mos. perfect. What more?

KW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What an extraordinary experience filled with beautifully displayed dishes with luscious tastes! I wish I'd known I had to order the Keiseki menu in advance, but the Chef's Special was a wonderful second choice.

s
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always perfect. I eat at Mitsunobu at least once a week. I ask Tomo to choose the sushi for me, and Tuesday night was especially delicious. There was some exotic fish called Big Golden Eyed fish, with a tiny grilled edge, wonderful And the uni was wonderful.

L
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Delicious sushi that is beautifully prepared and high quality. Sashimi plate was exceptional. Would not recommend the chawanmushi or tai fish with rice plate. Will be back for sashimi and rolls.

s
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Mitsunobu is perfect. The only thing I would change is the music. It seems they are forced by the shopping center to pipe in generic mediocre music from the 18th c, and it would be so much nicer to have some contemplative Japanese music.
And maybe some noodles with pork and cabbage like in Shinya Shokudo?

s
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is very authentic, Japanese modern cuisine. Waiters and chefs are Japanese. Quiet adult environment.

HR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect but expensive. The only bad aspect is that they add 18 % service fee and then ask for tips. Either or is OK but not both.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality Japanese, highly recommend sittingat6 the chefs counter if you can. Both omakase and kaiseki are great experiences.

C
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is refined and absolutely delicious. We came expecting another sushi place, but what we found was fine Japanese dining. It is a special place.

SW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was perfect as always, and the flowers were unusually beautiful, especially the peachy amaryllis with the chartreuse foliage.

H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This is a close to perfect place. It is expensive but the only detail that bothers me is that they have an 18% service charge and then they ask you how much you want to tip.

R
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were spectacular (and authentic). Sake menu extensive (on a par with a similar restaurant in Tokyo), although they were out of the our first three choices. Quite expensive and sadly only half full on a Saturday evening. Location (in a strip mall) may put off some but worth it.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Presentation is amazing, the chefs are artists!

M
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food. Friendly service but no host at front desk so the staff was extra busy with the full house.

It’s expensive but worth it.

WI
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The Toro was excellent, but the miso soup was not great, the spicy tuna roll was low on tuna and high on rice, the filet with foie gras was average. Way overpriced for the food. Also not very friendly service.

s
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Mitsunobu is perfect. I yearn for it if I don't eat there at least once a week.

F
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply Amazing Japanese food!. Very creative presentation. Fresh sea food and amazing Flavors

s
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was really excellent. Waiter told us when we ordered that there was no rice, so all the sushi would be served as sashimi instead... which is pretty odd for any Japanese restaurant, much less a high end one. But as it happened the new batch of rice was completed by the time our nigjri course came out.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall3food5service4ambience1

Great food. Service was quiet and prompt, would have liked more conversation but they were respectful of a date. The poor part was the annoying company that was very loud at their multi table setup. The staff could have tried to isolate the party or quiet them for the other parties that were visibly annoyed but they had a sizeable bill and I’m sure they wanted to optimize for a tip.

s
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mitsunobu is always wonderful. Perfectly delicious food, meticulously prepared. The tempura and age dashi tofu are things some restaurants mess up, but are always perfect at Mitusnobu. All of the raw fish is exquisite, but then so is the cooked fish, especially the black cod. We are fond of the hijiki (a seaweed cooked with carrots and burdock) and the oshitashi (cold boiled spinach, seasoned, perfect) too. Menlo park is a much nicer place to live for having Mitsunobu.

SW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always perfect at Mitsunobu. Your basic perfect food.

L
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love it! True Japanese cuisine! My husband has lived in Japan for 2 years, and this is his favorite restaurant in Bay area.

o
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is delicious, incredibly fresh with creative and unusual dishes you wont find any where else. Service is low key, friendly, responsive. It's expensive but worth it. The ambience is minimal, but the food is the star.

MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Very expensive. Not accommodating for bill since we wanted separate checks. Restaurant was empty for lunch.

EK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Disapponted that the Kaiseki menu was not offered to us. I assumed my OpenTable special comment indicating it was my wife’s birthday would have been considered as my request for this - I guess my assumption was incorrect.

DK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall3food5service4ambience4

This isn't a critique of Mitsunobu, which did a good job handling the situation, but a critique of the OpenTable integration. We booked four Kaiseki dinners on OpenTable, as a special occasion meal for my son's birthday, but when we arrived, they were not available to us -- it's as though we hadn't ordered them. The chef and restaurant did a great job creating something as close as possible, but it's not OK that we ordered it on OpenTable and the restaurant hadn't heard about it. Please fix this integration. See the photo below for what we thought we'd ordered.

SL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic, clean, zen, meticulous

E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is one of the best Japanese restaurant in the SF Bay Area; food are so fresh and delicious. Very traditional food. It is pricy but it is worthy.. Highly recommend it.

IB
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is very good but I found it very expensive . One thin piece of sashimi could be $ 5 , $6 and pieces are really small. So imagine you have 6 small pieces of salmon and it is already $30.00. The flavors are amazing when you have a mixed dish or a roll, and again a roll is $38.00.

G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The kaiseki menu was so disappointing. I would not recommend it. The chef actually missed removing scales from the fish and shell on the spot prawn. The soup was tepid.

D
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall1food1service5ambience2

Not a great value.