One of the best dish I had was torched Toro from Japan. It was so delicious and I could have had 10 of them. I will return to try their other dishes.
It pains me to write a negative review of Mitsunobu. I've been frequenting it for years - and I had an excellent lunch there just a few weeks ago. I still recommend it for lunch. This dinner was however, disappointing.
While elegantly presented and very creative, the dishes failed to deliver. They were mostly rather bland. The sushi was still good. The foie gras with truffle was a complete failure. Never before have I seen anyone manage to render foie gras tasteless. There was a mild truffle flavor in the custard, but overall it was pretty bland as well. One of us paid the $45 premium for wagyu, but it too was a marginal improvement, in a dish where the regular beef was already overcooked when it arrived. The dessert (which was never the strong suit here) was probably the best dish.
In a restaurant with this kind of cuisine, one does expect the server to explain each dish. But "it's basically a bunch of seafood" doesn't really cut it. Overall, I think someone needs to be paying a lot more attention to maintaining standards.
Summary: The food isn' t bad by any means - but at these prices, mediocrity doesn't fly. I hope this was an isolated incident and that they can pull themselves together.
Decor was minimal, does not reflect a high end restaurant, service was subpar, food was good but way overpriced. I had indicated when I made the reservation a month prior I don’t eat uni but uni still showed up on my plate as part of an sashimi upgrade option. My server’s response to me was if they just given me the toro without the uni they would charge me as an individual dish and would’ve been an extra $34 instead of $18. I was shocked needless to say, why didn’t they substitute uni for something else. Server also didn’t clear chopsticks and table before serving us dessert. Also no one told me the woman’s bathroom door does not lock, I unfortunately found out the embarrassing way by accidentally walking into another guest who was using the bathroom. A kaiseki meal for 4 ended up close to $800, without any alcohol, slapped on a mandatory 16% gratuity. I would’ve been ok with it if the service delivered but given what we had experienced, I doubt I’ll be returning. There are much better options in the area that carries much better service and serves just as good as a meal with better value for the money.
Much too expensive for the quality, even in Menlo Park. Sushi mediocre (you get it better in Safeway on El Camino) but a single piece of tuna or salmon was 5 USD. A sloppy poorly looking put together tuna roll (just tuna, rice and seaweed) was 16 USD, and the seaweed was sift like it had been made at lunch time 6 hours earlier - better at Safeway (and 1/4 the price).
We had a fantastic meal. The preparation is beautiful and the quality of the food is amazing. Great for a special meal .. different from the typical Japanese restaurant menu.
Excellent, fresh sashimi. Always consistent. We love this place!
We had an 8:00PM booking on 24 Feb 2018. On arrival, the server greeted us by name but noted, "You are the last reservation tonight." I guess he was anxious to get home, because the entire service was rushed and the description of dishes felt forced. We wrapped up the 6-course tasting menu with sake pairings around 10PM and the server, not in service clothes, came by the table to say he was leaving but our coats were hanging at the front. They include a mandatory 18% gratuity on the tasting menu. When you're paying $500 for a meal, service should be more than perfunctory. We felt a little like a bother to the server. I guess that's par for the suburbs, where 8:00PM for dinner is always treated as weird. On the other hand ... the food was superb, beautifully presented and creative.
Best. Uni. Ever.
The Santa Barbara uni they have right now is the best I've ever had. And the other fish is fresh and delicious as always... Something fun and new every time we've been there.
Love sitting at the bar and chatting with Chef Mitsunobu while we eat.
This is one of the most superb restaurants on the Peninsula. Although very pricey, the food is exquisite -- beautifully prepared, beautifully served and delicious.
Excellent. Highly recommend the chef's tasting menu - it is worth every penny. We are already planning our next dinner at Mitsunobu.
Subpar food and over priced. Will never go back.
I have never eaten at a restaurant where our experience was so out of step with the restaurant's rating, and quality implied by their stratospheric prices. My wife and I just ate there tonight, and we both got the seven-course tasting menu. It started out well, and I thought the first three courses were almost in line with expectations. The black cod and the sashimi were excellent. But then things started going down hill. The prawn texture and taste were both very disappointing, the foie gras with custard and mushroom just didn't work very well together, and the beef soup was worse than I get at my company's cafeteria: strange-tasting broth, and tough beef, stringy in places. They also made us wait a spectacularly long time for the beef soup, and then again for the dessert; the whole meal ended up taking 2 hours, and we had to ask our babysitter to stay late. This was after I had told the restaurant four hours in advance (at reservation time) that we'd be ordering the tasting menu. There were no apologies, just "thank you for waiting" even though when the delay became apparent, we told them politely that we were in a hurry. And they never offered to make any corrections to the bill although we were clearly unhappy by the end. I've never seen a place that adds a mandatory 18% for a party of two; although they did remove that at my request (once it was clear that we'd never be returning), and we left a lesser tip.
This all would have been somewhat annoying and disappointing at a restaurant costing 1/3rd as much; but with a final bill of $320 before tip, it was jaw-dropping.
Parent’s visit with son / student
Over priced. The prices are outrageous and the menu is all Ala Carte. Portions are small and dishes are not what you typically expect at a Japanese restaurant. I was dissatisfied. I won’t be eating here again.
Consistently by far the best Japanese meal in Silicon Valley. Always a soothing pleasure to dine there.
Mitsunobu is such a treat. We were celebrating a special event and the chefs really outdid themselves in both the presentation and the food.
Incredible and special dinner. have not ever had anything like it.
Absolutely not worth the expense. Quality of food was good but flavor was lacking. Also, strangely, all of our glassware smelled fishy, literally. It was difficult to drink our wine, beer, or water smelling that each time. Disappointing experience.
Waiting for ordered foods too long,about over one hour after we sit down
Went for a date night. The food was delicious! Great seasonal menu. Easy parking. All-in-all an amazing place.
Awesome and the best sushi I have ever had. Should have at least 2 Michelin stars
We enjoyed the quality authentic food. The service was very nice. The ambiance is very quiet and peaceful.
High quality food. But seriously overpriced. With unreasonably small portions. Many, many better choices in the area.
The food was sublime and the service spectacular, but at over $1000 for four people, not including tip, I'm not sure any meal is worth that price.
Had remembered amazing food here from a few years ago, but disappointed this time. For $125 price tag for the set meal (note the web site says $98!) every dish should be delicious and special. Every dish was a work of art to be sure, and some were unique and superb. But some dishes featured fish that was bland and boring. So not worth the price tag, sorry to say won't be heading here again.
Good, but extremely over priced food!
If you want to experience gourmet Tokyo dining without flying to Tokyo, visit this restaurant. Wonderful culinary experience, and lovely service to support the magic of this restaurant.
The sashimi and rolls were pretty good but the tasting menu had some standout items, such as the cod.
Food was very expensive but everything was fresh.
quality of sushi, freshness of fishes, presentation of food. Omakase is very valuable choice
Salty seaweed salad, limited memu, wine very expensive, limited help with ordering advice, excellent sushi and appeal of presentation, lacks atmosphere
We expected a fine dining experience at a leisurely pace. We had preordered the prix fixe menu thinking it would be presented much in the same way as other fine dining restaurants with descriptions about each course and care about placement of the dishes. It seemed like they didn't want to describe anything except, "Here is the fish; here is the unagi over the foie gras..." No description as to origin, preparation, special ingredients or anything that would make it seem that thought and care went into the concept or preparation. At $125 per person and an 18% mandatory service charge, you'd think it would have been better than just a nice Japanese restaurant. Speaking of the service charge... I don't mind when that is done but then there was a line for "tip" on the credit card slip and I had to ask if the service charge was actually the tip and they said it was. I know some people like the option of giving an additional tip but that's what it should say (& I've seen it at other restaurants). I think it's misleading to not indicate the tip line is in addition to the tip that is already calculated on the check.
Pacing was hurried and it was obvious everything was made well in advance . Placement of each course was willy nilly with the servers reaching over members of the party to place the courses down or clear plates as opposed to walking around the table which wouldn't have been difficult . I don't blame the servers . They just clearly weren't professionals or properly trained. You'd think that a restaurant that purports itself to be a fine dining experience wouldn't have disposable wooden chopsticks but they did. Overall the food itself was good but not great.
One of us had iced green tea and asked if she would be charged another $7 for a refill and was told yes which was shocking considering the cost of the entire meal. So as a matter of principal, she didn't have a 2nd glass.
Thoroughly disappointing and definitely not returning.
Awesome food, only the best ingredients and well-balanced flavors.
I was prepared to be blown away. I was prepared to pay top money to experience the wonder of flown-in cuisine and top quality.
It was not worth the money. The quality was good and the service was good, but nothing was excellent or mind blowing. I felt like I had over paid. Dinner in a strip mall, even flown in, isn't worth $200 for 9 pieces of sashimi and two Asahis.
Amazing flavors, excellent service, beautiful interior (don't be fooled by the location). Michelin-worthy experience.
Interesting spot, incredibly quiet,. I imagine the tasting menu for 135/person is the way to go (all at table must participate) -- but we went with the main menu. Sashimi and nigiri was incredibly overpriced, slices of fish were subpar. The wagyu (delicious) but at $15/piece probably not worth doing again. Entree we're good in size and flavor, delicious sauces and perfectly cooked fish.
Every dish was really amazing and completely exceeded expectation! Excellent atmosphere, nice and cozy serving. We were very very much happy and satisfied.
I have been wanting to try this place but quite disappointed by the whole experience for a lunch costing $38 each person. There are far better restaurant in downtown Menlo Park for less than half the price with better ambience and service. There was really nothing especial about this place except for the name. The food could have made up for the shortcomings but although presentation was good taste was just average. Perhaps Dinner is better but don't want to find out for more money than what I paid for lunch.
A lot going on in all the dishes. Tasty but uneven. And fois gras in broth destroyed it.