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About Mitsunobu

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 and available fromTuesday-Saturday Dinner only 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!

325 Sharon Park Drive, Suite A2
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi

Hours of Operation:


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

Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Sunday: 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm (Closed Last Sunday of the Month)

Cross Street:
Sand Hill Rd

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 234-1084

Website:
http://rmitsunobu.com/

Executive Chef:
Owner Chef: Tomo Mitsunobu

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Mitsunobu Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.5

service

4.5

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4.0

value

3.7

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Quiet

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Disabled Access (1)
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Organic (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Mitsunobu is such a treat. We were celebrating a special event and the chefs really outdid themselves in both the presentation and the food.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Incredible and special dinner. have not ever had anything like it.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Waiting for ordered foods too long,about over one hour after we sit down

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Went for a date night. The food was delicious! Great seasonal menu. Easy parking. All-in-all an amazing place.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Awesome and the best sushi I have ever had. Should have at least 2 Michelin stars

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We enjoyed the quality authentic food. The service was very nice. The ambiance is very quiet and peaceful.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 14, 2017

High quality food. But seriously overpriced. With unreasonably small portions. Many, many better choices in the area.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Good restaurant

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Good, but extremely over priced food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2017

The sashimi and rolls were pretty good but the tasting menu had some standout items, such as the cod.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on July 11, 2017

Food was very expensive but everything was fresh.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

quality of sushi, freshness of fishes, presentation of food. Omakase is very valuable choice

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Healthy, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Salty seaweed salad, limited memu, wine very expensive, limited help with ordering advice, excellent sushi and appeal of presentation, lacks atmosphere

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Awesome food, only the best ingredients and well-balanced flavors.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Amazing flavors, excellent service, beautiful interior (don't be fooled by the location). Michelin-worthy experience.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on April 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Every dish was really amazing and completely exceeded expectation! Excellent atmosphere, nice and cozy serving. We were very very much happy and satisfied.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 28, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 19, 2017

A lot going on in all the dishes. Tasty but uneven. And fois gras in broth destroyed it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 29, 2017

The omakase was simply amazing!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 19, 2017

After a long break, this was the second visit to this restaurant. Everything seems to have shrunk from the size of the food to the level of service. The only exception was costs that increased considerably. I had Organic Baby Spinach which was mushed and tasteless with some slivers of carrot. For a main course, the Alaskan Black Cod was reasonable in taste but cut into micro pieces and with little else to go with it. Fortunately I also ordered rice. My wife had tempura which was reasonable in taste but portion was small. The uni that was was offered was disguised in shiso leaves and so little that you could not say how fresh it was. Service was abominable, particularly given that there were only four other customers in the establishment. I had to remind the waiter to bring beer which I ordered first. On the peninsula, this must be the kind of place that you pay a lot for very little.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Always top notch! They never disappoint. For Sushi lovers.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 9, 2017

It was way too expensive for the quality of the sushi. Cooked items were good but expensive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 8, 2017

Minuscule portions for the price. Not worth it at all.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 23, 2017

Divine, perfect food. I had the oshitashi, hijiki, and the black cod in miso with a bowl of rice. All perfect.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Not a good experience. The maguro tuna sushi was delicious but TINY piece. $7 PER PIECE. The cod was delicious, but my brother's steak came out AFTER we had finished our cod. The server even cleared one of our plates before he was served. His dish involved heating a sauce over a large leaf. The flame was not lit. Very disappointing. And zero recognition from waitress that the timing of our meal was terrible. The ambiance is bland - chipped tables, acoustic tiles in ceiling. Our bill for 4 people was $350. Ouch.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Kaiseki not for faint of heart. Have to be into Japanese cuisine.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Kaiseki for two. Beware, its extremely expensive. I didn't even order sake because a glass was like $18! The food quality was really sub par. Presentation of dishes---something the Japanese are masters of-- was tacky, and you had to work real hard to unstrung and unwrap stuff. It was a strange experience. The waiter actually asked me if I wanted "the upgrade" for the sashimi plating? Huh??I payed over $325 for two people for something that felt like it was worth a third of that at best and practically no alcohol. We drank water and I only had a $6 bottle of 330 ml beer. I've eaten Japanese food all my adult life and this was by far the worst value for money ever. Maybe because it's off Sandhill Rd. On the plus side they were accommodating of the fact i don't eat meat and the service was prompt. I recommend instead to book a month ahead if u can, go to WAKURIYA, hands down the best Kaiseki experience and food in the Bay Area. Cheaper too.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2017

This is a real gem. Don't be put off by strip center location. It is still Menlo Park / Sand Hill Rd. Wonderful, thoughtful preparation. Authentic, doesn't get much better than Mitsunobu for Japanese.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Amazing sushi at Mitsunobu, the Sushi Chef is a master. Fish was off the charts, made the most amazing soy sauce, well all his sauces were awesome, treated everything perfectly and a really awesome person to chat with that clearly has passion for his craft/art. I have to say I was so blown away, this was one of the best meals I've ever had period. Absolutely fantastic!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2016

I went here in hopes of trying an authentic Japanese meal, ahead of an upcoming trip to Japan I have planned. I guess time will tell me how authentic this was, but if it was authentic, then there must be a lot of hungry people in Japan. The portions were extremely small - laughably so. It's like 1/3 normal size and 3 times the normal price. I ordered a rice dish with mushroom that was supposed to have truffle salt and parmesan cheese topping: the salt came in a spoon smaller than a caviar spoon and was maybe 1/10th full of the "truffle salt" and the parmesan cheese was literally a single piece of parmesan crisp smaller than a quarter. That was $28 (plus tax and 18% auto-tip). The taste was not bad, and the freshness of the fish acceptable in the nigiri I tried, but nothing special.

The service was average and not very polished (for the price, it should be). Nothing was explained about the highlights of the food, for example; it was just set down in front of me. Likewise, the atmosphere was quite average with bare tables and it was also cold. Again, for the price, they should be able to at least heat the restaurant properly. This place is one of the worst values I have ever had at a restaurant - it must rely on expense accounts from Sand Hill business meals to stay afloat, but even then I would spend your money on something more special than this.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Good food but expensive price. Don't choose the 8 course chef menu....

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·Dined on November 13, 2016

Super good

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2016

Quality went down over past 10 years

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