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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!
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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)
Sand Hill Rd
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Owner Chef: Tomo Mitsunobu
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Mitsunobu Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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