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Mitsunobu

4.4
251 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
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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 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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
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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)
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(650) 234-1084
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Owner Chef: Tomo Mitsunobu
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sand Hill Rd
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 251 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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).

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Excellent, fresh sashimi. Always consistent. We love this place!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

This is one of the most superb restaurants on the Peninsula. Although very pricey, the food is exquisite -- beautifully prepared, beautifully served and delicious.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent. Highly recommend the chef's tasting menu - it is worth every penny. We are already planning our next dinner at Mitsunobu.

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1.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Subpar food and over priced. Will never go back.

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2.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Parent’s visit with son / student

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2.0Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2017

Consistently by far the best Japanese meal in Silicon Valley. Always a soothing pleasure to dine there.
Ken

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

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

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2.0Dined on September 29, 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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1.0Dined on September 22, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 21, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

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

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2.0Dined on September 13, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on September 13, 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.

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4.0Dined on September 9, 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.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Good restaurant

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3.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Good, but extremely over priced food!

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5.0Dined on August 9, 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.

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2017

Food was very expensive but everything was fresh.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on June 4, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on May 25, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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