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Mitsunobu

4.6
307 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Family Style Dining and Comfort Authentic Japanese Foods and Beverages.

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 307 people are saying
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4.7
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MaryT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Disappointed. Service was worse than I recall. I had to get waiter’s attention more than once. The sushi chef wasn’t there, so the quality of raw items and sushi rolls was subpar. Hot food was cold. The teriyaki beef was plain overcooked and unseasoned. I asked if the chef was there, and the waiter said he was in the kitchen. This used to be a favorite lunch spot. Now it’s an overpriced & subpar. Really too bad. I hope it was just a bad day.

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GSEl
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent presentation. Every dish was full of flavor and interesting to try. Quiet space. Highly recommended.

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CG2020
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Delicious kaiseke meal in a quiet strip mall off Sand Hill. The food is delicious, well-balanced, and inventive/seasonal with nice presentation. The restaurant struggles a bit with dietary restrictions/accommodations (3/6 dishes had to go back to the kitchen when dietary restrictions were forgotten). The space is a bit run down / lacks ambience for the price point, but the food is delicious and I'd choose great food over a fancy space any day.

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susanw
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Mitsunobu is perfect. Always enjoyable. All of the sushi/sashimi is perfect, the cooked black cod (actually butterfish, aka sablefish, I think) is divine. And the oshitahi (cold cooked spinach), and hijiki (seaweed with burdock and carrot), and they will bring you the head of your ama ebi, deep fried, if you want. Very delicious!

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vipGreenflash
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Our first visit. Arrived on time and had to wait 15 minutes for a table, small place so there is no where to wait other than stand by the host stand. Seemed understaffed by one person, the two main servers were working very hard but meant the wait time to place an order once seated was high. Black cod was very good, moist and very flavorful, very well prepared. Seaweed salad was OK, Red miso soup was good. Crab & avocado roll and spicy snapper roll were OK, not exceptional. Odd service fee/tip approach with 18% charged that they specify gets split by the entire staff, including kitchen, and then there is a line for tip which leaves one wondering, do you bring it up to around 20-22% , which is a small #, or should you tack on another 10-15%. Overall an OK but not delightful experience and will not be putting it in our “rotation” of Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Woodside restaurants.

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susanw
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mitsunobu is always lovely. Perfect food. I eat here often.

Though it might be really nice to have some additional options. Welcome additions would be Sukiyaki, Nagasaki Champon (like at Menchanko Tei in NY in years past), soup like on Shinya Shokudo, and lightly boiled bean sprouts as a side, like Tomo's on El Camino used to have, before the Kaygetsu era.

It also would be nice to have some instrumental Japanese music. Perhaps they are constrained by the shopping center policy, and the shopping center chooses classical music of the sort that drives away teenagers who otherwise might loiter.

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bigfella
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prepare yourself for some outstanding Japanese food. The portions are small, so feel free to order a few items. The tastes are unique, and the service is understated. Brace yourself, though -- it is expensive!

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Sushilover
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent , fresh sushi combined with creative and traditional Japanese dishes.

JM
vipJodiM
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant and delicious!

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vipsmile
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 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
vipJeffreyC
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service was poor. Food was ok

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

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

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

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vipKenM
San Francisco
64 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.

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susanw
San Francisco
7 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?

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KimberlyW
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.

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susanw
San Francisco
7 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.

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vipLuka
San Francisco
39 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.

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susanw
San Francisco
7 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?

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vipsmile
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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HansR
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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vipChris
San Francisco
50 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.

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SusanW
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.

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Hanseman
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.

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vipRhaven
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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Presentation is amazing, the chefs are artists!

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vipMike
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.

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vipWishIdLovedIt
San Francisco
19 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.

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susanw
San Francisco
7 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.

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vipFoodcritic
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipstoveclock
San Francisco
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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susanw
San Francisco
7 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.

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

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

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vipLoshalia
Central Coast
8 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.

FAQs

Mitsunobu does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Mitsunobu also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 234-1084.

Mitsunobu is rated 4.6 stars by 307 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.