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Jin Sho, Palo Alto, CA

Jin Sho

4.5
4.5
57 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Feast on artfully prepared Japanese cuisine at Jin Sho. Its contemporary setting features an open kitchen and sushi bar for guests to watch the skillful chefs prepare their meals. Jin Sho owners and Executive Chefs Ichiro Takahashi and Noriomi Kaneko bring a fusion of flavor to creative dishes using fresh, quality ingredients.

Guests can start their dining experience with a Yellowtail Jalapeño or Miso Black Cod Appetizer marinated for 3 days. They can then enjoy an entrée of an array of seasonal fish or enjoy a higher quality of common nigiri such as Blue Fin Tuna from Japan. We are excited to serve you many different kinds of fish beyond what you may find at other establishments. The chefs work tirelessly with distributors to bring the best and most unique fish & sake.

Established in 2007, Jin Sho has reviews in San Francisco Magazine and San Jose Mercury News. Prior to opening JIN SHO, the chefs mastered their craft at Nobu NY.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Fusion / Eclectic, Asian
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Fri 11:30 am–1:30 pm Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (650) 321-3454
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Kaneko & Ichiro

What 57 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

57 Reviews
  1. RobertF

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Amazing food, middling service. This restaurant has the best sushi in the area. However, they are stock in the COVID-model for ordering and menu access. The need to get current. However, the sushi is innovative and fabulous.

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  2. gofishgolf

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had the Karage Chicken Entree, it tasted just like in Japan. Most other places it does not. We thoroughly enjoyed it. The sushi and roll was very good. The roll is listed as spicy, I'm glad it was fairly mild. Everything was fresh and tasty. The signature dish of miso marinated black cod was delicious but the portion was so small it must have been about 2 ounces. Service was excellent.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service and amazing food. Google reviews has its price range as 50-100 dollars but I'd say thats a bit of a stretch; almost everything on the menu is in the 20-30 range. Authentic Japanese food is hard to find these days but Jin Sho definitely knows what they're doing. 10/10. I will definitely visit this place again.

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  4. murfo

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good (as it always was) but service was exceptionally poor. Have eaten here several times before, and sat outside last night (inside was practically empty anyway), but time to to take order, bring out first dish, check in on food after delivery, refill water, clear the table and bring the check was so slow.

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  5. AceDaddy

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Jin Sho honestly has been up and down over the past 15+ years I've been going there. Seems like when I go with people who know the owner then meals are really great, and otherwise, it's been mediocre. After not going for a long while, this time it was pretty good. A bit pricey as all restaurants seem to be a bit pricey but I thought it was good and will be back again given food and service were good.

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  6. AngelaM

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The eel roll was excellent. It was nice to have a wild salmon fillet, but a bit dry with little flavor.

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  7. foodiedrg

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I would return. Service was friendly but slow. Food was excellent, and the price is reasonable.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Dined here many times in the past but my most recent experience illustrated why this once busy location is now quiet. The server declined the availability of a menu with descriptions, never returned to the table to check on our needs, and never offered to refill water glasses. Appetizers were held until hot entrees were ready and everything was brought to the table at once. Salmon entree was very over cooked and flavorless. Sashimi platter was served with a rice grain that was not sushi rice. Price was outrageously high for the product and service. Will not be returning to this once favorite spot.

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  9. Marivic

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great value japanese food, with excellent customer service.

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  10. Luis

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy coming back to JinSho. Best Japanese food in the Peninsula!

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FAQs

Jin Sho does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Jin Sho also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 321-3454.

Jin Sho is rated 4.5 stars by 57 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Jin Sho

454 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Palo Alto
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Fri 11:30 am–1:30 pm Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Fusion / Eclectic, Asian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Kaneko & Ichiro
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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