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Nobu Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA

Nobu Palo Alto

4.7
4.7
1337 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese
Nobu Restaurants' now classic and seamless blend of Japanese and Peruvian food has officially made it’s way to the Bay Area. Here you may divulge in some of our signature world famous dishes like our Alaskan Black Cod, Yellowtail Sashimi Jalapeño, and Salmon Sashimi New Style just to name of few. Situated at the lobby floor of the Nobu Hotel, Epiphany we offer indoor and outdoor seating right in the heart of Palo Alto. Dine with us, stay with us.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 65 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Japanese
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (650) 531-8800
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Ryan Mendoza
  • Private party facilities
    Event venues Momiji and Sakura are located on the second level and allow your group to have an exclusive Nobu curated dining experience The event spaces are perfectly suited for board meetings, training’s and intimate dinners. Cocktail receptions and can be joined together through connecting doors and terraces to create larger event spaces.
  • Neighborhood
    Palo Alto
  • Cross street
    Hamilton Ave and Emerson Dr
  • Parking details
    Valet services are unavailable at the moment and will resume at a later date. Street parking is available around our restaurant as well as two close parking garages available thru Hamilton Ave on the corners of High St and Bryant St.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Experiences

  • Afternoon Tea in the Garden

    $65.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Afternoon Tea in our Zen garden, 2 PM - 4 PM, Saturday & Sunday Blini’s with Crème Fraiche & Caviar Blini’s with Egg Salad Dry Miso & Chives Lobster Toast – Shokupan Milk Bread, Lobster Salad, Dill Cucumber Sandwich – Shokupan Milk Bread, Kyuri Cucumber, Cream Cheese. Cucumber Miso – Cucumber, Miromi Miso, Tomato, Herb Medley, Endive Seasonal Macaroons, Madeleines, & Profiteroles Pâte De Fruit & Fresh Seasonal Fruit Paired with our Ikaati Tea
    Afternoon Tea in the Garden Photo
  • Nobu Tasting Menu with Inglenook Wine Pairing

    $250.00 per person

    Feb 29, 2024 only
    Join us for a night of elegance and delight as we welcome Philippe Bascaules, Head Wine Maker of Inglenook Winery, to Nobu Palo Alto. Our meticulously curated 7-course tasting menu will be expertly paired with a selection of wines that will take your taste buds on a journey like no other. This exclusive event will take place on Thursday, February 29th, 2024, at 6:30 PM. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to savor exquisite wines and culinary treasures, crafted by one of the world's finest wine makers. Book your table now and get ready to be transported to a world of pure luxury.
    Nobu Tasting Menu with Inglenook Wine Pairing Photo

What 1,337 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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1,337 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was great, wish the dining area was better and had a relaxing atmosphere! It felt cluttered & lighting was off, decor can be improved.

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  2. Christie

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Its our first time with my boyfriend and the food was amazing the miso cod was our favorite! The vibe was great it was just what we wanted. We will definitely come back and try more of the dish that they offer! The service did a great job as well! Kudos to that team!

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  3. TheIronDuke

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I had the ocean trout with crispy spinach. Usually they do a great job with this dish. But today the trout was undercooked.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience with great food. Would recommend to others and will definitely go back

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall, this was an experience that I will never forget. HOWEVER, it ended on a bitter note that left a bad taste in my mouth and pocket book. Ambiance: The dining room was nice but not as nice and awe-striking as the Los Cabos location (to be expected). Noise: It was fairly noisy but it did not negatively impact the experience. Food: The spicy tuna on crispy rice was the best we had ever had. The salmon sashimi with mustard sauce was out of this world. The whitefish tiradito was good but that was all. It had a nice acidic lemon sauce that accompanied the buttery whitefish but it just didn’t make me reach for more like the crispy rice or salmon karashi su miso. Drinks: The samurai brew was a very interesting and refreshing take on an espresso martini. The Mango Passion was phenomenal if you like sweet tropical drinks. Will definitely order again. Dessert: The zen garden was an art piece to be admired. I really didn’t want to eat it because of how cool and reminiscent it was of a forest floor. My Waitress: I wish I remembered her name but she was phenomenal. She was knowledgeable of the menu, made some good suggestions, was polite and seemed to know exactly when we needed attention. Not to mention, I requested she put a piece of jewelry on a plate surrounded by some dessert as a surprise Valentine’s Day gesture to my fiancé. She didn’t live up to what I was expecting… She knocked it completely out of the park!!! My fiancé was so surprised that she thought they mistakenly brought the dish to the wrong table!!! Now, what really ticked me off and shouldn’t be happening at a high end $400+ dinner. They made it clear that the table would need to be surrendered to the next party after 1 hour and 45 min. A male employee collected both of our black cod miso plates, half finished each, to box for us about 15-20 min before leaving. They never brought it back out! We were so rushed we left without it and when we called Nobu, they just apologized. $45 of food stolen SMH

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  6. Elif

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    It was one of the WORST restaurant experience I have ever had. We had an early valentine's day dinner with my boyfriend yesterday. We arrived on time for our 7 pm reservation, waited 15 minutes, that was OK but the hostess said we are fully booked for tonight and your table is reserved till 8:45 pm. Later on, no one said anything about it and we didn't leave at 8:45 pm how could we enjoy our dinner in one and half hours? It was unpleasant. We ordered our cocktails and then 2 omakase menus which is the pre-fix menu 7 courses. Our first cold appetizer came before our drinks. I saw our drinks waited at the bar for 5-10 mins, the table that came after us got their drink before us. When we asked recommendations waitress said get 3 colds 3 hots etc. It was a GREAT(!) recommendation perfect sale! NEVER EVER VISIT NOBU AGAIN! Our A5 wagyu beef was literally cold. The bussers were good. IT IS NOT FINISHED, after we arrived home our stomachs started to ache and my boyfriend is still puking. Nobu experience ruined our valentines day and it is like not enough we got sick.

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  7. celebratingeverything

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Service and interior design was good but food and ambiance left a lot to be desired. Felt like regular bistro food charged at 2x the price because of a brand name. For example, a regular garden leafy salad with some lightly grilled salmon skin on top was $20-$25. Their famous miso black cod was $46 but the execution didn't get there -- the sauce was way too sweet and the edges weren't left to crisp up enough. The dining room was quite noisy with a lot going on and poor sound treatment.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Yellowtail sashimi with Jalapeño is the best. Never thought crispy spinach on the Trout would be tastier than the Trout. A bit too salty though. The old fashioned and the panacotta were great.

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  9. CorinneE

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a great dining experience. Our waiter Jon really made sure we were aware of our options and really assisted in a smooth experience.

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  10. VincentY

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Epic omakase dinner here! Our servers very knowledgeable with all dishes and gave us the VVIP experience and it’s the best among all other restaurants in the area!

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  11. Alexandra V

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Despite the fire alarm going off for a bit, I was still able to enjoy my omakase and the delicious drinks I had to go with it.

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  12. Westcoastj

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious!! Black cod, steak, lobster in spicy sauce. Everything! The chocolate soufflé dessert was excellent. Wonderful service.

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  13. RajB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time, music volume can be lower. Food quality was excellent.

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  14. TravelingFoodie

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We really enjoyed the food. Absolutely delicious. Get ready to spend quite a bit of money. Unfortunately, the service was excruciating. Every 2 minutes, someone was at our table. Asking to clear plates that still had food on them, or trying to cram the next dish on the table without letting us finish. The waitress rattled off the menu in 5x speed, and then wouldn't leave us alone. We were told as they seated us that we had a time limit (which we were well under), but couldn't enjoy our meal. At one point we told her, "please don't come back to the table until we call you over". So uncomfortable, and we will not be returning.

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  15. NetanelP

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Could be a lot better I’ve been in many Nobu restaurants all other are way more luxurious and I enjoy better

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  16. MikeW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent but the service was even better! Andy and Michelle guided us through the menu and the evening with grace and humor and knowledge! I feel like I have two new friends! I will definitely come back and see them again! Please thank them both! Mike Welch

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  17. JustinK

    Detroit

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    If you come to this Nobu location based on other Nobu Experiences DON’t! The service & food quality does not compare and is sub par. I have been to 8 other Nobu locations several times and have always had an excellent culinary experience & service. When I mentioned / questioned this with our server he was not surprised. He straight up said he has heard this many times. How does the Nobu Company not address & correct this? If this was my first Nobu experience I would never be back. I would suggest finding somewhere else to spend $500 to get $120 quality food & service.

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  18. Jess

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Table a little close to the doorway, but overall we had a great experience at the Palo Alto location!

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  19. Tina

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience, excellent food, and great service

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  20. Sharmila

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was wonderful! Great birthday celebration. The zen garden was amazing.

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  21. GinaL

    Miami

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Nobu is always a go to! If there is a Nobu in the city I’m in I will go! It is always a beautiful experience and I enjoy introducing friends to Nobu!

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  22. LjubovO

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing. We had a gastronomic experience!

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  23. SteveH

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing as always. Also had a new server and he was great.

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  24. JuJuBee

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Delicious food. Excellent cocktails. Lovely service. A bit overkill on the multiple reminders of the 2hrs 15min dining limit. Sheesh with the multiple announcements.

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  25. ChristyS

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We had an 8pm reservation for my daughter's 21st birthday. It was not a relaxing meal at all. We felt very rushed my the waitress who just kept coming up constantly asking us to order more food. We never even got to just relax and enjoy the time.

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  26. LDugoni

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service and meal. Delicious. Highly recommend.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was good the service was terrible for a place like nobu. Things took too long and when the server came out and told us we would get something extra while we wait that was gluten free (we asked bc 2 of the 4 people were and we told them at the beginning) they brought us 2 mini tacos (for 4 people that were not gluten free) thankfully we did not eat them bc the food came and then they came by and told us it actually wasn’t and took them away. They did not offer to comp us anything on our meal either. For what you pay at nobu you pay for the care and experience and it was not worth it - likely will not be going back.

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  28. Jilleen

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Afternoon tea in the garden (they were rather insistent on seating us inside, so we complied). Although tasty, there was no edamame in the Tempura Edamame and Cancha Corn. The food and tea were beautifully presented and delicious.

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  29. DrewH

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent, as always, and the service was very good as well. I can highly recommend the omakase tasting menu.

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  30. MichelleO

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic experience with the service. The team was incredibly helpful, efficient, and went above and beyond to meet our needs. The server provided in-depth details about the dishes. Highly recommended!

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  31. FrancescoL

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    awesome ! we will try to make there as often as possible! justin was really really good!  thank you !

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  32. d1shak

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great tasting and innovative dishes. Everything is pricy so reserve this place for only special occasions.

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  33. danielap

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Cost benefit not good. Too expensive and the food was not amazing.

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  34. Bill

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    While the food was quite adequate, the service was poor. What 10-15 minutes for ice tea? One of four entrees was served early, the other three late, we simply kept wondering. Not overly busy, seems disorganized.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We came here thinking the omakase would be good and I had booked this place for my wife’s birthday but it was not worth the $200/person cost. Also some of the plates that we were served food were chipped. Honestly, not a great value for the money spent.

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  36. LynieR

    San Francisco

    100 reviews

    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time dining at Nobu. The friends we were with had dined at the Malibu location several times but at least 10 years ago. My husband and I tried the Omikase special dinner which we thoroughly enjoyed. Our friends ordered a la cart and enjoyed their choices too. All of the service staff were great and our main server, Kassandra (Kassie) was delightful, informative, and attentive. We will definitely return to dine again!

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  37. DianaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We took a NYE menu and it was a very good introduction into Japan’s cuisine.

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  38. JasonT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time and will be back… thanks everyone and happy new year

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  39. EVAN

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Miso Cod is always a must. It was prepare very nicely. I did the NYE Omakase menu and it was outstanding!!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Waiter was bit rude as we’re sitting there for few hours and we kind of felt that he just wanted us to leave as we didn’t ask for the bill and he brought us while we were still drinking.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Nobu Palo Alto is rated 4.7 stars by 1337 OpenTable diners.

Nobu Palo Alto does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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 65 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Nobu Palo Alto

180 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Hamilton Ave and Emerson Dr
  • Neighborhood
    Palo Alto
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Japanese
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet services are unavailable at the moment and will resume at a later date. Street parking is available around our restaurant as well as two close parking garages available thru Hamilton Ave on the corners of High St and Bryant St.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Ryan Mendoza
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (650) 531-8800
  • Private party facilities
    Event venues Momiji and Sakura are located on the second level and allow your group to have an exclusive Nobu curated dining experience The event spaces are perfectly suited for board meetings, training’s and intimate dinners. Cocktail receptions and can be joined together through connecting doors and terraces to create larger event spaces.
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