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Nobu Palo Alto

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$50 and over
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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
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 383 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.3
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nobu’s never disappoints ! Every item was delectable and exquisite and the service was impeccable. They also took very good measures for Covid including checking your temperature and taking down everyone’s contact details.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation dinner. Excellent

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DavidS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great meal, great service. We ate on the sidewalk, which is probably suboptimal, but what can you do during the pandemic?

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DonnaH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Waited an hour and a half for 8 piece Nigiri order.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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vipChipster
San Francisco
161 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from safe check in, to specialty cocktails to appetizers to dinner was perfect, along with outstanding service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Nobu wasn’t serving crispy spicy tuna and it’s literally the only reason I was there! Craving it for months! I’ll be back for it another time. :-)

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YvonneC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and niece visited from another state and this was a treat for all of us. We felt completely safe with all the COVID safeguards. The food from wine to desert was fantastic. This will be our "go to" restaurant whenever they visit.

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DuaneT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Nobu & this was my first time dining at the Palo Alto location. The server was fantastic & the food amazing as always!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our absolute favorite restaurant experience yet!

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YCN317
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

This was my first time to a Nobu, the food was amazing! The waiter we had was interesting. He recommended that he would order for us—made some great choices but because he was trying to pace the dinner out we ended up waiting between 30min to 45 min between courses. It dragged on to be a 3.5 hour long dinner. Our reservations were at 5:15 and we got seated immediately but did not end up leaving the restaurant until after 830. I think he forgot to put in the different courses after our starters and then they got slammed. With the price point—you are paying for excellent food—which Nobu delivered but the service was disappointing. After acknowledging it was taking a serious amount of time For is to get our food—he didn’t see ver apologetic or understanding. If you want a standard 2hour dinner—order all your food upfront, do not have your waiter pace it out!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best lobster I ever had!! So flavorful. Service was friendly.

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vipClaudiaHH
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! Great service too!

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vipSean
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience1

While the food was as good as always, I was surprised to be sitting on the street corner next to the stop light. It was incredibly noising with the traffic 10 feet away and headlights shinning in our faces. While I understand the need to be outside, this is one table that should not be in the rotation...

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

It’s usually all 5 star but this time it was disappointing

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vipChipster
San Francisco
162 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outdoor dining due to COVID was done exceptionally well by Nobu. Service in particular was flawless. We got a mix of about 6 popular small plates and cocktails. All perfect.

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vipLynnB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious, Nobu never disappoints! A great spot for a special occasion.

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Elle
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The quality of the fish was sub-par, the shrimp was not fresh and the cod tasted like ammonia. The drinks were also not as good as they used to be, and we didn't like the table they sat us at outside, it was very far from the rest of the restaurant and right next to the street. Overall it was not good value for money at all, and I would recommend not coming here until they are open at full capacity indoor dining again so that the quality of food and service comes back to normal. Until then, it's definitely not worth it.

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JonathanR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first meal out since the lifting of some shelter in place restrictions and it was fantastic. Nobu did an amazing job making us feel comfortable and safe that dining out almost felt as normal as before the pandemic. Not to mention, they served a delicious dinner as always. When you enter, they do a temperature check, then seat you at a properly socially distant table, serve you from afar, provide online menus, sanitize the tables with one-time-use wipes, and so much more. Can’t wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I had a wonderful time! We celebrated my son’s 19th birthday! Everything was perfect!

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CarolynH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single dish was outstanding, as it always is with Nobu. The entire staff is warm and welcoming, and can answer any questions about the menu. Top favorites this time were the miso cod, and the special Alaskan king crab leg with a creamy jalapeno sauce, but we ordered a lot (as usual) and we loved it all. Who would expect such an amazing white chocolate panna cotta at a Japanese restaurant? We also loved the Bento box and the banana dessert. We will most definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

They’re doing construction. Super dark with nice but forgetful service. Forgot drinks for 30 mins, cold soup. Not good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Sibling Reunion

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jrrecupero
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the Omakase menu. It was an incredible array of beautifully prepared dishes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Nice staff. Good food and great service

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Bill
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

We had a 6pm reservation for 4 on a weeknight. First got there to find valet parking was $25 - said no, and both cars luckily got a spot right around the corner. Were seated inside - though the "restaurant" is clearly only the bar once construction is done - only about 10 tables, with half the room a bar (with no bar tender). Made it quite noisy. We ordered drinks - took 3 requests to waitress and about 20 minutes to get them, after finding they did not have the signature drink (first one on bar menu, highlighted in a box) I ordered. Oh well - the sidecar and sake were quite good. With all those negative, the food was quite excellent - 3 of us had the omikase, one just black cod with rice (originally they said omikase was all or none, but let us do it this way). The bigeye tuna sashimi with a dollop of osetra caviar, "salad plate" of sushi, salmon sushi and oyster sashimi, one-bite "churro" for dessert were all excellent. The prime beef was a very generous portion (six large slices), though not the tender wagyu I would have expected. The meal was very satisfying and well balanced, though pretty expensive (about $200 per person) - and the service and atmosphere really need to be improved for a restaurant of this class.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

After a reservation, experienced a 15 min wait and was treated as less than by the greeting staff

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

food was delicious, has me wanting to come back for seconds already. it was our anniversary and the waitress was kind enough to give us a complimentary dessert! really appreciated that. exceptional service and food quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and the staff was very attentive and friendly.
Great time!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and impressive service. They were running behind due to construction going on (only half the restaurant is open at the moment) so we had to wait around 25 mins after our reservation time. There’s not really a waiting area so we ended up standing around with other parties during this time. Drinks were amazing and we tried a lot of different things.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

One word. Overrated.

Definitely not worth the 40 minutes drive each way.

I attempted to make reservations 30 days in advance per the website for Valentines. On 1/15, I was not able to make reservations on OpenTable, I had to call in to do so.

When I did, I was told by the hostess that since it was was Valentine Weekend, she would need to speak with the manager and get back to me. Two days past and no call. Luckily open table had a cancellation for 2/15, I booked it. However, it was high top dining (bar). I called in again to request table dining, so they put me on a wait list.

I get a call about two weeks later saying that they can move us to table dining, but it would be 8pm. Fine.

Upon arrival, there were plenty of straying, table, bar, outdoor, anywhere! We were still seated at the bar when we were promised table seating inside.

Food was very mediocre at best, I'm not sure how this place is rated so highly.

After our meal, we asked the hostess if she could take a picture of us outside, she said yes, then disappeared. After waiting a few minutes in the front, we took a selfie and left. (Thanks a lot!)

Plenty of other places I'd recommend.

In the end, we went to Shake Shack instead.

Conclusion?
STAY AWAY! NOT RECOMMENDED!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

This review is for a lunch reservation at the high top seating area only.

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ShellyK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Nobu!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There just isn’t another to compare in the South Bay. The food. The drinks, the whole experience is one to write home about. Definitely a must - very rarely do you find fish that is better than beef but wow. Toro and yellowtail Nelly special that will change your life. And the Chilean sea bass is almost better than the ribeye in truffle butter.

And no date night is complete without a Date Cake!

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Michael
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Depends - dining area is very different from lounge. Lounge is very loud (music and people) so if you’re not in the mood for that then maybe not for you, but food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

John was our server and he was amazing

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CaraF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was outstanding! We sat outside and the heaters were great. My only comment was that it was so dark outside, you couldn't read the menu. There were tiny little tea lights on the tables, which was the only light source, and we literally had to get out our phones and turn on the flashlight to read the menu. For such an upscale restaurant, no one should have to strain to see the menu. We also experienced a very long wait between a couple of the courses, which was not too big a deal because our company at the table was great, but nevertheless, given the caliber of the restaurant, flow should not be an issue. Very pleasant wait staff. Friendly, informative and helpful. Overall good experience, and look forward to another dinner there, but unless they change the lighting outside, I would not opt for outdoor seating again.

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KenG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Don't let other reviews fool you. If you want a classy upscale meal you will not be disappointed. Never listen to the naysayers about being overprice, they were not going to enjoy it anyway. Go full experience and let your server decide your meal. Top 3 meals of my life.

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JamesB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great Nobu experience. The menu is similar to Nobu in New York, London, and Cape Town but with several nice variations. Service is top shelf and the atmosphere reflects the the quality that is offered.

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Nobu Palo Alto is rated 4.5 stars by 383 OpenTable diners.

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