Nobu Palo Alto

4.7
589 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
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
What 589 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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4.0
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Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best and why we keep coming back! Until next time.

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DubT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

3rd time here for dinner and another exceptional dining experience. Service was on point and food was phenomenal. Can't go wrong with the quality and freshness of our meal and dessert. Drinks were quite good as well. Well done Nobu. We'll be back again!

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WinstonC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time eating here. Much better than first time maybe because my son ordered everything. It is so hard to hear/understand wait staff as the restaurant is extremely noisy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was very good with small portions. It was a bit loud even with tables spaced out. The service was fine but nothing exceptional. We went for a birthday and there was nothing special done. The food was over priced die what it was. We had a pleasant experience but nothing outstanding for a fine dining price is the best way to put it.

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vipLoveNobu
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was excellent. Eating outside was a bit distracting due to the traffic on the street/road.

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AchinM
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

good one time exeprience. The food and the service was good. Had more expectation with the value.

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YCHY
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We expected the food quality to be better given the costs. Honestly, it's quite underwhelming. The Sushi plate, for example, had a shrimp that was so overcooked it was difficult to chew and swallow.

We also waited almost an hour before food was served. We asked our server, and he said that the kitchen is backed up. Lunch ended up being two hours, and we had to push back plans for the rest of the day because of it.

If you're interested in high-end Japanese food, Tantos is much better. It is expensive, but less so they Nobu and the food is better.

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c1067
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My ONLY complaint - we dropped the car for valet since downtown is hard to park. Didn't think to ask about the fee. After an amazing dinner, kind of shocked to find that it was $35 to valet. Really should tell you that when you drop off.

We have been twice and both time we let the waiter pick the menu. Both times was the best experience! Every single dish was amazing, better than the previous one. Some were 'off the menu' chef special items. Every single thing amazingly delicious. But I wouldn't waste my money on the standard sushi rolls. You can get them anywhere.

Top notch service. Pretty pricey. With tip about $175 / pp. So be prepared. It adds up. Amazing special occasion experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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JulieRinNC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Rather disappointing frankly. First time for me, not my client, and I really expected to be wowed. I was not.

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Not1Tech1Bro
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

No beueno. Unfortunately the poor reviews are spot on.

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Payal
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an exceptionally great experience. Loved the food and really appreciative of our server. The food and service was incredible!!! Overall an amazing experience...

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vipCrystal
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The desert was really good but the sushi was not the best because the rice wasn’t the best.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We liked the atmosphere. The service and the food were good (portion sizes are smaller than other comparable sushi restaurants). Overall, we enjoyed our experience at Nobu.

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PerryL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Another overprice place, because it is famous. Food is not that special

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Beehive
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tables were very close together and conversations were a distraction

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vipLuv2eat
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nobu never fails us! We love the food! The only reason for 4 stars is because the service was somewhat slow. Our waiter was great and apologetic but when we’d ask for something it would take some time to get it…like another drink etc. and the food prep took a long time. The restaurant is fully open so maybe it’s getting back into the groove of a bustling restaurant post-Covid lockdown…

Other than that the food was AHHHHMAZING! Get the spinach salad, rib eye tacos, black miso cod, Rick Shrimp tempura, and truffle ribeye. Amazing and delicious! Every bite.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING!!!!

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vipEpicurean
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Every dish was packed with flavor and was outstanding! THE freshest sushi, and beautifully presented. Love the vibe and atmosphere. Although our sever Jordan did a fabulous job, we had items bring brought to our table that we didn’t order. Table mix up for a good part of the beginning of our meal.

Be prepared for quite the high bill, but an amazingly delicious experience.

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CarolynG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, great food and cocktails!
Can’t wait to go back!

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ClaytonS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

This is basically an Americanized version of what it believes to be a premium Japanese restaurant. First impression when we were greeted here felt like interns lining up on who has a turn to practice on how to check in the customers. There's no "wow" that you would expect for this type of location and cost. Better omakaze places with better service. Feel bad for restaurants having a hard time finding help.... this place is not close to ready serving people. Also food was very rich, salty, and felt like you must masked the taste of the sashimi... why would you if the food is fresh. Would not recommend.

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DebbieC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Food was amazing. We let our server decide what to serve us and she did a great time. Super expensive but a true culinary experience. Only negative was the noise level. Even though tables were spaced apart for COVID, the reflective surfaces made the noise level unpleasant.

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vipFeiL
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food. Outstanding service. Great, open location, next to the street so there’s a little noise. Overall great

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KavitaN
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Food was horrible. Father's Day dinner we ordered 3 sushi roles & teriyaki chicken. The presentation was nice, the sushi roles- not so much. The restaurant should evaluate the food items and make some changed. Overpriced salmon skin on sushi and soft shell crab pieces in sushi too- not appetizing at all. I was still hungry after dinner.

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Gbenlice
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive wait staff. Swift prompt service and noting food allergies. The food was exquisite except for the Jindori chicken. It was a tad dry and tough on the outside. The sushi is definitely the star. Its far superior than your neighborhood sushi bar. Definitely elevated Japanese food. The Chilean sea bass miso was phenomenal. Really mouthwatering, moist and flaky. The prime filet that came in a sizzling platter was so tender and flavorful. The Lychee martini is potent but superb. It will knock your socks off.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Service was poor. It’s felt like they want us out of there and sooner is better.
When you spent $300+ for two people for a dinner, you want to take your time and enjoy, but in their end, they want you out ASAP.
The waiters took our plates even that we didn’t finished, they didn’t asked if it’s ok. Mmmm no, that not ok that you taking my $40 tuna tarter (tea spoon size) before I finished it (maybe it’s better because it’s tasted really bad)
With every dish that arrived to the table, the waiters pretty much thru it in us and left imidetly.
10 min after we set our waiters said that the kitchen is closing and everything need to be order now. Really? Why do you except 8:30 reservations if you closing your kitchen that early?
I really think that for this kind of place that honor it self, shrimper service need to be much better. Just to compare, Panda Express costumer service it’s much better.
Did I mentioned that the turn off our heater to get us out of there faster?
So we will not return and will not recommend this place to nobody.

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kelvinl
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Come here for lunch often. They take care of us

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vipWillH
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing dinner on outside patio. Black cod was highlight. We will definitely be back!

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GloriaL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent delicious food was a blast dinning time
I will go back again

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Nobu and we had the best dining experience. Food was outstanding, so fresh and great presentation. Every dish was so delicious and satisfying. The service was attentive and timely. We definitely will be coming back.

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vipNkoch
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Total disappointment compared to the Vegas location. Food is not even loose to what we had . Service is not good and although we had special birthday celebration they did not do anything special. Asked for a table inside and were asked to sit by the door.

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thenry
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious but VERY expensive for the amount of food. Loved the outdoor seating and the server was great. Just know it’s more of a tapas style and prepare to spend some cash.

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vipDanae
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, we love the food there, you can never go wrong

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review