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Nobu Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA

Nobu Palo Alto

4.6
4.6
867 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 55 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Japanese

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (650) 798-8396

  • 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

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 867 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. JY

    JamesY

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great meal. Food was awesome. Services was professional and friendly.
  2. PA

    PaloAltoResident

    Singapore

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food experience with delicious classics and some new concepts. Got complimentary gelatos/candles for the 2 birthdays we were celebrating: nice touch! Some sluggishness in service due to being short-staffed, but an overall lovely lunch.
  3. KB

    KBee

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Worth a try, not very motivated to go back. Crowd is a bit snooty.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Food was mostly delicious - but the crispy rice wasn’t crispy at all, the wagyu gyoza was over cooked and the wrappers split, the unagi sa was over cooked and not properly deboned (including some larger fish bones). The service was very disappointing. They never offered to refill our waters, were very rushed despite no one being around, abruptly changed plates halfway through a meal, took dishes away unfinished, and the staff stood around chatting/gossiping in our vicinity too. Overall a very disappointing over priced experience given the quality of Nobu in other locations. Won’t be back to this venue.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Good food. Little loud and hard to hear servers over the noise.
  6. l

    lvrdjw

    San Francisco

    73 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed the service and the delicious food.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The food was excellent. The server acted like she could care less that we were there for a dining experience.
  8. r

    rikabird

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There is nothing about this restaurant that I don’t love. I am celiac and allergic to alliums (onions/garlic, etc) and no other restaurant takes such care to provide a phenomenal meal without the risk of cross contamination. They are amazing. Yes it’s outrageously expensive, but the exceptional quality of the food, the care they put in to the preparation, and the standards of service they have, make it all worth it. I will always return.
  9. CO

    COurtneyQ

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always love the food at Nobu! Service was a little slow and not as responsive as usual
  10. AJ

    AJay

    Orlando

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and Ralph provided great service.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Came here after my treatment at Stanford with the kiddos, it was very pleasant but they told me they did not have king crab that day :( the waitress almost charged us for it in checkout and forget to remove it after they told me they did not have king crab available. Of course it’s a lot pricier but it was good food. Kids didn’t like the selection too much and the portions were French small.
  12. J

    Jasmine

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved every dish we tried and they gave us a complimentary dessert for our anniversary. Our waiter and the entire staff were very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful without being overbearing.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lived up to and exceeded my expectations!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    This is a very hard review. Nobu is a beautiful place. We have been to 30 nobus worldwide Alao met chef at his beverly hills restaurant and sat with him for part of our dinner . Chef Matsuhisa is an amazing person and his la cienga location named after himis the best! Now on to our $500 dinner. We ordered the typical dishes ahi tuna crispy rice crab tacos sea bass mojitos sushi etc Within 3 hours the two of us had major stomach issues. The tuna christy rice tasted a day old and the tuna must have been bad as it didnt taste right. We didnt say anything and wouldnt have posted a review but this nobu is impossible to get ahold of. Every orher nobu is easy but this one is the worst for service. For example we were running late and wanted to call but they never answered but fortunately they called me and were helpful. Again i have been to 30 plus nobus and by far this one was the worst. I have never ever had a single complaint about anything at nobu unitl i went to palo alto nobu. So my advice is go to nobu just avoid this one. Malibu is to die for new york is beautiful both of them bahamas wonderful i could go on and on… Answer the phone and quality check the food better. I will be back just not to this one … Thanks Louis
  15. LR

    LauraR

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Fresh, sushi and other lunch items. Too pricey in California, but flavors were tasty
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    The service was terrible. And I mean TERRIBLE. I’ve been to many Nobu restaurants around the world, and good service is part of the experience. Nobu Palo Alto, however, does not live up to the the brand’s reputation. Our server changed mid-meal creating confusion amongst the staff. We ordered a glass a wine and 2 different people showed up with a glasses of wine. When we ordered Wagyu by the ounce to end our evening, we waited over 40 minutes for Cassie to ultimately give us a beef course that we ordered earlier in the evening and had eaten already. We told her that we already ate that course, but she insisted that she was serving us what we ordered. When we repeated ourselves, she took the incorrect order and didn’t come back to our table. We had to hunt down our original server in order to get our final course. I’m still stunned at how poor the service was. I would not recommend this location.
  17. K

    Kevin

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our visit to Nobu was exceptional and was a visit we will never forget. The food was outstanding and all the food we ordered was cooked perfectly and was very well prepared. Our waitress did an amazing job making our first experience at Nobu memorable.
  18. h

    hebel

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The uni and Toro really amazing, so sweet on the uni part, really love it, will definitely come again
  19. K

    Kimberlyxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Service was not great as our server appeared to have too many tables. A loud kids table next to us was extremely annoying.
  20. VG

    VirginiaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience, service. We enjoyed it. Thanks Ralph! Food and drinks was amazing!
  21. B

    Birder

    San Francisco

    138 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    138 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service, the recommendations of the server, the innovative cocktails, the presentation of the fantabulous food were all amazing. Our favorites were the lobster honey truffle;, the sashimi yellowtail, with jalopeno; the Chilean seabass with dry miso. All together a fantastic experience!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Never have I spent so much money and been treated so poorly and nonchalantly!!! Waitress Cassie acted like we were annoying her by asking for her assistance to wait on our table of 4! Manager came over and told us our table time limit was almost up (2 hours)...we told him that we have been waiting for 30 mins for the check since waitress Cassie was so inattentive to our table. When waitress Cassie FINALLY brought our check, she didn't split it up like requested and would not do so for us, she made us do it since she couldn't be bothered to figure out/remember what each ordered. I don't recommend Nobu. I will save my money next time and go to another sushi joint who actually wants me there as a patron.
  23. S

    Smash

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    spinach salad is a must or any of the mini tacos!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  25. JC

    JayCee

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great place, love the food, staff is friendly. Only downfall is .. slow food delivery - I would expect the food to come out at a faster pace given the table time limit - a majority of our time was wasted waiting on food and then we were asked to leave due to the time limitation.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday meal, kassandra A was an amazing Server, best service ever.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    The food was great. However, after informing the front desk and the server multiple times that we were celebrating a milestone birthday, it was not made special for us
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great anniversary dinner. Table was in a busy spot by the bar but everything else was amazing. Our server Curtis did a fantastic job.
  29. NA

    NotAuthenticJapan

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    WAY OVERPRICED ! ... Yes, guests are getting the name-value of 'Nobu' but the price doesn't justify the food quality (which was only very good, needs to be Amazing) and service quality (instead of just putting the food down on the table as it comes out, explain what we're getting and why it's special, want a Nobu experience that I will remember not one that I will try and forget ). The wine list is is also overpriced. And last note, the rice used in the お握り (Onigiri) was either slightly undercooked or not of a variety that you want to use for sushi; rice texture and 歯応え (hagotae) should always be checked by the chefs before making sushi with new batches of rice. In my opinion and, at the prices being asked for, either step WAY-up the game here at this Palo Alto location OR ... consider offering a discount Nobu 'experience' for far less. Opening FAR TOO MANY locations may also be a topic to be reflect upon (?) Regrettably, that was the last time we'll ever do to Nobu's anywhere in the world.
  30. A

    Akira

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We enjoyed great Japanese food at Nobu. The space is a little tight. Overall, an amazing experience. We'll visit the restaurant again soon,
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Celebrated son's 21st birthday day at Nobu - best decision we made. If you are lucky to be served by Zo - jump to it. Her knowledge is extensive re the menu, so if she recommends a dish, hop to it. Black cod with miso, wagyu gyoza, warm mushroom salad, rock shrimp tempura, couple of sushi rolls (we were starving), rounded up the meal. Do not leave without date cake dessert. Thank you Zo, you're a dear.
  32. SL

    SusanL

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Curtis was awesome! The best! Since we had 7 in our party, we couldn't order the omakase for all of us (max 6). But Curtis kindly suggested an alternate, table-tailored meal. It was so fun to see the various dishes and the food was really good! Service was excellent.
  33. AV

    AntoniaV

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent service. Very good food.
  34. b

    bkdlcyee0522

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was Susanna in Palo Alto. Susanna, made sure for our first time being at Nobu we got the best service! She gave us her recommendations and favorites. Thank you Susanna, for the food advice and service. We can't wait to come back!
  35. G

    Gwen

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    The service was REALLY slow. When our rare wagyu finally arrived, we ended up taking it to-go. It turned out to be cooked medium-well rather than rare! Given that it cost over $50, this was VERY disappointing. Also, be aware that it's difficult to find parking nearby. If you choose to valet park, it costs $35!!! I would only recommend Nobu after telling about my experience and how to possibly have a better experience.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Took us a long time to get a reservation spot and finally made it. Dining experience is great, except the timing between the dishes seem a bit long. The bathroom sinks need to have more space between the faucet and the water drain: we can't wash one hand at a time with this California drought
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    After I had 2 discussions with the waiter about avoiding chili, he helped me order a dish which ended up having chili sauce in it. When I told him, he said sorry for the “miscom” and couldn’t have been less sympathetic. Meanwhile, my stomach hurt all night.
  38. A

    Ashaps

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Feels as elevated as you would hope it would for the price.
  39. CG

    CarolynG

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great drinks, great vibe!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nobu exceeding our expectations! The sushi taco assortment was amazing. The service was spectacular and the drink list is fantastic!!! Can’t wait to go again!

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 does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Nobu Palo Alto also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 798-8396.

Nobu Palo Alto is rated 4.6 stars by 867 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 55 times today
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

    Lunch Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • 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

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (650) 798-8396

  • 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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