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236 Central Plz, Los Altos, CA 94022-2917
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Ranked #16 of 74 restaurants in Los Altos
Cuisines: Japanese, Grill
Most recent review
- Jul 6, 2014
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15 reviews from our community

85% Recommend
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English first
Sao Paulo, SP
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

the food is pretty good - authentic japanese food, trained staff and interesting architecture. Not a place to eat sushi! Try many other Japanese dishes that are equally amazing!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

This is my favorite restaurant in Palo Alto and Los Altos without question. I will start with the fact the majority of patrons are usually Japanese, which I find is correlates with the authenticity of any restaurant! I think what brings the patrons to Sumika is the high grade ingredients used (eg all organic chicken, Japanese imported coal, Asahi on... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We came here on a Saturday night around 7:45 pm. We found the place based on Yelp reviews. The place was 80% full but we found 2 seats at the counter. Where do we begin? We know Japanese restaurants, we go to more Japanese restaurants than any other kind. We know the Bay Area. The food was not bad, but... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Sumika Category: Japanese 4.0 star rating 8/28/2013 1 check-in here My kids love this place...Yaki tori...weird thing about this Japanese restaurant is they ran out of yaki musubi! How can a Japanese restaurant run out of musubi... Oh well. People are nice, food is ok, guess I'm just not a big fan of yaki tori... They love the chicken, hearts,... More

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Provo, Utah
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26 reviews 26 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

order right and you will be in heaven. Pork cheeks, chicken necks, kobe, and chicken livers are awesome. You must get the grilled rice AND you must also get the rice with house made chili oil! It is not usually on the menu, but just ask for it. Just be persistent. Japanese rice done properly will make you savor every... More

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Mountain View, CA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

Dropped in for lunch on a recent Friday based upon so many great reviews. I was very disappointed w/their signature dish: karage. I was looking forward to the organic chicken & while it was tender (chicken thighs usually are), it was way too greasy for me. I really tried to like it but just couldn't tolerate the grease. Given their... More

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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55 reviews 55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

Really enjoy their lunch deals with great donburi selections, especially their deservedly popular Oyako-don with the smoky chicken and runny poached egg on top of rice. Dinner has many more options with perfectly grilled skewers and small plates (their karaage is out-of-this-world). Service can be a little slow when busy.

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Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

We went to Sumika grill last night. Overall, we really enjoyed it and were able to experience both classic yakitori style skewers as well as special seasonal dishes. The one that positively surprised us most was a Uni and poached egg: there was a subtle Uni flavored jelly toped with a poached egg and some whole Uni as well. It... More

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New York City, New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

Nice atmosphere & great service from the waitress. Very nice Yakitori ( grill food ) everything is so fresh and tasty. If you like Japanese grill food this is the place to choose. I drove 1 hrs from San Bruno is worth it. Table is limited and restaurant is clean. Definitely will come back again for some fine foods.

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Waterloo, Canada
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70 reviews 70 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

I just came back from an amazing experience from Sumika, definitely not over-rated. Yes, it's more pricey than a some Japanese restaurant, but the whole experience was very enjoyable. Mung fish liver, momo (chicken thighs), unagi, fermented squid, frozen custard pudding... etc. DELICIOUS! :)

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