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236 Central Plz, Los Altos, CA 94022-2917
650-917-1822
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6:00 pm - 10:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue 6:00 pm - 10:00 am
Wed - Thu 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A great experience

This is a hidden gem located in a small plaza in downtown Los Altos. If you have never tried yakitori before, or even if you have, you need to go here. It's as authentic an experience as one can get outside of Japan. There were 4 of us so we tried a lot of things...from chicken thighs to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2015
Sharon L
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Palo Alto, California
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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This is a hidden gem located in a small plaza in downtown Los Altos. If you have never tried yakitori before, or even if you have, you need to go here. It's as authentic an experience as one can get outside of Japan. There were 4 of us so we tried a lot of things...from chicken thighs to chicken hearts.... More 

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Los Altos, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I have been here countless times. The ingredients are of the highest quality and the food is elevated and delicious. The place is familial and warm and full of both locals and folks who make a pilgrimage from all over the Bay Area. The staff is professional and knowledgeable and the sake menu us extensive. But it is all about... More 

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Seattle
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

While our waiter had extensive knowledge of the sake menu and lectured us on the flavors of each of our sampler selection, the food and service were otherwise perplexing and underwhelming. We arrived for an 8:15 reservation and were seated immediately. Service took a long time to get to us and the sake routine went for about half an hour.... More 

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Toronto
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Not everything is grilled at Sumika but the flavours are delicate and the food well-prepared. We ordered 12 dishes, including dessert, among the four of us and almost all the dishes were excellent. Our favourites were the grilled lamb chops and the crab and miso cheese gratin. The former was perfectly done and we were surprised that the cheese gratin... More 

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Los Altos Hills, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Okay, so it's not really a BBQ joint. It's also not a sushi place. They are known for their Japanese skewers and their amazing oyako-don. I usually go with the Wagyu, shrimp, and scallop skewers..and lots of them. I also love their chicken karage lunch special (maybe the best karage I have ever had.) Love their salad too. This is... More 

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Atherton, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Sumika is the go to place for our family for Oyakidon. My brother and his family live in Hong Kong and have traveled all over the world including Japan. They head straight for Sumika when they come to the bay area and always order Oyakidon.

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Los Altos, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

consistently very good, grreat maguro at lunch (why not at dinner?), great grills and salad is superb. Lucky I can walk t here.

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Mountain View
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The grilled corn was sublime! Each skewer brought new tastes, in a relaxed setting. Good saki, and atmosphere like a bright Tokyo spot.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

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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Additional Information about Sumika

Address: 236 Central Plz, Los Altos, CA 94022-2917
Phone Number: 650-917-1822
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Altos
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 6:00 pm - 10:00 am
Wednesday 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Japanese, Grill

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 236 Central Plz, Los Altos, CA 94022-2917
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Altos
  • Phone Number: 650-917-1822

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Grill
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 am
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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