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Sumika

Japanese, Grill
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236 Central Plz, Los Altos, CA 94022-2917
650-917-1822
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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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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  • 14
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  • 12
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  • 2
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Authentic Japanese yakitori

Had a great time with two friends who knew what to order at this yakitori restaurant. As soon as you enter, you smell the smoke from the authentic charcoal with succulent grilled items such as chicken hearts and gizzards, grilled rice cakes, and sumptuous salads with different seafood. Try the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
Cliff N
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Palo Alto, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

The meal and atmosphere was good. Service was decent as well. The food took a decent while to get out but it was worth the wait. All I want to add is that I gave a 15% tip and they made it 18%. Added a little more than a dollar. It isn't much but I've never had that happen before.... More 

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Campbell, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

I lived in Mountain View for 7+ years so will finally write some reviews for our go to spots. I have been to Sumika multiple times over the years, and I have never had a bad meal here. My go to dish is their Oyakodon. I have tried Oyakadon in many Japanese restaurants both here in the US and in... More 

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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Sumika is one of my favorite restaurants in the Bay Area. Th kitchen is fully open and you can see the chefs cooking and they use organic chickens. I like donburi especially oyako don, but you will also like other menu. Pricy but it is worth.

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Had a great time with two friends who knew what to order at this yakitori restaurant. As soon as you enter, you smell the smoke from the authentic charcoal with succulent grilled items such as chicken hearts and gizzards, grilled rice cakes, and sumptuous salads with different seafood. Try the grilled cartilage for crunch and a tasty treat.

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Thank Cliff N
Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Sharon L
Los Altos, California
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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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Thank Jef R
Seattle
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 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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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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Thank 5easons
Atherton, California
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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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Restaurant Details

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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