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Gombei Japanese Restaurant

1438 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025-4110
650-329-1799
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Ranked #21 of 118 restaurants in Menlo Park
Cuisines: Japanese
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- Oct 31, 2013
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Menlo Park, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I've been coming to Gombei for years. Their chicken teriyaki is one of the best I've ever had. It's very soft and moist. And the sauce makes it great as well. Besides chicken teriyaki, I often order the "special" of the day. The "special" is often a combination of tempura, croquette, sashimi, or mackerel. It's very good as well. The... More

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Madison
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73 reviews 73 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

We felt as if we were in a wonderful little family run place in Japan. If you want an alternative to expensive sushi restaurants, but love Japanese food, try Gombei. The decor is very basic but the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, many families dining with children, many regulars greeted with recognition by the staff. There is a white board... More

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San Francisco, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Great restaurant overall. Good food and great prices. There are a lot to choose from and you really can’t go wrong. The chicken cutlet, the curry, Gombei, and the lunch boxes are great. The ramen and udon might not be the best when compared to the other ramen parlors in the area, but everything else is good. Parking isn’t the... More

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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Recently tried Gombei after a long hiatus (about ten years). I was pleasantly surprised at the expanded menu and the quality and quantity of the food. Service was a bit on the slow side; I think they are understaffed. Prices have remained reasonable, and they now accept credit cards. The restaurant has a small parking lot, and on-street parking is... More

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Cupertino, California
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164 reviews 164 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

FOOD: We had mixed results with the food here. The teriyaki chicken was a bit dry but otherwise tasty. The California rolls came with a surfeit of rice. The salmon was savory and cooked perfectly. SERVICE: Our waitress was very nice and attentive. Great service! PRICE: Our bill averaged out to around $12 per person.

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Woodside, California
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19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Cheap, fresh and healthy. I really love this place. I think the sister restaurant in Japantown San Jose is a little better in terms of food and definitely atmosphere, but this place is close and the staff are friendly. Food is good - they also take credit, unlike the SJ location

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San Carlos, California
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44 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

I used to visit Gombei in Menlo Park for lunch quite regularly when I worked nearby. At that time, I would have rated it as above average. I returned after several years for dinner last week, and was a bit disappointed. Average at best. My wife and I had Udon - she had vegetable and I had shrimp. The noodles... More

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Atherton, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

I have been going to Gombei for years for the chicken teriyaki, and the same husband and wife couple are always there to greet you with smiles on their faces. The service is extremely fast, which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on the occasion, but it's perfect for lunch. The meals are light and delicious,... More

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Palo Alto, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

Ive been there a zillion times and keep on returning. Some of my friends go there weekly for years. It's a simple Japanese place, but certainly not gourmet. This is where you get a decent Japanese meal for a good price. And if your expectations aren't high you'd be mighty satisfied. Their menu items are good; the 'specials' less so... More

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5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012 via mobile

Good food, we got the noodles and the combos and it was all very tasty. I recommend several sides : green beans, stuffed tofu, eggplant. Order from the specials and combos on the white board on the wall! Our kids loved it.

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