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1438 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025-4110
650-329-1799
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Well priced - good food

You definitely get value for money here, with a variety of noodle, rice, sashimi and fried dishes. The Bento box was good, and filling, but at the same time I was jealous of my colleagues' bowls of udon noodles.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

You definitely get value for money here, with a variety of noodle, rice, sashimi and fried dishes. The Bento box was good, and filling, but at the same time I was jealous of my colleagues' bowls of udon noodles.

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Redwood City, California
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13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

I have heard of this restaurant for years from many Japanese friends, and I had the pleasure of dining there yesterday. The atmosphere is friendly and busy. Lots of windows make it bright and peaceful. The food is delightful! I am not fond of fried food, so I avoided the items that were fried. I had the Chicken Udon which... More 

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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Decent home style Japanese cooking not fine dining. For $12 you get a fried pork cutlet , grilled fish, curried potato croquette, fried surimi, salad, miso soup with bits of tofu, onions and potato, and rice. Free tea. Nice modern interiors. Difficult parking. Cheaper than McDonalds.

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SanFrancisco Bay Area
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149 reviews 149 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Was excited to try this place based on the reviews -- we were not impressed. The Chicken Cutlet was cooked in the same oil as the fish -- so it tasted more fishy than it tasted like chicken. The sushi selection was very limited - and again, strong fishy flavor (more than other places we have tried) and not excellent... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Authentic Japanese hone style food that is delivered quickly in great portions! Udon is amazing and their other dishes are of equal quality! You will come back again and again!

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Menlo Park, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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35 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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6 reviews 6 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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72 helpful votes 72 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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Additional Information about Gombei Japanese Restaurant

Address: 1438 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025-4110
Phone Number: 650-329-1799
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Menlo Park
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Cuisine: Japanese

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1438 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025-4110
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Menlo Park
  • Phone Number: 650-329-1799

Price and Cuisine

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

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