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Gombei Japanese Restaurant

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1438 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025-4110
650-329-1799
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5:00 pm - 9:00 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, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 4
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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
Fast delicious Japanese

Gombei is a stop on the wAt to the movies. While they often have some kinds of sushi, it is not a sushi restaurant. Their noodle soups are piping hot and delicious. Specials of the day are written on a blackboard. Only draw back is their deep skinny parking lot next to the restaurant... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 27, 2015
Marcia K
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Palo Alto, California
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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Gombei is a stop on the wAt to the movies. While they often have some kinds of sushi, it is not a sushi restaurant. Their noodle soups are piping hot and delicious. Specials of the day are written on a blackboard. Only draw back is their deep skinny parking lot next to the restaurant. You can easily get trapped!

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank MattSRob
Redwood City, California
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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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Thank Barb B
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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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Thank Eutr
SanFrancisco Bay Area
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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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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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Thank Ted A
Menlo Park, California
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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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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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Thank JRwisconsin
San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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Thank Mason C
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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 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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Restaurant Details

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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