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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

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  • 4
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  • 2
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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
Japanese Comfort Food!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
Barb B
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Redwood City, California
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Redwood City, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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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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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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132 reviews 132 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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
41 helpful votes 41 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
4 helpful votes 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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126 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
24 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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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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