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454 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306
650-321-3454
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:45 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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    Very good
  • 2
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  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Japanese food

You will probably need to have a reservation as this is a small and very crowded restaurant. By small I mean very small, you may get your table and chair knocked during the evening. There really isn't a lot of room or privacy here. The food is really wonderful, very tasty indeed. Our waitress was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Campbell, California
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  • Reservations
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29 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Campbell, California
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275 reviews 275 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

You will probably need to have a reservation as this is a small and very crowded restaurant. By small I mean very small, you may get your table and chair knocked during the evening. There really isn't a lot of room or privacy here. The food is really wonderful, very tasty indeed. Our waitress was very humorous and attentive. We... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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112 reviews 112 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is my favourite Japanese restaurant in Palo Alto. I really like their lunch specials. There were four of us and each has ordered something different and we were very satisfied with what we had. I like especially their soft crabs with salad, very good combination as a starter. Servcie was quite alright. All in all I would recommend this... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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231 reviews 231 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

If Japanese food is your cup of soup and your taste can tell the difference between the best from excellent, then maybe you are in a happy surprise, this restaurant's menu have something for everybody, specially sashimi and sushi, feature Seasonal fresh catch flight-in from Japan, list of kind of seafood of the month, supply is very limited, just ask... More 

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Paris, France
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62 reviews 62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Located in the second most popular street of Palo Alto for the restaurants Jin Sho is a small crowdy restaurant not particularly pleasant. However the food is good, the menu offers varied assortments of dishes which are good. I would regret the lack of sashimi or sushi combos which would give the opportunity to eat crude fish at a reasonable... More 

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Houston, Texas
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105 reviews 105 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We made reservations. Food was excellent. Lots of good sushi or roll combination dinners available at very good price point. Restaurant was very crowded (mix of business diners, families, and couples). Service got super slow as the night went on... ended up having a different waiter total up our check, etc.

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Quite possibly the best Japanese food I've ever had. The black cod was impeccable - you can truly taste the three days of marination in miso sauce. The roll I had was a little overly large - a bit unmanageable to dip in soy sauce and to eat at once without looking funny. The chefs behind the counter were very... 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
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

The greeter at this restaurant acted as if he was doing us a favor by giving us a table. The restaurant was nearly empty when we arrived at 6:30 but the greeter had to take a long look at a reservation list that didn't contain a large number of reservations. He then processed to put us in the back of... More 

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Redwood City, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Unique seaweed salad...impeccable ingredients. Soba vaguely tasted like they were the dried packaged variety we buy at Japanese grocery store. Black cod with miso sauce really tasty.

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Salem, Oregon
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66 reviews 66 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

My attorney colleague recommended Jin Sho when I mentioned that I enjoyed Japanese food. We walked down the street, had to wait for it to open, but then were seated promptly. Service was top notch and the food excellent. The Corn Tempura appetizer was unusual (which is why we ordered it) and very good. Basically they take the kernels off... More 

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Trondheim, Norway
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Nice & friendly staff, great sushi, delicious teriyaki salmon. Nice atmosphere. We would recommend this place. Reasonable prices.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 454 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: 650-321-3454

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:45 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:45 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:45 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:45 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:45 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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