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330 Lytton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1430
650-325-2696
Today
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • 8
    Very good
  • 1
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  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Combination meal is awesome

Had a combination meal which comes with soup, sushi rice and a choice of meat. Food is great during lunch time and it isn't like mentioned in the other 1 or 2 star reviews, which are also not recently, so it could have got better. The service is also good. Took one 1 star out because other Japanese... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 14, 2014
GothamP29
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San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Had a combination meal which comes with soup, sushi rice and a choice of meat. Food is great during lunch time and it isn't like mentioned in the other 1 or 2 star reviews, which are also not recently, so it could have got better. The service is also good. Took one 1 star out because other Japanese restaurants have... More 

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Carmel, California
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I have eaten there twice in a month's time. The first time I we t there by myself and sat at the Sushi Bar and pulled up a variety of delicious looking and tasty sushis. I still got plenty of attention from the servers even though the place was busy and I was sitting at the bar. This time we... More 

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New Jersey
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Fantastic sushi! I think the prices are really pretty good too, a spicy tuna roll of 6 pieces was only $6 if I remember correctly. Nice atmosphere, nice staff, and delicious food--highly recommended!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Have been here for lunch a few times. Good, decent Japanese lunch. Had the salmon bbq lunch, and although it wasn't a very big portion, the fish was grilled well.

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Palo Alto, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

I come here frequently with colleagues. It's always quite crowded, sometimes there's a wait time. Today I ordered the lunch special, futomaki (eel), inari (rice wrapped in tofu skin) with chicken meatball soup. Very good. Typically I order the sashimi lunch combo or sometging similar, pretty good as well. This is probably the best sushi place in dowtown Palo Alto.... More 

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Honolulu
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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Been going to Kanpai for the past several years...consistent, fresh, authentic. Wouldn't go anywhere else in the area for Nigiri or sashimi. Prepared dishes from the kitchen are also very good. Don't quite understand the negative reviews but try it again.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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56 reviews 56 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

We went to this place by a recommendation of a friend who lives in the area. The sushi were OK. Good selection and variety. We ordered two other dishes: ahi tuna and beef teriyaki. The beef was tendered but overcooked, and so was the tuna.which was almost well done. However, the mochi icecreams were great, especially the mango flavor.

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San Carlos, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

I realize there are many positive reviews about this restaurant; however, my dining experience last night (12/29/2011) was anything but, and I shall never return again. About halfway through my meal I went to use the restroom. As I got to the restroom one of the two Sushi chefs working exited the restroom. I went in to wash my hands... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2008

Terrible sushi! I went on a Friday night and the place was empty. Nothing was fresh. You can easily get better sushi at Safeway.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2008

Not as good as Naomi, though I think they're owned by the same people

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 330 Lytton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1430
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: 650-325-2696

Price and Cuisine

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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?