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“Not enough food for the price” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Juban Menlo Park

Juban Menlo Park
712 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025-4505
(650) 473-6458
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Ranked #42 of 120 Restaurants in Menlo Park
Cuisines: Japanese
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Atherton, California
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Not enough food for the price”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

At Juban, you cook everything yourself right at the table, which is nice in theory, but not so good in practice. First of all, if I'm paying that much, I probably just want it cooked by an expert chef anyway. Secondly, the self-cooking creates an awkward situation where you're always waiting for that next piece of steak to be finished, and you never really get full. The flavor is great, but ultimately, there are a lot of other Japanese restaurants that I would rather go to.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Portland, Oregon
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
“Nice concept, slow service and okay food. I think the portions are small for what your paying....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012 via mobile

The food was okay, selection is decent but I wouldn't recommend this place.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Menlo Park, California
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Great if you want to cook your own!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

You cook the dishes yourself, with a grill in the center of the table - it can be very fun. The meats are excellent, always wonderful cuts, and the kimchee is great.

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San Jose, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2011

Nice ambiance. I was able to grill beef on the table top. The food was very light and delicious. Only setback is the limited lunch hours from 11-2pm.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Kailua, Hawaii
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Yum!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2009

The smell is what drew us inside. Fun cooking at the table. Happy, helpful staff. Delicious sauce. Get the ribeye. The skirt steak was too tough for me. Saw lots of Stanford parents there taking their sons/daughters out for dinner. Graduation was the next day.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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