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Jin Sho

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454 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1605
+1 650-321-3454
17:30 - 22:00
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Mon - Thu 17:30 - 21:30
Mon - Fri 11:45 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Small and there's a line of people waiting to eat, for good reason, it is truly excellent. If you like sushi and sometimes are unsure how fresh it is, come here as they take it to another level.

Thank nhawthorn
Sao Paulo, SP
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153 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

An average Japaneses restaurant - small and it does fill up so it is wise to make a reservation. The menu is varied, food is good, but not outstanding.

Thank Whissely
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
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79 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Midweek dinner was uninspiring and mediocre. Specialty handroll I had was okay...not particularly well constructed from a taste or texture perspective. The shrimp and vegetable tempura was 4 (not) "jumbo" shrimp that were on the dry side, tasteless veggies and lukewarm rice.

Thank Brian S
Menlo Park, California
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70 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

The best part of my visit to this restaurant was the quality of the sake (drink not fish) and the way it was presented. Even though it cost twice as much as a house sake in my mainstay sushi restaurant, it tasted great and the hot sake came in a ceramic container filled with hot water so the sake was... More 

Thank jeroma25
Mexico City, Mexico
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42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Excellent Japanese restaurant. Excellent food. Large menu. Place is small and quite crowded, but service and food are great.

Thank Antonio G
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

This place really had the chance of getting 5 Stars! But they had a bad day. We booked a table and went there 5 min before our scheduled time. The door was closed, but after waiting in 10-15 min. they opend, 10 min to late. When the food was served, we were happy, it looket good and tasted great! But... More 

Thank Mathias H
Christchurch, New Zealand
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

Fantastic experience tonight at Jin Sho. We sat at the bar and watched amazing dishes being created by a knife artist....his 30 years experience was evident. Master Seven enjoyed everything that we swapped and sampled amongst the three of us. All the dishes were so fresh and beautifully presented. There's nothing upmarket or stunning about the decor but there's an... More 

1 Thank Hooroo40
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

Great Japanese food in Palo Alto. Service is very good too. They have a superbe sake selection and a 3 sake sampler. Far from a budget restaurant, however.

Thank GDAMexico
Brookfield, Wisconsin
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51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

Overall not a bad place. The food was good, nothing exceptional though. Service was nice, but not super professional. I had a dinner with tuna sashimi salad, black cod and sushi for 25$, sushi and cod was not memorable:), did like the sashimi

Thank Lena R
San Francisco, CA
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54 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Love their food... Udon dishes quite plain, but this place is great if you may have someone in your party not keen on sushi. Great cooked lamb dishes and seafood, also. But where they shine most is at the sushi bar where you get to talk to the sushi chef who will recommend some very good seasonal sashimi and let... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Open Hours
11:45 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
11:45 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
11:45 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
11:45 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
11:45 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 454 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1605
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-321-3454

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?