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Gombei Japanese Restaurant

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193 Jackson St, San Jose, CA 95112-5108
+1 408-279-4311
06:30 - 21:30
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Mon - Tue 06:30 - 21:30
Wed 06:30 - 21:00
Thu 07:00 - 19:00
Fri 07:30 - 18:30
Sat 06:30 - 22:00
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Very good food, but not too many sushi/sashimi lunch special options. The fried tofu was exceptionally good.

Thank David T
San Jose, California
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

This is probably my favorite restaurant in all of San Jose. My wife and I have been enjoying the great fare and friendly service here for years and we probably visit about once a month. We almost always order off the specials board, which updates daily and yet always has a favorite or two. One of our favorites would be... More 

Thank Archi65
San Jose, California
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

I've enjoyed Gombei for a number of years. Gombei. provides straightforward Japanese food without any fuss. It's a coffee shop style that greets you as you walk in the door. Traditional favorites include beef teriyaki, Saba shio, Udon, Donburi & Sashimi. Their tonkatsu is my go to dish. It's panko crispy fried pork, tasty & moist meat inside. Come here... More 

Thank mikejefe23
Modesto, California
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142 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

The title says it, "Nothing fancy, just great authentic Japanese Food!" The food is excellent, everything I have had has been great! I really like their Ahi Poke, I had to get a double order to go! Honestly, it's all good! The spicy chicken is excellent too. They have a good variety of combination meals. I've only been to the... More 

Thank soulsisters
Fremont, California
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118 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

You probably won't go wrong if you order the special on the board; e.g., #1 through #7,etc. However, their Poki Sashimi is a major disappointment - it tastes fine but the portion is very tiny considering the $12 price tag. There are only 2 semi-professional waitresses which could be slow at times. However, they have 3 to 4 busboys who... More 

Thank djc2k
Saratoga, CA
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182 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

An all around good place for a home style meal - mostly fried, but occasionally you find things like Stewed Hamachi jowls and vegetable stew- forget the name and enjoy the flavors. They don't care if you don't use chopsticks just ask for a fork. All of the full meals are quite filling. Grab a communal table and talk to... More 

Thank Mithra
San Jose, California
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57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

Japantown here in downtown San Jose is a wonderful neighborhood, has retained the best of the old and grows stronger every day with arts, community, and innovation. As we are downtown residents, we "hang out" here a lot. Of all the Japantown restaurants, this is by far our favorite. It's a small locals place, with both the traditional dishes you'd... More 

Thank Beth S
Seattle, Washington
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226 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

This place is a classic institution on the three block stretch of San Jose's Japantown. It's a cash-only place that specializes in fried Japanese-cuisine - tempura and katsu. Service was fast and no-nonsense but also courteous.

Thank loveDCA
San Jose, California
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70 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

Great lunch spot, although it gets crowded on the weekends, so time your visit for slightly off the crowded noon hour. Be sure to bring cash as they don't accept credit cards. The food is authentic and delicious, and if you speak any Japanese, you can chat with the Matron (when she's not too busy). Japanese food aficionados will note... More 

Thank Jean K
San Jose
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122 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2016

Gombei has been around a very long time. My teryaki beef and tuna sashimi were very good. I was the only dinner and service was shameful. I had to ask for more tea. Server plunked a pot at my table. No credit cards - cash only.

Thank ColonelLarrySanJose

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Asian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
06:30 - 21:30
06:30 - 21:30
06:30 - 21:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:30 - 18:30
06:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 193 Jackson St, San Jose, CA 95112-5108
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +1 408-279-4311

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