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Jin Sho

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$$ - $$$
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454 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1605
+1 650-321-3454
17:30 - 21:30
11:45 - 14:00
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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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York, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I came here for lunch on my own and was sat at a sushi bar facing the kitchen. They have what looks like a good lunch special offer from a well balanced list for $16.50, but as I knew I would only be here once I had the Chef's Sushi of the Day plate. 8 pieces for $28.50. The sushi... More 

Thank Matt M
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22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is a gem in South Bay Area: best sushi I could find here (I've had better ones in LA, Hong Kong, [and of course] Japan). Price is surprisingly good too if you order carefully.

Thank cnhhhhhh
Level Contributor
21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was in town with my daughter visiting Stanford and after walking campus checked Trip Advisor for sushi ideas. Found Jin Sho and enjoyed it thoroughly. It's endorsement was suopported by the clientel, from the looks of them, stufdents and faculty of the school our for a good meal at a reasonable price. And that's what we found. The wait... More 

Thank Frankenmary C
London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017 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
Level Contributor
157 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
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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81 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 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 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 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
Reviewed 26 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
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
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 

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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
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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?