Pomelo

★★★★★

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The Pomelo location on Judah St is incredibly small, like the size of a large closet, so its easy to miss. The food, however, is incredibly unique and overall seems very good. They have all kinds of noodle dishes with different ethnic influences.

If you would like a little more space, you can check out the larger location on Church St.

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★★★★☆

The Pomelo location on Judah St is incredibly small, like the size of a large closet, so its easy to miss. The food, however, is incredibly unique and overall seems very good. They have all kinds of noodle dishes with different ethnic influences.

If you would like a little more space, you can check out the larger location on Church St.

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I have to admit before I write this review, that I went here about a year and a half ago, so my memory is hazy. What I do remember however is walking away very satisfied. This place is a great idea on a cold or rainy day. Highly recommended.

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★★★★★

I have to admit before I write this review, that I went here about a year and a half ago, so my memory is hazy. What I do remember however is walking away very satisfied. This place is a great idea on a cold or rainy day. Highly recommended.

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Ate at the Pomelo near UCSF the other day for lunch, have been there several times for dinner. I really like this place - it's a little different than the usual - cool international fusion menu that changes seasonally, quality ingredients, decent wine list with some good local wines, fabulous gelato, sparse modern interior that is exceptionally tiny. It's fun to sit at the bar & watch the cooks prepare your food, or sit at the (other) bar in front of the window and people-watch. Good luck getting one of the 2 tables though. Sometimes I just get take-out because it's more comfortable on my couch. I prefer it for dinner instead of lunch - lunch was insanely crowded, and the menu (& prices) pretty much the same as dinner - I like the lower lighting in the evening, the chance to order some good wine and savor a meal. The food is mostly really good. A couple things I've tried were just so-so (the pastas especially). But since the menu changes often, it's an adventure trying new items.

2
★★★★☆

Ate at the Pomelo near UCSF the other day for lunch, have been there several times for dinner. I really like this place - it's a little different than the usual - cool international fusion menu that changes seasonally, quality ingredients, decent wine list with some good local wines, fabulous gelato, sparse modern interior that is exceptionally tiny. It's fun to sit at the bar & watch the cooks prepare your food, or sit at the (other) bar in front of the window and people-watch. Good luck getting one of the 2 tables though. Sometimes I just get take-out because it's more comfortable on my couch. I prefer it for dinner instead of lunch - lunch was insanely crowded, and the menu (& prices) pretty much the same as dinner - I like the lower lighting in the evening, the chance to order some good wine and savor a meal. The food is mostly really good. A couple things I've tried were just so-so (the pastas especially). But since the menu changes often, it's an adventure trying new items.

Pros: Unique & seasonal menu

Cons: Very, very tiny

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Yum! The food is fantastic. The hosts are almost always SWEET and friendly. They really add to the experience. It is an easy restaurant to navigate for those of us with severe food allergies too.

Downsides: The environment isn't very cozy. Beautifully lit, great art, great size room but the seats are hard and the air is cold. Also, the owners can be a pretty bitchy.

Don't let that stop you. The food is really outstanding!

2
★★★★☆

Yum! The food is fantastic. The hosts are almost always SWEET and friendly. They really add to the experience. It is an easy restaurant to navigate for those of us with severe food allergies too.

Downsides: The environment isn't very cozy. Beautifully lit, great art, great size room but the seats are hard and the air is cold. Also, the owners can be a pretty bitchy.

Don't let that stop you. The food is really outstanding!

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I'm surprised at the negative comments about the food, because if there's anything that recommends this place it's the cooking. Pomelo serves up dishes far more sophisticated than its size would suggest - it's a little labor-of-love place that's dying to be a full-scale restaurant. Dishes I liked include the beautifully done Cuban steak, and the healthy soba salads with nice, gourmet ingredients. I live nearby and should go more often but I don't because it's the devil to sit in here, it's so tiny. If you end up perching on the countertop on a stool, it's uncomfortable. Service is iffy. The portions are generous and the prices are decent. Everyone should try it once. And yes, it's really a brilliant place for "a first date" if you're unsure about the person, that reviewer nicely sums it up! It's not too romantic, yet it's intimate and not too noisy.

2
★★★★☆

I'm surprised at the negative comments about the food, because if there's anything that recommends this place it's the cooking. Pomelo serves up dishes far more sophisticated than its size would suggest - it's a little labor-of-love place that's dying to be a full-scale restaurant. Dishes I liked include the beautifully done Cuban steak, and the healthy soba salads with nice, gourmet ingredients. I live nearby and should go more often but I don't because it's the devil to sit in here, it's so tiny. If you end up perching on the countertop on a stool, it's uncomfortable. Service is iffy. The portions are generous and the prices are decent. Everyone should try it once. And yes, it's really a brilliant place for "a first date" if you're unsure about the person, that reviewer nicely sums it up! It's not too romantic, yet it's intimate and not too noisy.

Pros: Great cooking, Good prices, Good ingredients

Cons: Too small, Uncomfortable seating, Iffy wait staff

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I love visiting this spot. The staff is always friendly and the food is always excellent. My favorite is the Koh Samui that is flavorful and delicious. Plus if you sit at the bar you get to watch them prepare your dish, which is a fun treat.

2
★★★★★

I love visiting this spot. The staff is always friendly and the food is always excellent. My favorite is the Koh Samui that is flavorful and delicious. Plus if you sit at the bar you get to watch them prepare your dish, which is a fun treat.

Pros: food, staff, ambience

Cons: small location

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My girlfriend and I love this cute LITTLE restaurant: their prices are fairly reasonable (though raised about a year ago), the location-themed menu is always interesting, and stand-bys like the hanoi rolls or the lanzhou egg noodles with seared ahi are really good. Plus they have Singha beer and gelato!

2
★★★★★

My girlfriend and I love this cute LITTLE restaurant: their prices are fairly reasonable (though raised about a year ago), the location-themed menu is always interesting, and stand-bys like the hanoi rolls or the lanzhou egg noodles with seared ahi are really good. Plus they have Singha beer and gelato!

Pros: Reasonable, Vegetarian-Friendly, Reliable

Cons: Tough Parking, Very Few Tables

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I had a wonderful time the other night at Pomelo. I come often and for once in my life can almost say am a regular at a restaurant. The food is consistent specially my favorite the Havana which reminds me of being in NYC having lunch at a trendy "fonda". Friendly staff and frequent menu updates are a plus.

2
★★★★★

I had a wonderful time the other night at Pomelo. I come often and for once in my life can almost say am a regular at a restaurant. The food is consistent specially my favorite the Havana which reminds me of being in NYC having lunch at a trendy "fonda". Friendly staff and frequent menu updates are a plus.

Pros: inexpensive, eclectic food

Cons: location, size

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After hearing so much about it, a friend and I tried Pomelo last night and were extremely disappointed. I ordered the Pasta with bologna sauce and found the sauce to be burned and the pasta over cooked. My friends dish wasn't fabulous either. Considering the other reviews, it could have been an off night in the kitchen. I might return and see if there are other dishes on the menu that are tastier, but only as a last resort.

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★★★☆☆

After hearing so much about it, a friend and I tried Pomelo last night and were extremely disappointed. I ordered the Pasta with bologna sauce and found the sauce to be burned and the pasta over cooked. My friends dish wasn't fabulous either. Considering the other reviews, it could have been an off night in the kitchen. I might return and see if there are other dishes on the menu that are tastier, but only as a last resort.

Pros: inexpensive, menu variety

Cons: cramped, loug, inconsistent

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I am such a Pomelo fan. In fact, there was a period when I was going to this restaurant several times a week! The menu is fresh, simple and delicious. Service is good. Nice, cute, ambience. Affordable prices. I am addicted to the seared ahi tuna dish. But, realize this restaurant is TINY.

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★★★★★

I am such a Pomelo fan. In fact, there was a period when I was going to this restaurant several times a week! The menu is fresh, simple and delicious. Service is good. Nice, cute, ambience. Affordable prices. I am addicted to the seared ahi tuna dish. But, realize this restaurant is TINY.

Pros: affordable, good, fresh food, nice service

Cons: small

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This place is so small, but that's where the charm of this place. This place can only seat about 15 - 18 people. The food is sample of Asia and Italy. What I like about it .. is you can watch the chefs cook your meal in front of you. Very tasty and affordable. I love neighborhood places like this. You can't beat it. Perfect for a first date if you are trying to determine if there should be a second date.

2
★★★★★

This place is so small, but that's where the charm of this place. This place can only seat about 15 - 18 people. The food is sample of Asia and Italy. What I like about it .. is you can watch the chefs cook your meal in front of you. Very tasty and affordable. I love neighborhood places like this. You can't beat it. Perfect for a first date if you are trying to determine if there should be a second date.

Pros: food, quaintness

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I really like this little place. The food has always been very good, and the prices are great for the large portion sizes. Bravo to such a small venue.

2
★★★★★

I really like this little place. The food has always been very good, and the prices are great for the large portion sizes. Bravo to such a small venue.

Pros: great food, great value

Cons: you may have to wait, sometimes crowded

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one of my very favorite neighborhood restaurants. consistent, friendly service and reasonable, inventive menu items.

2
★★★★★

one of my very favorite neighborhood restaurants. consistent, friendly service and reasonable, inventive menu items.

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I like going to Pomelo at least once a week. The staff is always friendly and it's fun to watch the kitchen prepare the plates of food. The food is consistently good particularly the Asian dishes. Fun place to go by yourself and end up chatting with a fellow diner or the chef. I've recommended it to all my friends.

2
★★★★★

I like going to Pomelo at least once a week. The staff is always friendly and it's fun to watch the kitchen prepare the plates of food. The food is consistently good particularly the Asian dishes. Fun place to go by yourself and end up chatting with a fellow diner or the chef. I've recommended it to all my friends.

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We ate here, and will not be coming back. You get what you pay for - cheap, so-so food. The discouraging thing is that we ordered the $13 dollar special: coconut curry, fish, two other seafoods, on 3 cups of plain rice. Four bites in, we agreed that it was bland, overcooked, and could barely taste the coconut curry. I put the uneaten plate of food on the edge of the table, hoping the waiter would see it. He finally did, five or ten minutes later. We said we were not happy with the meal, and he still charged us. My wife and I shared a noodle and chicken meal, our other order, which turned out okay. I'm not hankering for more of the food. Again, for the money ($ 1 bread, $ 8 entrees), it's palatable. We're not going back due to the lack of service and bland flavors.

1
★★☆☆☆

We ate here, and will not be coming back. You get what you pay for - cheap, so-so food. The discouraging thing is that we ordered the $13 dollar special: coconut curry, fish, two other seafoods, on 3 cups of plain rice. Four bites in, we agreed that it was bland, overcooked, and could barely taste the coconut curry. I put the uneaten plate of food on the edge of the table, hoping the waiter would see it. He finally did, five or ten minutes later. We said we were not happy with the meal, and he still charged us. My wife and I shared a noodle and chicken meal, our other order, which turned out okay. I'm not hankering for more of the food. Again, for the money ($ 1 bread, $ 8 entrees), it's palatable. We're not going back due to the lack of service and bland flavors.

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Good food, fast service, friendly chef (she was friendly and open to chatting about food and restaurants). Had to run through the menu a few times before making a decision, lot's of familiar dishes but with a little of this and a little of that...just enough to make it a bit different. Try it.

1
★★★☆☆

Good food, fast service, friendly chef (she was friendly and open to chatting about food and restaurants). Had to run through the menu a few times before making a decision, lot's of familiar dishes but with a little of this and a little of that...just enough to make it a bit different. Try it.

Pros: fresh ingredients, knowledgeable chef, creative

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Nice menu, pretty good food. Cute place to grab a quick bite.

2
★★★★☆

Nice menu, pretty good food. Cute place to grab a quick bite.

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: Very small, Parking

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pomelo in the sunset is to die for. their menu is eclectic, with plenty of vegetarian options. one of my fave places to go for delicious and affordable food.

2
★★★★★

pomelo in the sunset is to die for. their menu is eclectic, with plenty of vegetarian options. one of my fave places to go for delicious and affordable food.

Pros: affordable

Cons: small dining area

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I chanced upon this small restaurant by accident. The pomelo on the store front intrigued me and I'm glad it did. The spring rolls are oh-so delicious. The Thai coconut curry is really good. Portions are plentiful for really hungry diners. Space is limited so it's quite intimate and cozy.

2
★★★★★

I chanced upon this small restaurant by accident. The pomelo on the store front intrigued me and I'm glad it did. The spring rolls are oh-so delicious. The Thai coconut curry is really good. Portions are plentiful for really hungry diners. Space is limited so it's quite intimate and cozy.

Pros: Open kitchen, Friendly, Inexpensive

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great food at great prices! cute little sf-fusion-noodle-joint. one of my favs.

2
★★★★★

great food at great prices! cute little sf-fusion-noodle-joint. one of my favs.

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Always something original and delicious on the menu. I'm so glad there is a new location that's bigger, (and closer) but the first space is such a beautiful room. If you'd seen what it looked like before...

2
★★★★★

Always something original and delicious on the menu. I'm so glad there is a new location that's bigger, (and closer) but the first space is such a beautiful room. If you'd seen what it looked like before...

Pros: yummy, brunch, different

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good food, great price and good service. can't ask for more.

2
★★★★★

good food, great price and good service. can't ask for more.

Pros: good food, very inexpensive, good service

Cons: can't seat too many, hard to find parking, limited menu

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Pomelos is consistently a great experience! The owners and staff are friendly and the food is inexpensive. The food is of great quality and quite consistent. If you have previously been to Pomelos, you always know what you are going to get when you order!

2
★★★★★

Pomelos is consistently a great experience! The owners and staff are friendly and the food is inexpensive. The food is of great quality and quite consistent. If you have previously been to Pomelos, you always know what you are going to get when you order!

Pros: Great Staff, Great Food, Great Service

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The food and service is excellent, the starters are great. I enjoy the dinning experiance.

2
★★★★★

The food and service is excellent, the starters are great. I enjoy the dinning experiance.

Pros: staff, style, food

Cons: parking, parking, parking

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Pomelo's is a wonderful place to dine. The food is fantastic and the service phenomenal! Bring all your friends and dine at Pomelo!!

2
★★★★★

Pomelo's is a wonderful place to dine. The food is fantastic and the service phenomenal! Bring all your friends and dine at Pomelo!!

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You can have pasta anywhere, but the individual food stylings of the executive chef at this establishment makes one desire a sample of every dish on the menu. Quaint, not-in-your-face charm with a non-busy atmosphere that blends in well with the Church Street ambience. Who says "service" is no longer an american term? At Pomelo's service is still alive and kicking. And if you really need to spend a lot of money on a meal... go somewhere else.

2
★★★★★

You can have pasta anywhere, but the individual food stylings of the executive chef at this establishment makes one desire a sample of every dish on the menu. Quaint, not-in-your-face charm with a non-busy atmosphere that blends in well with the Church Street ambience. Who says "service" is no longer an american term? At Pomelo's service is still alive and kicking. And if you really need to spend a lot of money on a meal... go somewhere else.

Pros: Not crowded, Cozy, Inexpensive

Cons: Parking, Tables small groups

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POMELO IS A CLASS ON IT'S OWN.. WITH STYLE AND MOST APPEALING TASTE.. IT'S MY FAVORITE AND THEIR FOR IT RULES ... AND DOESN'T BRAKE THE BANK EITHER!!!!

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★★★★★

POMELO IS A CLASS ON IT'S OWN.. WITH STYLE AND MOST APPEALING TASTE.. IT'S MY FAVORITE AND THEIR FOR IT RULES ... AND DOESN'T BRAKE THE BANK EITHER!!!!

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The food is good and reasonable. Service was good and friendly.

2
★★★★★

The food is good and reasonable. Service was good and friendly.

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My favorite restaurant in the City. Good, wholesome food. I could easily eat there a few times a week. I take my parents there when they visit. My mother wants them to open a place in Santa Cruz.

2
★★★★★

My favorite restaurant in the City. Good, wholesome food. I could easily eat there a few times a week. I take my parents there when they visit. My mother wants them to open a place in Santa Cruz.

Pros: wholesome food, good prices, good portions

Cons: small menu

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Modern style noodles, rice and pasta that's really simple and inexpensive, in a charming little place. Also check out their version of brunch if you're tired of the usual fare. I could go there everyday!

2
★★★★★

Modern style noodles, rice and pasta that's really simple and inexpensive, in a charming little place. Also check out their version of brunch if you're tired of the usual fare. I could go there everyday!

Pros: Inexpensive, Friendly Service

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This place was recommended to me 3 years ago, and my boyfriend and I keep coming back for more. The menu has all noodle and grain-based dishes, which is a great concept. They have excellent egg rolls, miso soup, and frequently add new entrees to the menu. And you must end off the meal with sorbet and gelato.

2
★★★★★

This place was recommended to me 3 years ago, and my boyfriend and I keep coming back for more. The menu has all noodle and grain-based dishes, which is a great concept. They have excellent egg rolls, miso soup, and frequently add new entrees to the menu. And you must end off the meal with sorbet and gelato.

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The food and service makes you feel like you're at home. The owners treat you like family and you always feel welcome and comfortable.

2
★★★★★

The food and service makes you feel like you're at home. The owners treat you like family and you always feel welcome and comfortable.

Pros: Amazing, Clean, Freindly

Cons: Variety

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I recently had brunch at pomelo.What a great menu! My friend had banana french toast with coconut syrup and I had a great smoked trout hash.We always loved pomelo for dinner but never thought about it for brunch.I'll be back next weekend with some new recruits.

2
★★★★★

I recently had brunch at pomelo.What a great menu! My friend had banana french toast with coconut syrup and I had a great smoked trout hash.We always loved pomelo for dinner but never thought about it for brunch.I'll be back next weekend with some new recruits.

Pros: inexpensive, great service, cute chef

 

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