Komatsu Japanese Cuisine first opened its doors in Downtown Campbell in 1977. Through this entire time, it has occupied the same slightly off the beaten path corner of Downtown Campbell. Through the years, a lot has changed around it, but it has stayed much the same for four decades.
The restaurant's namesake, Harry Komatsu owned the restaurant for over 25 years and when he decided it was time to retire, Komatsu was sold to its current owners, Ken and Nancy Lin. That was in 2003 and ever wilder sushi rolls were all the rage. The restaurant could have gone in a new direction, but Ken and Nancy decided to keep things mostly the same. The menu went through some changes, but they continued with Harry Komatsu's approach of doing the traditional fare and doing it well.
All good things come to an end and Downtown Campbell will be losing an institution that has been witness to the times, both good and bad. For 40 years, you could always find great Japanese food near the iconic Campbell water tower in a little brick space that was divided up by quaint tatami rooms and Japanese shoji screens.
On May 20th, 2017, change comes for it too and a little enduring corner of Downtown Campbell will be different for the first time in four decades.
Fans and friends of Komatsu Japanese Cuisine, you've got until May 19th to go there for one last hurrah and relive your memories from a simpler time.
Please call ahead (408.379.3000) and make reservations a day in advance if you are bringing a sizable group with you.