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Ramen Dojo

805 South B Street, San Mateo, CA
(650) 401-6568
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Ranked #41 of 353 restaurants in San Mateo
Cuisines: Japanese
Most recent review
- Apr 14, 2014
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80% Recommend
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English first
Boston, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Ok they do not serve tea. Yep you heard it right. Same owner as Santa Ramen but much much smaller with line that's at least 45 minute long if you're not there before the first seating she they opened. It's a 24 seater with a few seats a t the counter. You can get extra portion ramen. The garlic pork... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013 via mobile

I have never tried ramen like this before. You order it in a big bowl and can add whatever extra toppings you want for a dollar. When you arrive put your name on the list hanging on the wall outside. There was a long wait when I went but my husband loved the food and claims it was his favorite... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

My sister-in-law said that Japanese businessmen plan their flights so they can layover in SFO and have their ramen here. I'm no ramen connoisseur, but it was delicious. We arrived 30 minutes before it opened for lunch, were the 3rd party in line, so were seated when it opened. We all had the garlic pork broth. Delicious!

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San Francisco, California
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127 reviews 127 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Why only two stars? For the final cost of the meal, the long wait, and just avg flavor. I was finally able to try this place, not wanting to wait for a long time in a line. I was disappointed with my experience here. The menu selection of the type of ramen is only three styles. Everything you want on... More

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San Francisco, California
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21 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

A little place in San Mateo, specialty is spicy ramen. If you feel like a nice bowl of ramen in a cold windy SF day, this is the place to go. You have to be there early, line starts before they open at 5:30pm. If you like it spicy, then you need to ask for extra extra spicy!

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New York City, New York
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24 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

The ramen is Delicious especially the Garlic flavor a must try. Please go there early cause long line will picks up before they open. They open @ 5pm on weekday go there @ 4pm be the first one line cause the place seating is limited of 20 persons. Weekend open @ 530pm i recommend go there 1 hour ahead cause... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Our friend had inside knowledge: get in line by 5:00 pm, even though the place opens at 5:30 pm for dinner. The line had already formed, and if you do not get in on the first seating, be prepared to wait for an hour while the others dine. Hostess started taking order in line, to get things moving. SInce this... More

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Menlo Park, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

There are two places in San Mateo widely known as the best ramen. One is Himawari, but recently Ramen Dojo has come up as a challenger. The seriousness of ramen in san mateo is evident by the long lines. This place is seriously good, as the local san mateo population is very knowledgeable about ramen.

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Chicago, Illinois
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34 reviews 34 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

Make this place a destination if you're ever in the San Fran area. You will enjoy the most exquisite bowl of ramen in your life. All the hype is true!

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

We ventured here on a weekday for lunch on our way back to the city, thinking there wouldn't be a line...ha. We waited 20 mins, which wasn't too bad, but really...a random ramen place in San Mateo with a line? tThat's ramen dojo for you Evidently, the Spicy Garlic Pork broth is the way to go, so that's what we... More

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