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Sushi Sam's Edomata

218 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4015
650-344-0888
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Ranked #11 of 364 Restaurants in San Mateo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $20
Hours:
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
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  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Bloomsbury, New Jersey
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We love this restaurant. Our 2 year old loves the sushi. It is always a treat. The only complaint is the line is always long.

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Hong Kong, China
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Perhaps because I live in Asia and travel widely, I have dined in many excellent Japanese restaurants and authentic sushi joints; I find Sushi Sam's very disappointing. The wait was unusually long and the method the proprietor seats patrons was haphazard at best, even though he seemed to have a written list. Time after time I saw people who arrived... More 

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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Generally speaking whenever you try and go to Sushi Sam's you will be met by a long line. Trust me - it is worth the wait. Sushi Sam's is an institution in San Mateo and with good reason. San Mateo probably has over 20 Japanese restaurants in a relatively small 5 block radius but hands down this is the place... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We were early for a business meeting and starving... Walking down the Main Street, we noticed several Japanese restaurants, however this Sam's seemed to be the busiest one. While nothing fancy, walking into find eight people waiting was a good sign of things to come. I think we were greeted by Sam but I'm not sure. After taking a little... More 

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San Mateo, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Omakase here is totally worth it - fresh, innovative, delicious. That said, we will sometimes decide to go some place else for sushi because we might not be in the mood for the cranky service. One server is AMAZING, friendly, outgoing, makes an effort - and then there is the cranky crew. Dismissive, hard to get attention, never smile, like... More 

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San Mateo, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

You cannot go wrong here. The simply focus on serving quality, tasty good sushi! You could wait a bit, but every bit is worth the wait. For all you foodies, treat yourself to this great spot in San Mateo.

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San Mateo, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is the best Sushi spot on the peninsula. Sam is a master of his art. He finds the freshest fish daily and serves it in the best possible way. Just wait for Sam to say no soy sauce when he hands your sushi.

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San Francisco, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We had attempted to try it out quite a few times before but always chickened out because of the long line until yesterday. It was raining, and we really did not want to seek out another place in the rain. Hence I accepted it when told it would be about 45 minute wait. I think it took less than that.... More 

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Gurgaon
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91 reviews 91 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

had some great experience in San Mateo and one evening eager to have sushi arrived here .....very arrogant response ...place was busy was asked to return after 30 minutes ....no worries i understand that but attitude was sure an issue ...returned ....ordered a decent meal for a person ....even before i could finish the staff started cleaning my table ....with... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

With so many sushi places it takes work to provide something special. Sushi Sam's does it simply by focusing on the food. Not a fancy atmosphere, not a fancy menu filled with pictures. Just a row of sushi chef's waiting to wow you with something creative. Not everything works (watch for particularly strong Mackerel) and some rolls seemed tighter than... More 

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Additional Information about Sushi Sam's Edomata

Address: 218 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4015
Phone Number: 650-344-0888
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
Open Hours:
Tuesday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese

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