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Sushi Sam's Edomata

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218 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4015
650-344-0888
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Families with children
Doing business
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 40
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Solid Sushi

Sushi Sam has a casual ambiance and reasonable prices. Really high quality, big pieces of unique nigiri. The fresh tuna belly melts in your mouth. I love the arctic char which is dressed in house-made yuzu vinegar. The real highlight of my meal was the slivered roasted almonds on top of baby... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 2, 2015
jnlv2trvl
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San Francisco, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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84 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The positive is the casual atmosphere, a bit loud but relaxing and energetic place. Service is quick and efficient. But I don't understand the reviews praising the sushi here: the fish is fine, but the rice is definitely not. The itamaes (sushi chefs) overload the rice portion. We had to remove some of the rice to make the sushi eatable.... More 

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Sushi Sam has a casual ambiance and reasonable prices. Really high quality, big pieces of unique nigiri. The fresh tuna belly melts in your mouth. I love the arctic char which is dressed in house-made yuzu vinegar. The real highlight of my meal was the slivered roasted almonds on top of baby lobster. It's fun to sit at the sushi... More 

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Aarschot, Belgium
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This is the place where I learned to eat and appreciate sushi. I simply LOVE the place. It's small, and usually packed, but the quality of the food makes up for it.

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Not much to say - one of the best Sushi places I've been to There is a great unique atmosphere Each and every dish I've had was simply delicious!

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South San Francisco
Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This place has remained quite popular over the years because of its consistency. This comes with a price: often times you have to wait during peak lunch and dinner time. The problem is they don't have any space for guests to wait, so the line can stretch all the way outside the entrance door. When you come in, make sure... More 

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San Mateo, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The quality of the sushi is good, but the servers always seem like they are in a hurry. Being a long time customer, it's like fast food sushi, eat and leave.

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San Mateo, California, United States
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I visited here because I heard good stories about their Sushi. We visited weekend evening, and the place was packed. We were forced to wait for 15 min even with reservation. We ordered Omakase, and Sushi quality was pretty bad in addition to bad apps. Sushi rice was hot because they don't have time to cool it, and it killed... More 

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Bloomsbury, New Jersey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 via mobile

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
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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
26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 218 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4015
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: 650-344-0888

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?