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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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Today
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 42
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 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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86 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • Japanese first
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English first
Tracy, California
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I've been going to Sam ever since he worked at Isobune. Then he opened this place and the quality is second to none. If you get the chef's choice sashimi it will be pricey but well worth what you get.

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San Mateo, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Ok, the place is a bit dated and it is not where you go if you want ambiance. But, if you want delicious, fresh, sushi variety, you can't beat Sam's. The line out the door tells you just how good it is. Sit at the bar for a fun experience and be sure to order off the blackboard - these... More 

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
127 reviews 127 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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
39 reviews 39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
56 reviews 56 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
41 helpful votes 41 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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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?