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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: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 43
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 10
    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
Fresh, great quality fish, but pricey....

This is a good place and if you like sushi rolls and looking for a pre-set special it is a fresh well done food. But if you are like me and like to get sashimi, baby lobster and other more exotic items it will cost you. I had $60 lunch .....

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
JVDZ7
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San Francisco, California
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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  • English first
  • Japanese first
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English first
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We don't have a big variety of sushi in SA, so this was quite an experience. Chose the chef's platter - 8 different kinds of fish, tuna, mackerel, clams, shrimp, salmon, baby lobster... Each one better than the previous. Because the gets so busy you do have to wait quite a while for your food, but totally worth it. Do... More 

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San Francisco, California
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54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This is a good place and if you like sushi rolls and looking for a pre-set special it is a fresh well done food. But if you are like me and like to get sashimi, baby lobster and other more exotic items it will cost you. I had $60 lunch .....

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San Mateo, California
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

This place has a very authentic feel, it is almost as busy as lunch spots I've visited in Japan. The food is as good as the busy atmosphere would indicate. If you can find it open, try it sometime.

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San Francisco, California
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144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

First time I tried to eat at Sushi Sam's the wait was 2 hrs, so today hubby & I decided to skip lunch and have a very late lunch/very early dinner. We came as soon as they opened at 5 and secured a table. The hype around this place is big, and the lines are always long, so we were... More 

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Burlingame, California
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107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 via mobile

Went for a family sushi dinner. Had tekka, salmon skin roll, scallop, yellow fin, soft shell crab roll, caterpillar roll, special California roll and one of the chef choice sushi plates. All just mediocre. Yes, tasty, but no soup or salad or edamame or anything is included, like with many other restaurants. This place is so highly ranked and regarded... More 

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Kingston, Jamaica
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015 via mobile

we rolled up to this place with 2 toddlers, a teenager and 5 adults on a fairly busy night and were seated within 10 minutes - the server was patient and attentive and friendly all night long. The sushi was good - not amazing - but they had my favorite- ankimo (monkfish liver) so I was as happy as a... More 

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San Mateo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Very lively spot with decent service. Loved the food but the wait to get in was a bit long. The sushi tasted fresh and well made and the meal was very filling

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Tracy, California
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

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
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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96 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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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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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: Doing business, Local cuisine, Families with children
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?