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218 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4015
650-344-0888
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11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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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  • 42
    Excellent
  • 32
    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
Exceptional service & decent sushi

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2015
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Kingston, Jamaica
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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English first
Kingston, Jamaica
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 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
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140 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 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
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39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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57 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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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
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119 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 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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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: Japanese, Sushi

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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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