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Hotaru Japanese Restaurant

33 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4010
(650) 343-1152
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Valencia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I found this place on the internet and it was everything the reviews said. There are a lot of Japanese restaurants in San Mateo, but most had a few customers, this one had a line out the door and a clipboard on the wall to sign in. It was great talking to people in line and how often they came... More 

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Ardmore, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I ordered the Unagi bento box....loved it! It came with fresh salad and I love their dressings! This is a small restaurant, try to go early for lunch otherwise, you have to wait.

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Millville, New Jersey, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Excellent authentic sushi in San Mateo, CA. I enjoyed our dining experience here and would most certainly go again.

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SF
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

overall it's okay. a friend of mine recommended here that has a nice bento box. i have visited three times here so far, but found most of foods are very salty. there is a long line of waiting on friday night and weekends, but it wouldn't be that popular.

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San Diego, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Fresh sushi with large cuts of fish. Had the combo of soba noodles with a chirashi and must say it is some of the best I have had lately. The portion was definitely adequate and my friend had the sushi sampler. Friendly server who made recommendations and also kept out tea cups filled without asking. We ordered a bento box... More 

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Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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490 reviews 490 reviews
295 restaurant reviews
250 helpful votes 250 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

I met my wife and in-laws here for dinner. Their food and sushi were both quite good. It's a small place with little ambiance but the food is good. I'm not a huge fan of Japanese (but do love sushi) so I'm not sure how often I'd return. Service was great and pretty quick. And they serve a couple different... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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61 reviews 61 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Expect long waits at this popular small restaurant with spartan furnishings and closely set tables. Many families with one well behaved small child eating dinner; however, larges parties would do not well here. The service was excellent: very attentive and very patient with the elderly and the very young. The food is quite good and the prices are very reasonable... More 

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san mateo, c
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Horrible. Overcharged my credit card by adding an extra $1 for tip. Very shady!! Avoid this crappy place!

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

My husband ordered the sukiyaki and said it was the best he ever had. Even better than the one in New York. I had the sobo noodle with chicken and egg. Really good. Price is decent.

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San Francisco, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

We are regulars at Hotaru. We love the Dragon Roll, Udon Special, Combination plates, Chicken Karaage. Servers are very friendly and helpful. Come early as there is usually a line for lunch and dinner. Somewhat noisy but hey, everyone is enjoying themselves and the food.

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Additional Information about Hotaru Japanese Restaurant

Address: 33 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4010
Phone Number: (650) 343-1152
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Japanese, Vegetarian

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