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Shabuway

145 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4012
650-548-2483
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Ranked #103 of 356 restaurants in San Mateo
Cuisines: Japanese
Most recent review
- Jan 10, 2014
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San Francisco
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63 reviews 63 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

My family and I have been to the restaurant about 30 times and we all really enjoy it. The shabu shabu is great. In addition to beef they have lamb and pork. They also offer a variety of vegetables. The prices are very reasonable and the food quality has been very consistent for us. Only downside is that sometimes you... More

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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

We were in San Mateo and got a sudden craving for shabu. We decided on Shabuway and were pretty dissapointed. The "lean kobe meat" was actually pretty hard and the meat lacked taste, even after dipping the meat in all the sauces. I would look for another shabu place.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

No Problem with taste and presentation.........very good! However, definitely not "Japanese" service. Yoshinoya does better (oops, did I say that). Wish they would not mention the "All-you-can-Eat" on their homepage, especially the fine print which dates back to 2011.

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Los Angeles
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12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

I eat this kind of food regularly in Los Angeles, and this place serves authentic delicious Shabu Shabu. The Japanese Kobe was absolutely divine, and the dipping sauces are fresh and delicious. I would definitely eat here again if I am in the area. Loved it. Excellent dinner.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012 via mobile

Been coming back for 3 yrs now. Good value, good service, and great food. Love the veggie selection, pot stickers, and ramen.

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San Mateo, California
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71 restaurant reviews
273 helpful votes 273 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

Shabuway only serves Shabu-Shabu, the broth fondue. The "kombu" kelp broth is the authentic but pitifully they have added spicy broth for non-Japanese Asian clienteles. Thin sliced beef are in certain quality for this pot cooking, but the service is considerable. Don't expect Japanese hospitality there because the servicepersons are not Japanese.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2008

I do enjoy eating Shabu and the Shabu here is Kobe Beef in both regular and lean varieties. I particularly enjoy their Sukiyaki but last time I went it wasn't available. Not sure why. Overall the food is good here, although every time I went, there's a wait for dinner. Service is nice but a little slow.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2008

This individual hotpot joint is a bit too much style over substance. But the food isn't terrible.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2008

Simple concept and friendly service

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2008

Good if you're into that.

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