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145 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4012
650-548-2483
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good and Affordable Shabu-Shabu

I have eaten at Shabuway San Mateo several times. The American Kobe is nicely marbled with a rich taste. The Sauces are excellent as are the Vegetables that come with the meal. It is a very popular Restaurant and the lines can be long. The Service is good and the prices are reasonable for the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2015
AtlantaTraveller1836
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

I have eaten at Shabuway San Mateo several times. The American Kobe is nicely marbled with a rich taste. The Sauces are excellent as are the Vegetables that come with the meal. It is a very popular Restaurant and the lines can be long. The Service is good and the prices are reasonable for the quality.

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Thank AtlantaTraveller1836
Budapest, Hungary
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362 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

We (a family) visited Shabuway one day in October. Only the fact that it was our first family gathering for lunch couldn't upset our experience no matter what, but we will try to be objective about this restaurant as much as we can. Even that the whole ordering process seemed to be complicated, there were "baby steps" written in the... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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64 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Shabuway's version of shabu shabu is a step up from the classic Chinese hot pot. It's tastier, more satisfying. It has a distinctive Japanese element to the meal which my wife and I find virtually addictive causing us to satisfy our craving for this unique cuisine at least 2 to 3 visits a month. Always good.

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Thank minimi46
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122 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This place is only for beef shabu only , not much selection. the sauce is a little plain. the soup base does not has much favor

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Thank winsir
San Francisco
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90 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 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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Thank ConstantTraveller74
San Francisco, California
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4 restaurant reviews
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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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Thank Renzo L
Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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Thank bradah
Los Angeles
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 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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Thank LAIslandHopper
california
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12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

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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Thank kangatoo
San Mateo, California
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103 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 145 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4012
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: 650-548-2483

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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