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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
I do enjoy eating Shabu...

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2008
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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 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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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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San Francisco
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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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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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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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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

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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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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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
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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