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Santa Ramen

1944 El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 344-5918
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Ranked #142 of 356 restaurants in San Mateo
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Japanese, Noodle Shop
Most recent review
- Apr 14, 2014
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32 reviews from our community

71% Recommend
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English first
Boston, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

This place is considerable much bigger than most ramen places I've been to. The ramen here is nothing special but they have my chicken wings. Even though the place is bigger than most, there is still a line during dinner times but quick turnover with good parking lot.

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Redwood City, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

I remember when this restaurant was located closer to downtown San Mateo - I remembered it being pretty good and all these years haven't had the opportunity to come try since it moved. In the last week, I've gone twice, once with a friend because he was in the area and suggested it, and another time to give it a... More

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Davis, CA
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57 reviews 57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

I had pork belly ramen with pork garlic broth. Had to stand in line to get in. Its a very popular Ramen spot. Has lots and lots of reviews on Yelp. I just didn't think it was that great.

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Sacramento, CA
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60 reviews 60 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

This restaurant serves excellent ramen with braised pork belly or roasted pork cheek. It was delicious!!! Everything was fresh and tasty.

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Burlingame, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

We enjoyed the food very much. The waitstaff was overworked and we nearly had to tackle them to get tea or water. I'd go back for lunch here again anytime.

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San Francisco, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Ramen with pork soup is the best. Noodles are cooked just right. Loved the Chicken Karaage. Service is quick as your order that you made while waiting in line is ready within minutes of sitting down. Parking spaces in the strip mall are very tight.

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Redwood City, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Read all the reviews so was ready. Sunday night at 6pm, no line, but restaurant was full. By the time we left, there was a line!! Everyone ordered different broth, all were good. Have to have the stewed pork...little bit of heavenly pork belly. Interesting additions to soup, who knew corn would be so good in noodle soup. Service was... More

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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

A traditional ramen house that brings warm and fuzzies to your tummy! Warning, you may become addicted after one try. I've tried many ramen restaurants and no one comes close. As with all great places, you may have to wait a bit to be seated (especially at lunch) - but it's a guarantee for a best bowl of ramen around!!... More

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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98 reviews 98 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

This is good Pho with all the fixings. Even a little intimidating to those new to Pho because there's so many options, such as different noodles and broths. The Pho is good, as is most things on their menu. Parking and getting a table can be a bit of a challenge, this is clearly a popular place. Try to go... More

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New York City, New York
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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

If you like Japanese Ramen this place is worth a try, The soup base & Ramen is very good but the pork can be better. If you are planing to eat during lunch time I recommend go early before 11:30 am, cause 12pm you will be waiting on a line toward outside the restaurant. Place is kind of tight so... More

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