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Santa Ramen

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Japanese, Noodle Shop
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1944 El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 344-5918
Today
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Wed - Mon 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:15 pm

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Visitor rating
  • 12
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Can't get here often, but love it when I do!

A line forms about 30 minutes ahead of time for a reason. If you are looking for great service, nope. Their mission is clear--serve as many people in as short a time as possible. They are fair, though. They take orders in the order you were in line. They give you a menu in line so you have time... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
Anne M
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Albany, United States
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Albany, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

A line forms about 30 minutes ahead of time for a reason. If you are looking for great service, nope. Their mission is clear--serve as many people in as short a time as possible. They are fair, though. They take orders in the order you were in line. They give you a menu in line so you have time to... More 

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106 reviews 106 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This place start to go down hill. It was excellent before, now is only ok. The soup is not hot and the pork is rough

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The owner got a rule of not serving people who are late to the table? Three of us got a table of four and someone joined us late and they refused to serve my friend who came in late. They told him that he can sit with us but no ordering because people in the queue would complain? I can... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

It was the first time my family has gone to Santa Ramen and it will not be our last! There was a long line , but the waitstaff took our orders in line to help speed up the wait. The guy in front of us was a "regular" and made some great recommendations from their blackboard menu . I had... More 

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The Villages, Florida
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398 reviews 398 reviews
297 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Of course you can't compare with the good ramen in Japan nor the oxtail ramen I had in Hawaii but this is good. I had Tonkotsu ramen. This compares well with the one I had at Iroha in NYC. I wish I could have tried other ramen but.... Haven't had good ramen since I left DC area, so this was... More 

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Boston, United Kingdom
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125 reviews 125 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013 via mobile

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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1944 El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: (650) 344-5918

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Noodle Shop
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:15 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?