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Santa Ramen

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

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  • 12
    Excellent
  • 15
    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
Excellent tonkatsu broth

This restaurant is my go-to for enjoying a bowl of al dente noodles in a salty, deliciously unctuous broth, but ya gotta hurry to eat those noodles because they seem to quickly go from beautifully chewy to too soft after 15 minutes. And some days I'll come here and my ramen soup is only okay when... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
Anna L
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San Mateo, California, United States
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San Mateo, California, United States
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43 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This restaurant is my go-to for enjoying a bowl of al dente noodles in a salty, deliciously unctuous broth, but ya gotta hurry to eat those noodles because they seem to quickly go from beautifully chewy to too soft after 15 minutes. And some days I'll come here and my ramen soup is only okay when the noodles are not... More 

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Albany, United States
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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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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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 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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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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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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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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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, Asian
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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