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Katana-Ya Restaurant

347 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108-3611 (Downtown)
415 989 3245
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Ranked #1,538 of 4,919 restaurants in San Francisco
Cuisines: Japanese
Neighborhood: Downtown
Most recent review
- Oct 7, 2013
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Neighborhood: Downtown
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English first
Sydney, Australia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

We had lunch here one day while shopping in SF - this tiny place is in a pretty central location, and we went early to beat the lunch rush. Got a tight table by the window, service was average, but the ramen was very tasty and pretty good value. We both had the simple pork ramen with rich miso soup... More

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San Francisco, California
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122 reviews 122 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

I think the ramen is okay. Everything is average and good enough to satisfy you if you have a ramen craving. The noodle that they use isn't really authentic and a bit mushy. The egg is also not soft-boiled egg. I probably won't be back again.

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Sydney, Australia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We had the Katana-Ya ramen with Miso broth and it was deliciously filling! Fried chicken, great noodles, pork, everything in one bowl makes this option very affordable, especially for San Fran. We had to wait aboout 15 minutes on a Tuesday night but it was really worth it.

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Seattle, WA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

Try the spicy tofu ramen (think perfectly-cooked ramen noodles + kimchi chige + miso broth) = so good! Would be perfect on a cold day! My husband had the katana-ya ramen and we both agreed the spicy kick of the tofu ramen was better. Typical of other highly-rated restaurants in the social-media world, you'll have to be willing to wait... More

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San Francisco, California
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197 reviews 197 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012 via mobile

After waiting in the cold for 30 mins outside the restaurant I finally got in for the lunch rush! Ordered BBQ pork ramen with spice....yum yum yum!

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Mississauga, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

I had looked up ramen restaurants in San Fran before our trip as my husband and I are both big fans. Katana-Ya was consistently rated at the top and now I know why!Although we had to wait about 40 minutes for a table (restaurant only seats about 20), we did not mind, and the delicious food made the wait well... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
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427 reviews 427 reviews
276 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

We're staying at the Westin on Market Street and a waiter in the bar suggested Katanaya Ramen since he was Asian we decided to go and eat at the restaurant. The walk was nice and the hotel is in a great spot. The restaurant in small, but they make it work. It's clean with a great menu and it's filled... More

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London, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2012 via mobile

The ramen is as great as everyone else says it is, and good value also. Service was quick and friendly. The place is tiny though, and I was quite lucky to get a seat at the bar in the middle of the lunchtime rush. Probably better to go early doors or later to dodge the crowds.

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San Francisco, California
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491 reviews 491 reviews
343 restaurant reviews
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2011

Best Ramen in the city. Tanpopo is not even close So i strolled in at 11.30a on a Tuesday and there were 6 people in the restaurant and plenty of seats. When i left around Noon, the restaurant was still more than half empty. I guess the key is going there early-ish if possible. I got the perfect combo: -Fried... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2011

Wowed by its Ramen Noodle (popular dish): the one that has everything: roast pork, egg, Gyoza and it's rich, flavorful broth.

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