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Katana-ya

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Neighborhood:
Union Square
Sushi, Japanese, Noodle
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430 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
415 771 1280
Today
11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 70
    Excellent
  • 72
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
excellent spicy ramen

this place is tiny so it gets a line quickly. but its delicious and one of the few places in union square area thats local and not overpriced Food: the spicy house special ramen is very good/excellent, the dumplings are just fine. the nigiri was good not great but ramen is huge portions(we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
mailboxblondie
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San Diego, California
Good for:
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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164 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
San Diego, California
Top Contributor
182 reviews 182 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

this place is tiny so it gets a line quickly. but its delicious and one of the few places in union square area thats local and not overpriced Food: the spicy house special ramen is very good/excellent, the dumplings are just fine. the nigiri was good not great but ramen is huge portions(we shared a bowl) service: good service- nothing... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I loveeee the ramen and the tiger and Alaska rolls!! I really recommend this place! There is always a line and you usually have to wait around 30 min but it worth it!

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San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

You like ramen? go to Katana-YA, I had one of the best ramen ever and an amazing octopus apetizer, the place is small so you'll probably have to wait but they seem very efficient in seating people.

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Whangarei
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Our group of four really enjoyed our meal here . The service was friendly and efficient. As there is limited seating for groups we were seated at the bar and enjoyed helpful chats with one of the sushi cooks working there.

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Wisconsin
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59 reviews 59 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

My wife and daughter wanted ramen on Xmas eve so we walked to this place from our downtown hotel. Extremely small place, no waiting area. You write your name on a clipboard outside the restaurant and when a table opens up, they come out and get you. Fortunately it wasn't a long wait for us as they do like to... More 

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Norfolk, VA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

A colleague took me there and it was packed, but it's so small and crowded, people come to eat and get out. So, the wait is short. It reminded me of many places I've been to in Japan, but much cheaper. I had sushi and my friend had ramen. Plenty of food and it was excellent. Service was fast but... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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89 reviews 89 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Ramen was ok, but I've been to Japan many times so maybe we're spoiled. I would recommend it, if you've never been to Japan. The wait staff were helpful and the service was good.

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Had the ramen... Very tasty and balanced flavored. Good vibe! Excellent service! You will maybe have a little wait outside and the tables are nice and cramped but it's totally worth it. They will see again.

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55 reviews 55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I can't believe the reviews the others have given. This place is mediocre at best. Limp ramen noodles and store-bought gyoza. It'll be quickly out of biz if it was in NYC. But then again, this is SFO. People must be tolerant.

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50 reviews 50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Katana-ya is simply great. I tried the Katanaya Ramen and the combo Udon-Unagi and I felt really satisfied (even if one more unagi slice would be appreciated). As a small surprise, I saw a nice Nigiri Toro offer at only 6.5$ (two pieces). I tried it and ... it was so delicious. Restaurant is really small and the service is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 430 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Union Square
  • Neighborhood: Union Square
  • Phone Number: 415 771 1280

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 15
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese, Noodle
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 am

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

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Neighborhood Profile
Union Square
Originally home to rallies supporting the Union Army in the Civil War, this grand square has become the city's premier shopping and entertainment district containing the largest number of upscale department stores, chic boutiques, art galleries and theaters in the city. It's a large open area where tourists and locals gather, watch cable cars and crowds go by, enjoy a snack, or plan their day of shopping and sightseeing, If feeling the pulsating energy of the city is on your agenda, Union Square is the place to soak it in.
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