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Katana-ya

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Neighborhood:
Union Square
Japanese, Noodle, Sushi
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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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  • 71
    Excellent
  • 80
    Very good
  • 14
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  • 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
Great ramen place

We had a very late lunch here and we're lucky as there wasn't a line. It's a small place but still it doesn't have that strong pork broth smell to it. The ramen was great, large portions as well. Comfort food!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We had a very late lunch here and we're lucky as there wasn't a line. It's a small place but still it doesn't have that strong pork broth smell to it. The ramen was great, large portions as well. Comfort food!

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Calgary
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46 reviews 46 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Came here for ramen for a late dinner and was fortunate enough to get a table quickly. The place is small so it fills up quickly. The ramen there was pretty good - the reason why I didn't give it 5 stars was because our waiter was very standoff-ish to us (no idea why) could just be his personality but... More 

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Taichung, Taiwan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Noodles cooked just right. I have katana-ya soy ramen! It's good combo with gyozsu, chicken and port! Although I feel the attitude is not very nice and not been asked the food served, I still left good tips. Food is good!

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Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Went for lunch (a bit after the lunch rush). Typical of a ramen place it was pretty busy with small tables. Considering the size of SF's Japanese population I was expecting something different from Toronto but to be honest, I think any of the Toronto places are just as good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I attended a developer conference in SFO and ate here 4 out of 5 nights that I stayed here. It is right in front of Clift Hotel where I was staying. They had a wide variety of ramen to choose from but I must say the Katana-ya ramen on miso broth is the best!

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salt lake city
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Tasty ramen at a decent price. Get on the list, it's worth the wait. Good portions, you will not go away hungry.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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153 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This is a good inexpensive choice when you're near Union Sq. They have loads of choice and some interesting set meal deals. I had the kimchi ramen and it was a big bowl of hearty and warming ramen. Good quick service and friendly staff - would definitely recommend when looking for a casual meal in SF.

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st. paul
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85 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Its hard to choose from the dozens of variations of ramen served here. We arrived at this tiny place near Union square just after opening and were able to get a table without much wait. The 3 of us did not mind rubbing shoulders as we huddled over our delicious steaming bowls of Ramen. I prefer the spicy, rich broth... More 

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San Diego, California
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49 helpful votes 49 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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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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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 15
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Noodle, Sushi
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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