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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: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night

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  • 74
    Excellent
  • 83
    Very good
  • 15
    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
Delicious, but the wait...

I've eaten here a few times during business travel. Each time the wait pushed me almost to the limit of buying a burger to go someplace else, I was so starving. The various Ramens are delicious enough to make the wait worth it. Occasionally the wait service lags, but again the soups make up... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

I've eaten here a few times during business travel. Each time the wait pushed me almost to the limit of buying a burger to go someplace else, I was so starving. The various Ramens are delicious enough to make the wait worth it. Occasionally the wait service lags, but again the soups make up for it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

It was highly rated so we thought 'Must Try!'. There's indeed a queue but manageable. It took approx. 5mins after putting down our name on the self-helped queue list. We ordered 2 bowls of Katana-ya Ramen in Soya soup base and some ice-water. Servings are huge given American standards. I couldn't finish mine & gave 1/3 to my hubby. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We go to this place because it has high rating and good recommendation. We are not disappointed at all. The ramen is spicy and the noodle is not too soft. It's just right like in Japan. I am a big fan of ramen and been to Japan many times. So I can tell this is the authentic ramen. I should... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Loved this place. It's small so there was a wait but less than 30 minutes. The ramen was incredible and staff was very accommodating. We would definitely go back.

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Lake Worth, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

We arrived in town late and found this restaurant next to our hotel. OMG!!!! We had ramen noodle bowls-piping hot and loaded with goodies. Also, the beer was good and cold. Great way to start our vacation!

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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Katana-ya

Address: 430 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone Number: 415 771 1280
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Union Square
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
Average Prices: USD 15
Cuisine: Japanese, Noodle, Sushi

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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