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“Not very authentic” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Sushi Sam's Edomata

Sushi Sam's Edomata
218 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4015
650-344-0888
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Ranked #7 of 361 Restaurants in San Mateo
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
West Sussex, United Kingdom
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
“Not very authentic”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2010

Not particularly authentic (I have lived in Japan) and some of the sashimi was not particularly fresh, and the kare-age (deep fried chicken) was quite tough. Thus, although it's not particularly expensive, I would say it's not good value for money. There's a Japanese-language menu so at least some of the staff must be Japanese-speaking so I would have expected better.
The service was OK (efficient but not friendly) - and again not up to true Japanese standards.
Probably OK if you want something different to typical American food, but this is not a proper Japanese restaurant.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Very Good Sushi for Fish Lovers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2010

If you like fish and not just sushi rolls with sauce all over, then this is the place for you. They know how to serve sushi just right. Temperature is perfect, size is perfect. Rice sometimes seems a bit loose depending on who is making it, but sit at the bar and order Omakaze and you will leave with a new level by which to measure all other sushi.

Their desserts are also my favorite of any restaurant anywhere. They are refreshing, unique and not too sweet. Some people don't like the casual atmosphere, but if you eat out for the food and not to feel like you're in a nightclub then this is the place for you.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“good sushi, toro was delicious only knock is the crowd and noise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2009

good sushi, toro was delicious only knock is the crowd and noise

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“I've been going here around 15 years and it's my top pick for all-around consistency, value, taste and quality. There...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2009

I've been going here around 15 years and it's my top pick for all-around consistency, value, taste and quality. There are plenty of Bay Area options if you're looking for pretentious style or overprice, but this ain't it. I rate Sam's relative to 3 in Tokyo that may be marginally better in access to fresh and/or eclectic fish, but a long way to travel.

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“The most untraditional traditional Japanese fare”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2009

Sushi Sam's is by far the best sushi I've had. It's not the traditional soy sauce, wasabi dipping kind of sushi. Here, the sushi is accented with sea salt, vinegar or lemon juice. This may not sound like your usual Japanese food but it taste great!! The fish is fresh and just melts in your mouth. From what I hear, you have to sit at the sushi bar and order the omakase or "chef's choice." That is the only way I've had it at Sushi Sam's and he has never disappointed. The food may not be made the traditional way but all the chef's are Japanese and the food is prepared with skill and talent. Aside from the main food, their dessert is to die for. They have about 4 resident desserts (all of which are delicious) and 2 desserts that change from time to time. The desserts are sweet but not overly sweet and each dessert has it's own unique texture and flavor. One serving is not enough.

The staff at Sushi Sam's are great. They are attentive and pleasant. Sam himself is always at the bar making the food and chatting with his customers. He makes jokes and makes sure everyone is having a good time. The atmosphere here is fun and relaxed. It does get busy and a bit noisy when the restaurant is full. All in all, Sushi Sam's is great and I'd definitely refer my friends there for Japanese food.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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