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Izakaya Mai

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212 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-3904
+1 650-347-2511
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  • Excellent11%
  • Very good79%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible0%
Aug 25, 2016
“Mom prefers this place”
May 27, 2016
“Prepare to wait on weekends”
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Japanese, Sushi, Asian
$$ - $$$
212 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-3904
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

The food here was delectable. The service was simply superb. The price was reasonable. Our bill averaged out to around $23 per person. My only complaint was the long wait to get a table.

Thank Gaakin D
Reviewed March 21, 2013

Izakaya Mai is one of the most authentic Japanese restaurants in San Mateo and is a favorite of Japanese executives from companies like Tokyo Broadcasting Corporation and ANA. On weekends and some weeknights this place is packed and waiting for a table can be very...More

Thank jetsetpanda
Reviewed February 14, 2013

This is the perfect Japanese restaurant -very authentic! Sushi and everything else - many special items - written on their specials board. I really like the privacy of the downstairs area.

Thank Nathan G
Reviewed July 16, 2012

Well - the place is pretty authentic. I had the Chanpon and thought it was worth trying. The fried soul was very good. Much of the selection was unique. The sushi was about average for the area. The ambiance was rustic and casual. The Saki...More

Thank Nads82
Reviewed February 22, 2012

I go here every week. All the menus are NOT Americanized, still keeping Japanese original taste. Decorations are somehow chaotic but that is the Japanese "Izakaya" style, impressively reasonable dinner in very good quality. Very livery and busy in dinner time, sometimes long waiting lines...More

Thank koba-sf
Reviewed June 21, 2011

YUMMY! I love sushi places like this. Small and cramped, loud and really interestingly odd decor... GREAT sushi rolls. The preparation is really pretty and fun. We favor the Caterpillar, dragon, rainbow and my personal favorite was the cherry blossom. It was such fresh tuna...More

Thank sorrmar
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Reviewed January 29, 2010

Crowded but fun place

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 212 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-3904
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-347-2511
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