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Hotaru Japanese Restaurant

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33 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4010
+1 650-343-1152
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good47%
  • Average23%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“bento box” (6 reviews)
“tempura” (3 reviews)
“sushi” (11 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
$$ - $$$
33 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4010
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11 - 20 of 38 reviews

Reviewed April 20, 2016

best place for ramen noodles and rice dishes. very large selection. service excellent and fast. parking difficult.

Thank wesley n
Reviewed February 5, 2016

We came here on a Thursday night and there were still a line, a very good sign. The food is excellent as usual and the service was acceptable. We tried a new dish Chawanmushi which was very good, This is a to-go place for any...More

Thank LakeviewMan
Reviewed November 28, 2015

The local is very simple, but the dishes reminds you the taste of Japan.The employers are very helpfull and you can eat delicious sushis, noodles, tempuras and a lot of types of japanese food. I loved it.

Thank Neusaty
Reviewed June 25, 2015

The fish is always super fresh here and you get great traditional food as well. I personally love the curry croquettes and their Hotaru roll.

Thank MTSDave N
Reviewed November 20, 2014

I found this place on the internet and it was everything the reviews said. There are a lot of Japanese restaurants in San Mateo, but most had a few customers, this one had a line out the door and a clipboard on the wall to...More

1  Thank Bob G
Reviewed November 9, 2014

I ordered the Unagi bento box....loved it! It came with fresh salad and I love their dressings! This is a small restaurant, try to go early for lunch otherwise, you have to wait.

1  Thank Ardmora
Reviewed July 29, 2014

Excellent authentic sushi in San Mateo, CA. I enjoyed our dining experience here and would most certainly go again.

Thank Eric L
Reviewed January 29, 2014

overall it's okay. a friend of mine recommended here that has a nice bento box. i have visited three times here so far, but found most of foods are very salty. there is a long line of waiting on friday night and weekends, but it...More

Thank jayuinhan
Reviewed January 11, 2014

Fresh sushi with large cuts of fish. Had the combo of soba noodles with a chirashi and must say it is some of the best I have had lately. The portion was definitely adequate and my friend had the sushi sampler. Friendly server who made...More

Thank Ken P
Reviewed June 18, 2013

I met my wife and in-laws here for dinner. Their food and sushi were both quite good. It's a small place with little ambiance but the food is good. I'm not a huge fan of Japanese (but do love sushi) so I'm not sure how...More

Thank travelmeisteren
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 33 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4010
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-343-1152
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