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1944 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403-1322
(650) 344-5918
Today
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:15 pm
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Hours:
Wed - Mon 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:15 pm
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61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have had ramen in shinjuku Japan and many corners in Tokyo, and the beauty about Ramen is every ramen house offers there own flavors and spin on our beloved soup and noodles dish. Overall, I may have had better ramens elsewhere but this place can still fulfill a ramen fix. Unique pork flavors coupled with warnings from the waitress... More 

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Thank JGiampaolo
Taipei, Taiwan
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123 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived on a Friday close to 1 pm. Was seated pretty much immediately. It was great that there was a large chalkboard displaying the ramen choices available. We were shown to our table and provided menus. The same lady came back shortly to take orders. They seem to highlight the level of spiciness of their broth and actively request customers... More 

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Thank Plus2kids
San Francisco, California
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503 reviews
270 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

Santa Ramen was my Plan B option after we saw the long line outside of its sister restaurant, Ramen Dojo. Luckily, we didn't have to wait at Santa Ramen and was immediately seated. We started with the karaage and it was one of the best karaage I've had in the Bay Area. It was very juicy and tender. As for... More 

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Thank BayAreaTraveler6338
Union City, California, United States
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98 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Good Japanese Ramen. With lines starting 11:15am for an opening of 11:30am, you can be sure that this is good ramen worth waiting. Other than ramen, there are not too many other items, so you really have to come for the ramen and not expecting too many other dishes. Of course, you start with 3 soup types (and level of... More 

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Thank TMMak
Brno, Czech Republic
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

This place is very popular, so don't be surprised if you have to wait. The food is available in different spicyness - only ask for very spicy if you're very used to really hot food!

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Thank PerBjorn
San Francisco, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile

So your looking for great Ramen soup outside of Japan. Look no further than Santa Ramen. Yes it is true you may have to wait at bit due to the long lines that form outside their door before they open...yet this is just a testament to how good this soup really is. The noodles are fresh and the ingredients are... More 

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Thank johnrobb1000
Half Moon Bay, California
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45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

We love this place! Food is super hearty and filling. One dinner order will last me for two or three dinners! What it lacks in ambiance it makes up for in value.

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Thank Elissa M
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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168 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We went for dinner on a Friday night and waited a long time to be seated despite empty and set tables and open seats at the bar. They were out of their most popular ramens too - stewed pork belly and pork cheek meat and the soy/miso flavor - so we only could choose from the standard ramen dishes. Nonetheless,... More 

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Thank RickyBobbie
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 via mobile

The quality and quantity is great, a soup if you don't eat too much can be for 2 people, the flavor is great and they have a great service I really recommend this place

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Thank Valeria M
San Mateo, California
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403 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 284 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015 via mobile

I got here before it opened. There was a line forming outside the restaurant already. Staff came out and handed out menus shortly before it opened. Took our orders while we were lining up and gave us our seating assignments. Very efficient. I ordered the pork flavored ramen. Portion was smaller than last time I came. Soup base was creamy... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $15
Cuisine
Japanese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1944 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403-1322
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: (650) 344-5918

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?