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Santa Ramen

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1944 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403-1322
(650) 344-5918
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:15 pm
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Wed - Mon 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:15 pm
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Half Moon Bay, California
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49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good Santa Ramen, Manager is very nice and the place is perfect for a late lunch because you can watch tv and relax but be careful if the manager tells you it is ok to bring your doggie in and he is his relatives or mother comes in because you will get attitude. I was the only one in there... More 

Thank DDLMaverick
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114 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 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 

Thank Giampaolo Z
Taipei, Taiwan
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120 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016 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 

Thank Plus2kids
San Francisco, California
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519 reviews
284 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank BayAreaTraveler6338
Union City, California, United States
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100 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank TMMak
Brno, Czech Republic
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles 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!

Thank PerBjorn
San Francisco, California
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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 bubbles 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.

Thank Elissa M
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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187 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank RickyBobbie
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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

Thank Valeria M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
Japanese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:15 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:15 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:15 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:15 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:15 pm
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?