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“Best soup ever had”
Review of Santa Ramen

Santa Ramen
Ranked #28 of 410 Restaurants in San Mateo
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Japanese
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San Francisco, California
Level 6 Contributor
162 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Best soup ever had”
Reviewed February 25, 2012

Eaten here about 20 times since worked a block away. Really great soup. No vegetarian options. All soup pork based. I always have extra seaweed and corn. Wish they had desserts. They refuse takeout ordering.

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  • English first
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English first
San Mateo, California
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 265 helpful votes
“Japanese version of "greasy spoon" but pricy”
Reviewed February 22, 2012

There are three Santa related ramen shops in San Mateo and this is the original. Because of the "topping" adding system, it goes really pricy but some of the toppings are the "must try" such as stewed pork. Very greasy and your lips will be sticky after finishing their yummy ramen. Totally not appropriate for those who has food restrictions - all menus are pork based and non-vegetarian menu available.

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San francisco
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“Best ramen in the bay area”
Reviewed October 8, 2009

For somebody who loves and eats a lot of ramen, this was very good ramen. For those who think all ramen is that bland and disgusting top ramen or cup ramen from Safeway, you are missing out. Check out an Asian market, especially a Kotean or Japanese one and you'll think all we ate are ramen, not rice.
I think Santa Ramen makes their own broth but not their noodles. I had the pork broth with a boiled egg and kimchee. To me the broth is the key base to any ramen and it was delicious. The noodle was also just under cooked which is a key to good ramen.
The service was courteous and attentive. The place had a line even at 11:30am on a Thursday.

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“Tanpopo was better...”
Reviewed March 29, 2009

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Merced, CA
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“Best ramen in a long time...”
Reviewed January 16, 2009

Great fecommendations on TripAdvisor so I went there. Amazing $7.95 choice of soy sauce, pork, or miso flavord ramen. Then choose items to add in for $1 + each. Perfect portion and great flavor! No line but full restaurant so I ate at the bar. Very pleasant staff and good dinner!

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