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Izakaya Ginji

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301 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4008
+1 650-348-1110
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
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Sun 17:00 - 22:00
Mon 17:30 - 23:00
Wed - Mon 11:30 - 14:00
Wed - Thu 17:30 - 23:00
Fri 17:30 - 00:00
Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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Boulder, Colorado
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163 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

This is really like going to a higher-end izakaya in Japan, where I misspent some of my youth. The food is authentic in flavor and very very good. Get the yellowtail tuna with the dried lotus root in the citrus-y sauce. wonderful. Fried pork belly, yum. The small-production sake is delicious, we had one from Yamagata. You can easily spend... More 

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San Juan Islands, Washington
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330 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Wanted a different Sunday lunch, friends told us about this place. They were right, it was a nice find. Not overly into heavy Japanese decor, spotless, excellent lunch "boxes" with great selection. Good service, nice place for family.

Thank MikeandSarah
Cali, Colombia
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126 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Authentic yakitori with an extended menu beyond chicken. This was a taste of Japan. Go, take your time, and enjoy the variety of dishes with great sake. Small succulent portions. A bit like a Japanese tapas bar. The breast skewers with shiso are one great reason to go back!!!. Enjoy.

Daly City
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34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016

If you are looking for a typical family style Japanese restaurant, don’t go here. This is more of a place to go if you have drinking and appetizers on your mind. My sister and I decided to take our Japanese mother there for dinner. Our mom who is the expert on Japanese cuisine said that the food was very good... More 

Thank henryonatrip
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171 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

We stumbled into this little place by chance. It looked authentic and those waiting to get in, too. Having no clue what to order - besides the ramen - we went by the waitress suggestions. It was mind blowing! The look, the taste, I haven't had Japanese food like this since my last stay in Japan. Cannot even out it... More 

Thank Kerstin K
1 review
Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

Monday-Friday Closed for Lunch. Served only Saturday & Sunday's Yakitori and IZAKAYA at night Great Cold Sake Selection. Owners are from Japan. Her sister used to own Hotaru in San Mateo, until she retired a few years ago.

Thank Bob S
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71 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2016

I have a friend who is always raving about how this is one of her favorite places for dinner, so I happened to be walking by around lunchtime and decided to try it on her recommendation. The menu at the time included typical fare of sushi, teriyaki and donburi, so I was skeptical that dinner would be any better. However,... More 

Thank Pigcat
San Mateo, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 February 2016 via mobile

Delicious japanese tapas with revolving specials. The owner is constantly changing the menu for the season. We love the skewers as the are done excellently. The other dishes are a must try. Izakaya Ginji has an array of shochu and sakes on the menu.

Thank YinnieBee
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73 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2015 via mobile

This is an excellent Japanese the staff were superb and could not do enough for us, the food was excellent authentic with great ingredients, we were very well sated and will go again. The only reservation was the limited wine list, but they a brilliant selection of sakes and a good selection of Japanese beers.

Thank peter w
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 17 December 2015 via mobile

Having been stationed in Japan for several years sometimes you just pine for the times you enjoyed Japan. This place is authentic and does a fantastic job. The orion beer and awamori were great both regional selections from Okinawa. I'd recommend this place to anyone.

Thank Justin R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 301 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4008
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-348-1110
Japanese tapas and traditional dining

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