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Sushi Sam's Edomata

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218 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4015
+1 650-344-0888
Tue - Sat 11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
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San Francisco, California
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215 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2015

Sushi Sam has a casual ambiance and reasonable prices. Really high quality, big pieces of unique nigiri. The fresh tuna belly melts in your mouth. I love the arctic char which is dressed in house-made yuzu vinegar. The real highlight of my meal was the slivered roasted almonds on top of baby lobster. It's fun to sit at the sushi... More 

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Aarschot, Belgium
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61 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2015

This is the place where I learned to eat and appreciate sushi. I simply LOVE the place. It's small, and usually packed, but the quality of the food makes up for it.

Thank Peter_VdV_Belgium
Level Contributor
164 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2015

Not much to say - one of the best Sushi places I've been to There is a great unique atmosphere Each and every dish I've had was simply delicious!

Thank Michael M
South San Francisco
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219 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2015

This place has remained quite popular over the years because of its consistency. This comes with a price: often times you have to wait during peak lunch and dinner time. The problem is they don't have any space for guests to wait, so the line can stretch all the way outside the entrance door. When you come in, make sure... More 

Thank ChitoD
San Mateo, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2015

The quality of the sushi is good, but the servers always seem like they are in a hurry. Being a long time customer, it's like fast food sushi, eat and leave.

Thank s4habal
San Mateo, California, United States
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2015

I visited here because I heard good stories about their Sushi. We visited weekend evening, and the place was packed. We were forced to wait for 15 min even with reservation. We ordered Omakase, and Sushi quality was pretty bad in addition to bad apps. Sushi rice was hot because they don't have time to cool it, and it killed... More 

Thank Taro K
Bloomsbury, New Jersey
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2015 via mobile

We love this restaurant. Our 2 year old loves the sushi. It is always a treat. The only complaint is the line is always long.

Thank CCR01
Hong Kong, China
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57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2015

Perhaps because I live in Asia and travel widely, I have dined in many excellent Japanese restaurants and authentic sushi joints; I find Sushi Sam's very disappointing. The wait was unusually long and the method the proprietor seats patrons was haphazard at best, even though he seemed to have a written list. Time after time I saw people who arrived... More 

Thank Showchia H
San Francisco, California
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2014

Generally speaking whenever you try and go to Sushi Sam's you will be met by a long line. Trust me - it is worth the wait. Sushi Sam's is an institution in San Mateo and with good reason. San Mateo probably has over 20 Japanese restaurants in a relatively small 5 block radius but hands down this is the place... More 

Thank cre8art
Sydney, Australia
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148 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2014 via mobile

We were early for a business meeting and starving... Walking down the Main Street, we noticed several Japanese restaurants, however this Sam's seemed to be the busiest one. While nothing fancy, walking into find eight people waiting was a good sign of things to come. I think we were greeted by Sam but I'm not sure. After taking a little... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 20
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 218 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4015
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-344-0888

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