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1944 El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403
+1 650-344-5918
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:15
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Wed - Mon 11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:15
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Davis, CA
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97 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2013

I had pork belly ramen with pork garlic broth. Had to stand in line to get in. Its a very popular Ramen spot. Has lots and lots of reviews on Yelp. I just didn't think it was that great.

Thank davis-family
Sacramento, CA
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103 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2013

This restaurant serves excellent ramen with braised pork belly or roasted pork cheek. It was delicious!!! Everything was fresh and tasty.

Burlingame, California
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed the food very much. The waitstaff was overworked and we nearly had to tackle them to get tea or water. I'd go back for lunch here again anytime.

Thank jspreitz
San Francisco, California
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58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2012

Ramen with pork soup is the best. Noodles are cooked just right. Loved the Chicken Karaage. Service is quick as your order that you made while waiting in line is ready within minutes of sitting down. Parking spaces in the strip mall are very tight.

Thank Guydon88
Redwood City, California
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26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2012

Read all the reviews so was ready. Sunday night at 6pm, no line, but restaurant was full. By the time we left, there was a line!! Everyone ordered different broth, all were good. Have to have the stewed pork...little bit of heavenly pork belly. Interesting additions to soup, who knew corn would be so good in noodle soup. Service was... More 

Thank Carla S
San Francisco, California
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2012

A traditional ramen house that brings warm and fuzzies to your tummy! Warning, you may become addicted after one try. I've tried many ramen restaurants and no one comes close. As with all great places, you may have to wait a bit to be seated (especially at lunch) - but it's a guarantee for a best bowl of ramen around!!... More 

Thank thesherrishow
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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107 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2012

This is good Pho with all the fixings. Even a little intimidating to those new to Pho because there's so many options, such as different noodles and broths. The Pho is good, as is most things on their menu. Parking and getting a table can be a bit of a challenge, this is clearly a popular place. Try to go... More 

Thank Sarah C
New York City, New York
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53 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2012

If you like Japanese Ramen this place is worth a try, The soup base & Ramen is very good but the pork can be better. If you are planing to eat during lunch time I recommend go early before 11:30 am, cause 12pm you will be waiting on a line toward outside the restaurant. Place is kind of tight so... More 

Thank Chichala
San Francisco, California
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138 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 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.

Thank Desigal7
San Mateo, California
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105 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 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... More 

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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
US$ 10 - US$ 15
Japanese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:15
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:15
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:15
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:15
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:15
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:15
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1944 El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-344-5918

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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?