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Hotaru Japanese Restaurant

33 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4010
+1 650-343-1152
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good49%
  • Average21%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“udon” (4 reviews)
“bento box” (6 reviews)
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Japanese, Sushi, Asian
$$ - $$$
33 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4010
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1 - 10 of 37 reviews

Reviewed 5 May 2017

As a new resident, I’m exploring the various dining options available. One thing I noticed about many of the restaurants in downtown San Mateo is that they’re closed between the end of lunch and dinner. So, I had to wait until after the 5:00 reopening...More

Thank T H
Reviewed 26 April 2017

We came here pretty frequent and like their choice of dinner selections. But this time we noticed the menu prices has increased, therefore no more long line outside like before. The food is still the same good quality but the service level has declined noticeably....More

Thank LakeviewMan
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Nice little restaurant serving good sushi; only drawback is the space and of only accepts reservations for parties of 8+; since parking can be a problem sometimes, best to come early.

Thank smdiner
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

6 of us came here for lunch on New Years day and when we arrived at 11:15, there were already 5 parties ahead of us waiting for the restaurant to open at 11:30. It was kind of cold and very windy but that did not...More

Thank chanyu1
Reviewed 21 December 2016

Been coming to this Japanese Restaurant for quite some time. Here are some comments: PARKING: Can be difficult during the lunch period, after noon. There are spaces in the back of the restaurant. However you might have to try your luck on 3rd ave or...More

Thank teng346
Reviewed 2 December 2016

Had the bento box special which includes soup and salad as well as a choice of main courses and includes a bowl of rice and 4 pieces of California roll....all for 9.95. Added maguro, sake, and shrimp tempura roll. All the sushi was freshly prepared...More

Thank richpvihbass
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Food here was very good. I enjoyed their combination bento box which provided a lot of food. Others enjoyed the combination udon dishes which also provided a lot of food.

Thank tom m
Reviewed 3 August 2016

We went to Hotaru because one of our waiters at another place we frequent also works here. The menu is extensive; the food very good. We live in Japan, so know whereof we speak. I don't think you can get a bad meal here but...More

Thank Jim F
Reviewed 25 May 2016

Hotaru is our go to place for Japanese food in the bay area. We try to stop here before heading to San Francisco and returning the rental car. They serve solid combination meals enough to satisfy most appetites. We have thoroughly enjoyed everything that we...More

Thank Stu Y
Reviewed 20 April 2016

best place for ramen noodles and rice dishes. very large selection. service excellent and fast. parking difficult.

Thank wesley n
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 33 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4010
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-343-1152
  • E-mail
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