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Santa Ramen

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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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San Mateo, California
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Personally can't get enough of this; i even order extra noodles. Service is fast; get there early or as soon as they open otherwise expect a long wait.

Thank smdiner
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

I admit to not being a ramen professional, but I've had enough to know what to look for and what tastes good. Had been visiting Ryowa in Mountain View (on Villa) for years due to proximity to office, but had some time off and was keen to find something different. Tried Santa Ramen due to good reviews -- they were... More 

Thank Emily J
Palo Alto, California
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233 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

There is a menu board at the entrance which lets customers know what is available.......however, if you get there late or during a very popular time, you may see a board that says that only the Classic Ramen bowls are available. This is not a bad thing, because all of their ramen is delicious. My family's favorites are the cheek... More 

1 Thank Sharon L
Half Moon Bay, California
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50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Good Santa Ramen, Manager is very nice and the place is perfect for a late lunch because you can watch tv and relax but be careful if the manager tells you it is ok to bring your doggie in and he is his relatives or mother comes in because you will get attitude. I was the only one in there... More 

Thank DDLMaverick
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196 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

I have had ramen in shinjuku Japan and many corners in Tokyo, and the beauty about Ramen is every ramen house offers there own flavors and spin on our beloved soup and noodles dish. Overall, I may have had better ramens elsewhere but this place can still fulfill a ramen fix. Unique pork flavors coupled with warnings from the waitress... More 

1 Thank Giampaolo Z
Taipei, Taiwan
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130 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Arrived on a Friday close to 1 pm. Was seated pretty much immediately. It was great that there was a large chalkboard displaying the ramen choices available. We were shown to our table and provided menus. The same lady came back shortly to take orders. They seem to highlight the level of spiciness of their broth and actively request customers... More 

1 Thank Plus2kids
San Francisco, California
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547 reviews
311 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

Santa Ramen was my Plan B option after we saw the long line outside of its sister restaurant, Ramen Dojo. Luckily, we didn't have to wait at Santa Ramen and was immediately seated. We started with the karaage and it was one of the best karaage I've had in the Bay Area. It was very juicy and tender. As for... More 

Thank BayAreaTraveler6338
Union City, California, United States
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124 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

Good Japanese Ramen. With lines starting 11:15am for an opening of 11:30am, you can be sure that this is good ramen worth waiting. Other than ramen, there are not too many other items, so you really have to come for the ramen and not expecting too many other dishes. Of course, you start with 3 soup types (and level of... More 

Thank TMMak
Brno, Czech Republic
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

This place is very popular, so don't be surprised if you have to wait. The food is available in different spicyness - only ask for very spicy if you're very used to really hot food!

Thank PerBjorn
San Francisco, California
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016 via mobile

So your looking for great Ramen soup outside of Japan. Look no further than Santa Ramen. Yes it is true you may have to wait at bit due to the long lines that form outside their door before they open...yet this is just a testament to how good this soup really is. The noodles are fresh and the ingredients are... More 

Thank johnrobb1000

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