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Santa Ramen

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1944 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403-1322
+1 650-344-5918
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:15
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17:30 - 21:15
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San Mateo, California, United States
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110 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2015

This restaurant is my go-to for enjoying a bowl of al dente noodles in a salty, deliciously unctuous broth, but ya gotta hurry to eat those noodles because they seem to quickly go from beautifully chewy to too soft after 15 minutes. And some days I'll come here and my ramen soup is only okay when the noodles are not... More 

Thank Anna L
Albany, United States
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72 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2015 via mobile

A line forms about 30 minutes ahead of time for a reason. If you are looking for great service, nope. Their mission is clear--serve as many people in as short a time as possible. They are fair, though. They take orders in the order you were in line. They give you a menu in line so you have time to... More 

Thank Anne M
San Francisco
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183 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2015

This place start to go down hill. It was excellent before, now is only ok. The soup is not hot and the pork is rough

Thank winsir
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2014

The owner got a rule of not serving people who are late to the table? Three of us got a table of four and someone joined us late and they refused to serve my friend who came in late. They told him that he can sit with us but no ordering because people in the queue would complain? I can... More 

Thank I-Shun
Palo Alto, California
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356 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2014 via mobile

It was the first time my family has gone to Santa Ramen and it will not be our last! There was a long line , but the waitstaff took our orders in line to help speed up the wait. The guy in front of us was a "regular" and made some great recommendations from their blackboard menu . I had... More 

Thank Sharon L
The Villages, Florida
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625 reviews
448 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2014

Of course you can't compare with the good ramen in Japan nor the oxtail ramen I had in Hawaii but this is good. I had Tonkotsu ramen. This compares well with the one I had at Iroha in NYC. I wish I could have tried other ramen but.... Haven't had good ramen since I left DC area, so this was... More 

Thank Yori O
Boston, United Kingdom
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215 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2014

This place is considerable much bigger than most ramen places I've been to. The ramen here is nothing special but they have my chicken wings. Even though the place is bigger than most, there is still a line during dinner times but quick turnover with good parking lot.

Thank hrdabster
Redwood City, California
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99 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2013

I remember when this restaurant was located closer to downtown San Mateo - I remembered it being pretty good and all these years haven't had the opportunity to come try since it moved. In the last week, I've gone twice, once with a friend because he was in the area and suggested it, and another time to give it a... More 

1 Thank Derek C
Davis, CA
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109 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
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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104 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2013

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


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Japanese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Serves Alcohol
Good for
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 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403-1322
  • 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?