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Ramen Dojo

Ramen Restaurant · Downtown San Mateo
805 S B St (at 8th St), San Mateo, CA 94401, United States
Hours:
Closed until 5:30 PM (Show more)
  • Mon, Wed–Sun
    • 11:30 AM–2:00 PM
    • 5:30 PM–9:00 PM
Price:
$$$$
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
No
8.8/10

Based on 432 votes

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    C D.
    "garlic pork broth + fresh seaweed + extra quail eggs"(8 Tips)
    William J.
    "The regular spicy garlic pork was excellent."(6 Tips)
    Anh P.
    "Garlic pork mild spicy ramen always hits the spot."(7 Tips)
    Brittany B.
    "Get the spicy pork broth with extra pieces of pork and fried garlic!"(7 Tips)
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  • SFGate

    Yes, there will be lines, but Dojo sets the standard for sutamina-style ramen. The standard bowl comes with fatty pieces of pork, mushroom, chives, bell pepper, quail egg and garlicky chicken gravy. Read more

    SFGate · August 2, 2014
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  • Michael M.

    My favorite noodle style of any ramen place I've been to in the Bay Area. They'll bring you extra after you finish (kaedama) if you ask, but save some broth. 'Regular Spicy Garlic Pork' was great

    Michael Muse · January 29, 2015
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  • Brian S.

    This place serves basically one entree: ramen and it's very good. All topped the same, and with three flavors: Garlic/Pork (my recommdation) Soy Bean, and Soy Sauce. You also choose the heat level.

    Brian Strauss · May 22, 2015
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  • Emily

    Garlic pork is like a lighter tonkotau base. Go for regular spicy - I like spicy and even regular burned a little. Spicy cod roe is very salty, but worth adding!

    Emily · November 1, 2015
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  • Norris T.

    Get here early or the wait can be crazy long. No take out. small place. Goto:garlic pork little spicy w/extra pork/quail eggs. Broth is savory and refreshing, try it! (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more

    Norris Tran · May 24, 2012
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  • Jordan S.

    The garlic pork broth is the bomb. Mild spiciness is decently spicy and tastes great! Unfortunately, they ran out of a lot of items when we got here so come early.

    Jordan Staniscia · November 26, 2014
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  • Serious Eats

    Spicy garlic pork ramen with a scoop of chicken gravy is Dojo's specialty. The miso broth is also a highlight, as are the quail eggs in each ramen. Come early and prepare to wait!

    Serious Eats · September 12, 2013
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  • Banky B.

    That it was awesome! Ramen. They're open 11.30 am everyday but if you're wanna enjoy great ramen, you should come here before 10.30 am because It's gonna long line

    Banky Barnes · August 4, 2013
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  • Tara M.

    Got tonkotsu (garlic pork) ramen with extra wakame (fresh seaweed). So good! Just remember to dunk your toppings in the broth so they are warm!

    Tara Munikar · January 23
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  • Andrew L.

    Be prepared to wait: it's popular and tiny inside. Make sure to get your name on the list outside the door or else you'll be waiting a long time! You can't go wrong with anything they offer here.

    Andrew Lam · February 10, 2011
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  • Tristan

    Garlic Spicy Pork for the win! The broth is absolutely fantastic. Go "regular spicy"...extra spicy would be way too spicy. Go for extra noodles, seaweed (roasted) and egg. Then, thank me later

    Tristan · September 25, 2011
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  • Michael K.

    Extra spicy pork (isn't too spicy) with fresh seaweed is Big Hitter ramen. Get there at 11:15 am if you want to make first sitting. Ask for two waters when you're seated

    Michael Kwiatkowski · February 4, 2014
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  • Cameron W.

    Disappointed. The broth wasn't seasoned properly and the egg was a cold afterthought. Must have been a bad day based on all the hype. I love ramen enough to enjoy OK ramen, didn't enjoy this at all.

    Cameron Wylie · December 21, 2014
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  • Alexa (@ladylexy) A.

    Try the soy sauce ramen - The broth was not my first choice but was tasty nonetheless. But the real star was the al dente noodles on the side! Worth the trip to San Mateo.

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  • Jenn E.

    My favorite ramen spot to this day in the bay area. There's always a line even before it's opened, but totally worth the wait! Spicy garlic pork with extra garlic!

    Jenn Eng · January 5, 2014
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  • Adrian C.

    Make sure you go early to avoid the line! also they have a possibility to run out of broth so make sure you get the most popular one (spicy garlic pork) !

    Adrian Chen · May 21, 2015
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  • William J.

    The regular spicy garlic pork was excellent. Mild may be just spicy enough for some. Go extra noodle and quail egg!

    William Johnson · May 11, 2015
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  • Tiffany C.

    Ehh just ok. Eggs over-cooked, and they don't give enough soup. Soup's not as flavorful as I expected. There's only wavy noodle choice here, it's good but not outstanding.

    Tiffany Chang · January 18, 2014
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  • Shirley L.

    Amazing garlic and pork ramen! Def come before 530PM dinner opening (at around 5) to get in line and get slotted for first round of seating.

    Shirley Liu · August 31, 2014
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  • Tricia L.

    Think this place has gone downhill - not much broth and average toppings. There was no wait on friday night. Must be reason why. Check our kagura on Baldwin ave instead.... Much better!!

    Tricia Lee · June 7, 2014
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  • The Wall Street Journal

    This restaurant seats only 30, so regulars know to show up before the 11:30 a.m. opening. Ask for the mild broth which some consider more than mild. Read more

    The Wall Street Journal · March 21, 2012
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  • Runqiu C.

    Best ramen in the Bay Area. Get there at 5 before it opens to be in the first seating. Get the garlic pork flavor with fresh seaweed.

    Runqiu Cai · September 28, 2014
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  • John L.

    Better then Himawari! Better then Santa Ramen! Come here early and get in the list as soon as possible! Spicy garlic ramen with pork is to die for.

    John Le · January 27, 2011
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  • Luica M.

    Absolutely love the ramen here and the soup is fantastic! I prefer adding roasted seaweed and an egg

    Luica Mak · January 31, 2015
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  • Tiffany C.

    Garlic pork ramen ftw. Regular is pretty spicy. Wish bamboo shoots were included but they're not! Lots of toppings to add-on though. Delish.

    Tiffany Chao · December 16, 2010
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  • Dave L.

    Get here early! On Sunday there were people waiting at 4:35p. By 5:15p the line was 30+ people long (well into the second seating).

    Dave L · July 2, 2012
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  • Ashley L.

    Max capacity is 24- get there 20-30 min before opening to get a seat. Garlic pork flavor seems to be the popular choice

    Ashley L · July 9, 2012
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  • Benedict C.

    Make sure you put your name on the list so you get called to be seated. Don't call people out who arrived after you that are getting seated before you.

    Benedict Corpuz · January 15, 2011
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  • Jodie M.

    They only seat 30 people at a time so be patient with the wait! Good garlic ramen :)

    Jodie M · August 23, 2014
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  • Richmark

    Try the Garlic Pork Flavor Ramen - Best ramen in the Bay. I added extra garlic, extra pork, corn and roasted seaweed.

    Richmark · October 20, 2011
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  • Vicki T.

    Tiny restaurant with long lines, but worth the wait! Get the spicy garlic pork ramen!

    Vicki Tran · June 18, 2015
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  • Tiffany L.

    Must order deep fried taco yaki! Surprisingly authentiv! Ramen is so awesome too!

    Tiffany Liu · September 25, 2014
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  • Lauren R.

    Almost as good as Ippudo (NYC).. Not as ambient and fun, but definitely tasty. Fried squid legs are great.

    Lauren Rose · August 26, 2014
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  • Peggy N.

    Had to wait 25 mins for a table but SO worth it! Mild spicy garlic pork with extra pork! Broth is so good :-)

    Peggy Nguyen · March 28, 2013
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  • tina h.

    their noodles have a really good texture; still kinda chewy! love the soy bean soup base. add bamboo shoots!

    tina huang · May 7, 2015
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  • Kelly .

    Broth is thick and contains chunks of ground chicken (hence, gravy). The extra spicy isn't as spicy as people say!

    Kelly 🍰 · July 3, 2012
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  • Benedict C.

    This is the old Santa Ramen location before they moved to the plaza with Nijiya Market. Same owners, same ramen, different styles.

    Benedict Corpuz · January 15, 2011
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  • Rich C.

    Get here early for lunch. The place fills up immediately. There is always a line but the wait is worth it!

    Rich C · March 14, 2012
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  • James G.

    Try the Garlic Pork Flavor Extra Spicy Ramen with Extra Roast Pork, Quail Eggs, Corn, and Spicy Cod Roe

    James Guigayoma · April 23, 2011
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  • Lindsay

    Know what my favorite part was? Those roasted garlic cloves! What a yummy idea. Next time, I'm ordering extra!

    Lindsay · September 23, 2013
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  • Amy M.

    Garlic pork ramen is to die for...the broth here is amazing. Tip: get an extra quail egg...deeeeeelish!

    Amy Matsuno · September 27, 2012
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  • Michael K.

    Pork flavor extra spicy with fresh seaweed is the way to roll at this amazing establishment. Bam Ba Lam

    Michael Kwiatkowski · June 30, 2014
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  • Andy W.

    Garlic pork flavor soup is the bomb! Would not pick extra spicy unless you like a slow burn on both ends

    Andy Wang · December 5, 2010
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  • Charlobo s.

    If you want to spare yourself a wait come early for lunch on a weekday or even the weekend.

    Charlobo s. · September 23, 2014
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  • The Tastes that Make the City

    The garlic pork ramen is the best ramen in SF, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: SF Edition." Read more

    The Tastes that Make the City · January 28, 2015
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  • Christopher C.

    Definitely get here by 11.15am at the latest. There'll be at least 20 people in line at that time.

    Christopher Chan · December 29, 2012
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  • Lisa

    Order garlic pork broth with mild spicy. Their ramen style is similar to Ippudo's in NY.

    Lisa · January 9, 2011
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  • calvin b.

    My favorite ramen! Even though I have to wait in a crazy line. It's the soup that makes me come back.

    calvin bui · July 7, 2012
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  • andy d.

    Remember - garlic pork flavor is the way to go. Regular spicy. Extra spicy is insane.

    andy dahley · November 20, 2010
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  • Stephanie S.

    great food, worth the wait (maybe bring a lawn chair so you can sit and wait comfortably?)

    Stephanie Sorensen-Segel · April 26, 2011
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