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Ramen Dojo

Ramen Restaurant$$$$
Downtown San Mateo, San Mateo
  • Ranked #2 for ramen restaurants in San Mateo
  • The experts at The Wall Street Journal and SFGate recommend this place
    • The Wall Street Journal
    • SFGate
  • Richmark
    "Try the Garlic Pork Flavor Ramen - Best ramen in the Bay."(14 Tips)
    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)
167 Tips and reviews
  • ramen
  • pork
  • spicy food
  • authentic
  • garlic
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    @SDWIFEYOctober 25, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Extras: Roasted Pork, Roasted Seaweed, Curry Powder, Bamboo Shoots, Kikurage, Green Chives, Fresh Seaweed, Egg (Q/C), Corn, Napa Cabbage & Shiitake, Fried Garlic, Kimchee, Spicy Cod Roe, Green Cabbage
  • Tara M.
    Tara MunikarJanuary 23, 2016
    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!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 12, 2013
    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!
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    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
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseJanuary 29, 2015
    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
  • Stephanie W.
    Stephanie WeiJanuary 14, 2017
    The garlic pork ramen broth is delicious! My bf found it to be a bit heavy though. The only thing I would change would be the actual pork, which tasted more like cha siu than standard braised pork.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussMay 22, 2015
    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.
  • Banky B.
    Banky BarnesAugust 4, 2013
    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
  • Emily
    EmilyNovember 1, 2015
    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!
  • Jordan S.
    Jordan StanisciaNovember 26, 2014
    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.
  • Norris T.
    Norris TranMay 24, 2012
    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
  • Michael K.
    Michael KwiatkowskiFebruary 4, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • Cynthia L.
    Cynthia LinApril 26, 2017
    Got there at 1 pm on a sunday, sat down and ate by 1:30 pm. Wait isn't bad and the noodles are great! Overheard that their garlic pork broth was running out at 1:45 pm that day.
  • Tristan
    TristanSeptember 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Jenn E.
    Jenn EngJanuary 5, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • Adrian C.
    Adrian ChenMay 21, 2015
    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) !
  • William J.
    William JohnsonMay 11, 2015
    The regular spicy garlic pork was excellent. Mild may be just spicy enough for some. Go extra noodle and quail egg!
  • Peggy N.
    Peggy NguyenMarch 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Had to wait 25 mins for a table but SO worth it! Mild spicy garlic pork with extra pork! Broth is so good :-)
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuAugust 31, 2014
    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.
  • 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.
  • Runqiu C.
    Runqiu CaiSeptember 28, 2014
    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.
  • Luica M.
    Luica MakJanuary 31, 2015
    Absolutely love the ramen here and the soup is fantastic! I prefer adding roasted seaweed and an egg
  • 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
  • Vicki T.
    Vicki TranJune 18, 2015
    Tiny restaurant with long lines, but worth the wait! Get the spicy garlic pork ramen!
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LamFebruary 10, 2011
    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.
  • Jodie M.
    Jodie MAugust 23, 2014
    They only seat 30 people at a time so be patient with the wait! Good garlic ramen :)
  • Tiffany L.
    Tiffany LiuSeptember 25, 2014
    Must order deep fried taco yaki! Surprisingly authentiv! Ramen is so awesome too!
  • Lindsay
    LindsaySeptember 23, 2013
    Know what my favorite part was? Those roasted garlic cloves! What a yummy idea. Next time, I'm ordering extra!
  • Jacy L.
    Jacy LiMay 8, 2017
    Extra spicy tonkotsu ramen is sooo good. Also they give very generous amount of toppings.
  • 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
  • Lauren R.
    Lauren RoseAugust 26, 2014
    Almost as good as Ippudo (NYC).. Not as ambient and fun, but definitely tasty. Fried squid legs are great.
  • Dave L.
    Dave LJuly 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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).
  • Michael K.
    Michael KwiatkowskiJune 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Pork flavor extra spicy with fresh seaweed is the way to roll at this amazing establishment. Bam Ba Lam
  • Ashley L.
    Ashley LJuly 9, 2012
    Max capacity is 24- get there 20-30 min before opening to get a seat. Garlic pork flavor seems to be the popular choice
  • John L.
    John LeJanuary 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Richmark
    RichmarkOctober 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Garlic Pork Flavor Ramen - Best ramen in the Bay. I added extra garlic, extra pork, corn and roasted seaweed.
  • tina h.
    tina huangMay 7, 2015
    their noodles have a really good texture; still kinda chewy! love the soy bean soup base. add bamboo shoots!
  • Eric D.
    Eric DunstanMarch 15, 2013
    Get here early. People line up at 11am and the place opens at 11:30
  • Amy M.
    Amy MatsunoSeptember 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Garlic pork ramen is to die for...the broth here is amazing. Tip: get an extra quail egg...deeeeeelish!
  • Rich C.
    Rich CMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get here early for lunch. The place fills up immediately. There is always a line but the wait is worth it!
  • calvin b.
    calvin buiJuly 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite ramen! Even though I have to wait in a crazy line. It's the soup that makes me come back.
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰July 3, 2012
    Broth is thick and contains chunks of ground chicken (hence, gravy). The extra spicy isn't as spicy as people say!
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen LuoAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best ramen ever. Period. Definitely should avoid weekend, and it closes on Tuesday.
  • Vyoma
    VyomaApril 16, 2014
    Best ramen ever, worth the long wait in the cold. Get the garlic pork flavor.
  • Charlobo s.
    Charlobo s.September 23, 2014
    If you want to spare yourself a wait come early for lunch on a weekday or even the weekend.
  • Tobias S.
    Tobias SchmidtSeptember 4, 2017
    It's good ramen but I'm not sure what the hype is about. The eggs were overcooked and medium spicy is too spicy to still be able to taste any of the more subtle flavors of the broth
  • Vic Z.
    Vic ZaudFebruary 7, 2015
    Always get Ramen and wings. Can't miss the wings.
  • Phong N.
    Phong NguyenAugust 23, 2014
    Best spicy ramen in the Bay Area. Come early and be prepared to wait.
  • James G.
    James GuigayomaApril 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Garlic Pork Flavor Extra Spicy Ramen with Extra Roast Pork, Quail Eggs, Corn, and Spicy Cod Roe
  • Dave H.
    Dave HoltzFebruary 16, 2015
    The garlic pork broth is very good - just get there before it runs out!
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