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Ramen Dojo

Ramen Restaurant$$$$
Downtown San Mateo, San Mateo
  • Ranked #2 for ramen restaurants in San Mateo
  • 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)
164 Tips and reviews
  • ramen
  • pork
  • spicy food
  • authentic
  • garlic
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    @SDWIFEYOctober 25, 2016
    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!
    Upvoted Apr 11
  • 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
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cynthia L.
    Cynthia LinApril 26
    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.
  • 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) !
  • 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 :-)
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Vicki T.
    Vicki TranJune 18, 2015
    Tiny restaurant with long lines, but worth the wait! Get the spicy garlic pork ramen!
  • 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!
  • Jacy L.
    Jacy LiMay 8
    Extra spicy tonkotsu ramen is sooo good. Also they give very generous amount of toppings.
  • Lindsay
    LindsaySeptember 23, 2013
    Know what my favorite part was? Those roasted garlic cloves! What a yummy idea. Next time, I'm ordering extra!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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).
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Eric D.
    Eric DunstanMarch 15, 2013
    Get here early. People line up at 11am and the place opens at 11:30
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Tiffany C.
    Tiffany ChaoDecember 16, 2010
    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.
  • Phong N.
    Phong NguyenAugust 23, 2014
    Best spicy ramen in the Bay Area. Come early and be prepared to wait.
  • Lawrence S.
    Lawrence SamanthaDecember 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Extra Spicy Garlic Pork Ramen with Extra Quail Egg - The best ...
  • Vic Z.
    Vic ZaudFebruary 7, 2015
    Always get Ramen and wings. Can't miss the wings.
  • Dave H.
    Dave HoltzFebruary 16, 2015
    The garlic pork broth is very good - just get there before it runs out!
  • Taro K.
    Taro KurosawaAugust 8, 2014
    Descent tonkotsu pork flavored ramen. Best around SM area. Expect long line...
  • Fabio R.
    Fabio ResendeApril 14, 2013
    Spicy Garlic Pork Ramen is on the list of 21 best noodle bowls by San Francisco Magazine
  • Fred L.
    Fred LiangSeptember 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Be prepare for a half hour waiting line, but it has the best ramen in San Mateo
  • Benedict C.
    Benedict CorpuzJanuary 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Stacie C.
    Stacie ChangOctober 27, 2012
    Get there before 130 for lunch otherwise they may run out of the spicy garlic pork base
  • Morgan W.
    Morgan WangNovember 16, 2016
    The quail egg is perfectly cooked. Expect long lines.
  • H K.
    H KNovember 9, 2014
    Try garlic pork flavor with extra pork, medium spicy. Nomnom
  • Christopher C.
    Christopher ChanDecember 29, 2012
    Definitely get here by 11.15am at the latest. There'll be at least 20 people in line at that time.
  • Debbie L.
    Debbie LoughranApril 23, 2012
    Spicy garlic pork, double pork with napa cabbage and mushrooms - awesomeness!
  • Iris W.
    Iris WillowJanuary 13, 2013
    Mild garlic pork ramen - add napa cabbage and shiitake mushrooms. Yum!
  • Benedict C.
    Benedict CorpuzJanuary 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This is the old Santa Ramen location before they moved to the plaza with Nijiya Market. Same owners, same ramen, different styles.
  • Brittany B.
    Brittany BurrowsOctober 8, 2012
    Get the spicy pork broth with extra pieces of pork and fried garlic!
  • Bernard M.
    Bernard McmanusAugust 10, 2014
    Everything is good here. Try the potstickers not just the ramen.
  • Jane N.
    Jane NguyenDecember 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    garlic pork regular spicy ramen with fried chicken/calamari as an app :)
  • 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.
  • Carrie L.
    Carrie LiApril 4, 2013
    Mild spicy garlic pork. Don't forget to add extra pork!
  • Stephanie S.
    great food, worth the wait (maybe bring a lawn chair so you can sit and wait comfortably?)
  • Marcus B.
    Marcus BertrandFebruary 21, 2012
    Spicy pork garlic flavor with corn, egg, roasted seaweed aand mushrooms!
  • Josh C.
    Josh ChanSeptember 1, 2013
    Know your order before you're seated, they'll ask for it while you're in line.
  • Armelle G.
    Armelle GoreuxApril 11, 2015
    Some of the best ramen I've ever had. Amazing broth!
  • Kyson
    KysonDecember 24, 2015
    The garlic makes this place special.
  • Scott B.
    Scott BakerAugust 26, 2012
    Get here at 5p to get a good spot in line, they open @ 5:30p.
  • Cameron W.
    Cameron WylieDecember 21, 2014
    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.
  • Ryan L.
    Ryan LeeJanuary 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Can't go wrong with garlic spicy broth @ medium spice
  • Tiffany C.
    Tiffany ChangJanuary 18, 2014
    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.
  • Emily L.
    Emily LeungNovember 15, 2011
    Lest you forget to add extra quail eggs! Says 3pc/$1, so don't think twice...GET IT!
  • Rose A.
    Rose AlvarezSeptember 13, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Garlic Pork broth is a MUST. Add extra pork & a chicken egg.
  • Kat .
    Garlic pork ramen, medium spicy👍
  • Lisa
    LisaJanuary 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Order garlic pork broth with mild spicy. Their ramen style is similar to Ippudo's in NY.
  • Anh P.
    Anh PNovember 2, 2010
    Garlic pork mild spicy ramen always hits the spot. I always finish the broth, that's how good it is
  • andy d.
    andy dahleyNovember 20, 2010
    Remember - garlic pork flavor is the way to go. Regular spicy. Extra spicy is insane.
  • Richmark
    RichmarkNovember 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the soy sauce ramen - Added garlic, corn, egg and spicy
  • Burp
    BurpAugust 18, 2011
    Spicy Pork is the way to go but get there early, runs out quick!
  • Linda H.
    Linda HartsemaFebruary 8, 2015
    Soy flavor with extra quail eggs
  • Vivian W.
    Vivian WangSeptember 1, 2015
    Best spicy ramen! Garlic pork all the way
  • Andy W.
    Andy WangDecember 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Garlic pork flavor soup is the bomb! Would not pick extra spicy unless you like a slow burn on both ends
  • Enia T.
    Enia TitovaApril 7, 2013
    Delicious! But be careful with your spice.
  • Larry C.
    Larry ChenDecember 14, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Best spicy ramen in Bay Area
  • Natalie V.
    Natalie VenutoNovember 6, 2014
    Garlic pork + curry + corn + seaweed 👌
  • Denise
    DeniseNovember 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Garlic broth or miso broth, with extra quail eggs.
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KSeptember 22, 2013
    Cramped, noisy, and delicious... A winning combination. :-)
  • Aki K.
    Aki KotoMay 29, 2010
    Extra Spicy Tonkotsu is my favorite. No spicy Soy is also good for non-spicy eaters.
  • Elaine B.
    Elaine BAugust 26, 2012
    I don't think it's really worth the wait. And I don't like that they rush you to eat.
  • Maggie L.
    Maggie LApril 13, 2014
    Garlic pork ramen bomb
  • Anna T.
    Anna TranJune 17, 2012
    Add extra quail eggs and extra pork! So worth it.
  • Rhia R.
    Rhia R.August 6, 2011
    Mild spicy garlic pork ramen with an extra quail egg. BAM!
  • Yue P.
    Yue PanDecember 7, 2014
    Garlic pork ramen is very good!
  • Myriam C.
    Myriam CJanuary 15, 2014
    The wait is worth it ! Delicious!
  • Bkwm J.
    Bkwm JJune 1, 2012
    Non-spicy garlic pork ramen - not enough broth!!! ~.~;...
  • Anil S.
    Anil SRIVASTAVAAugust 19, 2013
    A great noodle bar! Worth the wait.
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