Santa Ramen

Ramen Restaurant
1944 S El Camino Real (at W 20th Ave), San Mateo, CA 94403, United States
Closed until 11:30 AM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Mon, Wed–Sun
    • 11:30 AM–2:00 PM
    • 5:30 PM–9:15 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
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Based on 156 votes

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  • Ranked #4 for ramen restaurants in San Mateo
  • What you need to know
    Jessy D.
    "Stewed Pork soy sauce & chicken karage my fave!"(5 Tips)
    Benedict C.
    "Try the new Garlic Pork Ramen, or even better, get it Deluxe Style."(7 Tips)
    Caley R.
    "Pork flavor roasted pork extra noodles extra nori is the way to go."(4 Tips)
    Yuankai G.
    "Try the Pork Cheek Soy Sauce Ramen -"(4 Tips)
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  • ramen
  • pork
  • kimchi
  • chicken karaage
  • great value
  • lively
  • family-friendly
  • good service
  • good for a quick meal
  • spicy food
  • cod
  • casual
  • authentic
  • miso
  • garlic
  • curry
  • dinner
  • lunch
  • seaweed
  • fresh tofu
  • Brian S.

    Mixed feelings. The cheek meat in the cheek-meat ramen was a delicious morsel of porky candy. Unfortunately I found the ramen and broth to be a bit bland.

    Brian Strauss · August 27
  • Pauline

    One of the best Ramen places in the Bay Area. #ramen #santaramen #food #foodporn

    Pauline · May 2
  • Sherry L.

    Pork cheek ramen is awesome!

    Sherry Li · March 18
  • Edlyn Y.

    Long lines, but they move quickly. Worth it! Try the garlic ramen.

    Edlyn Yuen · January 31
  • Larry C.

    Great stewed pork belly!

    Larry Chen · December 22, 2014
  • Gnat B.

    An OG ramen spot. Pork belly often runs out but the cheek's pretty darn good. Love the fresh tofu appetizer.

    Gnat Brain · December 7, 2014
  • Jon N.

    Great ramen but someone needs to teach the staff a lesson in agile

    Jon Narong · November 21, 2014
  • Runqiu C.

    Pork belly ramen with garlic pork broth. Add fresh seaweed

    Runqiu Cai · October 20, 2014
  • Jennifer Y.

    the egg is hard boiled, NOT soft boiled. don't bother getting an extra one.

    Jennifer Yip · September 30, 2014
  • Patrick W.

    Ramen is decent . I would come as early as possible because it is really busy . A lot of people !! You must get the chicken karaage.

    Patrick Wang · August 23, 2014
  • Melissa T.

    The line is intensely long at lunch (60 min?) You'd do best to come well before noon or for a pretty late lunch.

    Melissa Thorne · August 7, 2014
  • Taro K.

     They used to serve very good ramen at their previous location. It was worth to wait long, but they obviously sacrifice the quality of their ramen to serve more people.

    Taro Kurosawa · August 7, 2014
  • Kerry S.

    Black garlic pork ramen. It won't beat Parlor or Dojo, but you already knew that.

    Kerry Snyder · August 7, 2014
  • Josh W.

    Get there early for the stewed pork; they regularly run out of it.

    Josh W · June 12, 2014
  • Dev

    Shoyu (soy sauce) Ramen w/pork and Kimchi

    Dev · April 30, 2014
  • Winni L.

    Order off the menu at front door. Don't order off the chalkboard. They'll still tell u 2 point it out on menu. Food.... Meh....

    Winni L. · April 28, 2014
  • Celeste W.

    Not too long of a wait on weeknights. Come early before they run out of pork cheek.

    Celeste Wong · March 6, 2014
  • Bernadette

    Try the Deluxe Garlic Pork Ramen - #flavorful, #greatramen

    Bernadette · February 23, 2014
  • Thang D.

    Came here to avoid the crowds at Ramen Dojo (same owner,BTW). A lot larger restaurant. Noodles were well cooked, however broth was not at par, less condiments and overall a less satisfying experience.

    Thang Doan · December 28, 2013
  • Sean

    The extras are awesome. Order a few.

    Sean · December 27, 2013
  • Yuankai G.

    Try the Pork Cheek Soy Sauce Ramen -

    Yuankai Ge · December 5, 2013
  • Katherine S.

    The pork cheek meat ramen bowls are a good deal! Just $1.25 more than the originals and there's a lot more stuff in it! I liked the pork flavor one!

    Katherine S · July 20, 2013
  • Grant H.

    You order before you sit, so be ready!

    Grant Helton · May 19, 2013
  • Jessy D.

    Stewed Pork soy sauce & chicken karage my fave! <3

    Jessy Dela fuente · May 11, 2013
  • Rhia R.

    Deluxe garlic pork ramen, mild spicy. NOM.

    Rhia Reyes · January 25, 2013
  • Benedict C.

    Here's a tip, or Can you handle the whole thing? ;)

    Benedict Corpuz · January 24, 2013
  • Benedict C.

    Are you really going to eat your soggy leftovers if you take it to-go? I didn't think so.

    Benedict Corpuz · January 24, 2013
  • Benedict C.

    If you're using a fork or holding your chopsticks less than 2/3s down, #youredoingitwrong

    Benedict Corpuz · January 24, 2013
  • Amanda S.

    Come early!!' By 7pm they may run out of the good ramen

    Amanda S · January 18, 2013
  • Jaren S.

    New! Garlic Pork....Amazing!!!

    Jaren S · December 30, 2012
  • Kyle P.

    Black ramen is the best.

    Kyle Pace · October 8, 2012
  • Geoffrey L.

    Santa Ramen has gone really downhill after their ownership change. Go to the nearby Ramen Dojo or Himawari instead.

    Geoffrey Lee · September 23, 2012
  • Kelley L.

    Always ask what is available because they run out of soy sauce too and might not tell you beforehand.

    Kelley L. · September 17, 2012
  • Brian N.

    Santa ramen, dojo, and parlor are all owned by the same people and have mostly the same menu. Santa & dojo are closed tuesdays, parlor mondays.

    Brian Nguyen · September 13, 2012
  • Angela Y.

    Try the Deluxe Pork Ramen

    Angela Yokota · September 10, 2012
  • Angela Y.

    Try the Chicken Karaage

    Angela Yokota · September 10, 2012
  • Benedict C.

    Try the new Garlic Pork Ramen, or even better, get it Deluxe Style.

    Benedict Corpuz · September 7, 2012

    There are better Ramen places in San Mateo. Go to any of the ones downtown instead!

    DJLYRiQ · March 4, 2012
  • Joshua N.

    Yes, it's as good as the line says it is. Play with your phone, talk with your hungry friends and wait. And no talking when the bowl of goodness is placed in front of you - just slurp and give thanks.

    Joshua Nguyen · January 10, 2012
  • Benson F.

    Get the stewed pork!

    Benson Fung · December 23, 2011
  • Bkwm J.

    Deep fried squid legs - yum!

    Bkwm J · December 19, 2011
  • Bkwm J.

    Pork flavor / miso toppings + extra cabbage & mushroom

    Bkwm J · December 19, 2011
  • Susan O.

    Pork ramen miso topped with kimchi, your mouth will thank you

    Susan Outlaw · October 18, 2011
  • Benedict C.

    All members of your party need to be present if you wanna be seated.

    Benedict Corpuz · September 17, 2011
  • Rose A.

    The pork broth is the best!

    Rose Alvarez · September 13, 2011
  • Zinnia A.

    Pork flavored ramen with a boiled egg.

    Zinnia Amoyen · August 20, 2011
  • Risa G.

    Come early. There was only 1 of 3 choices of ramen left. Be aware there is a minimum charge of 7.95 per person (like cover at the club)

    Risa Ginete · April 3, 2011
  • Millie

    Get there early right before they open to avoid the long, long wait. If you have a kid who sits in high chair, bring your own travel portable high chair because they only have two highchairs on site.

    Millie · January 10, 2011
  • A'lan A.

    Spicy Cod Roe FTW!

    A'lan Abruzzo · January 3, 2011
  • Pinku N.

    Try the Miso Ramen

    Pinku Neko · November 25, 2010