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Santa Ramen

Ramen Restaurant$$$$
San Mateo
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  • Ranked #4 for ramen restaurants in San Mateo
  • This ramen restaurant is famous for their Japanese food. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • 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 -"(5 Tips)
    Jessy D.
    "Stewed Pork soy sauce & chicken karage my fave!"(4 Tips)
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  • Stefan T.
    Stefan ThossAugust 23
    Go for the soy bean (miso) flavored Ramen and make it spicy. Very flavorful and worth the wait.
  • Andy W.
    Andy WangJuly 3
    It's ok but I much prefer the sister restaurant Ramen Dojo or Himaware.
  • L J.
    L JApril 30, 2016
    Stewed pork 🍜 w/ pork broth = 😊 Pork cheek 🍜 w/ garlic pork broth = 😊 Agadashi tofu is so-so. Chicken karage is pretty good.
  • Gnat B.
    Gnat BrainApril 25, 2016
    Stewed pork. 'Nuff said.
  • Sidy Diop D.
    Sidy Diop DiopMarch 11, 2016
    that look good i will visite there maybe is look deluxe
  • jansen c.
    jansen cFebruary 21, 2016
    Good ramen but be there early before they run out of their most popular items!!
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongJanuary 25, 2016
    Get here 30 min before opening and get in line. Service is a hit or miss. Stewed pork belly garlic ramen is delicious with corn and dried garlic.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedDecember 3, 2015
    "Keep it simple with the soy broth and order extra menma (bamboo shoots). You must add citron peel, too." Chef Tim Luym Read more
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussAugust 27, 2015
    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.
  • Pauline
    PaulineMay 2, 2015
    One of the best Ramen places in the Bay Area. #ramen #santaramen #food #foodporn
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiMarch 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork cheek ramen is awesome!
  • Edlyn Y.
    Edlyn YuenJanuary 31, 2015
    Long lines, but they move quickly. Worth it! Try the garlic ramen.
  • Larry C.
    Larry ChenDecember 22, 2014
    Great stewed pork belly!
  • Gnat B.
    Gnat BrainDecember 7, 2014
    An OG ramen spot. Pork belly often runs out but the cheek's pretty darn good. Love the fresh tofu appetizer.
  • Jon N.
    Jon NarongNovember 21, 2014
    Great ramen but someone needs to teach the staff a lesson in agile
  • Runqiu C.
    Runqiu CaiOctober 20, 2014
    Pork belly ramen with garlic pork broth. Add fresh seaweed
  • Jennifer Y.
    Jennifer YipSeptember 30, 2014
    the egg is hard boiled, NOT soft boiled. don't bother getting an extra one.
  • Patrick W.
    Patrick WangAugust 23, 2014
    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.
  • Melissa T.
    Melissa ThorneAugust 7, 2014
    The line is intensely long at lunch (60 min?) You'd do best to come well before noon or for a pretty late lunch.
  • Taro K.
    Taro KurosawaAugust 7, 2014
     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.
  • 7 2 1.
    7 2 1 7August 7, 2014
    Black garlic pork ramen. It won't beat Parlor or Dojo, but you already knew that.
  • Josh W.
    Josh WJune 12, 2014
    Get there early for the stewed pork; they regularly run out of it.
  • Dev
    DevApril 30, 2014
    Shoyu (soy sauce) Ramen w/pork and Kimchi
  • Winni L.
    Winni L.April 28, 2014
    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....
  • Celeste W.
    Celeste WongMarch 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Not too long of a wait on weeknights. Come early before they run out of pork cheek.
  • Bernadette
    BernadetteFebruary 23, 2014
    Try the Deluxe Garlic Pork Ramen - #flavorful, #greatramen
  • Thang D.
    Thang DoanDecember 28, 2013
    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.
  • Sean
    SeanDecember 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The extras are awesome. Order a few.
  • Yuankai G.
    Yuankai GeDecember 5, 2013
    Try the Pork Cheek Soy Sauce Ramen -
  • Kat
    KatJuly 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Grant H.
    Grant HeltonMay 19, 2013
    You order before you sit, so be ready!
  • Jessy D.
    Jessy Dela fuenteMay 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Stewed Pork soy sauce & chicken karage my fave! <3
  • Rhia R.
    Rhia R.January 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Deluxe garlic pork ramen, mild spicy. NOM.
  • Benedict C.
    Benedict CorpuzJanuary 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Here's a tip, or Can you handle the whole thing? ;)
  • Benedict C.
    Benedict CorpuzJanuary 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Are you really going to eat your soggy leftovers if you take it to-go? I didn't think so.
  • Benedict C.
    Benedict CorpuzJanuary 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're using a fork or holding your chopsticks less than 2/3s down, #youredoingitwrong
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SJanuary 18, 2013
    Come early!!' By 7pm they may run out of the good ramen
  • Jaren S.
    Jaren SDecember 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    New! Garlic Pork....Amazing!!!
  • Kyle P.
    Kyle PaceOctober 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Black ramen is the best.
  • Geoffrey L.
    Geoffrey LeeSeptember 23, 2012
    Santa Ramen has gone really downhill after their ownership change. Go to the nearby Ramen Dojo or Himawari instead.
  • Kelley L.
    Kelley L.September 17, 2012
    Always ask what is available because they run out of soy sauce too and might not tell you beforehand.
  • Brian N.
    Brian NguyenSeptember 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Angela Y.
    Angela YokotaSeptember 10, 2012
    Try the Deluxe Pork Ramen
  • Angela Y.
    Angela YokotaSeptember 10, 2012
    Try the Chicken Karaage
  • Benedict C.
    Benedict CorpuzSeptember 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the new Garlic Pork Ramen, or even better, get it Deluxe Style.
  • DJLYRiQ
    DJLYRiQMarch 4, 2012
    There are better Ramen places in San Mateo. Go to any of the ones downtown instead!
  • Joshua N.
    Joshua NguyenJanuary 10, 2012
    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.
  • Benson F.
    Benson FungDecember 23, 2011
    Get the stewed pork!
  • Bkwm J.
    Bkwm JDecember 19, 2011
    Deep fried squid legs - yum!
  • Bkwm J.
    Bkwm JDecember 19, 2011
    Pork flavor / miso toppings + extra cabbage & mushroom
  • Susan O.
    Susan OutlawOctober 18, 2011
    Pork ramen miso topped with kimchi, your mouth will thank you
  • Benedict C.
    Benedict CorpuzSeptember 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    All members of your party need to be present if you wanna be seated.
  • Rose A.
    Rose AlvarezSeptember 13, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The pork broth is the best!
  • Zinnia A.
    Zinnia AmoyenAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork flavored ramen with a boiled egg.
  • Risa G.
    Risa GineteApril 3, 2011
    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)
  • Millie
    MillieJanuary 10, 2011
    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.
  • A'lan A.
    A'lan AbruzzoJanuary 3, 2011
    Spicy Cod Roe FTW!
  • Pinku N.
    Pinku NekoNovember 25, 2010
    Try the Miso Ramen
  • DHam
    DHamAugust 27, 2010
    STEWED PORK STEWED PORK STEWED PORK!! Nuff said!
  • Jason W.
    Jason WuAugust 2, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Mayor shouldn't need to wait in line...
  • Patrick A.
    Patrick Au-YeungJune 19, 2010
    Who's this mayor of Santa? Must be a designer or something.
  • Raymond B.
    Raymond BecknerJune 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Order one of three broths; Soy Sauce, Pork, or Miso flavors and then add any extras. I recommend Pork with curry and fresh seaweed!
  • Lyndon W.
    Lyndon WongMay 27, 2010
    Hooo-rahh!! Its sOooooo deRicious.
  • Jourdan V.
    Jourdan ValienteMay 27, 2010
    If you don't know, you order before you sit down.
  • Caley R.
    Caley RobertsApril 16, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Pork flavor roasted pork extra noodles extra nori is the way to go. If you are brave throw in some corn or napa cabbage and mushrooms
  • Pam L.
    Pam LJanuary 30, 2010
    Pork ramen is creamy and flavorful. Miso ramen is on the salty side.
  • Deryk D.
    Deryk D.January 22, 2010
    This spot is perfect for a rainy day meal to warm you up.
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LangsamJanuary 17, 2010
    The pork broth with kimchi is amazing.
  • Eric C.
    Eric ChanNovember 15, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Salty soup, but great ramen!
  • Amitt M.
    Amitt MahajanAugust 22, 2009
    try the miso with stewed pork
  • Tricia S.
    Tricia S. CheekyattitudeMay 18, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    kimchee ramen ftw
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