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Santa Ramen

Ramen Restaurant$$$$
San Mateo
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7.9/10
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  • Ranked #4 for ramen restaurants in San Mateo
  • 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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  • L J.
    L JApril 30
    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
    Stewed pork. 'Nuff said.
  • Sidy Diop D.
    that look good i will visite there maybe is look deluxe
  • jansen c.
    jansen cFebruary 21
    Good ramen but be there early before they run out of their most popular items!!
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongJanuary 25
    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
    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.
  • 👌😄✌️ ☝.
    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 -
  • Katherine S.
    Katherine SJuly 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 ReyesJanuary 25, 2013
    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.
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