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Sushi Sam's Edomata

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$$ - $$$
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218 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4015
+1 650-344-0888
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11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Sat 11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Aarschot, Belgium
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56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2015

This is the place where I learned to eat and appreciate sushi. I simply LOVE the place. It's small, and usually packed, but the quality of the food makes up for it.

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Thank Peter_VdV_Belgium
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164 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2015

Not much to say - one of the best Sushi places I've been to There is a great unique atmosphere Each and every dish I've had was simply delicious!

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Thank Michael M
South San Francisco
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218 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2015

This place has remained quite popular over the years because of its consistency. This comes with a price: often times you have to wait during peak lunch and dinner time. The problem is they don't have any space for guests to wait, so the line can stretch all the way outside the entrance door. When you come in, make sure... More 

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Thank ChitoD
San Mateo, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2015

The quality of the sushi is good, but the servers always seem like they are in a hurry. Being a long time customer, it's like fast food sushi, eat and leave.

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Thank s4habal
San Mateo, California, United States
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2015

I visited here because I heard good stories about their Sushi. We visited weekend evening, and the place was packed. We were forced to wait for 15 min even with reservation. We ordered Omakase, and Sushi quality was pretty bad in addition to bad apps. Sushi rice was hot because they don't have time to cool it, and it killed... More 

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Thank Taro K
Bloomsbury, New Jersey
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2015 via mobile

We love this restaurant. Our 2 year old loves the sushi. It is always a treat. The only complaint is the line is always long.

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Thank CCR01
Hong Kong, China
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57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2015

Perhaps because I live in Asia and travel widely, I have dined in many excellent Japanese restaurants and authentic sushi joints; I find Sushi Sam's very disappointing. The wait was unusually long and the method the proprietor seats patrons was haphazard at best, even though he seemed to have a written list. Time after time I saw people who arrived... More 

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Thank Showchia H
San Francisco, California
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2014

Generally speaking whenever you try and go to Sushi Sam's you will be met by a long line. Trust me - it is worth the wait. Sushi Sam's is an institution in San Mateo and with good reason. San Mateo probably has over 20 Japanese restaurants in a relatively small 5 block radius but hands down this is the place... More 

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Thank cre8art
Sydney, Australia
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147 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2014 via mobile

We were early for a business meeting and starving... Walking down the Main Street, we noticed several Japanese restaurants, however this Sam's seemed to be the busiest one. While nothing fancy, walking into find eight people waiting was a good sign of things to come. I think we were greeted by Sam but I'm not sure. After taking a little... More 

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Thank NZBred
San Mateo, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2014

Omakase here is totally worth it - fresh, innovative, delicious. That said, we will sometimes decide to go some place else for sushi because we might not be in the mood for the cranky service. One server is AMAZING, friendly, outgoing, makes an effort - and then there is the cranky crew. Dismissive, hard to get attention, never smile, like... More 

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Thank Molly N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 20
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 218 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4015
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-344-0888

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