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145 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4012
+1 650-548-2483
11:30 - 22:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

This is the original shabuway, that has been brought to the Philippines with 4 branches already. The meat is good, cut thinly, perfect for shabu shabu. The vegetables are a bonus. The number one selling point though is the the dipping sauces for the meat, it will keep you coming back for more. A complete meal at around 14-18usd, excellent... More 

Thank Giampaolo Z
Katy, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

This place used to be good. The quality of the meat and the soup has gone downhill. We would not come here again. The service was ok, they needed us to flag them down a few times. Not great for parties over 4 adults.

Thank TGuan863
Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2015

I have eaten at Shabuway San Mateo several times. The American Kobe is nicely marbled with a rich taste. The Sauces are excellent as are the Vegetables that come with the meal. It is a very popular Restaurant and the lines can be long. The Service is good and the prices are reasonable for the quality.

Thank AtlantaTraveller1836
Athens, Greece
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220 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2015

We (a family) visited Shabuway one day in October. Only the fact that it was our first family gathering for lunch couldn't upset our experience no matter what, but we will try to be objective about this restaurant as much as we can. Even that the whole ordering process seemed to be complicated, there were "baby steps" written in the... More 

Thank Lalaki-Papaki
Makati, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2015

Shabuway's version of shabu shabu is a step up from the classic Chinese hot pot. It's tastier, more satisfying. It has a distinctive Japanese element to the meal which my wife and I find virtually addictive causing us to satisfy our craving for this unique cuisine at least 2 to 3 visits a month. Always good.

Thank Minimi04
San Francisco
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121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2015

This place is only for beef shabu only , not much selection. the sauce is a little plain. the soup base does not has much favor

Thank winsir
San Francisco
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91 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2014

My family and I have been to the restaurant about 30 times and we all really enjoy it. The shabu shabu is great. In addition to beef they have lamb and pork. They also offer a variety of vegetables. The prices are very reasonable and the food quality has been very consistent for us. Only downside is that sometimes you... More 

Thank ConstantTraveller74
San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2013

We were in San Mateo and got a sudden craving for shabu. We decided on Shabuway and were pretty dissapointed. The "lean kobe meat" was actually pretty hard and the meat lacked taste, even after dipping the meat in all the sauces. I would look for another shabu place.

Thank Renzo L
Honolulu, Hawaii
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6 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2012

No Problem with taste and presentation.........very good! However, definitely not "Japanese" service. Yoshinoya does better (oops, did I say that). Wish they would not mention the "All-you-can-Eat" on their homepage, especially the fine print which dates back to 2011.

Thank bradah
Los Angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2012

I eat this kind of food regularly in Los Angeles, and this place serves authentic delicious Shabu Shabu. The Japanese Kobe was absolutely divine, and the dipping sauces are fresh and delicious. I would definitely eat here again if I am in the area. Loved it. Excellent dinner.

Thank LAIslandHopper

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 145 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4012
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-548-2483

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?