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Izakaya Mai

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212 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-3904
+1 650-347-2511
Tue - Sun 18:00 - 00:00
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
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Daly City
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34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016

Some restaurants claim to be Japanese restaurants but are usually own and operated by non-Japanese serving food that isn’t quite authentic Japanese. My mom who immigrated from Japan over 50 years ago enjoys coming here. It doesn’t have the crowds like at the other popular Japanese restaurant with a Zagat award which I won’t name. My mom prefers this one... More 

Thank henryonatrip
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 28 May 2016

We came here on a Friday night and the restaurant was totally full. We got seated quickly (within 2 min), but it took over 30 min to wait for a sushi deluxe. That is horrible. Every time we asked about it, they said it took time to prepare for so much food and it was almost ready. So maybe you... More 

Thank Usher O
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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101 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2015

Downtown San Mateo - and I refer exclusively to the 5-block area west of Central Park - is a huge hub of ethnic restaurants with Japanese cuisine being one of the most dominant. The place is teeming with foodies from all over the world who have their own particular preferences. If a restaurant wants to succeed here, it can only... More 

Thank frtw
San Francisco, California
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2015

This place is really good, nothing pops out as great, but everything was good. No problems at all. If you do go here make sure you write you name on the board, it is on the right side of the wall as you walk in. When I was there, I seen a few people get skipped because they did not... More 

Thank Robert R
Foster City, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 October 2014

This place is open late most nights of the week, so it's great for that late-night snack you're craving. It features lots of small plates, and it's not your typical sushi place, that's what makes it so good.

Thank pfomin
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2014

Went here this past Saturday. I was S T A R V I N G. It was late, after 10 PM. The food was okay and the service WAS pretty good... that is, until we were done with our meal. During the meal the servers shared service and refilled our waters before the madness ensued. They gave us boxes for... More 

Thank reinalove
Istanbul, Turkey
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96 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2014

I'm no expert on Japanese food, but my party certainly left well-fed (maybe too much) and happy. We went on a Sunday evening around 8pm, when the wait for a table was minimal. The ambiance suited the sharing of small plates--cozy and lively, like what you would find in a local secret on a side street in Tokyo. We had... More 

Thank CA_fruitfly_42
Boston, United Kingdom
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215 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2014

It's an izakaya house. They have the traditional seating with a choo choo train running around the ceiling. Small but quaint. Love their butter fish. Just melt in your mouth! They also have champion noodles, a sub in case you need a ramen fix.

Thank hrdabster
Daly City, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 October 2013

the food is prepared fast, and this restaurant open super late at night, It's located at san mateo downtown.

Thank Hang D
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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101 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2013

Went back to the Bay Area for business. One my last day, I was planning to go to a sushi place I frequented before. My best friend told me that the quality of that place had declined significantly since I was last there (verified by several others - all of whom are Japanese - so I trust their judgment!). So... More 

Thank frtw

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
18:00 - 00:00
11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 00:00
11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 00:00
11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 00:00
11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 00:00
18:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 212 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-3904
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-347-2511

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?