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Himawari

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202 2nd Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401
+1 650-375-1005
Today
11:30 - 14:45
17:30 - 23:30
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 17:30 - 21:30
Sun - Sat 11:30 - 14:45
Mon - Thu 17:30 - 22:45
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 23:30
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California
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

The best ramen I've had, although it was my first time. I had the butter ramen with cilantro on top. The broth is just perfectly seasoned and the meat is sliced thin and tender as can be. There is always a crowed waiting but the wait is never much of an issue.

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Thank Biglaugh
San Francisco, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

* Ramen noodles are never over cooked. * Broth is just right. * The food quality is very consistent * Service is well above average * Karaage fried chicken is seasoned simply but the best I've had at any local ramen restaurant. * Significantly better in all ways when compared to Dojo, Parlor, Ajisan and Yu-Raku. * Waaaay better in... More 

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Thank RichGfromSF
San Mateo, California
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Guys, you just need to try this place out once to know what I mean. The food is awesome! Presentation is perfect! It is always busy so it's not supposed to be like a quiet candle lit dinner. It's supposed to be a straight forward lunch or dinner that will not disappoint your palate. It's a couple bucks more than... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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66 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

For lunch, get there a little before they open to guarantee a table. One of the best ramen places in the SF Bay. Also, the chicken kaarage and pork fried rice sides are must haves.

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Thank Doc T
Makati, Philippines
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94 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Heard good reviews about this place so it was worth the drive down from San Francisco to San Mateo, come early since it get packed easily around lunch and dinner time. For appetizers,we had the Agedashi - Tofu and the Gyoza. . I am not a Ramen person at all but this place converted me into a Ramen eater so... More 

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Thank TinaMGonzalez
Sao Paulo, SP
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63 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

Usually the japanese ramen has a very characteristic taste and you can find it in this place. the most expensive ramen in this place is around $14 (without any extra topping). The taste is really good for a reasonable price!

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Thank CelsoBS
California
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

I don't know why there are lines out the door for some of those other places, Himawari is so much better. Simple menu, clean place, nice service, some waiting during peak times, but not unreasonable.

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Thank CALFamily4
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45 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2015 via mobile

Yes simply great ramen, good service, friendly busy and inexpensive, a good place with cool jazz for music and a positive and hectic environment

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Thank peter w
Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2015

very authentic Japanese ramen! Ramen are usually too salty for me. But Himawari did such a good job on salt level. This is definitely the best Ramen experience I have ever had!

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Thank George-Emily-2010
Wilmington, North Carolina
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101 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2015

I'm on a quest....an Asian noodle quest. We live in Montana and North Carolina, and neither place we live has much Asian food, so am making the most of a month in San Mateo. Had my first ramen experience 2 days ago, Himawari is my second, and a totally different experience from my first. I recommend being seated at the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Cuisine
Japanese, Asian, Soups, Sushi
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 14:45
17:30 - 21:30
Monday
11:30 - 14:45
17:30 - 22:45
Tuesday
11:30 - 14:45
17:30 - 22:45
Wednesday
11:30 - 14:45
17:30 - 22:45
Thursday
11:30 - 14:45
17:30 - 22:45
Friday
11:30 - 14:45
17:30 - 23:30
Saturday
11:30 - 14:45
17:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 202 2nd Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-375-1005

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