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Izakaya Mai

212 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-3904
+1 650-347-2511
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  • Excellent11%
  • Very good79%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible0%
25 Aug 2016
“Mom prefers this place”
27 May 2016
“Prepare to wait on weekends”
All hours
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
€€ - €€€
212 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-3904
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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...More

Thank henryonatrip
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...More

Thank Usher O
Reviewed 26 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...More

Thank frtw
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....More

Thank Robert R
Reviewed 23 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
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...More

Thank reinalove
Reviewed 23 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...More

Thank CA_fruitfly_42
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
Reviewed 22 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
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...More

Thank frtw
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Restaurant Details

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Dinner, Lunch
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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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