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Izakaya Ginji

301 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4008
+1 650-348-1110
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“yakitori” (4 reviews)
“skewers” (4 reviews)
“sashimi” (5 reviews)
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Japanese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
301 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4008
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even on Sunday night the jammed all weekend restaurants in this town where you can't find parking are jammed. We thought a nice meal out on a quiet Sunday would be nice, and when we were told a 45 minute wait at 630 we almost...More

Thank MikeandSarah
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We always pass by this restaurant but never made an effort to dine in so we finally tried it for one night. Luckily we made reservations prior to the designated time. People started to line up outside before the door opened. Avoid waiting for hours...More

Thank Rowena L
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

Great beverages and tapas-type Japanese food. There's a diverse selections of Japanese sake and beer. You may select grilled entrees, sashimi or sushi rolls. All our recommended selections were very good. We were not disappointed. The servers were very helpful with their recommendations.

Thank Bill F
Reviewed 8 June 2017

It was my first time there. It's not on the main street where most of the restaurants are in downtown San Mateo so I didn't know about it. The food and service were great!

Thank chaos888
Reviewed 12 February 2017

This is really like going to a higher-end izakaya in Japan, where I misspent some of my youth. The food is authentic in flavor and very very good. Get the yellowtail tuna with the dried lotus root in the citrus-y sauce. wonderful. Fried pork belly,...More

1  Thank Virgil_Boulder
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Wanted a different Sunday lunch, friends told us about this place. They were right, it was a nice find. Not overly into heavy Japanese decor, spotless, excellent lunch "boxes" with great selection. Good service, nice place for family.

Thank MikeandSarah
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Authentic yakitori with an extended menu beyond chicken. This was a taste of Japan. Go, take your time, and enjoy the variety of dishes with great sake. Small succulent portions. A bit like a Japanese tapas bar. The breast skewers with shiso are one great...More

Reviewed 26 August 2016

If you are looking for a typical family style Japanese restaurant, don’t go here. This is more of a place to go if you have drinking and appetizers on your mind. My sister and I decided to take our Japanese mother there for dinner. Our...More

Thank henryonatrip
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

We stumbled into this little place by chance. It looked authentic and those waiting to get in, too. Having no clue what to order - besides the ramen - we went by the waitress suggestions. It was mind blowing! The look, the taste, I haven't...More

Thank Kerstin K
Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Monday-Friday Closed for Lunch. Served only Saturday & Sunday's Yakitori and IZAKAYA at night Great Cold Sake Selection. Owners are from Japan. Her sister used to own Hotaru in San Mateo, until she retired a few years ago.

Thank Bob S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 301 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4008
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-348-1110
Japanese tapas and traditional dining
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