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Izakaya Ginji

301 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4008
+1 650-348-1110
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Overview
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good30%
  • Average15%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“yakitori” (3 reviews)
“skewers” (4 reviews)
“rice” (3 reviews)
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CUISINES
Japanese, Asian
PRICE
$$ - $$$
DETAILS
301 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4008
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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

1  Thank TRAVELERVIAJERO
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
Reviewed 5 April 2016

I have a friend who is always raving about how this is one of her favorite places for dinner, so I happened to be walking by around lunchtime and decided to try it on her recommendation. The menu at the time included typical fare of...More

Thank Pigcat
Reviewed 6 February 2016 via mobile

Delicious japanese tapas with revolving specials. The owner is constantly changing the menu for the season. We love the skewers as the are done excellently. The other dishes are a must try. Izakaya Ginji has an array of shochu and sakes on the menu.

Thank YinnieBee
Reviewed 26 December 2015 via mobile

This is an excellent Japanese the staff were superb and could not do enough for us, the food was excellent authentic with great ingredients, we were very well sated and will go again. The only reservation was the limited wine list, but they a brilliant...More

Thank peter w
Reviewed 18 December 2015 via mobile

Having been stationed in Japan for several years sometimes you just pine for the times you enjoyed Japan. This place is authentic and does a fantastic job. The orion beer and awamori were great both regional selections from Okinawa. I'd recommend this place to anyone.

Thank Justin R
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Restaurant Details

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Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
Monday
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:00
Thursday
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:00
Friday
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 00:00
Saturday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 00:00
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
  • E-mail
Description
Japanese tapas and traditional dining