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Sushi Sam's Edomata

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218 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4015
+1 650-344-0888
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
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17:00 - 22:00
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Tracy, California
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2015

I've been going to Sam ever since he worked at Isobune. Then he opened this place and the quality is second to none. If you get the chef's choice sashimi it will be pricey but well worth what you get.

Thank 11Messier
San Mateo, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2015

Ok, the place is a bit dated and it is not where you go if you want ambiance. But, if you want delicious, fresh, sushi variety, you can't beat Sam's. The line out the door tells you just how good it is. Sit at the bar for a fun experience and be sure to order off the blackboard - these... More 

Thank joybg
San Francisco, California
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98 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2015

The positive is the casual atmosphere, a bit loud but relaxing and energetic place. Service is quick and efficient. But I don't understand the reviews praising the sushi here: the fish is fine, but the rice is definitely not. The itamaes (sushi chefs) overload the rice portion. We had to remove some of the rice to make the sushi eatable.... More 

1 Thank Carlos E
San Francisco, California
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215 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2015

Sushi Sam has a casual ambiance and reasonable prices. Really high quality, big pieces of unique nigiri. The fresh tuna belly melts in your mouth. I love the arctic char which is dressed in house-made yuzu vinegar. The real highlight of my meal was the slivered roasted almonds on top of baby lobster. It's fun to sit at the sushi... More 

2 Thank jnlv2trvl
Aarschot, Belgium
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66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2015

This is the place where I learned to eat and appreciate sushi. I simply LOVE the place. It's small, and usually packed, but the quality of the food makes up for it.

Thank Peter_VdV_Belgium
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164 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2015

Not much to say - one of the best Sushi places I've been to There is a great unique atmosphere Each and every dish I've had was simply delicious!

Thank Michael M
South San Francisco
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219 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2015

This place has remained quite popular over the years because of its consistency. This comes with a price: often times you have to wait during peak lunch and dinner time. The problem is they don't have any space for guests to wait, so the line can stretch all the way outside the entrance door. When you come in, make sure... More 

Thank ChitoD
San Mateo, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 19 February 2015

The quality of the sushi is good, but the servers always seem like they are in a hurry. Being a long time customer, it's like fast food sushi, eat and leave.

Thank s4habal
San Mateo, California, United States
2 reviews
Reviewed 18 February 2015

I visited here because I heard good stories about their Sushi. We visited weekend evening, and the place was packed. We were forced to wait for 15 min even with reservation. We ordered Omakase, and Sushi quality was pretty bad in addition to bad apps. Sushi rice was hot because they don't have time to cool it, and it killed... More 

Thank Taro K
Bloomsbury, New Jersey
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2015 via mobile

We love this restaurant. Our 2 year old loves the sushi. It is always a treat. The only complaint is the line is always long.

Thank CCR01

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 218 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4015
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-344-0888

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