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Zabu zabu

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98 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4011
+1 650-430-9228
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San Francisco, California
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56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Beef and lamb were the best for me. I loved to go there when the restaurant was not crowded. The service was very good too. She checked to see whether we needed anything all fo the time. I do not have any problem and the food was served on time. It has just increased the price to 33$ and bring... More 

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San Francisco, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

The restaurant is really modern and cool inside. The staff is excellent and go out of their way to make sure that everything is perfect. The food is high quality with many choices to choose from, especially the small plates & sushi rolls. If you want to to try a japanese fusion type place, Zabu Zabu is a good bet.... More 

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Oxfordshire
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2016 via mobile

There's lots of things to cook yourself. Meat, noodles and veg. That's about it. They do and all you can eat, but I'd question how much you'd actually want to eat. Saying that, it was busy and the staff were nice. Prices were good. I'd avoid on a hot day.

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Thank Captaincy
Texas Hill Country
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39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016

Oh so delectable! Oh so fun! Hot and spice-a-licious, or tame-a-licious, your preference is at your fingertips! Make it what you want! Top grade fresh ingredients, meats sliced to perfection, veggies at their peak, what more? Noodles, that's what! Great service! We brought our family here because we knew everyone would get exactly what they wished! Everyone, from the Grandparents... More 

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Thank PickyPickyEater
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101 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2015 via mobile

I'm surprised by the low reviews, the food is good here and they have AYCE. Quality is also decent, not to mention they have a huge venue if you want to host parties. Give it a shot!! They also have sushi and small plates AYCE!

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Thank Tiffine W
California
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49 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2014 via mobile

I went in with my son after seeing the menu on the window and the price of $23 for all you can eat. We got inside and the menu said it was $28 instead. But I get that. Prices change. What I didn't get was when my son wanted two small plates, not being overly hungry, and because I wanted... More 

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Thank UglyDollOX
San Francisco, California
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178 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

Zabu Zabu is always empty almost every time I pass by, and today I understood why - because the food is horrible and so bland it's tasteless! My daughter and I had lunch there, and I ordered a mixed mushroom lunch plate with ramen with black pepper. My daughter Californian rolls. The lunch plate was simply not edible, and the... More 

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Thank 908Laura
Oakland
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2013 via mobile

Ive been to the Berkeley Zabu Zabu several times. Always have a good time. What's not to like about all you can eat shabu shabu with small plates for $33. Tried several of the broths, the Sichuan spicy one is still my favorite. Had several plates of the prime ribeye, lamb and pork between 3 people. The San Mateo restaurant... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Sushi, Japanese
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  • Address: 98 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4011
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-430-9228

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?