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“Ramen king - you will not be disappointed!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ramen Dojo

Ramen Dojo
Ranked #39 of 405 Restaurants in San Mateo
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian
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Good for: Cheap Eats
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Washington
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774 reviews
355 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 389 helpful votes
“Ramen king - you will not be disappointed!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2013

Our friend had inside knowledge: get in line by 5:00 pm, even though the place opens at 5:30 pm for dinner. The line had already formed, and if you do not get in on the first seating, be prepared to wait for an hour while the others dine.

Hostess started taking order in line, to get things moving. SInce this was our first time, we were totally unprepared. There is no menu, just written on a big black board in chalk. We took our friend's advice and went with the spicy garlic pork broth. You can get "add on" for extra charge, and choose the level of spicy: none, mild, regular, and extra.

The add ons we tried were the kim chee and mushrooms. The basics come with portk slices, lots of veggies, and a quail egg. The next time we visit, definitely will get extra pork and quail eggos. They were delicious.

We also tried the potstickers, they were very good, but also very expensive for 3 in an order. The garlic pork broth is so good, and the ramen has the perfect texture and doneness. Highly recommended on a cold winter day. This will definitely warm you up!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Menlo Park, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“contender for best ramen”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2012

There are two places in San Mateo widely known as the best ramen. One is Himawari, but recently Ramen Dojo has come up as a challenger. The seriousness of ramen in san mateo is evident by the long lines. This place is seriously good, as the local san mateo population is very knowledgeable about ramen.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Real Deal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2012

Make this place a destination if you're ever in the San Fran area. You will enjoy the most exquisite bowl of ramen in your life. All the hype is true!

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California
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“Crazy lines; delish ramen”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2012

We ventured here on a weekday for lunch on our way back to the city, thinking there wouldn't be a line...ha. We waited 20 mins, which wasn't too bad, but really...a random ramen place in San Mateo with a line? tThat's ramen dojo for you

Evidently, the Spicy Garlic Pork broth is the way to go, so that's what we all ordered, with variations on the spiciness of the broth. Regular spicy wasn't quite spicy enough for me but the broth was delicious. The texture of the ramen was awesome too. The toppings were OK; could have been better or have had more variety ala carte, but really, the broth and noodles were outstanding.

If only it wasn't out in San Mateo! or had such long lines on the weekends!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Jakarta
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“Great Ramen”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2012

We finally ate there after a long 40 minutes queue but it was worth it. The ramen was great and the size was big. Try the pork ramen with extra garlic. I will surely come back and bring my family there when we visit US again next time.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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