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The 9 Best Japanese Restaurants In San Mateo

Updated: October 6, 2021

Want to know where to find the best Katsu and teriyaki in San Mateo? These are the best Japanese spots around! To give you only the top Japanese options we scrutinized millions of reviews and top sites for this list. So head to these Japanese eateries for the nicest shabu shabu and Japanese beer in San Mateo.

Find the perfect Japanese restaurant

Kaori Sushi & Sake Bar

Japanese, $$, Twenty-Fifth AveJapanese, $$San Mateo, Twenty-Fifth Ave
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

Taishoken

Asian, $$, Central Business DistrictAsian, $$San Mateo, Central Business District
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

DASH Japanese Tapas & Sushi

Japanese, $$, Central Business DistrictJapanese, $$San Mateo, Central Business District
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Furagu Sushi

Japanese, $$, Twenty-Fifth AveJapanese, $$San Mateo, Twenty-Fifth Ave
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Fuji Sukiyaki

Japanese, $$, Central Business DistrictJapanese, $$San Mateo, Central Business District
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 4.0

Inshou Japanese Cuisine

Japanese, $$, Los PradosJapanese, $$San Mateo, Los Prados
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5

Shabuway Japanese Style Hot Pot

Asian, $$, Central Business DistrictAsian, $$San Mateo, Central Business District
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5

YAYOI

Japanese, $$, Northeast HillsdaleJapanese, $$San Mateo, Northeast Hillsdale
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5

Shiki Japanese Restaurant

Japanese, $$, Bay MeadowsJapanese, $$San Mateo, Bay Meadows
Google: 4.0
Yelp: 3.0

Why is this list better than others?

Finding the right Japanese restaurant for you shouldn’t be so hard. We used our boam magic powers to analyze 3104661 local restaurant reviews, Google and Yelp ratings for 28808 restaurants, and 1901 lists and articles from top sources like . Yes, we even looked at to pull this list together. We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal as the industry adapts to COVID-19. Every restaurant shown earned its spot fair and square. With boam, money never makes the list. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Drink pairing tips

  • Go for Sake with soba noodles

    For an elevated experience, pair your soba noodles with Sake. This combination works particularly well because this rice wine brings out the true flavors of the dish.


  • Chenin Blanc and Wagu beef


    When considering what goes best with Wagu beef, we recommend a glass of Chenin Blanc, it truly complements the dish as it fights the fattiness with acidity.


  • The perfect match for your chicken yakitori

    When having chicken yakitori, experts suggest you pair it with a glass of Assyrtiko, a popular white wine.

Parking in the area

San Mateois notorious for tricky parking. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen Japanese spot.

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