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Central San Mateo, Downtown San Mateo
Japanese Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Restaurants
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Hotaru Japanese Restaurant


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Traumatic Restaurant Experience

Hotaru used to be my favorite Japanese restaurant, but one very traumatic experience really set the record. I took my family all the way from SJ to San Mateo on Mother's Day to enjoy this restaurant, but they gave us such poor service that the no matter how the food tasted it left a horrible taste in my mouth. Our party of 6 ordered our food and waited quite a while. One by one, we started to get our order except my ... view more

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Poor sashimi quality

Food is average. Saw the review here and decided to try it out. The sashimi was not favorful at all. Crowded. Food is served very slowly.

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Good sushi

great sushi! service is good and the sushi is very fresh. We come here all the time and never have had a complaint.

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Bad sushi roll

My husband brought a salmon sushi roll home for me after he ate there for dinner with some friends. The roll was not good at all. First, the salmon on the sushi roll was cooked and it was supposed to be raw. The restaurant used hot rice to roll the sushi and it cooked the salmon! THere are definitely much better sushi places around.

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Wow I am not sure where other reviewers ate!

Firstly there was no line, in fact there were only a few people in the place at all. I ordered CA rolls, and the Teriyaki Chicken and Fried Calamari dinner. The CA Rolls were on par with something that you would get ready made in Safeway. The Chicken was fatty looked like the bit's that no one else wanted. The Calamari was a giant 1.5 inch by 5 inch processed stick. It had no flavor. In fact I am really not sure what... view more

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This small restaurant always has a line out the door. Good sushi, fair prices and consistent service keep customers coming in. Quite authentic Japanese food - it is a simple restaurant with much to offer.

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Comfort Foods

Hotaru's is arguably the best Japanese joint in town. Even though there is usually a wait, it's worth it. The food is fresh (and so good!), the waitstaff is friendly, you're welcomed when you walk in the room (and thanked when you leave), and did I mention that the food's great? The waitstaff have always been kind and they patiently explain what the items on the menu are. Hotaru just has that warm cozy comfortable fe... view more

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Reasonable prices and good quality

One of the better Japanese restaurants in San Mateo. Fish is fresh, although Sushi Sam's is still a bit fresher. For the price, the quality can not be beat. Gets crowded during lunch and dinner, but the wait is generally short.

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Home style good

Look for the combination board on the back wall. Lot's of good food at a good prices. I like their noodle combos, though their noodles (udon & soba) are average. Sushi is underrated here. I believe Hotaru and Kaimuki have the best sushi in downtown San Mateo. Can be busy at prime hours.

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Best Value

The quality of food was pretty good, but its the value that is most attractive. They're portions are huge and well worth it.

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33 E 3rd AveSan MateoCA 94401

(650) 343-1152

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