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Ramen Dojo
Ramen Dojo

Ramen Dojo

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805 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 401-6568
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YES, this place is amazing. I went here twice in a month and both times, I managed to beat out the crowd. It opens at 11:30 AM, so even though we arrived on a weekend AND weekday, ... Read more
there was still a wait at 11 AM. People start taking your order a little before 11:30, so food is already starting to cook. By the time the first wave sits down, they begin serving you the food from the order you were seated. The garlic pork ramen broth is definitely the most popular. They only make enough for a day, so when it runs out - it's out! There's something about the garlic pork, the noodles, and the ingredients that really make this so much tastier than I ever thought ramen could taste. However, I do think they use a store bought ramen brand, so I can't really compliment the ramen even though it was tasty. I also wish they had those injected eggs instead of quail eggs, but can't complain! The broth is amazing, and afterwards, walk to Gong Cha to get some tea to cleanse your palate! :P

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Local from Foster City, California, USA

Tucked away in a little B Street corner of downtown San Mateo, Ramen Dojo serves a simple menu of 3 kinds of choices for broth with ramen. It's a perfect meal for a cold lazy rainy day comfort food thats soothes your appetite.
This place has gotten more popular over last few years, there’s always a waiting line, even on a Wed night.

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Burns, Kansas

This place is decent for ramen but the service and overall attitude leave a lot to be desired.

The business motto basically tries to nickle and dime its customers.

I went to grab dinner and my sister wasn't feeling well but wanted to come with me too (she's only 14). I get there and I order a ramen and an order of gyoza and fried chicken. But the server insisted my sister needed a bowl of ramen because of the minimum per person? So random and I was like ok, well... I did order 2 starters even though she wasn't hungry and I couldn't finish a bowl of ramen and 2 apps by myself -.-

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Local from San Jose, California, USA

Great flavor but service isn't good and the space is really small. Not worth waiting for as it can be 1+ hour.

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Concord, California

The best ramen. Opens at 5. Lines out the door at 5:15. Dirty egg is awesome.

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The San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

This is a good ramen spot, but it's incredibly over hyped. There's always a long line and the food wasn't memorable. I wouldn't make a repeat visit.

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Local from Cupertino, California, USA
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For me, this place was just a-okay. It didn't WOW me in terms of the full range of ramen places popping up these days. I, of course, added extra corn as I always do and that did add to my enjoyment of this ramen experience.

It wasn't worth the wait for me and MAN was it a wait.

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New Delhi, India

decent ramen. known for their black garlic broth. go early to avoid the queue. going late potentially means not getting the broth of your choice. one of better choices in the Bay Area but mensho is my new favourite. small

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Haha. It's not really outdoor, but the line is. Rain or shine there is always a line. The food is well worth the wait! To see all the magic, take a quick look in the kitchen!

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Local from San Jose, California

Can't really go wrong with the Garlic Pork Ramen, still good as I remember it. Just seems like everytime I go here the price keeps going up -_- Still on my top list of ramen spots. Medium spicy goes a long way.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

YES, this place is amazing. I went here twice in a month and both times, I managed to beat out the crowd. It opens at 11:30 AM, so even though we arrived on a weekend AND weekday, there was still a wait at 11 AM. People start taking your order a little before 11:30, so food is already starting to cook. By the time the first wave sits down, they begin serving you the food from the order you were seated.

The garlic pork ramen broth is definitely the most popular. They only make enough for a day, so when it runs out - it's out! There's something about the garlic pork, the noodles, and the ingredients that really make this so much tastier than I ever thought ramen could taste. However, I do think they use a store bought ramen brand, so I can't really compliment the ramen even though it was tasty. I also wish they had those injected eggs instead of quail eggs, but can't complain!

The broth is amazing, and afterwards, walk to Gong Cha to get some tea to cleanse your palate! :P

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Local from South San Francisco, California, USA

This place had some pretty good ramen. But the restaurant is very small so be ready to wait.

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San Francisco, California, USA

There's a wait.. Always. Just expect it but also know that it is worth every minute. Soo delicious. But also call before you come.. There's been a few times where they were closed randomly.

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Local from San Jose, California, USA

Ordered:
Black Garlic Ramen
Fried Tofu

Food: This is my second time coming here. It isn't BAD, but it doesn't blow my skirt up. Noodles were alright and the broth flavor fell off fairly quickly after hitting my tongue. The bowl definitely had more bark than bite. Try this place once, but then make your way to Ramen Parlor for your next San Mateo Ramen goto.

As for the fried tofu, it was very dry and flavorless, i'd pass in the future.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Well crafted ramen but overhyped IMO. The noodles are bit thicker and more chewy than other Ramens I've tasted which is not necessarily a bad thing depending on how you like your noodles. Standard bowl comes w only 2 slices of Chasu pork so we got extra and that was a wise decisions. The pork had the perfect ratio of fat and meat and was flavorful. The broth on the other hand was a bit of a let down; the consistency was rather thin and not rich enough and the black garlic oil was quite underwhelming. Overall a solid 4 but far from a 5-star.

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Local from Palo Alto, California, USA

Ramen Dojo is actually the smaller sister restaurant of Santa Ramen. It was clear from the concise menu that the focus of the dining place was ramen - spicy ramen, to be precise. Ramen dojo opens at 11:30am everyday. I arrived at 11:25am and I was surprised to see a queue of at least 25 people already waiting. So I didn't get to be seated in the first seating when the restaurant opened. But tables move pretty quickly here. I ordered the garlic pork ramen (tonkatsu soup broth). I was surprised when my bowl of ramen was served. It had a thick black sauce on top of it. I was told it was roasted black garlic sauce. The noodles were nice and chewy, the soup was porky, garlicky and not overly salty, the black garlic sauce was a nice distinctive touch. I didn't order the spicy version (although I was tempted) as I was sharing my bowl with my three year old. I will be back to try the spicy version.

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San Francisco, California, USA

If anything will start up a ramen craving in me, this place would be it. A wait will be expected every single time, guaranteed. The place is just too small, but it's worth standing outside for. But don't just stand there. Be sure to put your name down on the "wait list" as soon as you arrive to spare yourself any embarrassment.

My rec is the garlic pork miso. The heat levels range from not spicy to extra spicy. I honestly don't think you should go anywhere beyond mild spicy, unless you absolutely love the feeling of your tongue being set ablaze throughout your dining experience. But I digress. I take mine with extra quail eggs. They only give you one measly one, but the addition of 3 more for $1 is totally worth it. And if quail isn't your style, they also offer a regular chicken egg at the same price. This stuff can be thrown into my list of foods laced with crack. Absolutely delish! That, along with the firmness of the noodles, creaminess of the garlic cloves, and melt-in-your-mouth texture of the pork bring everything together. I could care less about those sitting at the counter near me with my glasses steaming. Who waits for their ramen to cool down before going to town on it anyway? Amateurs.

In my blatantly honest opinion, best ramen in the San Mateo area.

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San Francisco, California, USA
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Spicy ramen?? SOLD!!!
Sister restaurant of Santa Ramen?? DOUBLE SOLD!!

the only other thing I would have added to ramen dojo is a few appetizer dishes. As much as I love spicy ramen with all of its extra scrum-dilly-umtious broth. I couldn't see myself eating here once a week since I'd be ordering the exact same thing every week. luckily the last time I went back I saw that they now offered gyoza and a few other choices. I'm now content and everything is perfect in the dojo of ramen.

Tip: This spot is uber tiny, so if you want seating before the lunch rush, I suggest going at 11:30am!

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Seattle, Washington, USA
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Really good ramen if you're willing to wait. There's usually a long line because it's one of the best ramen joints in the area. The pork broth was very rich and the noodles were cooked al dente, just the way I like them! Not recommended for vegetarians though, they really don't have many options for you.

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Local from Menlo Park

3 different flavors for their delicious Ramen. Small cozy place and friendly staff. Not for vegetarian.

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Santa Monica, California, USA

The ramen hype infiltrated the Bay Area with vengeance a few years ago with no sight of slowing. Out of all the ramen I've tried (the number is staggering), Ramen Dojo...come claim your prize. Spicy garlic pork broth, creamy with bits of ground chicken and heaps of vegetables to add, your pork is melt in your mouth, and the noodles are chewy and perfect. I save you for special occasions. You're the first place I take anyone who has never tried ramen outside of the package because I know that forever after that, they'll be more openminded to trying new things.

Hint? Go wait in line a half hour before it opens. It's the shortest you're ever going to wait. Spicy garlic pork broth only, and when they don't mean the spicy level is actually mild - they mean it won't hurt. Only go higher if you're accustomed to it, otherwise enjoy the mild spice, and try not to slurp too loud.

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