Kagura Ramen Izakaya Restaurant Review, San Mateo

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Kagura Ramen Izakaya

279 Baldwin Ave

San Mateo, CA 94401

(650) 685-8800

kagura ramen izakaya san mateo Exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Kagura Ramen Izakaya is the sister restaurant to San Francisco’s Waraku on Post St. This Japanese restaurant joins a ton of others on virtually every block of downtown San Mateo. They focus on ramen for lunch and dinner along with a variety of small plates for dinner only.

Insider Tip – This is a small restaurant, so reservations are a must.

Cuisine – Japanese Izakaya
Location – Downtown San Mateo
Opened – 2013

kagura ramen izakaya san mateo Interior decor

Service – Kagura Ramen Izakaya had reasonable service for such a small restaurant. The servers helped us select the right dish and were fairly efficient.
Verdict – Kagura Ramen Izakaya is a stylish restaurant with a nice small cozy vibe. We recommend anybody who is into this type of cuisine to give it a try.

Kagura Ramen Izakaya Signature Dishes – Ramen, skewers, Kushiage.
Kagura Ramen Izakaya’s Menu During dinner includes many standard sushi and sashimi dishes along with far more interesting Izakaya including Takoyaki, Kakuni, Gyu-tan and more. Be sure to look at the special board.

Website Kagura Ramen Izakaya Menu

Kagura Ramen Izakaya Food Picks:

kagura ramen izakaya san mateo Hijiki Seaweed

kagura ramen izakaya san mateo Taro Stew

Sake Side Dishes ($3 each) Cooked Hijiki Seaweed, Taro Stew were interesting small dishes displayed right next to the cooking station. Some nice small starters with earthy and starchy flavors.

kagura ramen izakaya san mateo sashimi

Hamachi (yellowtail) ($9) was fresh and cut just right.

kagura ramen izakaya san mateo Sashimi salad

Plum shiso Herb Radish Salad with Sesame Ponzu ($7) was an unusual salad with pretty bland radish that needed a lot of ponzu action.

kagura ramen izakaya san mateo Gyu tataki

Kobe beef Gyu-tataki (yuzu & peppers flavor) ($8) was nicely done with high quality beef cooked to a medium rare.

Gyu-tan (Beef tongue) ($2.25 each) was another highly recommended beef dish that most people should not worry about. No strange texture here.

kagura ramen izakaya san mateo Tonkotsu Ramen

Tonkotsu Ramen ($9.00) Egg, Green Onions, Bamboo Shoots, Chashu, Kikurage Mushrooms, Bean Sprouts was a decent ramen with a strong broth. We prefer Santa Ramen instead but this is just fine.

kagura ramen izakaya san mateo Tonkotsu Dipping Noodle

Special Tonkotsu Dipping Noodles ($9.95) Chopped Chashu, Green Onions, Bean Sprouts, Kikurage Mushroom, Seaweed, Bamboo Shoots, Karashi Takana was a beautiful looking platter of noodles. Great for cold soba fans.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

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Kagura Ramen Izakaya Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine

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