Luna Japanese Fusion Bistro Restaurant Review, San Mateo


Luna Japanese Fusion Bistro

204A E 2nd Ave

San Mateo, CA 94401

(650) 558-8638

Luna Japanese Fusion Bistro Website

Luna has closed, visit Hotaru and Sushi Sam instead.

Luna Japanese Fusion Bistro is a new Japanese restaurant in downtown San Mateo, where there seems to be a Japanese restaurant on every block and one right next door. This restaurant, run by Chinese folks, focuses on tapas or small plates and is located where Lure used to be.

Decor, Vibe – Luna Japanese Fusion Bistro retains Lure’s modern, funky decor. Place was 3/4 full with new customers trying out the place.


Menu has skewers, small plate tapas, Teppan-yaki, and Donburi rice bowls.

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Huli Huli Chicken

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Luna Japanese Fusion Bistro San Mateo butter mochi

Butter Mochi

Picks: Fire Poppers, Huli Huli Chicken w/Pineapple, Rib Eye Tataki, Big Eye Tartare, Luna Udon, Yakimono teba Chicken wing, Tasmanian Tower, Jalapeno Mussels, Salt and Peper Tofu

OK: Rib-Eye Yakimono, Chicken Yakisoba, Butter Mochi, Chicken balls, Udon


Service – Luna Japanese Fusion Bistro had slightly above-average service probably because the place was so small.

Value – Prices are pretty standard for a small plate tapas restaurant. Meals can be an expensive if you order too many items and forget to larger plates.

Alternatives – Nearby restaurants include the two best Japanese restaurants in the area, Hotaru and Sushi Sam.

Verdict – Luna Japanese Fusion Bistro surprised us with decent food served in a nice atmosphere. We wish them well, and hope they can thrive in an area with too many Japanese restaurants. 10% off postcards by the door.

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Luna Japanese Fusion Bistro Overall Rating: (Good 2)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (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
Hours:Mon, Wed-Fri 11:30 am - 2 pm Mon, Wed-Thu, Sun 5 pm - 9:30 pm Fri-Sat 5 pm - 10 pm Sat-Sun 9:30 am - 2 pm
Prices:$4 - $11.50

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