Izakaya Ginji

/ BBQ, Sushi, Pub & bar, Restaurant, Seafood
#32 of 746 places to eat in San Mateo
Open now 18:00 - 22:00
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Spanish, Salads, Vegetarian options
$$$$ Average price: $11-30
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301 E 4th Ave
San Mateo, California, USA
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Both Central Park and Izakaya Ginji are recommended for visiting. The Japanese and Spanish cuisines attract guests who are in search of positive impressions. Cooks at this restaurant do their best to provide visitors with mouthwatering yakitori chicken, belly pork and shrimp tempura. Try nicely cooked panna cotta, pancakes and mango pudding. Izakaya Ginji offers you to try good draft beer or delicious wine. Check out great tea.

This place is well known for its great service and friendly staff, that is always ready to help you. This spot has achieved 4.5 on the TripAdvisor site.

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so crowded that we had to wait for more than 40 min on Friday night though my name was on the second spot of the waiting list. Well, it's not their fault. An waitress spoke Japanese. I felt like I was in an Izakaya in Japan... for a while. Their vegetable tempura was not genuine Japanese; it was too crispy and they used broccoli which is typically used here in the US. Agedashi tofu was also too crispy which, I think, suits Americans' preference in a sense.
TLDR: Overall the place is good with a few gutter balls. They also get super busy so make a reservation and thank me later. I say 3.5 stars. Daikon salad, good but way too much sauce/liquid. It just pooled at the bottom so none of that was edible unless you let it strain on your plate for awhile. Takoyaki. Pretty bad. Super doughy, like it wasn't cooked enough. Also, way too much dough with the teeniest tiniest bit of octopus. We left most of this untouched. Pork belly. Gross. It sat in a giant pool of soy sauce. I know pork belly has a lot of fat for flavor but ours was like all fat. We weren't a fan. Plus, just wayyyyyy too much sauce. We tried to get the yellow tail hamatchi Kama but they were out. Then we tried to get the Amber Jack hamatchi Kama... They were also out... So we settled with the salmon collar and belly. It was good. But I definitely wanted the yellow tail as my friend came here a previous time and they were out of it then too. Apparently that's the item to get and apparently dinner at 6 on a Saturday is too late to get it... Otherwise the standards: seaweed salad, softshell crab fritter, skewers of quail eggs, beef tongue and short ribs were all standard and no complaints. Staff were very friendly, constantly refilling waters and checking in without being annoying.
This place is not really good for sitting down and enjoying chatting with your friends. See the attached photo.
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301 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, California, USA
Сredit cards accepted No outdoor seating Takeaway Booking Wheelchair accessible No Wi-Fi Parking No TV
Opening hours
SundaySun 11:30-14:00, 17:30-21:30
MondayMon 18:00-22:00
TuesdayTue Closed
WednesdayWed 18:00-22:00
ThursdayThu 18:00-22:00
FridayFri 17:30-23:00
SaturdaySat 11:30-14:00, 17:30-23:00
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