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Katana Ya
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Check out our website. Or, come to our traditional Japanese Ramen and Sushi Bar, Katana Ya, on Geary St in Downtown San Francisco.
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If you like to make your own Gyoza, this is how. If you like someone else to make them, come to Katana Ya Ramen Downtown and taste them the way they should be.
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430 Geary St San Francisco, CA 94102
430 Geary StUSCASan Francisco94102
$Japanese Restaurant, Ramen Restaurant
Japanese Restaurant
Ramen Restaurant
Sushi Restaurant
Asian Restaurant
Soba Noodle Shop
Noodle Shop
Today 11:30 am – 2:00 am
Monday 11:30 am – 2:00 amTuesday 11:30 am – 2:00 amWednesday 11:30 am – 2:00 amThursday 11:30 am – 2:00 amFriday 11:30 am – 2:00 amSaturday 11:30 am – 2:00 amSunday 11:30 am – 2:00 am
Katana Ya Ramen Downtown, recommended by Michelin Guide, just one block west of Union Square Park on Geary Street at the corner of Mason is a traditional Japanese Noodle House serving Ramen, Soba, Udon, and Japanese Curry. Come to Katana Ya Ramen for our Karaage, Gyoza, Takoyaki, Tempura. Katana Ya Ramen Downtown is also a sushi bar, with many other fine Japanese dishes too. Katana Ya has a variety of Sake, and Shochu (also spelled Soju, is sake made from different things, like sweet potatos, barley, brown sugar, etc.) and Draft Japanese Beers on tap. Last call is at 1:15.
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Tiny Japanese restaurant drawing long lines for its ramen, though it serves sushi too.- Google
People talk about union square, miso broth, bbq pork, long wait and open late
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fraulein casigan
reviewed 3 weeks ago
The first time I've heard about this place, I thought someone was referring to a video game character but I was wrong. His real character name is Kazuya Mishima from Tekken. D'oh!! Anyway, all the raves about this place urged me to get rid of my bookmark and check it out for myself! The most talked about was Katanaya ramen #12 that's a sure hit and a must try from 7x7 magazine. Well, I couldn't pass up this opportunity! My boyfriend and I came here after a few drinks from a friend's birthday. This place was within walking distance, so our late night munchies took a toll on us. After a short discussion with my boyfriend, we already knew what to order. Thanks to 7x7 magazine and all my friends recommendations, I wasn't disappointed! A huge slurp of the broth and a couple of nibbles of the corn, bbq pork and egg, I wished I hadn't shared my bowl at all! By far, one of my favorite ramen places I can't get enough of! Another trip back, I've had their Butter corn ramen #8, I was awfully happy! Despite the small space and very little accommodations to get a table, try to either come late before they close or come early! You'll end up waiting in line for awhile, but it's all worth it in the end! Will I come back?! YES!!! Open late until 2am, short walk from clubs and bars, huge portions, easy on your wallet, and delicious food!!
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Nicolas Dumazet
reviewed 2 months ago
I always make sure to stop by this place when I visit San Francisco. I spent a few years living in Tokyo and dearly miss its food: Katana-ya is the closest I know of real Ramen outside of Japan. Sometimes a bit of queue outside. Definitely worth the wait. Prices: $9 for their basic ramen.
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Kenji Kiuchi
reviewed 3 months ago
Went for dinner on NYE with my wife & regretted it immensely. Atmosphere: (3/10) Busy and crowded. We waited a little over half an hour, but it wasn't bad considering it was NYE. Decor and ambiance was not particularly impressive, and seemed quite dated Waitstaff: (1/10) Horrible. Our waitress was utterly rude and practically through our menus down at us. Had to wait over 10 minutes to get an order in, (which I understand if busy, but she passed our table several times and I had to wave to get her attention) No smile, no checking in after our food came. We waited another 15-20 minutes just trying to get the check and get out afterwards. I'd like to stress that as someone who has been in the food service industry for over 10 years, no matter what kind of bad day / night you're having - you should never take it out on the customers. Food (2/10) We had some nigri, which was the only saving grace of the place. The cuts were decent and the rice was well proportioned and made properly. We both had ramen and gyoza as well. The gyoza was particularly rubbery and not really gyoza, more of a chinese dumpling. We had the miso ramen which was actually dirty bathwater with miso paste. The noodles were underdone, and the chashu was over cooked. The egg was just boiled. While it can technically be called 'ramen' it could not have been further away from the concept. Overall: (2/10) I wouldn't go back if someone paid me to. Coming from Japan, it is a sad excuse for a restaurant. I should have known better upon seeing their menu which was all over the place and had no particular specialties.
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Jason Levy
reviewed 2 months ago
The ramen is very good. The venue is small and that means there's a long wait. To avoid an even longer wait, we split our group into two smaller groups. The food was quickly made and served right away. The menu descriptions could be more accurate... there were meats in my ramen soup I didn't expect. No, I wasn't served someone else's meal, it was just that my green onion ramen had pork (and that's standard?). Nonetheless, I thought it was good soup.
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Agnieszka Madurska
reviewed 2 months ago
The Kimchee ramen was excellent with just the right level of spiciness and plenty of chewy noodles in a rich and flavorsome broth. The service was prompt and friendly although it is a tiny place and there was not much room around the table. We also tried the vegetable tempura as a started but weren't that impressed.
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Christie Olstad
reviewed 3 months ago
Everyone loves this place, and the line is always long. I've only tried it once and thought the food was so-so, but I had sushi, and I think the big draw is ramen. It's a tiny Japanese place across from the Curran Theater, so perfect to go here or to Chaaba Thai next door before a show (if you arrive before the line forms).