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Izakaya Mai
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212 2nd Ave San Mateo, CA 94401
212 2nd AvenueUSCaliforniaSan Mateo94401
$$Japanese Restaurant, Asian Restaurant
Japanese Restaurant
Asian Restaurant
Sushi Restaurant
Today Closed
Monday ClosedTuesday 11:30 am – 2:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 12:00 amWednesday 11:30 am – 2:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 12:00 amThursday 11:30 am – 2:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 12:00 amFriday 11:30 am – 2:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 12:00 amSaturday 6:00 pm – 12:00 amSunday 6:00 pm – 12:00 am
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Cozy izakaya (Japanese small plates) setup with an array of options & an extensive sake list.- Google
"Best price for Ikura sushi and my favorite is the $12 salmon and ikura bowl."
"It's a plain old Izakaya - meaning very simple interior."
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Alex Suh
a month ago
Service is fine but you don't eat service. Got tonkotsu ramen. Too salty. The pork in it is cut too thick and really salty. The noodles and other ingredients are good but just normal. The manager is Chinese. The music played is Chinese. I would classify Thai place as California style or AKA Chinese-fief Japanese food. Tastes seem a bit more Chinese. Also got tempura and the coming is too heavy. More American/Chinese deep frying. Japanese tempura should be lighter and crisper. This is more heavy, mealy and oily. Just know what you are getting when you come and ready your expectations. It is just a 'normal' Americanized Cali- Japanese place. Manager says welcome in Japanese when you come in but does not say it properly either. Call it Cali-Asian fusion! Enjoy.
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Patrick Au-Yeung
5 months ago
We used to visit this place a lot. The quality went down a fair bit in the last couple years. Still decent, but not great.
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Ivan Yudhi
a year ago
I travel a lot for my job. Whenever I'm arriving at SFO (usually late Friday evening) the first place that comes to my mind has always been Izakaya Mai. I usually just rush there straight from the airport. It's probably safe to say that this is one of my favorite Japanese restaurants in the Bay Area. They serve tapas style Japanese food in small portions. You'll see some some dishes that aren't usually available at most Japanese restaurants. Some of my favorites: Gyutan (beef tongue), Ika Sugata (grilled squid), Yaki Onigiri (grilled rice balls), Tamagoyaki (egg cake) and Okonomiyaki (Japanese style pizza). The settings and decorations are also pretty unique. It feels soothing and homely. There's even a toy train with the tracks hanging at the ceiling. If you go here, make sure bring a lot of friends so you can try different varieties of the food. Also, avoid rush hours as the waiting lines are pretty long. They do take reservations for certain amount of people. Whenever I go alone I just order 1-2 appetizers, but it's still really satisfying. I can't wait for my next trip so I have an excuse to go to this place again.
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Kelly Graham
2 years ago
My partner loves the bento. I like the unagi don--though lately it's been meh. We don't get sushi, sashimi, or rolls here because there are better places in town (like Dash, Joy Sushi, Kitcho, and Sushi Sam's). Last time I was there I was chilled so I ordered a large bowl of beef udon. It was disappointing. If it had 4oz of beef I would be surprised.
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John Kwok
9 months ago
Best price for Ikura sushi and my favorite is the $12 salmon and ikura bowl. Yummy and very reasonable price. Service is good and my 3 years old son love the choo-choo train that keeps running above his head. Nice and recommend people trying it.
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Ryo Kurita
a year ago
I am a Japanese though, I think Izakaya Mai's Sashimi is pretty nice!! Especially, the salmon sashimi was good I tried only Bento set though.
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Arun Venkatesan
a year ago
Izakaya Mai is our go to place to hang out after work or dropping someone off at SFO. Izakayas are like Japanese gastropubs; they have great food and great drinks. We like to order many small dishes instead of just ordering one big dish per person. Our favorites are Nasu Dengaku (miso eggplant), fried squid and shishito peppers. They have many sakes and beers available and usually have a special. The service is very good and they will do their best to suggest drinks or food based on your tastes.
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Marc Lefkowitz
2 years ago
Oh my oh my, what happened to you Izakaya? This was my go to place when I lived in Foster City. I would go here alone. I'd take dates. I'd do whatever I could to get over there. It's a plain old Izakaya - meaning very simple interior. A sushi bar. Some tables. And some kitchy things around. But the food had always been good. Well, not so fast. The past year or so the food has been in constant decline. And it saddens me. I'm not really sure what happened, but I've probably had my second to last meal there. I'll give it one more go next time I'm back in SF on a visit - but please Izakaya Mai - work on the quality of your fish!!!!!! You used to be so amazing.
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