Hotaru Japanese Restaurant

4.3/5.0
5 reviews

33 E 3rd Avenue

San Mateo, CA

343-1152

Category: Japanese

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Recent Reviews for Hotaru Japanese Restaurant
April 1, 2005
Anonymous
56940 reviews
The Best sushi in San Mateo. Sushi is always fresh. I've been going to Hotaru for 10 years and the quality of food as well as service has NOT changed over the years.
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March 30, 2005
Anonymous
56940 reviews
Hotaru is the best Japanese place in San Mateo, period. I have been going there at least once a week for over 5 years and I have never been disapointed with any of their dishes. Their lunch specials are good big portions and inexpensive. The bento box (#2) and #3 are always a good bet. Sushis are basic fare but cheap and always fresh. The dragon roll is my favorite. The nigiris are nice cuts. You really feel you are getting more than your money worth. Not like most of the fancier places. I have introduced at least 20 of my friends to the place and they all go back regularly. The all-japanese waiting staff is very efficient. The decoration has nothing memorable even if they made some efforts in the last year but you are not there for fancy at the first place. It gets pack very fast since everybody knows it is good and it is kind of small but the wait is never very long. The best proof that they are serving quality Japanese food, Japanese people go ... more
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December 17, 2004
Anonymous
56940 reviews
This is a good Japanese restaurant with reasonable price. I recommend this place highly.
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November 7, 2004
Anonymous
56940 reviews
The choice was between this place and a Japanese Bistro a couple blocks down 3rd st and we picked this one because they had Don Buri and the other did not. Don Buri is my hubbies favorite Japanese dish and they had many options 2 of which he could choose (vegetarian) one being tofu and the other tempura Don Buri. The decor was kinda bland and basic. We got to seat right away w/ zero wait. We got there around noon and by the time we left 40 min later or less the wait was out the door! Get there noon or before. He ordered the Tofu Don Buri. I got the old stand by Tempura w/ a side of rice. They served us a green salad which had like a ranch mayo dressing in a clump barely covering the lettuce. I ate some and he had none. They served Miso soup which I never eat as they use fish sauce. We got our dishes pretty promptly. His was huge! We ordered off the lunch menu assuming like any other restanurant the portions would be smaller in addition to cheaper and the portions were not ... more
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November 1, 2000
Ailina T.
Foster City , California
2 reviews
Hotaru is my favorite Japanese restaurant. The waitstaff is very friendly and courteous. The prices are very reasonable as well. The restaurant is always very crowded, with people waiting outside the door, but the turnaround is very quick. It's a small place, but very comfortable. I reccommend this place highly.
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