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Hotaru Japanese Restaurant

33 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 343-1152 · $ · Japanese, Sushi
Rating: 3.5 out of 5"826 Yelp reviews


  • Mon - Thu11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Fri11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Sat11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Sun11:30 AM - 9:30 PM

Good for

Sushi · Lunch · Dinner

Popular menu items

Croquette · Hotaru · Rice · Chicken Teriyaki · Pork Cutlet

General info

Casual · Family Friendly



Latest reviews

  • Rating: 1.0 out of 5"by Tina L. at Yelp User Review3/30/2014This is the worst sushi experience I have had so far. 1. The service is sub par. No one comes to your table to check up on you. 2. The food does not have much taste. The cut of the fish looks like it was completed by an amateur. There was a bug in my salad, which they offered to replace and took off the bill. The food quality and service are not acceptable. More
  • Rating: 4.0 out of 5"by Robert F. at Yelp User Review3/30/2014Ive been working in San Mateo for 6 years and Hotaru is my favorite Japanese Restaurant. Good quantity for the big eaters like myself and very consistent with the quality.Probably the best tonkatsu I've ever had (aside from this place in south korea) and cold soba really good as well. More
  • Rating: 5.0 out of 5"by Laura H. at Yelp User Review3/22/2014If you're looking for an authentic Japanese restaurant, then look no further!The sushi here is the best! Not only is the rice the perfect texture, but they also don't skimp out on ingredients! The spicy tuna and rainbow rolls were delicious! Definitely want to come again when I'm back in Cali. More
  • Rating: 4.0 out of 5"by alfred a. at Yelp User Review3/22/2014sushi is absolutely fantastic..... best spicy tuna I have had in a while..... salmon was the freshest I have ever had. period.we came at closing time.... service is kind of strange... I can't really explain beyond that.... but the sushi is great .... I highly highly recommend the spicy tuna.... but the BIG SURPRISE was … More
  • Rating: 4.0 out of 5"by Chris L. at Yelp User Review3/14/2014We came here last night around 5:30 p.m. and there was plenty of seating.We had the Hotaru special - salad, chicken teriyaki, tonkatsu and croquette and the nabeyaki udon.This place is solid and the prices are not bad.The service was pretty good as well.There are plenty of dessert places to go after and … More