Hotaru Japanese Restaurant

Japanese, Noodles, Sushi
$ $
33 E 3rd Ave (btwn S San Mateo & S El Camino Real)
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 343-1152
11:30am - 9:30pm
11:30am - 9:30pm
11:30am - 9:30pm
11:30am - 9:30pm
11:30am - 10:00pm
11:30am - 10:00pm
11:30am - 9:30pm



  • Hotaru's Uni can be a hit or miss. Today was tasty :)
  • Chirashi bowl and cold soba are delicious!
  • Decent udon. Worth a try.
  • Delicious food and fast service!
  • Very good service! Friendly staff.
  • personally, I love the bento specials that can be easily missed if you don't look up at the board!
  • Ask for the shrimp soup. It's not on the menu except as part of the Bento box special on the board.
  • Call ahead if you want to pick them up and they are usually ready very fast
  • Try the volcano rolls. Ridiculously good!
  • If you're gonna do Sunday dinner at Hotaru...get there early! It was hoppin' busy when we were there! Good food :)
  • This place should be at least a 9. There are always Japanese speaking people waiting for it.
  • Check out the Sides menu for a small or lighter meal. The chicken karaage is YUM! Very tender!
  • Sushi is good, too much mayo for me though.
  • Great specials
  • Deluxe chirashi has uni and ika. Also comes with a side of miso soup. Fresh fish, and a generous serving for $22.
  • Can't go wrong with the beef teriyaki don
  • Curry is definitely on point.
  • Check the specials up on the white board near the middle of the restaurant. Great deals!
  • Amazing, reasonably priced sushi. Place can be busy with a long wait.
  • Good nigiris

Nearby places

320 2nd Ave (at Main St.)
153 S B St (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave)
138 Main St (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave)