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RANZAN, Redwood City, CA

RANZAN

4.8
4.8
57 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese
Our mission is to provide authentic Japanese food and exceptional “Omotenashi” services for people who love Japanese traditions, culture and food.​

The name came from 嵐山 "Arashiyama" which also can be read as Ranzan. Arashiyama is a location in Kyoto, Japan where the Ranzan restaurant concept came from. ​

At Ranzan, the menu will change every month according to the seasons in Japan.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Kaiseki, Kyoto-style

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (650) 362-3660

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander

  • Private party facilities

    Please call for private events. We can accommodate up to 35 guests.

  • Neighborhood

    Redwood City

  • Cross street

    Middlefield Rd

  • Parking details

    Main St. is closed. Parking is free after 6pm in Redwood City. The closest parking is at the Library or City Hall.

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Katsura Kaiseki Course

    $368.30 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Katsura Kaiseki tasting course which includes 15 dishes with 2 dishes featuring Kobe Beef. Price includes sales tax and 18% gratuity.
  • Takao Kaiseki Course

    $291.60 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Takao Kaiseki tasting course which includes 15 dishes. Price includes sales tax and 18% gratuity.
  • Kibune Kaiseki Course

    $240.40 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Kibune Kaiseki tasting course which includes 13 dishes. Price includes sales tax and 18% gratuity.

What 57 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on all time ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. S

    Steve

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time there. We shall be back when they change their menu. They are relatively expensive but provide good value.
  2. HK

    HeatherK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly a remarkable experience- visually each course is stunning and every bite delicious.
  3. SL

    SteveL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I showed up on time but the place was closed for medical emergency without any text or email notification, and no apology is offered the following days either.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic Japanese food and services. Very similar to what I experienced in Kyoto. We love it.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every plate was so special and had a variety of taste like a great vintage wine. Must go
  6. EY

    ErnestY

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Every dish was explained when they serve it. Each dish is unique and taste great.
  7. F

    Francis

    San Francisco

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My wife took me to this restaurant for my belated birthday dinner and it was a unique experience. It does not serve standard sushi roll variety but rather is an authentic Kyoto-style Kaiseki. We decided to order the Takao in part to taste as many dishes and in part because prices are set to increase next month. The simmered sardine, sashimi dish, and especially the deep-fried icefish with Mitsuba stood out for me. I have a shellfish allergy so they switched out an Ebi dish for Salmon Roe but forgot to do that for abalone so I skipped it. We also ordered the Hakkaisan Sparkling Nigor, Niigata was is cloudy, sweet sake. The servers were professional and friendly. It's a different experience that's worth a try.
  8. A

    Allison

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved my time here! My boyfriend and I had the Kibune kaiseki dinner. The service was superb and the food was really yummy and beautifully presented. Would definitely come back!
  9. SB

    SabinaB

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Ranzan is a fabulous restaurant. Modest, almost austere interior, ample space between the few tables. Many courses -- the meal lasted 3-½ hours. Beautiful plates. Nice presentation. Two waitresses, wonderfully attentive and japanese-style polite. Only two, because we were only, I think, 13 diners seated at 5 tables. And expensive. Two notes for possible improvement: 1 -- it was often hard to understand the waitresses, and we felt impolite asking her to repeat; and 2 -- the offered chopsticks were the cheapest possible kind, diner style throw-aways. A bit too economy-style for a Michelin star restaurant. Notwithstanding -- a wonderful experience. I hope that with so few diners, the restaurant survives, because it is a true enrichment of the Peninsula dining scene. Thank you for a beautiful, interesting, and tasty evening.
  10. JL

    JenniferL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice restaurant and great attention to detail. All of the dishes were exceptional and the service was wonderful. Would recommend for a special celebration.
  11. j

    johnbizprof

    San Francisco

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb service; an elegant, refined room; absolutely amazing food. Pricey, but well worth it. One of the most memorable meals of my life.
  12. EY

    EllenY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to quite a few fine dining places in the Bay area, Ranzan is one of the best and I highly recommend it.
  13. a

    apbyt

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    This is a place with really good Japanese kaiseki ryori, however this is an "expensive" meal and the ambiance of the restaurant doesn't match the cost of the meal. The ambiance is mediocre compared to the food which is beautiful, artistic and exquisite. It's a great experience but the service and the atmosphere of the restaurant doesn't match up to the experience and cost of the food.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Expensive, but it is a culinary experience like I’ve never had before. Nicest people I’ve come across!
  15. J

    Jarrett

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, staff was friendly, very glad we made the walk there.
  16. PP

    PeterP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply great place to have the authentic Japanese food!
  17. S

    Sunshine

    London

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our dinner very much. Every course was presented and prepared well. The sake selection was good. The services was excellent. We will be back.
  18. J

    Joey

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The restaurant is authentic Japanese with a focus on raw fish.
  19. BA

    BrunoA

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Couldn’t be better. Second time we have dinner there and it’s very authentic Japanese food, style, and environment The service is top level Overall, I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an authentic experience and great food
  20. F

    Foodie

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply put….. Fantastic Food, Ambiance, Service & Everything!!!
  21. JH

    JimH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you want to try a traditional Japanese Kaiseki, here is the place to go! Food tastes great and their service is also awesome!
  22. D

    Deanna

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 2 year anniversary here tonight. Everything from the food to the service was amazing. Thank you so much to Ranzan and the wonderful ladies who served us tonight!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Overall one of the most unique dining experiences I’ve had in the Bay Area. The staff and the food are outstanding. Highly recommend for special occasions or celebrations
  24. f

    fyfy

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent restaurant to go to for a special occasion. We loved the multi-course kaiseki tasting menu where each item is themed on a different ingredient and a different cooking style. The serving sizes were just right. This was our first time eating indoors in over a year. The staff took our temperature and seated us in our own private dining room that normally held six but only had the two of us. The main dining hall similarly had the diners widely spaced out. The staff was masked and gloved at all times. This was our first time here. We picked the restaurant based on a whim and the excellent reviews. We will certainly be coming back.
  25. MS

    MaiS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the service and food was excellent. Traditional Japanese kaiseki style, takes me back to meal I had at Ryokan! Would come back again
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a wonderful meal that transported my husband and I to Japan. A traditionally warm experience!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was immaculate!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! Food quality was top notch, felt like I was dining in Japan. Everything was of high quality! Highly recommend for a special occasion and dining ezperience. Love that I can get kaiseki in the Bay Area.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Authentic Kyoto kaiseki food, good sake list and service from our waitress is wonderful ! My BF mentioned that he never encountered a waitress that has so much joy just to serve the customers. Food is good, too. The taste is like the ones I had in Japan, the only problem is the ingredients had to fly in from Japan, thus the higher price. I would say if you go to Kansei area in Japan and pay the same price, you would get a lot more foods for the value. Overall, excellent Japanese kaiseki choice in Bay Area. Highly recommend!
  30. AY

    AgYas

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, service, and atmosphere. Authentic high-end Japanese food with particular interest in the best ingredients shipped from Japan. Unique choice of alcohol and flexible menu. Great restaurant for all occasions.
  31. L

    Loshalia

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular service and amazingly delicious food
  32. HQ

    HanQ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    During the COVID period, we had dinner, so the capacity was limited at 25%, which provides a better experience. Food tasted well and was also creative. The service was at the Japanese level great. We felt that it was both an excellent dinner and mind refreshing.
  33. CC

    ClarenceC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent service, for sure we will be back again.
  34. L

    Loshalia

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really nice environment and excellent service! All the dishes are delicious! Love this place! Super recommend this place for celebration!
  35. w

    wooky2000

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Ranzan truly provides a unique Japanese kaiseki experience. First of all, yes it is pricey. And nothing from the interior decor screams ultra expensive. However everything is "proper". Service was with heart and Japanese hospitality as every employee seemed to be from the country. Food was great but I wouldn't necessarily say mindblowing. It certainly is creative and very clinical. Precision blend of various ingredients make a unique palate. But as Japanese cuisine purposefully does not mix the ingredients, they tend to complement rather than enhance or create a new discovery. The slight lack in top notch taste is made up with a beautiful presentation and number of courses. We had the Kibune which was the second most expensive one but by the end, we were both full and a bit exhausted. As we went through at least 10+ exquisite concoctions, it is tough to put a single review that describes all the taste but again, this restaurant is a collection of good hits rather than a single grand slam. Great for dates, anniversaries, or potential high end business meals. Extremely quiet so be prepared to talk softly.
  36. KM

    KenM

    San Francisco

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed dining at Ranzan very much. The food reminded us of being in Japan. The service was excellent.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Ranzan was a fantastic Kaiseki dining experience. They used very fresh ingredients (some local some imported) to offer 14 courses of both familiar and less than familiar dishes. We really enjoyed each course and the service staff was eager to please. It was a very personal dining experience and something I think everyone must do at least once in their lives if not once a season! The only area this restaurant has room to improve is regarding interior decor. It’s very minimalistic with not regard for comfort or ambiance.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Birthday dinner on a quiet Sunday night. Service is amazing and the food like nothing we’ve had since visiting Kyoto years ago. Highly recommend.
  39. PV

    PoornimaV

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my husband for his birthday and our good friend. They loved it! Service was great and dishes were interesting. Recommend it for people who like Japanese cuisine and a quiet meal.
  40. AR

    ArmandoRWC

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My wife and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary dinner at Ranzan. We live in Redwood City and didn’t know the restaurant was even in our city. I read the reviews and decided to try it out. The food was fantastic and so was the service. Ranzan offers kaiseki, traditional multi-course Japanese dinners. They also have an extensive saki menu. You select a fixed price menu item when you make your reservation. We selected the Takao option which included 16 courses. Kaiseki dining is food as art. Each course is beautifully presented. You’ll definitely appreciate the fresh ingredients and all the work it takes to put the dishes together. It’s all about the food and dining experience. It is a great place to celebrate a special occasion with family and friends. It is also a place I would take business associates.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

RANZAN is rated 4.8 stars by 57 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for RANZAN

921 Main St, Redwood City, CA 94063

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Middlefield Rd

  • Neighborhood

    Redwood City

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Kaiseki, Kyoto-style

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Main St. is closed. Parking is free after 6pm in Redwood City. The closest parking is at the Library or City Hall.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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