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RANZAN, Redwood City, CA

RANZAN

4.8
4.8
61 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Kaiseki, Kyoto-style
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 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

  • Kibune Kaiseki Course

    $188.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Kibune Kaiseki tasting course which includes 13 dishes.
    Kibune Kaiseki Course Photo
  • Ohara Kaiseki Course

    $158.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Ohara Kaiseki tasting course which includes 11 dishes.
    Ohara Kaiseki Course Photo
  • Takao Kaiseki Course

    $228.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Takao Kaiseki tasting course which includes 15 dishes.
    Takao Kaiseki Course Photo

What 61 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

61 Reviews
  1. Omsfoodie

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very elegant well spaced dinner Kieseki Japanese style. Authentic and Flavorful.

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  2. SuperMan

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service and Food are great, the only thing is the lighting is too bright for my eyes and the table was a little wobbling. Also, I don't like the layout of the tables, makes me feel like eating at the cafeteria. Some wall divider or some privacy between tables will be good...

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    The food is good but still over priced. I think overall it’s not worth it.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I think it is far over priced and the taste as well as the quality is really not up to the level

    1 person found this helpful

  5. Steve

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time there. We shall be back when they change their menu. They are relatively expensive but provide good value.

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  6. HeatherK

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly a remarkable experience- visually each course is stunning and every bite delicious.

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  7. SteveL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    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.

    1 person found this helpful

  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Authentic Japanese food and services. Very similar to what I experienced in Kyoto. We love it.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every plate was so special and had a variety of taste like a great vintage wine. Must go

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  10. ErnestY

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. Every dish was explained when they serve it. Each dish is unique and taste great.

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  11. Francis

    San Francisco

    78 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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  12. Allison

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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!

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  13. SabinaB

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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  14. JenniferL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  15. johnbizprof

    San Francisco

    58 reviews

    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb service; an elegant, refined room; absolutely amazing food. Pricey, but well worth it. One of the most memorable meals of my life.

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  16. EllenY

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  17. apbyt

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    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.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Expensive, but it is a culinary experience like I’ve never had before. Nicest people I’ve come across!

    1 person found this helpful

  19. Jarrett

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, staff was friendly, very glad we made the walk there.

    2 people found this helpful

  20. PeterP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply great place to have the authentic Japanese food!

    1 person found this helpful

  21. Sunshine

    London

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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  22. Joey

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The restaurant is authentic Japanese with a focus on raw fish.

    1 person found this helpful

  23. BrunoA

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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

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  24. Foodie

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply put….. Fantastic Food, Ambiance, Service & Everything!!!

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  25. JimH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you want to try a traditional Japanese Kaiseki, here is the place to go! Food tastes great and their service is also awesome!

    1 person found this helpful

  26. Deanna

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    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

    1 person found this helpful

  28. fyfy

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  29. MaiS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the service and food was excellent. Traditional Japanese kaiseki style, takes me back to meal I had at Ryokan! Would come back again

    1 person found this helpful

  30. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a wonderful meal that transported my husband and I to Japan. A traditionally warm experience!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was immaculate!

    1 person found this helpful

  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

    1 person found this helpful

  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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!

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  34. AgYas

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

    1 person found this helpful

  35. Loshalia

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Spectacular service and amazingly delicious food

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  36. HanQ

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

    1 person found this helpful

  37. ClarenceC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and excellent service, for sure we will be back again.

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  38. Loshalia

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice environment and excellent service! All the dishes are delicious! Love this place! Super recommend this place for celebration!

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  39. wooky2000

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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  40. KenM

    San Francisco

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed dining at Ranzan very much. The food reminded us of being in Japan. The service was excellent.

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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 61 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


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–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • 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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