More San Mateo County Restaurants

The dining scene in San Mateo County offers a wide selection of fine dining and casual restaurants, from restaurants that accommodate large banquet parties to romantic restaurants perfect for dinner for two. San Mateo County restaurants range from business friendly in South San Francisco, Redwood City and San Mateo to relaxing leisure dining in Half Moon Bay, Woodside and Princeton-by-the-Sea. Well known restaurants include Straits and Kuleto's in Burlingame, Moss Beach Distilery and Sam's Chowder House in the Half Moon Bay area as well as Azure and Izzy's Steaks and Chops in San Carlos. Fine dining in the San Mateo County includes Quattro at the Four Seasons in East Palo Alto, Navio at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay and the Duck Club at the Stanford Park Hotel in Menlo Park. Dine along the pacific coast and enjoy the spectacular views or find a wonderful place near the office to gather for business events.
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San Mateo County Restaurants

Alfiere Bar and Grill

1 Old Bayshore Hwy., Millbrae, CA 94030; Tel. 650.872.8141
Alfiere Bar and Grill, located in the Westin Millbrae, offers travelers the option of fine Mediterranean dining in the comfort of the hotel. The open-grill exhibition kitchen features expert chefs preparing specialty hand-spun pizzas, rotisserie meats and fresh antipasti. Guests who don't feel like leaving the room can still enjoy Alfiere through the 24-hour room service.

Allie's American Grille

1800 Old Bayshore Hwy., Burlingame, CA 94010; Tel. 650.692.9100
Marriott San Francisco Airport is home to Allie's American Grille, a contemporary American restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Allie's knowledgeable chefs expertly prepare steaks, salads and burgers in this Burlingame favorite.

American Bull Bar & Grill

1819 El Camino Real, Burlingame, CA 94010; Tel. 650.652.4908
Open for over a decade, the American Bull Bar & Grill is a popular Burlingame sports bar specializing in American favorites. The BBQ ribs are a menu favorite, but don't be afraid to get sticky. These succulent baby back ribs are served with French fries and cole slaw. American Bull Bar & Grill is also rumored to serve the best burger in the Bay.

Amici's East Coast Pizzeria

69 E. 3rd Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401; Tel. 650.342.9392
Amici's East Coast Pizzeria specializes in New York style pizza. These hand tossed pizzas are delicious and taste just like the kind you find in the Big Apple. The menu at Amici's also has a variety of great pastas and fresh salads&madsh;the lasagna is some of the best around.

Arrivederci & Bella

487 Seaport Ct., Redwood City, CA 94063; Tel. 650.568.0211
Arrivederci & Bella provide guests with dining elegance and scenic views of the San Francisco Bay. This Redwood City restaurant features expertly prepared prime rib, steaks and fresh seafood. The wine list includes the best selections from California, with a few imports.

Bayside Bar & Grill

401 E. Millbrae Ave., Millbrae, CA 94030; Tel. 650.692.6363
Bayside Bar & Grill, located just inside the lobby of The Clarion Hotel San Francisco Airport, gives business and leisure travelers a fine dining option just steps from the room. Bayside's menu includes fresh salads, gourmet burgers and juicy steaks.

Bistro 123

264 South Airport Boulevard, South San Francisco, CA 94080; Tel. 650.588.4683
Bistro 123 is located in the Four Points Sheraton Hotel just minutes from the San Francisco Airport. The chefs specialize in creating delicious Mediterranean cuisine.

Brass Elephant

380 South Airport Blvd., South San Francisco, CA 94080; Tel. 650.873.3200
Located in the Best Western Grosvenor Hotel, just outside the San Francisco Airport, the Brass Elephant Lounge and Sports Bar gives weary travelers a place to relax and refuel. Entrees are mainly traditional American favorites with influences from the Caribbean, Asia and Latin America. Multiple big screen TVs provide entertainment.

Caffe Florian

1221 Chess Dr., Foster City, CA 94404; Tel. 650.570.5700
The Crown Plaza Hotel San Francisco Airport is home to Caffe Florian, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This restaurant is located in the beautiful garden atrium lobby. The Sunday champagne brunch offers a full range of delicious choices and draws both locals and visitors.

California Grill

1770 South Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94402; Tel. 650.653.6000
California Grill & Bar at the San Mateo Marriot is a hip, colorful restaurant with a menu full of California cuisine. Gourmet burgers, steaks and salads are included in the eclectic menu. The full bar provides travelers a place to relax with a cocktail, beer or glass of wine.

Cameron's Restaurant and Pub

1410 Cabrillo Hwy S., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019; Tel. 650.726.5705
Cameron's Restaurant and Pub is British themed and offers traditional pub favorites like bangers and mash, fish and chips and Scottish beef pie. This pub in Half Moon Bay features over 20 beers on draught and 65 bottled. The fireplace provides a great place to relax with friends over drinks.

Chutney Grill

835 Airport Boulevard, Burlingame, CA 94010; Tel. 650.344.5500
Chutney Grill is located in the Doubletree Hotel just minutes from the San Francisco Airport. Traditional American dishes are served, including delicious aged prime New York strip steaks. The set-menu twilight special is a great deal for those who don't mind eating before 6:30pm.

Clubhouse Bistro

1221 Chess Dr., Foster City, CA 94404; Tel. 650.570.5950
Clubhouse Bistro in the Crowne Plaza Hotel San Francisco Airport is a 24-hour lounge in the hotel's main lobby. A DJ is featured on Friday and Saturday nights, and sports games play on the TVs surrounding the bar. Menu items include American sports bar favorites, such as sandwiches, burgers and pizza.

Coconut Bay Restaurant

1300 Howard Ave., Burlingame, CA 94010; Tel. 650.558.8268
The Coconut Bay Restaurant is located in Burlingame, just minutes from the San Francisco Airport, making it a popular place for visitors to the Bay Area. The cuisine takes most of its flavors from Thailand, but it is really an eclectic mix of Southeast Asian tastes. Menu items include various curry entrees, peanut sauce chicken, fresh chili pork and tangy prawns.

Courtyard Café - SSF

1300 Veterans Blvd., South San Francisco, CA 94080; Tel. 650.871.4100
American cafe located in the Marriot. Open for breakfast and dinner. The cafe's waterfront lounge is open for dinner and drinks Monday through Thursday, and drinks only on Friday.

Dominic's at Emerald Hills

938 Wilmington Way, Emerald Hills, CA 94062; Tel. 650.364.8111
Dominic's at the Emerald Hills Lodge and Golf Course is an elegant banquet hall that can hold catered functions for groups of 50-300. Dominic's can set menus of nearly anything your group wishes, including full beverage service. The beautiful setting and delicious food will make any large event a memorable one.

Dominic's at Oyster Point

425 Marina Blvd., South San Francisco, CA 94080; Tel. 650.589.1641
Dominic's Restaurant at Oyster Point features delicious Italian cuisine overlooking the Bay in South San Francisco. A large selection of California wines is available to help compliment the meal. Room service can be ordered for guests of the Inn at Oyster Point.

Don Pico's Mexican Bistro

461 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066; Tel. 650.589.1163
San Bruno's Don Pico's Mexican Bistro is one of the most popular Mexican restaurants in the Bay Area. The chefs use only the freshest organic and locally grown produce. All beef is organic as well. The menu includes traditional Mexican favorites—burritos, tamales, tacos and enchiladas.

El Torito Burlingame

1590 Old Bayshore Hwy., Burlingame, CA 94010; Tel. 650.692.3113
El Torito, located on Burlingame's Old Bayshore Highway, serves authentic Mexican cuisine using the freshest ingredients available. Salsa is made fresh throughout the day and guacamole is prepared tableside. Along with traditional Mexican cuisine, delicious margaritas are served to of-age patrons.

Elephant Bar

1600 Bayshore Hwy., Burlingame, CA 94010; Tel. 650.259.9585
Elephant Bar is known for heaping portions of tasty food at modest prices. The huge menu includes entrees with roots in Asian, American and Italian cuisine. Favorites include fresh fish dishes, hand-breaded chicken tenders, sandwiches and fresh salads. The bar offers a long list of specialty cocktails.

Fiddlers Green

333 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030; Tel. 650.697.3419
Fiddlers Green is a popular Irish pub in Millbrae that focuses on a family friendly atmosphere. Traditional Irish dishes are served for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage and an Irish breakfast special. The pub stays open until 2am for great drinks and conversation.

Great American Grill

765 Airport Boulevard, Burlingame, CA 94010; Tel. 650.347.7800
Located in the Hilton Garden Inn near the San Francisco Airport, the Great American Grill serves freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner. Entrees include everything expected from an American casual dining restaurant—steaks, burgers, salads and seafood options. Evening room service is available.

Great American Grill

670 Gateway Blvd., South San Francisco, CA 94080; Tel. 650.872.1515
Located in the Hilton Garden Inn North near the San Francisco Airport, the Great American Grill serves freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner. Entrees include everything expected from an American casual dining restaurant—steaks, burgers, salads and seafood options. Evening room service is available.

Herb Indian Bistro

1425 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame, CA 94010; Tel. 650.344.7746
Herb Indian Bistro in Burlingame strives to differentiate itself from the numerous other Indian restaurants in the Bay Area. This Indian restaurant prides itself on being one of the few to serve truly authentic Indian food at reasonable prices. Lamb, seafood, vegetarian and biryani dishes are all delicious at Herb Indian Bistro.

Hong Kong Flower Lounge Restaurant

51 Millbrae Ave., Millbrae, CA 94030; Tel. 650.692.6666
Known for its delicious Dim Sum lunches, Hong Kong Flower Lounge in Millbrae has been a Bay Area staple for more than 20 years. Family and friends love to gather at Hong Kong Flower for contemporary Chinese dishes and a relaxed atmosphere. Chef's recommendations include crispy chicken stuffed with sticky rice, braised duck with taro and plum sauce and steamed crab with sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf.

Hungry Hunter

180 S. Airport Blvd., South San Francisco, CA 94080; Tel. 650.873.5131
Hungry Hunter is a traditional American steakhouse specializing in prime rib and steaks. This South San Francisco restaurant uses only the finest Midwestern, corn fed beef coated in a unique blend of seasonings for their incredible prime rib. The wine list is modest, but includes some California favorites.

Knuckles Historical Sports Bar

1333 Bayshore Hwy., Burlingame, CA 94010; Tel. 650.696.2696
It's impossible to turn around at Knuckles Historical Sports Bar without coming face to face with a flat-screen TV, making it one of the best places in the Bay Area to catch the game. The food includes typical sports bar selections—tasty steaks, burgers, seafood and other specialties. The cocktail and draft beer lists are both long, making Knuckles a great place for drinking too.

La Collina

355 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030; Tel. 650.652.9655
La Collina Ristorante Italiano, located in Millbrae, features upscale Italian cuisine and a full bar. Menu favorites include grilled king salmon, braised lamb shank, veal scaloppini and calamari al dore. Knowledgeable bartenders and servers can help make the perfect wine or cocktail pairing to any entree.

La Michoacana

251 S. B St., San Mateo, CA 94401; Tel. 650.558.0069
San Mateo's La Michoacana Restaurant offers a tasty blend of Mexican and Salvadoran fare. House specialties include the freshly made tortillas and pupusas, which are stuffed with cheese, beans, chiaharrones, or any combination of the above and are a steal at just $1.95 each. The authentic, charming décor adds a comforting touch to the restaurant's basic menu of Latin American favorites.

Little India Restaurant

917 Main St., Redwood City, CA 94063; Tel. 650.361.8737
Redwood City's Little Indian restaurant boasts an authentic array of Indian fare created by owner and chef Manoj Chopra who, with over 20 years of experience, prepares a menu that changes daily. Lunch and dinner are served at all-you-can-eat prices that offer a great value for fresh favorites like Tandoori chicken and Basmati rice served with alongside warm naan. Little India provides diners with an Indian dining experience blending traditional recipes with a casual atmosphere that makes guests feel at home in Chopra's dining room.

Mandala

38 E. 25th Ave., San Mateo, CA 94403; Tel. 650.638.1454
Mandala, translated from the Sanskirt, means circle and implies community and connection. San Mateo's Mandala Lounge aims for an environment of casual elegance, incorporating elements of community in a lounge environment mixing Eastern design and contemporary style. A full menu of specialty cocktails draws an upscale clientele looking to relax after work or spend an evening dancing with friends.

Molloy's Tavern

1655 Mission Rd., South San Francisco, CA 94080; Tel. 650.755.1580
Molloy's Tavern is a dive bar staple of Peninsula drinkers looking for cheap drinks and old-fashioned fun. Built in 1883, regular patrons and visitors might wish the walls could talk, although they might tell secrets of the bar's many years of Thursday night karaoke. Those looking for a night of no-frills drinking in good company will enjoy Molloy's casual, South City pub vibe.

Old Port Lobster Shack

851 Veterans Blvd., Redwood City, CA 94063; Tel. 650.366.2400
Redwood City's Old Port Lobster Shack is a New England-style seafood eatery, boasting a menu of lobster rolls, crab cakes and East Coast oysters. The restaurant's specials include daily fresh-caught fish as well as salmon prepared to order and a Captain's Plate, which includes an array of seafood favorites as a sampler or platter to share. A fun, casual environment and a fun kid's menu, offering dishes like Fluffernutter sandwiches, make the Old Port Lobster Shack an ideal destination for weekend dinner or family outing.

O'Neill's Irish Pub

34 S. B St., San Mateo, CA 94401; Tel. 650.347.1544
San Mateo's answer to the need for a truly authentic Irish pub, O'Neill's has been a Peninsula staple since St. Patrick's Day 1998. The largest seller of Guinness in the peninsula, O'Neill's maintains a friendly atmosphere where strangers can become friends while sharing a pint. A large menu of scotch and whiskey complete the bar's offerings and live music keeps patrons on their feet Thursday through Saturday nights.

Pasta Pomodoro

Redwood City: 490 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94062; Tel. 650.474.2400
San Mateo: 1060 Park Pl., San Mateo, CA 94403; Tel. 650.574.2600
San Bruno: 811 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066; Tel. 650.583.6622
Pasta Pomodoro is a perfect option for a quick bite with friends or casual dinner - its standard menu of Italian-inspired fare will please any palate. Traditional dishes like ravioli and lasagna rule the menu, while multi-grain penne pasta is available as a substitute for health-conscious consumers. Although Pasta Pomodoro has over 45 restaurants, it offers a tried-and-true menu of dishes that will satisfy any carb craving.

Pasta Primavera

34 E. 4th Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401; Tel. 650.548.9100
Pasta Primavera Café of San Mateo boasts menu choices for every taste bud and includes options including hot sandwiches, pasta, seafood, veal, steak and chicken in addition to specialties like jambalaya. A low-key environment makes the café a cozy option for a date or quiet dinner as well as a staple for neighborhood residents because of its takeout menu. Ample portions and delicious bread make Pasta Primavera a local favorite and a full wine list and menu of mixed drinks will complement a casual Italian meal.

Prime on the Avenue

1425 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame, CA 94010; Tel. 650.344.7746
Downtown Burlingame's Prime on the Avenue features a menu of casually elegant cuisine such as prime rib and steak. Located in the heart of Burlingame's shopping district, the upscale restaurant offers diners a wide range of delectably created entrees served with fresh vegetables. A full bar and wine list accents the menu and desserts like the Apple Dutch Crust pie will ensure diners do not go home with empty stomachs.

Red Lantern

808 Winslow St., Redwood City, CA 94063; Tel. 650.369.5483
Redwood City's Red Lantern boasts a menu of homestyle Southeast Asian cuisine with influences from the traditional dishes of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. Entrees are made from scratch, utilizing ingredients from the restaurant's rooftop herb garden with fresh lemongrass and basil. The restaurant's chic interior, with signature red lanterns and bamboo accents, coupled with an inventive menu, makes the Red Lantern a top choice for elegant Peninsula dining.

Rib Shack

223 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066; Tel. 650.952.2809
The Rib Shack in San Bruno offers standard barbeque fare in a no-frills environment. Offering dishes like potato salad and pork ribs, the Rib Shack boasts a menu of Southern comfort food. The Tailgate for Two provides ample portions for friends or couples looking for a quick bite to eat and the spicy barbeque sauce accents any menu choice.

Ristorante Rocca

1205 Broadway, Burlingame, CA 94010; Tel. 650.344.3900
Downtown Burlingame's Ristorante Rocca combines traditional Northern Italian dishes with Carlifornia cuisine, creating an elegant dining experience that is a favorite of Bay Area residents. The menus, updated seasonally, feature daily specials in addition to favorites like ravioli and veal scaloppini. An extensive wine list and specialty cocktails like the raspberry mojito and blood orange drop martini also add flavorful elements to complement any meal.

Rogue Chefs

730 Main St., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019; Tel. 650.712.2000
Half Moon Bay's Rogue Chefs aims to create a lasting bond between farmer, chef and diner - dishes are prepared using local produce and environmentally sustainable meat and seafood. The area's many organic farms create the basis for Rogue Chefs' menu, which also includes seasonal meals to-go and prepared meals that are cooked a home. Chefs also sponsor workshops for patrons to learn about incorporating local foods into their home cooking.

Steelhead Brewing Company

333 California Dr., Burlingame, CA 94010; Tel. 650.344.6050
Burlingame's Steelhead Brewing Company boasts in-house brewing facilities designed to create small batches of quality beers like the Bombay Bomber IPA and Steelhead Special. Award winning brews pair with a menu of traditional American favorites like steak and ribs for a casual dining environment. Non-beer drinkers also enjoy the extensive wine list and signature cocktails like margaritas and Irish coffee.

Stella Alpina Osteria

401 Primrose Rd., Burlingame, CA 94010; Tel. 650.347.5733
Downtown Burlingame's Stella Alpina Osteria boasts Chef Matteo Ferrari's interpretations of authentic Northern Italian dishes and cuisine of the Alps. Classic pasta dishes and signature meals like polenta and veal osso buco create a well-rounded menu that is accented by the impressive wine list featuring Italian and California varieties. The restaurant's casually elegant feel makes it an ideal place for a romantic dinner or large group meal and can accommodate large parties in one of two dining rooms or the outdoor patio.

Terrace Café

1100 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030; Tel. 650.742.5588
Located inside Millbrae's El Rancho Inn and Suites, the Terrace Café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in addition to boasting a full bar. Traditional favorites such as steak and fettuccine are served in addition to weekly specials and guests can relax before or after a flight at the hotel bar with cozy fireplace. Hotel guests can also choose to enjoy their meals poolside or opt for room service.

Thai Time

1240 El Camino Real, San Carlos, CA 94070; Tel. 650.596.8400
San Carlos' Thai Time Restaurant offers traditional Thai favorites like Pad Thai, curry and spring rolls. Vegetarians need not worry, for there are over two dozen vegetarian options and the environment is Zen-like, accented with Asian touches like small Buddha statues. Mixed drinks and seasonal cocktails accent the menu of favorites and more contemporary fusion dishes.

The Fish Market - San Mateo

1855 S Norfolk St., San Mateo, CA 94403; Tel. 650.349.3474
The Fish Market is a San Mateo destination for seafood lovers, featuring the exclusive upstairs "Top of the Market," which serves specialty dishes in an elegant setting. Offering raw specialties like sashimi and oysters with favorites like salmon and swordfish cooked in a variety of ways alongside fresh vegetables. A full bar and lounge setting accent the menu and crab cioppino is a favorite of the upstairs restaurant.

The Mountain House

13808 Skyline Blvd., Woodside, CA 94062; Tel. 650.851.8541
Nestled in a forest of redwoods, The Mountain House is a Woodside destination for a romantic meal. Offering tasty entrees including venison, veal and lamb in addition to daily game specials, The Mountain House also boasts a range of wines to complement dinner choices and create an intimate mood. Delectable desserts such as cheesecake with chardonnay and blueberry add the finishing touch to a cozy country meal.

The Swingin' Door

106 E. 25th Ave., San Mateo, CA 94403; Tel. 650.522.9800
San Mateo's The Swingin' Door features two floors of nightlife entertainment, boasting a British style-pub with full bar and grill menu and an upstairs 'dueling pianos' bar. Patrons enjoy the pub's laid-back feel and the famous fish and chips accent the menu of draft and bottled beers. The no-frills atmosphere also makes The Swingin' Door a favorite for bachelorette parties and an annual Crazy Caroling Contest is an inventive take on traditional karaoke.

Two Fifty Restaurant

250 Gateway Boulevard, South San Francisco, CA 94080; Tel. 650.589.3400
Located inside South San Francisco's Embassy Suites near the San Francisco Airport, Two Fifty Restaurant offers flavorful favorites and an extensive list of California wines. With a selection of fresh seafood, steaks and local produce, the restaurant is an ideal choice for a low-key yet delicious meal. Two Fifty is an ideal place to stop for a cocktail with a business associate or have dinner before vacation and room service is also available.

Vinyl Room

221 Park Rd., Burlingame, CA 94010; Tel. 650.347.7656
Burlingame's Vinyl Room is a hip nightclub, "mixing music and culture" with live DJs and featured artwork from Bay Area artists. Comfortable couches are available for a more lounge-like feel, although many patrons choose to hit the dance floor when their favorite reggae, hip-hop and classic rock tunes blare from speakers. A low-key dance club with an artsy feel, Vinyl has made a name for itself as a Bay Area hipster hangout.

Windows on the Bay

600 Airport Blvd., Burlingame, CA 94010; Tel. 650.340.8500
Windows on the Bay is a casual American bistro located inside Burlingame's Sheraton Gateway Hotel, conveniently located near the San Francisco Airport. The restaurant boasts favorite dishes like prime rib as well as California penne pasta and inventive seafood dishes served in a location overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Monday Night Football is a favorite weekly gathering at the restaurant and patrons enjoy specialty cocktails served with complimentary popcorn.

Windy City Pizza and BBQ

35 Bovet Rd., San Mateo, CA 94402; Tel. 650.578.1942
San Mateo's Windy City Pizza and BBQ mimics the look and feel of a traditional Chicago eatery and offers favorite barbeque dishes alongside Chicago-style and stuffed crust pizzas. A lively atmosphere makes the place a fun option for family meals or a dinner out with friends. Free barbeque appetizers also accent weekday happy hour specials.

Zeyno

250 Lorton Ave., Burlingame, CA 94010; Tel. 650.344.5655
Burlingame's Zeyno features a flavorful menu of Mediterranean-inspired cuisine served in a casual, romantic atmosphere. Greek favorites like spanakopita and souvlaki are highlights of the menu, which also includes tasty options including paella. Zeyno's baklava is delectable and a great end to any meal at the cozy bistro.
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