San Mateo Restaurant Guide

San Mateo has a diverse selection of restaurants sure to please even the pickiest eaters. Irish pubs, pizzerias, seafood restaurants and upscale steakhouses are a few options that San Mateo has to offer. Some restaurants have space for large banquets and corporate events. Popular restaurants in San Mateo include 231 Ellsworth, Astaria, La Lanterna, Kingfish and O'Neill's Irish Pub. Hosting business lunches, corporate dinners, romantic dates and family outings is easy with San Mateo's huge selection of fine restaurants.
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Featured San Mateo Restaurants

231 Ellsworth

231 South Ellsworth Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401
Stylish and experienced, 231 Ellsworth is a sophisticated San Mateo restaurant created by top Bay Area chefs and designers. Well-executed and artful dishes include Texas Channel Bass with seared pears and American Kobe beef. The extensive wine list features excellent offerings from France and California.
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50 East 3rd Ave., San Mateo, CA 94402
The recipient of a Wine Spectator award for three years in a row, Astaria excels in pairing inventive American-Mediterranean cuisine with choice wines from California, Italy and France. Menu standouts include Pomegranate Lamb and Baked Feta.
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Central Park Bistro

181 E. 4th Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401
An award-winning wine list and affordable bistro fare combine at this stylish new American cuisine (with interpretive regional dishes from the South, the Northeast and California) enclave in the heart of downtown San Mateo.
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Clay Oven Cuisine of India

78 E. 3rd Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401; Tel. 650.342.9194
A casual San Mateo restaurant for authentic Indian and Pakistani cuisine, Clay Oven Cuisine of India features delicately seasoned, fresh Indian food and offers attentive service. Menu standouts include Kashmiri Naan, covered with cherries and nuts, and Chicken Korma.
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201 S. B St., San Mateo, CA 94401
Live rock and blues acts, a happening bar scene and a lunch and dinner menu featuring New Orleans style cuisine, make Kingfish one of San Mateo's liveliest restaurants. The rustic brick interior and vintage music posters add the ambiance.
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La Lanterna

180 W. 25th Ave., San Mateo, CA 94403
Located on 25th Avenue, a neighborhood shopping and dining district in San Mateo frequented by San Mateo locals, La Lanterna Ristorante is a popular San Mateo Italian restaurant for traditional Italian dinner and lunch (lunch on weekdays only).
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Left Bank Bistro

1100 Park Pl., San Mateo, CA 94403
Located in the Bay Meadows district of San Mateo, Left Bank Bistro is a casually elegant French brasserie with seasonal, straightforward French cuisine and an exceptionally strong list of French wines (not to mention an excellent dessert menu).
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Lure Restaurant

204 - A Second Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401
Located in historic downtown San Mateo, Lure Restaurant is a chic seafood restaurant with a minimal but elegant hard wood interior. The inventive menu features oysters and Caviar Blinis for starters and artfully presented seafood concoctions accented by a well-chosen wine list that includes a strong selection of seafood-friendly whites.
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Ristorante Capellini

310 Baldwin Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401
Located in a historic San Mateo building in downtown San Mateo, the simple and elegant Ristorante Capellini features traditional and authentic Italian cuisine. The pizza and calzones are local favorites and the wine list features a strong selection of Italian wines.
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Spiedo Ristorante

223 Fourth Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401
Popular with large parties and for special events, Spiedo Ristorante in downtown San Mateo features affordable, modern Italian cuisine in a colorful and festive setting. All pastas are homemade and the wine list features selections from California and Italy.
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Viognier Restaurant

222 E. 4th Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401
Located upstairs above the upscale Draeger's Market, Viognier Restaurant in downtown San Mateo is a rustically casual spot for approachable French cuisine. Kobe beef and organic greens, in addition to a tasting menu with suggested wine pairings from the restaurant's list of Californian and French wines, make Viognier one of San Mateo's best restaurants.
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More San Mateo Restaurants

Amici's East Coast Pizzeria

69 E 3rd Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401; Tel. 650.342.9392
Pizza: For wood-fired, thin crust pizza with a decidedly New York appeal, Amici's is the place. With locations all over the Bay Area, Amici's San Mateo is a casually stylish San Mateo restaurant for pizza lunch and dinners, rounded out with pastas, sandwiches and salads.

California Grill

1770 South Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94402; Tel. 650.653.6000
American: Juicy steaks, gourmet burgers and fresh salads are staples at California Grill & Bar at the San Mateo Marriot.

La Michoacana

251 S B Street, San Mateo, CA 94401; Tel. 650.558.0069
Mexican: Mexican and Salvadorian cuisine is featured at La Michoacana, including tasty pupusas and fresh-made tortillas.

O'Neill's Irish Pub

34 S B Street, San Mateo, CA 94401; Tel. 650.347.1544
Irish: O'Neill's Irish Pub serves authentic Irish dishes along side a healthy selection of whiskey and beer on tap.

Pasta Pomodoro - San Mateo

1060 Park Place, San Mateo, CA 94403; Tel. 650.574.2600
Italian: A local Bay Area Italian restaurant chain, Pasta Pomodora has legions of regional fans who love its fast, fresh and affordable Italian cuisine. A small, but serviceable, wine list rounds out the Pasta Pomodoro experience.

Pasta Primavera

34 E 4th Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401; Tel. 650.548.9100
Italian: A long list of traditional Italian favorites, including pasta, meat dishes and a strong salad selection, make this centrally-located San Mateo restaurant a favorite for Italian take out and casual Italian dining.

The Fish Market - San Mateo

1855 S Norfolk St., San Mateo, CA 94403; Tel. 650.349.3474
Seafood: On the San Mateo waterfront overlooking a serene lagoon, the Fish Market San Mateo features an outdoor patio ideal for the summer months. Seafood cocktails, chowders, smoked fish and an extensive selection of grilled fish from around the world, plus a full bar and well-chosen wine list, make the Fish Market a perennial San Mateo favorite.

The Swingin' Door

106 E 25th Ave., San Mateo, CA 94403; Tel. 650.522.9800
British: This dance club and restaurant in San Mateo features a menu full of British pub favorites along with a wide variety of beer, wine and spirits.

Windy City Pizza and BBQ

35 Bovet Rd., San Mateo, CA 94402; Tel. 650.578.1942
Pizza:Chicago style deep dish pizza and traditional BBQ has a joint home in San Mateo at Windy City Pizza and BBQ, a home style San Mateo favorite for over 25 years.
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