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Central Park Bistro

181 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4003
+1 650-558-8401
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good27%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
181 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4003
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Reviewed 5 August 2017

Wonderful small restaurant with a nice variety of food to choose from. The atmosphere is great and the noise level is very good compared to other restaurants on the street.

Thank Jim J
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Walked in early for our dinner reservation so we sat at the bar. Great lady working it. She was so funny and the drinks were delicious. We were seated early. We made reservations on open table. It got packed about 20 mins after we were...More

Thank Jesscali89
Reviewed 22 June 2017

We made reservations for dinner on a day when it was in the 90's in San Mateo. We knew we were in trouble when we drove up to the restaurant, and the doors and windows were open. The fire in the oven was blazing and...More

Thank 777LivingTheDream
Reviewed 20 June 2017

The Alaskan, farm-raised salmon was flavorful and was accompanied by lightly grilled vegetables and a fresh salad. My date had the same meal. We finished the whole meal.

Thank triharder9990
Reviewed 17 May 2017

The food was excellent but felt a bit rushed. It was Mother's Day and they were busy but not an excuse for not even offering coffee after our meal.

Thank Joe H
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

I have dined here a few times previously. The place had more hustle & bustle than my previous visits. There were around 30 people at the bar enjoying happy hour; and they all looked happy. I was here for a hosted medical meeting last evening....More

Thank BillF698
Reviewed 1 April 2017

We had an excellent meal here one Saturday evening. The food (and the wait staff) were authentically French, the dishes (tornedos rossini, lamb, steak frites) were perfectly cooked and presented, and the service was efficient and friendly. Advisable to book as all the tables were...More

Thank cleoch
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Great place for a nice upscale meal at a decent price. We had the salmon and the ribs. Both were excellent. You can also get discount cards from Costco as well.

Thank squidman212travel
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Having dined here about 3 times in the past year, I was disappointed to find that it was not as good this past week. The food was ok but as another reviewer mentioned, the duck confit was mostly pasta. The service was what was really...More

Thank B_G_C_M_P
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Have put off going here because the reviews haven't been that good and the menu seemed average. Met friends here for dinner and was pleasantly surprised. We shared the crap cake which was really yummy.. all crab meat with very little breadcrumbs to bind. I...More

1  Thank Tiny_Bubbles007
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 181 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4003
    (Ellsworth Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-558-8401
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Central Park Bistro is a 100 seat contemporary restaurant in downtown San Mateo featuring fresh seasonal American cuisine, in the $15-$26 range. We offer a carefully chosen eclectic Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. Central Park Bistro is an affordable sophisticated, fun dining experience. Relax and unwind with a house specialty cocktail at our wonderful Martini Bar. We also have several intimate private dining rooms perfect for that corporate presentation business meeting, wedding rehearsal dinner, retirement/anniversary dinner, or any special function you may have in mind. Check out our private wine cellar room which seats up to 8 people for that extra special dining experience.
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