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Central Park Bistro

181 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4003
+1 650-558-8401
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  • 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 18 October 2016

The service, food are great and the ambience European feeling. I just had lunch there, for the first time. A highlight was the key lime pie with cherries, sounds like that would not work together but it worked very well. This is a white table...More

Thank Greg S
Reviewed 15 October 2016

Love this place! I always walked by and never got to try this place until recently. The presentation of the food is beautiful as well as the taste. The butter spread for the bread is not a typical butter which I enjoyed as there seemed...More

Thank Georgia P
Reviewed 21 May 2016

I've been here before and remembering the food to be good but skimpy on wine. This time it's the other way around. The sparking wine was ok but the food wasn't all good. The ordered the risotto with scallops. The scallops didn't seem as fresh....More

1  Thank ToniLuvsScuba
Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

Nice ambiance, great location and good lunches. Dinner was a disappointment as dishes were hit and miss. The calamari and ribs were great, but the ribeye was raw and was a sirloin not a ribeye. Stick with lunches there and you will be set

Thank John K
Reviewed 10 May 2016

Excellent food, good service, accommodated my gluten free diet. Expensive...fine dining. Has a small private room, which is nice for small groups.

Thank LH L
Reviewed 1 May 2016

The Fois Gras appetizer was tasteless, cold, and not seared. My duck ragout had hardly any duck, mostly pasta, small and overly sweet. Two others in our party had the Sea Bass which they said was bland, small and covered with scales on the fish...More

Reviewed 13 March 2016

So we had a group of 14 and needed to to get some business done while eating. Additionally we had to be completely finished in 1.5 hours. And some of our group are rather specific about their food. The service was impeccable, always there but...More

Thank Sharon D
Reviewed 7 March 2016

There is something special about being greeted by the owner with a handshake and a welcome smile, we are repeat customers, and usually our favorite table is ready and waiting, I won't tell you which one, that's a secret. Anyway, the food is stellar and...More

Thank topperwn
Reviewed 1 March 2016

Came here for our lunch for mother/daughter day after doing some hiking. We came in our workout clothes, right away we decided we would sit outside...more dressy casual inside. Had the fried calamari to start...perfect..my first Moscow Mule..yummy..I had the lamb sandwich with apple slaw,...More

Thank Wopgirl63
Reviewed 23 February 2016

We've been here more than a half dozen times and this is the first time we've been so disappointed in them. The food is generally very, very good here. The lamb chops always particularly amazing. We made reservations on Open Table for a Valentines' dinner....More

Thank dnjscheer
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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
Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings
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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