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Central Park Bistro

181 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4003
+1 650-558-8401
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good27%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“lamb chops” (5 reviews)
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American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
181 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4003
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Reviewed 23 October 2014

I had dinner with some friends here. Funny that all four of us zeroed in on their seared scallops risotto and we were not disappointed. It was delicious. The host and attendants are very friendly and diligent. The place has plenty of outside parking and...More

Thank ToniLuvsScuba
Reviewed 9 September 2014

We had a birthday dinner here in August - three of us ordered the special which was a Buffalo Tri Tip and one had the seared scallops. Each meal was delicious - fresh ingredients, not too heavy handed with sauce, right temperature when served. For...More

Thank Away2much
Reviewed 30 August 2014

This restaurant has mastered the art of combining the finest, freshest ingredients with the culinary talent to present an outstanding dining experience. Excellent waitstaff, nice pour from the bar and not a too uptight atmosphere to enjoy it all.

Thank Christine S
Reviewed 16 August 2014

Once again I found this a place that you can have a fine dining experience for lunch - wide range of choices, excellent preparation of food, good service, a nice place you can count on for a get-together with a friend or a special lunch....More

Thank tapestries
Reviewed 12 August 2014

From the food to the cocktails to the service, this was a wonderful dining experience. Very attentive wait staff, well prepared and presented dishes and all were very tasty.

Reviewed 27 July 2014

A very pleasant restaurant. Had a business dinner with 8 in their handsome private dining room/wine cellar on the main floor. Service was attentive and serious. The owner knew his CA wines (good choice, few from Europe or elsewhere though). Food was mixed. Some exquisite...More

Thank Bcobert
Reviewed 22 June 2014

Met up with family in San Mateo. Didn't expect the preparation, ingredients and creativity to be so high in San Mateo (being an SF food snob). Great wine list too!

Thank SBT16
Reviewed 12 April 2014

This restaurant really surprised us. On a guys night out, we were looking for a good steak house and decided to give Central Park Bistro a try. It is located on 4th ave in downtown San Mateo and has a small unassuming street presence -...More

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 31 January 2014

Wanted a nice dining experience while in south san francisco area . I had lamb and my daughter had a burger .Everything was cooked perfectly , I really enjoyed it . Not a lot of good dining choices in area that werent asian or fast...More

1  Thank Robert M
Reviewed 5 January 2014 via mobile

We got gnocchi, mixed greens, mushroom pizza and salmon. Food was rich and delicious, and was served quickly. We shared these 4 dishes among 3 adults and had plenty to eat but not too much.

Thank meiselneal
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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
Child-friendly, Business meetings, 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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