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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%
Travellers talk about
“lobster salad” (5 reviews)
“lamb” (7 reviews)
“skirt steak” (4 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM Hours
American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
181 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4003
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

We were looking for a romantic restaurant that wasn't in San Francisco. Upon doing a search for "romantic restaurants in San Mateo County," Central Park Bistro came up more than once. We made a reservation for that evening and headed down. We were greeted warmly...More

Thank Michael g
Reviewed 26 August 2012

New American Nice ambience Great wine list and very good house wines Tasty salads and house bread Great paella and pasta dishes Good food service by Giorgio

Thank Rosquete
Reviewed 25 July 2012

Great food and atmosphere. Prices not too bad either. Some seating outside but limited. Will definitely eat there again.

Thank Larry B
Reviewed 30 June 2012

If you are looking for a place to take your love interest, best friend, favorite relatives, or hold a private party the Central Park Bistro is an intelligent choice. It is an elegant restaurant that lends itself to casual dining with its quaint outdoor seating...More

Thank 12Safari
Reviewed 1 May 2012

The food was great. We had a duck pasta and scallops and mushroom soup and it was all perfect. The mushroom soup seemed to have maybe bacon and we were not told (and did not ask) so it would not suit everyone.

Thank Linda M
Reviewed 23 March 2012

We made or first visit to Central Park Bistro after passing by it for several years. We had a party of six and all the dinners were excellent. We had the skirt steak, lamb chops and scallops and all were well prepared and delicious. The...More

Thank DavenCarol
Reviewed 15 September 2011

Excellent California-style fine dining using the freshest of ingredients. I had the prawns and fresh Halibut; both were exceptional. Great atmosphere and moderately priced, quality wines

Thank rm84fm
Reviewed 21 August 2011

Found this restaurant on Yelp and was more than pleased for a birthday celebration. The food quality was great (local/organic), presentation beautiful and price right. The host/owner? really took care of us and we plan on returning again soon if though we live 40 miles...More

Thank GFInow
Reviewed 22 June 2008


1  Thank CMXC
Reviewed 14 May 2008

I had dinner at the Bistro on a recent business trip and highly recommend it. The food was increadibly delicious!! I had the scallops with rice, lemon and asparagus and would recommend it. I was looking for a good meal and was a little reluctant...More

Thank AliceMeagle
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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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