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Celia's Mexican Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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504 Peninsula Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-1612
+1 650-343-5886
08:00 - 20:00
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Mon 08:00 - 20:30
Tue - Sun 08:00 - 20:00
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Consistently great Mexican food, Celia's restaurants have dotted the Bay Area for years! Neighborhood type restaurants with clean, traditional adobe style themed interiors, Celia's restaurants are great for parties or intimate meals. Prices are also very reasonable for generous portions of food. Full bars and daily menu specials!

Thank Jerome E
San Mateo, California
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142 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Have dined several times. Food & service always good. Easy parking. just did a very nice re-model under owner Rafael.

Thank dcs1755
Lahaina, Hawaii
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57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

I just had tortilla soup as I was not very hungry. This is a flavorful light-broth soup with a large chicken breast. I had expected it to be more Azteca style with red tomato broth. I should have asked. It was a large portion. I appreciate Mariachis, but when it's 3 women dining we were not so into it. Their... More 

Thank MaryAnnTravels
San Francisco
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 27 February 2017

This well established, long time restaurant has a great variety of wonderful Mexican food sure to make anybody come back time and time again for their large portion combination plates and great daily specials. They have a full separate bar off to one side of the entrance and serve the best Sangria too.

Thank saxasue
Palo Alto, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Had daily special. Big plate full of good food. Strong drinks. Very good service. Parking a problem.

Thank zebra27355067
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164 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Fresh Mexican food served in true Mexican atmosphere. Pleasant comfortable seating with a occasional mariachi band. Stick with house specialties. The espresso burrito very filling with all the usual fixins. Relish a huge berry flavored margarita while relaxing. Food is served very prompt. Happy hour popular. Very family friendly establishment. Parking mostly on the street.

Thank David O
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 31 October 2016

I visit Celia's once a month or so, and I like the margaritas, chips and salsa and that serving sizes are generous. When I'm not having a margarita, the sodas are large. The menu is also, large, so you can find just about any item you are looking for. I wish I went more with big groups, as there is... More 

Thank Elisabeth G
San Francisco, California
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51 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Family owned, old time classic decor and food. Large plates home cooked flavor. Nice bar to watch sports with locals. Good drinks and the chips and salsa just keep on coming. Happy hour is exceptional. The restaurant is a great place for large groups and birthdays or for an intimate meeting. The family has a few other locations but If... More 

Thank UniversalTourist
San Mateo, California
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142 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

attended a birthday party. had been there before. service & food always good. with a large party, every thing was slow. Difficult street parking as lot is very small. Owner Rafael very nice man.

Thank dcs1755
San Francisco, California, United States
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64 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

We have been regulars at Celia's on Peninsula Ave. for 30 years! I love the Pollo en Crema. My kids like the Grande Burrito and my husband goes for the cheese enchiladas. Good food, good service, good ambiance. Fabulous Margaritas!

Thank Jeanne U

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 504 Peninsula Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-1612
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-343-5886

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?