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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 good26%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“lobster salad” (5 reviews)
“lamb” (7 reviews)
“skirt steak” (4 reviews)
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American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
181 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4003
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So few elegant restaurants left in San Mateo, so glad this one is still here. Service can be slow, but excellent food, beautiful presentations, and the most devine bread pudding you’ll ever sink a fang into. It’s a “must”. $25 corkage if you bring your...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Shwillia2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered our drinks at the bar and I asked for a malt whisky. I didn’t think when the server asked 18 year sir? I just said yes. Well that cost me about $40 more than I have expected. My fault but we won’t be...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank highrollerreefing
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

My husband and I ate dinner here on a Friday night. We walked in with no reservation. No problem. But it did get very busy while we were there. I had skirt steak and it was superb! My husband had seafood linguine and he also...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank sjansenavon
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

We had dinner here with our elderly, hearing-impaired cousin on July 7th. The host was very accommodating. The restaurant noise level allows for easy conversation. Now, onto the food! Every dish that we tried was extremely well-prepared and beautifully presented. I ordered the crab and...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Bonnie490
Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

Starting with the atmosphere inside the restaurant I have to say there was plenty of different types of seating that allowed for comfortable conversation while still providing great service. The wine list is quite good and the prices are not ridiculous. The food is outstanding...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank 461gregoryb
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Met a client at this restaurant for a business meeting. Was a good choice as it was not too loud and the service was respectful of the business conversation but was also attentive. Food was good.

Date of visit: April 2018
1  Thank 583macd
Reviewed 20 February 2018

Quite fancy place with nice interior and good location in downtown San Mateo. The food was good but without "wow" effect. Rice balls - arancini - stuffed foie gras were very good, served with delicious salad. My concerns regard the filling which was probably frozen,...More

Date of visit: March 2017
Thank Acidov
Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed a great meal at Central Park. The food was very tasty. I had a filet and several in our group had lamb. We had 2 children with us and they promptly brought some food for them to keep them happy. The wine list...More

Date of visit: February 2018
1  Thank NebraskaFan71
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

It's relatively quiet. Busier during holidays when there are groups for holiday parties. Cocktails are good. Nice wine list. Salads are good. I enjoy the flank steak. Fish choices are good and fresh, too.

Date of visit: September 2017
1  Thank msfetch
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is a great spot in San Mateo. We went for lunch there the other day. It was quite busy right before noon and although they had many seats available, it's not a bad idea to make reservation. We ordered: Salmon 5 stars, very...More

Date of visit: August 2017
1  Thank GhazalPark
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 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
  • E-mail
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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