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Central Park Bistro

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Add Grilled Chicken $8 or Grilled Prawns $10 or Crab and Lobster Cakes $12 - Grilled Salmon $12 or Grilled Skirt Steak $14
Cup $7.0
House Made Soup of the Day
Crab and Lobster Cakes
Mango-Avocado Salsa, Lemon Aioli & Micro Greens
Risotto Balls (Arancini) Stuffed Foie Gras
Caramelized Apple and Onion & Green Peppercorn Sauce
Red Wine Braised Grilled Octopus
Grilled Lemon, Celery, Red Onion & Oregano-Lemon Vinaigrette
Steak Tartare
Chopped Filet Mignon with Capers, Red Onion, Dijon, Parsley & Drizzle White Truffle Oil
Fried Calamari with Maui Onion Rings, Chili Lime Aioli & Cocktail Sauce
Wood Oven Roasted Prawns
Creamy Garlic Sauce, Chives & Crostini
Mediterranean Spiced All Beef Meatballs
with Fresh Basil, Marinara Sauce & Tomato Concasse
Heirloom Tomato Salad
Burrata Cheese, Fresh Basil, Grilled Baguette & Drizzle Balsamic Vinaigrette
Roasted Beets
Organic Mix Green, Goat Cheese & Raspberry Vinaigrette
Roasted Lamb-Tamarind Pizza
Parmesan, Mozzarella Cheese, Fresh Cilantro & Pesto Sauce
Seasonal Mushrooms, Fontina Cheese, Arugula & Drizzle White Truffle Oil
Heirloom Tomato
Mozzarella-Fresh Buratta Cheese, Fresh Basil & Balsamic Glaze
Smoked Salmon
Thin Slices of Potatoes with Meyer Lemon Crème Fraiche, Capers & Chives
All Sandwiches come with one side dish included. We Can Also Offer Open Face or No Bun. Add Bacon $3 - Add Mushroom $3 - Add Avocado $3
Petrale Sole
Caper Berry Aioli, Sliced Tomato & Lettuce
Roasted Lamb
Tamarind, Caramelized Onion, Cilantro, Mozzarella Cheese
Portobello Mushroom
Greens, Tomatoes & Pesto Aioli
Grilled Chicken
Roasted Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, Arugula & Aioli
Painted Hills Natural Burger, Cheddar Cheese
Onion Rings
Cabbage-Apple Slaw
Cucumber-Herb Salad
Mixed Greens
Gremolata French Fries
Fennel Crusted Seared Ahi Tuna
Arugula, French Beans Egg, Cherry Tomato, Avocado, Champagne Vinaigrette
Chorizo, Chicken, Salmon, Prawns, Green Peas, Red Bell pepper Served with Saffron Risotto
Skirt Steak
Marinated Skirt Steak with French Fries & Arugula Salad & Red Wine Demi Glaze
Grilled Salmon
Organic Green Salad, Red Onion, Asparagus, Tomatoes, Roasted Potatoes & Basil Oil
3 Chop $30.0
4 Chop $36.0
Pomegranate Glazed Two Grilled Lamb Chops
Potato Cake, Arugula & Goat Cheese
Linguini Pasta
Lobster Meat, Bay Scallops, Green Peas, Zucchini Strings & Lobster Cream Sauce
Duck Ragout
Shell Pasta, Gremolata, Mire-Poix & Veal Red Wine Sauce
Home Made Truffle Pappardelle Pasta
Sundried Tomato, Brussels Sprouts Chips & Garlic-Mascarpone Sauce
Spaghetti Meatballs
Mediterranean Spiced All Beef Meatballs, Fresh Basil, Marinara Sauce & Parmesan Cheese
Chef's Choice of Seasonal Vegetable Plate
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.
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Restaurant scene in San Mateo is full of new restaurants and old restaurants all competing for clientele. Central Park interior is very nice the menu has a wide variety our server was very cordial The calamari with Maui onions was excellent the portion was a...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank swalsh22
Reviewed 31 December 2018

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 26 December 2018 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
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