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Celia's Mexican Restaurant

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504 Peninsula Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-1612
+1 650-343-5886
08:00 - 20:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon 08:00 - 20:30
Tue - Sun 08:00 - 20:00
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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105 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
Lakeport, California
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

You'll have a rough time trying to find better food, or Margarita's ANYWHERE else. 35+ years of the finest.

Thank Bill V
San Mateo, California
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

There is a special every night of the week. Recommend the Carrne Asada on Thursdays, good drinks in the bar and sports on the TV's

Thank Frank J
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I used to enjoy this place frequently in the 90's. The past few visits have been far from pleasant. Each time, I have left in agonizing pain from heartburn! Food here has become saturated in fats and oil. I also would not be surprised to learn of health department violations as the surrounding area is nasty!

Thank Christopher B
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

We are from Nashville, TN and have always received white questions dip when ordering cheese dip however this time we received our cheese dip with beans! YUMMY!!!

Thank Jacqueline H
San Mateo, California
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105 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Have dined with just one person and also a large group for a party. Always busy. Normally loud. Service good. Food good. Large party service was slow but expected.

Thank dcs1755
Burlingame, CA
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49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

Margaritas are great. I like all the dishes there. Food comes quickly after ordering.They have a Mariachi group on certain nites. You'll have to call for which.

Thank radmarc

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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, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?