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38 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4002
+1 650-581-7223
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336 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Except for the parking on the busy street, getting in and out of Rubio's for a good fresh meal is easy. We had shrimp/fish tacos and they were just like the picture advertised on the wall - colorful, tasty and delicious. Easy to customize all their choices, too. The staff was very helpful and the service exemplary. We would eat... More 

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Thank Mary V
Toronto
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126 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2016

We just moved to the Bay Area from Toronto, and the first night we arrived we found Rubio's. I am a HUGE Chipotle fan, and this burrito blew Chipotle out of the water! They have a number of different seafood combinations, but I would recommend the Beer-battered Fish Burrito. The flavors mixed in with the freshness of the fish made... More 

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Thank Scott B
San Juan Islands, Washington
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325 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2015

Delicious tacos and burritos, all fresh with fresh ingredients, a smaller version of Chipotle. If you want this sort of food you can't go wrong.

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Thank MikeandSarah
Nevada
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2015

We love rubios. This location was just too slow. 6 patrons in the restaurant and it took 30 minutes for our takeout. The only person that was on it was the young male that took our order. I hope they get some training soon.

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Thank mushpins
Feering, Essex
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2014

As we don't have many Mexican establishments in the UK this was indeed our rare visit to a Mexican restaurant. The wife & I opted for the burritos (one ground beef & one steak burritos) washed down with two beers, churlish not to. Both meals were very substantial served with loads of fresh warm corn chips. First you places an... More 

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Thank FMBFeering
San Mateo
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2013

It was our first time to this restaurant to support our local elementary school - Sunnybrae as they were having a restaurant sponsor night. We ordered variety of tacos and the kids got the kids meal (chicken quesadilla). The food and ingredients all tasted fresh. They serve sustainable seafood only. We enjoyed it. Will go back for sure!

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Thank Danny S
San Francisco, California
1 review
Reviewed 9 October 2013

service is customer service, very professional for a fast food place. clean atmosphere, beyond expectations

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Thank Danieleg6
San Mateo, California
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70 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2013

The counter person came out and gave us a menu when we stopped to read the menu they had posted in window. That got us to go in and give it a try. They have 3 kinds of salsa. The food was good. I think they could decorate it a little better

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Thank Sel S
San Mateo, California
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2012

Whats in that sauce They put on those fish tacos??? Put a chemical laden calorie bomb on anything and it will taste good . This is not fresh REAL food! I'm not a negative person but it reminds me of McDonalds and the decor is not up to the beach feel they try to portray either.

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Thank Brenda_McK_LaMont
Bay Area
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842 reviews
650 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 276 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2012

Fish tacos/Mexican Food Great place for fish tacos Healthy chicken burrito Salsa station with other condiments Love the brewed mango tea Very friendly food counter service Super clean bathrooms Tacos $1.50 after 2:30 pm on Tuesday

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Thank Rosquete

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Cuisine
Mexican, Seafood, Healthy
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 21:00
Monday
10:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 21:00
Thursday
10:00 - 21:00
Friday
10:00 - 21:00
Saturday
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 38 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4002
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-581-7223
Description
The first restaurant was opened in 1983 in San Diego by Ralph Rubio and his father, Ray, who started the fish taco phenomenon that spread across the nation. Today, Rubio’s menu has grown from The Original Fish Taco® to include additional chef-crafted seafood recipes that feature shrimp, wild salmon and ono. In addition to sustainable seafood, Rubio’s offers chargrilled chicken and steak, fresh made guacamole and salsas and sauces that are prepared daily.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?