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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 good27%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Gluten Free Options
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181 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4003
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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.

Thank msfetch
Reviewed 19 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

Thank GhazalPark
Reviewed 11 August 2017

I was pleasantly surprised how good the food was especially because the presentation was gorgeous. Many times food is displayed like a work of art on your plate but has no taste. Definitely not the case here: the food is finger licking good. When looking...More

Thank Savvy-Sailorette
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

We were looking to have a relaxed casual dinner at a local restaurant with an exceptional menu.... Central Park Bistro fit the bill. We were greeted very nicely upon walking in and seated at a central table. Our waiter was excellent .... very attentive, but...More

Thank David S
Reviewed 5 August 2017

Wonderful small restaurant with a nice variety of food to choose from. The atmosphere is great and the noise level is very good compared to other restaurants on the street.

Thank Jim J
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Walked in early for our dinner reservation so we sat at the bar. Great lady working it. She was so funny and the drinks were delicious. We were seated early. We made reservations on open table. It got packed about 20 mins after we were...More

Thank Jesscali89
Reviewed 21 June 2017

We made reservations for dinner on a day when it was in the 90's in San Mateo. We knew we were in trouble when we drove up to the restaurant, and the doors and windows were open. The fire in the oven was blazing and...More

Thank 777LivingTheDream
Reviewed 19 June 2017

The Alaskan, farm-raised salmon was flavorful and was accompanied by lightly grilled vegetables and a fresh salad. My date had the same meal. We finished the whole meal.

Thank triharder9990
Reviewed 16 May 2017

The food was excellent but felt a bit rushed. It was Mother's Day and they were busy but not an excuse for not even offering coffee after our meal.

Thank Joe H
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

I have dined here a few times previously. The place had more hustle & bustle than my previous visits. There were around 30 people at the bar enjoying happy hour; and they all looked happy. I was here for a hosted medical meeting last evening....More

Thank Bill F
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
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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