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Central Park Bistro

) #23 of 334 Restaurants in San Mateo ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American
181 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4003
+1 650-558-8401
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good28%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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181 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4003
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 1 April 2017

We had an excellent meal here one Saturday evening. The food (and the wait staff) were authentically French, the dishes (tornedos rossini, lamb, steak frites) were perfectly cooked and presented, and the service was efficient and friendly. Advisable to book as all the tables were...More

Thank cleoch
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Great place for a nice upscale meal at a decent price. We had the salmon and the ribs. Both were excellent. You can also get discount cards from Costco as well.

Thank squidman212travel
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Having dined here about 3 times in the past year, I was disappointed to find that it was not as good this past week. The food was ok but as another reviewer mentioned, the duck confit was mostly pasta. The service was what was really...More

Thank B_G_C_M_P
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Have put off going here because the reviews haven't been that good and the menu seemed average. Met friends here for dinner and was pleasantly surprised. We shared the crap cake which was really yummy.. all crab meat with very little breadcrumbs to bind. I...More

1  Thank Tiny_Bubbles007
Reviewed 17 October 2016

The service, food are great and the ambience European feeling. I just had lunch there, for the first time. A highlight was the key lime pie with cherries, sounds like that would not work together but it worked very well. This is a white table...More

Thank Greg S
Reviewed 15 October 2016

Love this place! I always walked by and never got to try this place until recently. The presentation of the food is beautiful as well as the taste. The butter spread for the bread is not a typical butter which I enjoyed as there seemed...More

Thank Georgia P
Reviewed 21 May 2016

I've been here before and remembering the food to be good but skimpy on wine. This time it's the other way around. The sparking wine was ok but the food wasn't all good. The ordered the risotto with scallops. The scallops didn't seem as fresh....More

1  Thank ToniLuvsScuba
Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

Nice ambiance, great location and good lunches. Dinner was a disappointment as dishes were hit and miss. The calamari and ribs were great, but the ribeye was raw and was a sirloin not a ribeye. Stick with lunches there and you will be set

Thank John K
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Private Dining, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, 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
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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.