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63 37th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403-4404
+1 650-345-9042
11:00 - 22:00
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

We met some friends here for some drinks. The service was terrific. The staff is very costumer friendly and fun. Saul was a terrific bartender. Although we didn't eat at Fernando's we did have the chips and salsa. Salsa was fresh and homemade. We do want to come back and try the food.

Thank MyaB67
Castro Valley, California
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185 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

Mixed reviews on the food. Main dishes and chips/salsa were good, beans and rice were not so good. I had the pork carnitas and they were done just right (i.e. crisp outside and juicy inside) but they were too salty for my taste. The ambiance was mixed as well. Cozy booths, but carpet and tables were weathered and we were... More 

Thank pr7169
Boston, United Kingdom
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214 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2015

Every time I come here, you'll know that it's a neighborhood joint. They have great margaritas. Their food is ok. The service can be a toss up. I would it come here for their drinks and nachos.

Thank hrdabster
Kansas City
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75 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2015

We tried this Mexican restaurant because it is walking distance to our son's apartment. They have a huge menu; we had trouble deciding what to order. The margaritas were good, as we'd read in other reviews. And our waitress had a fabulous, friendly personality. The servings were very large and those of us who like spicy food quite enjoyed the... More 

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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 June 2015

I visited Fernando's on a Saturday evening and had a delightful meal. It was fairly late - about a half hour before they closed - so I was able to sit down immediately. The service was quick and friendly. My waitress humored me quite nicely in my efforts to resurrect my limited spanish. She brought complimentary chips and salsa right... More 

Thank Slow_food_for_me
Cave Creek, Arizona
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285 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2014

I have lived in the southwest my entire life and have eaten at some fantastic Mexican food restaurants. My inlaws know I love Mexican food and they have taken me to a few of them but frankly, the food was not that good. I read the reviews on this place and we tried it. Everyone was pleased with the service... More 

Thank WoodyD18
Randolph, New Jersey
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6 reviews
Reviewed 13 August 2014

I found this place on another review site and since we had to spend an evening on the Peninsula I thought we should check it out. It doesn't look like much from the outside, and inside it's nothing fancy either. One side is a bar and the other is a restaurant with several booths and tables. The hostess took us... More 

Thank Vikki F
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2014 via mobile

Tastes just like home. I love their tortilla soup it is delicious. I usually order with the enchiladas, sope, or especial burrito chick or steak either way it's great they like to treat you like family here. It's the neighborhood restaurant where everyone is welcomed

Thank Geneva W
Burlingame, CA
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2013

Excellent, varied menu. Large portions, even a la carte, always served hot. A word of warning, "Only order one Cadillac Margarita if you are driving. Period." They are THAT good. Yum! Service is spotty.

Thank nothingformal
Honolulu, Hawaii
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708 reviews
433 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 370 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2013

After 7 years I re-visited Fernando's. The food, chips and salsa, and service were still very good. While not the best Mexican around, it's still a good choice in San Mateo.

Thank travelmeisteren

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Restaurant features
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 63 37th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403-4404
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-345-9042

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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?