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Central Park Bistro

181 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4003
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Ranked #15 of 364 Restaurants in San Mateo
Price range: $30 - $30
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Ellsworth Street
Description: 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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Grove City
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50 reviews 50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This establishment has a "New York" style to it, albeit, the name Central Park. It's a classy Italian restaurant with an outstanding menu. Each member of our party of four had meals that were truly exquisite in presentation and taste. What a delight! This is a "must try" in San Mateo.

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san carlos,
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

My husband comes here frequently for lunch - has the lamb sandwich and cole slaw - doesn't even look at the menu, he just loves it. We went with friends this week and two of had the pumpkin ravioli's. The sauce was good, could have been a bit more buttery (can't believe I said that) and it was nice touch... More 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The quality of the food was not worth putting up with the unprofessional antics of Robert, one of their managers. Screamed at our party of 8. Added charges to our credit card after we left. We are initiating a dispute with our credit card company. Stay away if you are more than 2 in your party-stay away period unless you... More 

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San Francisco, California
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182 reviews 182 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I had dinner with some friends here. Funny that all four of us zeroed in on their seared scallops risotto and we were not disappointed. It was delicious. The host and attendants are very friendly and diligent. The place has plenty of outside parking and pleasing ambiance inside. The one thing I did not like is that they were pretty... More 

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San Francisco, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We had a birthday dinner here in August - three of us ordered the special which was a Buffalo Tri Tip and one had the seared scallops. Each meal was delicious - fresh ingredients, not too heavy handed with sauce, right temperature when served. For appetizers we had the Wood Oven Slow Roasted Pork Belly and Calamari - both were... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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76 reviews 76 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant has mastered the art of combining the finest, freshest ingredients with the culinary talent to present an outstanding dining experience. Excellent waitstaff, nice pour from the bar and not a too uptight atmosphere to enjoy it all.

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San Francisco
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146 reviews 146 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Once again I found this a place that you can have a fine dining experience for lunch - wide range of choices, excellent preparation of food, good service, a nice place you can count on for a get-together with a friend or a special lunch. We enjoyed the delicious bread and herb butter; my ravioli with peas and cheese and... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

From the food to the cocktails to the service, this was a wonderful dining experience. Very attentive wait staff, well prepared and presented dishes and all were very tasty.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
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109 reviews 109 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

A very pleasant restaurant. Had a business dinner with 8 in their handsome private dining room/wine cellar on the main floor. Service was attentive and serious. The owner knew his CA wines (good choice, few from Europe or elsewhere though). Food was mixed. Some exquisite (calamari) some OK. Portions were very small. I think they counted each gnocchi. My main... More 

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San Francisco, California, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

Met up with family in San Mateo. Didn't expect the preparation, ingredients and creativity to be so high in San Mateo (being an SF food snob). Great wine list too!

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Additional Information about Central Park Bistro

Address: 181 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4003
Phone Number: 650-558-8401
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: Seafood

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