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Central Park Bistro

181 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4003
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Ranked #22 of 361 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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English first
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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178 reviews 178 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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
15 helpful votes 15 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
100 helpful votes 100 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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132 reviews 132 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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107 reviews 107 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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San Francisco, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

This restaurant really surprised us. On a guys night out, we were looking for a good steak house and decided to give Central Park Bistro a try. It is located on 4th ave in downtown San Mateo and has a small unassuming street presence - like a bistro in Paris. Once inside, I was very impressed! The menu makes deciding... More 

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Chico, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Wanted a nice dining experience while in south san francisco area . I had lamb and my daughter had a burger .Everything was cooked perfectly , I really enjoyed it . Not a lot of good dining choices in area that werent asian or fast food . Not cheap so dont be shocked but for 20.00 a plate it is... More 

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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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