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Central Park Bistro

181 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4003
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Ranked #10 of 356 restaurants in San Mateo
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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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27 reviews from our community

92% Recommend
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English first
San Francisco
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98 reviews 98 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

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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65 reviews 65 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 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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Chevy Chase, Maryland
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We got gnocchi, mixed greens, mushroom pizza and salmon. Food was rich and delicious, and was served quickly. We shared these 4 dishes among 3 adults and had plenty to eat but not too much.

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Carlsbad, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Best deal in town....Lobster salad for dinner $16. It was filling, tasty and lots of lobster meat! The service was ok, they forgot to refill my water which is pet peeve of mine.

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Lynnwood, Washington
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67 reviews 67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

We chose Central Park Bistro for a business dinner on Monday night and had a separate room, with large windows, right off the main dining room. It was nice to be able to see the rest of the restaurant and still feel connected. We were a large group (more than a dozen people) and the restaurant managed it well. When... More

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Mount Prospect, Illinois
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Visiting San Mateo as a way point and asked the taxi driver to recommend a good restaurant. He took us to Central Park Bistro. The restaurant looks like a ordinary bistro, but their menu is anything but ordinary. A number of items looked good, but we tried a roasted beet salad, a house hamburger and a wood-fired lamb pizza. We... More

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