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Central Park Bistro

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181 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4003 (Ellsworth Street)
650-558-8401
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Central Park Bistro is a 100 seat contemporary restaurant in downtown San...
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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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Sophisticated, refined cuisine in neighborhood setting

On a main street in San Mateo, Central Park Bistro serves beautifully prepared dishes that- while mainly traditional- also have new interpretations. Lobster linguine with scallops and vegetables with a light cream sauce was delicious, as was the more modern version of lobster arugula salad with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
Kay R
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San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

On a main street in San Mateo, Central Park Bistro serves beautifully prepared dishes that- while mainly traditional- also have new interpretations. Lobster linguine with scallops and vegetables with a light cream sauce was delicious, as was the more modern version of lobster arugula salad with blood orange and avocado. Our lunch was served in a timely manner, despite a... More 

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Burlingame, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We and a friend have tickets for the San Francisco ballet on a Saturday night. Instead of fighting the crowd near the War Memorial Opera House, we decided to have a light meal in San Mateo before we headout. The food is great here as usual and the service is good. We heavy have a bowl of mushroom soup, shared... More 

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Waimea
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228 reviews 228 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

This restaurant's menu has fusion, pizza, pasta, meat and fish. It seems like a hodge-podge, but it works. Everything we ordered was very tasty. The service was attentive and prompt.

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Grove City
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59 reviews 59 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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220 reviews 220 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
103 helpful votes 103 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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170 reviews 170 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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Restaurant Details

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: 650-558-8401

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

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.
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?