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Celia's Mexican & American

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504 Peninsula Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-1612
(650) 343-5886
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8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tue - Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 20
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  • 2
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Authentic and Delicious

This place was delicious, the food was out very quick and the waiters were all very friendly. The portions of food were very generous and very fairly priced. There were plenty of vegetarian options aswell as seafood and ofcourse chicken, pork, and beef choices. I was greeted with a smile and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
Ebony C
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English first
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This place was delicious, the food was out very quick and the waiters were all very friendly. The portions of food were very generous and very fairly priced. There were plenty of vegetarian options aswell as seafood and ofcourse chicken, pork, and beef choices. I was greeted with a smile and offered a booth or table of our choice. Refills... More 

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Memphis TN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We were a party of 20 and they handled us beautifully. The food is really good, service excellent, and prices reasonable.

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San Francisco, California
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Seriously, the mole is amazing. I came here as a kid when they still had velvet paintings on the walls. The decor is still really - cheerful - and the food is seriously good. Big plates of food, endless chips and salsa, what more do you want? Don't come here unless you're hungry.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This is a family friendly restaurant. As it turned out, we visited two in San Mateo. The Campus Rd, one is new, in a strip mall. Both provided good, friendly service and good, made to order, fresh Mexican food. We met with people we wanted to have a nice conversation with, and were able to get a quiet location with... More 

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Jamul, California, United States
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The food was hot, fresh, and delicious. I loved the mole enchilada. They even surprised us with a birthday dessert, enough for all four of us to share. Service was good. We had a great time.

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Brookings, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

hands down, celia's, especially this location has the best mexican food. we all know that. which is why i held a family gathering there. luckily, it was close family and no one was really affected by the screw-ups, but i knew about them, and it was disconcerting, having to double-check everything along the way. i had requested the small room... More 

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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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292 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 478 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Celia's in San Mateo is a fairly large Mexican Restaurant that was established in 1968. As some other reviews have said Parking is a bit of an issue as there are no where near enough Parking spots outside the Restaurant for it's size but I managed to park in a side road opposite. The décor is typical 'loud' Mexican style... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Free basket of chips and salsa placed on your table before ordering. Very nice wait staff. Very busy place at lunch time. Casual environment. A lot of food for a good price. Food served very quickly, we didn't wait longer than 10 minutes after ordering. Our food was very flavorful and not too spicy. Freshly cooked, not salty and yet... More 

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North Liberty, Iowa, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Probably the best Mexican food I have ever eaten. Do not pass up an opportunity to eat here. Excellent food and plenty of it. Good service. Limited parking, but the food is well worth any inconvenience.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The first test of a Mexican restaurant are the chips and salsa. Celia's chips were warm and exceptionally crispy, not too salty. The salsa was the perfect consistency with just the right amount of heat....good omens of what the rest of our food would be like. The second test are the rice and the beans. Again, Celia's scored high marks.... More 

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Additional Information about Celia's Mexican & American

Address: 504 Peninsula Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-1612
Phone Number: (650) 343-5886
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 504 Peninsula Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-1612
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: (650) 343-5886

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?