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Celia's Mexican & American

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504 Peninsula Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-1612
(650) 343-5886
Today
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

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    Very good
  • 1
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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 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great lunch specials for under $9.00

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Kim L
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Naperville, Illinois
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31 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Naperville, Illinois
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88 reviews 88 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

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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49 reviews 49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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Chesterfield, Michigan
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80 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I travel a lot and this was a great find. The salsa was great. Best tasting I have had except mine. Enchiladas were very good. Service was good and quick. Good atmosphere. I hope I can get back here.

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Westwood, Massachusetts
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111 reviews 111 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Recommended by our hotel the Millwood Inn. The chips were hot and crispy. The salsa was freshly prepared. The tacos, steak, tostada salad were all very good and filling. Casual place to eat out.

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London, England
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22 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I'm no Mexican food expert but staying in San Mateo for a week during some training I set out to explore. Celia's looked welcoming from the outside and that was borne out by a warm welcome inside. I was served promptly and with a helpful manner. I ordered from the very wide choice on the menu and was blown away... More 

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Central Point, Oregon
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

I have eaten here many times before the arrival of all the great taquerias in the area. The food and service are both quite average. The portions are large. The margaritas are pretty good.

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Lincoln, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

The good service and drinks are all very good. The prices are ok but overall this is better than average Mexican places.

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San Francisco
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

So you know when it's a good mexican restaurant when you see other Hispanics patronize a mexican restaurant. The food's not bad, but for the price ($13 starting range for two tacos), you could get a better meal at any of the downtown mexican restaurants on B Street for authentic mexican (eg Los Primos Taqueria at 85 B Street). They... More 

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Treia, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Drove from my hotel in Foster City up El Camino Real when we turned down Peninsual Ave we saw the restaurant and decided to give it a try. We didn't regret it. The chimachunga's are great, try it if ýou get to the area

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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?