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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 - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tue - Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 14
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  • 16
    Very good
  • 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
A large Mexican Restaurant serving good food at reasonable prices.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
Roberts69
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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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33 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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SF Bay Area
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218 reviews 218 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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243 restaurant reviews
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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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101 reviews 101 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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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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229 reviews 229 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 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
132 helpful votes 132 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
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
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13 helpful votes 13 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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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

Questions & Answers

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